Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
IP: Immortal Pain is a Saudi Arabian Melodic Death Metal band and our music is a mix between Thrash Metal and Melodic Death Metal and was heavily influenced by bands such as Iron Maiden, Arch Enemy, Kalmah, Metallica and many other iconic groups.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
IP: The idea started when Emad (Rhythm Guitarist/Vocalist) wanted to form a band with a unique sound based on the music he liked after playing with several other local bands. Soon after, he met with Rasheed (Lead Guitarist) who shared the same vision for the music that they both wanted to create which focuses on heavy riffs and melodic vibes. That’s when Immortal Pain came to be in 2005.
The band was later joined by permanent members Moaiyd (Drummer) and Anan (Bassist) to form the current band lineup since 2009 and have since been making music & playing live shows out of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
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?
IP: Making music for us is mainly inspired from our personal experiences and different life encounters, which is always being expressed through our emotional musical conversation that provides a range of emotions to help guide the listener through the story and in some cases encouraging positive change in one’s life.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
IP: To get our music heard on the global stage and connect with bands and fans from across the world to introduce the Saudi Metal scene to other fans of the genre and hopefully bring people together from all different backgrounds and cultures to create a better open-minded society built on understanding and acceptance.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
IP: It’s definitely when we were played our first non-underground show in 2021, which was a sold out show at one of the first music academies in Jeddah, thanks to the positive reforms that has been taking place in the kingdom. There has been a lot of amazing support from the local government to promote music, art and culture.
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?
IP: With a well prepared and structured promotion bands can definitely have a good chance of getting their music out in front of the right audience. Now that can be achieved by doing your homework for a DIY band but having the right support from people in the industry such as your label makes all the difference. That’s why we signed with Wall of Sound Records.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
IP: Our band likes to be heavily involved in booking, promoting and organizing our local live performances in Jeddah but are also relying on the support from our label Wall of Sound and the Saudi metal music promotion company Heavy Arabia for the future kingdom and international live shows booking as we progress together in creating this new musical ecosystem in the region. Our next shows are being planned for Riyadh and Jeddah, Saudi Arabia for this summer.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
IP: We think it’s amazing as it made it so much easier to get your music out in front a wider audience base across the globe and really provide bands with endless possibilities.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
IP: Although you can get four completely different answers from the band members, we will go with “One” by Metallica. The song is musically incredible but mainly the range of emotions and energy delivered is unlike anything else which makes you really look at everything you take for granted in life and set your priorities straight.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
IP: It would be great if the music industry was driven by the artistry instead of capitalism and becomes a more inclusive environment. We would love to see international artists of different genres to collaborate further.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
IP: We just released our single “Unhealed” and already working on recording our new tracks that will be released in the second half of 2022.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
IP: Our main account used for news, updates and such is our Instagram page (@immortal_pain_official) but in order to make it easier for our audience we also rely on having all our pages, social account links and contact details available under our following linktree: https://linktr.ee/immortalpainofficial
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