Interview with Jim Marten Guitars of Hedra and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
JIM: I think we’re Heavy Metal, although lately we’ve been placed amongst the progressive metal community
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
JIM: Hedra was formed in 2014 by Guitarist Kamil Korsak he formed it in Poland but it wasn’t called Hedra back then, he had a different vocalist for the songs written which later got made into our first E.P. Mind Dimension.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
JIM: I’m pretty much influenced by everything metal, I love a bit of Judas Priest and I love the latest stuff like VOLA for example, I don’t think they’re even subliminal influences in our music though, I don’t think we deliberately intend to sound like anyone really. I did get compared to AIC and Godsmack as a vocalist today though!
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
JIM: For me my goal has been the same since I was 15, play some awesome shows, make some great friends, witness some bands doing the same and Tour the world with it, I especially want to reach Japan and always have!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
JIM: Kamil writes the music and I’ll interject and play around with arrangements at times as needed. Lyrically I write about all kinds of things, the latest E.P. is most definitely about comparing humans and animals which was a concept that came about during the pandemic.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
JIM: That’s a tough one, we try to promote as much as we can on social media, I prefer the old school ways of making friends and handing out flyers, it’s getting harder and harder to get in front of those bands on agencies, we haven’t done that for shows yet but we are thinking about getting an agent!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
JIM:I have a mixed opinion about it, ultimately, we can’t change what’s happening by ourselves, if everyone was against it wouldn’t be happening, I mean the downloading thing is ok but people need to help the bands as much as they can more than ever. Lars Ulrich was 100% right in the beginning with the Napster thing, now the world is so expectant of everything for free. You can always tell a true musician as they have a collection of cd’s or tapes still or Vinyl if they’re that devoted to the cost of it or at least a full catalogue of hard drives they’ve saved from the less good ol’ days!
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
JIM: I wish I’d written ‘Rescue me or Bury me’ by Steve Vai, I just love that solo in that song, don’t ask me why but that song is as good as Bohemian Rhapsody for me but no one else seems to care about it, I guess it’s not really a people pleaser!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
JIM: I really hate dog poo & have dogs, if I see it not cleaned up in parks it really pisses me off, I also hate potholes, and lastly, I hate those musicians that say they are musicians but can’t dedicate to any of it that’s required nowadays, had a few of those in the past, totally wasted my years trying in some way!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
JIM: My proudest moment was way back 2003 I think, playing the Astoria in London to a packed show as a headliner, just being in all the big metal mags and touring with some of the strongest underground bands of the scene back then, some are still going and so am I!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
JIM: I’m not working on anything as yet but Kamil is working on the next release, we’ve just put out ‘The Pecking Order’ which will hopefully keep people going with interest in the meantime. I am working on getting more shows though to be fair!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
JIM: You can but our CD’s on www.hedra.uk
Or direct to: https://hedrauk.sumupstore.com/
If you just fancy supporting the digital then that’s on: https://hedrabanduk.bandcamp.com/