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Forever Broken – Interview


Interview with Forever Broken guitarist Michael Miller and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)

PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

MM: Speaking for myself and the other members of Forever Broken, I would say we are underdogs trying to scratch and claw our way into relevance in a non- original friendly surrounding. We come from a musically oppressed area that only praises 80’s cover bands! We are winning over people, literally, one person at a time. Very little local support! But if that’s how we gotta do it, we are good with it.

 

PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.

MM: I personally am from an area that was in the middle of three great music scenes in the 80’s thru 90’s. I’m from East Springfield OH, which is in between Cleveland OH, Pittsburgh PA and Wheeling WV. All of these cities (and surrounding areas) were filled with a million quality bands and an equal amount of kick-ass venues for live music. After hearing the Piledriver song “Witch Hunt” i became obsessed with metal and started sneaking out to as many shows as i could. The night i saw a local band named Screamer is the night i said “thats what i got to be doing”

 

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?

MM: Man, there are so many bands and types of bands that pump me up and get me to write. To name a few. Evergrey, Nevermore, Iced Earth, King Diamond, Black Label Society, Black Sabbath, Pantera and Judas Priest to name the most prevalent. Forever Broken tries not to emulate any of these bands but we do try to add a little style from each. Outside influences would be real emotions. Anything we all go thru every day. Even though we listen to music about dragons, beer, the devil and smoking pot and enjoy it, its just not where we are at. Needs to be just a little deeper.

 

PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

MM: Just to play and enjoy music while other people are enjoying what we do as well. Paying for guitar strings, tubes and electric with money we earned would be nice as well but thats not the goal. Play, enjoy, live, repeat. Thats why we do it. I will say, getting to the “Wacken Open Air” stage just once would be an outstanding high!

 

PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

MM: That would have to be Forever Broken playing the “Tennessee Metal Devastation Music Fest”. Nothing but a fantastic time from start till finish! Not one problem with anybody or anything. Never thought we could feel so at home. For that many people (bands and fans alike) to all be on the same page seemed impossible, but it happened. I could say that it felt like one big happy family but that wouldn’t be enough. No families get along that well! It was better than that.

 

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?

MM: To be honest, at times it has been a real pain in the ass but we are now hooked up with a kick-ass pr company in MD/PR.  They are doing great for us and we couldn’t be happier these days.

 

PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?

MM: We post as much as possible on social media! When we can, and the venue isn’t too far away, we try to go old school and post fliers. Being our immediate area is a wasteland that doesn’t happen as much as we would like. I prefer the old Sunset Strip method over online any day of the week!   We have some shows in the works for spring 2023 and we may do a one-off here and there but nothings in the books as of yet.

 

PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

MM: I don’t honestly think bad of downloading. It is pretty much the same as tape trading back in the day. I would have been lost and missed out on so much if it wasn’t for that! I think downloading is the same thing, just current is all. I think streaming sites are awesome tools. I just wish the artists made more from them.

 

PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?

MM: I have two actually. “All Along The Watchtower”  (The Jimi Hendrix version) and “Chasing Time” by Fates Warning. Those are just two songs that i can listen to every day, all day and they never get old. Also, they are just such damn good songs! So well done in every way to me.

 

PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?

MM: I would have to say, it’s how the machine takes more and more and the ones who do the real work make less and less. It has never been for the artists. Which makes sense being that any and all corporations are about the white collars and not the blue collars. Thats just the way it is. If i could, i would reverse the outcome. Artists make what they put in and reap the benefits of their labor. The machine makes its minimum wage percentage.

 

PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?

MM: We are working on the follow up to our ep from this past summer. It will be a full length of all new material that is way more diverse than our past material. We are keeping the groove that we like and adding more elements of different genre’s of metal that we all enjoy.  If we dig it, we write it, record it, we shove it out there. We don’t look to be this or that. We just wanna be.

 

PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

MM: https://epkbuilder.com/epks/foreverbroken

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