Into Pandemonium – Interview
Interview with Saga – Vocalist with Into Pandemonium and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Saga. We like to think of ourselves as “Extreme Metal” though I think our sound can vary from song to song so I personally don’t place any specific sub-genre to our style. However, our music usually has a black metal influence.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Saga. We formed around late 2014 as Into Pandemonium, before that we were just a few guys jamming in this dilapidated house owned by a friend’s family, that was back in 2013. Our first show was in 2014 in Cincinnati at a local run festival called Cincinnati Metal Family Reunion we ended up going on an extended hiatus then went through some name changes and lineup changes as all new bands do. We came back together as a five-piece in late 2017 then again one more lineup change at the beginning of this year we ended up with six.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Saga. As a band, there are a lot of influences both in and out of music in this band. As I said once before there is usually a black metal influence in our writing instrumentally, bands like Watain and Emperor being some of the bigger ones in that regard. Artists like John Petrucci, Jeff Loomis, Linus Klausenitzer of Obscura and Neil Pert are some that personally influence some of us. I myself am influenced by Kyo of Dir En Grey as a vocalist. As for non-musical influences, some of us are influenced by ancient civilizations or mythologies that we enjoyed learning about or authors and a lot of lyrical content style-wise are heavily influenced by some of the writings of H.P Lovecraft. There are of course some real-world experiences that we go through or personal opinions that influence our writings.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Saga. I speak for the whole band when I say that all of us just want to play music for a living. One of our big goals is to eventually tour Europe.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Saga. All of us pitch in on the writing everyone does their part. The topics of our songs currently vary a little bit but they all fall into a fictional world concept. Some speak of the way one perceives their own inner thoughts and emotions or traumas, some of them speak of assimilation with celestial deities.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Saga. We do what we can to promote our shows, post them online where most people are nowadays. Fliers, personal messages, event page invites. When we aren’t all starving we like to throw in money for promotional campaigns from the social media pages we have up and running. I personally like to make promotional videos when I am able for the events if given enough footage to work with that is.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Saga. I don’t agree with it if done illegally if that’s what you mean. Now if they list it for free downloads go for it by all means but don’t steal. That being said, downloading music online is how people listen to music now we’re about to enter the year 2020 I don’t encounter many “casual” listeners of music often who go and purchase physical copies of albums or EP’s, most people are using Apple, Spotify and all types of digital sources now.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
Saga. I think it’s crowded, competition is tough, business looks like it is always booming. It’s definitely different from when I was younger I’ve seen the methods of music distribution change quite a bit. There are a lot of opportunities now though. There are a lot of negatives and positives depending on one’s position.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Saga. That is a tough question there are a lot of songs I wish I’d written but had I written them I think the songs wouldn’t be what I enjoy today. Then as a band, I can’t even speak for them as we all have such different tastes in music.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Saga. One of my biggest pet peeves is Laziness, I wholeheartedly dislike it. I don’t like to lose sleep, I become unbearably grumpy. Another one is Drama, can’t stand it. I dislike obnoxious types you know the ones who go around proudly saying “I’m an asshole” with the biggest grin on their faces. There are a lot of things that really peeve me but I don’t want to turn this into my personal rant.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Saga. Finally getting ready to release our first EP, it was the biggest hurdle in my opinion for a band that it is just starting out. We’ve been waiting a long time to prepare for this now it’s very close.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
Saga. Into Pandemonium’s next show is January 4th, at Northside Yacht Club in Cincinnati Ohio with Automb and Hubris! We will be working with promoter Will Feiner for the first time and he throws amazing shows. If you’re wondering why you should be there ask yourself this, it’s a Saturday what else do you have to do? We have a new setlist and performance planned to blow you away!