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Interview with Jas Morris of Firekind and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
JM: Growing up it was always my dream to become the best guitarist in the world. I didn’t care for much else in the realm of music other than improving my guitar chops. I certainly reached some milestones in that area with the guitar competitions I have entered, some I have won. However as the years go by that has mattered a little less, with a love for melody, songwriting and improving as an old round musician taking over. Becoming a better singer has also come into the fold. So in terms of defining myself as a ‘type’ of artist, if I ever became revered for either of my accomplishments in guitar ability, singing and/or songwriting, I’d be very happy.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
JM: Inspired to be a musician by my father, got absolutely hooked on guitar in my early teens. Played guitar incessantly for many years after that. Started gigging at an early age, loving every minute of it. Won Guitarist Of The Year a while back, toured all over the place. Love writing music at my home studio.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
JM: Musical influences range from my father, Jeff Beck, Steve Vai, Hendrix to Queen, Sting and Hans Zimmer.
Non-musical influences range from Tim Ferriss, Jordan Peterson, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jocko Willink and many more.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
JM: In my early career as a musician my dreams and goals sat firmly in becoming the best guitarist in the world, in the best band in the world, touring the world and doing the biggest shows in the world. Pretty much what happens at the end of Bill & Teds Bogus Journey (haha). But now, although all of that still remains in some form, there is no better feeling that to be able to sit in my studio and create the best music I can, release it, perform it and have people enjoy it. So as long as I can keep doing that I’m happy!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
JM: I’m the principal songwriter, sometimes 90% of the song will come together relatively quickly. Other times, it’ll be a rough premise of a song which I’ll then take to the guys to work on.
I’ve always been fascinated by larger than life experiences/concepts so most of the songwriting comes from that train of thought. But generally, most of the songs are about dealing with loss/devastation and coming out the other end.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
JM: Even more so in Covid times, having a good social media presence is very important. We try and keep content fairly regular and I think that is the key as it can be hard for people to maintain attention in this world where you have a million and one things trying to steal it from you.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
JM: The ultimate purpose for most musicians (I think anyway) is for your music to get out to as many listeners as possible. So anything that helps in that process is a good thing in my eyes. The days where you could only consume music via hardcopy were great in their own way, but you can’t fight technology so you may as well embrace it!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
JM: Any one of the tracks on Rage Against The Machines self-titled album. Ultimate riffage! Love it. Also maybe, ‘Now We Are Free’ by Hans Zimmer from the Gladiator soundtrack.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
JM: Support bands leaving shows before the headline act without good reason. Bands should stick together at shows and show respect to each other. At the end of the day, if you are the support band and you leave a show before the headline act (if you have a gruelling tour schedule/other commitments of course that is fine) then most likely you won’t be asked back. Whenever we are on a support slot, we always try and stay right to the end so that we can show our support and appreciation to the headline act. After all, if it weren’t for them we wouldn’t have the gig. Be respectful and show appreciation to other bands!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
JM: Winning Global Battle Of The Bands at the final in Thailand. We went out with the intention to enjoy ourselves and just do the best we can, almost without intention to win. So when we won it was like an amazing bonus to an already amazing experience. I also think this is key to these sorts of events, make sure you put the work in so that you know you have done the best you can. Then relax and just do it without getting hooked on any sort of outcome. I feel we have always performed the best when we have followed this way of thinking.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
JM:With gigging being off the table for the immediate future, it is giving us a lot of opportunity to write music at our home studios. So that is in full flow at the moment, we are very excited about the ideas that are coming out already. We do however, have a streamed live recorded performance coming out on the 21st November as part of the NWOCR Webfest! Definitely make sure you check that out.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
JM: Our album ‘ What I Have Found Is Already Lost’ Deluxe Edition is available from all streaming services and in hard copy (CD) via firekind.com/shop
Thanks for having me, cheers!