Some say music and life are inseparable companion. Many musicians see life experience as their major inspiration and American hard rock newcomers From Ashes To New are part of the gang. We sit down and talk to their frontman Matt Brandtberry and talk about chasing the music dream in the mist of time, passion and financial hardship; and how to blend it all into their “Rock Cocktail.”
有說音樂與人生是不可分隔的同伴，事實上很多音樂人都會把人生經歷變成靈感來源，而美國新進重型搖滾樂團 From Ashes To New 就是其中一員。我們有幸與其主將 Matt Brandyberry 進行專訪，討論音樂人在金錢、時間、熱情之間追尋理想，音樂上如何把二千年代的各種搖滾流派混合成為他們的「搖滾雞尾酒 Rock Cocktail 」。
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The Rock Cocktail 搖滾雞尾酒
From Ashes To New’s music has a strong reference to 2000’s hard rock / alternative metal sound punctuated with powerful rap beats and slight metalcore elements. How do you define your sound and decide which element goes first in the song?
We just do what we want to. There is really no particular way of going about it. We start with the hook and build from there. We don’t pick a genre and build, we just do what feels natural. There are so many influences spread throughout this band, so I like to call our style the “Rock Cocktail.” We take a piece of everything, put it in a blender, and you have From Ashes to New.
From Ashes To New 的音樂很有2000年代硬搖滾/另類金屬夾雜著說唱節奏和些微金屬核的影子。那你們如何定義自己的聲音，又基於哪些原因去決定某一個元素為首？
我們只是做自己想做的，沒有一個特定的規則，只是一步步慢慢建立起來，不會特意挑某個流派，一切來得很自然。這個樂隊受很不同的影響，因此我們稱之為「搖滾雞尾酒 Rock Cocktail 」—— 從每個個體取一部分，然後把它放在攪拌器，那就是你面前的 From Ashes To New。
Speaking of hard rock and rap rock, many veterans of this genre have made a decent comeback or continued evolving – Breaking Benjamin scored no.1 on Billboard Top 100, new music from defining acts like Disturbed, Three Days Grace and P.O.D., whilst bands like Linkin Park and Papa Roach keep modernizing their sound with electronic overlay. Is it part of your plan to put out a record around this time when the music scene seems to undergo a rap rock revival trend?
I wouldn’t say we have a plan in mind. We just want to spread our message through our lyrics and music. We’re beyond stoked that the rock and metal industries seem to be in a resurgence and that we can be a part of it’s ascent back to the forefront.
說到硬搖滾和說唱搖滾，近期許多當年的代表人物也相繼復出或漸漸脫變以新面貌示人 —— Breaking Benjamin 強勢回歸登上美國專輯榜冠軍，Disturbed、Three Days Grace 和 P.O.D. 等推出新作，一直活躍的樂隊如 Linkin Park 和 Papa Roach 均選擇以電子聲音活化自己的音樂。其實 From Ashes To New 是否特意這選擇趁這個說唱搖滾復興的趨勢來推出相類似的專輯？
Spread the Ashes 散播灰燼
Two years since From Ashes To New was born, you are now signed to Better Noise Records (Apocalyptica, Escape The Fate), release new EP “Downfall” and tour with Hollywood Undead and P.O.D.. How do you feel and what else is on your bucket list in the short future?
I guess the best way to describe it is “surreal.” I don’t think it has set in yet and I’m not sure if it ever will. We can’t thank our fans enough for helping “Spread the Ashes.” Our team has also been killing for us, so we are going to do whatever it takes to make sure we do what we set out to do. Our future as of now is a tour this Fall with Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, and In This Moment. We also hope to release our new record “Day One” sometime soon.
自兩年前 From Ashes To New 中新誕生後，你們迅即與 Better Noise Records (Apocalyptica, Escape The Fate) 簽約發行新EP Downfall，更與Hollywood Undead 和 P.O.D. 一同進行巡演。你們有什麼感覺，在短期內又有何目標？
我想用「超現實」來形容是最好不過。很感謝樂迷幫助「散播我們的灰燼 Spread the Ashes」。我們的團隊盡一切力量確保我們在台上可以做到最好。短期內我們會與 Five Finger Death Punch、Papa Roach 和 In This Moment 進行秋季巡演，亦希望在短期內能發佈新專輯 Day One。
Never Alone 永不孤獨
Congratulation to the release of your new EP! Can you tell us about the story behind? Why do you pick title song “Downfall” as the first single?
Thanks! The story behind our “Downfall” EP is the same story we have had all along. We want everyone to know that no matter what happens we’re not alone in this fight of life. We can all overcome if we just stick together and believe. And for everyone who doesn’t believe and wants to take that away from us, we have some words for them too! We didn’t necessarily choose “Downfall” to be the new single, but we can’t thank SiriusXM Octane enough for their support and willingness to spin it for us!
恭喜你們發行新EP！你能否介紹一下背後的故事？為什麼你們會挑選 Downfall 作為第一首單曲？
謝謝！Downfall 背後的故事其實就是我們的經歷。我們希望每個人都知道，無論人生發生什麼事情，我們也不是獨力戰鬥。如果我們只是站在同一陣線，互相信任，所有事情都可以克服的。相反，對於互相猜疑，離棄我們而去的，我們也有一些話跟他們來說！我們沒有特別選擇 Downfall 成為主打，但感謝 SiriusXM Octane 願意為我們播放此曲！
Alive & Sane 活著與理智
You mentioned before it was the boring daily routine and rough jobs that makes you all become more focus on the band. How does all the hardship become the primary lyrical theme of your music?
We all go through hard times and mundane situations. It’s fighting for what you dream, believe, and love that keeps us alive and sane. Never lose focus on what makes you happy and never let anyone take that from you. “We can make it!”
Band VS Life 樂隊 VS 生活
We believe every independent musician has the moment that he wants to give up their passion because of time management and financial difficulty. How do you deal with all the struggles of having a long-hour job that makes ends meet and working as a band after work till midnight?
We are now full time musicians, but before hand it was very difficult. I think the best way to say it is like I said in the other answers, just keep focused. If you focus and not let anything impair your focus, you will ultimately get what you sought after. We believe in ourselves as musicians and as people and holding our heads high keeps our sights set on the prize. Our love of music and helping others outweighs any hardship we’ve ever encountered.
You can watch From Ashes To New’s new video Through It All, which can be found in their latest EP Downfall.
你可在下面觀看 From Ashes To New 最近推出的視頻 Through It All，歌曲收錄在樂團的最新 EP Downfall。