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?
Noisecult (Don): I would say as a band we are a amalgamate of various musical influences. Mainly what transformed into 90’s stoner metal that comprises pieces of 1970s metal, punk and 80’s thrash.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
Don: I’m Don Carr guitar and founder Noisecult from Nashville , at least the last 30 plus years. I had gone to college here and began kicking the idea around meeting same minded people. I had been playing guitar on and off in the late 80’s and 90’s in South Florida like many kids who grew up on late 80s with that eras metal and punk. Most Notably I played in south Florida with a thrash band called Paramoure in 1989-91. In 2003 I officially started Noisecult, but I wanted a bit more of a Black Sabbath Motorhead mentality to the music. The band has gone though several incarnations as time has moved forward since 03, but as one of the main songwriters (Bassist Sean Kay the other) we have kept the nucleus and sonic elements of the band the same.
PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of musical and other influences?
Don: I just enjoy trying to construct cool riffs and rhythms when I am trying to create a song. So my main inspiration is if I can do it and make a mental musical idea transfer to my guitar. I write most of the lyrics and often I’ll have a lyrical idea or completed story and have a general idea what kind of riffs might fit the mood of the lyrics and often go form there. We don’t sit and try to write something that sounds like an influence of ours very often. We recently did that when our drummer Patrick Nickel and me got together and wrote “Running Wild, Running Free” from our new album “Seraphic Wizard” . We wanted a Maiden / Judas Priest style song almost as a tribute…and that idea developed because I wanted to pick a certain way on a riff and an whole song idea came to be.
Mostly styles will just be ingrained in your musical DNA from years of listening to music. So I might finish a song and by the time we add drums, solos, vocals etc it might have say a Slayer vibe or a melodic Iron Maiden tone to it or just be a long doom trip like SLEEP. In one way it is hard not to if you have been listening to as much music as we collectively have the last 40 odd years to have these musical genres infect your own writing.
PD: What do you like to write about in your songs?
Don: All kinds of topics. It is hard not to sing about the same thing so I try to shake it up some but many of the standard metal themes make their way in there…war, space wizards, biblical vengeance, alien invasions, drinking, haha…but I try to approach lyrics in a more crafty manner and not be the same old thing you have heard a million times.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
Don: To keep creating our own music. I wasn’t ever driven to play covers . I always found it rewarding to pull some song out of the ether and bring It to life. From brain to instrument to album…If people likes it as much as we do then that is a huge bonus.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
Don: That is a tough one…Id say we have had opportunity to open for some bands we really love like Corrosion of Conformity, Trouble, FEAR and for me personally Paul Di’Anno from Iron Maiden. And also every time we complete a record. It is a lot of work from the start of piecing songs together to holding a finished album in your hands . Those two things in general are really pretty rewarding.
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?
Don: Rough to be honest. There are a million good bands out there. Everyone can be on Spotify, youtube, Bandcamp, Facebook etc so what makes you not just a needle not only in a haystack as they say but a needle floating in space… You have to find Promotion people who know how to promote your style of music and the knowledge of who to connect you with. Not easy but I think as a band you have to adjust constantly to the new technology and adapt to new ways to reach like minded people.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
Don: I’ll book our shows and there are networks of people out there you build relationships with over time to help put together a web of areas and cites to book tours. Find bands that are willing to work with you building a network to helpveach other book shows to get out of your town and expand.
Like the promotion people , if you can hook up with show promoters and booking agents that is a huge benefit. As of now Noisecult doesn’t have any shows as I am stuck working in Europe on a tour with another band until Aug. Once I finish my day job so to speak we will be back at it in the winter through spring…with a couple small tours like we did in April and May and hopefully a few new songs.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
Don: Two ways to look at it…youtube, Spotify etc is a way for people to hear your music. ITunes, Bandcamp and all that they can buy and download a song or album instantly…That kind of access is awesome. The hard part is you can’t make very much money from online plays. Not like album sales or merchandise sales. We aren’t in this for the Money, but that doesn’t diminish the fact that we still have created something and paid for it to be able to be put out in the universe and it would be helpful that the companies that are benefitting from ours and millions of others artists music gave us back some element of that success.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Don: another tricky one….Not sure of one song, But I wish I had written some the things Bon Scott, Lemmy, Neal Fallon from Clutch and Dave Wyndorf from Monster Magnet have written. And some of the riffs and solos the guys in Mercyful Fate played on those first few albums. Mind blowing. Some of my favorite music comes from these guys. lyrically Those first four I listed are geniuses to me for their word play and writing outside of the box .
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
Don: Having to pay to play shows. That seems to be a standard anymore. Paying production fees to venues to play.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
Don: Promoting our latest album “Seraphic Wizard” that was released on Metal Assault Records a few months back. We just released another video from it entitled “Forever Nevermore”. two versions in fact. A performance only and one that has a bit of a cool hand Luke movie attached to it , just so we can highlight our so so acting skills haha . Lots of fun to do. We’d love it if you check out all our videos . You can do that at http://www.Noiseuclt.com.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Don: You can alway reach us at Noisecult and Noisecult(Official) on facebook as well and going to NOISECULT :: WELCOME (Noisecult.com) that will link you up to our store via Metal Assault Records for shirts, music and more as well as links to iTunes and other downloadable platforms for music . Look for our latest album “Seraphic Wizard” .
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