Gonebad – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
B. Harrison: Alternative rock/metal artist from Finland. I’m a solo artist and an artist is the right word to use, everything I do is for the self-expression. Whether it’s a music video or a photo or a flyer or whatever it may be, I always strive to turn it into a represenation and an expression of my art and individuality.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
B. Harrison: In the beginning Gonebad started out as a band and I’ve spend most of my adulthood trying to keep it that way. Eventually the only way to continue making music was to do it by myself. It turned out to be the best thing I ever did, too bad it took me all this time to figure out.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
B. Harrison: I guess I’m mostly influenced by bands that I grew up listening to in the late 90’s and early millenium such as Bolt Thrower, In Flames, American head charge, The Kovenant, Nirvana….
Non-musical influences: Experiencing life trough human peception is inspiring itself.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
B. Harrison: I stopped dreaming when I started doing this and started focusing on goals. Right now my goal is to unravel myself musically and artistically and see if anyone connects with it. After I’m done I hope I can find peace and accept whatever this life has for me.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
B. Harrison: I write my music and lyrics in my own little office I call a studio. Sometimes I get together with a drummer and we’ll jam on some riffs and after that I go home and turn those jams into songs. Usually the songs are about me trying make sense of something I’ve been thinking about or experienced.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
B. Harrison: Social media, is there any other way? I try to get help from different agencies as well.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
B. Harrison: If it’s something you like to do, then go ahead. Personally I prefer cd.s and streaming. Who gets compensated for what is another thing and I’m sure we can all agree that the streaming services are not giving the artist a fair shake.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
B. Harrison: I never think about it that way but what I can say is that most of the time I hear a song and my first instinct is that I could have done it better but once in a while I come across with a song that sounds perfect the way it is and what makes it brilliant is that it’s written in a way I would never have thought of doing, in terms of melody and such. The last time I had this experience was with a song called “On the floor” by En Minor.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
B. HarrisonFirst thing that comes to mind is my 3-year-old daughter licking me just to piss me off. Other than that, let’s just say that I’m not an easy person to be around with on a daily basis.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
B. Harrison: Probably when I started making music solo and noticed I didn’t feel I needed any input from other musicians.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
B. Harrison: A new single called “Look For Entry” and a video for it.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
B. Harrison: I’m not planning to do any shows before I get an ep. out but when we eventually start doing shows you can expect presence, intensity and a vivid execution of the recorded material.