INTERVIEW WITH DAVID SILVERIA (KORN, BIAS
*𝐋𝐈𝐒𝐓𝐄𝐍 𝐓𝐎 𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐓𝐑𝐀𝐂𝐊: https://youtu.be/-nnWjDeHQ5A
𝟏. 𝐆𝐫𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐮𝐩 𝐢𝐧 𝐁𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐫𝐬𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐥𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐫𝐨𝐮𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐞 , 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐮𝐟𝐟 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐰𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐥𝐢𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐧𝐟𝐥𝐮𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐰𝐚𝐲 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲?
When I first got my drums, I literally played to a top 40 rock station in my bedroom to learn different styles. Later I really got into Motley Crue, Primus and Faith No More. I think my first 4 years of playing to just top 40 songs really had a major impact on my style and the way that I play now.
𝟐. 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐛𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐮𝐩 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐛𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐬𝐞𝐪𝐮𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨𝐞𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮?
People were having a hard time finding us as BI·AS on the internet and because of the political climate we were getting buried in political articles. We decided that we needed something more unique and thought to un-acronym the name. Richard put together a list of names and we all stopped him when he got to Breaking In A Sequence. it's a cool name.
𝟑. 𝐈𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚 𝐟𝐮𝐥𝐥 𝐄𝐏 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞? 𝐈𝐟 𝐬𝐨, 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐞𝐝? 𝐰𝐡𝐨 𝐜𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐮𝐩 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐡𝐲 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐧𝐚𝐦𝐞 𝐬𝐭𝐢𝐜𝐤? 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭'𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐦𝐞𝐚𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐛𝐞𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐢𝐭?
We have more material recorded for a 2nd EP, we may release that later this year. We have been primarily focused on writing new material.
For the latest EP, we decided to call it "Acronym" as a subtle way of saying BIAS.
𝟒. 𝐇𝐨𝐰𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐬 , 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐜𝐚𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥 𝐮𝐬 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐜𝐞𝐬𝐬 𝐨𝐟 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐦?
The new songs are really good. When we first started we were trying to be a rock band and as we kept playing and writing we just got heavier and heavier. We will normally all write together without Richard. Joe or Mike will come in with a riff and we just go from there and see how it feels. Once we have a somewhat working structure for the song , we will record it at practice and send it to Richard. Richard will take the song and arrange it for his vocals or provide input on the changes that he wants to hear and then write and record his vocals over the music. He lives far away from us all, so he only comes down to practice once a week. We've adapted to this tho, because he comes in with a fresh perspective on the songs when we have been working on them for hours and hours.
𝟓. 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐩𝐫𝐨𝐣𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐩𝐫𝐞𝐯𝐢𝐨𝐮𝐬 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤?
Working with different musicians always has a different outcome. It's just a learning curve to click with different people.
𝟔. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐧𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐫𝐨𝐦 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐢𝐧 𝐤𝐨𝐫𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮'𝐯𝐞 𝐭𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐧 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐰𝐨𝐫𝐤 ?
That I like to write music in a room with everyone, it comes out more organically that way.
𝟕 . 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐞𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐠𝐨𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐚𝐮𝐫𝐚𝐧𝐭 𝐛𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐧𝐞𝐬𝐬 ?
It was horrible, everyone steals from you and it requires a lot of your time and attention.
𝟖. 𝐈'𝐯𝐞 𝐡𝐚𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐩𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐮𝐫𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐬𝐞𝐞𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦 𝐥𝐢𝐯𝐞 , 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝐭𝐨 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐲 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐰𝐬 𝐨𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐨𝐩𝐞𝐧 𝐮𝐩 ?
Absolutely, I think we need to try to get on a tour with a bigger band as a supporting act so that we can build up our fan base a bit.
𝟗. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐨 𝐢𝐧 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐫𝐞𝐞 𝐭𝐢𝐦𝐞 𝐛𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐝𝐞𝐬 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜? 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐨𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐝𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐞𝐧𝐣𝐨𝐲 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐚𝐫𝐞 𝐩𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐢𝐨𝐧𝐚𝐭𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭?
I hang out with my dogs all the time. Literally dogs, not dogs as in human people friends.
