Juice will be performing July 20 at El Corazon
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about


Tell Me About That Song: Berkeley Dislers, Vocalist of Des Moines Ska Band Juice

Juice will be performing July 20 at El Corazon
A lot went into writing your favorite song, but how much do you really know about it? This week Berkeley Dislers, vocalist of Des Moines ska band Juice, delves into an all-night recording marathons, spontaneous song names and performing new music for the first time.

Song: "Nervous Wreck"

Album: Things We Say EP

Release Date: TBA

When it was written: We started the song around May. Granted, we are a six-piece band with horns and there are a lot of different aspects that go into writing a song for us.

Where it was written: My basement. We practice there, we write there, and we shall die there, in a covered tomb of used ear plugs and month old cups of God knows what.

Favorite line in the song: "They said now you're free, but I don't believe in anyone who trusts me." At the time I was writing this I felt very beleaguered by people who were close to me. I also felt a lot of self doubt. It seemed to me that I wasn't able to meet anyone's standards, and in a way I thought it was almost foolish to expect anything good out of me.

Which part was the hardest to come up with: Personally I always find the hardest part of writing a song to be the vocal melody. Once I get passed how I am going to sing the song I find that the lyrics come pretty easily to me. I usually have no problem expressing my emotions and this attribute caries well into the songs I write.

If you could go back and change anything, what would it be: The only thing I can say I would change about the song would be us getting more time at the studio that we laid down the basis for the song in. We got extremely lucky. Our friend who works at Robert Lang Studios got us a free day to record there, and we entered the studio at around 12:00 p.m. and ended up leaving at about 7:00 a.m. It was one of the best nights of my life.

Odd fact about song: This ended up being the only song that I didn't name. Our trombone player Sierra spontaneously called dibs on naming it, and without hearing any of the lyrics she ended up going with "Nervous Wreck." It fit the song perfectly.

What was your inspiration for writing the song: Around the time I was writing the vocals for this song, I was listening to a lot of music that used shouting to accentuate the meaning and emotion behind the words of the song. I thought, "Wow, I want to try that out," and I'm really happy with the outcome.

When was your favorite time performing it live: There's nothing like performing a song for the first time. Seeing something that you and your bandmates worked tirelessly on come to life in front of an audience is just spectacular. The nerves of making a lasting impression with your brand-new piece of art creates a truly amazing feeling. Nothing like your first time.

What is the meaning behind the song: During the time we were writing the song I was not in the best mind state. I had felt really insecure about my music. I was going through something I'm sure all musicians go through: doubt. I felt like I would never be good enough to make anything of any real substance. I couldn't imagine people actually going out of their way to listen to my music. Along with that, I was questioning a lot of the people in my life. I made some realizations about who really had my back and supported me for who I am.

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