Interview with Drummer James Nicademus of Misfire

By Mick Michaels

COSMICK VIEW: Hello, James! Welcome to The Cosmick View. Thank you for taking some time out of your day to chat with me, it's greatly appreciated.
James Nicademus: For sure! Thanks for having me.

CV: Do you feel that it's still possible for an unknown band today to be plucked out of obscurity and make it to stardom? Can a dedicated core of fans sharing their music make that possible or has the internet and social media changed the game?
JN: Yeah, everything is different now but new artists come out of nowhere and blow up all the time. It's just a different ballgame.

CV: Do you feel that given the accessibility and social awareness of modern times that a music underground still even exists today as it once did?
JN: Absolutely and I guarantee you will see that more as we get out of this COVID-19 shit.

CV: What do you see as the biggest difference in music and how it is perceived from back say 35 years ago compared to music today? Has both the music and the artist evolved from your point of view?
JN: Music has been devalued. 35 years ago music was valuable. Now you can pay $10 a month and have every song ever. There is so much music out there because of the way music can so easily be recorded and distributed these days. There is simply less demand for that reason among all sorts of reasons…that said, artists are better than ever. You just have to keep your ears open.

CV: Do you believe bands and artists who have the biggest impact on fans and other artists are aware that they are or is there more of a tunnel vision sort of process for them keeping them somewhat in the dark? Can influential artists see past their own work to be aware of the ripples they make?
JN: For sure. Anyone knows when they have written a good song.

CV: Does music need to be influential to be considered worth listening to in your opinion? Or can music simply be just an enjoyable auditory experience devoid of substance?
JN: Smoke some weed and put on a record dude. Stop over thinking it man. Haha.

CV: The world has been rocked by the COVID pandemic.  The economy has been sent into a tailspin in its wake, unfortunately.  Bands worldwide have been restricted from performing live and for some it seems, restricted from earning a living.  How has the pandemic affected your band? Are you hopeful that 2021 will see many of the restrictions lifted?
JN: Fuck COVID. We wrote and recorded a new album. We will be touring soon. Looking forward to that post COVID shit.

CV: What do you feel artists and bands can do right now to stay relevant, especially in an environment, such as the present, where performing in front of a live audience is being restricted? What immediate options do you see available?
JN: Write and create quality content. The restrictions are loosening up quite a bit in the U.S. Misfire Played 3 Shows in May.

CV: As an artist, what have you learned from the events of 2020? Are those lessons learned different for you as a person than as an artist or are they one in the same in your opinion?
JN: I'm essentially unessential.

CV: What's next? What can fans expect to see coming in 2021?
JN: Misfire playing shows, hopefully videos, hopefully tours. We will see!

CV: Thank you again James for spending some time talking and sharing with our readers. It was such a pleasure. I wish you all the best.
JN: Thank you as well!

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