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?
Eston: First off, thank you for having us. I would describe VULNIFICUS as a band that’s trying to stay true to the nature of what we would like to hear in death metal. I think our music is just a representation of who me and Wilson are. We come together with different ideas and influences and we hope it creates something that sounds natural and fresh.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
Eston: I’m originally from New York. I just stumbled into the music by accident with some friends and we started a project called Merciless Mutilation. That was how I started playing death metal and from there I just worked at it by covering bands that I liked and having constant rehearsals.
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?
Eston: I like to write about my observations in everyday life and the darker side of where I think it’s headed. There’s just so much that’s happened in the past few years that it’s easy to draw inspiration from anywhere or anything, musically or non musically.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
Eston: My aspirations are to hopefully play with the bands that I’ve been influenced by and just be respected by people who play in the genre and the fans who take the time to listen to it and spend their hard earned money.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
Eston: I think the proudest moment is just having a physical copy of the music that I’ve worked hard on in my hands and that first playthrough on a CD player…whether it’s a band from the past or VULNIFICUS, currently. Along with that, seeing how the people react and how they absorb it is a proud moment as well. I would say that’s one of the non musical inspirations that I alluded to earlier.
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?
Eston: Well, we’re having this interview. I think it’s going quite well. Hahaha.
Seriously though, I just believe you have to invest just as much time pushing the music out to the masses as you would making the music that the people are going to hear. If not more, honestly.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
Eston: Yes. We have a tour coming up this September with Deterioration, our first. It will be a little over a week and we’re excited for this opportunity, good or bad.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
Eston: I don’t have a problem with it. I think it’s a good way for people to find out about new music all in one place. There are multiple ways to support an artist or a band and Spotify does that in a very convenient way.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Eston: I’m not quite sure I understand this question.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
Eston: Perhaps the idea of selling out. At least the perception of it. If certain bands have put in the time and feel as if they want to make their music more profitable for themselves and they can reap the benefits of the music that they’ve created, then all the power to them. Only if that’s what they wanna do and it’s not by label pressure.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
Eston: We are currently working on getting our live setup ready for our first tour coming this Fall with Deterioration, and the beginning stages of recording our debut album on New Standard Elite.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
Eston: You can find all of our music online at our website, http://vulnificusbdm.bandcamp.com. We’re also on Facebook and Instagram. Those addresses are http://www.facebook.com/vulnificusbdm and http://www.instagram.com/vulnificusbdm