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Interview with Spirit In The Room

1. If you could put it in a summary, what is the band all about?

It’s basically a mixtape of everything that I’m into musically and I love a lot of different styles of music so instead of having multiple side projects, I want to put as much into this as I possibly can. I’m always a little cautious of it getting pigeonholed into one style.

2. Let's discuss the signing with Housecore Records, how did it come to be?

Back in 2018 we opened for one of Philip’s side projects (Scour) at the Whiskey here in Hollywood and it pretty much went on from there. I sent them a couple demos throughout the span of a year and we finalized the deal in 2020, right in the middle of the pandemic, which was pretty insane considering that nobody knew what was going on or if we’d even be able to play in front of a live audience again.

3. How has your experience with Housecore been?

It’s been great. It’s like a family. Very supportive and encouraging. They let me be me and that’s all I can ask for. Nobody is trying to change anybody here. No trend hopping etc. Just genuine expression through art.

4. How is your set list decided upon?

That’s always been a tedious task considering the amount of songs I have and the variety of styles. If we’re playing with a bunch of aggressive bands, we tend to lean more towards that style. If it’s our show then we’ll change things up a bit. We’re fortunate to be able to do that. And at some point we’re gonna start doing shows catered more towards the experimental side of the sound.

I look forward to it.

5. Let's talk about "I USED TO BE A MACHINE" can you tell me a little bit about the writing process and lyrics?

A lot of times I’ll start with a metronome and a drum beat and then I’ll write the music based on that. So that’s what happened with Machine. Sometimes songs come out fairly quick and sometimes they take a minute but that one in particular forced its way out pretty quickly. It came from a frustrating and confusing time in my life and I think the music and lyrics reflect that.

Lyrically It has a lot to do with being at war with your shadow. Who you are to yourself and who other people see you as and the conflicts in between. It reminds me of the shinning as well.

It’s definitely one of my favorites and I can see us playing that one for a long time to come.

6. The artwork for the "Flamingo" release really caught my eye, what went into the process of creating and deciding upon the art? What does it mean to you?

Thanks man!

One of my favorite artists is the gentleman named George Wylesol.

His work is pretty minimal and it leaves a lot to the imagination. I always found his stuff to be pretty unsettling. I think it matches the music quite well. It wasn’t easy to get him to do it either. Schedules were definitely an issue.

But I was dead set on having him do it. I had sent him a couple emails somewhat pleading with him to do it and when he finally agreed I sent him some color ideas to play with, and a couple movie references. And what he sent me back is hands down my favorite part of the record as a whole. It’s a total honor to have his work representing mine.

I love that album cover and the artwork on the back so much.

I’m very proud of it.

7. I think you guys are really bringing an exciting fresh experience to rock and heavy music , was this part of the plan?

Thank you for that.

I wouldn’t say I planned on it.

But it is definitely exciting and fresh for me. After playing in so many bands with other people sharing ideas etc..

I just wanted to do my own thing.

I listen to a lot of different styles of music and have a lot of ideas. I’m always writing and recording. And for as long as I’m alive there will always be a Spirit in the Room. It might not be what you see today but it will always exist.

8. How excited are you guys to be touring with Lamb of God and Pantera?

Very excited! I get moments where I’m a little nervous and I feel like I need to be pinched but over all I am extremely excited. I’m a huge Pantera fan and this is no doubt the rock/metal tour of the year and to say that we’re a part of it is a fucking trip. I’m sincerely grateful and we don’t take it for granted.

9. Visiting any new places on this tour?

Arenas, amphitheaters! Haha we’ve never played these types of places. We’ve played these cities but not these venues so I’m really excited about that.

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