Ignite Interview~ We talk with Voley Martin Of the band ‘Bulletproof Messenger’.

Blistering rock set against technology and laced with intricate melodies, Bulletproof Messenger build a new kind of hybrid filled with power and intelligence.

Bulletproof Messenger released their brand new single The Divide to all digital outlets! This will not only mark their first release in over a decade, but a return of the explosive, energetic, and hard hitting rock music fans have come to love from them, coupled with a newfound maturity as a result of the adversity and challenges which they have overcome in their later years. “The Divide” is only the first song of a new line up of tracks that will knock you out with their exuberance, their raw power, and – let’s face it, their punctuality. BPM is ready to share this new chapter in their lives with their loyal and dedicated fans, while making many new ones.

We were able to track down one of the band members for a interview below by Voley Martin

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?

We’ve been around for over twenty years now…a couple things folks may not know – we won a prize to record our second record with a budget of $50k from a company called Sella band…and also, we haven’t had a drummer since 2009. In fact, Chad Szeliga (formerly of Breaking Benjamin) played drums on “The Divide”.

2.What got you into music and what keeps you going night after night playing?

I think probably I thought it was an easy job (boy was I wrong) but, seriously, I can’t not do it. Like, learning to play guitar was magical…but my interests have certainly expanded overtime and at this point, there’s so much to keeping me going…but nothing beats writing a good song, and that’s probably the most rewarding part of it all.

3.So, what is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos?

We’re gonna be producing new music and content for the foreseeable future, but we’re also focusing on building a community around our music and our fans – which is really the only reason this all exists for us.

4.If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now?

We all have our regular jobs – one guy is an accountant,one’s a pilot, two areentrepreneurs, and one’s a musician in NYC…so inthe course of our hiatus, I think weeach found our individual paths outside of the band.

5.What is the weirdest or funniest question you haveever been asked?

Someone came up to us in Montreal and asked in if we would take our pants off. When we looked at them with disbelief they said “but I say please…”

6.If you can have your fans remember you for one thing, what would that be? That we didn’t quit after ten years, and that we’re still doing this. Even we’re surprised by that sometimes.

7.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)2594!

We really never released individual singles back in the day, because it was album mentality, but now things have changed. But we do feel very strongly about “The Divide” – after all, it’s the song that not only brought us back together as a group, but also really showcases the growth we’ve gone through as a band in the last decade.

8.What do you feel is the best song you have releasedto date and why?

Hopefully this one – but historically “Bring Me To Life” off of our 2006 record “The Crucial Line” – it’s gotten us more traction than all of our other songs combined..

9.Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that?

Absolutely – I mean, it’s always possible to level up. I think continuing to play for the song is a huge step towards that, and just keeping in mind that a tune is all about emotion.

10.If you could give your fans one random fact aboutyou that you think theyshould (or should “not” know) about you what wouldthat be?

We’re probably one of the most diverse groups of people who have ever formed a band -we’re all completely different, and it’s kind of amazing in that regard that we’ve managed to make this work for so long.

11.You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What colorwould you be and why?

None more black.

12.Who are you inspired by? Rob Reiner.

13.What’s an average day like for you?

That’s definitely different for all of us – but a common theme is that we all wake up and proceed to drink way too much coffee.

14.Please discuss how you interact with and respond tofans?

We treat them like they’re part of the group, asfriends or family – without them, we’d bejust playing with ourselves.

15.Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety?

Every night. But seriously, every show is different – they usually go pretty smoothly, butsometimes you get a challenging day and you mightbe a little frazzled beforehand.

16.Tell me about your favorite performance venues?

We loved Northern Lights in Albany – it was likea second home for us. But also MagicCity Music Hall is definitely up there, as is theBinghamton Arena.

17.What advice would you have for someone wanting tofollow in your footsteps?

Be prepared to work your ass off. Honestly though- you can’t do this unless you can’tNOT do this – it’s the only way this works. You haveto be all in.

About Bryan Joe Corder (4279 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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