Interview with Aria Scarlett & Cohen Dennis of Icarus Lives 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?
Well, we are a Female Fronted Melodic Metal band. We’re all about catchy melodies and hard-hitting riffs, and making the best music we can. – Cohen Dennis
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
I’m from Newcastle NSW, having only moved to Perth in 2017. I’ve been playing and making music for about 15 years, and I was really inspired to pick up the guitar after hearing some music by Pete Murray. – Cohen Dennis
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?
I’m constantly finding new artists to be inspired by, I have a particular fondness for power and prog metal, so my own sound definitely comes a lot from that. But also, the weirdest things can inspire creativity; I had a thought of “What kind of song could I make if my fingers were made of sausages?” and I wrote a whole song and made a demo which actually turned out pretty good. – Cohen Dennis
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
I just want to make cool music and hope that other people can hear it and find some enjoyment out of something I helped create. – Cohen Dennis
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
I’ve been privileged enough to perform all over the country but have immense pride for the work I’ve been a part of in rural Western Australia. I’m the Choir Master for Gascoyne in May, a touring festival where we provide arts experience in communities and towns that don’t normally have access to it. I’m very proud of the work we’ve done there. – Aria Scarlett
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?
The rise of the home studio may seem like a hindrance but I’m all for arts accessibility so the more people who can actively engage in their passion without socio-economic factors getting in the way – the better! Music promotion is like giving yourself an extra full-time job. You have to constantly stay vigilant and relevant on multiple social media platforms just to stand a chance. It’s something the whole band juggles, we are lucky that all five of us have the same goals and work so tirelessly towards them. – Aria Scarlett
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
The best way to ensure more performances is to remain active in the community. Make sure you’re out there at shows, supporting local arts and who knows who you’ll talk to next? For this particular release, we’ve been working with Overdrive PR who’ve helped fill in the gaps in our knowledge and promote our new single Secret Keeper. We have new shows at the start of April, but your best bet is to keep an eye on our website… The full EP Scorched Reprise drops April 22nd and you won’t want to miss the announcements coming with it! – Aria Scarlett
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
Like anything it has good and bad. The thing about Spotify I like to focus on is the recommendations. I think it really helps people discover more artists that they like; there are so many bands that I now regularly listen to many bands that I would have otherwise never found. – Cohen Dennis
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Nerdy answer incoming but ‘The Rite of Spring’ by Igor Stravinsky. Ok, yes technically not a single song but a ballet and orchestral concert work. It’s one of the pinnacle examples of going against what others expect of you in music. The 1913 premiere incited a literal riot, the audience were so outraged by Stravinsky’s avant-garde score. By the time the first part of the ballet was over the police had already arrived and around 40 people had been arrested. Through all the disturbances the performance continued without interruption… How badass!? – Aria Scarlett
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
I’d like to get rid of music genres. Not entirely, there is a lot of good to their structure and communities they create but of the boxes that they often confide artists to. In order for true artistic expression, you have to allow people to colour outside the lines and with all the colours in the crayon box. Genre restrictions can be useful for some but redundant for others. – Aria Scarlett
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
So we definitely are working on new music. As soon as you finish one thing, before it’s even released, you’re on to the next, and I think we’ve got some really cool stuff coming down the line. – Cohen Dennis
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
You can follow us on Instagram and Facebook @IcarusLivesAU. Stream our new single Secret Keeper on your favourite streaming platform and get ready for the full EP drop later this month! – Aria Scarlett
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