XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements?
Our self-titled debut single “Lifecycle” dropped in January. Our next single “Burnout” drops in the first week of March. March 7th the band is performing @theGrapeRoom in Philadelphia and April 3rd the band performing on the acoustic stage @the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival located at the Atlantic City Convention center.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Less than one year! What a busy 10 months…constant work between playing live, writing, recording, and promoting….and drinking rye….and drinking…..rye.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
The love of all music. For me personally, it was being able to write a song, play it live, and then have people you have never met enjoy your song. What a crazy thing…
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Self-taught. We had a family band growing up as both my brothers play. We would all switch instruments and play and jam. Improve jamming became second nature.
I also started a cover band that played about 45 songs a night 5 nights a week. Doing that was way better than working a real job for minimum wages. That kind of practice will get you started in the right direction. It helped so much once we started to write our own songs.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
A musical journey. Our songs hit close to home and tackle real subjects that people can relate to. The band’s live shows are non stop the music. We don’t speak after every song….in fact…..we don’t even speak….we just connect one song to the next and keep people totally engaged. Too many bands won’t shut up.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
To not fall off the stage! Touring, touring, and more touring. Japan is our immediate goal. The band is eager to play live and entertain. We also promote our music heavy on all the digital outlets especially Spotify and Apple music.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Personally playing live but it is VERY satisfying to write new material and collaborate with the band. The entire band is involved in the writing process and it works. We have five strong members that all contribute key elements. It’s a killer process and it’s way too much fun.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
The song lyrics cover Life…..love, greed, lust, vulnerability, purpose, life, and death are all common themes. We used to only write songs about how much we loved Kajagoogoo and Wang Chung but that didn’t work out …..
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Reece’s peanut butter cups and Freedom! Without freedom, the creative process, the songwriting, the collaboration, the live shows are all for nothing. Without Reece’s peanut butter cups well, let’s not bring the mood down….
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.
Great question! One’s man outrageous is another man’s Tuesday night…. I won’t bore you with the minutiae but being thrown off a train in Pittsburgh wasn’t a shining moment.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Another great question. Lots of ways to go here as some requests are just so bizarre…. but harmless. One comes to mind…A total stranger, never met before, wanted to video me and her so her husband could watch it later.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Yes, absolutely. The entire band has that support. Blessed. Fortunate.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Don’t hire a head roadie named Kevin. Head Roadie Kevin has some Vampire thing possibly going on. I’ll stop there. New bands that are just starting out…..I would say play what you can play. If you cant do a million notes in 3 seconds….don’t. If you want to, keep working at it but in the meantime, play what you can play, in key, and in time. Period.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Our debut single dropped in Jan. The name of our debut single is also called Lifecycle. It’s a song that completely makes you want to drive 100 mph, take a shot, have a beer, shoot a gun up in the air, climb the rocky steps, high 5 Jesus, and kick the shit out of Baron Corbin (look him up.) That one is at the top of my list to play live.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
KISS is most likely responsible for my interest. I was really young…no internet, no one knew what KISS really looked like. Pop songs that a 6-year-old can sing along with….they had it all. Mystery, Rock, Live shows like no other…..they were completely different than The Cars or any other rock band….ever. If you weren’t around before the internet, it won’t make sense. You just didn’t have access to music like today. It made it even more magical.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Interesting question….It would be in Japan at the Tokyo Dome. I think you would take Lifecycle and team them with Ghost. I am a big fan of Ghost. I wouldn’t get sick of them on tour!
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Realistically, I have been fortunate to accomplish a lot of cool things along the way (radio, tv, publishing). With this band, it’s a bit different. We are new on the scene. I would say our greatest accomplishment was writing a ton of songs together and then watching the reaction to our debut single.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Deodorant tester. That job exists! Ok, so if I didn’t have music, I think it would be something like a 1st-grade teacher. The kids are just as smart as me at that point. It would be a good match.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
The bass I play is a Mike Lull. I cannot say enough good things about Mike Lull and his custom basses. Look him up. Worth every penny. On the amp and cab side, I match up well with TC Electronics. I have downsized over the years for a bunch of different reasons. TC electronics have a small footprint and a huge sound. Highly recommend…..On the Acoustic side, I play an Emerald Balor Bass. Insane quality and sound. Straight from Ireland and all custom carbon fiber. My favorite acoustic bass….ever.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Love it. Throughout the years you will always have people that say the music scene is @#$@# and they complain that today’s music is horrible. I don’t agree. I think that’s 2%. If you look at music today, you can find more music than ever and the quality is amazing. Talented people are all able to release independently. Amazing time to be alive.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
I have a degree in culinary arts and I can do nails(I have daughters).
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Our Website, www.lifecycleband.com is one-stop shopping! We are also very proud of our YouTube channel. We created a YouTube series called “A day in the LifeCycle”. It is an insane behind the scenes look at the band recording, writing, playing, drinking. The last one for now…..our debut single Lifecycle” dropped everywhere you can stream or buy music. The next single drops March 2020. Our road map is to give you all new content each month either on Youtube with “A Day in the Lifecycle” or with new music on the digital stores.
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
Thank you and may the Schwartz be with you!
Bio – Lineup – Links
LIFECYCLE is a hard-hitting Alternative Metal band based out of Jackson, NJ. LIFECYCLE features Asim Rizvi (4Karma), John Soden (Legion), Joe Viggiano (formerly Ataraxia), Kevin Hightower (formerly Noosphere), and Scott Pustilnick (formerly MCA recording Artist Familiar 48).
The group met while recording at Audio Alley in Pitman, NJ where Kevin, Scott, and John introduced their experience recording with Grammy-nominated producer Don Gehman (John Mellencamp, REM, Blues Traveler), Mark Dearnley (Ozzy, AC/DC), Morgan Rose (Sevendust) and John “J.D.” Deservio (Black Label Society).
LIFECYCLE takes the addictive guitar riffs and melodic vocals to produce completely original alternative metal. No Ego as LIFECYCLE writes what is best for the songs. LIFECYCLE defines alternative metal bringing back the addictive guitars and adept songwriting that has been lacking.
LIFECYCLE’s debut single is available worldwide on over 20 digital outlets including Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music.
Asim Rizvi – Vocals
John Soden – Drums, Vocals
Joe Viggiano – Guitar
Kevin Hightower – Guitar, Vocals
Scott Pustilnick – Bass, Keyboard, Vocals
Website – https://www.lifecycleband.com/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/lifecycleband
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/lifecycleband/
SoundCloud – https://soundcloud.com/user-941677880