Sentinel Complex – Interview
Interview with Josh and Jamie from Sentinel Complex and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
SC: Sentinel Complex is primarily an industrial metal act, however we take many inspirations from styles like cinematic scores, game soundtracks and occasionally things like drum and bass and electronic beats.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
SC: Back in 2014, we started making music together for multiple indie game/film projects and after a while, we started developing a style we both loved to write. Shortly after, we began to write our first EP under our original name, Nova Prospect. It dawned on us however that the name would probably get us into some legal heat so we rebranded in 2016 under the name Sentinel Complex, and since then it’s been pretty smooth sailing! We have been developing our sound as a band ever since, and have released two studio albums and a number of singles, with more on the way.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Jamie: Honestly I think my biggest inspiration musically has to be Hans Zimmer. The guy oozes with inspiration and after seeing him live twice I can say never has music moved me like his! When it comes to metal, bands like Trivium and Periphery really do it for me so I think I have just picked up certain writing styles from bands like those. Electronically though I love the dark stuff, and it’s the mid-tempo artists like Swarm and Rezz that really make me go “man I wish I could make those sounds”. For non-musical for me its two words – cyberpunk and horror!
Josh: Trent Reznor (NIN) and Clown from Slipknot are people I respect the visionary ability of, as well as the music. But I’ve definitely got to shout out Ridley Scott for giving us Alien and Blade Runner! There’s plenty more but I’ll go on all day.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
SC: For us it’s a simple one really, music is what we love most in the world and the dream really is to be able to do it for a living. To do what we enjoy the most and to be able to earn a living from it too would be
just the best end goal ever.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
Jamie: When it comes to writing, we both do all the writing and it usually goes the way of one of us will
have an idea which will then be brought to the other, and then we’ll both sit down and see where we want
the idea to go. At some point I’ll usually sit down with the end result and take it as far as I can go with it. Eventually we’ll end up with the final which we are both happy with, and we won’t release anything until we are both completely satisfied with it!
Our songs have a lore contained within them which we are steadily trying to build as we release more and more material. The main story of the lore tells the story of a battle between man and machine, and planet(s) defending themselves against the higher power of an invading mechanical force or “higher power”. We tend to add nods to religious aspects surrounding the events in the story too, neither of us are religious but we find it a very interesting subject when it comes to morality, the future of man and the general topic of dystopia.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
SC: We do all of our promotion online through social medias which generally is the most efficient way to do things in our opinion, especially since trends have steadily been progressing in that direction over the past decade. We’ll try to keep things even across all platforms but our whole idea behind it is to put stuff right where the most people are going to see it straight away.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
Jamie: Honestly I’m a “stream to support your favourite artists” kinda guy, and I think that’s what I care about most. If you care about your favourite bands then support them in the right ways!
Josh: Downloading music online introduced me and many others to bands and artists we would have never heard of before. It’s also a great way to stumble into the wonderful world of unreleased songs and demo collecting… I got a little bit obsessed with that kind of thing and still am. Nowadays it’s more important to enjoy the music and support artists outside of their music by buying merch or vinyl as it seems these days, and especially showing up to the shows and events. I’ve seen major label bands echo this statement as well.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
Josh: I have three that come to mind for various different reasons. Me Inside by Slipknot, Satisfy by Nero, Nobody’s listening by Linkin Park.
Jamie: There’s a few for me, there’s a song by a band called Stratovarius called Elysium which is an 18 minute epic, and it is the kind of song where once I finish listening to it, I can’t listen to anything else after because nothing will compare! Another one is the song Stranger Things by Periphery, and that has the same effect too. Electronically though my all-time favourite is Destiny by 1788-L. The mix of crazy heavy electronics, epic builds and melodies, and the general emotive feel of the song really comes close to my personal definition of ideal for that kind of genre. I will mention The Electro Suite by Hans Zimmer as well as it is my all-time favourite piece of score for anything, ever.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
Josh: 1- CUPPING THE MIC, 2- Long unnecessary speeches at live shows, and 3- People who aren’t open to different styles of music.
Jamie: I’m going to start with saying cupping the mic as my number 1, and the other main one is when people let their ego get ahead of what’s important. Oh and when people can’t understand when you don’t like something they like or vice versa. People have different tastes and that’s cool!
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
SC: I think our proudest moment as a band would have to be releasing our first EP globally. For us it was
such a surreal experience and one that we never thought either of us would actually be able to do. It sort of solidified for the both of us that we can actually do this, you know?
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
SC: Currently we are working on a bunch of individual ideas which we want to eventually collate into a full album, but we are going down a different route this time around by just working on spontaneous ideas as they come, rather than working on an overall theme for a record. So far it’s turning out pretty well! We will be steadily releasing multiple singles throughout the year and the album we plan to have out by the end of the year.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
SC: Unfortunately shows aren’t a thing we are doing at the moment, but it is something we want to do once we have enough material we deem worthy and once we get the rigs together! For now all we can say is if you like what we do, you can stream our stuff basically anywhere, so dive in and stay as long as you want!
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