J. Greene & The Steady
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J. Greene & The Steady

Austin, Texas, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Austin, Texas, United States | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Band Blues Soul




"J. Greene & The Steady's "That's Alright" Featured on ABC's Nashville"

Now on @Nashville_ABC "That's Alright" by @JGandtheSteady - http://jgreeneandthesteady.com - ABC Music Lounge

"Music Video- J. Greene & The Steady - Shakedown"

Re-emerging from their former multiple award-winning incarnation as indie/soul band Suite 709 with a new name and a new musical mindset, 'something with more soul, depth, and realness...something more raw...real music with a message of hope and love for all', Texas 5-piece rock-n-soul band J. Green & The Steady relaunched themselves as Officially Showcasing Artists at this years SXSW under the new moniker, here showing off their freshly instituted blend of r&b, soul and rock'n'roll influences with the churningly energetic combination of a riff-laden and compellingly bold rock-infused urgency and the passionately exclamatory vocals from charismatic frontman Jirod Greene in 'Shakedown'.

With a legacy of multiple Austin Chronicle Music awards for Top 3 Male Vocalist and Top 3 Soul/Blues band as well as recognition from Rolling Stone and Billboard Magazine that they earned while Suite 709, the new direction as J. Greene & The Steady in 2014 for the Otis Redding, James Brown, Donny Hathaway and Michael Jackson influenced singer Jirod Greene and band members Dietrich Schmidt (Keyboards / Vocals), David Butler (Guitar), Drew Walters (Bass) and Chris Munoz (Drums) was born out of a 'year and a half of jamming and songwriting. There were no boundaries or goals in creating music; just five brothers in a room jamming, and singing about life'.

Read more: http://next2shine.com/music-video-j-greene-steady-shakedown#ixzz3MZgleN70 - The Next 2 Shine

"Austin's Suite 709 takes different approach to pop"

Suite 709 doesn’t shy away from the (sometimes dreaded) pop label. In fact, the Austin band embraces the tag.

“I feel like when people hear that word, they think of the color pink and bubble gum. Pop is the trend, but as artists, you should redefine what’s popular. Redefine the trend,” says singer Jirod Greene. “Pop is what you make it and what you give into.”

The group was a vibrant highlight during last month’s Free Press Summer Fest, showcasing strong melodies and slick musicianship during a sweltering, midafternoon set. Greene has a vocal blend that recalls Lenny Kravitz and Adam Levine on standout tunes “Heartache (Won’t Let Me Go),” “She Don’t Even Know” and new single “Life Won’t Let You Down,” which seems designed for arena singalongs.

The band’s new album, “Night & Day,” is out Monday, and one of the tunes, “I Like It,” has been picked up in an international Google Plus campaign.

How many times have you been asked to explain the band name?
We’ve been asked about the band name about 709 times. It signifies the month and the year the band came together — July 2009. The “Suite” part is more of what we call ourselves, especially when we write. It houses all of our thoughts and ideas.

Where did you learn your way around a pop song? It seems pretty effortless.
My influences span across several genres and styles, from Luther Vandross, Stevie Wonder, Sam Cooke, Otis Redding and Ella Fitzgerald to John Legend, Musiq SoulChild, Dave Hollister, Fred Hammond and Beyoncé.

What’s the challenge of being a developing band in Austin?
Everyone is in a band. Bands play every night of the week, so sometimes I think people are a bit jaded in Austin. It’s competitive, but I’d say one of the most challenging things is making the type of music that we make. There aren’t a lot of soul bands in the Austin area, so finding other bands to put on a bill that complement our style is tough.

How did you hook up with Houston-raised producer and songwriter Dwight Baker?
He’s beyond pro. We were just fortunate that we got to work together. We reached out to him for our first EP, and, thankfully, he agreed to work with us and has been for two projects now. He knows how to trim the fat, so to speak, in songs, making them speak without having them ramble on. He’s pushed us to be better songwriters and musicians.

What are your impressions of Houston?
Three of us are from surrounding cities. I feel like some of my favorite people came out of Houston. When I’m out of state, and I hear a song from a Houston artist, I always throw up the “H” for DJ Screw, Big Moe, Lil Keke and, of course, Beyoncé. I could feel an electric vibe around the city during Free Press Summer Fest. It was so different from other festivals. I feel like Houston is hungry for good music.

What are the goals beyond Austin and Texas?
We’re kicking off our first national tour in Houston. I love Austin, but it’s time to share some of that with the rest of the country and, hopefully, the world. We’re all about sending positive energy through our music. Making people feel good, making them move, making them feel.

Suite 709 CD release
With: Pot Belly, Deep Ella, the Soldier Thread, Castle Lights and Soapbox Revolutionx
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Fitzgerald’s, 2706 White Oak
Tickets: $10 advance, $12 at the door; 713-862-3838 or unlocksuite709.com - The Houston Chronicle - Joey Guerra

"Suite 709 Are Movin' Up"

Suite 709 Are Movin' Up

Straight out of the big school of rock and roll comes Suite 709. Graduating with honors they've learned the lessons of huge songs, bigger hooks, and soulful singing from the masterclass of radio friendly tunes. They're such masters that their album Night & Day is like the best thing that Maroon 5 never released! Happily sitting in the middle of the road, Suite 709 are waiting for the world to catch up to them and make them the rightful stars they should be.

With a bit of funk, a lot of soul and a whole bunch of rock and roll Suite 709 have a little bit of something for everyone. They have songs that soar, songs that kick a little butt, songs that are unforgettable, and ballads that swoon. It's all here and it's over flowing with massive potential. These guys are clearly on the verge of becoming something like a Coldplay, Hootie, Dave Matthews; a massive crossover band that sells out every enormodome on the planet. Just listen to "Life Won't Let You Down," and you'll see exactly what I'm talking about. Serious, these dudes are destined for big things.

Night & Day is a big record with big aspirations. This is the sort of thing that's destined for radio play somewhere constantly. Suite 709 have just begun to tap into their potential here and one suspects with a few bucks and some time these guys are going to realize that potential. So, my advice to you is if you like mainstream rock and roll/pop get on the ground floor with Suite 709 because they'll be moving on up. - The POP! Stereo


I’ve been meaning to write about these guys for a while now, but when their single “Life Won’t Let You Down” crossed my desk again today I couldn’t resist. This is one of those r&b pop nuggets perfectly built for summer consumption, ready-made to be played full volume from speakers as you roll the windows down and belt out the chorus to various passers-by. Austin’s Suite 709 brings r&b and soul together to build a formula for pop music which is immediately accessible to a wide audience — it’s the kind of honest party atmosphere the people behind that cesspool known as LMFAO could only dream of.

Suite 709's album Night & Day has brought immediate comparisons to Michael Jackson and James Brown, but the vibe on songs like “She Ain’t Easy” reminds me of what Maroon 5 used to be before Adam Levine sold his soul to pop-Satan. The rhythm section behind this group is to die for, and Night & Day is chock-full of singable pop smashes in the making. Call them a logical follow-up to the soul-pop revival of bands like Fitz and the Tantrums. If this is the direction r&b-based pop is heading, I’m definitely along for the ride. You’ll be able to hear the full album when it comes out July 9th, but until then, check out “Life Won’t Let You Down” below: - Hear Hear Music

"Suite 709 striking chords online"

AUSTIN (KXAN) - Austin-based rock group "Suite 709" is gaining a national following by going online.

The band has a strong presence on social networks like Facebook , Twitter and YouTube . Their music can even be heard in an advertisement for Google +.

