Marks of Gray – Interview

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

PD:  How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

Joe- I think we are just a bunch of people who love to create heavy music.


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

Chris- We all grew up listening to a lot of metal, but also we each have different styles and eras that are our personal favorites. I think that is why we can create music that is different by bringing all of those influences together.


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?

Joe- I’m influenced by the legends: Tony Iommi, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Kurt Cobain. Musically my influences are Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Nirvana, Baroness and Mastodon.


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

Joe-I just want to write music that feels good to play and gets me moving. I don’t spend a lot of time trying to make something “popular”… I just write what I feel.


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

Joe-The recording or our debut LP, Make Your Mark.


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?

Joe- promotion is so difficult today. It’s great that we have these online tools like FB, Instagram, and TikTok that make it easy to get your name out there, but everybody has the same thing. It’s so easy it makes it difficult to stand out amongst the masses.


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

Chris- We have a good relationship with some of the bookers and bands in our area, and we recently partnered with Metal Devastation/PR to promote our album and gigs worldwide.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online?

Chris- On one hand, a band can promote themselves and get instant feedback. On the other, it is very hard for bands to make music their main job,because there are no record sales.


PD: What about streaming sites like Spotify?

Joe- As a consumer I love it! As an artist I hate it…. Back in the days of physical copies of music when you bought something you listened to it. Usually I’d buy a Cd and it would stay in my player for weeks at a time before I moved into something else. During that time I got to digest the music… some of my favorite songs and bands now I actually didn’t like upon first hearing them. Today with streaming it’s too easy to listen to 10 seconds of music and just skip it without ever coming to understand what you are really hearing.


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

Joe- Walk by Pantera. It’s so heavy yet so simple.

Chris- Tornado of Souls by Megadeth. It’s a great composition.


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

Joe-I wish more of the money made by artists was able to be retained by the artists. It costs a lot to make music, both in time and gear. But no matter what somebody always has their hand out for a cut.


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

Joe- We are writing new music for our sophomore album as well as getting ready for a spring tour.

Chris- Yes we are super excited to play the new songs live and release the new album!!! We are planning a Midwest tour in April.. we’re going out on the road with our friends Solar on their 20th anniversary tour!


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

MOG- You can find out 2022 album “Make Your Mark” released with cdbaby on all streaming platforms,as well as order a CD on Amazon.

We also have a Bandcamp page,Facebook, Instagram, TikTok,live show and lyric videos on YouTube,etc.

@marksofgray on TikTok

@marksofgray on Instagram

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