Written by: K. Condon
Currently recording his fourth album on GanJah Records in Springfield, Missouri, singer and songwriter Lance Sitton shares his thoughts below on his upcoming release, A Part of This. Lance’s original EP, Life.Love.Travel., released in 2007. Self-described as, “groove heavy, roots rock and reggae,” Lance Sitton and the Seed put out three studio albums together since that time: Big Outside (2009), A Better Way (2011), and Spread the Word (2012) featuring tracks alongside Josh Heinrichs, Skillinjah, Tom Gibson, and Cas Haley. The new album, A Part of This, is set to release on May 5th.
Lance: Thanks! I've always enjoyed the old school sounding reggae, and I've recorded several albums with my side proj, To the Sensi Tree, this way. So, it was only natural to record my stuff with this feel. We tracked all the instruments/vocals in one room and did several takes until we got the one we liked. This is my favorite way to record. Jamming with the fellas, you really can feel the vibes!
Lance: My mom playing piano and singing. I was always involved in music since I can remember. Church, school choir, guitar at 14....
Lance: The positive message associated with it. I dig that. Also I dig how it makes me feel....nice and chill.
Lance: Haha, yea some days I would like a morning surf and no worries about getting green. The Midwest rules, though. If you’re into outdoor adventures, MO/AR has a lot to offer. I’m a rock climber, so I dig this area. It inspires me to be out in it.
Lance: I've always been in some sort of athletic training, whether it be basketball, yoga, or climbing. Climbing for me has always been around. My bro and I climbed trees growing up as kids and loved it. So, when basketball ended after college, I needed something to do. I went to the climbing local gym with a friend and have been hooked ever since. That was 8 years [ago], I guess. What drives me to keep pushing my limits would be movement. I love how new movement makes me feel. Bouldering is a challenge both mentally and physically. It’s also a good time hanging with friends and being outside. I’m currently making a bouldering film called Fulfillment; it should be out Fall 2013.
Lance: That we love reggae! And, that we have our own style and are proud of it.
Lance: Cas Haley, Josh Heinrichs, SkillinJah, 77 Jefferson, Tom Gibson, Aaron Kamm & The One Drops, TUGG, to name a few.
Lance: Thanks. Photography is amazing. It’s something I want to constantly grow at. The processes for photography and music are the same in some ways and different in others. They both create an idea but the steps to doing so are different. Both are fulfilling
Lance: Cas Haley’s new album, 10ft Ganja Plant, Oldies rock, My Morning Jacket, Ray LaMontagne, Mat Mchugh, and my wife’s pop music – ha ha.
Lance: Yea, I’m putting together a backing band and should be playing out soon. I think I'm ‘gonna do some acoustic trio shows as well. Time will tell.
Lance: Much love for the support. Many more years of music to come - sit back and enjoy.
Written by K. Condon