Today’s music industry, values 2-4 minute radio hits that have their catchy hook within the first minute. Ideal for drowning out awkward flirting at bars, filling awkward silences in elevators, and pumping up joggers. While I love many radio hits and do think many popular musicians today are creating valuable art, why should I have to tell my story in 140 characters?
Honesty Band is a group created by saxophonist, Austin Zhang. for those who still love the journey. It’s his refusal to turn his music into a commodity and his middle finger to the sensationalist and “clickbait” culture of modern times. The musicians involved on this project, are some of the most authentic and true-to-themselves young artists on the New York scene. Honesty Band, however, is an approach and a mindset even more so than it is a specific group of people. As this music spreads, Austin hopes that many young artists will be inspired to form their own versions of Honesty Band. Not in their image but as a platform to tell their own truth, rising above the pressure to “skip to the point”. Honesty Band’s only objective is to create music so compelling and pure, that listeners will again remember the value of journey in their lives.
The current core of Honesty Band
Brave Sound Productions recorded Honesty Band’s latest project, Constable on July 27th, 2019. Later that year we mixed the project and directed/filmed a music video around the themes of the composition.
Full release notes are on our blog.