Interview with James Pera(Bass) of Corners of Sanctuary and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
James Pera: I am a musician and song writer. I play the bass guitar in Corners of Sanctuary. I also sing backups and play some guitar.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
James Pera: I have been playing in bands for most of my life. I started playing in a band with Mick Michaels of Corners of Sanctuary in 1985! While I play in Corners of Sanctuary and have primarily played in Metal bands, I enjoy and listen to all genres of music. I guess the only two types of music I do not particularly enjoy are Country and Hip Hop…although, I do enjoy classic country and on occasion enjoy the rock blended style of Rap or hip hop. Oh and I am a history buff….American Revolution, WW2, Civil War, Roman empire etc. I enjoy fine Art as well. But only if it strikes me on a personal level. Not so much abstract per say, but art that tells a story or has a message. I don’t like to guess…I like the artist to show me what they are thinking.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
James Pera: That is a pretty large question, as I draw my influences from many places. Family, Friends, Colleagues. I enjoy the natural world for sure and have drawn some of my influences in life and music from it. From a musical perspective, I do love the greats in many different styles of music. They would include: Judas Priest, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, ZZ top, Pavarotti, James Taylor, Pink Floyd…..the list really goes on. While I am identified as a metal bass player, I really draw my overall love for music in my style and writing.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
James Pera: Well, I am getting a bit older, so my hopes and dreams have changed a touch, but not much. As a family man, my hopes and dreams really involve the love and safety of my family. Taking care of them and their needs. My needs come second “most of the time.” Personally, I want to enjoy the music portion of my life, I don’t so much worry about wanting to be the rock star anymore. Honestly, I don’t think any working musician sees themselves in that light anyway, unless of course you are the 1% of the 1%…Ozzy, Metallica, Judas Priest, etc. The rest of us, to varying degrees, are still just working stiffs….hahahaha. You don’t realize that till you meet you childhood idols and realize for the most part, they are making ends meet just like everyone else.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
James Pera: Well for COS, Mick writes most of Lyrics, he also arranges and creates the melodies. I handle the bass work. I typically have a song or so per album that I co-write the lyrics too. Most of my lyrics are really how I feel internally at the moment. They are typically dark. That is not to say that I am a dark person. I tend to see the good and the bad in the world. It is easier for me to express the darker feelings in my lyrics. I choose to keep the light in my heart and with my family and closets friends.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
James Pera: We do a fair amount of promo for Corners of Sanctuary. Social media, mailings, advertisements, playing out, sponsorships, etc, etc. The best way to show what you are about is to play live. Simply put.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
James Pera: I tend to do a little bit of everything, online, CD, vinyl. I am into the sound of vinyl…especially the older recordings…1980’s and earlier. Afterall, they were produced for vinyl. Online music has changed the industry. So we need to change with it. Simple as that.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
James Pera: Hard one to answer. So many to choose from. If I had to choose, it would be Dogs from Pink Floyd. There is a ton in there, a story to itself. Any James Taylor song, good feel stuff there. Honestly, there is not just one, I mean so many. From Zepplin songs, to Black Sabbath to Ac/DC, to classical music. Billy Joel, Stones, Judas Priest…. There is not just one.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
James Pera: This is so easy…..Bands that do not know stage etiquette. Get your stuff on and off the stage like you realize there is another band in front or in back of you. The only time to take your good old time is when you are last or a headliner. Otherwise, take your six guitars, 2 double stacks, 10 piece double bass kits and get out of the way. 40 minute set, in a local club and you show up with concert gear. Cripes.! Oh and the guy who has to pose in front of his drum kit and take pictures like anyone gives a crap…….enough said there. Honestly, play to the room you are in. Many of the venues we play have large enough sound systems that less is more when it comes to backline. I get all the sound I need from the monitor.
PD.What is your proudest moment in music?
James Pera: Watching my children get into my music and playing the Whisky A Go-Go and brining the house down. That was cool.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
James Pera: We just finished a Christmas CD, we are working on a new EP, we just released a new LP, “Heroes Never Die,” and we are doing a virtual tour…The “Metal Never Dies” Tour.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
James Pera: We have 5 or so streaming shows set up. Bands from all over the world are participating. This is a great opportunity to see bands play together that normally wouldn’t take place. Check us out and the dates of the shows at www.cornersofsanctuary.com.
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