Breakthrough Even – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
BE: We are a metalcore band that’s currently operating as a studio project in Atlanta, Georgia. We’re a duo that consists of myself (Josh Turner) and my brother Zach.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
BE: -We were originally a 5 piece band that started jamming back in 2011, but it wasn’t until a year later we decided we wanted to take the project seriously. The original line up consisted of the two of us (Josh and Zach Turner), our vocalist Noel Velazquez, bassist Kerry Love, and guitarist Jamey Sudduth. Eventually we parted ways with Kerry and Jamey and welcomed a local guitarist named Josh Curl as our full time bassist. After releasing two EP’s, a single and playing various shows, we parted ways with Noel and Josh Curl in 2018 and have been a duo ever since.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
BE: – We’re always being inspired by music we’re into at any given time, but I think one of our longest lasting influences would have to be Linkin Park. We’ve been huge fans of that band since Hybrid Theory and their music has had a huge impact on how we approach our songwriting and our attitude towards our sound and development as artists. Other big musical influences include As I Lay Dying, Monuments, Architects, and Erra. Non-musically speaking, the effects of the experiences we have in our personal lives tend to make their way into our music in some form or another. That sort of stuff can range from books we’ve read, video games we’ve played, to conversations we’ve had.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
BE: – To just continue to build upon the foundation that this band was built on and to constantly push for more opportunities to share our music. Music has always been a huge catalyst in our lives and for us it gives us purpose and fulfillment to take these songs we create and invest time into and share it with others.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
BE: – Instrumentally, Josh tends to initiate ideas and will usually get the majority of the “skeleton” of the song completed before we end up collaborating to really flesh it out and create something that contains elements that we’ve both brought to the table. He also tends to write most of the lyrics more recently, but we’ll make that a collaborative process as well if we feel it’s necessary. We think the most interesting material comes from us working together at every stage of the process. As far as themes are concerned, like we said earlier, we tend to draw a lot from experiences we have and things we’ve discussed in our personal lives. Across all of our material so far we’ve talked about topics ranging from self-doubt, heartbreak, ideas on the afterlife, to thoughts on the state of the world we live in and our role in it.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
BE: -We use a combination of normal social media marketing strategies and just word of mouth a lot of the time. As DIY artists we feel it’s necessary when it comes to maximising our visibility.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
BE: – If you’re referring to illegally downloading music through torrent sites and such, then we’d say it’s difficult to justify that under most circumstances considering how much more accessible music is these days. There are just so many ways to support an artist without going the route that will impact them the most negatively. That being said, we do understand it’s a method of discovery for listeners that will often turn them into real fans.
Generally speaking, it’s crazy how much the industry has changed and evolved to create so many options for both listeners and artists. Digital distribution makes getting your music out there so incredibly easy and we think that’s an amazing thing.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
BE: – JT: The Final Fantasy VII soundtrack. I know it’s not a single song, but everytime I listen to any part of it I get chills and just wish I could write a piece of music that amazing and memorable.
– ZT: “I Don’t Like Darkness” from Chase Atlantic. The vibe on that song (and album honestly) is crazy.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
BE: – JT: Disorganization and indecisiveness.
– ZT: Feet, mayonnaise, and smacking when eating are things that should not exist. Other than that, people’s general lack of common sense and the crazy non-sensical things people do to each other, ON THE DAILY, really just worry me.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
BE: – I think one of our proudest moments was writing and releasing our first EP “The Step That Lies Ahead”. We’ve grown a lot since then and we don’t really play those songs anymore, but it was our first real body of work that we put out into the world and we’ll never forget how stoked we were to have it completed and saying “we made this.” Another great moment was opening for All That Remains back in 2018. I believe that was our biggest and best show so far.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
BE: – Right now we’re enjoying the feedback on our latest single “Requiem”. We’re also currently in the preproduction stages of a third EP!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
BE: -Our music can be found on all major digital retailers and streaming services!
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