5RVLN5 – Interview
PD: What type of artist are you?
5 R V L N 5: My art tends towards the dark and perverse. Heavy Industrial.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
5 R V L N 5: I’ve been playing in the underground music scene to various degrees since late 2010. My first “real” band, Faces of the Bog, released their full length album ‘Ego Death’ in
I shortly left the group about a year later for a number of personal reasons. Since then, I have been working on my new project titled, 5 R V L N 5, which will be releasing it’s debut album, ’The Black Mark’ on March 13th 2020.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
5 R V L N 5: I had two pretty influential uncles growing up. One was a visual artist and the other was a musician. Both of them spent a lot of time with me as a child developing the skills I have today. I would have never played guitar or picked up a paintbrush had it not been for those men.
Musically? I listen to a lot of different styles of music to find rhythms and melodies that are outside of the conventional pop format and then find ways to inject those ideas back into what I am doing.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
5 R V L N 5: I would like to continue to make art on my terms.
PD:Who writes your songs, what are they about?
5 R V L N 5: This is a solo project, so I write all of the music and lyrics. I tend to look at this whole thing as one big art project. The music, the visual aspect of it, the vibe and attitude it gives off…. It’s all very satisfying to see how far the process has come. It’s been a long road.
I would say, ‘The Black Mark’ is an extremely personal snapshot of my life over the past 3 years or so.. There are themes that reach back throughout different times as well, but most of this really came about in 2016. I had a slough of events that tossed me into a tailspin… My father passed away, I had gotten myself involved in a co-dependent relationship, and I left my band (Faces of the Bog). I was an absolute mess, to say the least..
Through all of that, I was writing these ‘black metal’ style songs on an acoustic guitar, just kind of for me to fuck around with.. I started to jam them with a few drummers and the songs weren’t really going anywhere with that method. Having just left a band I spent 7 years in, I decided I was tired of working with ANYONE and got a Moog and a drum machine. The rest is history..
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
5 R V L N 5: I still dig the old school approach of handmade flyers. Also, having a good network of people who support and care about what you’re doing whether it be other bands, fans of your music or just friends who want to help, is a really good tool for promotion. Then you have social media obviously..
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
5 R V L N 5: I’ve never been a fan of illegal downloading of music. If an artist gives it away that’s a different story.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
5 R V L N 5: I see a lot of really good underground acts popping up all over the place on smaller labels. I think that’s healthy. It’s an exciting time to be a part of it all.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
5 R V L N 5: ‘Black Hole Sun’. The arrangement and chord progressions say a lot about his songwriting. It’s amazingly well written.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
5 R V L N 5: Being stuck in traffic. I look forward to the day they invent teleportation.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
5 R V L N 5: Putting out this album. This is the highest level of art I have created to date.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
5 R V L N 5: Currently, I’m getting the release prepped and I’ve got a few video projects in the works. I’ll be putting a band together in the late spring and begin rehearsals for live gigs around that time. All I can say is… it will be an experience.