One of the Last – Interview
Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
OOTL: We are a Hybrid Metal band called One of the Last! We play a unique mix of hard rock, metalcore and thrash metal. The reason why we call ourselves Hybrid Metal is because we wanted a unique name for our unique sound. We can say we’re a hard rock, metalcore and thrash metal band but it doesn’t roll off the tongue as well as Hybrid Metal.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
OOTL: We started in late 2016 from an ad by Parker (guitarist). Mario (guitarist) was the first to answer that ad and after a few jam sessions, they knew they had something special. They were looking for more members to round out the band and Mario previously worked with Tripp at a clothing store. He tried out on bass and it clicked again. We found our drummer Brian from another ad and he clicked as well. The 3 of us were looking for a vocalist and after a few auditions, we found John on a music website. We brought him in, and he fit perfectly with us! Unfortunately, Brian left the band in February but the four of us have been moving forward ever since.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
OOTL: Musically, we are influenced by Metallica, Trivium, Killswitch Engage, Parkway Drive, Bullet for my Valentine, Slipknot and a few others. Non-music, we really admire people that worked hard to be successful and still have a positive mental attitude. People like Kevin Hart, Joe Rogan, Gary Vaynerchuk, Jesse Itzler, David Goggins, all the Sharks on Shark Tank and more!
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
OOTL: Our goal is to be the biggest band we can be. It seems like a cliched thing to say but it’s 100% true. We can’t model our successes and failures after other artists. What worked for someone may not work for us. Being in a band, everything is trial and error, especially the music. For example, a comedian gets to test out their material in front of crowds. They’re able to take a premise and run with it. If it doesn’t work, they can always scrap it and move on. Musicians are pretty much trapped. At a live show, we can’t say “hey, we have a new riff we want you to hear”. We have to write and record the entire song and release it. If it’s a dud, it’s too late. The internet is forever!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
OOTL: Everyone in the band has a say with the writing. The music and direction are usually through Parker and Mario. They have guitar riffs and a general direction of how they hear the song. Then we add a basic drum beat, followed by bass and then vocals. John writes all the lyrics and the vocal melodies. Most of the lyrics are positive and are self-help inspired. Our most “negative” song is called Shotgun and the song is about finding a way out of an abusive relationship. The songs are both catchy and heavy while the lyrics relate to everyone. We aim to make rock/metal music for everyone and to show that the genre is more than horror, gore and negativity. There’s a misconception of heavy music as being satanic or having violent imagery. Sure there are bands like that but there are a lot of bands that sing/scream about everyday life.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
OOTL: Besides doing wonderful interviews with publications like yours, we do a lot of promoting on our Facebook and Instagram pages. Since the global pandemic started, our numbers have skyrocketed! We hope that’ll translate into future shows, where those people will come out to see us. Just as a heads up to every music fan: if you really want to support an artist, go see them live. While streaming songs are fine, most bands barely see any money from that. Live shows and buying merch at those shows go a long way!
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
OOTL: Good and bad. All of us have been in bands before and some of us started in the early 2000s. Back then, you had two choices. You could get a high quality recording of your song(s) and pay a ton of money or you bought a computer microphone, set it up in the corner of your practice area, hit record and then played the song with all the other instruments at the same time. You prayed that the recording was good and if it didn’t have a lot of feedback, you burnt it on a CD and either sold it or gave it out at shows. In 20 years, we came a long way. While it’s now easier to have your music heard by someone halfway across the world, you’re now competing with other artists to get that person’s attention. Without going down a rabbit hole of the other pros and cons, it’s great that a lot of deserving artists are getting heard but it’s difficult to get someone’s attention.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
OOTL: That’s an interesting question. Even though it’s a safe and boring answer, we don’t have a song. We’ll break this down. Every song was constructed a certain way by certain individuals to elicit a certain feeling. Those songs were released, and people listened to them. People reacted a certain way by either liking or disliking the song. If we wrote a song by another artist, those feelings would change and may or may not have the same impact. Sure, there are songs out there where we think they should’ve added a solo or extended the bridge or something like that. We can always do a cover of the song and add our flair to it but we like to stick with our material.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
OOTL: Elitism in rock/metal. We’re all about having your right to your opinion but not if it means putting someone down in the process. This includes labels like “butt rock”. Whoever came up with that label is a fucking moron! It’s the same people that like an artist when they play for 10 people in a bar but then say “they sold out” when they get signed and are touring. We think it’s more about those people being jealous over how successful that artist has become than actual hatred. We have a lot of musician friends and some of them were signed at one point or another. We’re nothing but happy for them. Do we get jealous? Sometimes, but it leads to us working even harder on our music, live show and promoting!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
OOTL: Our proudest moment so far was the success of our song Shotgun. When we wrote and recorded the song, we knew instantly it wasn’t for everyone. The song is mostly screaming vocals, the lyrics hit a little too close to home and it was heavier than our other songs. We released a lyric video for it last May and the song took off! People from around the world were reaching out to us and telling us how the song affected them positively. It was just an assurance that we’re going down the right path and as long as the music is good, people will listen!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
OOTL: Right now, we’re just promoting our 3 songs and also helping promote other bands around the world. We have a daily series called “OneoftheNext” where we feature an up and coming band and expose them to our friends/fans. We live by the saying “no one makes it alone in this business”. We want to make a community of bands from different genres that will help and support one another. If one of us gets signed to a label, we’d want that artist to share our music with the label. If one of us does graphic design or audio recording, we’d want to use their services and help promote them. There are strength in numbers especially in the music industry!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
OOTL: We have 3 songs up on all streaming platforms and also on our website: (www.oneofthelastband.com). We’re hoping to record more music in the fall and have an EP out later this year of the 3 released songs and 2 unreleased songs. If the world opens back up, we want to perform so follow us on our social media pages and our website to be up to date on all of your One of the Last needs!
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