Today we’d like to introduce you to Dale Spollett.
Dale, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I began singing as soon as I could talk, and probably a little before then. My mother was a children’s music teacher and the choir director at our church, so I had no choice but to sing, and it’s all I wanted to do anyhow, so it worked out well! I grew up with a passion for entertaining people. I loved doing musicals, and stand up comedy, singing in bands, and playing my saxophone. I was very lucky to grow up in a place where I could do all of those things and be supported fully and encouraged by my family.
I followed my dreams to college in Pittsburgh where I majored in Musical Theater and continued to have bands and do comedy. Upon leaving I decided to make my home in Los Angeles, and that’s when the fun really begins!
I started doing Standup and was loving every second of it and even got my best bud Alex into it (he’s the best) but I was missing singing in bands and wanted to pursue my music more seriously. One night before a comedy show I met a guy who was managing this band called Soul Scratch, and I was intrigued. I loved soul music and was looking to start a band in that vain, so I was very excited when he told me they were looking for a lead singer. I called the guys in the band and went in for a tryout. That was nine years ago and we’ve been making music and grown into a family ever since. We’re currently in the studio working on our 4th album.
Throughout all of this, I’ve always had the help and support of my friends and family pushing me on and helping me find new opportunities, Like my friend Tucker who introduced Soul Scratch to his friend Grant aka GRiZ. Grant really enjoyed what he heard and liked my voice, so he asked me if I would come and sing in his new live band he was putting together, to which I said, HELL YES! Since then, I’ve been blessed enough to play sell out shows at some of the most iconic places in the country like Red Rocks and the Detroit masonic temple.
I’m still writing albums and making music and loving life, and that’s all good by me.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There are always struggles on the road to your dreams. For me, they started early in my career when my Best friend committed suicide at our house in college. There’s no way to describe what finding your friend that way does to you. Since then, it has been a constant struggle with PTSD, depression, and self-doubt but the music and the laughter of what I do are what keeps me going. You have to remember the good things in life and strive to make more of the moments that you can cherish. Live to create the past that you want to look back on in the future, whether you “make it” or not, create the moments and the life that you desire in the ways that you have control over.
If anyone tells you that the road you travel as an artist is smooth, they’re either the luckiest person in the world or lying through their teeth. This business is tough. There are months you won’t have rent, times you’ll be living in a tent in someone’s yard or on the street, weeks where you’ll barely make it on a diet of peanut butter and dreams. It can break you. But then there’s that one show or one joke that brings it all back into focus and pushes you on. You just have to learn from each step and keep moving forward. Every now and then, you’ll get a win and it will be that much sweeter having known the losses it took to get there.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
Soul Scratch is founded on and rooted in the principle that through the healing power of music, the world may be made into a joyous loving place. Music is the most powerful force for good on the planet. It has the power to start revolutions and bring all of humanity together in a way that no other medium can, that’s why we’ve dedicated our lives to the pursuit of a dream. A dream to bring joy and love to every audience, live, or through recording, that we are presented to. We hope you find even just one thing through our music that will put a smile on your face, a wiggle in your walk, or awaken some spark of happiness that you can carry with you. We are all the same people just trying to make it through life, and it will be all the better if we do it as one. I try to carry these ideas with me on everything that I do.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
Luck has played a huge part in my career. If I hadn’t been lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time, I never would have met the guys from Soul Scratch, and if I hadn’t been lucky enough to meet my buddy Tucker at a bar randomly he never would have introduced me to GRiZ and I wouldn’t have had a chance at so many of the opportunities that life has presented to me. I don’t know if it’s luck or if it’s being truly blessed in this life, but whatever it is, it’s played a large part in my life, and I’m very grateful.
- Website: www.SoulScratchBand.com
- Email: SoulScratchband@gmail.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/thedalesauce/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Soulscratchband/
- Other: https://www.instagram.com/soulscratch/
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