PSYCHOPRISM   POWER METAL FROM USW Band Questions answer by BILL VISSER                                     
Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly? Hi , my name is Bill Visser I play guitar in the band Psychoprism . The rest of the line up is Jess Rittgers is Vocals , Adam Peterson is Keyboards , Erick Hugo is Bass and Kevin Myers drums .   What does the band name mean and how do you get it? To be honest I really don’t know what the band name means . Our singer came up with it and we just kept with it .   Where and how was the band founded? The band start around 2013 in NY/NJ and took a little time to find all the right guys . Jess and I were the first to get together and start writing .   Have you played in other bands before? Yes , all of the members have played in bands before joining Psychoprism   . Some of us were signed before my former band was Operatika .   Was it hard to find suitable band members Finding members for our style was very hard ! It’s not a very popular style to here were we are from . I think we have a very strong lineup right know , and work very well together .   What does the band name mean? Crazy !   What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them ? The lyrics are usually written by our singing . I know (Adam Peterson ) wrote the lyrics to Creation and a friend of ours (Bill Sly ) helped with Kronos . Most of the lyrics are inspired about our life experience . Most Power Metal is fantasy based , we are not .   Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? A lot of the early power metal bands like Helloween , Blind Guardian and Iced Earth has influenced as we as Dream Theater , Yngwie Malmsteen and Qeensryche   . Our music has a classic power metal base with elements of prog/metal with shred guitars and a modern twist .   Why should people listen to our music? Why not , it’s something different and hope they like it !   Your debut album Creation is from 2016. HHow long did the production take and   who was helpful to you? Well Creation took a while , we had so many problems and delays with that album . We made mistakes with a lot of things at that time . We should have concentrated our time time better , but you live and learn . We did most of the recording ourselfs .   Are you already working on new songs and when would you like to release them? Our new album is current almost done . We are done we with drums , rhythm guitars and bass already . It’s gonna be 10 songs with one bounce track and it’s massive ! It will be released in 2019     You are under contract with german label Pure Steel Records. How did it all come together? What do you expect and how satisfied are you with your work? That came about with them hearing our ep Bloodlines and offered us a 2 album deal. As far as working with them we have had good dealings , little communication issues but that due to being in other parts of the world . The music business is tougher than ever.   Hopefully we both can really push this new cd .   What was your first concert as a fan? And what memory do you have of it? It was Kiss (hot in the shade tour) I was blown away , never will forget it .   Would you like to play a tour in Europe? Of coarse we would love to ! We came over last summer and played Headbangers Open Aires and loved it . Great crowd and crowd reaction . If we got some more festival offers our small tour , we would defiantly do it .     What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play? Couple of things of getting signed and releasing your own music is big . Playing female voices fest with my old band Operatika in Belgium and of coarse Headbangers Open Aire in Germany with Psychoprism     Have already resulted in friendship ? Yes we make friends everywhere we go . We like to hang and and talk with everyone after the shows and support the other band that play .   With what do you earn your money except with the music We don’t earn money playing haha , we all have day jobs in the band . I do landscape/construction with my family business .   How important are social media for you as a band? Insanely we are still trying to figure how the best way to promote with it , cause it’s constantly changing .   What would you (her) want to achieve with the band? Well put out quality music that we are proud of . Also play some tours and bigger festivals of coarse . Hopefully listeners   will really take something away from our stuff . Of coarse have some fun as well .   What do you think about the New Jersey metal scene in general? Uggh not good . There’s not a big support here at all . It’s a lot of cut throat bands and venues .   Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area? Yeah sure , some of our friends from the area Dead City Crown , Deadtide   two very good upcoming bands that sound nothing like us !   PERSONAL QUESTIONS !   Where did you grow up and how was your childhood? I grew up in small town (West Milford ) in NJ , average childhood .     How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown ? I was a good student for the most part but hated school so much . Unfortunately I ended up getting kicked out of High School due to fighting . I was one of the few so called metal heads in school , which made that tough .   How did your parents react when you started making metal music? did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? I really don’t think my parents cared bout it to much . They thought it was a phase I’m sure . I’m unsure if they support it even now . We really don’t talk about it much .   Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature? I like the city for short amount of times , but where I live it’s small town where everyone knows each other and there’s space , we have a killer lake by us we go boating on in the summer and great windy roads to ride our motorcycles .     Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? Not really into sports , just mma used to do years ago but know just watch .   When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you I can’t cook anything , thank god for my wife !!   How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere? It’s everywhere , I’m so tired of people complain about every little thing . Life’s hard deal with .   What do you think about the internet in general? a blessing or a curse? It’s a blessing and a curse ! Great for knowledge at your finger tips ! Horrible for trying to sell music it’s hurt psychical copies sales so much !   What would you personally like to do in your life? Just be happy and of coarse   play guitar !   Which question would you like to have answered and why? I have no idea !!!   United States Love it   Austria Do know anything bout it   New Jersey Dirty   Metallica or Megadeth Megadeth   Iron Maiden or Judas Priest That’s a tie   Helloween or Dream Theater Helloween   Holiday Bahamas   Family I love my wife and dogs best ever !   Beer Don’t drink   give me a Red Bull instead   Movie or Series Horror !   Your top 10 all time faves Album Helloween Keepers 2 Yngwie trilogy Queensryche Operation Mindcrime Stratovaruis   Visions Steel panther feel the steel King Diamond Them Ozzy bark at the moon ( first album I ever bought ) Into Eternity scattered the ashes   Hittman metal sport Iron Maiden Somewhere in time   Your top 5 in time Album! Beast in black (Berzerker ) Battle Beast (ST) Impellitteri the Nature of the beast EveryGrey the Atlantic   The closing word is yours? Thank you for the opportunity to do this interview . Thank you for anyone that has taking a liking to our music , it means so much to us . Please support metal , go to show buy and cds so we can keep doing this. Also be cool to each other !!!!
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