I first wanted to take the time and thank you for doing this interview with me today. For our readers who haven’t heard of you yet, can you tell us about yourself and anything about the band you’d want us to know? Who have been your major influences in your writing style?
Hi team! Thank YOU for taking the time to speak to us today. We really appreciate it.
For sure – we’re Patient Sixty-Seven based out of Perth, Australia! We formed a few years back as friends who wanted to write music. The project kind of snowballed and we took our songs to the stages of Perth, playing to different people and sharing our music. As of March 2 – we just released our sophomore EP ‘Four Walls’ – which we’re really excited about!
In terms of our writing style and and influences – I’d classify us a metalcore band. We infuse different elements of heavier music to try and create a sound people can enjoy. We’ve done this in a few different ways since the band started – and our influences have always varied. I think looking at heavier music in general, we take a lot out of what we enjoy about the genre and try bring our own ideas to the table.
Let’s talk about what you currently have going on. Any new music or new tours in the works? If you were to say one song of your own perfectly sums up what you are all about which song would that be?
The release of our EP has kept us really busy. Pushing the material out there and hearing the response has been really fulfilling. We have some exciting shows coming up in the months ahead where we get to start playing a lot of the new songs.
My personal favourite to sum us up…I’d have to go with the opening track of the Four Walls EP, ‘Selfless’. I feel it blurs the lines between heavy and melodic, switching it up and keeping things interesting. But mainly I’d have to pick it because of how fun it is to play live!
When you write any new music, can you tell us what the process is like? Describe to us what happens in a typical writing session.
It’s really been so different each time! It definitely keeps it interesting but there hasn’t really been a typical kind of process in getting our music together.
Early on it was very much recording in our parents garage, putting ideas together and running with it – self producing it all, then we started having songs ready to go exactly as they are and recording them in the studio.
THEN there have been times where it’s been writing while recording and generating ideas that way. I quite like the latter because being in that creative environment can get things moving in the right direction.
With the music industry always changing and evolving, what are the things you like and don’t like about it? What aspects of the industry do you feel have hurt or helped your career? If you could change anything about it, what would it be?
It’s a great question. I think it’s just getting harder to get people’s attention with everything being so immediate. A downside is, and even the bigger bands will admit, it can be hard to reach fans. Social media holds court in terms of how you push yourself and if it’s done right then no doubt it has a massive upside – but it can just be difficult to curate the right content to reach the people who potentially care about your music on a regular basis.
We are always trying to experiment with our marketing which I quite enjoy doing.
In terms of what has helped us, I think on the flipside the internet can allow musicians to just connect with people in different ways. It’s really cool – to work with people in the states, to talk to people interstate or overseas.
You can cast a broad net and just have different conversations – which is especially great as Perth is so isolated as a city.
Do you or any of your band members have any side projects? If so, what are they?
Our guitarist Rory is always writing and playing music, he’s played a few cover shows and has a great time doing that!
Our bassist Andy and drummer Scott have both been a part of successful bands in Perth, releasing some really cool heavy tunes with their bands.
When you’re preforming how do you handle any mistakes on stage if they ever happen? Do you have any stories that stand out to you that you had to make a memorable recovery?
I used to care a lot about that stuff, but I now kind of accept that reality is not everything will always go to plan. Learn to prepare and plan – and learn to love it when things go wrong.
We just keep on moving, have a good time – 95% of the time the audience won’t really notice – but you keep that same energy and the mistake will often be able to be rectified.
Last show we played my voice gave way due to tiredness and stress. I could still perform my typical vocals but couldn’t talk at all, it was crazy! Between songs I was a frog. All you can do is laugh and try plan for next time. It’s a part of playing live music and the mindset going into it is everything.
How do you decide which songs go into a set when you perform live? Do you change up the sets or stick to a regular set list? Do you have any covers?
At the moment it’s getting fun to choose set lists with new material! We usually mix it up a fair amount of the time, and have thrown a heavy cover or two in there in sets gone by.
If you had a choice to go on any bands tour, which tour would you pick and why?
This is really random – but the most insane tour of 2010 had just an incredible lineup. It was From First to Last, Drop Dead Gorgeous, Attila, Sleeping with Sirens, Woe Is Me – I think Abandon All Ships too? That would’ve been some show to go and see back in those days, and I just would love to imagine us opening for that show! Throwback haha.
Do you have any advice for any upcoming artists? What’s the best piece of advice someone gave you when you realized you wanted to be a musician?
We are all still learning so there’s so much for us to all learn ourselves. The best bit of advice I’ve been given is to stay passionate and continue to enjoy it!
Any last words?
Lebron please stay in Cleveland!
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