Interview with ISDAL’s Matt Jahan and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Matt: Aggressive heavy metal hardcore grind punk
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
M: Isdal started from a sidewalk conversation between two neighbors [Kris and me] who wanted to make something heavy. Taking influences from grind, doom, black metal, punk, and hardcore we started Isdal. Kris also plays drums in the band Prison (Seattle) and I play guitar in Into the Storm. Eric came on to play bass as we had been playing together in the ill fated Broncos Game which had just broken up. Scotty is our second drummer and joined after I called him up and discussed what the bands sound was trying to be. He has been in a bunch of great bands like Numb, Crop and Fucked from Birth as a guitarist, vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. This is his first time on drums in a band.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Musical: Cult Leader, The Secret, Weekend Nachos, Boyz II Men, Meshuggah, Ulcerate
Non musical: Politics, being human, nature, rot
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
M: To keep playing music till the end of days.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
M: I write the lyrics and Kris general writes the initial instrumental song and structure on guitar. The songs cover a range of topics from the human condition, addiction, and politics.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
M: Social media, flyers, word of mouth, interviews, open mics, sidewalk chats, bar conversations, and soon stickers.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
M: It’s a way of life that helped me find so much of the music that I love now. Streaming is where everything is happening today though.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
M: I don’t know if it has changed too much for underground bands. Distribution of physical releases is hard to get, not sure if it ever was easy. Seems like everything is streaming today, and sponsored playlists.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
M: Probably the soundtrack to the Lion King, it’s as epic as it is real. Governments overthrown with a dictator only to then be overthrown by another monarch as the cycle continues.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
M: Massive financial inequality and abuse of power.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
M: At our first show I screamed so hard for the entire set that I burst all of the blood vessels around my eyes and up onto my head. Then I played a set in Into the Storm later in the night. I looked like hell met my face in a back alley for the next 2 days.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
M: September 12th 2018 at the Funhouse. It will be an experience to not be missed. Pure crushing onslaught you can bang your head to and envision the textures of the crumbling world around you.
Band location – Seattle, Washington
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