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This epic band, Inter Arma, has recently done an amazing interview with me.
Album(s): Destroyer EP (June 2012), Sky Burial (March 2013), The Cavern (October 2014)
Label: Relapse Records
Here’s our interview:
Q: What gives you inspiration to write songs?
A: Inspiration to write songs/music can come from just about anywhere. I think you could watch a movie, read a book, take a walk, go see a band, anything! I also think that life experiences that bring about emotions, whether it’s anger, joy or whatever, tend to yield some of the best results. One personal example I can think of is a riff in one of our songs. I’d found out that my girlfriend was “hanging out” with some other guy. Needless to say I didn’t respond to the news very well. I picked up a guitar and started playing, whilst in the throes of despair, and came up with what would be the foundation for what is now one of my favorite Inter Arma songs. See, inspiration can come from anywhere!
Q: In your opinion, what makes good lyrics?
A: I think honesty and putting your perspective and personality into lyrics is important. I think when a person can read lyrics and interpret some kind of meaning and relate to them on a personal level, even when that meaning isn’t quite what the author intended, you probably have something good in front of you. Creating a strong mental image with words is another good sign that the person writing them knows what they are doing.
Q: What things have influenced your music?
A: Everything! Where you live, where you’re from, what you do for a living, your friends, your family, your views on life in general… I think every little detail of your life, even the benign, in some form, shape or fashion has an impact on your creative output. So don’t fake the funk!
Q: What bands have influenced your music most?
A: All of them.
Q: What advice would you give to beginners who are nervous?
A: You’re a human not a computer. You’re going to be imperfect and make a mistake or two. It’s fine. It’s rock and roll. It’s supposed to be a little wild and FUN. HAVE FUN!
Q: Do you do any warm ups that help your musical abilities? If so, what are they?
A: I have a practice drum pad that before most shows I’ll do some rudiments on. Maybe stretch my arms and legs a little bit. That’s about it, though.
Q: Why do you want to continue playing in your band?
A: Sometimes I don’t! hahahahaha… Because I love writing music, I love working on it with the rest of the band, I love practicing by myself, I love recording, I love touring, I love playing live in front of people, I love seeing other people enjoy it… I love EVERY aspect of it. It is my entire existence. It’s what I’ve always wanted to do and it’s what I want to do until I’m physically unable to do it anymore.
Q: As an artist, how would you define “success”?
Q: When things go downhill, such as your music, friendships, etc., how do you deal with that?
A: I think the best way to do deal with any problem, whether it’s music or a relationship or whatever, is to address the issue directly, analyze the situation, figure out how to correct it and try to not make that same mistake again. Probably easier said than done, though.
Q: In your opinion, what are great things to sing about?
A: I think singing about subjects that you are passionate about makes it easier to put real emotions behind whatever it is you’re singing about and makes for a better song.
Q: Why do you want to, or feel like, you need to sing about these things?
Q: What’s a great way to promote your music?
A: Getting out there and touring and playing as many shows as you possibly can is hands down the best way to promote your music as well as perfect your craft. Don’t let the internet tell you otherwise.
Q: What are some ways to stay motivated in writing music?
A: I’m not sure that there’s a way to stay motivated ALL the time. Neil Young says that sometimes the muse is there, sometimes it isn’t and sometimes you’re chasing it. Having been through all of those situations myself, I’d say that’s fairly accurate.
Q: Do you have any tips for beginners?
A: PRACTICE, PRACTICE, PRACTICE! Be analytical about your practice because it’ll make for better practice and lastly, don’t do it for the money because ya ain’t gonna make any!
This is one of my favorite interview answers by far. Be sure to listen to them.