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?
Trasee Lynn- As a band we write what we feel, the songs tend to materialize themselves. All of us having different influences makes up the unique sound of what it THE REKKENING!
GoReDzilla – I’ve always tried to do the most musically and rhythm wise that suites the song or over all sound. I learned that from deeply exploring aggressive music when I was young. Reading about how certain artists thought processes worked gave me a huge insight as well as taught me that you should avoid only focusing on one style or genera to tap into your own creativity. It can be very limiting.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
Trasee Lynn – I’ve always been influenced by the feelings of music, you know how it makes you feel, move, engulf senses. It is an escape from the mundane reality of life for me. I knew when I was very young I wanted to do music, that I was and am a musician. I got a late start though as my younger years were very challenging in the sense that I never had any stability in my life and I wasn’t supported for being a musician.
GoReDzilla – I got into music very young and was fascinated by it but didn’t understand why. Eventually after manically reading every hard rock and metal / underground magazine I could find I talked my Dad into letting me go see Black Flag (Slip it in tour) when I was barely a teen. When that show ended I knew exactly what I wanted to do and have never stopped since.
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?
Trasee Lynn- My biggest influence is Alice Cooper, what inspires me is life experience. I write about what’s happening in my world at the time.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
GoReDzilla – Always to be part of the most bad ass rhythm section period and serve the song the best way I can.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
Trasee Lynn- I guess the proudest moment is when we played our first show at a very rowdy crazy country bar and my dad showed up to support me, also we swayed the country crowd with our music and energy. It was that very moment I knew we had something special.
Gorezilla-I have had many proudest moments, but the strange thing is they always get eclipse down the road by a better experience and I never see it coming. I’ve always taken that as a sign I’m (we) on the right path.
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?
GoReDzilla – The types of promotion and getting in peoples faces has changed dramatically since I started. What worked 15 yrs ago doesn’t apply or is impossible today. I’m still printing and putting up posters and going to shows and giving out handbills, stickers etc and supporting local bands plus meeting other musicians and music fans. THAT makes a world of difference in most scenes. As far as the online thing its a bit of a fogged out minefield especially for new bands with no real direction to get out there. The best I can say is to play as many shows as you can and concentrating on becoming better than your last show every time. When you play that show with almost no one there that’s when you play the hardest and most passionate. You will never know who is in the back of the room or walks in halfway that can change your life if they dig what you’re doing.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
Trasee Lynn- It’s all about networking, finding venues and bills you want to play and making contact with the organizers. Also we have organized many of our own shows including booking venues, bands, ect. Promoting now a days is blasting through all social media and using it to our advantage. As far as upcoming shows, we are working on a European tour for summer of 2023.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
Downloads are great because if someone takes the time to decide to download a song or album you made that’s kinda the point. Getting paid for is a different story. A LOT of fans legit buy a bands songs usually after seeing them live. Streaming is a great opportunity to get heard and is easy promotion for any kind of run of shows or tour. As far as monetary benefits from streaming as an indie band don’t expect much from any streaming platform. That tools is used to gain fans who will pay to see you live and buy your merch from you. The majority of fans I know only buy merch from the bands direct because they realize how bad we collectively are getting ripped off via streaming monetization.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
GoReDzilla – There’s no song I wish I had written per say but there are a TONNE of bands I wished I was a part of and used that as motivation to explore and push new creativity in myself and my bands.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
Trasee Lynn- Well being old school I miss the days of really having to work harder to be noticed in the way of really touring and sending out demos to label, management ect. So if I could unplug the internet and go back to that way of industry, that’s what I would change. GoReDzilla -When I was growing up finding new music was a collective treasure hunt with you buddies and worldwide via tape trading and underground magazines. The way the music industry is now that treasure hunt has gotten so watered down its ridiculous. There is so much white noise out there that its really a turn off for people looking for something new and original. The best cure for that is to go in blind and see local bands you have never heard of, you will see someone eventually and go “Holy shit ! WTF band is this !!!”
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
At the moment we are working on a new song release for Halloween called “Monster” it’s a song about watching my dads journey through dementia
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Bandcamp is the best way to buy our merch/music https://therekkeningrocks.bandcamp.com/ music
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