Interview with Jason Schultz, Lead and Rhythm Guitar and Co-founder of Idol Throne 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?
JS: We are a group of friends who love creating the type of metal that we want to hear. We all have backgrounds playing various genres of heavy metal, but we also love progressive rock, jazz, pop, and all manner of different music that influences and informs our sound. We are constantly striving to improve and take our music and live show to the next level.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
JS: The band is from the Northwest Indiana and greater Chicago area. We all have history playing in local regional metal bands and continued to do so until we decided to all collaborate musically in 2018. Our bassist Trevor is a new addition in 2022, but prior to that, the remaining members of the band: Jake, Martin, Aaron, and I have all been friends for a decade plus.
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?
JS: Idol Throne is really built around a love for Thrash, US Power, and Progressive Metal from the late 80’s and early 90’s. We all love a driving and aggressive riff, the kind that gets a crowd moving, but we also have a love for strong melodies and parts the crowd can sing along to as well. I personally have an appreciation for the more widescreen conceptual work that a lot of the traditional and progressive metal bands of the 80’s brought to the table as well, so our major challenge is balancing that ambition with tight songwriting.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
JS: I am appreciative of the opportunity to make music with a group of musicians that really understand the style and the sounds that we are pursuing. I love the idea of building up a strong body of work with Idol Throne, and I personally can’t wait for more opportunities to get the music and our live show out to as many fans as we can!
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
JS: I think that all the guys in the band were extremely proud of finishing the debut LP throughout 2021. We felt very strongly going into the recording process that the album was special, but I think the process really tested all of us in a good way, made us better musicians and a better unit, and we are all supremely proud of the songs and what they represent. We tried to take our playing to the next level and do the very best we could, and we feel it shows in the final product.
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?
JS: I think that it is going well for the most part. Although we have all been around the block, musically speaking, Idol Throne is a new band, so you always come out of the gate feeling like there is something to prove. There are so many killer bands out there, and streaming provides such a different climate when it comes to finding and supporting bands, that we are really aiming to get the music to as many ears as possible while working on bringing our live show to as many fans and fests as we can.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
JS: Currently we handle everything in house, and we are very active on the band’s various social media accounts and email. Since shows returned to mostly normal late last year, we have played a handful of shows and are working to add more through late 2022 and 2023. We currently are lined up to play Slaughter at the Southgate fest in Newport Kentucky in early August with Exhorder and we play Reggie’s in Chicago in late August with Traveler. We are super excited about these shows and hope to see everyone there!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
JS: I think streaming is here to stay, and the industry and many bands have embraced it as a matter of course now. I do stream, and I enjoy going on deep dives discovering new and obscure bands but with that said I also try to support bands that I enjoy by going to a show, buying merch, and seeking out physical copies where and when possible. That truly is the way bands stay afloat and can continue to make music, because the music itself isn’t the main driver as far as making money goes. T shirt and merch sales literally fill the tank to get your favorite underground band to the next town.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
JS: The Divine Wings of Tragedy by Symphony X. The song encapsulates so much of what I, and by extension the rest of Idol Throne, triy to accomplish in a modern context. Epic and well thought out parts, heaviness, melody, tight playing, and a killer overall sound that appeals to everyone in some way.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
JS: I think the industry is what it is, and the key is in trying to differentiate yourself as an artist and to also strive to work with folks who are genuine and have genuine aspirations for the scene. I have been lucky to meet many great promoters and other industry folks who are passionate about building bands up instead of breaking them down, and I think that positivity and comradery/support is how we continue to grow as a scene.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
JS: The band is currently working on prepping for our upcoming live shows and working on promoting the record. Beyond that, we already have some new songs in the works and are looking forward to hitting the live circuit hard in 2023. This is just the very beginning!
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
JS: The band has an Instagram, Facebook, and Bandcamp, and the Instagram page has a link tree that leads to everywhere where you can support the band. https://www.instagram.com/idol_throne/?hl=en
We will have some new merch items and physical copies of the album on our Bandcamp so stop by and leave a comment! We hope everyone enjoys the album and we hope to see you all on the road soon!
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