Exclusive:Alternative Rock Band Jillian Somera And The Beta Option Release New Song "Watch Out Boys"
Founded by Jillian Somera, the band was initially a solo project for the singer-songwriter. Jillian Somera would categorize her music as alternative rock and R&B and takes influence from artist such as Amy Winehouse and Incubus. The Columbia College of Music is where her solo project began to change route. Jillian Somera first enlisted her fellow classmate, Justin Rosado, to play bass for her EP release party. Their performance forged the start of Jillian Somera And The Beta Option and they began their search for the ever-elusive permanent drummer. After cycling through various drummers, they finally settled on fellow classmate Austin Deadman, completing the 3-piece outfit that they are today. Currently, the band has performed at various venues around Chicago and their debut album “Highs and Lows” is available now on all major streaming platforms. A mini-tour around the Midwest is what they currently trying to pursue.
A heavy influence of Incubus seeps through the track “Watch Out Boys”. It is so heavy and gritty and it has the quirky alternative sound that Incubus is able to capture. Jillian can be compared as the female counterpart of Brandon Boyd. The band is tight and hard rocking with the ability of having a certain twang that sets them apart from others. Their unique genre and influences puts them on the top of alternative rock bands. Gritty, solid and driving is what Jillian Somera and the Beta Option consists of so make sure to add them to your playlist! Listen to "Watch Out Boys " here.
Find out how "Watch Out Boys" starts a new music direction for Jillian Somera and the Beta Option with our #BuzzMusic Exclusive Interview.
Care to introduce yourselves to our readers?
Sure! We’re Jillian Somera and the Beta Option, an alternative rock r&b trio based out of Chicago, Illinois. We’ve been a band for about 3 years now and just released our debut album, Highs and Lows, last August.
How long have you all known each other? How did you meet?
We all met during our college days as music students at Columbia College Chicago, so we’ve pretty much known each other for a little longer than the 3 years we’ve been a band.
How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together a band?
Good question! The band actually grew out of Jillian’s self-titled solo acoustic singer-songwriter project, which she had been working on in her days growing up on the island of Guam. When she finally came out here to the mainland to pursue her music career, she ended up enlisting Justin to play bass for her EP release party. Afterwards, they decided to keep playing together and eventually recruited Austin to be the band’s permanent drummer, and Jillian officially made the switch from playing acoustic to electric. The jump from solo acoustic guitar to full-on rock trio actually felt completely natural, but it’s hard to believe sometimes when we look back at where we started to where we are now.
We absolutely love your new song "Watch Out Boys"! Can you tell us a bit about it and the writing process behind it?
Watch out Boys actually marked the start of a new songwriting direction for the band, as Jillian started to incorporate the different guitar pedal sounds and build songs around her effects, rather than just directly porting all the songs she wrote on her acoustic to her electric. Since Jillian writes all the songs, the overall structure is pretty set when she brings complete songs to the guys. But inevitably, when we’re playing the song together for the first time, it starts to change, so we just kind of let the musical path run its course and go wherever it takes us.
Where did the inspiration behind this song come from?
It’s really just Jillian’s own observations about those who want what they can’t have yet still continue to pursue it.
Do you prefer the digital or more traditional way (cd, lp etc) of getting your music to your fans, why?
There’s no getting around it; we’re all children of the digital age. As a band, it makes sense for us to push hard for digital since we’ve got a much bigger distribution system online through streaming services. Although, later down the road it would be fun to do exclusive album art for a vinyl release. Baby steps!
Any upcoming shows in the near future? For a new fan who hasn’t seen you live yet, how would you describe your live performance?
No new shows to announce yet, but we’re working on it! We’re really focused on putting on high-energy live shows because this is a rock band, let’s be real. In between songs, we also have banter that may or may not just be us all making fun of each other. It’s all a part of the experience.
What’s next for the band?
Prior to our album release party in August, we ended up signing on with Blueline Entertainment for artist management. We’re working with them to plan our first mini-tour around the Midwest this fall in promotion of the album. We’re also planning to release more photo/video content of the band in the next couple of months, so be on the lookout for that, too!
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