Check out Suite 709's music here
This summer, the band performed its single "I Like It" live in a Google+ hangout with fans around the world watching and commenting. The performance was later used in an ad for Google +.

"I want to see you guys on national television in England next year or this year," said one fan in the hangout.

Now, with their new single "Life Won't Let You Down" hitting stores, the band is starting to tour in "real life" this July. The band will perform in Austin on Saturday at Antone's night club. They will also perform in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and as far away as Minneapolis.

Buy tickets online for "Suite 709's" performance at Antone's
The band burst onto the national scene after a breakout performance at South by Southwest 2010. At that time, the group had no recordings -- let alone any band photos.

Vocalist Jirod Greene first joined up with his kindergarten classmate David Butler when they were in high school. Keyboardist Dietrich Schmidt joined the duo after meeting Butler at the University of Texas. Bass guitarist Drew Walters and drummer Zach Boston joined soon after.

The group's music can be described as a blend of R&B, soul and rock.

They've used social media to sell out shows and even fund some albums. Their EP "Keys" was 100 percent funded by their fans.

On Friday the band performed "Life Won't Let You Down" on the KXAN News at Noon. - KXAN News, Kevin Kline

"Suite 709: Vintage Pop Group on using Social Media to Connect"

Suite 709, a Vintage Pop group in the Top 100 on I-Tunes, visited KOMU 8 News on Monday to talk about its music and how its using Google Plus Hangouts to expand its global reach with fans. The group is from Austin, TX and is holding mini concerts by combining You Tube and Google Plus. The members met in grade school. They recently released an album called "Night and Day". To listen to Suite 709's music, check out www.unlocksuite709.com . Before and after the interview, Suite 709 answered fan questions via KOMU 8 News' Google Plus Hangout. - KOMO News, Sarah Hill

"Review: Suite 709's soulful return to Austin"

Austin soul/funk/pop/rock band Suite 709 recently went on their first, but definitely not last, national tour. Upon their return to Austin, KGSR and Do512 teamed up to throw them a homecoming party at The Parish last night. Suite 709's hoard of passionate fans welcomed them back enthusiastically, jamming right along with the guys.
What a performance…whew! I’ve never seen these guys live before. Most of my exposure to Suite 709 has been with their well-received single, “Life Won’t Let You Down,” which is on regular rotation at KGSR. The song is definitely radio perfect, and I see it being picked up by many stations, both here in Austin and nationally.
Back to the show, these guys are beyond amazing live. You might be thinking that I’m being too enthusiastic. But seriously, if you haven’t seen them, GO. You will leave with a huge smile on your face and your faith in humanity might just be restored. Okay, I may be going a bit overboard on that last part, but the smile will be there, guaranteed.
Jirod Greene has a star presence on stage and his voice is, well, just wow. WOW. Greene and his bandmates hearken back to the heyday of Motown, the Jackson Five and James Brown, when soul music reigned supreme. They have both a classic and a modern sound, all rolled up into an incredible package. What I think will make them major stars, is that their music translates equally well on radio and live. And what really, really sets them apart is their funky, soulful enthusiastic live performances, which turn the whole venue into one big-ass dance party. It’s the quality of supreme musicianship, combined with soul, funk and a frontman that has a voice that blasts away any rivals, that sets these guys apart in the vast pop music scene.
Also, they rock on drums, on guitar, on bass, on keys. And that ability, coupled with everything else I’ve already gushed about, means they have major crossover appeal. Just ask me. I’m a huge rock fan at heart, and I obviously, loved, loved, loved their performance last night. To top it all off, their set was so varied. They had a slow and smooth love jam in the mix, a funky Michael Jackson- type number and then ended the night with a raucous, loud rock song that brought the house down. It was my favorite song of the night.
I greatly enjoyed all of the songs last night, but I’m going to give a shout-out to a few in particular. “Novocaine” is a sweet, soft, soulful love song that features some beautiful lyrics performed beautifully by Greene. “Tonight Is My Night” was a funky jam, that reminded me of a cross between ’80s Michael Jackson and ’70s The Jackson Five.“Apples and Oranges” had the catchiest and best chorus of the night. And finally, “I Like It” was the most rocking number of the night. Take a listen to “Apples and Oranges,” and I guarantee you’ll have the chorus churning in your head the rest of the day.

Really, as you can tell, I highly recommend you check them out. Their debut album, Night & Day is available now. Get it now, you won’t be sorry. - Vivogig, Shannon D.

"Suite 709 "Night & Day" Soul Party"

One of the things that I dig about what I do is the fact that I get to hear so much fantastic music before (almost) anyone else. “Night and Day” is no exception. Scratch that, it is exceptional! I don’t recall who it was that turned me on to these cats, but I’m sure glad they did.
“She got class, that’s why she in a league of her own…” Almost any time I hear a simple eighth-note lick on a Rhodes 73 start a record off, I figure I’m in for something classy. And Suite 709 are definitely in a league of their own. “[It] ain’t easy” to write a review on a record like this one. Finding the words to do justice to the music can be a tough chore!
Every song has it’s own special something that grabs ears and makes feet want to do the 709 Shuffle. Hit the guys up on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/suite709) to figure that one out. From rockin’ guitar riffs to great organ pads, cool modulated bass, and of course those groovy Rhodes sounds, the fellas have a great grasp on sounds that make you wanna get up and dance.
Jirod Greene’s smooth vocals and easy style are perfectly complimented by Dietrich Schmidt’s keys and David Butler’s tasty guitar. Drew Walters on bass and Zach Boston behind the kit lay a rhythm bed for the group that moves the songs along like a steamroller (and that’s a good thing). Heck, Boston even knows when not to play - when was the last time you heard a drummer stop for a measure or two?
Real Musicians!
So many groups today just jam on constantly, covering up the vocal, pounding out 32nd note double kick drums over what should be a ballad, running guitar leads over the top of everything while the bassist just goes nuts… Not these guys! No-sir-ee-bob!… they are musicians. Each part and each instrument is chosen for a purpose, they play off each other and compliment the other guy. That’s rare, these days, and I (for one) appreciate the heck out of it.
What are you doin’ to me? I like it.
I’ve had the cans clamped down tight all day (except for when I had it cranked up on the studio monitors) and I’ve felt like I was seven years old – hiding that transistor a.m. radio under the pillow, after bed-time. Stevie Wonder, Kool and the Gang, KC and the Sunshine Band, Percy Sledge and so many great soul/pop/rock acts came out of that little speaker. The guys that make up Suite 709 are a bit young for it, but I think they must have listened to them all.
“Every Suite 709 show is like a party from beginning to end. With a sound that has been classified by fans as funk to rock & soul, Suite 709 blends the elements of R&B and Soul with a touch of Rock to create a unique style that translates to multiple audiences. The Suite 709 sound is reminiscent of Motown’s mega-pop group The Jackson 5 to modern day R&B superstar John Legend, with a touch of James Brown’s flare. Their thrilling live show is an indication of one thing in particular: Suite 709 wants to make you dance. ” (www.unlocksuite709.com)
I could go on, but it’s time for you to experience it for yourself. I think you’ll agree, Suite 709 are on their way to some serious success in the music world.
Live on Google Plus
Last week, in an article about using G+ to help promote your music career ( http://wp.me/p1xwHa-IZ includes a video from Red Bull with the song “I Like It” ) , I mentioned the neat things Suite 709 are doing over there, and here is an example of one of them. A live concert from 501 Studios in Austin, TX was streamed to a Hangout via Youtube.

