Interview with the Members of Know Your Enemy

By Mick Michaels

The Cosmick View: Hello, and welcome to The Cosmick View/MBM Ten Pounder! Thanks for taking some time to chat with us!

CV: Describe your definition of the band’s sound and style and how does that definition uniquely describe the music?
Know Your Enemy: We’d say our band is aggressive Heavy Rock with a Hip Hop influence…it’s in the groove, attitude and feeling of our music.

CV: Today, everyone talks about artist and audience connection. Is such a level of connection actually achievable for an artist and if so, how have you made the connection to your fans?
Know Your Enemy: The connection to the audience is paramount to a great show. It’s a volley of energy. It’s when everyone is looking you in the eyes and really feeling the message. We’d have to say that it’s the live show. That’s our truest connection to our fans. It’s the moment you’re sharing with them.

CV: Is fan interaction an important part of the band’s inner culture?
Know Your Enemy: Absolutely!

CV: Can a band truly interact with its fans and still maintain a level of personal privacy without crossing the line and giving up their “personal space” in your opinion?
Know Your Enemy: Yes, there’s always a choice of how much to share or how much time to invest in every relationship.
CV: Is music, and its value, viewed differently around the world in your opinion?  If so, what do you see as the biggest difference in such multiple views among various cultures?
Know Your Enemy: Yes. Music is very personal. If it wasn’t then it wouldn’t be relatable. Relatability is the biggest difference across various cultures.

CV: Do you feel that a band that has an international appeal, will tend to connect more so to American audiences? Would they be more enticed or intrigued to see the band over indigenous acts because of the foreign flavor?
Know Your Enemy: Yes, American music fans have always welcomed foreign acts. It really comes down to what the band sounds like and what’s popular at the moment.

CV: Has modern-day digital technology made everyone an artist on some level in your opinion? Have the actual lines of what really is an artist been blurred?
Know Your Enemy: Modern-day technology has made it much easier for everyone to create things but we wouldn’t call everyone an artist because they express themselves. If anything, the definition of an artist has narrowed because of the ease in expression by creation.

CV: How would you describe the difference between an artist who follows trends and one who sets them?
Know Your Enemy: The artists who set trends usually expose themselves while artists who follow trends, mimic a lot of what inspires them.

CV: Has music overall been splintered into too many sub-genres in an effort to appease fan tastes in your opinion? And has such fan appeasements, in actuality, weakened music’s impact as a whole by dividing audiences?
Know Your Enemy: We wouldn’t say “to appease fan tastes.” There are so many variations with small differences but it’s all just an expansion of the same sound. There’s always been a divide of audiences in the music scene.

CV: What can fans expect to see coming next from you?
Know Your Enemy: “Same,” our new single was recently released on all streaming platforms. We have 2 singles coming out in the near future. A live EP that’s just about ready to release and we’ve been writing while we have all this free time due to the pandemic.

CV: Thanks again for taking some time and talking. It is greatly appreciated.
Know Your Enemy: Thank you for having us.

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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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