In The Kingdom Of Nightmares – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist? 

ITKON: We’re a culmination of all our influences. While we all come from a heavy music background, we’ve got different tastes when it comes to the sub-genres. I think the one thing we all fall square in the middle on is Metalcore.


Photo Credit: Lucas Brilliot

PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

ITKON: We’re from all over central Maine in the USA. Most of us have been playing in various bands since high school. Originally, ITKON was around from 2008 until early 2011. We reformed in 2019 and have been going strong since.


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?

ITKON: I think we all draw inspiration from the bands we look up to.  Various artists of film, music, and honestly, we draw inspiration from each other. Everyone in the band pushes each other to write the best music we can, and push each other on our respective instruments. As far as subject matter. Our vocalist writes about a bevy of subjects. There are always a few horror-inspired songs, also various observations about the world around us, human nature, and personal experiences. Generally, whatever fits the vibe and tone of the songs.


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist? 

ITKON: To make music we enjoy and have fun doing it. If other people enjoy what we do, and come along for the ride that’s a bonus.


PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

ITKON: Playing a show for close to 11,000 people, and honestly the new album. We feel like it’s the culmination of all the work we’ve put in, lineup changes, the pandemic, and just what life has thrown at us the last few years.


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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?

ITKON: It’s a huge challenge. They’re so many bands trying to do the same thing as you. We’ve been lucky that we’ve maintained a solid fan base over the years, and have always seemed to be gaining new fans through word of mouth. Having fans that turn their friends on to you is a huge thing. 


PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

ITKON: We promote through the usual online media methods.  We’ve got a few shows in our home state lined up for the summer right now. There’s always a possibility for more shows to be added around New England. It all depends on what is presented to us.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

ITKON: It’s a double-edged sword. While it’s a great way to get your name out there, it’s also one of those things most people get overwhelmed with because of all the new content coming out. We think if your music is good enough it will stick with people, but you need to stand out. Attention spans are fleeting. If you don’t catch someone right off the bat, they may not give you a further chance.  Live shows for us are still the best way to give people a chance to see what we’re all about and become fans. 


PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

Photo Credit: Lucas Brilliot

ITKON: I think as a band we can agree that anything off of Vulgar Display of Power by Pantera would suffice. 


PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

ITKON: There are a lot of seedy people out there looking to take advantage of artists. We’ve been in that situation, and thankfully we’ve learned from our mistakes.  Fake booking agents, shady distribution deals, pay to play, paying to get on a playlist to jack your numbers up. Doling out money for situations that might help you get ahead, but are just people looking to take advantage of you. Those are the things that bother us.  There are so many hungry artists out there who will pounce, not because they’re stupid or naive, but because they want to make their dreams happen so bad. While we’ve all got to pay our dues, there also has to be some recognition of self-worth and knowing when to question a situation. Remember, if it seems too good to be true. It probably is. Always do your research.


PD: So, what are you working on at the moment? 

ITKON: We’re always working on new music in one capacity or the other. That’s a key to not letting things get stale and keeping yourself on your game, at least for us anyway.  While we’re savoring all the hard work we put into Night Terrors, we’re already planning ahead for our next release. 


PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online? 

ITKON: You can find us pretty much wherever you find music online. Just type In The Kingdom of Nightmares into your favorite music app like Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Amazon Music, etc; As far as social media sites.


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