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?
BR: I’m Ben Robinson and I play guitar in an up and coming metal(core) band called Broken Earth. We took a while to figure out what we wanted to be but now I feel we’re finally on a road we want to be on.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
BR: I’m from the northern outskirts of Sydney. Daniel (other guitarist) and I actually grew up together and even started playing guitar at the same time. It was only in high school when we met our vocalist, Raph, we finally figured out we like similar music and started a band. A few line up changes later along comes our drummer Seb and now it truely feels like the band we were meant to be.
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?
BR: This may come off a little cheesy but it the boys in my band that inspires me to write. The experience of getting excited over something that we haven’t tried before is why I do this. But if I had to list artists who’ve inspired my style of writing for Broken Earth vocally Thy Art Is Murder, for my music/guitar writing Northlane and Alpha Wolf. However, Slash and Chris Cornell (and their many bands) are the reason I started playing guitar and writing music.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
BR: To be Chris Cornell.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
BR: Releasing our latest song, Somniphobia. We’ve been through a lot as a band, between writing and releasing that song it almost broke us and it almost didn’t come out. On top of that it’s my favourite song we wrote at that time.
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?
BR: It’s hard. We’ve kind of been a part of the scene for a while now with next to no recognition. It’s only been lately where we finally are getting really noticed.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
BR: Social media is the biggest way we promote anything in general. But for booking shows or landing support slot, just like the one we just landed opening for The Gloom In the Corner at Lansdowne hotel 22nd of August hows that for a plug, We tend to put feelers out there to promoters and other bands. It’s all about going to shows, making friends, shaking hands (covid permit) and supporting those who are in the same scene as you. The more people you know the more likely you are to be accepted for the shows you ask for and have shows offered to you.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
BR: It’s just a sign of the times we are in. Sure the money isn’t amazing, but I see it more as a tool then anything, in the same way social media is. The fact that an algorithm is pushing our songs to people that listen to music like ours is fantastic for getting our name out there.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
BR: Worldeater by Northlane. When that song came out 16 year old me was absolutely floored by it. The way it flows so effortlessly from section to section, the beautiful yet haunting clean guitar leads backed up by the heavy as hell rhythm guitar and awesome drum work, and the amazing vocal work from Adrian still makes me imagine playing that song up on stage.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
BR: There are a lot of people that are two faced, a lot of people who preach words that they don’t stand by. But once you’ve been in this community for a while you can spot them from a mile away, but it would be nice to not have to deal with them in the first place.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
BR: We’re currently writing some of our favourite material at the moment, a music video is in the works. Hopefully if all goes smoothly we’ll have more coming out soon.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
BR: Our instagram is @brokenearthband, our facebook is just Broken Earth and we’re on all the major streaming services.