AN NRT EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW
An Interview with Apollo LTD
NRT's Grace Chaves talks with band members Jordan Phillips and Adam Stark about their new album
 


AN NRT EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW, An Interview with Apollo LTD
Posted: February 04, 2021 | By: GraceChaves_NRT
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Apollo LTD is one of my favorite Christian contemporary bands. I became a fan when they released their hit song, "Gold," in 2018. They have such a great sound, and their music is fresh and original. Their songs, inspirational and thought-provoking, have connected with so many people.

I caught up with band members Jordan Phillips and Adam Stark to talk about their latest single "Patient," as well as their new record Nothing is Ordinary. Everything is Beautiful.

 

I've always wanted to hear the story. How did you guys come up with the name Apollo LTD?

Jordan: I grew up in a space family. My uncle was an astronaut in the 1990s. Being a '90s kid, it was a pretty cool experience. I grew up being fascinated by space and space history, and I went to space launches. We always thought Apollo would be a super cool name for a band, mainly named after the Apollo Space Program, of course. It was a good name because of our culture and the country at the time. Because like John F. Kennedy said, "
We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard."

Once we finally formed a band, we called it Apollo. But, we had a lawyer who said, "There's no way I can protect that." (It's the lawyer thing). He said, "I don't care if you have three letters before it or three letters after it, but you can't just use Apollo." So, we went with Apollo LTD. It was the first name that we could come up with that sounded decent.

You guys have released your second full-length album Nothing is Ordinary. Everything is Beautiful. What's the inspiration behind the new project?

Adam: Most songs on the new record were written during the pandemic. We were supposed to be on tour all year, but, instead, we quickly found ourselves at home. Creating music was the only thing that gave us a sense of normalcy. So, much of the album was birthed from our stay-at-home time during the ongoing pandemic. The mentality and the message are about finding silver linings in life
even when it gets hard and difficult. It's about choosing to shift your perspective and find positivity and the good that's in any situation.

Many of the album's songs have this unrelenting sense of hope. That's what we felt we wanted to say. We felt like we needed to convey to other people the message of hope.

In 2019, you guys released your album, Out of Body. How does that record differ from this new album?

Jordan: In many ways, the new album is a continuation of the last one. Our first record was actually two releases: an EP that turned into a full-length album. When we made the EP, we didn't ever think that it would become a full-length album. We fused the two different projects and it happened to work.

This new album feels a lot more intentional to us. There are an arc and a thread throughout the whole record. We chose an album name very early on. This album, in some ways, feels like an extension, but it's an evolution for us. As Adam said, the narrative is centered around this idea of perspective on our lives. It's about the choice that we make to see the beauty in ordinary things.

"Patient" is Apollo LTD's latest radio single. What's the story behind that song?

Adam: "Patient" is one of the older songs on this record. It had been sitting around for a while. When we wrote it, we loved it. We were excited about it. After we showed the song to our team, they loved it, too. Then, for one reason or another, it always kept getting pushed back.

We thought, "We were going to release this song in the fall, but we're going to wait until after Christmas." Then, it turned into, "Actually, we're going to release it at the beginning of the year." Then, the pandemic happened, and the song was pushed off again.

2020 was a year where everybody was locked in their homes. Everyone had to put their dreams and aspirations on hold for an indefinite amount of time. We had the song "Patient" about needing to learn trust and patience. The song's message is that there's meaning in the process.

We finally realized why the song didn't get released last year or the year before. It was meant for this time. We released it in August 2020. It was awesome to see how it all played out. We're excited to have it out right now.

We've been getting messages in our inbox all the time from people saying stuff like, "That song is saving me today. Thank you." It's crazy how it's been relating to people. We're grateful for that.

 

You collaborated with Social Club Misfits and Ryan Stevenson for two tracks on this record. What was it like teaming up with them for these songs?

Jordan: It was great. They're such talented artists, and it's always a privilege to get to work with your friends. We sent the track for "Good Day" to Social Club Misfits to ask if they'd be interested in it. Band member Marty said, "Yeah, I already cut a verse." So, that was easy. Anytime you're collaborating with an artist or band, even if you're sitting in the same room as them writing a song, you always want to bring some ideas. But, at the same time, it's like, "Man, I hope we all like what's going on." But, when we heard Marty's verse, we thought, "Yeah, they get this. This is perfect, and this is exactly what we need, and exactly what we wanted."

It was a similar thing with Ryan. We reached out to him with "Sunday Morning Feeling" to see if it was a song that he was interested in. He said, "Yes, when can I sing on it?" It was an easy and awesome process working with both Social Club Misfits and Ryan. Ryan is a sweet-hearted dude. He has a great voice, and he's eager to collaborate with people, and partner with other artists. He has that communal spirit to him.

 

What's next for Apollo LTD in 2021?

Adam: Well, hopefully touring. It's looking optimistic that maybe this summer some tours are going to start, so there's a lot of stuff in the works with that. We're waiting to see what the state of the country is and if all these things logistically are going to get locked in. I think the plan is just to do a lot of touring to support this album. In the meantime, we're always making music. We produce music as well. Actually, we're producing music for other artists while we're at home. That's pretty much it. We're going to be writing, creating, producing, and, hopefully, touring.

How can we be praying for you guys?

Jordan: I would say the same prayer that probably most of the country needs, which would be provision and peace. Pray for peace over all the instability and uncertainty. Pray that we can rest and not have anxious spirits.

Grace Chaves has been a fan of all things Christian music since 2016. She is one of NRT's youngest writers. Homeschooled, Grace is an author, loves Jesus, concerts, and road-trips.

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