Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?
OA: Opus Arise could be described as Symphonic Progressive Metal, I tend to use the label “Orchestral Metal” as we’re more like a small orchestra/ensemble, and we definitely don’t sound like bands that most folks associate Symphonic Metal to (i.e. Epica, Nightwish, etc.) and honestly we kinda fit into the Prog category a lot more.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
OA: All of us in the group are classically trained musicians, graduating from Universities such as UBC, UVic, Capilano etc.
We’ve all met through school ensembles, community orchestras, local shows etc.
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?
OA: From Prog and Metal bands such as Dream Theater, Emperor and Symphony X to Classical Composers such as Holst, Mahler and Sibelius to Video Game Composers like Nobuo Uematsu, Hitoshi Sakimoto and Yasunori Mitsuda.
We always have a concept going in with each composition, since we’re an instrumental group we’d like to give the listener a journey and visualize what they hear from the music.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
OA: To continue to push ourselves with each release and have our music reach to many ears as possible!
Writing music for indie games, more videos and content, and one-day tour and play shows/festivals outside of Vancouver are some of the goals we have set for ourselves.
PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?
OA: We played at a Vancouver Canucks Game back in 2019 with a few Star Wars arrangments we had to whip up last minute. Super stressful but at the same time it isn’t every day your band performs to 18,000+ people!
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?
OA: Hiring publicists and promoters are absolutely essential to get your stuff out there on all the major platforms. We’ve done that for “The Network” and pushing it as far as it can go with videos for all eight songs on the record.
PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performances coming up?
OA: In the Pre-Covid times, we worked with local promoters to play shows and festivals.
As of right now, we’re not a live group and focusing solely on recording and releasing more material.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?
OA: Absolutely necessary, especially Spotify. Despite the controversy it has gathered, it’s a necessary tool for spreading one’s work, especially as a smaller act ourselves, getting on playlists is crucial.
PD: What song do you wish you had written and why?
OA: “Metropolis Part 1” by Dream Theater was pretty impactful to me in my youth, I hope the material we bring with this album or a future release can make an impact to someone like that piece did to me.
PD: Is there anything you don’t like about the music industry, which you would change if you could?
OA: There’s a number of things but the main thing is more sense of community and less competition.
PD: So, what are you working on at the moment?
OA: We have a number of things in the pipeline but we re-recorded our 2018 demo of video game arrangements “Invisible Walls” which should be out in the springtime of next year. Our next album is almost wrapped up writing as well as more video games and other cool things whipped up, 2023 will be a busy year for us!
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?
OA: The usual places! Bandcamp, Facebook, Youtube, Instagram etc.
Opus Arise links:
Band/Artist location – Vancouver, British Columbia
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