Questions answered by - George Gutierrez (rhythm guitar/backing vocals)
Let's talk a little about the history of your band. When did you originally form and is this the original line-up?
This incarnation of the band started in 2016 with Lane Steele (vocals/bass) and his best friend, Eugene on guitar. The current line up has been together since May 2018
Do you remember how the idea of forming the band first came up?
Lane started the project as something he would do for fun while on break from school. No grand master plan behind it, just wanted to play some tunes and have fun.
How would you categorize the style of the band?
I would place us in the hard rock/metal/industrial category. Our sound is multi-faceted.
What image do you want your music to convey to your fans?
That there is positive and uplifting messages in heavy music. That there is someone out there that is in a similar struggle or situation you are in and empathizes with you.
Who are your influences and how have they shaped your bands’ sound?
The industrial elements show in the samples and musical interludes we use on stage, as well as the precision riffs. We have some nu metal influences in the grooves and riffs and we also have the theatrical elements of the show that we've borrowed from shock rock
Let's talk a little about your latest album what are the listeners in store for with this release?
Our EP "The You In Me" , which will be out on 9/27 is something we have worked extremely hard on. It was a long journey and we are very pleased with the results.
Where did record your latest release at?
We recorded instruments with a producer out in Studio City. Lane then added his vocals and synths/samples at his home studio. We had no intention to add samples during the initial recording, but as we were progressing through sessions, we decided to implement them into our sound. The EP was mixed by Mike Plotnikoff (Three Days Grace, Fear Factory, In Flames) and later mastering by Brad Brunazzi (Arcane Haven)..
Producers are a very important factor in recording a good record. Who did you use to produce your record?
Since we've been a band, we've refined these songs. Lane is the de-facto executive producer and put a lot of time into producing and fleshing out the sound, especially on his vocal performances. We did have vocal production from Aaron Nordstrom (Gemini Syndrome), who is a good friend, on our song "Party." Additionally, Tommy Gibbons from Flaw co-wrote and produced the song "Never Go Back" . We befriended him on tour last fall and he was stoked on the idea of working together on a track!
Does the entire band contribute to the writing process?
Since George and I joined, we have contributed to the process and are continuing to write as a collective unit as we do pre-production for our full length album.
How do you feel the band has evolved musically and personally over the last year?
We've gone from treating this as a weekend side gig for fun to doing major large scale national tours. We've refined and expanded our sound. We've invested into this band as a business partnership as well as an artistic creative outlet.
Where do you draw the inspiration for the songs you write?
Mostly everyday life. The trials and tribulations we all go through. But sometimes you just put the guitar in your hands and just start riffing and you've got a song a few hours later!
How important do you rate the lyrical side of your albums?
Lyrics are extremely important! We aren't an instrumental metal band. I mean, sure, Patmas can shred, but we aren't doing all of that! Hahah.
What are your current tour plans, if any?
Currently on tour with The Convalescence and Casket Lottery as part of The House of Suffering Tour.
Describe your live performance for those who have never seen you live?
Highly theatrical and intense, yet fun! Engaging, interactive, unique.
Do you see as we do that most local radio rarely support the up and coming new bands and even more local bands just starting out?
There's a whole other aspect to that. Radio is a business and there are methods to getting on the radio. That being said, independent and local radio will definitely support up and coming new bands. Bands just gotta put the work in and find those contacts.
What do you think of the music industry right now?
It’s definitely changed in the last decade. Numbers play an important factor. You have to stay in the public eye and keep people engaged. You’ve got to stay relevant or you will fall by the wayside.
Did you find it hard to break into the business and what was the biggest obstacle you had to overcome?
It is definitely a lot of work. You’ve got to be dedicated and persistent. The biggest obstacle we’ve had to face is finding and establishing the right connections and the right network to help spread brand awareness. You’re gonna get ignored and told no A LOT, so overcoming that and continuing to try is definitely an obstacle we have faced.
Tell us about your thoughts on your local music scene?
We love our local scene and we have friends here and try to support as much as possible. There’s new venues coming up in the wake of some of the old classics closing down and it’s exciting for live music to be making a comeback.
Are there any new and upcoming bands that you are into?
I don’t know how new they are, but there is a band named Kingdom Collapse from San Antonio, my hometown, that is doing some pretty big things. Checked out their stuff recently and really dug it. I’m also really enjoying a band out of L.A. named Vespera.
How has Social Media impacted your band?
It’s given us fans all over the world! We’ve made fans from many different countries and Social Media helps us connect with each and every one of them.
Where can our readers find you on the web?
What equipment is the band using and do you have any endorsements currently?
We’re endorsed by Schecter Guitars, Coffin Case, Pig Hog Cables, SIT strings and Clayton Guitar Picks. We are using products from all of those brands on this tour. We also use Line 6 Helix and Firehawk guitar processors and an Ampeg Scrambler for bass.
Thanks for answering these questions. Do you have any last comments for our readers?
Pre orders are up for our upcoming EP “The You in Me” ! Check out the video on YouTube
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