Reign Of Glory – Interview

Interview with Nick Layton (guitar) of Reign Of Glory and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

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

Nick: We are a hard rock/metal band influenced by the greats of the 70’s and 80’s—everything from Bad Company, Deep Purple and Free to Dokken, Whitesnake and Yngwie, but with a lyrical message of faith, hope and love.


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

Nick: I’m from Washington state and started out in music as a guitar teacher before moving onto becoming a performer and recording artist. I still teach too and even have an online guitar course business.


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?

Nick: This band has various influences ranging from classic rock to punk to thrash and of course heavy metal. But the material on the new album is very cohesive and sounds like a melodic hard rock/metal band. Musically, I love to let my influences show and to keep the main thing about the song, not showing off musical chops, although there is a time and place for that. Lyrically Robyn has a great way of communicating the gospel through real life events as well as scripture. 


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

Nick: To glorify God and to write the best, most memorable and well played music possible that moves people’s hearts.


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

Nick: I think it’s the new Reign of Glory album “All Will Bow” because I believe we accomplished the goals stated in the previous question.


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?

Nick: We find ways to do it through social media and in conjunction with our record label Roxx Records. It’s a constant learning process to find out what works and what doesn’t.


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

Nick: As a new band that is spread out over several states in the US this is not so easy, but we really want to play live and support this album. We’ll be looking at some Christian festivals and other possible gigs that could make sense for us.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

Nick: I used to despise and resent it, but that doesn’t change the fact that things have totally changed with how people consume music today. It’s not how I consume it but I’m in the minority and it’s best to face reality and learn about these things so we can use them to our benefit when marketing our music. Having said that I still don’t have a Spotify account!


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

Nick: Tough question! I’ll give you a few: “Sails of Charon” by the Scorpions. Guitarist Uli Roth plays the most amazing solos on this and the song is a tour de force. “Gates of Babylon” by Rainbow, an epic song with Blackmore at his creative peak and Ronnie James Dio giving another amazing vocal performance. One more, how about “Icarus Dream Suite Opus 4” by Yngwie Malmsteen. Such a beautiful piece that gets me every time!


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

Nick: Oh man, don’t get me started! There are so many things that need to change, but the bottom line is always the “bottom line”in the music (or any) industry. People need to make money. Right now the consumers of music (speaking generally here) don’t want to pay for their music anymore and are less inclined to go to live shows/concerts. Ticket prices are out of control so I can understand some of that. Artists want to make money too and need to if they are to continue creating new music. But if people aren’t buying it….and on and on. I am still hopeful that things will improve. If I could change one thing it would be that some very smart people with good motives got together and reworked the current industry to benefit the artist as well as those who can help the artists, ie record labels, promoters, etc. If we can make this a win win for all, (everybody gets a piece of the pie) things will improve.


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

Nick: I’m working on a new solo album which will feature many guest musicians and vocalists which will hopefully be out this fall/winter, then we’ll get going on a new Reign of Glory record next year if all goes well.


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


Reign Of Glory links:
Band/Artist location – NASHVILLE, TN
Roxx Records – Facebook
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