Q & A: SAVES THE WITCH

Post Rock from the North Carolina musician




PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF FOR US WHO ARE NOT FAMILIAR WITH YOU AND YOUR MUSIC AND TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOURSELF.


My name is Eric, and I put out music under the name “Saves the Witch”. I'm on the coast in Southport North Carolina. Been playing music in some shape form or fashion for about 20 years now I think.


TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOUR NEW ALBUM OR SINGLE?


The debut album came out in June, it's called “Elements of Alchemy”. It's instrumental. Post Rock is the easiest way to describe it. There are some heavier elements and also some really chill elements too. It's made yoga meditation playlists, and a few songs have been on metal playlists too! So it's got some range.


WHAT INSPIRED THE ALBUM OR SINGLE?


So many things inspired it. I was actually trying to get a project together during COVID lock down with some guys I used to play with. We were going to make something and work remote on it. I made the first song “Voices” kind of to kill time while I was waiting. I finally got tired of trying to push them to work, and kind of ran with this project. That's not a knock on them either I understand life gets in the way, in fact it probably helped me because it made me really determined to choose music as a priority. Specifically to go in the direction I did too. Post Rock feels so much like home to me now, I'm glad I ended up here.


CAN YOU SUM UP THE ALBUM IN A FEW WORDS?


Overachiever of Peril, Drowning in Reverb? (laughs).


WHAT RECORD CHANGED YOUR LIFE AND WHY?


There are many, but “No Name Face” by Lifehouse probably tops it for me. I was really impressionable at the time it came out. I realize the lead single was very overplayed and really mainstream but there's nothing wrong with that. The emotion Jason has in those songs just blew me away. To this day “Simon” is still one of my favorite all time songs.


DO YOU HAVE A FAVOURITE MUSIC VIDEO FILMED BY YOUR BAND OR ANOTHER ARTIST?


Music videos seem to be in an odd place. They seem to be making somewhat of a comeback, but distribution has changed a lot. Recently I'd say I really like what STARSET put out for Ricochet.


WHAT WOULD WE FIND YOU DOING WHEN YOU'RE NOT MAKING MUSIC?


I'm not totally sure how to answer this one lately. If I'm not at my day job I'm normally doing something related to the music. Marketing, promoting, researching pedals. Something. I used to be a gamer but I don't even do that much anymore.


DO YOU GET NERVOUS PERFORMING LIVE, IF SO HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THAT?


With this project I haven't been able to, but in the past I used to get a little nervous pretty much right up until the first chord. It kind of vanishes for me after that.


HOW DID YOU FORM THE BAND?


Like I had mentioned it formed kind of in waiting, and just quickly became my primary focus. I was building a pedal board over from scratch at the time and the effects helped guide the sound.


HOW DO YOU WRITE?


The whole thing is me. The writing process differs for each song a little, but most the time it's finding a chord progression or melody to noodle on. I normally start recording before the concept is really complete. I'll do live takes, because I like to have an improvisational feel to the music.


WHAT INSPIRES YOU?


Listening to other great artists I think always inspires. Philosophy inspires the past future and present too.


WHAT IS NEXT?


A new single comes out called “Dear Edea” October 5th at 3:33am. Another full album will follow later this year. I realize it's not been long since the first one came out, but I wanted to show that this isn't a one off thing. Saves the Witch is here to stay. Long as ideas come to me I'll record them and put them out.


PLEASE TELL US ANY SOCIAL MEDIA LINKS SO WE CAN SHARE.


@savesthewitch on pretty much everything. All the links are at SavestheWitch.com

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