LifeCycle – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
LC: Starving! Kidding of course….. LifeCycle is an Alt-Metal or Nu-Metal band from Jackson NJ. The band has a tough time figuring out what genre to fit into so we are open minded. If you want to say we are rock, we accept that. As long as we have people listening, we are appreciative.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
LC: LIFECYCLE features Asim Rizvi (4Karma), John Soden (Legion), Joe Viggiano (formerly Ataraxia), Kevin Hightower (formerly Noosphere), and Scott Pustilnick (formerly MCA recording Artist Familiar 48).
The group met while recording at Audio Alley in Pitman, NJ where Kevin, Scott, and John introduced their experience recording with Grammy-nominated producer Don Gehman (John Mellencamp, REM, Blues Traveler), Mark Dearnley (Ozzy, AC/DC), Morgan Rose (Sevendust) and John “J.D.” Deservio (Black Label Society).
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
LC: Our theory is that Lifecycle is influenced by all music. We think that everyone likes a wide range of music from Prog rock, to heavy metal, to Pop. You take the good and leave the bad. Thats influence. As a musician, you’re entire life is a soundtrack, for better or worse. Our non-musical influences are comedies and comedians. The band thrives on comedy and it shows in our popular YouTube series, “A Day in the LifeCycle”. We created the YouTube series for many reasons but one main reason is our love of comedy. Combine this with our love of music and you have a platform that people really seem to love.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
LC: This is easy. Lifecycle’s goal is to entertain. The music, the live performance, the YouTube series……all of these are designed to entertain not only our fans, but ourselves. The band is a huge fan of Japan. One of our entertainment goals is to find our way to Japan and tour.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
LC: The band has five members. Everyone in the band contributes to writing the music. The actual words to each song are written by Asim Rizvi. Asim has a great sense of melody and timing. It comes naturally. The saying is, “if it isnt broken, don’t fix it.” We have found a formula that works. As for what LifeCycle songs are about……Music in general can mean different things to different people. One person’s interpretation of lyrics/ song can be completely different from another person’s. That is part of the beauty of music. So Asim will not typically dont like giving a song a definitive meaning because the way he sees it and writes it, may be interpreted another way by someone else. Doesn’t mean anyone is wrong, it’s just their perspective. However, as a songwriter Asim typically likes to focus on aspects of life itself. Love, lust, greed, vulnerability, purpose, life and death are all common themes in our music, all served with a side of metal.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
LC: The band has a website, www.Lifecycleband.com along with Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The self titled debut single “Lifecycle” dropped on January 15th, 2020. We promote the single by getting on playlists and also our YouTube series “A Day in the LifeCycle” helps a TON. While we do have legal representation (Jay-Jay Lord, Esq.Wolf, Rifkin, Shapiro, Schulman & Rabkin, LLP
JLord@wrslawyers.com) the band currently does NOT have management.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
LC: There are two different answers here. One answer is for a band like Metallica. One answer is for a band like LifeCycle. The Metallica answer is that people should only download music online if they are a member of a “legal” streaming service. The LifeCycle answer is we want everyone to download our music ANY way you can grab it. For LifeCycle, downloading our music translates into more people that are entertained by us. That translates into more enjoyment for the fans and for the band.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
LC: “Too Shy” by Kajagoogoo. Seriously though, as soon as you switch it and have yourself write it, the song won’t be the same. The artist captured the magic , it meant so much to so many. I get it though….some songs are so good, you just get blown away but what they bring to your life.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
LC: White Bread, spitting while talking, Long arms, Epstein’s assisted suicide, Hondas with Honda stickers, and anyone named “Lil” something or other.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
LC: Our proudest moment in music was the first time we wrote a song. We knew that we had something special and we all realized how this comes around once a lifetime. Most musicians dont have transportaion or jobs, most are a bit insane and unreliable. Lightning struck because we found 5 people that not only get along as friends, but can rely on each other. Its half the battle….
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
LC: Our roadmap is NEW musical content every other month on all the popluar digital stores (e.g. Apple Music, Spotify)The debut self titled single “Lifecycle” just dropped. The follow up is an Acoustic vesrion. This is due out late February 2020. In April 2020, the next single “Burnout” will drop and most likely, at the same time, we will drop an Acoustic version. Our plan is agressive. New musical content every other month, and our YouTube Series “A Day in the LifeCycle” drops every other week.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
LC: March 7, 2020 LifeCycle returns to an amazing neighborhood in Philadelphia called Manayunk. The Venue name is “The Grape Room” and it is a total blast. This is an all out electric assualt. The reason you should be there is for the love of entertaining music. On that night, it shall be the #1 place to see a live performance that you wont soon forget. In addition, April 3rd in Atlantic City NJ , LifeCycle will be playing at the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival. This show will be held at the Atlantic City Convention Center. The reason you should be there?…..the band will be playing the most fantastic acoustic set and one other reason…..its a beer festival. Best of both worlds…..