Interview with Jason Harris lead vocalist with HeadTrip Trauma andPete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
JH: We all are pretty much real humble hard working motherfuckers with a passion to be the voice of the voiceless, We love what we do!
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
JH: So I was born and raised in Durham NC back in 94.
My parents brought me up on 90s Hip Hop and 80s/90s Metal however my Nana brought me up with alot of soul music and southern rock anything from The Temptations to Travis Tritt I always had a passion for music regardless of what genre it was as long as I could feel it and connect to it I was listening to it. Picked up guitar when I was twelve along with drums and even the Trombone!
Its crazy I had to of been five at the time, My parents and I were watching Woodstock 99 on PPV and I remember it like I was yesturday KoRn goes on stage and starts performing blind and the whole crowd fucking exploded it looked like one big ass wave while the band is going apeshit! It was at that very momment I knew right then this is what I wanna do for the rest of my life, Been chasing the dream ever since.
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?
JH: Life experiences pretty much inspires most of what we write its therapy for us, Also the goal is to help someone through dark times and hope it gives them the strength to keep going.
As far as personal influences bands like 40 Below Summer, Seeded Crown, Spineshank, Slipknot, Dry Kill Logic, Korn, Factory 81, Nothingface and Mudvayne made a really huge impact on me as a writer and performer.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
JH: I’d say im always thinking about the next step forward toward achieving goals and dreams.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
JH: Honestly, it’s hard to pinpoint a proudest moment, There is so much work left to be done and to be proud for. I’d say the fans that have supported us since day one even the new fans. We are extremely grateful for all the support and even more proud of what HeadTrip has become since the beginning of its existence.
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?
JH: Pretty solid I think, At the end of the day we do this cause we love it and we do what we can to push our music to as many people as possible to make that connection.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
JH: Everything is done mostly in house, We handle all our own shit as far as booking recording etc. We may reach out to some PR companys to help us push our music but everything is set up through us thats just the way we like it, We are our own boss.
Our next show will be a home show at the Local 506 in Raleigh NC with Heathensun Headcell and LYLVC October 15th!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
JH: Honestly there are pros and cons on both sides when it comes to streaming and downloading but in this day in time downloading has become a normal thing. If your enjoying our music illegally cool thank you for the support, Its kinda no diffrent than someone going on YouTube to check out a track it’s there it’s free so do as you wish download away lol
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
JH: Damn that’s a hard one!
If I had to choose one id say Ozzy No More Tears that song is an absolute masterpiece, Just picture that song in Drop A tuning with some screams added that shit would be dope!
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
JH: The whole pay to play bullshit, I get it but I don’t at the same time I feel like there is enough food on the table for everyone to be successful and if that band has a good draw and puts on a great show give em a chance to shine with a national act. Paying 500$ to play with a national act on a Wednesday in the middle of the week with barly any marketing from the venue with a draw of maybe 20 people while the venue and headliner gets triple what they pay the local acts who sold or bought out the tickets to perfom the show its just theft in my opinion. Shits not cool every band was once a local band.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
JH: Currently HeadTrip is working on our second record we will be going to record pretty much all of September through the end of the year. Our goal is to shoot for a Spring/Summer release for 2023 possibly another single towards the end of this year.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
JH: HeadTrip Trauma is all over social media and streaming platforms, As far as merch goes we are in the process of creating a website for merch along with some new fresh designs should have it up and running very soon we deadass just sold our last bit of merch at our recent show it always goes quick the momment we get it but no worries we got you keep an eye on our social media pages for more info!
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