Need All Exchange – Interview
Interview with Joaquin Carcass of Need All Exchange and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD. What type of artist are you?
JC. Our group incorporates various metal styles along with other musical genres into our modern metal structure. The core members contribute drums, guitar and vocals. We use sequence tracks to fill in the gaps. This allows us to perform to precise conditions, and comes with an extensive amount of other benefits.
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
JC. We’re lifelong friends and family that have been in different bands together through the years. We initially got back together to do a reunion. We went back and forth establishing our footing, and ultimately decided to create new music we were passionate about. Working with producer Lalo Nuñez, we released our first EP (Jumping Off Points) along with a music video (Sleep 4 Squares). From there we began our live performances.
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
JC. We’re into everything. Growing up the bands that drew us together were metal acts like the Big 4, Sabbath, Death, FNM, Sepultura, and Pantera. 80’s Punk and 90’s death metal fueled those flames as well. This past year I’ve had the Godflesh, Ween and Poppy anthologies in heavy rotation. A lot of personal inspiration is drawn from the worlds of manga, gaming and pro wrestling.
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
JC. Satisfactory goals would be to release quality music annually, and spread our live music show reach beyond south Texas. Playing major venues and festivals are a part of that. I’d love to develop enough engagement and notoriety as an artist to draw interest and attention to the emerging Brownsville and RGV music scene. There is so much potential to do great things here.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
JC. The songwriting is a collaborative effort. Everyone contributes and we change up the creative process as we go. Our last EP (El Proximo Viaje) began as drum tracks. The guitars were written next, and finally vocal melodies and lyrics. The songs are thematic, and they’re all written as tie-ins that also work as stand alone songs. The subject matter includes addiction, recovery, spirituality, slice of life, general wellness, taboos, the paranormal, conspiracy, science fiction and various states of consciousness or perceptions. Word play is deliberate, and the lyrics contain nods to the aforementioned nerd and internet cultures.
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
JC. Social media, music videos, local radio and playing live. Social media is very important, but so is the ground game. The percentage of engagement and response is higher with face to face interaction, although the reach is lower. It’s all important. Eye catching flyers in key locations still work today when everyone has cellphones. We also have Muelaquin who is the stand in mannequin bass player. He’s a mascot who’s a huge draw and a hit with the fans.
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
JC. At this time we have no tangible music media on hand. Everything is available online. It’s still necessary to have some physical media.
PD. What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
JC. Everything seems to be more accessible. Metal is huge and widely accepted. Everyone owns the entire world’s record collection. We’re focused on developing our DIY skillset, while still maintaining a connection and being a part of the established industry.
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
JC. A cruel Angel’s thesis. I’m going with this mainly because it’s the opening piece to Neon Genesis Evangelion, an anime which changed the game and is widely referenced and revered.
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
JC. I have some OCD type tendencies, and get stuck on trivial matters at times. Fortunately, it’s manageable. Some general pet peeves usually involve, dishonesty, apathy, and inept or pretentious displays. Be professional, but don’t take yourself too seriously.
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
JC. Honestly, I’m glad to be sober experiencing everything that Need All Exchange has done. Addiction dominated most of my life, and there was a point when I couldn’t draw a sober breath to save it. Using took precedence over everything, including music. There were plenty of missed opportunities, and a crippling fear of not being able to create or perform. Things are different today, so I tip pride towards humility.
PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
JC. No dates are set at this moment while we’re currently focusing on writing new material. We have some open invitations to perform locally, and other parts of Texas. You definitely want to come the live shows, where new Need All tracks will be revealed. Muelaquin will be there too!
Joaquin Carcass – vocals
Bodhi Sapling – guitars
Mola Ram Jr. – drums
Muelaquin – bass
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