Kesem – New Interview

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

PD: What type of artist are you?

Jay: Hopefully an interesting and unique one.


PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.

Jay: I was born a long time ago, fortunately I was raised a music obsessive from an early age, started playing guitar at age 10 or 11. 


PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?

Jay: Too many to list, but I will do my best. Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, Megadeth, Morbid Angel, Dystopia, Acid Bath, David Cronenberg, Dario Argento, Philip K Dick, William S. Burroughs, Lucio Fulci, The Mars Volta, Takashi Miike, Shinya Tsukamoto, Rod Serling, HP Lovecraft, JG Ballard, Max Ernst, Genesis P. Orridge, etc


PD: What are your dreams and goals?

Jay: Depends on the day, but mostly I want to be as musically productive as possible.


PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?

Jay: Fortunately we all contribute to the writing. Yes, there may be one of us who comes up with a basic idea for a song, but there isn’t a single song without a contribution from each of us.


PD: How do you promote your band and shows?

Jay: Mostly through our various social media sites
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?






PD: What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Jay: Other than the ones listed above, we use bandcamp for posting our music.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

Jay: Its fine if that is your thing. 


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

Jay: Any Acid Bath song


PD: What are some of your pet peeves?

Jay: Being talked down to/being condescending.


PD: What is your proudest moment in music?

Jay: Playing the Whiskey A Go-Go when I was 17. That place is a corrupt shithole nowadays, but my Dad used to tell me stories about going to see The Doors there and stuff when he was younger, so when I played there he was super proud of me.


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

Jay: Fortunately we are always productive, always writing new songs. And now since shows are slowly starting to happen again, rehearsing!


PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
Jay: We have an EP we released last year, and our debut full length will be released Sept. 24th on Sentient Recordings. You can listen to us here:

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