Interview with Terrorbyte

"'WORLDSTAR' -- the first single off our new upcoming full length CRIMEWAVEis meant to be a big middle finger to all the people and circumstances in our lives who didn't believe in us and tried to tear us down. 'Worldstar' is an Emmure-meets-Linkin Park-meets-Slipknot nu-metal anthem for all the underdogs up against the odds, or anyone out there who is fighting to survive or make their dream come true." - TERRORBYTE

Talk about how music has influenced you each individually in your daily living? The Poltergeist: Music is pretty much the only reason I am still alive. To me, music is like sorcery; you can draw power from it and use it to accomplish things, endure through hardships or push yourself past limits that seem impossible. There are many mountains I've been able to move in my life by harnessing the power of music.

Where do you each find yourselves listening to music most often? The Poltergeist: I most often find myself listening to music in the gym.

What are your favorite brands to use when it comes to the instruments, mics, amps, pedals and so on? Why do you favor them? The Poltergeist: I've always been loyal to SHURE for my microphones.

Talk about your current project. Its conception. How it evolved. The storyline behind its development or any anecdotes that may have occurred during the writing/recording process? The Poltergeist: For me personally, the concept of TERRORBYTE comes from having been hurt so much that it killed me -- I literally felt like I was dead after the amount and the severity of the traumas that I've faced in my life -- and TERRORBYTE was my way of "coming back from the dead." My persona, "The Poltergeist" for instance -- a "poltergeist" is a ghost made up of massive amounts of negative energy, and it makes a lot of noise and makes things move -- and that's what I do with my music. It's my way of taking all the negative and darkness that's been forced into me, and turning it around and using it for something that makes a difference. I'm the only one in the band with any facial features on my mask -- everyone else is faceless. Part of that concept has to do with us wanting to be a voice for the voiceless, and a face for the faceless -- we want people to see themselves in us, and be able to make them feel like we are giving them a voice. This is much more about them than it is about us. And the faceless masks the others in the project wear are reflective, for a different reason -- we want to force people to take a good look at themselves.

Where is the industrial sound now, how has it morphed and where is it heading? The Poltergeist: Presently, there seems to be a lot of crossover in almost all genres -- you even hear country artists incorporating electronic influence and even many pop stars incorporating some pretty heavy industrial vibes in some of their music now. But as for the direction of industrial specifically -- industrial is such a vast, expansive and amorphous genre that it just molds itself in and around the relevant sounds of the times. I see industrial incorporating a lot more hip-hop and EDM influence, but in general, I see it as less of heading in a particular direction, and more of an omnipresent element that absorbs and assimilates all genres into it self.

Where there any conflicts during the recording process? If so, how did you as a band overcome them, if not what do you think is your formula to gel so well?

The Poltergeist: Yeah, there were definitely some conflicts during the recording process, but that's a normal, inevitable and expected part of the process.

How did you determine "Worldstar" would be released at this particular time?

The Poltergeist: We decided to use "Worldstar" as our first single off the album because it showcases our new direction, while reassurinrg our existing fans that we aren't abandoning our old ones either, and the message in the song is meant to clearly state to everyone what's up and what's about to happen.

Is there a particular part you enjoy more than another in the process of a project?

The Poltergeist: For me, getting to perform live in front of a crazy venue and connect with the fans and win new ones over is a very healing process for me. Getting to see or hear about how the art I've created from the pain that I've been through is positively affecting or helping others. My other most favorite part is just chilling in the studio, drinking coffee on vocal days and getting all the poison out of my system.

How do you know when a song is done and ready to be taken to the recording studio and produced?

The Poltergeist: We actually do a lot of our writing and production in the studio simultaneously.

Looking towards the short and long term of where you might be currently- where do you see yourself (yourselves) as an artist/band in 2019 and beyond?

The Poltergeist: We'll see...