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9th hour:Not looking for Fame or Fortune just sharing the Good News


 I wanted to bring new talent on KSY and I was searching the internet when I came across 9th hour on unsigned.com a site for upcoming talent. I did further research and emailed the group and David Lin was so gracious to allow me to do an Exclusive with the band.  9th hour is from Smithville, MO they have been performing  across the Midwest since 2004. They are releasing a new cd at the end of the this month. Here is our Exclusive.

KSY:What's the origin of the name of the band?

9th hr:The name 9th Hour is a reference found in Luke 22:42-42 – Jesus was on the cross from the 6th to the 9th hour, when He breathed his last and accept the punishment for sin for all mankind.

KSY: Can you introduce us to the group?  what instrument does each band member play?

9th hr:9th Hour for the last 6 years has been David Lin (Guitars, lead vocals), Dee Dee Lin (my wife - vocals , keys), Dan Allen (Electric Guitar, vocals, keys), Mike Allen (drums), Ben Richards (bass, vocals) - the original members were David, Dee Dee, and Dan with Bryant Babbit on bass and Brandon Hylton on drums. 

KSY:How long have you known each other? How did you meet?

9th hr:We’ve known each other for about 10 years.  Dan and Mike are brothers...so they’ve known each other all their life.  We meet at church (Grace Community Church, Smithville, MO)  I have been leading worship there for about 9 years – the others serve with me as the primary praise team for Sunday services. 

KSY:When you formed 9th hour what inspired you to to make music together?Who are your major influences?
9th hr:9th Hour was the brain child of Dan Allen and me.  We both love music and have played in bands throughout most of our adult life.  We decided to take our message outside of the walls of the church.  Jesus Christ, first and foremost is the most significant influence.  Our motivation to make music and play is totally different than when I played in a bar band.  It’s not so much about personal fame or fortune, but more about sharing the Good News.

KSY:Are you a member of any music organizations?
9th hr:9th Hour are members of Indieheaven (www.indieheaven.com) and Kingcat Christian Music (www.kingcatchristianmusic.com), a Kansas City based independent Christian music community.  Dan and I both are registered BMI songwriters and I also carry my catalog on CCLI

KSY:What advice do you have for people who want to form their own band?

9th hr:Set goals early on and make sure that you are all pulling in the same direction.  Most bands start of with people that just want to have fun and make music.  If you want to evolve the music into more of a vocational endeavor, then you should have clear understandings and formal agreements early in the process. It will help to eliminate any disagreements later on.
KSY :Could you briefly describe the music-making process?

9th hr:Good question.  I don’t know that there is a set formula to making music.  Most have influences that will drive their style and sound.  In the writing process, I take great care in the lyric writing.  I labor over it probably more than the music part.  As a Christian band, the message is really the only thing that sets us apart from the rest of the music out there.  So the lyrical content is important.  I believe that Christian music is not a genre, as most people think...music is just music – the Christian view is simply the writer’s perspective on the same things that secular writers write about.  When I do write the music and lyrics usually come together. Sometimes a line will spark inspiration, other times it may be an instrument hook line or chord progression that kicks things off.  From there, we take a song into the practice room and we hash it out until we feel it is presentable for performance and recording.  Dan has a great producer mind and hears things in the music that I would miss.  It’s a great combination.

KSY:How has your music evolved since you first began playing together?
9th hr:Although our sound is pretty much trademark for 9th Hour, meaning when you hear us you know exactly who it is, we have gotten better as players and songwriters.  Initially, our sound gravitated toward more a classic rock vibe, but overtime it has become a little more modern.

KSY:What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so how?
9th hr:Managing band affairs is the hardest thing...the business side to what we do is the most difficult.  As an independent band we do not have the luxury to hire a manager, lawyer, booking agent, or roadies.  We do it all ourselves.  We do get some help from time to time, but general everything rests on our shoulders. I have had to learn a lot about the music industry to survive for as long as we have. Coordinating schedules with full time jobs and families is a difficult part...I’ve had to turn down several opportunities over the years because someone couldn’t get off work, or had a birthday or anniversary they had to attend. Running a band is like herding cats!

KSY:If you could tour with any artist or band who would it be and why?

9th hr:I think we would all pick someone different, but since I’m answering these questions I would love to hang with Casting Crowns and Chris Tomlin.  Both have been personal favorites and influence my music.

KSY:You are currently working on an new album, how is it different from perfect timing(2006) and cover me(2010)?
9th hr:Well, one thing is that life has over run some of the band members and there will be some changes coming on the horizon.  Our life circumstances, may cause new personnel to be located. Today, I just finished tracking vocals and guitars for two new songs that will be on the next project.  They will be digitally released from our “store” on Indieheaven hopefully by the end of July. The sound is characteristically 9th Hour, but we are pulling out all the production stops to make this fresh and exciting.

KSY:Who writes your songs?

9th hr:Dan Allen and I have handled the majority of songwriting.  Dee Dee has penned a few lyrics and often co-writes with me.

KSY:Do you have any upcoming projects?
9th hr:Just the current recording project. We haven’t decided on a name yet, or the length of the album, but my plan is to finish the songs quickly and release them digitally. I’m not sure if I will wait for a full length project before I press discs, but yet I”m leaning toward a five song EP. Lately, I’ve been doing a lot of solo acoustic gigs, which I will continue to do.
Special thanks to 9th hour



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