Despite The Fallen – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
DTF: It’s hard to slap a label on us without being super vague but we tend to align more with post grunge, so usually we just adapt to that classification, even though no one really knows what it means.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
DTF: Having started off with serious motivation and determination, we’ve definitely had some great experiences for our short time as a band. Supporting some serious bands such as Fuel, Bad Wolves, 10 years, All That Remains, Nonpoint, and more, We’ve launched with serious momentum and are maintaining it at the best of our ability.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
DTF: Musically we draw inspiration from all aspects, we each have unique backgrounds from Deftones, Meshuggah, Architects, to singer-songwriters such as Noah Gundersen, Gregory Alan Isakov, and more. For non-musical influences, I take a lot of influence from writers such as Bukowski, Hemingway, Paul Auster, and we’ve also incorporated my interests of physics in my lyrics as well.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
DTF: We set clear goals for ourselves early on in that we just want to make the best music possible. We strive to express ourselves in an honest way and to help or reach out to anyone we can.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
DTF: Our Vocalist Cody writes them on terms of lyrics and vocal melodies, the instrumentation is always a huge collaboration of us all. Lyrically, the songs stem more from emotions than they do anything physical or concrete. We tend to leave them open enough to interpretation that hopefully anyone can find what they need in them. However, there are a lot of recurring themes involved.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
DTF: We use Social Media as a serious tool for promotion, as well as dedicated promoters, ticket sites and good ol’ fashioned promo posters. We also always try to reach out to local radio stations in the area of the show or venue because we love being as involved and connected to their local scene as possible.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
DTF: This is a hard topic to completely nail but I personally believe as with all things it has its balance of good and bad. The availibility of it all is amazing compared to indie bands trying to mail get their physical copies in record stores in the past. However, every level of convenience always comes as a devil’s deal. Unfortunately it is stripping the profits from the artists in an alarming rate and it’s heart breaking to see something you’ve worked incredibly hard on get essentially taken away. I honestly try not to think about it too much and just consider myself lucky that people can find and listen to our music. At the end of the day it was never about the money, just about getting our art out into the world, and we are incredibly grateful for that. But I can’t shrug off the issue and throw all the other artists under the bus. That’s why it is incredibly important more than ever to go to shows and buy merch to help support the bands that you care about.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
DTF: I could spend all day on this question alone. I’m not sure about the rest of the band but some of my all time favorites are “Naysayer” by Architects, “I Found” By Amber Run, and “Master and Hound” By Gregory Alan Isakov. Also, along these lines, we recently covered one of our favorite songs “Drown” by Bring Me The Horizon to donate all the proceeds to Battle22 (Veteran Suicide and PTSD Awareness) so we would definitely appreciate if you checked them and the song out.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
DTF: Guitar strings breaking mid set. No one has time for that haha.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
DTF: Fortunately we’ve had a lot of moments to be proud of opening for some amazing bands and being part of really awesome shows. But what takes the cake for me is my 8 year old son being a huge fan and showing all his friends our songs in the computer lab at school and catching him singing along in his room. That, and just hearing from people that claim our music has helped them cope or feel just a little less alone. It definitely puts everything into perspective and makes everything worth it.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
DTF: We are currently working on our next release. We couldn’t be happier with how its progressing. We recently released two singles off of it “Divide” and “Sign of Life” and are eager to release more as soon as possible.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
DTF: With writing and studio sessions we are pretty strapped time wise, but we do have a few select shows coming up as we try not to disappear from the public eye. We have a show with Ignite The Fire at Muddy Creek Saloon in Heath, Ohio which will be legendary. A lot of great bands and last time we played that area we met a lot of awesome people. Then we have a July 18th in Paducah, Ky followed up by July 25th in Louisville, KY at Diamond Concert Hall for a Veteran Charity Event. I’m not sure what details I am allowed to release, but it is for a great cause, organized by great people and definitely a show you do not want to miss. Thank you guys so much for talking to us, and we hope to see you guys out at shows soon.
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