Molitoth – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
M: An over-thinker and self critic.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
M: Fell in love with music during college (Incubus, Tool, Linkin Park) and aspired to start singing. Started my first real band in around 2007 “Vibrant” and grew from there. Later, joining “A Light Within” around 2012.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
M: It changes over the years and with age, but over the past 5 years I would easily say Steven Wilson and Daniel Tompkins. Both musical and non-musical.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
M: My recent goal was to compose and produce my own record, which I have just completed… so I suppose I will need to re-assess what is next. Without thinking too hard, I’d love to work with some influential musicians on some collaborations at some point. If one of my influences e-mailed me tomorrow and asked if I wanted to collaborate on something, I’d be pretty stoked.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
M: On my new release “The Tribunal”, I wrote the foundational riffs/ideas and structure for a majority of the album. There are some sections where my super talented friend and special guest on the album (Madelyn Robertson) wrote some pieces, which ended up being amazing.
Lyrically, I try and write about subjects in a metaphorical manner so that things can be interpreted in alternate ways in order to connect with a larger amount of people. To me, the tracks on The Tribunal deal with feelings of confinement, entrapment, and being misjudged… leading to different grieving stages.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
M: Well at this point, “Molitoth” is nothing more than a studio project. I’ve been in bands that work hard playing live and I think that is a rough road to build a fan base, especially with new pandemics such as Covid-19. I think in the modern times, it’s much more realistic to build a fan base online and wait out the demand for a live act. There is a project “Cloudkicker” that really inspired me here, as the composer (Ben Sharp) really didn’t take the project live and on tour until the demand was really high and he found the right musicians to play it.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
M: While I do miss those times and memories of visiting a record store to purchase that shiny new album, the times have changed and I have adapted. I love discovering a new band and instantly going to their bandcamp page to directly support them buy purchasing their record and/or merch.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
M: I’d love to have written anything from Steven Wilson’s “The Raven who Refused to Sing” because I think that album is beautiful, complex, and imaginative. I adore Porcupine Tree, but that solo album of his just really made me appreciate how amazing of a musician/composer he is.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
M: Slow Drivers in the passing lane and people who don’t use their turn signal. (I swear I don’t road rage… much)
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
M: At this point, it’s right now after finishing this record. Setting a goal of writing an LP on my own seemed like a giant mountain to climb when all I had was a couple of riffs. And to do most of it within a year span while balancing work/family/gaming has been very satisfying.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
M: Many times while writing/recording, I can loop a section and just sing the same thing over and over until I have a good take. So… I’m currently rehearsing the vocals on these songs in their entirety. I need to rebuild my vocal stamina, muscle memory, and proper breathing techniques to be able to perform this record all of the way through… because you know, a day could come where this is demanded LIVE.