Interview with Todd C Ruzicka (Seven Federations) and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: How would you describe yourself as an artist?
TCR: A person who does his best to channel the sacred muse.
PD: Can you tell us briefly about your background – i.e. where you’re from, how you came to make music, etc.
TCR: I grew up throughout the U.S. midwest. I come from a musical family; my father has a doctorate in choral music and my mother was a singer and piano teacher. One of my earliest memories is playing drums (on pillows) in front of the family stereo. Buddy Rich was my first hero. I have played drums ever since and have been a touring/performing drummer, as well as a drum instructor. I began composing and producing my own music in 2005. That project was called IMMUNE SYSTEM and I worked with that through 2018. After this time, I began a new project called SEVEN FEDERATIONS.
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?
TCR: Everything can inspire me but I am naturally drawn to the “darker” side of life, as well as spiritual themes such as sin, pain and redemption. I am particularly enamoured by Gnostic ideas.
PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?
TCR: I strive to create the purest art that I can.
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?
TCR: It’s difficult. The good news about the music industry these days is that anyone can create and release music. The bad news is that anyone can create and release music.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
TCR: I’m currently promoting the most recent Seven Federations album, “Holy Orders,” and also working on the next release.
PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music online?