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?
Nik: We are five guys from Germany who are committed to heavy tunes combined with very melodic parts. Our roots are between Architects, Trivium, In Flames and other core favorites.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
Nik: We are all from Nuremberg/Germany which is in northern Bavaria. Three of us are professional musicians who studied music. IMMUNITY first started 2019 as a hobby and was suddenly cut of by the lockdowns of the pandemic. Then two of the founding members had to move to another city and Adrien and I were at home making music. This went very well so we recorded our first two singles in 2021. After a lot of great feedback we assembled a full band and made our debut album „Breathe“ in 2022.
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?
Nik: Of course everybody is influenced by his most favorite bands. Everybody in the band has different ones but all together they give us a good combination of sounds. When I write my lyrics I don’t really have a topic I’d like to give the record. It’s about very personal things, topics that represent phases of our lives and our society and just stories that come to my mind.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
Nik: Most of all we love to play concerts. Our goal is to play as many shows as we can and take the most fun out of it. Playing a great show with great people is what we are living for. For the future we’d love to get a partner who is committed to music like we are and wants to push our music further. Until now we choose the way of doing everything by our own which worked fine but now we are close to the next step.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
Nik: Of course the release of our debut album. It’s such a long way to be able to do this and I think it’s every musicians dream. But we had many proud moments since then: Every concert we played as totally unknowns was fantastic. The people loved our music and supported us great and we had fantastic press and radio coverage in Germany.
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?
Nik: Indeed it is very hard to get heard nowadays. It takes some time but quality will always win. We came from nothing and had whole pages in magazines like VISIONS, FUZE, Legacy and more. It’s hard work and you need to know people who support you.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
Nik: I don’t know how it is outside of Europe right now but here it is very hard to get shows. Many tours are getting cancelled last minute because of low ticket sales and rising costs. Then all the big old bands want to play and of course they are preferred to newcommers like us. Right now we live from show to show. Hope to get recommended and planning our own shows with bands we know. We have lots of plans for next year but everything is open at the moment.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
Nik: I thought it’s good for new bands to get an audience more easy but the reality is that these platforms suggest old bands prior to new bands. So you have to fight for every listener and every stream. When you get 0,003 Cent per stream it is clear pretty soon that you will never make a living out of it. Thats really sad compared to 20 or 30 years ago.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Nik: I wrote all I wished till that day. Every song is very personal so I can’t say I’d wish to have written the song of someone else. I love so many songs for so many different reasons that I can’t chose one.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
Nik: I think the music industry is overflowing with music people make in their basements and send it around. Don’t get me wrong: it’s fantastic that everybody has the chance to make music with little effort and cost but when you want to get heard you drown in the mailbox of someone that can help you with thousands of other musicians. So you have to know people that know people and that opens the industry only for anassorted set of people.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
Nik: Right now we are planning shows for 2023 and our Vinyls are in production. We are looking for contacts and partners for upcoming productions. We are overflowing with ideas and would love to hit the studio again next year.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Nik: You can find us and our merch here: www.immunityband.de and on social media. We appreciate every new follower and when there is a little time we love to welcome everyone personally with a little voice mail!