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Iron Kingdom – Interview


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?

IK: We are Iron Kingdom from Vancouver Canada. We play old-school Heavy Metal with an 80’s style. We write guitar-driven Power Metal influenced by acts like Judas Priest, Riot, Crimson Glory, and King Diamond. The band has been active for over ten years, however, I joined only recently, in 2020. We try to bring big energy to every show and move around a lot onstage.

To describe myself as a drummer, I’d like to think I have a sound that incorporates groove and fusion influences to a metal home base. I try to hit very hard and loud without losing musicality. I’m left-handed on a right-oriented kit and try to strike a balance of ideas led by both the left and right hands.

 

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

IK: I’m the newest member of Iron Kingdom, joining on drums in 2020. I grew up with rhythm in me and actually tried dancing and hip-hop while looking for a rhythmic outlet. I found drums around the age of 12 or 13. I started with lessons from an older kid up the street and played through Muse, Sum41, and Blink-182 albums until I was opened up to more classic rock like Journey, Boston, Queen, Led Zeppelin, and also modern Metal acts like Tool, Symphony X, and Ensiferum. In University I took a year of Jazz studies, which helped broaden my scope. I’m also very into drum culture in general. I like to follow famous drummers and will listen to all their projects.

 

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?

IK: I consider myself a listener of music first before I consider myself a creator or a participant. To be honest I feel very fortunate to have the chance to write and perform music for a crowd. Having live music taken away for as long as COVID did really brought things into perspective for me. I never wanted to think of music as a chore. I think music is something you have to want to spend your time doing. You have to make it motivating to do because promoting yourself as an artist can bring a lot of work if you want to succeed.

As a drummer, I get ideas often that come from shapes or rudiments. I’ll improvise for a long time over a click track then once I have a riff I’ll tab it out on GuitarPro5. From there I try to arrange the parts into something that flows.

As far as what Iron Kingdom likes to write about, we take lots of influence from fantasy and history. Our new Album, releasing on November 04, 2022, explores things like The Enuma Elish, Wheel of Time, and the sword, Stormbringer: stealer of souls.

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

IK: With Iron Kingdom, I’d love to continue with the momentum we have and get a foothold in The European market. I personally have yet to tour there and I’m eager for the experience!

As an artist myself, I’d love to continue to play with IK and release more music, play more shows, and meet more fans. I also have a pipedream of performing at the Modern Dummer festival one day.

 

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

IK: I think it may have been my first show with the band. We had the privilege to play Loud as Hell Festival in Drumheller, AB. I couldn’t have asked for a better show to kick things off with this group! I also couldn’t be more excited for our new album that’s about to take the Metal world by storm.

 

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?

IK: Mmmmm yes indeed. It’s a very different world from before. Nowadays an Instagram page with music memes and jokes gets more algorithmic traction than a record deal. On the one hand, it certainly levels the playing field for many artists, however, it also creates a very saturated market. I personally have a strong distaste for social media and probably wouldn’t be on it at all if it weren’t for the musical side of things. Social media promotion seems like the new game in town for all of us, so there’s no avoiding it any longer, haha. Our new album release will be the first time we push for a lot more electronic and social media advertising. I’m cautiously optimistic about what it might bring. The band keeps things old-school and our primary focus still remains writing and to perform with high energy to make memorable live moments.

 

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

IK: Well … as the newest member of a longstanding band that question may be a little above my pay-grade hahahah. Chris Osterman is the driving force behind Iron Kingdom and the nucleus of the group. He takes a leadership role in our tour booking and collaborates with local and international promoters. Our album release show will be on November 4th at the Wise Hall in Vancouver, Canada.

 

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

IK: I think it’s a great way to get introduced to a group if you have any curiosities or questions. It’s unfortunate that it so often doesn’t provide much direct support for artists, but it is what it is. The best way to be a fan and support bands you like is obviously to come to the live show, and buy some merch when you’re there. You can’t ask for more really. It’s something I try to do, but of course, I’m also guilty of digesting plenty of content I didn’t pay for. I sure hope we can find a creative way to better support artists to make music and touring more sustainable, but I don’t have any ideas for that yet.

 

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

IK: I wish I wrote “All want for Christmas is you” by Mariah Carey so that I wouldn’t have to worry about money and could get on with writing good music!

 

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

IK: I would probably re-iterate my feelings about wanting a better solution for supporting Artists directly. I’d love to see a movement away from Spotify and streaming platforms. There isn’t really much I’d change: I love the Metal community and everyone in it, I just wish there was more money to go around!

 

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

IK: Iron Kingdom is preparing new material for live audiences. I’m crafting a drum solo for our new tour set, and I’m writing drum-centered ideas that hopefully can be turned into Iron Kingdom songs on the next record.

 

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

IK: Feel free to check out our music and Merch at https://www.iron-kingdom.com/ Pre-orders for ‘The Blood Of Creation’ are available now! Thanks so much for the interview. I hope to see you all on the road! Keep it Steel!

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