𝟏𝟎. 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐜𝐨𝐯𝐢𝐝 𝐩𝐚𝐧𝐝𝐞𝐦𝐢𝐜 𝐚𝐟𝐟𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐲𝐨𝐮? 𝐀𝐧𝐝 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐢𝐭 𝐛𝐞𝐞𝐧 𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐞 𝐝𝐢𝐟𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐮𝐥𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐰𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐦𝐮𝐬𝐢𝐜?
It's definitely more difficult cause you don't want to contract or spread it. We couldn't get together as often, but we were still able to write a bunch of material.
𝟏𝟏. 𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐫𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐚𝐬𝐞 𝐬𝐜𝐡𝐞𝐝𝐮𝐥𝐞 𝐥𝐨𝐨𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐥𝐢𝐤𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐭𝐫𝐚𝐜𝐤𝐬 (𝐚𝐥𝐛𝐮𝐦)?
There is no timeline in place for an album. The EP was meant to test the waters a little, and the response has been great, so we may follow up with a second one, but it's really on what really happens this year.
𝟏𝟐. 𝐈 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞'𝐬 𝐚 𝐥𝐨𝐭 𝐨𝐟 𝐞𝐱𝐜𝐢𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐟𝐚𝐧𝐬 , 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐬𝐡𝐨𝐮𝐥𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐞𝐱𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐭 𝐭𝐨 𝐡𝐞𝐚𝐫?
They should expect to hear great music... heavier, bouncier, more melodic, just the next evolution of this band.
𝟏𝟑. 𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐁𝐈𝐀𝐒 𝐟𝐨𝐫𝐦 , 𝐡𝐨𝐰 𝐝𝐢𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐨𝐮𝐭?
Chris, Joe and I played together in another band before this. We all decided to split off from that project and put out a worldwide singer search. We got about 300 submissions and filtered those down to 3 people who were standouts to us. We sent out some music to those 3 to write to and had them come out for live auditions. Richard was not one of those 3 people. Chris had decided to send him music on his own and one day he just sent Joe and I a track with a different singer (Richard) on it. Richard's take on our song was different than everyone else's cause he actually changed the arrangement of the song. We all were kinda mad about it initially and said "who does this guy think he is changing our music"? But, after listening to the song more we realized that he made it better and he made it make more sense in terms of being a fleshed out song, so we decided to invite him down for an audition. Within 5-10 mins of playing with Richard, we all looked at each other and knew he was the one. We ended up jamming that day for about 5 hours with him and had 4 songs down before the end of the night. Mike was the last one to join. He was actually Joe's guitar tech and just quietly sat in the corner thru the previous band's practices and shows. When we started looking for another guitar player (cause Richard didn't want a keyboardist) Mike came to us and said he wanted to try out. I didn't even know he could play guitar! But, he was sitting there at our new rehearsals with Richard secretly learning the songs. So he brought down his rig and him and Joe just clicked together and that was it, we had our new band.
𝟏𝟒. 𝐅𝐨𝐫 𝐲𝐨𝐮 , 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧𝐢𝐟𝐢𝐜𝐚𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐨𝐟 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐬 𝐛𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐥?
The significance of this band is my proud return to playing music again. It's been way too long and I'm having a great time doing it again with these guys.
𝟏𝟓. 𝐇𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐝𝐫𝐨𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐝 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐡, 𝐨𝐫 𝐢𝐬 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐩𝐥𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐦𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐡 𝐜𝐨𝐦𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐦𝐚𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐢𝐚𝐥?
Yeah there is new merch coming, I think Joe is working on that and we were trying to have that ready for Acronym, but it didn't pan out. It's coming though, be patient with us.
𝟏𝟔. 𝐓𝐨 𝐞𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠𝐬 𝐨𝐟𝐟 , 𝐠𝐢𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐦𝐞𝐬𝐬𝐚𝐠𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐚𝐥𝐥 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐟𝐚𝐧𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐬𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐨𝐫𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐚𝐧𝐝 𝐰𝐡𝐞𝐫𝐞 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐲 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐛𝐞 𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐭𝐨 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐝 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐧𝐞𝐰 𝐬𝐨𝐧𝐠𝐬!
Thank you to all the fans around the world for listening to my music, going to our shows and allowing me to live out my childhood dream. Checkout the "Breaking In A Sequence - Acronym - EP" on all digital streaming platforms and follow us on all social media @biasbandoc