Get you some – you’ll like it !
I do believe I’ll be trying to scrape up some extra cash to order a copy of this one on vinyl – yes I said, “vinyl.” You should, too. Hey, I’ve already got a darn fine high-res digital copy on all my computers and phones, but that ain’t enough! I’ve been jammin’ this all night, and “I’ma do it again tomorrow night.”
Get your copy here: www.unlocksuite709.com/store
Band Website: www.unlocksuite709.com
G+: https://plus.google.com/u/0/110748045588517484202/posts
Facebook: facebook.com/suite709
Youtube: youtube.com/suite709tv - Middle Tennessee Music, Jedi Bret

"New Music Monday - Suite 709"

Based out of Austin, Texas, Suite 709 mixes soul, rock and R&B to make a sound reminiscent of Lenny Kravitz with classic Motown tossed in. Forming in July 2009 (hence the name), the band is led by vocalist Jirod Greene, who states his earliest influences as Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, Otis Redding and John P. Kee. Rounding out the quintet is Dietrich Schmidt on keys, David Butler on guitar, Drew Walters (bass) and Zach Boston (drums).

Though the group’s latest album Night and Day released on July 9th, I’ve only had a chance to listen to their Live Hangout EP which was recorded via Google+ Hangout on August 3rd. Being that the guys are huge into utilizing social networking platforms to reach fans, their first single “I Like It” (also from Night and Day) is part of Google+’s most recent Ad campaign for “Hangouts On-Air”. But from the first listen of the EP, I felt as if a party was about to ensue. With tracks such as “Tonight Is My Night’ and “She Don’t Even Know,” Suite 709 might be one of my new favorite bands of 2012 (next to Alabama Shakes, of course). By the way, if you’re in Austin on Thursday, August 30, the guys will play a FREE show at The Parrish Room (214 E. 6th St.) at 9pm. See ya there! - Unclouded by Ambition, ND McCray

"Google+ to Launch 'Studio Mode' Live Broadcasting Feature Today"

Google+ have made strides over the past year to associate Hangouts as online gathering places with established artists; they launched "Hangouts on Air" last September with a concert by the Black Eyed Peas' will.i.am (who is in about 300,000 less circles than Musk). But they've stuck by early adopters like Musk, encouraging their feedback. One group, who has grown its fanbase from just 20 to over 200,000 since January, is the Austin, Texas-based Suite 709. Groves approached the band about test-driving Studio Mode last month, and the musicians appreciated the upgrade.

"We used to go back into all the YouTube videos and replace the audio with what we were recording in the studio," keyboardist Dietrich Schmidt says. "The audio in Hangouts was compressing our music into this really tiny frequency area. With the new Studio Mode, it sounds like what we would enhance the audio with in our studio recordings. It saves a lot of legwork on the back end."

With Studio Mode engaged, the bass sounds powerful, and stereo sound design makes all of the instruments sound distinct. Most impressive, though, is the range of shimmering highs and well-defined mid frequencies. "When I sing in Hangouts, I tell myself in my mind, Please sing on pitch," frontman Jirod Greene says with a laugh. "I think that's the cool thing about it. People are hearing everything for real, for real."

And that's not done in a pro studio, says Groves. "They're not using $3,000 Neuman microphones. They're using basic mics like Shure SM 57s, and it sounds fantastic."

Read more: http://www.rollingstone.com/culture/blogs/gear-up/google-to-launch-studio-mode-live-broadcasting-feature-today-20120813#ixzz2535jSnuL - Rolling Stone, Kory Grow

"Suite 709 Live from the Hangout"

Over the last decade, an impressive array of artists have hit the music scene, all united in their love of vintage soul, R&B and funk. It's the kind of revival that cuts across all levels of fame, from global pop icons Adele and the late Amy Winehouse to gritty indie acts such as Alabama Shakes and Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears. Between their punchy ensemble interplay and singer Jirod Greene's soaring croon, Suite 709 fits snugly between these two poles.

Shortly after coming together in 2009, the quintet made a name for themselves in their hometown of Austin, Texas (a citizenry that certainly boasts some of the most discerning music aficionados in all of the United States). To date, the group have released an album and a pair of extended play titles; the most recent being the Live Hangout EP, a Google Play exclusive that captures the band's renowned prowess as live performers. Not only that, it displays their deep knowledge of the old school. Suite 709 might hail from the South, yet the electric piano-tinged tunes "Heartache" and "Tonight Is My Night" reflect their love of Motown's up-tempo joyousness, as well as the smooth Philly Soul cool of Hall & Oates. Then there's "I Like It," a party-time raver that'll have you stomping, snapping and swinging.

Watch their live performance in a Google Hangout, and grab a free track below. – Justin Farrar, Google Play - Google Play, Justin Farrar


Coming down from a hard week sometimes you need a smooth jam. Look no further than this fantastic track from Austin, Texas locals Suite 709. Have a listen to this track and find out why they’re blowing up, climbing the iTunes charts and being featured prominently over in Google Play and performed a Google Plus live streaming concert. The combination of soulful vocals with a grooving rhythm section and dashes of organ make for a sound somewhere between the modern R&B of John Legend and the sound of classic Stevie Wonder.

But don’t be fooled by this track. This is a band with a diverse sound that combines solid rock instrumentation with beautiful vocals. Between Suite 709, Ghostland Observatory, Toadies, The Sword and Willie Nelson, it’s hard for this Texas native not to be proud of the fantastic and diverse musical talent that comes from the Lone Star State. - Jarad Matula | Senior Writer OurVinyl.com

"Suite 709 - Night & Day"

Suite 709 – Night & Day
2012, Suite 709
In a day and age when modern R&B has become cliché and the rock and roll on radio sounds pro-forma and pre-packaged, it’s refreshing to find a band that blends the two with a real sense of life. Suite 709 will make you want to dance, but without the mind numbing beats of electronic music or the lyrical rashness of modern pop. Suite 709 is a party waiting to happen, a fact that becomes readily apparent on their debut album, Night & Day.
Kicking things off with “Tonight Is My Night”, a vibrant song celebrating love in its many splendors, Suite 709 impresses from the start. Front man Jirod Greene is part Jermaine Stewart and part Philip Bailey, impressing with golden tones and an acrobatic vocal style that engages the listener. “She Don’t Even Know” carries a distinctive pop sensibility, sucking the listener in with a radio-ready sound while flying a bit loose lyrically. “Rockets” is a catchy, upbeat love song that you won’t be able to shake, although the lyrical component seems a bit rote.
“Miss You The Most (True Love)” is a bit bland, but carries a nice melody that may have been better spent in a different arrangement. It’s a solid effort, but perhaps just not up to the standard set thus far by Suite 709. “I Like It” brings the funk in a lively number that will have you feet ready to boogie. If you aren’t moving to this number then you simply aren’t listening. Suite 709 takes a bow with “Apples And Oranges”, the best writing on the album. Suite 709 achieves a classic Motown feel here, updating it a bit in style and sound, but making the case that they not only belong, but are here to stay.
Jirod Greene is the sort of front man who can make a band, a fact that should not be used to overlook the rest of Suite 709. These guys play together like they were born together. Greene’s enigmatic vocal style stands out, but he’s really just part of a dynamic ensemble whose full talent has yet to be tapped. Night & Day is a great introduction to a band that is going to have a lot to say over the next few years. Don’t be surprised if Suite 709 is a staple on commercial radio in the not-too-distant future.
Rating: 4 Stars (Out of 5)
Learn more about Suite 709 at www.unlocksuite709.com. - Wildy's World

"Sound Check: Suite 709 – Reasons to Feel"

How do you make music? Before responding, note the most literal answer is not entirely the correct one. Playing instruments and booking studio time to record and engineer vocals and instrumentation for profitable replication comes at a distant second in the process. Making music starts within.

