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?
TF: I would describe us as a hardworking no frills heavy metal band without relying on any gimmicks. Termination Force came together because of a mutual passion for heavy metal and we all have a similar vision and drive for what we want to achieve!
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
TF: We’re all based in Southampton and have individually all played or still play in various other bands so we’re not new to making music or the other aspects of being in a band. Plus we’ve all been friends for years which is a massive bonus! Termination Force is a continuation of towing the heavy metal line but something a little different to what we’ve all individually pursued before. Immediately after getting our first demo together we realised we could combine our own ideas and playing styles together to come up with something really cool and just have a lot of fun with.
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?
TF: For Termination Force we’ve really zoned in on Sci Fi themes for the lyrics of each track. That wasn’t necessarily the intention from the off but it worked so well on the first two demos that we decided to carry it on for the rest of the songs on the EP! There’s inspiration behind the lyrics that’s also rooted in the world around us today though which you’ll be able to pick up on. As for our inspirations musically, we’re each inspired by different artists and bands across all different styles but it all manages to come together as one coherent sound!
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
TF: I’d say that an aspiration of mine is to put my own stamp onto the music that I’m a part of. It’s impossible to reinvent the wheel within this genre but I’ve always believed it’s possible to inject your own personality and creativity into music so it takes on its own identity and isn’t just a total carbon copy of another band or artist.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
TF: One of my proudest moments so far would have to be when my other band “Toledo Steel” had our first album pressed onto vinyl. It’s something that we probably wouldn’t have done independently due to cost etc so seeing a copy of that all packaged up nicely for the first time was awesome.
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?
TF: You’re right, the amount of new music that’s uploaded on a daily basis is crazy so it is a challenge to get anyone to even give your music a proper listen and especially so for a new band. I can see why lots of bands go down the DIY route for recording and that works for some but apart from demoing ideas, I’ve always gone into a studio and done it that way. Both approaches have their plus and minus points but you’ve got to weigh it up and decide which route works better for you and the final product. I think that if you use a studio with an engineer who also offers some honest feedback and can take on the role of a producer at times, you can almost certainly be pushed a little bit harder with your performance or try things that you wouldn’t necessarily try if you were doing it all by yourself. That extra outside set of ears is really valuable.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
TF: We’ve yet to get out there and play live with this band but we will 100 percent be playing gigs in 2023! We’ll be taking care of booking gigs ourselves and promoting them via the usual social medial platforms and posters in venues etc!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
TF: I think it’s great to have such easy access to so much music online but you’ve got the much talked about issue of bands making so little money via streaming etc. This obviously is a problem and you don’t start a band cos you wanna make money, but at the same time it’s not cheap and hugely time consuming to write and record music so It would be nice if artists were compensated a bit more fairly. It’s a double edged sword though because streaming is a great way to get your music out there quickly and easily, which can in turn lead to building up a following quicker. If it wasn’t for the internet, so much great music would go largely undiscovered.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TF: Now that’s a super tough question to answer! I could write out a whole list of songs but if I had to pick one I’d say something like Deep Purple Smoke on the Water. It’s an obvious choice maybe but it’s an iconic track with an iconic riff and chorus. Who wouldn’t want to write a track that becomes a rock classic! Plus you’d be sure to see a fair few quid in royalties every year for it and I wouldn’t be too against that haha.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
TF: Something that myself and the other guys in the band would agree upon is not liking how there’s seemingly quite a lot of pressure to stay relevant on social media by posting constantly. If you genuinely have stuff to promote or talk about then do it but it should be quality over quantity. The primary focus should be writing and recording followed by touring. Having those platforms available is an asset if used in a certain way but don’t overdo it. You’ve gotta get the balance right.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
TF: As previously mentioned, we’re looking into booking gigs for next year whilst also writing new material. Even though the EP has just been released we have plenty of new ideas that we’re working on and we don’t want to wait to long before we follow it up with our first full length album!
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
TF: The go to places to follow us would be on Instagram and Facebook. Bandcamp also for any merch that you want to purchase from us! At the moment we’re selling the EP on there both digitally and physically plus woven logo patches.
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