Astaroth Incarnate – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
AI: We consider ourselves to be musical and vocal/lyrical artists primarily but do include the use of conceptual and meaningful imagery to go along with it.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
AI: Well we are a band from Toronto, Canada we formed in 2013 consisting of 4 members including 2 of the core/co founding members of the band that are still within the band, we just wanted to start a metal band and to see where it would go but ultimately we just did it because we were so invested in music all the time so we figured why don’t we just make our own and see what happens. We have played many gigs with a lot of bands throughout the 6 year period and have released a Demo and an EP and now our upcoming EP entitled “Ascendance” which will be released December 6th.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
AI: Very good question, we are actually influenced by a wide range of things. Musically we are obviously influenced by what we were brought up with and what has impacted us in such a way that has shaped us to who we are today and also what we are into currently but the list of bands would be too long really, we have a very avant-gardé approach to our music, we don’t really see it as here is one dedicated genre we are more focused on just being ourselves really, the influences will show through our music mostly to make it up to the listener to think of what we are inspired by. Non musical influences go from movies to books/comics to video games to people etc. We are influenced by so much that we like to take those ideas and put it into our own story and twist it the way we like, that is something that is very important to us which is that we add our own touch and ideas.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
AI: To tour with Metallica aha but seriously to just be able to make a living with music and to hopefully achieve something with it would be the biggest dream but we are in the process so we will see.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
AI: We all write, every member throws their own influence and unique talent regardless of who came with the main riff or lick or ideas, its a group effort that is divided equally because without each member this level of musicianship would not be possible. The meaning of the songs can be interpreted in many ways we actually like that the listener creates their own meaning but I am just the guitarist what do I know aha but I mean maybe down the road Sam could tell someone about his thoughts and purpose behind the lyrics.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
AI: PR and as a band, there are a few people behind the scenes who help us out so without them we’d be a little lost so thank you guys for the help, as far as shows we contact promoters getting on a decent or solid bill which really helps because we would rather play fewer shows but really amp them up so it’s really worth everyone’s time and effort to put on a great show.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
AI: Good and bad I guess, we all grew up in the downloading era so we can’t really compare how it was in the good old days but some of us in the band are CD/Vinyl collectors or buyers so we support bands as much as we possibly can, so before you folks go on and download a bands entire discography just make sure you’ll support the bands you listen to in some way because they need you, we need you. Without fans we are worthless so again thanks to the people who do support bands.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
AI: It had definitely evolved, the industry seemed to be everyone’s ticket in but now a days alot more bands have become independent or started their own label, I think everyone is just much more educated on how things work now. The industry has always pushed bands to reach success so in a way it is a good thing to be on a label especially if you have the budget and support to do even greater things which I see alot more bands doing. Labels support you in different ways so I think these days their is a nice balance and more options for musicians which I feel is the way it should be.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
AI: Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd probably because I think it’s one of the greatest songs ever written and it gives me the chills every single time I hear it and I sometimes think wow imagine having these ideas in your head and just writing it, only a genius can pull something like this off.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
AI: I guess I will keep it within music but yeah people that don’t tune their guitars and think they are in tune I don’t hate it but it bothers me. That’s it though I can’t really think of any more aha
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
AI: Playing music, being able to just do what we all have a great interest in and loving it, we have yet to have some moments to be really proud of but yeah maybe this new EP is something to be proud of actually, we have really taken our sound somewhere else.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
AI: Our next show as I said earlier is December 6th we don’t have an event posted yet but this will be our EP release show and you should be there because we will be playing new material only and adding much more than what we have had in the past so make sure to look out for that event post! Thank you again Pete for the interview and I speak on behalf of the band, we are grateful and we really appreciate it, cheers!
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