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?
Mantikore: We’re passionate and hardworking when it comes to music. It means the world to us
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
Mantikore: We were all born and raised in Broward County, Florida.
Luca: I picked up drums in 8th grade after getting into metal, and wanting to pick up an instrument. I took lessons for 4 months but the rest I self taught. I eventually learned how to scream about 2 years later through trial and error. I also taught myself how to play guitar in 10th grade, and have worked on some side projects where I do all the instruments (mostly death metal/bdm/slam).
Gabe: I started playing guitar in 7th grade (lessons for 2 years and rest self taught), and learned how to do solid screams by 11th grade (also through trial and error). I taught myself how to work within DAWs and have released music of different genres including jungle/breakcore and ambient.
Lucas: I started playing guitar in 8th grade (lessons for 1-2 years, rest self taught). I’ve also learned how to do screams around 10th/11th grade. I also have proficiency with working in DAWs and have made some ambient/soundtrack type music.
Andres: I started playing guitar in 9th grade and am fully self taught. It’s still my best instrument but I picked up bass to play in Mantikore.
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?
Mantikore: Our emotions and experiences in life serve to be a major outlet into our music. On “Venerate the Disease” we take influence from old metallic hardcore and deathcore bands ( early Suicide Silence, Martyr AD, early Thy Art is Murder), death metal (early Cryptopsy, Vomit Forth), and even some black metal.
The lyrics of our songs mostly revolve around critique of certain negative traits we see in those around us and humanity as a whole.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
Mantikore: Make good music and inspire people, always. The end goal is to do what we love and make a living off of it.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
Mantikore: The release of our EP. It’s been getting incredible reach/feedback, and we put a lot of work into it.
Additionally, we booked 2 shows ourselves in 2022, which was a great experience .
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?
Mantikore: It’s going well. Getting somewhere in today’s scene is largely about connections and knowing people, since there’s such a large amount of bands/artists out there. Since we released our new music we’ve been getting recognition and opportunities from many people, a good amount due to mutual ties we have with them in our local scene. We’re all enthusiastic for the future.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
Mantikore: Mainly through social media, but we’ve also printed and put up tons of flyers (old school style) before. We have 3 shows set up until March, and more to come!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
Mantikore: Both are great, as long as people are supporting our music!
Streaming is typically more frequently used and more convenient, for us as well.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
Mantikore: Mainly just those who take advantage financially of others. It happened to us a couple years ago because of our age (we were 15/16 at the time), and we’ve learned since. It unfortunately remains commonplace though, as many have experienced while on the road.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
Mantikore: We are working on a 3 track promo of our best new material that will be released through the Coming Strife records. We also have merch + shows in the works.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Mantikore: We are most active on instagram at @mantikoreofficial. We also have a website at mantikore.band