C2C Diary: Temecula Road

This weekend marks Temecula Road's first performances within the UK however they have already built quite a reputation for themselves both here and overseas. I caught up with Dawson Anderson and sisters Maddie and Emma Salute shortly before they took the stage for their first performance....

This is your first time in the UK, how are you finding the overall experience?
It's been amazing! The flight was really long [laughs] but being here is just so amazing because we've never been abroad so it's been awesome seeing all the different things here.
Have you had time to do many 'touristy' things?
Yesterday we saw Big Ben and Buckingham Palace.
We did a bus tour too which was really fun. We've been all touristy! [laughs]
Can we expect to see you over in the UK regularly now?
I hope so! That would be amazing.
What prompted your initial decision to form a trio?
I don't think it was necessarily planned, when we started playing together - the girls are sisters by the way - we met through vocal lessons. When we first met we started singing together regularly around town and it just really really worked and we decided to form a group. 
As a trio how do you split songwriting? Do you find it's the same process each time?
I think it's a different process every time, sometimes Dawson comes in with a guitar chord or we come in with a lyric, I think it just depends on the day.
Which track took the longest to write?
I don't know...there's a lot of....
There's a lot of different ones....
I don't know if we'd even be able to answer that one! There's just way too many...I don't even necessarily remember too! That's a tough question! We've never gotten that one before.
Do you find you sometimes have to step away from a track in order to make it really work afterwards?
I think it depends, if you go away from a song and go back to it you'll hear different things in it so yeah, I think we've had to do that before. 
Which song do you wish you'd written and why?
Oh that's a good one...I'm going to say "How Not To" by Dan + Shay, how about you guys?
That's a really good question! I'd say "Sugar" by Maren Morris.
I would say "Once" by Maren Morris.
You recently signed with Disney, how was the interaction with Radio Disney and then the record label itself born?
It's been amazing, they have been nothing but amazing to us, they've been so supportive. It's been awesome to be able to work with them and to be able to connect with our fans through them so they've been the best. I think they have a lot of amazing outlets and they're so hands on with us. We've never been signed to another label so we've never had another experience but like I said, they've just been amazing and we are extremely happy that we signed with them.
Can we expect to hear any news about a possible full length release from you soon?
Yeah I think eventually! We're going to record some songs in Nashville in a couple of months so yeah!
Which artists do you all most look up to within country music?
For me I'd say Dan + Shay.
I would say Carrie Underwood and Martina McBride.
And I would say Lady Antebellum. 
What is the best piece of advice you've ever received?
Best piece of advice...that's a good question! Give us a second on that one...I would say, when we were going on tour we were told that the two most important things are sleep and eating and at first you don't think that's a big deal, like I can find time to sleep and eat, it's not a problem! But it is hard to find time, especially to eat and to eat good food too because you have to eat healthy things to make sure you have a lot of energy.
Yeah I would agree, I would go more on the eating side because it's really hard to eat on tour! [laughs] So I'd say to make sure that you get your healthy meals in and to stay hydrated.
Did you find it was quite a change to get used to touring rather than day to day life?
Definitely! For sure.
If you could only take one thing with you on tour what would you pick?
My phone for sure! [laughs]
Yeah I would probably say that too!
I would say my guitar. Not just because of the performances, so I could play in between shows and what-not, I love playing guitar.

Thanks to Temecula Road for their time! Their debut single is out now and hopefully we will see them heading back over here on a full tour soon!