Jeff Current - SSD to AaW
Last Updated on Thursday, 14 January 2010 11:03 Written by iceberg Wednesday, 13 January 2010 00:00
From Seven Story Drop to Against All Will, Jeff Current keeps moving forward.
Jeff Current, singer for Seven Story Drop in Dallas, Texas, seemed to have it all. Great stage presence, frontman skills destined to take the band to the next level, and a real feel for songwriting earned by honing his craft for many years on his way to the top.
Then one day, word was out Jeff Current was leaving not only Seven Story Drop, but Texas as well.
"It was hard to leave Seven Story Drop because of all the years of hard work that I and our manager & executive producer Dickie Dean put into the band." Jeff said. "That band was my baby, my creation, my vision, and my life for 8 years." Jeff also added that they were riding high off their Skelatons CD release that was doing well and making waves of its own.
So whatever could make an up and coming star leave 8 years of work behind at such a crucial time for a band? As usual in these cases, opportunity. This opportunity was to work with a Grammy award winning musician in Jimi Allen (formerly Puddle of Mudd) in Against All Will.
One big question is, how do you go from leading Dallas Frontman to even finding out about such an opportunity, then landing yet another step in a long dreaming process? Jeff Current laughed as he recalled the story.
"Well, it's kind of funny how it came about. I knew of Jimi through Big Dave, which was Puddle of Mudd's manager back when they were a local band in Kansas City in the 90s. I met Big Dave back in '02 or '03 in Kansas City through one of my good friends who lives up there. I gave Dave a demo of my band Seven Story Drop to give to Wes Scantlin just like any other hungry and determined musician would. Nothing ever came of the demo to say the least."
So, strike one, but not out yet it would seem.
"I saw that Jimi was working on a new project, so in August of '08 I hit Jimi up on Myspace just to give him a "Hey, what's up brother, love the new music you're working on". He replied back saying thanks and that he was looking for a new singer if I knew of anyone good."
Opportunity is striking and Jeff Current knew when to chime in and take control. Jeff said they were all in luck as he knew just the guy. Jimi Allen checked out the CD, brought Jeff to LA and the rest was just a matter of two talents coming together. With that, Jeff Current was the new lead singer for the next up and coming band, Against All Will.
Growing up can also be painful in leaving comfort zones as well as work behind. When told of the news, the band, as always, supported him.
"Dickie, and the guys actually took it really well and supported me all the way. Those guys were all class acts and I'll always love them for the years we spent together making music." Current said.
But now another phase of life was setting in and Jeff Current would not only change bands, but states as he moved to Los Angeles to futher his career.
"I was beside myself to go out there. It's what you always hear about and dream about, so I was ready to jump head first. The music scene in LA is full of great talent no doubt, but I saw real quick that there's no support for up and coming acts out there."
Jeff went on to explain that Hollywood is full of up and coming acts, artists, and the competition is simply incredible, with everyone too focused on themselves to notice much around them.
"It's not Motley Crue in 1981 anymore. Playing in LA is way over hyped, and really is only cool for nostalgic reasons." he explained. "Anymore, you go to LA to hone your craft, use the resources, and then hopefully get the opportunity to display your product to the real music fans and consumers of the world."
'Go to LA to get out of LA' basically if that makes any sense." he laughed.
So what's next for Jeff Current and Against All Will?
"When I became a part of Against All Will, there were songs already written and in place, so the main focus was to get tight on the existing material first. Jimi and I started writing together right away though, and we cranked out a couple of good songs that made it on the new CD "A Rhyme & Reason". Jimi and I collaborate on everything now, and it's a blast to work with a Grammy award winning songwriter. He pushes me to get the best out of me, and I love that."
When asked about a little further down the road for the band, Jeff just smiled.
"We shall see what 2010 brings."