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?
Absalon: Summoner’s Circle, I would describe as a soundscape through dark art driven by various influences between the six of us, as well as a trigger to the imagination. As far as describing myself as an artist…well, I’m not sure how to answer that, though I’ll say it’s a healer and an escape for me personally, and the connection with the people I play music with and for, is the ultimate.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
Absalon: I’m originally from the San Francisco Bay Area. I’ve been in the southern U.S. for quite some time now. The first stuff that turned me onto music was the blues; mainly electric blues. Stuff like B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Albert King, etc. Then I learned about rock n roll through the early days of Mtv. So that started with Kiss, Motley Crue..stuff like that. As time went on, I started discovering heavier stuff like Metallica and Slayer. That led me to digging for more …especially in the underground.
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?
Absalon: Just the love of music, creating with others. Sometimes inspiration comes from something I’ve heard, and sometimes a visual can be the inspiration to create.
As far as writing goes lyrically in Summoners Circle, that’s Blind doing that, and it is basically sci fi horror fiction driven; much Lovecraft inspiration in there. He tells a great story with all of it too.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
Absalon: Just to grow in my playing overall. To be on the road more for the experience of connection; hopefully to give people an experience visually and internally in any music I may be playing.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
Absalon: While I’ve played guitar for a long time, i was always a drummer in previous bands. I took a shot, and went for it, when asked to join Summoners Circle, and all the experiences, such as the Children of Bodom Hexed tour, along with numerous other bands I admire and respect, that we’ve shared the stage with. It was a big change for me steppping up to the “front line” on stage.
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?
Absalon: It’s going well. Our team goes way beyond just the 6 members in the band. While we all do our part in promoting the band, we work with some great people such as Metal Devastation Radio and ProMotion LLC out of Knoxville, TN. In addition, we have a good music community of bands and artists that support.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
Absalon: We have booked many of our own shows, but big stuff like tours, so far, have been through our EMG management team, and ProMotion LLC has booked alot for us.
Upcoming performances will be the Bare Bones Festival in Dandridge, TN 9/2/22; European Tour with Atheist begins 9/6/22; The Milestone in North Carolina 9/24/22, The Concourse in Knoxville TN with Batushka 9/27/99, and the Metal Devastation Music Fest on 10/8/22, and that date kicks off something i cant discuss at the moment, so keep your eyes peeled!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
Absalon: I think it’s a great avenue for artists to get music heard. On the flipside of that, I think its horrible how little artists get paid for their hard work and sacrifice. I do stream music, but I still buy merch; cd’s, records, shirts, stickers, etc, from bands I dig.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Absalon: Children of the Sea. Simply because it is epic; especially the live performance take off of Live Evil.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
Absalon: There is much to the business side that can be taxing, but I think one thing is the sharks that pull money from bands giving high hope only to offer more opportunity that requires even more money. I’m not sure thatll change, so just be wise, and navigate around the bullshit the best you can, make solid thought out decisions…and look out for each other!
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
Absalon: We have a single completed, and a video for it, that is almost complete. We will be getting back to the studion soon, and our hope is to have a release by Spring 2023.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Absalon: We have a website linked to almost everything at https://www.summonerscircle.com . You can find exclusive merch at https://www.indiemerchstore.com/collections/summoners-circle . We are on most, if not all streaming platforms as well; YouTube, Spotify, Napster, Amazon, etc.
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