Interview with Michael Grint (vocals) of Trapped In Thought and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
MG: The type of artist that I am trying to be is just trying to get whatever message I have at the time out and help anyone even if it’s just a little bit of change. I am just trying to make the best music with my friends that we possibly can.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
MG: A little about myself is that I grew up in a musical household where everyone played an instrument or at least sang. I was always into heavy music even from a young age, with my dad playing in his band every Friday night. I would sing myself to sleep from his band. When I got to high school my friends introduced me to metalcore, going to local shows made me realize that I wanted to make music. In 2013 I joined my first band as the vocalist for Guide Nevada from there I met Stephen and would eventually go on to join him in Trapped in Thought.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
MG: Some of my musical inferences would have to be Brandon Gatten from Three Crowns, a local band from Kitchener, he showed me how to be a front man and just have fun when playing a show. Another musical influence would be Benjamin English from his time in Invent Animate, the raw power that he displayed when playing live was beyond what I could do and made me try harder to be a better vocalist. Non-musical influences for me would have to be my boss at work, just plain and simple he pushes me to be as best of a worker that I can possibly be and gave me the work attitude that nobody is going to give you a bigger paycheque unless you put the extra effort forward.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
MG: For me my dreams and goals is to be able to go on to tour the east coat of Canada, I have never been out to that part of Canada and from other musicians that I have talked to they don’t get all that much shows out in any part so playing to a crowd out there and getting Trapped in Thought recognized would just make me ecstatic and so proud to do that with some of my best friends.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
MG: All of us in Trapped in Thought collectively write the songs, we all contribute equally. Stephen usually starts with a riff that he has stuck in his head and Stefan can usually come up with something on his drums quickly so we can get the ball rolling. I don’t start writing the vocal parts until the song is done so I’m not doing it piece by piece so it can all run together cohesively. Exposed is about starting a new day but never ever really getting to start fresh knowing that someone that you love is constantly lying to you. Erode Through Me is about a relationship that was slowly fading away without even realizing it. Brotherhood is about one of my best friends passing away in a motorcycle accident. Still Sleep is about being at a cross road in life battling which decision to make knowing that it wouldn’t make a difference.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
MG: The way we go about promoting our band and shows is that everyone takes a role on social media making sure that we have full connection on every base.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
MG: I think downloading music is great because you’re showing that you are invested into the artist and want to show your support and spread the word about that. With that being said I don’t condone illegally downloading music because you are taking away the hard work that musicians have put into their craft. Bandcamp is one of the best ways to help your favourite artist with the funds going straight to them on select Fridays.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
MG: If there was a song that I wish I had written it would have to be Pizza by Attila just for the sheer fact that I love pizza so much that I have it tattooed on me. It’s just captures everything I love about it summed up in one song but I defiantly think that pineapple deserves to be on pizza.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
MG: I absolutely hate black socks I can’t stand the black fuzz on my feet. If I’m having a cocktail it has to be in a short glass otherwise it doesn’t taste right.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
MG: For me personally is when I got to play two times with my brother Derek and his band Singlethreat. I grew up listening to Singlethreat as a child, they eventually broke up in the mid 2000’s but they had what I like to call a mid life crisis and got the band back together and I was able to perform a couple of shows with them and I couldn’t of been more happier.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
MG: Currently we are working on playing more shows with our new EP For Those Who Never Came Home coming out in April and just broadening our network across Ontario at the moment.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
MG: Trapped in Thought currently has music available on all streaming platforms but the best way to buy our music is on bandcamp or by coming to a show and picking up a cassette or Cd.
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