Austin, TX natives Suite 709 is an inside-out type group. Members Jirod Green (vocals), David Butler (guitar), Dietrich Schmidt (keys), Zach Boston (drums), and Drew Walters (bass) give every bit of themselves with each performance – recorded or live. The quintet replicates what’s in their hearts and souls, rewarded by a rapidly growing legion of adoring fans who seek their music to move and be moved. After yet another stellar showing at the annual SXSW (South By Southwest) music festival and conference, admirers are clamoring for their second album Night & Day to feel how they make music.

Suite 709 took time off their busy professional schedules to get person with SoulTrain.com in this exclusive interview.

Soul Train: Your music – with its many layers, the emotion in the lyrics, and how well your songs build from start to finish – reminds me of a movie score. Can you picture one of your songs playing during a dramatic movie moment?

Jirod: [Laughs] I definitely can! It’s all I think about, really. One of our songs, “True Love”, I can see a Manhattan setting with taxi cabs lined up and a couple who haven’t seen each other in a long time running toward each other in slow motion. I think about that frequently, actually. With the careful construction of the music we write I can see it happening.

Soul Train: How would you guys feel about a Rock Band: Suite 709 video game?

David: That would be amazing! Then I could see everyone play my guitar parts better than me. [Laughs] I think as far as popular culture goes we’re this interesting balance of soul, emotional expressiveness, and songwriting. I think we’re just striving to connect emotionally. Things that are authentic connect with people. And Jirod always says “make sure you put some soul in it”. In pop music there’s plenty of room for soul and authenticity. Music can go as far as you want it to. We’re not shying away from that, we want to connect with as many people as possible.

Soul Train: It sounds like Jirod is the Quincy Jones of the group.

Jirod: [Laughs] That’s my job!

Soul Train: If Jirod is Quincy Jones, who is Michael Jackson?

[Everyone laughs]

Jirod: [Still laughing] That’s not a fair question! I feel a bit of Michael Jackson influence on me, too!

Dietrich: Sometimes I like to think I’ve got moves like Michael! [Laughs]

Soul Train: One of the things I hear most about your music is it’s moving. So Dietrich, when Suite 709 began to find itself did you feel like you had to re-approach the way you play the keys to create feeling instead of sound?

Dietrich: Definitely! Me, David, and Jirod were all playing in a progressive rock band before we started Suite 709. It was stuff going on all over the place. I almost had to relearn to play piano because we started playing more soul, R&B, Motown-influenced stuff. I had to relearn chords. So, yes, it was like starting over.

Soul Train: David, was there a point in the beginning of the group where you felt you couldn’t be as technical with the guitar?

David: For me there’s lots of joy in being a part of something bigger than just guitar-centric music. I really enjoy the intricacies of playing more rhythms than the typical rocker. It’s all centered around the groove. What might not be considered as technical, it’s actually satisfying to each of our personalities through the groove and the richness of what we’re playing together. The focus in doing that comes from being a unit.

Soul Train: Some believe a drum track is what brings a song to life. Yet you’re all blended so well. So Zach, did you think you’d ever be playing the drums melodically instead of just rhythmically?

Zach: No, and it’s bee - Soul Train, Mr. Joe Walker

"Hot 100 Unsigned Artists of 2012"

Suite 709 was voted as one of the Hottest 100 unsigned bands of 2012 across America by Music Connection Magazine in L.A. - Music Connection Magazine

"You Are The Key To Suite 709"

Since their debut at SXSW 2010, The Austin Times has followed Suite 709, http://theaustintimes.com/2010/08/the-flavor-of-soul-suite-709 Throughout the past year, news of this band has spread like a viral wild fire. The band has sold out venues such as the Parish and Antone’s; received accolades from critics calling them “best new band in Austin’ and “a rare treasure in today music history” http://www.examiner.com/music-in-austin/austin-music-examiner-end-of-2010-picks and was ranked as one of the Top Ten Best New Bands in Austin by the Austin Chronicle http://www.austinchronicle.com/gyrobase/Awards/MusicAwards – all without any sort of album or recording.

Over the last few months, word of Suite 709’s fresh new sound has fallen on the ears of Platinum Producer and Songwriter Dwight Baker http://www.matchbox-studios.com/ Baker approached Suite 709 to collaborate with him — specifically to record an album to be launched on the national scene.

Now, you, as a fan, have a chance to be a part of the next phase in Suite 709’s journey as they begin their launch on a national level, by joining the movement. The Band has teamed up with Kickstarter, www.tinyurl.com/suite709kickstarter the largest funding platform for creative projects in the world, to create a campaign, with a very short and aggressive deadline of April 30, 2011. If the band does not raise the $10,000 necessary to cover the cost of the album, the project will not be funded.

“A lot of our friends have raised money using Kickstarter and we knew we didn’t have the money to fund this ourselves. It’s really expensive to record an album on this level and we didn’t have the resources so we thought that what better way to get the fans involved,” says Dietrich Schmidt (keys and vocals).

Unlike a traditional fundraising campaign, where individuals donate a lump sum towards the total cost of the album, “You are the Key to Suite 709” campaign has taken a different approach. Essentially, you, the fans have the opportunity to invest in Suite 709 at the ground floor, by pre-purchasing the album and other special perks from the band. There are different levels of contribution, from as little as $25 to as much as $10,0000. Examples of some of the rewards include:

Autographed album

VIP access to Suite 709 CD Release Party

Private listening party in the studio

Guest list spots to Suite 709 shows for an entire year

An original song written on a topic of your choice and recorded just for you

A private show at your house

Lifetime VIP Access to any Suite 709 Show in the World

However, there are only a limited amount of these investment opportunities available and all payments must be received by April 30th to qualify for the Kickstarter campaign.

This Industry EP will contain songs preformed over the past year plus some songs written over the last two months. CLICK HERE FOR A TEASER OF ONE OF THE SONGS ON THE EP http://soundcloud.com/katalinatx/suite-709-sound-clip-2

If you have never experienced a Suite 709 show, this is a band that is getting major national attention. “Suite 709 has a fresh sound that is extremely relevant right now. This record is definitely going to attract some major label attention,” says Baker. “While we are writing ‘pop music,’ it’s not in the current vein of pop music, it’s not the ‘I’m cheating on my boyfriend, cheating on my girlfriend,’ or ‘I’m getting completely blacked out drunk at a club.’ This is feel good music, songs you can sing and dance to, songs that make you feel better for listening, songs that you can’t help but smile or move to when you listen to it. That’s what we’re going for, because that’s what translates a good vibe, and that’s what we want to present to fans and do with our music in general,” says Dietrich Schmidt.

But outside of just Suite 709, there is a huge reason to join this movement. Like in the 90’s with grunge music coming out of Seattle, and in the past five years or so, with music coming out of Brooklyn, there are a pocket of bands, from Austin that are really drawing some national attention. By supporting artists, such as Suite 709, you are helping propel a movement of Austin Indie artists translating to the national scene. “It’s really bigger than us, it’s a great thing if any band can get national attention and launch out of the Austin music scene,” Says David Butler (guitar).

