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Interview with American Terror
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
Music was my escape from reality and something no one else could tell me I was doing wrong. I was always different growing up and never wanted to conform. With music, I never has to.
If I wasn’t doing music I would have continued playing Baseball. That’s what I was doing in Highschool.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
I like to skateboard. That helps clear all the bullshit out of my head.
How long has your band been around?
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
We are based out of Atlanta, GA. I really wouldn’t say this city influenced my sound at all. There are some great bands that came out of here but after the 90’s and early 2000’s I feel like Atlanta lost its “Sound” especially for rock and metal.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
It actually came from my love of pit bulls. American Terror came from American Terrier… Sounds stupid but it just came together and made sense based on the subject matter of our music.
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
We haven’t played any yet. We formed during the Covid crap and we are just now putting plans together for shows.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
Korn, Fever 333, Slipknot, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ice Cube.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
Don’t expect things to happen overnight. Stay true to who you are and don’t chase trends.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
There honestly is nothing. I would never undo the mistakes I made. This path is what made me who I am today.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
Take Out A Bully. I was given hell in school for being weird and different. Even teacher gave me hell. I actually got great joy striking back with my fist. Shootings are too much of a pussy move. Watching them be surprised buy your strength and knowing they have to face every day that you kicked there ass is a lifetime of mental mindfuck for them.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
I do the majority of the writing. Pat, the guitar player also writes a good bit. He will send me song ideas and if I like it and feel I can work with it, then the song moves forward. I write for a lot of other artists and that is my background. So, I have my formula that works for me.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
Don’t trust your government. Protect and save yourself. Nothing is free and your freedom is the cost.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
Actually no… We talk through everything. We respect and listen to each other.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
We have already started writing for the next album and will start recording that this fall. Other than that.. We are just trying to make shows happen.