Blessed Black – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
All questions answered by Chris Emerson CE
PD: What type of artist are you?
CE: I suppose we’d consider ourselves a cross between doom and metal.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
CE: This band formed a couple years when singer Josh Murphy reached out to me about working together. We had played in previous music projects and he had his long time friend Ray Bates lined up to play drums. We found our friend Jens Neilson to play bass but after about a year he decided he was moving out of state. Our good friend Brad Bellamy now plays bass for us and completes our lineup.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
CE: Musical influences include bands like Alice In Chains, Black Sabbath, Khemmis, The Sword, Baroness, Sleep, Danzig, etc. non musical influence just comes from life and all of our experiences.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
CE: Ideally our dream is to take this band as far as we can. Short term goals are to release our debut album and start playing regionally as much as possible then work towards some touring. As well as continue to write new music.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
CE: Musically we all pitch in riffs and complete songs together. Lyrically our vocalist Josh Murphy has been writing everything so far. Our debut is a concept album based on the Michael Moorcock books about his character Elric.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
CE: Social media is definitely the easiest tool, but word of mouth and old fashioned handing out fliers and spreading the word at other shows is also extremely helpful locally.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
CE: I personally subscribe to Spotify and stream a lot of my music. I know it’s not the best for artists but I do also make it a point to help bands by buying vinyl and merch.
PD: What’s your outlook on the record industry today?
CE: I feel like there’s a big rise in up and coming original music. It’s exciting.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
CE: A national acrobat by Black Sabbath. It’s my favorite sabbath song.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
CE: Rudeness and negativity.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
CE: For me personally it would that we’ve just been nominated for the Cincinnati entertainment awards in two different categories.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there
CE: Our next show is January 18th and it’s our cd release show. Our album is being released the day before. We’ve put together a killer lineup of bands and are planning one hell of a show.