Devil in the Machine is a new band from Petaluma, California. When they first started the band, their vision was to become a tight band with dueling lead guitar harmony’s, heavy yet eclectic songs with an open mind towards any creative ideas, organization and a positive image. I would say their vision has definitely become a reality. “Most of all we wanted to create a musical product that could attract a huge listening audience that wouldn’t normally listen to hard rock and heavy metal,” Sean said about their band. Since their new EP “Bloody Mary” recently was released, I asked Sean some questions about the new E and about some of the band’s plans for the rest of the year. Check out what he said.
BLD Music Quest: What was the recording process like for your first EP?
Sean: The recording process was great. This was the fourth time recording for me, so I was somewhat focused on what I wanted to do. We worked with a producer named Alex Kostel who had been in the process of studding sound engineering and he wanted to try out his new gear. So he recorded us for free, and did an amazing job. I learned so much from that guy. He had us recording separate, playing with a click track, using different mics and equipment. Also we did some MIDI work on the song “Rain”, which was a huge departure from our normal sound. Recording for me is always one big learning experience. You listen to your CD and go “Hey, next time I’m gonna do things this way!”
BLD Music Quest: Where do you get ideas and inspiration for new music?
Sean: One influence for me was the fact that before I was playing metal, I was in a funk jam band, so obviously I wanted a fast, heavy, loud, dark, progressive and aggressive sound with lots of balls. I was also exercising a lot, and listening to metal while working out. So I wanted to create an E.P. that would make you want to get up off your ass and do something! We write about life, past experiences, movies, concepts, and whatever just might be inspiring one of us. As far as songs go, every songs is really different. Sometimes you just hear strange music in your head and you make a song out of it. Other time you have a collection of riffs and ideas saved up that can go together very well. Every song is different. Don’t be afraid of what people may think of your ideas! Because what you may think is the greatest song in the world, could be a horrible song to someone else.
BLD Music Quest: What are the band’s plans for the rest of the year?
Sean: We plan on recording a full length L.P. soon. But for now we are gonna continue playing local gigs, and travel around California playing shows to a new audience. We will continue to sell digital downloads, CDs, t-shirts and other merchandise. Like always we will be writing new material which will raise the bar and test our wits. Hopefully we will get pick up on a tour this summer, so we can reach a bigger audience.
BLD Music Quest: What advice would you give to other bands starting out?
Sean: Advise for other musicians… Hmm, first off the musical industry right now is very, very bad. You need to learn how to produce yourself, manage yourself, and promote yourself. Also you should probably research the music business and figure out how it works. You can’t just join a band and expect to be a rock star even if you’re the best. There is still lots of work you need to do. Don’t wait around for people to make things happen, do it yourself! Another big tip is to surround yourself with musicians that are on the same level as you, you should all agree on what you want to sound like. Last but not least, organize, be prepared and plan ahead.
You can check out the new EP “Bloody Mary” yourself on iTunes and most digital download Web sites!