Fermentor – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
F: We are a 2-piece, instrumental metal band that blends complex melodies and time signatures with vigorous blast beats and very high energy guitar riffing
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
F: We are cousins who took advantage of recording studio access in 2008 and discovered we had amazing musical chemistry. 12 years later we are releasing our 4th album CONTINUANCE which we believe is our most advanced yet!
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
F: Musically we’d say: Death, Necrophagist, Decapitated, Slayer, Sepultura, Behold… The Arctopus, Disrhythmia, Morbid Angel, Suffocation, Jerry Goldsmith and others. Non-musically we’d say: Horror and SciFi movies and books. Stephen King, Michael Crichton, Ridley Scott, John Carpenter is a good place to start looking.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
F: All we want to do is to record albums and tour. We are so excited about the music we make! We just want to keep making it and share it with everyone. Be able to play big shows all over the world.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
F: A large portion of our material comes out of jamming/improvisation. Because there is only 2 of us, when we are writing we can stay together pretty well and often know where the other person will go. This allows us to write parts and conceive ideas quite quickly; because there isn’t much excess getting in the way.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
F: We promote in 3 main ways. The first way is online and through social media (Facebook, Instagram, YouTube are all necessary to staying out there and accessible. The second way we promote is through live shows and collaboration with other bands. Being active and playing out gets you in front of all of new people and when you promote a show with other bands, chances are they are promoting you when they promote the show. The last way is by having a publicists. We believe that right now (for us at least) it is good for us to have a professional out there sending media outlets our content/music/music videos to keep us in the minds of those who are commenting about music.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
F: It’s great as long as the band is getting fairly compensated.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
F: We are not the types to look to the past and think “shucks, I wish it was like back in the day where musicians made more money and everything was easier”. All we care about is pushing ourselves to writing better and better music. Our careers/success will not be defined by the decline of CD sales. We believe in ourselves and our music so I can only describe our outlook as optimistic.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
F: We wish we wrote Night On Bald Mountain by Mussorgsky because it’s just so damn awesome.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
F: Negativity. Life is hard enough just getting through the day. We don’t have time for people that want to bring you down or aren’t trying to make this world happier.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
F: Not just one moment but it’s every time someone reaches out to us to tell us how much they loved one of our songs, or how a fermentor album got them through a cruddy workday, or even how our band made traffic bearable.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
F: We’re playing in San Diego at The Merrow March 26 and in Tecate, Mexico April 25. There are 2 main reasons to go, one because we are playing with cool bands (Temblad, Soul Grinder, Genestealer, Tzimani..) and also because a live FERMENTOR show is a sight to behold. Insane energy and insane precision occupying the same space. Check out our new THUNDERBOSS MUSIC VIDEO online to get a taste of how we play live. We hope to see you all there!