Twin brothers Trey and Ty Turner have been steadily growing their fan base with their acoustic rock/pop band, The Icarus Account since the release of their first album, Hold On For Dear Life, in 2007. The Florida based duo has since released five more albums, putting their hearts and souls into every lyric and strum of their guitars. Add in the brothers’ smooth vocal talent and you have the perfect mix for music that can never go wrong.
Though they made their pursuit of music official with the start of their band, their love of music began much earlier on in their lives. They first became interested in music after attending a concert with their parents at the age of six. Soon after the two began taking music lessons. Both showed impressive talent at a young age and with the encouragement of their family they continued on to learn how to play several instruments including the piano and violin. At the age of twelve the brothers began playing guitar. It was then that they knew that this was something that they wanted to pursue even further.
The brothers began learning how to play songs that they heard on the radio and then quickly moved on to writing their own music, using situations and experiences from their own lives as their inspiration. It was important to them that their music not only be audibly appealing to their listeners but that it also be something that was honest and relatable. This has continued to be the driving force behind what they continue to do with their music today.
I recently spoke with Trey Turner about not only what the two have been up to with The Icarus Account but also what keeps them motivated and inspired to write their music. This is what he had to say:
TREY TURNER INTERVIEW
TAMMY: I was reading about how after learning to play the violin your parents would have you walk around the block to play music for your neighbors at Christmastime. Was this your first experience performing for an audience?
TREY: These definitely were some of our earliest performances haha. We started taking piano and violin lessons at a very young age and our parents were always encouraging us to perform whether it was at a recital, our church, or just for the neighbors – haha!
TAMMY: At what point did you really fall in love with music and know that this is what you wanted to do?
TREY: We started playing guitar when we were in 7th grade. That was when music really came to life for us because all of a sudden we weren’t just learning a classical piece on the piano but we were able to play songs that we heard on the radio and we could find songs from our favorite bands and learn how to play them. Eventually we started singing, and then writing and the rest is history!
TAMMY: Your songs are all so beautifully woven together. The music, the lyrics….it is all amazing and so honest. There are many of your songs that seem to have be written during or about painful experiences in your life. I think that that is one thing that your fans love is that you write songs that they can relate to and connect with during their own battles. How does it feel to know that your music has been there to help people not feel alone during difficult times?
TREY: Honestly hearing stories about how our music has been able to positively impact our fans means the world to us. That is why we continue to write and record. That is what makes all the hard work and sacrifice worth it. We always write when we go through tough circumstances in life as it helps us to cope with the situation but it brings a whole new life and purpose to the songs when we hear stories from fans. We’ve met people on the road and received countless emails about people falling in love because of our songs, or overcoming phases of depression because of our songs, or even people just telling us that they knew that they weren’t alone because of our songs and that is so beautiful to us. It means that we’ve been able to positively impact people that we’ve never even met and that is what makes music so powerful and magical.
TAMMY: What keeps you inspired and motivated?
TREY: That’s a great question and honestly there are several answers. Our family, friends and faith are always inspiring to us and our desire to succeed definitely keeps us moving and pursuing the business side of things but I think ultimately it is our love of music that keeps us going. There are a lot of sacrifices that go into playing music professionally, financial security, time with loved ones that is lost when we are on tour, lack of sleep but at the end of the day we love music and we are willing to make those sacrifices in order to keep playing music.
TAMMY: What do you like to do for fun when you are not playing music?
TREY: We love sports so we are always playing and watching sports when we aren’t playing music. We are huge Tampa Bay Bucs fans (football) and Orlando Magic fans (basketball) so we spend a lot of time cheering for those teams. We also try and work out consistently and because we live near the beach we do a lot of paddle boarding. I also have a puppy named Walter and I try to spend a lot of time with him and my wife, Kelsey.
TAMMY: I know that your fans are excited to hear what you are currently working on. What projects do you have in the works? What are you looking forward to?
TREY: We are currently in the studio finishing up a full-length album. We are so excited for everyone to hear it and it’s almost done. It should be released before the end of 2015 but at the latest it will come out in early 2016! We also have a bunch of tour dates coming up this month and next so stay posted for those shows but mostly we are just really excited to release some new music!
Between touring and releasing several albums and music videos The Icarus Account continues to make their mark in the world of music, making new fans wherever they are heard. You can check out their website www.theicarusaccount.com for a full list of tour locations/dates, merchandise, videos, and current news.