There seems to be a buzz going on about you on the internet. How does one build up an interest on the internet?
Miles: Believe in what you’re doing and have a desire to share it with people.
Mark: Love and have a passion for what you’re doing. Also don’t be afraid to talk with your fans and accept their praise as well as their criticism with open arms and ears.
Robellion: Networking with people on the web and create good public relations with those around you.
To me the biggest challenge still seems to be to take the interest generated on the net into the actual world. How hard is it to prove that the interest generated on the net actually means something beyond that universe?
Miles: I just say, look at what you have online, and only about 20% of that is accurate. Those are the people that are interested in what you’re doing and will actually show up to support you. Lots of people hit the ’like’ button.
Mark: Fan attendance directly increases your online support. New people spread the word when they’ve just discovered you.
Robellion: It’s very difficult because, again, it’s easy for someone to ‘like’ you like Miles has said. People know of and have been exposed to us from all over the world, but album sales, merchandise sales, ticket sales, those are the real world applications. They don’t always correspond with the ‘friends’ you have online.
Mark: We’re still a very new band.
Miles: It just takes time.
How does one best represent oneself in order to gain most possible exposure and not just end up as a one hit wonder?
Mark: Put out a quality product.
Miles: One thing I have found to be effective and is something both Rob and I have done online is, talking to people one on one. Peaking their interest in an individual conversation, not just in mass postings.
Mark: We are a personal networking band. We like to speak with our audience and our fans. We try to contact as many people on a personal level as we can by answering emails, sending messages thanking people for being at our shows, letting them know they are appreciated. Inviting them to stop by and say hi when they see us out at other shows, things like that.
Robellion: We try to always conduct ourselves professionally online and in personal conversations so that those we deal with only have good things to say about us. Being an ass can kill your career. We don’t want that to happen to us.
When you play thrash metal like you guys do where do you look to for inspiration? Do you draw from the past exclusively or are there present day influences to be had too?
Dean: Both, I say. Past and present.
Mark: Past and present.
Miles: Most people think you have to be influenced by other bands, but it comes from everywhere. It could be a band we’ve heard, or a car driving by.
Robellion: Our parts come from within.
When I listen to your album I can’t help thinking what the metal world would have sounded like had not Pantera gone all heavy on us. What kind of bands has been more important to you than others?
Robellion: Bands that have substance and real skill more than just being able to piece together some riffs into a song.
Miles: In Flames and Metallica
Robellion: I listen to Dream Theater, Exodus, Anthrax..
Dean: Megadeth, Scorpions,
Something I’ve been thinking more and more about is; if this whole free download/pay what you like thing more and more bands are doing isn’t doing more evil than good for bands in that people expect to get everything for nothing and paying for nothing. What is your take on this?
Robellion: I haven’t really been exposed to that, but I am against free downloads.
Miles: I think bands that do that don’t really believe in their music and they don’t care what they get for it cause they don’t think that it’s worth anything. If you believe your music is worth something, you’re going to ask for what you believe it’s worth.
Robellion: There’s no business sense to doing things that way.
Mark: People that are asking you to pay what you can are basically begging people to listen to their music, we’re not interested in that. If people like your product, they are going to pay what it’s worth.
In my youth I tried writing lyrics. To me the hardest part was to first come up with a title and then to write lyrics that actually said something but didn’t overstate/overuse the meaning of words. How hard do you find it is to come up with song titles and lyrics that fit?
Miles: It’s not hard because a song is never written around one title or idea and if there is, you just run with it and sometimes it gets changed. Ideas change. If you have it in you, you’re going to write it.
Dean: When I wrote about my buddy, the title came later. I just wrote what I felt.
Whatever happened to guitar solos in metal? When did they become an abomination?
Dean: They never did. In my opinion, they never did.
Mark: True metal has always had solos. Pop rock is what’s changed the game. Too many bands consider themselves metal when they’re pop rock. Just because your song has 1 or 2 heavy licks doesn’t make you metal.
Dean: It’s more of a trend than musical fact.
Miles: In the 90s’ it became acceptable to be a hack musician and soloing went out the window.
Dean: It’s more of a trend than musical fact.
Is there something that would make you as band happier than anything else? Any wish that you’d like to see come true?
Dean: Sure, playing to the masses.
Miles: Having the ability to share more of our stuff with more people.
Robellion: To be successful with all the areas of this project. Musically and financially.
Now that the album is out what plans do you have for the rest of 2012?
Mark: Working on the follow up while pumping the first album.
Miles: Branching out. Spreading out to the surrounding states from where we are. We are a small band, just starting out. Trying to get our music there more. Focusing on advertising and letting people know who we are and what we’re about. Going wherever this takes us.
Robellion: Writing new songs. Building our following online by getting into new magazines and websites where we may not be known yet, as well as by networking with those we are currently working with. Also meeting new people by playing new venues and exposing our music to fresh new faces.