Here's my interiew with the band Souls
How'd you get started in music?
So i’ll answer this one as the entirety of the band. Souls got started from the falling apart of several other bands. We saw the most driven, motivated members of each other’s declining bands and stitched together this one.
Who are your inspirations or influences?
The band originally started with the inspiration from dark metallic hardcore bands of that late 2000s deathwish influx; such as Trap Them, Carpathian, Life Long Tragedy, etc.
The more the band members got to know each other and dig into deeper, core influences we started to shift that intention and motivation. We started to realize a lot of that band had more metal dominated influences and wanted to explore that potential. Now the influences fall more in line with Chimaira, Slipknot, Korn, Saliva... more core memory influenced groups. Essentially we stopped trying to impress our peers or musicians around us and dove more into what we felt drove us to the basics of where we are now. In essence; it felt good to write a riff that reminded us of why we picked up a guitar in the first place and we wanted to modernize that.
What advice would you offer aspiring performers?
We've been around for a minute and I think the few pieces of advice to offer any aspiring musician, artist, band, whatever it may be;
- Always keep your conflicts and struggles internal. The more you let the outside world dictate your art, the harder it will become.
- Never put your band in the hands of anyone that isnt in the van with you.
- Dont trust a single sound guy.
- Dont undersell yourself or your music. IE; stop driving 600 miles to play second on a bill and get paid $40. It will never pay off. Value yourself and set boundaries on those values.
How do you set yourselves apart from other bands or singers?
We have never aimed to set ourselves apart from anyone. I think there is a certain beauty in finding the common ground with other artists, as well as your fans. There is enough division and elitism in our community and I think embracing even the smallest similarities and loves is so much more important than trying to constantly stand out or become a black sheep in a community that was built upon black sheep.
Any new gigs or albums in the future?
And yes. We just wrote a record called "Impurity; everything in me"
No release date yet but we're proud of this one <3