HEAR MORE FROM DAVID BUTLER AND DIETRICH SCHMIDT FROM SUITE 709 http://soundcloud.com/katalinatx/interview-with-suite-709-audio

In less than a month, the band has already raised almost $8,000. With a little more than a week to go, there are only a few investment spots still available. It is uncommon for bands this young, who have not yet recorded an album to receive attention from top producers in the industry. However, it does not matter how talented a group is, if they do not have the means to get exposed and get their music into the hands of the right individuals in - The Austin Times, Katie Warner

"HOT BAND: In the Studio with Suite 709: Why You Have To See This Band Live"

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Your feet hear it and instinctively start to tap. Tapping gives way to a rhythmic step as the rest of your legs wake up your hips with a gentle sway. Your whole body can’t help but move with a shimmy from your shoulders, and when the sound hits your ears, a soulful rock melody, your brain quickly searches for a swing dancing partner. ? The horns come in and you’ve traveled back to 60s silhouettes and kitten heels. You’re on the dance floor with Suite 709.

The Sound
Jirod Greene, lead vocals, describes the band’s sound as a blend of Jackson 5 and John Legend. David Butler expands, “We are a band that is doing soul music, music that makes you move, makes you dance. We feel like as far as bands go, we are mixing soul, rock and R&B in a way that others are
not.” Anyone that has been to a live performance by Suite 709 will agree that the show never
lacks energy.

The Name
“Suite 709 is a place we go to create music. When people go to party or do big executive
things, they go to a suite. Suite 709 is our creative place to write music,” says Jirod. Suite 709 has
a wonderful blend of make you move music and make you think lyrics. Good lyrical writing is
hard to come by in this time of “housed up” pop stars like Ke$ha brushing her teeth with a bottle
of Jack. A personal favorite, “She Don’t Even Know,” is about a girl that should leave the guy that doesn’t treat her right and realize her self worth. ? is is relief from the popular message that love is about sex in a club or accompanied by domestic abuse. Thanks, Eminem.

The Performance
Words do no justice to the performance quality found at a Suite 709 show. All of the boys bring an interesting style to the mix. Classy meets funk in the best way possible. Vests, ties, and outrageous hair set the stage. ? The music gives strings to the crowd’s puppet limbs and nothing short of an all out
dance party erupts as Dietrich Schmidt theatrically switches from keys to guitar. Jirod does a mix of dance, jump, Michael Jackson-ing and the audience tries desperately to follow his lead. ? The result is an audience begging for an encore that never ends.

The Hair
Rock stars are known for outlandish but cutting edge hair. Suite 709 doesn’t disappoint. Jirod has perfected what he calls the “conch.” Yes, like the shell. “I’ve perfected this look. It takes exactly five minutes and requires 36 bobby pins.” Well ladies, Study Breaks is working hard to catch him in the act, so be checking the website for the video “How-To Conch It.”

Endearing Passionate Supporters
With such stunning good looks, excellent hair and impeccable musical ability, Study Breaks was curious about whether the boys had any crazed stalker fans. To that the band pleads the ?fifth and explained that they love all of their endearing and
passionate supporters.

Suite 709 on the National Scene
?The group is also moving and shaking on the national scene making appearances and networking at various exclusive events. Last month Jirod and Dietrich were seen at a private Moet & Chandon party in Chicago where they were meeting with Legendary R&B performer/songwriter Ne-yo. NBC Chicao captured a few picture pics of Ne-yo and Suite 709 in VIP. - Study Breaks Magazine, Jenny Baker (US Weekly)

"Suite 709’s debut album blends genres, soulful vocals"

Since making their debut at South By Southwest last year, Suite 709 has built a devoted following that reaches far beyond its Austin base. With help from fans, the band successfully raised $10,000 to fund their recently released debut album, Keys. Never afraid to wear hooks and pop melodies on their sleeves, Suite 709 has made an album that serves as Austin’s answer to Bruno Mars, retaining his same soul without resorting to hackneyed lyrics or saccharine music.

Keys is an unadulterated throwback to soul, rock, pop and funk when music could avoid irony, when love could be dopey and cheesy but still true and when experimentation meant adding another instrument.

“She Don’t Even Know” features a stomping beat and an infectious hook about a girl oblivious to the perfect man in front of her. “Rockets” soars on lead singer Jirod’s Greene’s “oh, ohs” and the gentle tings of a xylophone. Listeners are bound to sigh at the engagement-song-ready chorus of “Miss You the Most (True Love)” (And I miss you the most when our favorite song comes on/When we’re talking on the phone). The album ends on the triumphant album highlight “Apple and Oranges.”

Throughout, Greene’s soulful vocals easily capture the excitement but also the disappointing sides of love, while the melodies effortlessly blend genres, from blues to soul. - The Daily Texan, Julie Tran

"Suite 709 Brought the Crowd to Stubb's as They Proved They Are On the Rise"

The pride of every band is the music, and there is no better way to show off the sweat, blood and tears than when a group lay their heart on the line with the release of their debut album. Suite 709 owes their fans a lot more than just music; their debut album was funded in part by their fans, gaining Suite 709 the ability to show the world their music. With this being said, from the moment the band walked on stage the night of July 9th (7.09, clever right?), they continuously praised every member of the crowd packed together in the inside stage of Stubb’s barbeque.

Having missed the first act, BK and Mr. E, we were pleasantly surprised to arrive at Stubbs as The Vettes were starting their set. With the lead singer clad in a pleather outfit, large jewelry and a feathered hair dress, she was seductively prancing around the stage immediately drawing us to the indie dance sound. Having driven from their hometown in New Orleans for the CD release show, their talent, energy and connection on stage gained the group more fans in Austin, including us. As we spoke to the lead singer after the show, we were informed that the Vettes were all siblings; yet another intriguing aspect of the group. Following the second act, The Canvas Waiting took the stage with their emo, post-punk and indie rock sound. While watching the group entertain the audience, it was no secret they are heavy hitters in the live music scene. They gained the attention of the crowd and had everyone singing along with the group during the 80’s hit song “Bizarre Love Triangle, ” putting more of a unique, trendy spin on the once top 40 song. Although we are a fan of the group and have seen them before, “Bizarre Love Triangle” was the most memorable song of the night and the members of the band looked as if they were just going through the motions of playing yet another show for their friends.

With the Canvas Waiting’s short set finished, Suite 709 quickly loaded their equipment on stage and as they unraveled the banner behind the drum kit, the crowd erupted in applause. Walking through the crowd and onto the stage, in a grand entrance, the lead singer Jirod Greene appeared with his dreadlocks propped up in a pompadour and Lego heart pinned on his vest jacket. The first song of the night “Dance All Night” was a perfect opener as it grabbed the limbs of the audience and thrust everyone into a giant dance party in the dimly lit basement bar. With the momentum high from the first song, the group kept the crowd pleased with the song “Rockets.” Although the slower tempo proved to be a risky move after such an energetic introduction, it was another crowd favorite with bodies swaying and singing in front of the stage. Following “Rockets ” the group broke into the poppy, yet soul inspired song “Apples and Oranges.”With the previous five songs originals, Suite 709 tried their hands at a cover song and the execution of the cover “Crazy” by Gnarles Barkley completely blew us away. While the group started with light organ and clean guitar chords, Mr. Greene’s powerful vocals began the song and after a few bars of the into, immediately thrust into the momentum of the popular song and even, broke into the chorus of “Grenade” by Bruno Mars and mixed in lyrics of “Crazy in Love” by Beyonce, finishing strong with the final verse of the amazing cover. “Miss you the Most,” a song about long distance relationships slowed down the pace of the show yet again, yet allowed the audience the chance to try and get a little bit closer to that certain attractive someone standing next to them. As the show came to a close, it seemed the group saved the best songs for last. “She Don’t Even Know,” the single from their new album proved to be one of the best songs of the night with its moments of fluid, upbeat guitar and smooth vocals leading the way.

