BORNBROKEN could very well be the next band to make it out of Canada. Read this interview to find out more about the band. Anders Ekdahl ©2013
I know absolutely nothing about BORNBROKEN. So could you please give me a short introduction into the band?
Simon Savard – After playing and trying out a shit-load of guitarists for two years, Tommy Vaillancourt and myself found Mike Decker and Billy Argiriou (The Original Drummer) and the band was formed in 2008. It was good to finally have found people that all thought alike, music wise. We had a blast that night, we wrote to what this day is still ‘’The Birth of the Broken’’.
Mike Decker-I’ll take that a little farther, the potential singer we had at the time was a friend of mine that was jamming with Simon and told them he knew of a guy who would fit, so they contacted me, and I brought Billy into the fold as there wasn’t really a drummer at the time. After jamming for a while we decide BornBroken would be a cool name as it fit our lifestyles and social backdrops. Since then the band has changed. We went through a barrage of singers and a couple of drummers the last of (Joe Ménard) who is still with the band but was not able to record as he joined while we were already in studio. Even Jesus Salazar our vocalist came into the band while we were in studio, which delayed the project a little, as he had to learn the songs.
When you started with how much of a clear intent did you have? How much of the sound was already there?
Simon Savard – From the beginning, we all felt the music the same way. We didn’t really need to sit down to decide what path we were going to take or how we wanted to sound. Things just happened and it felt good!
Mike Decker –We all had a sort of direction I think in our heads of the way we wanted to go, but the band sound formed itself into what we have now 4 years later and with being on the cusp of releasing our first CD, we are happy with what have. We all come from different musical backgrounds/ flavors but it all blends well together. It takes many different ingredients to make something sound good in my opinion.
When you start a band do you think about stuff like what you’re chances are to make it if you play this or that? How much does the heart direct your choice of style?
Simon Savard – Personally, I had a shit load on different bands; went from small time garage bands, to folk singer, to rock cover bands, to grind-core bands… With this one, no compromise! We do the music we want to do. It’s not about making money or anything like this. It’s all about having a blast playing heavy motherf*ckin music to forget about life for an hour or two.
Mike Decker – The answer you’re really looking for is passion vs. fame. When you start playing, no one can tell me they do not dream about performing in front of 100,000 screaming fans. When I started playing, Metal was what my heart wanted to play but for awhile I got distracted into trying more to make it then just concentrating on what I wanted to play. It was hard when glam, then grunge became the metal norm; no one wanted to listen to your product if there was not a way to make a buck off of it. Now older and wiser I play what I wanted to play all along, metal that makes you want to break stuff. (haha)
I see more and more bands that release albums on their own. How hard is it today to find a label that can offer you everything in order to support your album?
Simon Savard – I can’t really answer this question because getting signed was never really a must for us. Don’t get me wrong, under the right circumstances it would be great to partner-up with a big label to support the album. But we made product that is kick-ass and we are releasing an album that we f*ckin’ loved working on.
Mike Decker –It is a lot easier now to release your own CD due to major advancements in home recording and all the websites available for band to sell/promote their own stuff. To answer the second part of that question, in my opinion and I could be wrong. labels are looking for bands that are willing to first take the risk and spend their own time and money on their project and see what they can do by themselves. Which is not a bad thing. Like with anything, when times are tough you try to reduce your risk and only get involved with what will make you money, it still is a business for them. It would be great for them just to hear the music and believe in the product and push the shit out of it but I don’t think the budget is there anymore.
How much of the change the way labels work today is down to digital downloading and how much is down to a piss poor global economical situation?
Mike Decker – Like I answered in the previous question, I feel the budget is not there like it used to be and the fact that digital downloading and sharing is as easy as sending an email now, it takes a toll for sure on what the companies are willing to risk their bottom line on. As far as global economy everyone needs music and people will buy what they like whether they have the money or not.
In this age of social media you can easily spread your music to all corners of the world in a whiff. Do you remember the feeling you had the first time you realized that somebody outside of your comfort zone liked the band?
Simon Savard – As metal heads and big music fans ourselves, we love going to shows and discovering new bands. The feeling of knowing that someone head banging to your music is just AWESOME.
Mike Decker – I remember getting my first fan mail letter “yes I said letter (snail mail)” and I thought it was so fucking cool that someone not only bought my cd in other country but also took the time to mail us and say that they liked us and to not give up making music. It gave me the drive to keep playing and making music. In all honesty we record our music so people can hear and enjoy what we love doing because if we record just for us that would be pretty lame and now with social media it’s a lot easier to get fans and haters also…(haha)
As I have never been in the position of having released anything I’ve created over a long period of time I have no idea what it is like. Could you explain the feeling of seeing your recorded work on record for the first time?
Simon Savard – The feeling of hearing your music on record and seeing a finished product for the first time is like having your first orgasm…minus the awkwardness!!
Mike Decker – Ya it’s your child, you work so long in getting it out that when you finally hold a printed copy you feel complete, then you do it all over again. My first recording was put onto cassette back in the early 90’s. Those were the days when you had to fast forward or rewind to your favorite track…(haha) making mixed tapes.
It is one thing to have a record in your hand. It is another to actually get it out to the people. To get them interested. What is still to this day the best way to let people know that you exist and that they should get your album instead of the latest trendy stuff?
Simon Savard – MAKE GOOD MUSIC!! Nothing more to it then that for me. If you have a restaurant and want to get people in, make good food. You want to sell cars, make good cars. Same thing with music; have a cool product that is original and write good music!
Mike Decker – I agree; making good music. Metal has become finicky though, with people not liking it because there is not enough blast beats or has a melodic chorus. So it comes down to finding your niche market and targeting that. Promote, Promote, Promote, hit every fanzine, blog, or metal head you know and get them at least a link to you’re your online music. If you have a physical single demo get them a copy. Get someone else involved with the group that knows who to send the product to; it will cost you a couple of dollars but worth it in the end. You also have to have something now in the digital age that people will want to collect and add to their physical collection. CD/T-Shirt combo pack, DVD style packaging, something that will catch their eye and make them remember you instead of the next guy.
What kind of live scene is there for a smaller band to make its way to the big league? When do you know that you’ve played the same places one time too many?
Mike Decker – There is a scene out there but you have to go out to get into it, show your face at other shows, let the promoter see you, then try to get onto a couple of bigger bills and a couple of outdoor festivals on the smaller stages if possible, it’s all about exposure. You really can never play the same club too many times as some cities/towns only have one or two places for metal groups to play, but if possible try not to play so frequently in the same area, you want people to want to and see you like they need to get their fix, their dose of you. Even fans can burnout and fade away, so we try not to over do it
What kind of future do you see?
Mike Decker – Our crystal ball is a little fuzzy…but we are going to push through the haze and do what we can do to play to as many people as we can and promote ‘The Healing Powers of Hate” (out on June 4th, 2013). Then hit the studio again to make more metal moshing madness as we have new ideas ready to go. So go enjoy the healing from all the hate, stay real, and be true to yourselves. Lastly thank you to everyone at Battle Helm for letting BornBroken join the battle.
Hear the cry, the broken shall rise!