Returned Mormon missionaries hold to values while pursuing rock 'n' roll dreams

Published: Thursday, June 5 2014 12:20 p.m. MDT

Updated: Tuesday, July 1 2014 3:25 p.m. MDT

“I think living an honest lifestyle ... brings honest music,” Scott said. “Because that’s kind of your fuel tank. You live certain things, and as you’re honest with yourself all the time, one, it’s going to be easier to write honestly, and, two, you’re going to have more things to write about.”

Another band priority is creating an experience for concertgoers and emphasizing live shows. The band takes seriously the sacrifice fans make to attend shows, and it wants to give performances that uplift, change and unify people.

This make the band's concerts high-energy events in which attendees are encouraged to take part.

“If you want to hear the music, listen to it online. If you want to experience the music, come to our shows,” Scott said.

Lomeli believes fan participation benefits the band and concertgoers.

“I think allowing people to be a part of the creative process gives them ownership of the happiness they walk away from, which in turn strengthens their internal ability to find that happiness later after our show,” Lomeli said.

This shared ownership and connection is one of the reasons the band attracts younger fans, and in a time when there are few role models in the industry, Red Yeti is excited to inspire and include teenagers.

“We are individuals, but it’s about Red Yeti. It’s about the collective band identity,” Blosil said. “(And that’s partly) why we get such good feedback from teenagers, for example. Because they’re looking for role models; they’re looking for heroes. And they’re going to find them wherever. And we know today there are so many heroes or role models that we don’t necessarily agree with value-wise and so that’s another reason why we focus on the live performance as well as the ownership, the connection with the band.

"Because it’s more than just the sound bite. It’s more than just, ‘I had a great time at that show.’ It’s really taking part of Red Yeti. We’re owned by everybody.”

Another value the band focuses on is working with and helping others.

Throughout its evolution, Red Yeti has made working with other artists a focal point. Its April 4 EP release concert featured work from BYU industrial design, graphic design and music recording students to create one-of-a-kind set design and custom merchandise.

“(We really want) to help other people who do art really grow and really become more, and we really enjoy helping people become to reach their full potential,” Lomeli said. “We want the opportunity to work with them because we know they’ll benefit us, and we can benefit them and help each other have a blast.”

By blending different art forms, the band feels its concerts help not only those who contribute but also those who attend.

"I think our goal in writing music in general is to kind of inspire and really help other people find motivation in their lives, and I think when you bring in another medium, another artistic medium, it really adds more flavor and more applicability to the music, and it really can kind of help people a lot more," Scott said.

And by creating performances that showcase dedication and passion, Red Yeti hopes to inspire listeners.

“When you go to a performance and you see all the hard work people put in to it, I think it can really inspire you, and that’s what we hope to do when we play shows,” Edwards said. “We put a ton of work into it, and I think it can inspire them in whatever they do. Maybe they do ballet; they don’t play rock ‘n’ roll, and that’s fine. Maybe our show can help them be more inspired and be able to do their talents even better and help other people as well.”

The band members believe music has changed them for the better since they were young. Now they hope their music can do the same for others.

“I think (motivating people to do good) would be to deliver content that … doesn’t just merely entertain but influences them to be able to find strength that they didn’t already otherwise have,” Lomeli said. “And the only way we’re going to do that is by giving them, I would say, two things: good music and then something to look to.”

By being “something to look to” in the music and rock 'n' roll industry, the band even sees what it's doing as a type of missionary opportunity.

“If we can be an instrument in God’s hands into helping people understand the gospel a little more or just help them understand themselves a little more, and to want to be happy, whether that be through the gospel or just coming to together with other people at our shows, it’s just about helping people feel better about themselves,” Barker said.

Listen to the band's recent EP on iTunes.

Alison Moore is a writer for the Faith and Family sections at DeseretNews.com. She is studying journalism and editing at Brigham Young University.

Email: amoore@deseretdigital.com Twitter: @alison_kathleen

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