Interview with Jorge Pulido, guitarist with Lost Legacy and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
JP: First, thank you for the interview, Pete. Lost Legacy is a classic power metal band that also borrows a bit from thrash metal. We write music that is melodic and aggressive. We will change tempos within a song and take it from heavy grooves to breakneck fast riffs. Our music has some elements of bands like Iron Maiden, Iced Earth, Helloween and Testament.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
JP: Lost legacy was formed in 1998, in the Bronx, by David Franco, Angel Vega, and Randy. It started as a jam band and evolved into writing original music. Many line-ups later, David as our front man, He was a fan of metal music and started playing guitar early on to write songs. He’s Puerto Rican from the Bronx. Dave loves bands like Iron Maiden, Helloween, Testament, and Evergrey. Regarding me, I started playing in bands while in high school, and have been playing guitar ever since. I was awestruck, as a teen, while listening to Van Halen and I just wanted to play guitar from that moment on. Most of my early background in bands was in hard rock and metal. Some of my influences are Van Halen, Dokken, Testament and Symphony X. I’m from San Juan, Puerto Rico, and currently hold the second longest tenure with the band at almost ten years! Matt Meyers is one our newest members. He plays guitar and bass and has played in several bands over the years. Matt loves Overkill and is from Long Island NY. AJK is our new drummer. AJ comes with experience playing in a punk/metalcore band and he’s from Yonkers NY. AJ loves After the Burial and August Burns Red. We are thrilled to have them both.
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?
JP: Inspiration comes from real life situations. The band’s first album in 2009, “The Aftermath” dealt with the tragic reality of the 911 attacks. David lost one of his best friends in the attack and was inspired to write about the event. Our latest offering with Pure Steel Records, “In the Name of Freedom” is a continuation of the first album. This time it touches on the aftermath of the 911 attacks which led our Country to war. As a band, we do not glorify war. However, we support the men and women of the armed forces that are sent to fight these wars in the name of freedom and who sacrifice everything. This album is our way to thank them and tell their stories. Often, people forget that soldiers are also sons, daughters, fathers, mothers, friends. This touches on the human element, the fears, the loss, the courage, and bravery of these warriors.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
JP: We want to play as many live shows as possible, do festivals, tours and continue recording. We have managed to build a resume of shows in which we have shared the stage with several big national and international acts, and we are confident that we are ready to do bigger shows. We are ready to go out there and entertain metal heads all over the world.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
JP: We’ve had a few as a band. Going on tour with Metal Church in 2019, and signing our record deal with Pure Steel Records the very same year, stand out as great accomplishments.
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?
JP: I can tell you it’s challenging! The sheer number of bands and music that is put out to market, makes it difficult for the fans. This makes fighting for people’s attention much harder. Today’s technology with computers and smart phones has been a mixed bag for music. Today’s music consumer might give you thirty seconds listening to your music and move on. My guess is that the gratification of having things instantly on your phone has given people a shorter attention span and they move to the next song right way.
Also, the live music scene depends on fans attending shows. We have been around and luckily have a great deal of fans that have supported us for years, so we can bring people to our shows. At times, we will attend local shows to check out the venues, and its sad when you see just the bands’ friends attend. Music fans can really miss out on great talented bands that are as good or better than your legacy bands that we all love.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
JP: We have our first show in two plus years on August 12, 2022, at The Lucky 13 Saloon in Brooklyn New York. The pandemic forced us to take a break and we are excited to be going out again and playing live shows. We do PR campaigns, social media, Bandsintown, our website, printed flyers, phone calls, email blasts and we have two street teams that are managed by our friends Jane Souls and Richard Rivera. They share a lot of content to the groups as well. I work with some promoters and booking agents and, I act as a booking agent from time to time.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
JP: I have mixed feelings about it. When I was a kid, we did not have the internet, so I relied on listening to the radio, watching MTV, and reading magazines like, Cream, Guitar Player, and Guitar Player for the Practicing Musician to get news on upcoming releases. I remember, waiting with anticipation and going to the record store on the day of the releases and buy the records. I would read the liner notes and gaze at the pictures if it had any in the inserts. It was almost a religious experience. The downloading of music just took away from the mystique of bands and music. There is so much out there, it can be overwhelming. On the other hand, in today’s music scene, you must be on Spotify or YouTube. Otherwise, you will have no footprint for people to find you.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
JP: Practice what you Preach by Testament. I think the title says it all. This is the way I live my life.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
JP: Well, I wish for many things! But the support of fans, is without question, the biggest asset that a band could have. What does that mean in todays music industry? Follow artists on social media, give them a like on their content. As we know, social media platforms have algorithms that limit your exposure. When fans like these posts it helps push it out to more people. This interaction is what is called engagement. Promoters often look at fan engagement to offer shows to a band. So, a small thing like that can have a big impact. Buy the physical CD’s and merchandise! When fans save songs onto to their playlists on their favorite streaming services, this helps the artist with the algorithms and getting their music heard by other people. Of course, attend live shows. Support, support, even with a click of the mouse, music fans can help their favorite artists!
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
JP: Right now, we are rehearsing and working on pre-production for our sophomore album with Pure Steel Records and hope to be in the studio by the end of the year.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
JP: People can find us and follow us on; www.LostLegacyNY.com , www.Facebook.com/LostLegacyNY , www.Instagram.com/lost_legacy_ny Pete, on behalf of my bandmates, I want to thank you for this interview. Stay well!