With the set list coming to an end, the energy of the last song immediately reflected the intense energy of the first one. Mr. Greene kindly warned the crowd that his erratic, crazy behavior could potentially knock lose the 30 bobby pins holding up his still perfect pompadour and with the cautionary, yet playful words the group blasted into “I Like It.” As the song was nearing an end, Mr. Greene exited the stage just as he had entered: through the crowd. Although the band constantly thanked the fans on stage, they all met at their merchandise table to personally thank their fans and sign posters and/or CD’s. Leaving the venue, we kept thinking about the amazing performance and we immediately plunged the debut EP into the CD player in our car. If you have yet to see this band live in Houston or Austin, we highly recommend seeing them live.

- Austin Live Music Review, Andrew Miller

"Suite 709: A Passionate, Genre-Hopping Band with a BIG SOUND!"

Club Review
Suite 709
Austin, TX

Contact: 512-940-7241; Suite709@gmail.com
Web: http://www.unlocksuite709.com/
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The Players: Jirod Greene, vocals; David Butler, guitar; Ross Falcon, bass; Dietrich Schmidt, keyboard, vocals; Zach Boston, drums; David Dalton, Alto Saxophone; Shane Walden, Trumpet, flute; Joey Dalton, Trombone.

Material: If James Brown, Dilated Peoples, and MGMT had a love-child, it would be Suite 709. This over-the-top group evokes many descriptions: big-band spoken-word, Motown soul-funk with electro-pop influences, orchestrated theme rap, even campy dance rock. However, the word that best explains the band is BIG: big style, big sound, and big performance. Mixing hard orchestral synth hits, deeply syncopated drums, a brass section, and distortion rock guitar, topped off by Greene’s hip-hop/soul vocals, this eclectic group performs mostly original compositions tailored to their unique sound. However, there are a few cover songs hiding up their sleeves, such as a funked up version of the White Stripes’ “Seven Nation Army,” which features a twisted drum groove injected with soul.

Musicianship: Greene’s vocals dominate the mix, ranging from smooth crooning to shouted rapping. Though he possesses neither an operatic range nor the gritty power of a hard rocker, the passion that imbues Greene’s voice, combined with smart lyrics, make his vocals shine. Schmidt displays exceptional skills on the synthesizer, switching deftly between multiple keyboards and patches while twisting and bouncing to the beat, often also singing backup at the same time. The lead guitar and brass compliment each other melodically, and synth effects are chosen well to fill in the harmonic balance and fit emotionally. Despite the unusually large number of members, this group is well synchronized and tight.

Performance: Greene’s dramatic gestures, all-out dancing, eccentric vocals, and wild outfit left no doubt that he was completely invested in his performance; like a bullhorn, he projected explosive energy into the room, and the crowd reacted enthusiastically to his magnetic, showy personality. With a garter belt around his bicep and a single glove reminiscent of the King of Pop, Greene definitely took the lead as the voluble, sweaty, un-ignorable head of the group. However, other members also poured their souls into the performance; the winds bounced and trumpeted, the keyboardist slammed the keys with enthusiasm, and the drummer played with abandon and flair.

Summary: This passionate, genre-hopping group is an example of a successful blending of many types of musical energy into a unique yet accessible sound. Their shows are loud, hot, and ultimately entertaining, with a “big” feel that would be at home in a stadium.
––Sarah Whited - Music Connection Magazine, Sarah Whited

"The Flavor of Soul: “Suite 709""

Suite 709, Austin’s newest band, has been compared to “John Legend meets The Jackson 5;” a fresh flavor with just a hint of vintage to round off a sound that stretches across several musical genres. Infectious rhythms, hooks that stick to your brain, and soulful vocals combine to produce a sound that moves through your body and makes you want to dance. The sound of Suite 709 is “a nod to several genres of musical influence, but definitely a fresh sound intended to make music lovers dance. Suite 709 is a tasty concoction of R&B, jazz, a bit of Rock, and a touch of Soul,” says vocalist, Jirod Greene.

Comprised of two sets of childhood friends, the makings of Suite 709 began as early as middle school. Vocalist, Jirod Greene, guitarist, David Butler, and bassist, Ross Falcon played together in one band, and then later merged with keyboardist, Dietrich Schmidt to create The Ars Supernova, which was named one of the “top 5 rated best new bands in Austin,” In 2009, several of the members of The Ars Supernova began discussing with fellow friends and musicians the idea of creating “a sound that was reminiscent of Motown yet fresh and relevant to today’s popular music scene.” Drummer, Zach Boston, had played in the band, Plane of Existence, with Dietrich prior to ‘The Ars Supernova era.’ and the horns section was composed entirely of friends that played with Dietrich and Zach in their high school band . . . and thus Suite 709 was born. Needless to say, “all the musicians that comprise Suite 709 are fairly comfortable being on stage and performing with one another at this point,” says Keyboardist, Dietrich Schmidt.

This level of comfort and familiarity is evident when seeing Suite 709 perform live. Without having a single recording, logo, or band photo to their name, the group hit the ground running with their debut at SXSW 2010 which included four showcases, followed by a series of private shows.
Along with the launch of their new website, the band hosted a SUITE 709 UNLOCKED: AUSTIN “SUITE PARTY” #1 at the Parish http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EhhQvTuhGFw .
While you can read reviews of the band and descriptions of the sound, it is difficult to capture in words, or for that matter, pictures that accurately depict a Suite 709 performance.
It is something you have to experience yourself. Perhaps one of the reasons is because the lead vocalist, Jirod is by far the most animated performer I have seen or attempted to photograph. The entire band seems to be constantly moving around, and enjoying themselves including Dietrich who at the time of their last performance, played flawlessly, even with a broken clavicle.
This seems only appropriate since the name “Suite 709” was selected because it “is a place we all go to share our ideas, write our music, and have a good time,” says Jirod. “Suite 709 is a new direction for all of these musicians and different from what a lot of bands are doing in Austin right now. While ‘Pop music’ is almost a bad word in this city, Suite 709 embraces it as music that all people can enjoy, and more importantly dance to . . . music that makes people move.”
By Katie Warner
Austin Times Staff - The Austin Times, Katie Warner

"SXSW 2011 Day 4 Recap"

Most of our afternoon was spent at Shiner's Saloon after stumbling in just looking for a place to grab some lunch. It was very Texan - wooden wagon wheel tables, cowhide-covered chairs, animal heads mounted to the walls - but also a little rock and roll. I embraced the intimate atmosphere and the lack of a real stage and was ready to experience some unknowns who turned out to all be pretty local.

One thing that Shiner's Saloon did that I wish all of the venues did was they had a booklet on every table and bar that outlined the participating bands - including a bio, photos, etc. It came in handy right away to identify the band already on stage as Suite 709.

Two immediate reactions that took precedence to the music itself: the band's energy and the band's style. They get the best-dressed award from me for the weekend - all in dress shirts and vests or ties, all looking very sharp. And although I felt it was probably inappropriate to ask, I really wanted to touch the lead singer's hair. Or at least just examine it closer to figure out how it was balancing and staying so perfect as he jumped around and danced with the beats.

If you asked me to identify Suite 709's style of music during their set, I probably would have changed my answer every time they played a new song. It often went from funk to pop to hip-hop to rock and roll to soul... catching on yet? All of the songs were catchy and I think the unique style probably helps them reach all kinds of fans. It didn't matter what kind of music you're normally into, you were bound to hear something you liked from this Austin band.

