Interview with Mish (Vocals) with Torizon and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
M: Hi, I’m Mish from Torizon. I’d say it’s a good mix of Alternative Rock and Modern Rock. Our newer stuff has a lot more progressive influences with our time signature and modal choices but you guys won’t hear those songs till late 2021..sorry haha! So far we have been well received in rock and heavy metal live shows which is AMAZING!
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
M: Torizon was born at the start of 2019 as a passion project after taking a couple of years off music due to a vocal-cord injury. It started with friends getting together to write some music and record until we recruited permanent members. We released our debut EP “Singles Collection” in June last year which was produced by Robb Torres (Robbery Inc) and Ian Sefchick (Captiol Records) based in LA. Our singles “Find My Way Out”, “Hey You” and live cover of “Thoughtless” have gained worldwide interest and international coverage! Robb is our mentor and producer, he has a big influence on our music direction and growth.
Our line up was finalised in mid 2020 where we introduced our 7 String-Master Sarah, Jeremy on Bass and Aaron on Drums. With the addition of new members and skill sets, we were able to invest heavily into our own private professional level recording and rehearsal studio to ensure that our creativity is not stifled by time and money constraints. Sarah is a videographer, photographer and graphic designer, Jeremy and Sarah are both our resident Sound Engineers, Jeremy and Aaron both make a portion of our merch and have very business focused brains which is extremely helpful, I look after all social media content and all our main platforms for effective communication, collaboration, creating and distributing music ideas, marketing materials etc. That’s basically us in a nutshell.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
M: Musical influences would be Flyleaf, Baroness, Tonight Alive, Haken, Tori Amos & Fiona Apple. The throughline in my taste of music is any artist with an element of darkness and moodiness in their music which seems to get under my skin.
I admire Comedians for the sheer amount of work that goes into perfecting their craft. I feel it requires a lot of courage to be on stage on your own to entertain people, they can’t hide behind a band if things don’t go well. I also think comedians and musicians have very similar creative brains. My biggest non-musical influences, albeit hard to narrow down, would be Conan, Ms Pat, Chris Rock & Dave Chappelle
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
M: Our biggest goal is to make Torizon a self sustainable project in the long run so we can direct all of our focus on creating new music. We also want to keep building our brand and platform to be able to support other artists and peers within the music community. And of course to play Wacken and tour the world!
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
M: Torizon’s songwriting process is extremely collaborative, there is no designated songwriter per say. Mostly we tend to write our ideas to a click or a drum loop to start developing the feel. Once we have the feel we sit down together and write all the passages on a DAW so we can all go home and refine the song before we jam it. All of us have formal education in our relevant instruments and music theory which makes songwriting a fluid and explorative journey. We use our respective home studios to capture ideas and send them back and forth to build the songs and give them their due course and time to grow naturally. Robb Torres, our LA based Producer, shares his insight on the tracks pretty much from the demo stage until we are all happy with the overall final product.
The message behind the songs are always from my personal experiences. I tend to write about how current and past events have affected me personally, navigating through them and coming on the other side. My aim is to make our songs relatable and create the same musical connection which helped me get through challenging times. Mental Health is always a big pot of musical gold I delve into and I am very open about my struggles with C-PTSD & Chronic Pain on our platform. Also political & religious hypocrisy is also heavily featured.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
M: We use a mixture of online marketing, social media and personal connection. When CV19 lockdown started, we enrolled in a few music marketing courses to upskill ourselves. Video format seems to get the best engagement for us which is why we decided to feature a weekly video on all our platforms to showcase behind the scenes, DIY aspect of running a band, our songwriting & recording process, gear run downs etc. Videos give us a chance to showcase our personalities and give the fans a window to our musical sanctuary. I would be remiss to not mention our wonderful PR Team & Management who help get our name out there & promote our shows.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
M: Let’s be fair to artists and discourage music piracy, the quality you will get from purchasing their music (online or cd’s) is far better than illegal downloads.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
M: Hurt by Nine Inch Nail – The dissonance in the note choices, the depth of despair in the lyrics and the defeat in Trent’s voice
Deadhead by Devin Townsend – That main riff is dark, brooding and angry – all at the same time underpinned by the lyrical and melodic juxtaposition
Never is a promise by Fiona Apple – The weight in her lyrics and voice is like nothing else. And to think she was only 16!
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
M: Hmm…being late or cancelling plans with little to no notice
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
M: It’s hard to narrow down just one….I am incredibly proud of everything we have achieved during the CV19 lockdown – recorded & filmed our single, got an endorsement, a worldwide marketing deal, a band development program, wrote a whole new batch of 9/10 songs, rebranded ourselves, got an endorsement deal, signed with Management & studied the hell out of music theory & marketing. Having our producer and mentor Robb play guitar on a song and booking our first international tour!
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
M: We have a new single coming out on 22.01 called Burning Away! It is heavy, proggy, alt-rock-y…we are super proud of it. You can pre-save it here https://bit.ly/PresaveBurningAwayOther than that, we are writing a very progressive rock influenced new EP, performing live and testing out our fancy new live rig!
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
M: All our music and schmick new merch are available here https://bit.ly/TorizonStore
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