Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
*** Note: all questions were answered by Eric Abyss, vocalist of Traverse the Abyss ***
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
Eric: I would describe us as a contemporary Metal band, where we float between various sub genres within the Heavy Metal spectrum.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
Eric: We are from Scranton, PA. Formed in 2016, debuting on October 1st that year with our song “One of a Kind”. Everyone in the group grew up loving music and had the desire to perform and entertain. Most of us got into heavy music in our early teenage years with bands like Slipknot, System of a Down, and more. The band is made up of members of our first project from our later teenage years. After some time of playing with other groups we wanted to go about music our own way and started writing the first few Traverse the Abyss songs.
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?
Eric: We all draw inspiration from all over, but overall it is the energy and feeling you get from creating music. We like to write about the light and darkness of life. Some songs are very inspirational and uplifting, others are very dark and depressing.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
Eric: To travel, to meet and entertain new people. Would like to see all over the world, try the different foods, and see how other cultures live first hand.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
Eric: Performing at a hometown Motionless in White show. It was our first time in front of a very large crowd and they liked us a lot. The feeling was incredible.
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?
Eric: It can be difficult since you have thousands of bands doing the same thing you are doing, if not better, so I think you have to find your niche and roll with it. The comedy stuff seems to go well for us so we will be dabbling more with that as people can see in our recent promos and the “Faucet Mouth” video.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
Eric: We handle some independent booking for local shows and just recently working with agents to do longer runs in markets we haven’t hit yet.
9/09 – Launch Music Conference Lancaster, PA
9/11 – Opening for Nonpoint @ One Centre Square Easton, PA
10/02 – Opening for Attila @ Reverb in Reading, PA
10/09 – FNA Rhythm & Booze in Waterloo, NY
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
Eric: It is bittersweet. While it makes life easier to distribute music, it is heavily oversaturated with all the music available so it is very hard to get heard and noticed. Leading to the shift in the industry where bands are doing more singles than albums.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Eric: None, they are other people’s creations and I have my own while I highly appreciate their art.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
Eric: I just wish music was regarded for how often it is consumed, it is the most indulged art form. It is in sports, movies, and everywhere else, but people don’t want to pay out to musicians as opposed to athletes. Unless you are a major pop artist.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
Eric: We are currently working on a set of brand new songs in a bit different of a direction for us to keep things fun.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Eric: We are all over: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Spotify. Get tickets for our shows, merch, and updates on www.traversetheabyss.com.
Traverse the Abyss links:
Band location – Scranton Pennsylvania USA
Website – Facebook – You Tube – Bandcamp – Merch – Reverbnation –
Twitter – Instagram – Apple – Spotify – Amazon – Deezer – LinkTree – Last Fm
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