Interview With Lost Tribes Of The Moon

1. How would you describe your music?
Jon: We are a heavy metal band rooted in doom, but take other influences from but not limited to prog rock, black metal, psychedelic, and folk music.

2. What gave you the idea for the single title?
Jon: Our singer Janine is always looking up stories of mythology and old wive's tales. She found a story about some kids in Germany finding a hand tied to a tree during WWII. There's all kinds of theories surrounding the story involving witchcraft and evil nazi stuff. It made for an interesting subject matter to write lyrics.

3. Do you work together with others in the writing process?
Jon: The original material that makes up our debut album was written by myself before I had a band assembled. There were some tweaks and beats established together once we were an actual band, and the intro and outro compositions on the album had more involvement and input from everyone. Moving forward, we'll be working together more as a group from the early stages, because with everyone's ideas being thrown in the song writing process, it will produce a more collaborative sound.

4. How much time to do you take record songs?
Jon: For our debut album, we recorded all of the music over a 2 month span, and the vocals were recorded a couple months after that. Mixing and mastering took an additional 2 months so from start to finish it took us 6 months but we weren't in a hurry to get it out. We wanted to make sure we felt good about how the album was turning out and using the studio to explore additional layering and instrumentation was all time well spent.

5. Does this release differ from past music releases? How?

Jon: This was the first recording of any kind for this band, believe it or not. We had arrangements to record a demo about 9 months prior to the album recording, but things fell through with it and then there were some changes in the lineup and by that point we just decided to bypass that and focus on a studio recording.

6. Do you like to change it up for each release with lyrical themes?

Jon; As far as lyrical themes go, we try to establish a certain story for each song. Each song has it's own theme, but I think one day we will aspire to create a concept album of some sort, in which case the themes would probably tie closer together.

7. Where do you draw your influences and inspirations from?
Jon: I have a very vast array of musical influences, but for this band I wanted to use influences that I felt blended well together and fit for me creatively, which still gave me a wide palette to work with. The inspirations I used for this band was from bands like Uli Jon Roth era Scorpions, Ozzy and Dio Sabbath, Trouble, St. Vitus, Mercyful Fate, MSG, Maiden, Priest, Rainbow, Aura Noir, Bathory, King Crimson, Eloy, Camel, Queen...... So you're looking at late 70's and early 80's heavy metal and hard rock mixed with 70's prog rock and some black metal for some more aggressive tempos and sound. I don't just try to limit it to that, especially moving forward, but I think it was a good universe to start off with.

8. What has been the most enjoyable thing you have done as a musician/singer?
Jon: Working together with talented musicians to perform music in front of a live audience or record music in a studio are 2 things I really enjoy about being a musician. It's a special feeling to have a group combine their talents together for an artistic goal. Going to new or unexplored destinations to share my music is one of my favorite things, because it allows me to see more of this world and share my art in the process.

9. What do you feel is the biggest challenge going forward with your career?

Jon: Making sure we improve on our music from what has already been laid out as the groundwork for this band. It's a challenge that motivates me and also encourages me because now that a solidified lineup is in place, there will be much more collective input into the music  which I'm excited about.

10. What do you enjoy outside of music?

Jon: I enjoy reading books and comic books, watching horror and cult movies, disc golfing, working out, catching up with all of my friends whenever possible. Everything else in my life is very musically involved, from my profession to my other hobbies so that's all I got for things completely non music related, which makes me sound kind of boring, ha!


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About Ancient Visionz

Gaz Visionz is a writer and Internet Radio DJ with the punk/metal show 'The Wastelands'. He is also a YouTube podcaster/creator, host of Ancient Visionz Talk Radio, co-host of Paradigm Radio with Planet X Films, and a passionate fan of hardcore punk, metal, underground hip hop, movies, science-fiction, comics, and indie film.
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