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?
HTL: At the end of the day, we are a metal band. People get wrapped up in the specifics of sub-genres. In this case, most would probably classify us as deathcore which we would be inclined to agree with. But as all squares are rectangles, all deathcore is metal.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
HTL: We come from the Northern Virginia area and were formed in 2016. We (Edwin and Tyler) were both musicians and knew each other, though we never really talked. One day, a conversation sparked up about horror movies which then led to the two of us figuring out that we both liked metal as well. We tossed around a few ideas of making songs until we decided to form Harvest the Lost.
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?
HTL: We grew up listening to Slipknot as well as other big names in metal. As time went on, our influences expanded to bands like Chelsea Grin, Suicide Silence, and After the Burial. As far as our songs go, some are based on things that we’ve seen or experienced in our lives as well as horror themed stories. For example, our single, “Anneliese” is about a German woman who was plagued by a neurological disorder which was thought to have been demonic possession. She ended up meeting her death as a result of her worsening condition, which was aggravated by a series of failed exorcisms. This tragic real life story has also inspired movies such as The Exorcism of Emily Rose.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
HTL: Harvest the Lost is something that we do for fun. It would certainly be a dream to share our music with thousands of people and maybe one day performing live.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
HTL: The release of our latest single, “Prima Nocta” showcases our ever improving skill of production quality. We do everything DIY which includes mixing and mastering. We are incredibly pleased with how well it has been received compared to our previous work.
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?
HTL: Honestly, it’s going much better than we expected. We originally uploaded our music into Soundcloud not really expecting anyone to pay much attention. When we took the leap of faith to distributing our music through major platforms, we were amazed that people were so willing to listen to our music and place it into their playlists.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
HTL: Right now we are strictly a studio project and don’t have any intentions of performing. Although, it’s not outside the realm of possibility as situations can often change as time goes on.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
HTL: It’s definitely a double-edged sword. While streaming/downloading makes it so much easier for artists to greatly expand their audiences, it is detrimental to how they can make a living. And for those artists whose music is their sole form of income, they have to find other ways to make money, which we believe takes away from musical creativity as the main focus.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
HTL: If we’re talking about an already existing song, definitely any song written by early Chelsea Grin or Suicide Silence because it would be awesome to say we were part of the pioneering framework of deathcore. With that being said, we do still try and focus on making our own sound.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
HTL: In general? We would say the blatant exploitation that happens to musical artists that make pennies compared to the dollars of their labels. Decentralizing the music industry would probably be the change.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
HTL: We have a new single on the way which is called, “Thestrals” that we hope to release by the end of the summer!
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
HTL: Definitely through our instagram, @harvestthelost