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?
JC: To me, Atomic Trip is a toxic steam-induced bad trip through a dying galaxy. It’s a pleasant nightmare, an ugly beauty, a holy Hell and a freezing inferno.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
JC: We are from Lyon, France. Gary and I were former bandmates in Cult of Occult and Grom was our tattooer so we were friends before founding Atomic Trip. We wanted to see us more often to drink and smoke together, what’s a better excuse for that than a music band?
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?
Gary: As an instrumental band we have no lyrical themes to influence the writing process but we can clearly say that we are influenced by the ideas of mass destruction, total annihilation of life and dehumanization of spirits and souls traveling freely across a dark universe. Another big influence when it comes to writing new material is the stage. Everything we make has to work live and be fun to play on a stage.
Grom: we also have our own lightshow on stage piloted by the 2 guitarists. Everything is fine-tuned to sound and look awesome!
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
JC: Help people evade difficult times.
Gary: And show the world that you can make quite much with nothing!
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
JC: When people come to us after a show to say they enjoyed what we did. No matter who, no matter where.
Gary: Yeah right, sometimes it’s in a creepy basement where only a few people showed up, and sometimes it’s in the big crowd of an open-air festival, but the feeling is the same! It’s so great when you make people feel and like your music.
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?
Grom: This is absolutely true. That is why we worked so hard on our sound and on every little detail of it. Good luck reproducing our wall of sound in your home studio.
JC: We’re not good instagramers or influencers or whatever shitty new job, so we hope that what we create promotes itself, because it’s good.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
JC: DIY. But this is more and more difficult and painful booking and promoting everything by ourselves… We will try to externalize this feature in the very near future. Yes, we’ll play some shows in our hometown and others at the end of March.
Gary: France, Switzerland, Germany are in discussion.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
JC: I’m OK with everything, honestly I don’t care. Do it according to your budget, your habits, and your way of life. But if you really love a band, tell them, talk about them, buy some merch and most of all, go see them live.
Grom: All our music is “name your price” on bandcamp, you can basically have it for free, so do it!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
JC: The Tide by Neurosis. It’s a perfect example of an immensely beautiful and emotional crescendo. It starts in a calm and sad atmosphere to finish in a relentless fury. And it fits the title so well.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
Gary: I don’t feel like I’m a part of the music industry actually. When I hear « music industry » I think of everything trendy, that generates a lot of money and I think that pretty much everything sucks in that industry. But underground bands are nothing in that industry, just tiny bark with a cracking hull in an ocean full of yachts, supertankers and sharks. We will drown in general disregard.
Grom: We are and we will always be truly DIY.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
JC: We finished working on a video for Bomb #6 that would be available on YouTube on January the 17th so now we work on promoting our new album Strike #3, planning the gigs for 2023 and we already started writing some new material.
Gary: Teaser : a new track about beer…….
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Thanks a lot for your time Pete and do not forget to DOOM BOOZE FUZZ WEED everyday.
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