We had the good fortune of connecting with DIALTONE and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi DIALTONE, what inspires you?
CG: For me, it’s the ability to put out music that others can relate to and being able to express ourselves through our art. It’s a very intoxicating and fulfilling feeling knowing that people out there can relate to our music. KM: I am inspired by powerful women in music and their ability to shift the tables in a once male-dominated area. As a queer woman, I love watching people break down barriers and embrace their natural self. This is why I love raw, emotional music. NF: Giving our listeners the same feeling we get when listening to our favorite artists. Putting out art that others can relate to is the reason we started this band. It feels great hearing when someone appreciates our music. MA: I’m inspired by many things, but mainly inspired by my band mates. All of us come from different music backgrounds, and being able to put all of our inspirations together for one end goal makes it very the process worth it.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We take pride in our DIY approach to every aspect of this band. Cris records all of our parts at home and mixes everything with input from the rest of us. The process of carefully crafting our music to make sure that we love everything we put out is a labor of love. None of us are really professionally trained with any of the things we do. Whether it’s the recording, production, or instrumentation, everything is made through trial and error. Every imperfection that comes with our brand of homegrown music makes us who we are.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
In our little city of Stafford, we have some spots that we hold near and dear to our hearts. A few suggestions to visit would be Best Burger. It has been a staple for most of our lives, get your self a meal deal and you wont regret it. Other local favorites are Soliz Casa de Tacos, El Regio, Tornado Burger, and one of our personal favorites, VietWich. Regardless of where you go, know you wont regret it. If you like drinks, pool, and karaoke, The Pour House is a nice local bar to hit with your friends. The Fountains has a great variety of shops and restaurants to visit your family.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
CG: DIALTONE’s visual image would not be what it is today if it weren’t for the hard work of my brother Jos Guerrero (@lens.jos on IG). Since the beginning he has been going out of his way to provide us with a sense of image and helped us become more self-aware with what kind of visuals we put out. He has been working behind the scenes for DIALTONE in many fashions and truly is the hidden 5th member of our band. NF: Coming from hispanic households, we really have to give some recognition to our families’ overwhelming support. We all have careers that we are pursuing and music is really just an outlet for us. Having a back bone at home to encourage us really helps us feel pride in our craft. MA: My shoutout would go to the local Houston scene. From the venues that we’ve played at, to the bands we’ve met. The local scene here is welcoming. We’ve met and made new friends that have welcomed us and given us great advice that we’ve been able to incorporate to how we do things. KM: I want to give a shout out to the people that we have played shows with. Daze, Indigo Young, PEACE, Juicebox Caviar, and other great local talents. I think one of the most rewarding things about being a musician is meeting other artists and building relationships. We support each other and the community is what makes it all worth it.