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Ignite Interview~ Lightworker “Finding Creative Unity Together and a Mutual Passion For Heavy Music”…Let get to know them better!


Ignite Interview~ Lightworker “Finding Creative Unity Together and a Mutual Passion For Heavy Music”…Let get to know them better!

Lightworker is a metal band from San Francisco, CA. The group—comprised of Joe Calderon, Grayson Hurd, Ryan Johnson, and Brad Green—formed from the remnants of former bands, finding creative unity together and a mutual passion for heavy music.

We asked the band a few question to get to know them better and to introduce them to Ignite Nation and to our readers… Grayson Hurd (Guitar) was kind enough to answer for the band.

  1. Tell us a little bit about the band and how long you have been together for some of our readers that may not know about the band?
    1. The band actually started “by accident”, in a sense.  Our singer, Joe, was working with our former guitar player on a song that was originally supposed to be a one-off and a “just for fun” sort of thing.  A few more ideas just naturally grew from there and that got Joe thinking this should be an actual band.  Technically, the band was formed in early 2015 because that’s when the first, full lineup was created, but all of the writing for our ‘Resilience’ EP was done before that.  Now here we are 5 years later, ready to finally release our debut full length and we’re stoked for everyone to hear it.
    2. Fun fact:  the song that was supposed to be a one-off and ended up being the catalyst for forming the band is our new single, “Cholera”.  It was originally supposed to be on the EP but we held it because we thought it’d be better on a full length release.  Another fun fact: I’m technically the band’s original bass player.  Both guitar positions were already taken so I played nice and jumped on bass.  Obviously I’m back on guitar now, but playing bass live turned out to be pretty fun.  Shout out to all the bass players holdin’ it down out there.
  1. What got you into music and what keeps you going night after night playing?
    1. I’ve been into music for as long as I can remember. My parents even have a picture of me as a 3-year old “playing” an acoustic guitar, so I think it must have started somewhere around then. In terms of actually getting into playing music and picking up an instrument, I remember casually thinking about it when I was between 9-12 years old.  When I was 12 is when I became more vocal about wanting to playing guitar, so my parents got me my first guitar and guitar lessons on my 13th birthday. It kind of makes it easy for me to answer the “how long have you been playing” question.  In terms of playing night after night, I’ve just always enjoyed playing shows.  You get to see people hearing the music for the first time and getting into it – it’s great.
  1. So, what is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?
    1. A lot of things are new and we’re super excited.  First of all, signing and working with Solid State Records has been amazing.  The team over there are all super nice, down to earth, and it’s just been a really great process.  Our debut album, ‘Fury by Failure’ is coming out on June 12th and we have 3 singles from it already released.  We’re also really excited the record is being pressed on 2 vinyl variants.  Joe and I specifically are suckers for vinyl so we’re stoked about that.  We also included extended liner notes of us talking about the songs in more depth and that’s only in the vinyl release.  So for those people really into vinyl, there’s a little extra something in there for you.
  1. If you didn’t become a musician, what would you  be doing right now?
    1. That’s hard to say.  I could say project management because that’s also what I do now, but I don’t know if that would have been the case years ago if I hadn’t decided to be a musician.  I probably would have actually gone to one of those career fairs in college and been recruited by some company I’d never heard of before.  I have no idea doing what though.  Who knows? Maybe I would’ve ended up selling timeshares in Hawaii and living on the beach!
  1. What is the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked?
    1. By random people, I would have to say: “can I touch your hair”?  I’ve been asked multiple times too.  I don’t know if that’s weirder or the fact that I’ve answered “yes” most of the time.
  1. If you can have your fans remember you for one thing, what would that be?
    1. I’d like people to remember me for just being approachable, nice and fun to talk to (hopefully).  I feel like that’s always the most positive, memorable quality I remember in people I meet.
  1. On a scale of one to 2593, How good is your new single compared to your last single? (my attempt at humor, but please still answer)
    1. Well it could be around the 2000-ish range depending on who you’re asking.  Our new single we just released, “Cholera”, is obviously very different from “The Willing Martyr”. In a sense, they’re both kind of at the opposite ends of the spectrum. People who really love songs to sing along to and tend to gravitate closer to the general Rock category I think would enjoy “Cholera” most. However, people who are all about that Metal life with fast drums, shredding guitars and aggressive vocals, might give “The Willing Martyr” the higher score. Who knows though! I like all of it and I know there are plenty of people out there who enjoy both styles.
  1. What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why?
    1. Oh man, making me choose favorites here!   That’s really hard.  I’m not sure if what I pick would be considered the “best” song we’ve released because I feel that’s so subjective, but choosing from the 3 singles we have out right now I would probably say “Empyre”.  I remember writing the music for that song and being able to pull something out I haven’t really been able to do before. All in all, I love the unwavering aggression in that song while having a melodic moment that can still keeps the energy going.
  1. Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?
