Psykotribe – Interview
Interview with with Jakob Sin of Psykotribe and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
Dana Darkly – Vocals
Jakob Sin – Vocals
Jamez Madness – Rhythm Guitars
Chris Lewis – Lead Guitars
John Williams – Lead Guitars
Chad Zielesch – Bass
Adam Zielesch – Drums
PD: What type of artist are you?
Jakob Sin: Some call me one of the vocalists of Psykotribe but I think I am more a trapeze artist than anything else.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Jakob Sin: In west Philadelphia born and raised on the playground is where I spent…..oh wait, that’s not me. I was born in Tampa Florida (THE Death metal capitol of the World). My first instrument was the drums; I started playing when I was about 7-8 years old and like most kids that age I just wanted to beat the shit out of things. I eventually started doing vocals and never went back.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Jakob Sin: Def Metallica, Anthrax and Megadeth. Most kids my age grew up listening to the Backstreet Boys and other regurgitated crap like that….I loved thrash. I also grew up in a metal family so we frequented local metal shows almost on a weekly basis so I fell in love with the local scene which includes both the music and the community.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Jakob Sin: In a lot of ways I think I am living my dreams, I’m doing what I love to do with the people I love. I really don’t know what kind of dream could possibly go beyond that. As far as goals, it’s always evolving. I love doing what I’m doing but I am anxious and like to keep moving those goal posts further.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Jakob Sin: Dana (our other vocalist) writes the vast majority the lyrics. She has a ton of things she has written over time so we use that as a base. From there we write the music to match the mood or emotions and then I am the arranger. I take the lyrics she has written and create the vocal arrangements.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Jakob Sin: Every way we can. We have fun with that because it’s such an evolving industry right now, we like to try and test new methods. The point is, make sure you are visible everywhere. It’s so important these days.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Jakob Sin: Double edged. I mean, it’s great for a band trying to get attention because it opens up a global audience to you like never before but it also creates this giant ocean of music which has dramatically reduced the value of music itself. I call it the wild, wild west of the industry right now. Nobody has really figured it all out, they will eventually but for now, we just ride it like a wave.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Jakob Sin: Bing Crosby’s “White Christmas” because I would be soooo rich! No, seriously I don’t know. I like that we write our own stuff because the creative process of it is what is the most fun for me.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Jakob Sin: That is simple, I cannot stand big egos. I don’t even understand the point of them. To me, someone who likes to wear their ego on their sleeve is actually pretty fragile and that is their defence mechanism. The world would be a whole lot better without big egos.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Jakob Sin: There are so many proud moments it’s hard to pick just one. I think the tour we recently completed in with Six Feet Under in Europe was probably one of our proudest moments. I mean I don’t think any of us in Psykotribe ever expected to ever be able to play in Europe no less tour there. It was an incredible experience, the bands we played with are all family and the fans in Europe are just so amazing. I would do that again in a heartbeat. Shit, I would swim across the Atlantic to make that happen again. Hahaha!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Jakob Sin: Well I’m currently working on an interview with Pete’s Rock News and Views but I’m guessing that’s not the real question…haha! We are actually working on some tour dates and doing some more writing for the next album. That’s one thing about being in a band, you never stop working….you just keep pushing forward. We try to keep our calendar as full as we can because we totally love what we do.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
Jakob Sin: We have a lot coming up. May is probably our biggest month of the year so far. We are playing the Rocklahoma Zombie Stage which will get us in front of a whole new group of metal fans, we have the Metal & Beerfest hosted by Kirk Windstein of Crowbar in Gulfport Mississippi, The Welcome to Rockville Pre-Party in Daytona and we have a few dates with our good friends in the Convalescence we are pulling off later that month. Performing is the favourite thing we do and nothing we do onstage is scripted. I guess the worst kept secret of Psykotribe is that we are literally a family….dysfunctional, but true family. We don’t hold anything back, we have no fear and I think the fun we have onstage translates directly to the crowd. It’s the energy of the people that moves us and it is our energy that moves the crowd so it’s like a symbiotic relationship.
Anyone can keep up with our constantly growing schedule at psykotribe.com. Again, we always try to stay busy and are always pushing forward. It’s not work when it’s something you have love and passion for!!
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