Television Supervision – Interview
Interview with Brett Zitzelberg – vocals & guitar with Television Supervision and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
B: We have never liked to limit ourselves to one genre. Each of us are heavily influenced by so many different aspects of music and we try to reflect that in our songs. Our goal when we write an album is to have at least one song for every person to love/identify with. We have a vast variety of genres targeted in each of the tracks, from 80s new wave, to pop and power pop, to 90’s/early 2000’s “punk”, postcore, we even like some country! At the end of the day, we’re a rock band, but a rock band of many different sounds. We believe this is what sets us apart from everyone else.
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
B: Zach Grant (Bass/backup vocals) and I met while we were in high school. We were both actually skipping class at the time, I was a Senior and he was Freshman. I was in the school music room playing a song on my guitar. He walked by me, picked up a bass, plugged in and started playing. Didn’t say a word. That moment led to us writing songs, starting a band, meeting our drummer Cody Rains at a show in Orlando, and ultimately getting signed to Standby Records.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
B: As alluded to in the first question there are too many to list. I tend to look at the artists that have changed the scope of things, the “revolutionary” sounds, the sounds that set the coming of a new era. I also get very analytical of what is currently popular and used to really love most of it. That being said it’s apparent that music needs a fresh injection, especially in the rock music scene that’s fighting to stay relevant. The fuck is that about?
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
B: We have set realistic, practical goals that ultimately led to accomplishing our more ambitious ones. Write a song, write a song about this certain concept or this specific genre, write an album consisting of different genres and have that idea communicated effectively, have a fan feel personally connected to a song, play a show in front of this many people, tour to certain locations, put together standout music videos, get signed, get on the radio. We have accomplished each of these. It’s been quite the process! Our next in line would be getting on the bill of a notable festival, some sort of television airing, and touring extensively over in Europe.
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
B: While we each have a hand in the construction/structuring of the song the tracks on our debut album were written by either Zach or me. We try not to take credit as individuals for a particular track though because we know the songs wouldn’t be what they were without each other. I will say when I write it’s usually about me trying to empathize with the common person- if you look at the lyrics by themselves they could illustrate a pretty intense tone sometimes (not all the time) but because I don’t take myself too seriously I put this happy, sunny-sounding gloss over the words. There are some songs that are pretty straightforward and fun, like most pop rock music, but if you look into the lyrics themselves it’s really me trying to tell people I identify with them, that they aren’t alone in what they may be going through (struggling with faith, loss, discontent) and that it’s normal to be upset about things sometimes. I guess it’s my way of showing how much I like certain types of music and at the same time how much I appreciate the artists I listen to that put their souls into what they write.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
B: We do it the old-school way. We go out and talk to people. Nobody does this anymore.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
B: It’s 2020, this is the way of the world. Music has both shifted and embraced this. CD’s, while I still like to buy as a gesture of support, are becoming obsolete. I’m not sure how it is in other places but here in the states we live in a world of instant gratification. This is reflected in a lot of today’s music that I feel is lacking an element of authenticity.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
B: I can’t think of a single song. I have songs that I’d list as personal favorites but the thought of me wishing I wrote them has never crossed my mind. I just appreciate the songs as they are.
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
B: Oh man…I guess lying? I’m really good at reading people and I can instantly tell when someone is giving me a half-truth or just straight up lying through their teeth to me. For real, instantly. It’s insulting to your intelligence. When you develop this awareness it’s almost comical to see how often people do it; whether it’s to avoid a possible awkward circumstance, confrontation, or to please people. I just can’t stand it. I’ve always interacted with people in a blunt manner, I will tell you like it is whether it’s good or bad because isn’t that the point of wanting to know things? You can tell I deal with this a lot lol Its a nice attribute to have but God it’s annoying sometimes.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
B: Getting signed is up there. Having someone above you on the totem pole believing in you is a confidence booster not many get to experience. I am very grateful for this, every day. Also, hearing the last minute of our last track on “Waldo” (Fool Me Once) I felt so accomplished listening to the end of it, just remembering all that I personally went through to write it and how long that road was, especially for Zach and I. We were writing songs as kids in the bedrooms, garages, and boiler rooms of our parent’s houses. We moved to different states several times, sending each other new tracks we were working on. We never stopped. We never considered stopping.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
B: Currently setting up our next tours, looking at you Europe! As well as tours here in the homeland. We are in full-on support mode of “Waldo” as we have just released it this January. I will say we are constantly writing- we have about 25 new songs ready to go and then about 200 other “concepts” so we need to start narrowing those down.
PD: Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
B: If you have read this interview everything I have said about our authenticity is on full-display when we take the stage. We love writing, tracking, production, music videos, all of it. But there is no greater love than playing live though with a crowd that embraces you and joins in with you. Everyone is a part of the band playing, it’s not just Zach, Cody, and I, it’s everyone. From the first song, people see this, we make it obvious. We make a point to get off the stage and into the crowd, playing with them not for them. We have been fans for so long prior to this point in our lives, we know what you’re looking and hoping for. That’s the fuel, the entire point of rock music. We have several shows coming up in Orlando in March and April, as well as a couple shows down in Tampa in April before we tour the East Coast of the states in May. Follow us on IG for more details!
Television Supervision links:
Band/Artist location – Tampa Bay Florida
Website – Facebook – You Tube – Soundcloud – Merch – Reverbnation –
Twitter – Instagram – Spotify – Amazon – Deezer – Google Play
Check out our page for Television Supervision