Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
Asunder: Asunder was a project that I started back in 2019 when I started writing for a metal project. The project has been through many phases before I finally found my sound with this one. I originally intended for it to be a black/thrash metal project, but with my worsening mental health as I got older the music became naturally darker and bleaker.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
Asunder: I was born in Wuhan, China, and studied classical piano growing up. When I was 14, I moved to Shiyan to study kung fu in the Wudang Mountains. There I was physically and sexually abused to the point where I attempted suicide twice. But it was also there that I fell in love with metal music. A few years later I left the temple to chase my musical dreams. However, with the abuse I suffered in that temple, I was too scared and hurt to live a normal life in the city. My project kept taking darker turns as I dove further into the depths of my own emotions to figure out what was wrong with me. This album was fucking painful to make, but I’m infinitely proud of the end result because it expresses the pain I had bottled up over the years, and its the most authentic piece of music I’ve ever written for myself.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?
Asunder: I like a variety of artists. Anyone thats authentic and has a message to say is a band or artist ill listen to. In terms of inspiration, again I like artists that express. Hearing others express their own experiences and emotions inspires me to express my own. Some black metal artists I am really influenced by are Agalloch, Burzum, Dissection, Forgotten Woods, Leviathan, etc. and a special one for me is Cliff Burton from Metallica. I included a bass solo at the end of the track just to pay tribute to the man who inspired me to pick up the bass guitar.
Lyrical wise I’ll write about anything I’m feeling or want to express. No rules or guidelines
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
Asunder: To connect with people. After this album, I don’t think I want to make music alone again. While it was a cathartic experience, and nowadays I’m alot more at peace with myself, I’ve been really craving the connection that musicians share with each other. So I’d definately love to join a band this time and see what new experiences happen.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
Asunder: Hah, dont have any yet but since this is my first album ill have to roll with this release.
PD: Promoting one’s music is such a challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from bedrooms in the day of the home studio. How is that going?
Asunder: Never really thought or cared about it, I had one PR reach out and I just figured it would be a new experience to try it out. If people find it and listen to it, awesome.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
Asunder: No live shows for me here. Shiyan doesn’t really have much of a metal scene, and I have no plans to bring this album onto the big stage.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
Asunder: Whatever works, here we use QQMusic so I don’t use Spotify or anything like that. I uploaded my music onto bandcamp just because that was the fastest and easiest way to just get my stuff out there. Will probably have the album on Youtube sometime whenever I get around to it.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Asunder: I don’t think I’ve ever stumbled upon a song and wish I had written it cause.. someone else already did it so sucks to suck.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
Asunder: I believe artists deserve to own the full rights to their work and keep all the royalties they make. Cut out the labels and let artists figure it out themselves. DIY is the way to go
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
Asunder: Writing more lyrics and songs with the hopes of bringing them to a band one day.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Asunder: Everything is on bandcamp. I’m planning on releasing some merch in a few months based on how things turn out.