MOTHS – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Weslie Negrón: I like to believe that we’re a band that combines different genres in the realms of Rock and Metal and plays around exploring and being experimental in some way. I don’t want necessarily to believe that we are a “(insert a Heavy Metal subgenre here)” kind of band, you know? We are willing to try new things and expand our general musical comfort zone.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
WN: Moths formed back in 2016 while I was trying to get, as mentioned before, to try new musical areas and explore my creativity. Luckily enough I was able to meet with Jonathan (Lead Guitar), Omar (Rhythm Guitar) and the eventual addition of Damaris (Vocals) and Danny (Drums) which helped me to push my creative boundaries and be able to share exciting ideas with them. Our writing process is extremely fun and full of awesome ideas that we just figure out how to make sense of them, kinda like doing a puzzle. Anyway, we got to release our debut EP “MOTHS” in 2018, which was very well received by the audience and we got to do our first tour in the US in 2019.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
WN: In general I believe that the band does not have specific and particular bands that we all 5 of us like that influence our music, more like the combination of our influences brings out the music that we make. If we want to mention some names, maybe the constant of bands like Baroness, Mastodon, some The Mars Volta as well may be the most common ones, but I would not say that we necessarily sound like those bands or that we try to sound like them on purpose.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
WN: We hope to be able to eventually tour the world and share our live performance in as many places that we can.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
WN: Musically we all sit down and compose the musical components of our songs, bringing random ideas and just putting them together as they start making sense to use and just have fun with them. The lyrics department relies completely on Damaris, which has an amazing talent to write and communicate any particular message or tell stories, etc.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
WN: Social media is obviously very important to be able to promote any band’s music, so I would say that’s the main way that we promote ourselves. Now during this pandemic, the use of social media is crucial, but at the same time harder because you have to be consistent with content. It’s just a matter of trying to stay ahead of the game and be able to stay relevant within the scope of how social media works.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
WN: With streaming, downloading music has kinda become obsolete. I only download music when I use tracks for my podcast or a local radio show that I host, but I don’t really download any music nowadays. I believe that if done legal, it could be a potential economic growth to any artist, if it’s not done legally, you still have your music out there and people are able to listen to your craft, they can still be able to invest in your career through merch or live shows (when they come back), so it’s all a matter of perspective. Of course, I like to support the artists that I play on my shows, so I buy all of my downloads, but I mostly use streaming services.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
WN: There are so many great songs out there, but mainly I would say that I would’ve loved to have written Pink Floyd’s “The Dark Side of the Moon”. In my opinion, that’s the best written record of all time and the amount of work that the band went through those days is something that I would give anything to have been there for. I think that I’m the constant quest of getting to write my own “The Dark Side of the Moon”, but I don’t think I’ll ever get there, that album is too perfect to be able to get to that level.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
WN: I’m kinda of a grump, so I tend to be pissed at everything all the time (laughs). I would probably say that my biggest pet peeve would be being surrounded by loud noises, if that makes sense. It’s ironic, but I enjoy silence a lot, so when I’m in a place with a lot of noise my patience tends to run out a bit faster.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Daniel Figueroa: It’s not necessarily Moths-related, but I think my proudest moment was actually opening my recording studio. If I hadn’t, I wouldn’t have even met this group of people.
WN: I was able to open for Metallica with my old band back in 2016 here in Puerto Rico, that’s definitely on my top 3. But I would say that every time we get to release new material and see that we have positive feedback from the audience always makes me very proud, so yeah, I would say those are the moments that I’ve felt the proudest.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
WN: We have an upcoming split with our friends from Philly, The Stone Eye, which will be out on August 21st. The Split will consist of two songs from each band, each band with one original song and we’ll have a cover of Black Sabbath’s “Hand of Doom” and The Stone Eye’s version of the American Folk classic “Wayfaring Stranger”.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
WN: Our first EP “MOTHS” is available on Bandcamp and all the online music stores. It is also available on all streaming services.
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