Meet Ben Honeycutt ( Lead vocals, guitar), Drew Garrett (Lead guitar, vocals) and Steven Howell (Bass guitar, vocals)
Tell me about Candlefuse.
Steven The main thing that we do is genuinely minister. We never really wanted to consider ourselves a rock band or even in Christian entertainment. We really do consider ourselves a ministry. What we do is important. Its not about the money or the notoriety or the fame or anything that comes with this business. Ultimately, you have to deal with that at times, but the ministry is the biggest aspect of it. We always feel like no matter how small the venue or how small their budget is, we want to make ourselves available to anyone who wants to have us. The people that really need to be ministered to are not going to come pay $10 to see us play. Were really going to have to go out and reach those people ourselves; sort of like a mission thing. So thats what Candlefuse is about.
Lets talk about relevance. If you dont have a connection with your listeners, youre not helping them. So what makes Candlefuse relevant?
Steven Wow! Thats a really good question. I guess the biggest thing is that we all come from such diverse backgrounds and different upbringings. Ben was raised by his mom. Weve all been through so many different things in our lives. I think that really helps us connect. One group of kids may gravitate towards me and another group may connect more with Ben or Drew. Were not just up there on stage. The real ministry happens off stage when youre meeting with these kids and youre talking with them. I think that each of us has gone through things in our own lives and thats helped equip us in different aspects. We compliment each other well. I think that we can reach a much more diverse group of kids because weve got something for everyone, in that aspect.
When you knew that God had made you for musical ministry, what was your unmistakable clue?
Ben We went on a thing called the Extreme Tour, which is a tour where independent Christian bands team up with a skate team and we tour skate parks, churches and other venues. It was really cool leap of faith for us. Youre not guaranteed any money and youre providing your own transportation. Youre basically living off of merch sales. Once we got there, we knew that it was exactly where we were supposed to be. There were a couple of bands that we automatically bonded with. We made good friendships. There was this one time at about 3 oclock in the morning when people were coming in, one at a time, just talking, to this building we were in. It ended up turning into a worship service with us all passing around an acoustic guitar. It really let us know that its not about us. Its about the kids and the people that we sing to and its about Jesus.
Steven Like Ben said, it was totally relying on faith. You may only play in front of 20 kids one night and not know if youre going to make enough to even make it to the next venue. It was difficult in that aspect, but it was so rewarding in the end. We had a chance to hang out with some really great kids. A lot of them had never been to church, and generally didnt know anything about God or Jesus or the religious things that we take for granted. Getting to hang out and share the Gospel is totally cool. We ended up giving away a lot of CDs because thats what we were there for to minister.
Ben Our hearts were just broken for these kids. These were some really great kids and they tend to end up on the fringe of church society. These arent the people that churches particularly want to cater to a lot of times. Its sort of like they want you to get cleaned up before you come in and thats not what God says. Let Him do the cleaning. You just make sure that you present them with the Gospel and just let them know that being a Christian is not what you see out there. Thats not what genuine Christianity is about. Thats religion and were not about religion.