In addition to best dressed, I'd also give this band the award for our best stumbled upon unknown artist and that is what SXSW has always been about for me. - QRO Magazine, Tammi Myers


I'm gonna go out on a limb and say, that in less than 3 years, this band will have secured a label deal and will be on their way to becoming a household name. All hail the future Ambassadors of Pop/Rock music...SUITE 709!

From the first time I heard this band I was instantly hooked. I've been in the music business for almost 20 years now (I'm still 25, don't hate!) and my ears are very critical of new music that I hear. I usually will find something wrong with an emerging band, but Suite 709's music is different. It's original, it's well produced, it's melodic and the lyrics actually say something. Their image is also interesting. A couple of pompadour hair styles, a few 70's porn mustaches and VOILA! people are talking. Suite 709 (Jirod Greene, David Butler, Ross Falcon, Dietrich Schmidt and Zach Boston) hail from the musical city of Austin, TX, where they've built up quite a fan base. With their impressive showings at SXSW in 2011, they are now ready to release their debut CD "KEYS" on July 9th (7/09). For any lover of music, this CD is a must for your collection. A little bit of Maroon 5, a pinch of James Brown, a dash of John Legend and you have a sound that becomes uniquely Suite 709. I had a chance to talk with this guys and below are excerpts for our interview.

First of let me say that I'm an instant fan of your guys music. One day a week, I go over to this music company in Los Angeles called TAXI and I critique music. I came across a submission that had 3 of your songs on it and I just blew my lid. This is some really good stuff.

What has been the response so far to your music?

Jirod: A lot of our friends and family that heard our music really enjoyed it because it's fresh. People are saying that it's something that you're not hearing on the radio these days. So I guess fresh would be the word to sum it up.

How did the band get together?

Jirod: Oh Delious, do you really wanna hear this story?

I don't know when you put it like that, but go ahead.

Jirod: Ok, There was 2 different bands in Austin, TX. Different sets of friends from different home towns came together and formed Suite 709. You have one group of friends who were home town friends, and another group of friends who went to college together and another set of friends who were in another band, so it's like 3 sets of friends coming together to form Suite 709. That's the short end of it.

So you were in different bands?

Jirod: We were. One Progressive/Rock band and the other was Pop/Rock.

So how did you settle on what is to be know as the Suite 709 sound? Was there bickering concerning the direction you wanted to go or did you automatically say this is what you wanted to do?

David: I think it was a combination of just maturing as an artist and coming into the sound and also just finding our way as musicians and as songwriters. Every once in a while it would resonate. We had a couple songs that had a soul vibe that resonated really well with some of the earlier stuff we were doing. When we were forming this new group, we kinda looked at some of the past stuff we've done and said Hey! that stuff really resonated well with us as a group, so we just started experimenting and we definitely went through a period of time where we were finding that sound and then really kind of discovered it and really kind of found our voice during the recording process and started to get it out there and start writing more.

My favorite song is "Miss You the Most (True Love). When I heard this song at the office, I stood up and started clapping. (CLICK HERE TO LISTEN)

Suite 709: (Laughter)

Jirod: Coming from you that means a lot. You're talking to an All-4-One CD holder right here. I tried to imitate you back in the day, when I was in elementary school, (OUCH! LOL! Still 25 dammit!). You have such a deep rich voice, so I appreciate that. Thank you so much!

Thanks man, I appreciate you for saying that. When that song came on I started rocking from side to side. Really, Really good song. I was jealous cause I wanted to sing it myself. I can hear your influences in the music. I can hear John Legend in the Keys, and a bit of Maroon 5. Jirod, who did you listen to growing up? Was it a James Brown, Terrence Trent D'arby sort of thing?

Jirod: Well definitely James Brown. I grew up listening to, Michael Jackson, Jodeci, Boyz II Men and people like that. As I got a little older, I started listening to Otis Redding and Sam Cooke trying to discover the grit in my voice.

Your image is... not a weird image, but a distinct image. Is this an image that you purposely developed? Are you gonna stick with this image?

Jirod: The pompadour was inspired by James Brown. I have locks, so I just really dig a classic old school vibe with a new school twist. My idea for the band, as far as image goes, is just staying fresh and just changing it up a little bit sometimes.

To the other band members, in meeting up with the - Breakthrough Magazine, Delious Kennedy (All-4-One)

"Suite 709 Review"

As a UT grad student and an avid crossword puzzler, I often find myself picking up the Daily Texan. Though I have but one purpose for the paper, it’s not unusual for me to accidentally read some actual articles on my way to the syndicated puzzle in the back. Last week, I happened to notice an album review for local pop-rock band Suite 709. The review was mainly complimentary, doling out a B+ for the EP, and described the music as “an unadulterated throwback to soul, rock, pop and funk when music could avoid irony.” That sweeping generalization aside, it piqued my interest as a fan of all four of those genres.

I already had Suite 709 on my radar, though, having been tipped to their sugary goodness by a Sounds Under Radio fan. That connection isn’t surprising to me, since both of these bands are incredibly radio- and TV-show-friendly. Whereas SUR focus more on the ballad-y melodrama, though, Suite 709 go more for uptempo lite funk. They say in interviews that they are inspired by Motown and want to bring that style to a contemporary aesthetic. In that regard, I don’t think they’re succeeding. I guess I can see the Motown influence, but their music sounds more like 70s Philly soul to me. I hear the O’Jays and the Spinners as filtered through the soulful Adult Alternative of Maroon 5 and Train. “Apples and Oranges” is probably the best example:

Suite 709 - Apples and Oranges

You can hear the electric piano, the vaguely funky rhythm section, the build to the big horn-filled chorus and the positive lyrics affirming true love – combining elements from all of those artists mentioned above. This isn’t music that’s going to win much love from the Eastside hipster crowd (like Sounds Under Radio’s music), but it’s high quality feel-good music that should appeal to a wide swath of music lovers. Apparently, it already does since Suite 709 has been drawing consistently bigger and bigger crowds here and around the country. If you want to check it out for yourself, head over to their website where you can get a copy of Keys for the small price of an email address. Let us know what you think!

-Carter - Ovrld Blog

"SXSW Recap Series: The Final Day"

"Following The Vettes was the debut of brand new Austin band, Suite 709. Right from the get go, Suite 709 was an instant hit, blending together what has been said by Suite 709 frontman, Jirod Greene to be a "tasty concoction of R&B, jazz, a bit of Rock, and a touch of Soul". Glancing into the crowd, one noticed that this band had every single foot there dancing, proving this band is here to stay, and thankfully so. Austin Music Examiner has spoken with Suite 709 to bring you a little more information on the band, so stay tuned to find out more." - Austin Music Examiner

"Local Musician Spotlight: Suite 709"

So, here I am with a Local Musician Spotlight for a local quintent called Suite 709. They call themselves “Austin’s Newest Band”. And, I can understand why. They bring a totally different sound to the Austin music scene. It’s not Indy. It’s not Acoustic. It’s not Rock. It is what I would call ‘Funky Pop’, and let me tell you, it’s catchy! After all, that’s what I consider to be one of the defining characteristics of Pop (short for Popular) music.

How do I know about this catchy new getup? I heard two of their songs, was pleasantly surprised, and felt a “Rebeccammendation” was in order. To quote myself in response to Suite 709's jams, “I like the combination of jazzy, pop-y, and the diverse instruments and sounds they have going on all at the same time!” Take a listen on the music tab of their website and you will hear brass, a piano/keyboard, stylish vocals, and beats that make you want to move, even if it’s just tapping your toe.

