Impvlse – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
I: We are the type of artist that puts the focus on their product – the music. Writing the best music, we possibly can is what is the core of this whole project. We are also the band that carefully thinks about every step we take, how we present ourselves on social media, how we interact with people, how we go about our projects. There is a lot of discussing and evaluating involved but we always trust the process and in the end, this is what works best for us.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
I: Everything started off with Jason (Lead Guitar) scrolling through a comment section under a 9gag post to randomly stumble over a funny comment. This comment was posted by Marcel (Bass) and just out of curiosity Jason found out that Marcel was also obsessed with heavy music and coincidentally lived around the area. After contacting Marcel and sharing the desire to form a band they went looking for other members to complete the formation. A couple of months later we found Dave (Drums) in a Facebook group looking to join a band and Tom (Rhythm Guitar) who went to the same school as Marcel. In September 2015 we all finally met in a rehearsal room of a friend to jam for the first time. The jam sessions became a weekly routine where we got to know each other, created our first songs and laid the foundation for the band.
After just playing as an instrumental band in our rehearsal until 2017 we decided to look for a vocalist and shot a music video for our song “Curious Minds” to attract a fitting voice. After a couple of different auditions with singers Chris (Vocals) came along and we felt that he was the right fit for our songs. In the coming months, the instrumental songs came to life with Chris’ vocals. Since then we started playing shows around the area and building a name for ourselves in the region. 2019 marked the most exciting year for us as we started playing concerts outside of our area and had the chance to play a tour in Russia. Last year also meant the release of the music video to our song “Lost Latitudes” and the release of our first EP “Vice Versa” that just came out in November.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
I: We are influenced by everything that is happening in our lives. It’s hard to point out the specific people and events that trigger our creativity or leads us to express ourselves through our music. It’s definitely a subconscious thing. We think life as a whole is an inspiration, every decision is the result of how we process that what we have experienced. So, there are a lot of emotions, good and bad, that would have to be mentioned when we talk about influences. Of course, there are some special topics in politics or in society that we would like to change, you will find addressed between the lines of our lyrics. Musically we are inspired by a lot of genres and people. The music we listen to ranges from Rap to Death Metal to Classical music to Pop so there is a lot to combine and a lot to draw from. Of course bands such as Architects, Northlane or Bring Me The Horizon are big influences on us.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
I: In the future, we plan to write more music, play more shows and continue to build our fan and listener base. It’s hard to predict how the future will pan out as things always come differently as expected, especially in the early stages of a band. I think our biggest dream is making the band our full-time jobs one day, even though this goal is still very far away, we are all working to make this wish come true. Maybe one day.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
I: Jason, our lead guitarist, is writing all the instrumentals mostly at his own and Christian, the singer, is doing most of the lyrics. The others are involved as well in the writing of instrumentals and lyrics but most of the time only as a compliment, at least this was how the writing process was happening until now. The lyrics are telling a journey of self-development and growth not only for the well-being of the one but also for the benefit of the world we live in. It illustrates the process of identifying destructive behavior, questioning irrational customs and finally taking responsibility for oneself.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
I: To be honest we are still learning and progressing in the field of promotion. We just do the usual thing by using every channel and reach we have on our social media platforms which means posting videos, photos, etc to promote ourselves and our concerts. Our biggest goal these days is establishing a stronger connection to our followers which exceeds social media. Real relationships are built with interpersonal interactions in the real world that is at our shows.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
I: We think we have a pretty liberal mindset regarding this topic. It’s just cool if somebody wants to listen to our stuff and we take it is a compliment that we are worth illegally downloading. Of course, if everybody would buy/ stream our music it would help us out but that’s just a utopian idea.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
I: We are pretty happy with the music we managed to write so far. The songs we wish we had written are the unfinished projects on our guitarist’s hard drive waiting to be finished.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
I: That our rehearsal room always ends up being a complete mess. No rules or resolutions work out for us. It’s our biggest challenge.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
I: Our biggest successes in our short history were winning two local contests. Because of them, we had the chance to play a small tour in Russia in October last year, which was an incredible experience for us as a band. The Russia gigs were our first concerts in another country and were so much fun. It’s still satisfying thinking about them because everything worked out perfectly there and we made so many new friends in the course of a couple of days. Winning the other contest made it possible for us to get a slot on the “Rock im Park” Festival 2020 in Nuremberg, which will be our biggest show so far and we are super stoked for that. It’s our chance to gain some experience in playing high-profile music festivals and of course maybe a chance to meet some of our idols backstage.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
I: Currently, we are not in the studio to work on new music since we just recently released the “Vice Versa” EP, but we are always working on new music. Some songs and lyrics are already written, and we are planning another EP for early 2021. We are sure that there will be another single coming up until the release of the EP.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
I: Our next shows will be on the 1st of February in Nuremberg and the 28th of February in Fürth. You should be there because there is a lot of steam to be let off as we haven’t played a gig for to month so expect a lot of energy and tension. As a bonus for our regulars, we are improving our light show at our gigs and maybe we will be playing a new unreleased song, so be prepared for some new stuff.
Band/Artist location – Nuremberg Germany
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