Interview with Kyuho (Vocal), Johannes (Drums) and Tom (Guitar) of Human Traces and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
Kyuho: Complex, sad and angry
Johannes: Dark and complex
Tom: this is how depression and autoaggresion would sound like
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
Kyuho: I’m from South Korea, later moved to Germany and met the band.
I’ve always been into metal-ish music. Mostly black metal and a couple of Japanese artists like dir en grey.
With Human Traces my musical horizon became a bit broader.
Johannes: I’m from Germany, moved to Berlin after school and met Tom and Kyuho a few years after that. Grew up with local hardcore and metal shows as a teenager.
Tom: As a kid living in the countryside and after I was old enough I was going to berlin, because I hated the small village life.
My interests in music came pretty late like when I was around 17, but then I put every minute into it. At the age of 20 I started to study jazz/rock/pop music with e-guitar as my main instrument.
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?
Kyuho: My life, mostly the painful parts.
Johannes: Subconsciously I guess almost every metal band I listened as a teenager to has influenced
- The black dahlia murder, decapitated, der weg einer freiheit, karnivool and the list goes
- I really like the organised chaos in our songs and the complexity but yet sometimes simplicity that comes with it.
Tom: I think every piece of music influenced me in some way. But the biggest inspiration is just life and how unpredictable it is.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
Kyuho: Leaving my “human traces” Got it? lol
Johannes: Reach as many people as possible.
Tom: Be bigger than rammstein
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
Kyuho: I don’t feel proud in general.
Johannes: It’s hard for me to feel proud about my music, but that’s more of a personal problem.
Tom: The moment I played my bachelor degrees concert and my lecturer, Andreas Behringer, gave me an A. He really teached me to be more proud of what I’ve already achieved.
He died in 2021 at the age of 49…
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?
Kyuho: I think it’s fundamentally not that different for the artists like us. Still if you wanna get really big, you would need a massive amount of money and network supporting you. But, it’s good that the technology is advanced enough for us to make music by ourselves.
Promoting is a different matter.
Johannes: I honestly have no idea. Tom and Kyuho do that. I’m just trying to not stand in the way.
Tom: Going pretty good, we have different strategies and posting frequently to reach more people and doing media related stuff like this.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
Kyuho: Tom knows.
Johannes: Who knows 😉
Tom: Yeah, we are on it.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
Kyuho: I personally think music shouldn’t be a luxury. So yeah people should be able to listen to music in any form.
While the people can much more easily access and enjoy music, the rights of the musicians had to be protected in other ways. Because you cannot undo a technological advance, rather than being skeptical about the concept of “free music”, there has to be an alternative for the musicians to eat food.
I think that’s the government’s job.
Johannes: It’s a rabbit hole I’m trying not to get into but I have no problems with illegal downloads.
Tom: pretty tough question. I think spotify and streaming services are great. I see it more like an advertising machine and not a good income stream.
Also the pirating scene is still very big and this is good, not everybody can afford music. But everybody who could, should buy the music and support their favorite artist in some way.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Kyuho: No song, only mine matters.
Johannes: Every karnivool song
Tom: the song which has the highest royalties haha otherwise I love our song more than everything else.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
Kyuho: The monopoly.
Johannes: The somewhat influence and power of major labels.
Tom: wouldn’t change a thing, cause then other problems would occur. Just play within the given rules, anything else is wasted energy.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
Kyuho: I recently made a one take vocal video. Human Traces is going to release two more following eps.
So, keep your ears opened.
Johannes: Pushing human traces to the next level. 2023 gonna be a big year for us. So don’t miss out!
Tom: Mainly on social media content and the next EP
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Kyuho: Yeah where can we?
Johannes: If you wanna keep up to date check out our instagram.de/humantracesofficial and for Merch band camp https://human-traces.bandcamp.com/
also keep an eye on our yt