Catch A Rising Star Series: Interview with Jesse Bergen of Diabology

By Mick Michaels

COSMICK VIEW: Hello, Jesse! Welcome to The Cosmick View. Thank you for taking some time out of your day to chat with me, it is greatly appreciated.
Jesse Bergen: Thank you for having me!

CV: What is your perspective on the current state of the music industry? Given the massive changes within the industry during the past decade, do you feel building a livelihood around music can be a valid career choice?
JB: We’re only starting out…and we know it’s a hard road. People still make it though, so it’s definitely possible. We just try to have fun doing this, and if it becomes something more, cool.

CV: Has your experience thus far shed any light or given you any insight as to how to navigate such wildly changing musical currents to steer your career towards success? What have you found works for you?
JB: We just play the music that we like. A lot of people play music they aren’t passionate about because they think it will advance their careers, but they don’t make it anyway, so what’s the point? We’d rather be true to ourselves, and we advise other artists to do the same.

CV: Tell us a little about your specific style of music and what it is about the music that connects you to it. How do you see your music connecting to others?
JB: Our music is a blend of classic Thrash and modern Metal influences. We connect with our audience with our in-your-face performances and music they can relate to.

CV: What do you see are the biggest obstacles new artists face on their road to stardom? Are you experiencing certain challenges and if so, how are you working to overcome them?
JB: It’s hard enough to get people to leave their house, much less get signed! We are working to overcome these obstacles with our awesome music, high energy, and dashing good looks.

CV: Every career has its competitive edge…music is no different. What have you done in your own career that sets you apart from other artists?
JB: Our violent and aggressive live shows.

CV: Many claim that young artists today have a sense of entitlement.  These artists are often accused of feeling they do not need to pay their dues as many others have done in the past. What are your thoughts? Have new artists taken such a stand when it comes to putting in the time and effort? Are the critics right?
JB: There are band that are entitled, and there are some that are hard workers. We personally believe in hard work. Now, where’s my butler and trip to Spain? 

CV: Do you feel the ease and access of modern digital technology has made many young artists impatient? Some feel as though this impatience has led to rushed releases and a lack luster catalog of music, all in pursuit of fame and fortune. Do you agree with such an assessment? Are newer artists in such a rush to “make it” that ample time to hone their craft is being neglected?
JB: I don’t know. If bands are really impatient, they can play Punk. You only need to know 3 chords. 

CV: What traits do you find you possess that are positively working for you and your career and that you believe others should have?
JB: If you want money, you’re probably in the wrong business. You have to have fun doing what you do, or else there is no point.

CV: Is dabbling in different musical genres and promoting across multiple audiences something artists should do in today's industry landscape? Can it be sustainable or could an artist spread themselves too thin over time and possibly end up with far less than they originally hoped or intended for?
JB: I think that as long as your music is genuine and you are playing what you want to play, there will be others who want to hear it.

CV: How would you describe your musical essence? What makes you the artist that you are?
JB: Loud, fast, brutal. I just write the songs I want to hear.

CV: What are you currently working on and where do you go from here... what's next?
JB: Right now, Diabology is finishing up our first record, “Nobody Believes Me.” That will be out by the end of the year. Other than that, we’re playing around at any place that hasn’t banned us yet!
CV: Thank you again Jesse for spending some time talking and sharing with our readers. I wish you all the best and continued success.
JB: Thanks, and you as well!

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My name is Mick Michaels...I'm an artist, music fan, songwriter, producer, dreamer and guitarist for the traditional Heavy Metal band Corners of Sanctuary. Writing has always been a creative outlet for me; what I couldn't say in speech, I was able to do with the written word.  Writing has given me a voice and a way for me to create on a multitude of platforms including music and song, articles, independent screenplays, books and now, artist interviews. The Cosmick View is an opportunity to raise the bar and showcase artists in a positive and inspirational light. For me, it's another out-of-this-world adventure.

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