    1. Always! I don’t think there’s ever a point where you can’t get better at something anymore. I’d say 2 things are needed: a desire to learn and discipline to practice.  I think having a desire to get better not only fuels the discipline to practice, but also causes you to make sure you’re practicing the right things and practicing them correctly. Then apply what you’ve learned and keep practicing.
  1. If you could give your fans one random fact about you that you think they should (or should “not” know) about you what would that be?
    1. Ok, so I used to be a fit model for The GAP when I was 5.  A fit model meaning they tested how clothes fit on me so they could make adjustments – I wasn’t some super jacked 5-year old.  Apparently they eventually gave my parents the offer to put me in actual promo photos and they said no because I didn’t like going up to the city once a week.  I was like: “Really? Out of all the things to go with me on as a child, you choose THAT?”  I got over the loss of my potential modeling career though.  It’s ok, mom and dad, I still love you.
  1. You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why?
    1. Going off the 8-color box (because the big one has everything you’d ever want) I’d say Forest Green because it’s been my favorite color and that one green crayon just ain’t gonna cut.
  1. Who are you inspired by?
    1. I know this might sound a little general but there are a lot of people who fit this:  I’m inspired by people who don’t let the fear of failure keep them from achieving something big.  This sort of thing has happened to me a lot before. I’d see something that I’d love to achieve but then get crippled by either not knowing where or how to start or by focusing on the immense amount of work it would take to accomplish it.  I’ve been working on that constantly and I’ve definitely gotten better at it depending on the circumstance, but it’s always inspiring to watch people who just “go get it” and make things happen.
  1. What’s an average day like for you?
    1. Well, considering we’re shelter in place right now, my average day-to-day is fairly simple.  I tend to wake up without an alarm – I have to admit, that bit has been pretty nice.  I’ll usually make a cup of decaf coffee since I’ve been off normal caffeinated drinks for about a year now, and from there I usually go down into my office/studio and start working. I tend to eat my first meal pretty late – mostly likely after 1pm.  Around 4pm or 5pm hits and it’s all about clearing out that Netflix queue with my girlfriend, sometimes Hulu or a movies, something of that nature.  Occasionally we’ll go out for a walk or do a drive to get out of the house.  Then I could go to sleep anywhere between 10pm – 3am; it just depends what time I can fall asleep.  Other than that, a lot of time has been going into setting up our new place because we just moved during all of this. We’re still waiting on our furniture to get here so we’ve just been hanging out in our make-shift living room fort in the meantime.
  1. Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans?
    1. I just like having good conversations with people. So think if you met someone new at say a party, or a bar, or a friend’s house, whatever your vibe is – it’d be like that for me.  I like meeting people and talking about interests, hobbies, pets, travel, life, all that fun stuff. 
  1. Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?
    1. Not really. At least I don’t think I have.  I mean don’t get me wrong, I have been nervous before a show but I wouldn’t necessarily say I’ve had anxiety.
  1. Tell me about your favorite performance venues?
    1. There’s The Warfield in San Francisco.  There’s just something about that venue that I love and I’ve always wanted to play there someday.  I also played this place in Pittsburg called The Alter Bar.  That place was super cool – it’s pretty much an old church that they converted into a concert venue but they didn’t completely remove everything that was there originally.  That’s definitely one of the most unique venues I’ve performed in.  There’s also The Catalyst in Santa Cruz which is close to us here at home. That main room is a blast to play in. I remember the last time we played that stage – it was back in 2015 with The Ghost Inside on the opening night of their “Locals Only Tour” that they did to support local bands, which is still one of the coolest things I’ve seen a touring band do. They put on an awesome show that night.  The thing about it though is that literally less than a month later, on the same tour, is when they had their accident.  I’m really glad those guys are back now and they’re ok.  Also, the new stuff they just released is awesome.
  1. What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps?
    1. Similar to what I said before on the “how to get better as a singer/musician” question, I’d say take that and apply that to everything you want to achieve.  There really isn’t a set-in-stone rule book on how to succeed in music.  There are a few tips here and there or things that have worked for others in the past, but in an ever changing industry, I think it’s largely it’s something you have to be willing to put in the work to figure it out.  I will say you have to be be real with yourself and understand how badly you want it because you’ll need a lot of resiliency and perseverance – you’re going to try things that just flat out won’t go well, but that’s ok.  Also, make sure you’re passionate about what you’re doing because it can make the hard work not feel like this big burden. Instead, you’ll just see those things as opportunities that can get you to where you want to be.  Learn from everything that doesn’t work, find people who can give you good insight and ask them a lot of questions, and just keep going.  Finally, be kind to people – I’m sure that goes without saying but building great relationships and treating everyone with respect is huge. I really owe a lot to the great friends I’ve been fortunate enough to meet along this crazy journey.
About Bryan Joe Corder (3944 Articles)
Concert Photographer at heart, Love listening to music and going to shows to try to capture the magic on the stage with my imagery.I also review albums and live concerts.

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