Second Wind – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
Brad: Second Wind is a melodic hardcore band. We draw influence from bands the likes of: Stick to Your Guns; Chunk! No, Captain Chunk!; The Ghost Inside; Gideon; Counterparts; For The Fallen Dreams; After the Burial; and Unearth.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
Brad: I began playing drums around age eight, but didn’t really start playing in bands until I was 16. I fell in love with drumset and percussion right away. I took lessons for a time, but became largely self-taught. I am grateful to my teachers and the people who inspired proper technique and true love of the instrument early on.
As time went on, I continued listening to newer and heavier styles of rock and metal. I’ve always known I wanted to be a drummer in an original music band, and have been working towards that goal ever since.
Jordan: Music has always been a huge part of my life. My parents met in college marching band and they have encouraged me to be involved in music as long as I can remember. They always had an AC/DC or Guns N’ Roses CD in the car so I grew up jamming classic rock which is what sparked my interest in heavier styles of music. I played percussion in elementary and middle school band but was not involved in music much throughout high school. By sophomore year in college, I decided to pick drums back up. I’ve been working to make up for the years I took off and I formed a band with some friends from high school. We never got to play any shows but I learned a lot and had some great experiences working with other musicians. I saw that Second Wind was searching for string players. I have some experience playing guitar and bass so I decided I could best contribute by working in the rhythmic section, playing bass. We got together a few times and immediately hit it off. I’m very grateful that Brad and Dane took me in and I’m excited to see where these amazing opportunities will take us.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Brad: Amazing question! Some of my top musical influences would be: Matt Greiner of August Burns Red; Winston McCall of Parkway Drive; Tim Lambesis of As I Lay Dying; Ben Sharp of Cloudkicker; and Marc Byrd and Andrew Thompson of Hammock. Also, the gents in COUNTERPARTS really know how to compose an incredible melodic hardcore tune! They’ve been blowing me away as of late.
Jordan: My biggest musical influence is Jimmy “the Rev” Sullivan. His drumming was what originally got me into metal. My parents are also a big influence, as they set me up to succeed in everything I do, especially in music. Matt Tuck of Bullet for my Valentine is another big one for writing and guitar. Chris Adler is also one of my favorite musicians. For bass, my biggest influence is Aaron Pauley from Of Mice & Men. The vocals and bass lines that guy lays down are insane!
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
Brad: Another incredible question. God willing, we’d love to see Second Wind’s music resonate with people, and slowly build our brand into a full-time effort. So far we’ve gotten largely positive feedback on the two songs we’ve released. We have some fresh tunes coming out in spring 2020, packaged as our first EP, “Indispensable”. We hope people enjoy those new songs as much as we’ve been.
Furthermore, reaching people on an individual level and getting to hear their stories, and how music has touched them, remains one of the biggest reasons I do music. Music reaches so many people in different ways, and it’s inspiring hearing what songs people have come to relate the most to. If our songs reach people in any way, that alone is a gift. Looking to the future, we aim to start playing shows as soon as possible, and branch out to bigger events and wider partnerships as time goes on.
Jordan: Music has helped me get through some pretty rough times. I lean on music on a daily basis, whether I’m dealing with stress or just want to jam out. You know when you’re having a bad day and you hear a song that hits you in a way that makes everything okay for those few minutes? I want to be able to do that for someone else. Like Brad said, being able to relate to the lyrics can have such a huge impact on a person. I want to contribute to something that has a positive influence on people the way so many bands have had a positive influence on me.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Brad: We write our songs through collective effort. When I launched the band, I had already been writing lyrics for a while, and knew which kind of lyrical direction I wanted to take us in. Being a drummer I didn’t have the capacity to write guitar parts, so we tapped into our good friend Kevin’s writing abilities to help us along. He’s been a major part of the process since inception, and we’re very grateful for his contributions. We also continue our search for two guitarists to round out the band.
We write our songs about a lot of topics. Lyrical themes range from personal struggles, observations on society, pushing forward towards success and against failure, and spiritual matters. Thus far, Dane and I (Brad) have teamed up to complete our debut EP’s lyrics.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
Brad: Right now we have been doing a heavy amount of Spotify and YouTube promo. Thus far things have been going well! We’ve received positive feedback thus far, and are so grateful people love our music. As of the writing of this article, we have over 6,000 monthly Spotify listeners, and that gets us so amped. We hope to see that number grow steadily over time!
We’ve also done some promo work with RDX Promo, our (new) friends in the radio space. They have helped us out a lot, as far as getting extra radio coverage online and internationally. We will begin playing shows as soon as we finalize our lineup.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Jordan: I think it can be a great resource for sharing music as long as it is downloaded legally and the artist is credited appropriately.
Brad: Good question… I think overall, there’s never been a more technologically-leveraged time to be an artist. Basically, it’s a good thing. Artists are now in full control of their careers, instead of gatekeepers telling them what to do, and when to do it.
Naturally, people can steal music and share it illegally online. But people have been sharing things illegally since the dawn of human history. You can’t change what people are going to do illegally. The best thing you can do is put out a quality product and slowly build a fanbase. If people like your music, they will share it with their friends, and those people will share it with their friends. Honest people and fans will always want to support you, monetarily and otherwise.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Jordan: Seize the Day by Avenged Sevenfold. That is the song that inspired me to start working towards my goals in music.
Brad: That’s a tough one… I suppose there’s many songs out there we are aiming to write one day, ourselves! Though if I absolutely had to pick one, a song that’s meant a lot to me and gotten me through dark times is “Savage” by Gideon. That song goes hard every single day!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Jordan: When people don’t use their turn signals. Or when a little bit of coffee drips down the side of the mug. I wipe the whole thing three or four times but there is still, somehow, a ring when I set it down.
Brad: That’s kind of an open-ended question… But a fun one nonetheless! Some of my pet peeves are: people who sniffle and need to blow their nose but don’t; people who are rude in general; people who expect their friends to help them out, but won’t return the favor; and people who ghost you. Tough subject, but that’s life sometimes!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
Jordan: Joining Second Wind.
Brad: Wow, great question! I think my proudest moment to date would be how well some of my drum covers have been doing on YouTube. Grateful for that support!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Brad: Right now, we’re finalizing vocal tracking for our debut EP, “Indispensable”. We aim to have that out by spring 2020.
Jordan: Currently, preparing for the EP launch and getting ready to play live shows.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
Brad: As of right now, we don’t have any shows booked; we’re looking for two guitarists first. If you love melodic hardcore and want to learn more about what’s involved, hit us up on Facebook or Instagram! We’d love to talk with you. We aim to have some killer live shows when the time comes, though!
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