“Basically, we called up our friends and asked if they wanted to go on tour… in India. Turns out that’s a good way to get people to join your band…” laughs guitarist Scott Naylor, who along with guitarist Ethan Ehrstine, founded The Gap Theory in 2011.
The two were touring together in an acoustic rock band called blue sky nine, and had lined up a concert tour in southern India. Sadly, that band came to an end before the tour could happen. Never ones to pass up an opportunity to go on tour (or to get some authentic Indian food), they re-envisioned the project as a straight-up rock band, and started calling friends they’d worked with during the course of other writing, recording or touring projects.
“We’d worked with Seth (Irby) in some worship events and recordings, and loved his writing and his vibe as a front man,” recalls Scott. “We knew Stephen (Haddenhorst) wrote, sang, played bass and guitar and would add a ton. Trevor (Junga) had played drums AND engineered some recordings for blue sky nine, so we knew he was a lot of fun to work with…”
The group of randomly connected friends found an instant chemistry as they wrote songs and rehearsed for the first tour. But it was the experience of touring that convinced them they’d found a combination that needed to stay together. And now, with 2 tours in southern India in the rear-view-mirror, the band continues to play, write, and perform.
“We saw our music and stories reach a ton of people on that first tour, and that’s really gratifying…” Scott said. “Creating music, telling stories and traveling are some of the most rewarding things we could think of to do. But, the bigger reason that we do this is because we’ve all had our lives changed by our journeys as followers of Jesus Christ. Everywhere we go, we use our music to start conversations with people about their spiritual journey. That might seem random, but it’s the common thread in our relationships and in our lives. It’s what brought us together, and it’s what inspires us to continue to create music.”
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