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Ignite Interview~ Lets get to know the band Preacher!

  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 are a metalcore band called Preacher from Reno, Nevada. We have been playing together for 5 years now and we love to incorporate all kinds of styles into our music that may not necessarily be considered standard for the genre. One thing that we think is special about us is that we are almost entirely DIY. We record all our own music as well as mixing and mastering up to this point. We also do all of our own booking and designs in house and our earlier music videos were self-produced as well. We typically create all our own promotional material and we run of all of our social media accounts ourselves.
  1. What got you into music and what keeps you going night after night playing? 
    We have all had very different and very trying lives and for each of us be able to take our experiences and channel them into a single positive outlet of creativity was life changing at the very least. It’s the gift that keeps on giving and that is what keeps us so inspired and motivate to keep going.
  1. So, what is new with the band?..New Album out? New Videos? 
    We completed two EPs this year, the first of which released in March and was written entirely during the Covid lockdown year. The second will feature our upcoming single (with accompanying music video) that will foreshadow the rest of what is to come early next year. We were given a very short timeline to create this album, and we feel that we knocked it out of the park on this one. We absolutely can’t wait to show everyone what we have been working so hard on!
  1. If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing right now? 
    Probably a more advanced form of our current careers. Collectively we have many out of the box talents ranging from Mortgage loan processing, House Inspecting, construction, nerdy computer stuff, account management, etc. If we devoted our time entirely to these things we are sure they would be sustainable for us, but we wouldn’t be happy without music in our lives at least in some capacity.
  1. What is the weirdest or funniest question you have ever been asked? 
    Here are a few examples. They are only funny in the sense that they really aren’t funny at all: “Can I use your guitar pick?” “Can I borrow your drumset for the show?” “Do you have an extra guitar I can play?” “Can I use your amp?” “Can our band use all of your bands gear for our set?” We wish we could say we were joking…
  1. If you can have your fans remember you for one thing, what would that be?
    We really want our fans to remember our live show. We want to bring them something that they have never experienced and walk away being able to remember that specific night(s) for the rest of their lives.
  2. 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) You know, our last single seemed to go over extremely well. We also like it, which doesn’t happen too often. Typically, by the time we release music, we have heard it so much we want to throw it away. Our new single is much different than the last (as with pretty much any new music we create), but we think it’s safe to say that it hits 3000 on your scale 🙂 🙂 🙂
  3. What do you feel is the best song you have released to date and why? 
    Hard to choose a specific song, but up to this point we think our EP Dream State is the best thing we have made thus far. This has been the EP that has really started to make waves for us and kind of kickstarted everything we did in 2022 and what we are about to do in 2023.
  1. Do you think you can get any better as a musician/singer? And if so, How would you achieve that? 
    For us, the best way for us to make massive headway on this would be to have the option to leave our jobs. If we were able to hone our craft an extra 8 hours a day where we didn’t have to set aside extra time to stay sharp, that would be a gamechanger.
  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? 
    Nate: he can find alcohol literally anywhere. Alan: Can recreate the Coors banquet beer voice absolutely spot on. Chris: Professional RC racer. Stan: Probably has worked more jobs in more career fields than anyone you know
  1. You’re a new addition to the crayon box. What color would you be and why? 
    Starlight because we SHINE BABY!
  1. Who are you inspired by? 
    As a collective: Bands like Architects and The Ghost Inside truly inspire us because of everything that they have gone through and overcome to be where they are now, and they are still absolutely crushing it every day.
  1. What’s an average day like for you? 
    Wake up, go to work, go home, go to band practice! Or spending time with loved ones while finding time to practice at home in between
  1. Please discuss how you interact with and respond to fans? 
    We are extremely personable. We love talking to new fans and meeting new people. We want our fans to feel like they are family, and if we aren’t doing that then we aren’t doing our jobs correctly. We have had so many amazing experiences and learned so much from all of the incredible people we have met on our musical journey. You can almost always find us hanging out at our merch booth or in the crowd watching the other bands at a show
  1. Have you ever dealt with performance anxiety? 
    We all deal with this every show but without the risk there is no reward. We risk it for the biscuit!
  1. Tell me about your favorite performance venues? 
    Cargo – Reno, NV / Goldfield – Roseville, CA / The Den – Prescott, AZ / Eagle Aerie Hall – Henderson, NV / Wildwood Skate Shop – Lodi, CA. All of these places we hold near and dear to us. Whether it be the staff who went above and beyond to make our experience memorable, the cleanliness of the venues, the amazing stages and sound, or the people that came through those doors. If you aren’t familiar with these venues, PLEASE PLEASE do yourself a favor and CHECK THEM OUT and support them. It is venues like these that are keeping the music scene alive and well 🙂
  1. What advice would you have for someone wanting to follow in your footsteps? 
    The biggest thing is don’t stop. We have all been at this for over half our lives and if we gave up any of the times we may have felt like it, we wouldn’t be doing this now. You have time. Think of reasons “why” versus reasons “why not”. Leave the reasons “why not” in the dust. You don’t need that kind of negativity in your life!

Preacher are:

Nathaniel Garrison – Vocals

Stan Neill – Guitar/Vocals/Bass

Christopher Yancey – Guitar

Alan Terry – Drums

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