Q&A: Take Aim with Hinder's Marshal Dutton
Mon, 15 Jun 2015 10:33:25
We invited Hinder's new vocalist into the Take Aim ring.
Hinder have a new album with When the Smoke Clears and a new singer in the form of Marshal Dutton. We figured now was the right time to make the intro to the singer. We even switched up Question 1, getting Dutton's Twitter-sized bio, as opposed to Hinder's, since he is technically the "new" guy!
Twitter-size your bio -- your choice of 140 words or characters, if you want to get technical-- and tell us everything we need to know! GO!
I was born and raised in a small farming town named Tulia, Texas. My father is a farmer and my mother is a school teacher/singer. I was introduced to music at an early age, as my uncles sang and played guitar and my mother was in a gospel singing group, His Image Singers. I picked up guitar at age 13 and piano at age 14. In college, I studied music at The University of North Texas in Denton, Texas for two years, and then got a degree in Electronics Engineering.
When I graduated college, I formed the band, Faktion, and we quickly got signed to Roadrunner Records. After a few years of touring, Faktion was dropped and I started producing music with my good friend, Cody Hanson of Hinder, on the back of their tour bus, and Back-Lounge Productions was formed. We put a studio together in Oklahoma City and I've been living there ever since producing music with Cody and playing the local scene. Was that 140-ish?
Not even close, but.. If you were not doing music, you would be…
In all honesty, I'd probably have some sort of engineering job since that is what I have a degree in. However, had I not been into music, I might have followed in my dad's footsteps and become a farmer/rancher. If I could go back to college all over again though, I would likely study physics instead and become an astrophysicist or a nuclear/quantum physicist. I'm fascinated by the study of the universe and the development of better ways to explore it!
Any non-music hobbies, talents or skills?
Lately, I've been really into cooking and preparing food! I'm not sure how great I am at it, but I sure do enjoy it. I'm pretty handy with a wrench, as my dad is a great mechanic, so I learned a lot growing up. I'm also quite good at fixing a variety of things around the house. While in college I worked as a maintenance man for an array of apartment complexes where I learned a variety of skills such as wood working, painting, sheetrock repair and texturing, fixing appliances, plumbing, landscaping, pool cleaning/maintenance, and a wide assortment of general household repairs. I actually quite enjoy doing most of those things too!
Pick ONE song on your record and share a writing or recording story. Something intimate, that you haven't told anyone else (or at least a bunch of writers or journalists) and that which puts us in the moment with you. Let's get intimate, shall we?
The song 'Dead to Me' was actually written before I was in Hinder back in 2010. I was, however, out on tour with Hinder doing pre-production demos for the All American Nightmare record. We had a day off in Nashville and Cody had a writing session already booked, so he offered to get me a different session with a couple of guys he had recently met. I accepted and met these two fellas at a hotel in Nashville, and to my surprise, one of them was an old buddy of mine named Brandon Tant from back in my days in the Denton/Dallas scene!
Brandon was playing in a Denton-based band back then called Crimson Soul, and as a result of shows we played together while I was touring with Faktion, I got to know him over a period of years between 2007-2009. The other dude was an awesome fella named Vencent Hickerson, or 'Big Vinny' and he and Brandon were playing in a band called Trailer Choir at that time in Nashville. We hit it off and wrote 'Dead to Me' in that session. When we were almost through with the song, Cody showed up. We had pretty much everything, but we were stuck on the tag line. Cody walked in, heard the song and suggested that we use the phrase 'You're dead to me' for the tag line as well. We were all like, 'That's a great idea, why didn't we think of that?!!' and that's how the song came about… and Cody refused to take any credit. Thanks Cody! We originally cut a demo of the song for my band, Faktion, but we never released it and we broke up shortly after. The Hinder guys always loved the song, so it was brought up during the making of When the Smoke Clears. We decided to revamp the production and give it a go, and in the end it made the record! It's pretty crazy how songs can seem to lay around for years and then resurface just at the right time. Cheers!
Looks like Marshal Dutton is right at home in Hinder.
Also, see the Lyric Video Premiere of Hinder's "Rather Hate Than Hurt"
'When The Smoke Clears' from Hinder is available now via The End Records.