The band is made up of two sets of long-time friends ( 1) vocalist Jirod Greene, guitarist David Butler, and bassist Ross Falcon and 2) keyboardist Dietrich Schmidt and drummer Zach Boston) who have played with one another in different musical acts for years. The horns section of the band, one of the strongest distinguishing factors of their live experience, is made up of accomplished jazz musicians who played in the high school band with Dietrich and drummer Zach. You can tell history, experience, talent, and friendship back the music they make and although so many sounds are occuring at the same time, they all fit together to produce tracks that are clean, unpredictable, professional, and always waiting to reach new ears.

Reminds me of: Maroon 5. High energy. Young, casual, but clean. Classy and polished. Full of fun beats and fresh vocals.

Check them out this Friday at their Suite 709 Unlocked: Austin’s “Suite Party” #1 at The Parish at 9 PM. Tickets are $10 and the event will also feature local bands Mothers Anthem, Eyes Burn Electric, Canvas Waiting, Paco Estrada, and One Love. - Rebeccamendations: Rebecca Otis

"Suite 709 Unlocked"

Once upon a time, there was a band called The Ars Supernova–a genre-defying group whose electrifying stage presence, philanthropic tendencies, and unique combination of bold and soulful rock put their name on Austin’s music scene. The band unfortunately dissolved, but, out of their ashes rose Suite 709– a brand new music project by some of The Ars Supernova kids, who plan on making their official Austin debut next Friday, May 21st, at the Parish. Not only will the “Suite 709 Unlocked” party give you a chance to check out what this new band has to offer, but it will also treat you to a number of other Austin talents (including Eyes Burn Electric, Mother’s Anthem, The Canvas Waiting, Paco Estrada, and One Love). Basically, you probably shouldn’t miss this show.

To give you a little insight on what you can expect… Suite 709 is Austin’s newest band, and they describe their sound as “a fresh flavor with just a hint of vintage to round off a sound that stretches across several musical genres.” Comprised of Jirod Greene (vocals), David Butler (guitar), Ross Ralcon (bass), Dietrich Schmidt (keys), and Zach Boston (drums), this 5-piece group churns out infectious rhythms, hooks that stick to your brain, and soulful vocals to produce a sound that will put your asses on the dance floor. Influenced by Pop and R&B (in their words, “a la John Legend with some hints of Jackson 5?), Sound 709 will surely revive the same surging performance energy that they previously became known for. Come next Friday, expect fresh new hits, horns, and lights… and a lot (a lot) of dancing. - Do 512

"My Favorite New Band: Suite 709"

I imagined coming home to Austin would offer relief and rest from my summer adventures in California and Hawaii. This couldn’t be farther from the truth. This city has the uncanny ability to fill every night with random shenanigans. Come out this Friday to see one of my favorite bands, Suite 709 at the Parish! Tickets are only $10 and this show will definitely deliver. I’ll be that crazy girl obnoxiously dancing in the middle of the dance floor!
- Study Breaks Magazine

"AND that band, here, check it out NOW: http://unlocksuite709.com/"

*Video Blog*
AND that band, here, check it out NOW:

http://unlocksuite709.com/ - Malibu Mara Blog

"Introducing Austin music's newest band: Suite 709"

Austin Music Examiner brought mention of a new Austin band, Suite 709 making their debut in AME's SXSW recap. AME got in touch with frontman Jirod Greene to bring you a closer look into Suite 709: where they came from and their plans for the band.

Austin Music Examiner: If you could summarize Suite 709, what would that look like?

Jirod Greene: Myself, David Butler, Ross Falcon, Dietrich Schmidt, and Zach Boston came together to create a sound, that in many ways is a nod to several genres of musical influence, but definitely a fresh sound intended to make music lovers dance. Suite 709 is a tasty concoction of R&B, jazz, a bit of Rock, and a touch of Soul. With the band's official debut at this years SXSW Music Festival, the men of Suite 709 have set their sights on being one of Austin's premier bands. With catchy, yet original tunes, Suite 709 puts on an explosive and very memorable live performance.

Austin Music Examiner: How did the band get started?

Jirod: The band was an evolution from one musical project to the next. A few fellow friends and musicians wanted to create a sound that was reminiscent of Motown yet and fresh and relevant to today's popular music scene.

Austin Music Examiner: How did the band get its current lineup?
Jirod: Myself, David Butler, Ross Falcon, and Dietrich Schmidt were all a part of one of Austin's top ten bands of 2009, The Ars Supernova. Drummer Zach Boston, who previously played in another band, Plane of Existence with Schmidt joined shortly thereafter. The five of them came together to create the Suite 709 sound.

Austin Music Examiner: What is the story behind the name "Suite 709"?
Jirod: Suite 709 is a place we all go to share our ideas, write our music, and have a good time.

Austin Music Examiner: Suite 709 officially debuted at this year’s SXSW, how was that experience being able to debut on such a massive level?
Jirod: It was a great experience debuting at SXSW. Suite 709 worked so hard at writing and preparing week after week until we had a solid set that we were all proud to showcase. Our friends' support was incredible, and having new ears hear our music and for complete strangers to hear us and stay tuned in to us for our entire set was amazing. The hard work and preparation definitely paid off during SXSW for Suite 709.

Austin Music Examiner: What does the band have in store for this year?
Jirod: Like Jay-Z said on "The Blueprint: 3" 'it's all about progression.' We'll just keep moving forward. Making music that our supporters will enjoy, and dance to as well. We're actually in the studio recording our EP. We look forward to playing numerous shows throughout Austin, and we're looking forward to mapping out a national tour sometime this year.

Austin Music Examiner: How can fans keep up to date on Suite 709 news?
Jirod: Fans can keep up with Suite 709 by visiting our official website and follow us on twitter: @Suite709.
With everything Suite 709 has to offer in a single package, they make themselves a band to watch and follow. Expect to see major things come from this band in the coming years.
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Jirod Greene, front-man of Austin,Texas-based Blues/Soul outlet J. Greene & The Steady, knew from an early age he was meant to be a singer. After countless talent competitions, church performances, and being heavily influenced by the R&B legends who provided the soundtrack of his childhood, Greene channeled living-room performances of Thriller into a lifelong musical career. Citing many of the greats, Greene states, My earliest influences were Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston, Boyz 2 Men, Jodeci, Otis Redding, James, Brown, John P. Kee, and of course Michael Jackson and Donnie Hathaway.

Joining a band didnt come into the cards until high school for Greene, who after growing up in small Lake Jackson, Texas, teamed up with former kindergarten classmate (and current J. Greene & The Steady guitarist) David Butler, to perform around Texas together until 2006. The two met keyboardist Dietrich Schmidt, a classmate of Butlers at The University of Texas, and decided to focus their musical direction on the natural soul of Greenes voice. The addition longtime friend Drew Waters on bass and finally Chris Munoz on drums rounded out the group in early 2014.

Coming from an impressive resume of Austin Chronicle Musical Awards, including Top 3 Male Vocals, Top 3 Soul/RnB Bands, and features in Rolling Stone, Billboard Magazine, and Soul Train, J. Greene & The Steady officially launched at SXSW 2014 as Official Showcasing Artists.

The group has been touring nationally and continues to pack out shows in their hometown of Austin, Texas. They also continue to develop a strong national and international following (over 400,000) through their innovative use of social media outlets such as Google+, YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook, for which they were featured in Rolling Stone Magazine. Greenes ability to connect with audiences combined with the bands blend of R&B, Soul, and old school Rock-N-Roll creates a sound is reminiscent of the 70's with a modern day twist. Together, Greene (vocals), Dietrich Schmidt (keys), David Butler (guitar), Drew Walters (bass) & Chris Munoz (drums) bring a new flavor of soul to music lovers, young and old.

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