Interview with the Band Turn Cold

By Mick Michaels

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

Turn Cold: The pleasure is all mine. Thanks for your interest!

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?
Turn Cold: I think it has always been a game. Hard work typically pays off though from what I can tell! Having cool merch and people making memes about you whether they're good or bad seem to be pretty key at this time, haha.

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?
Turn Cold: There will always be an underground for music. I don't think that will ever go away. There will always be bands that thrive on obscurity, mystique, and in some cases, even anonymity. I think a lot of the instant access to music via streaming has spawned more people's interest in starting their own band. Of course, this also means short attention spans and no shortage of new material. People forget about a record less than a year after it comes out these days. 

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?
Turn Cold: That's a good question. Popular music is constantly changing and artists change with it. Every 5 to 10 years whatever they were doing is perceived as "old" and they move on. I feel like heavy music has several different paths for bands being traversed at the same time. There's the one that never changes…the one that goes in cycles of old school to modern and back to old school.  The one where heavy bands you love stop being heavy. The one that just rides the trends…and on and on. Concluding that I mainly just listen to Slayer and they haven't changed much at all, haha.

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?
Turn Cold: I think artists can see the effect they're making when their efforts bear fruit - such as selling lots of records, merch, and getting good turnouts at their shows. It's hard not too, because being successful commands participation and if you get it, you've done well. I'm sure there's egoless artists out there somewhere who just can't absorb that their music is loved by many, but I imagine that's few and far between. 

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?
Turn Cold: Substance is great, but I don't require it personally. For instance - I'm always going to listen to a band that sounds like Bolt Thrower. They can have lyrics about primitive warfare and just rip off their riffs and that’s enough for me to enjoy it.

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 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?
Turn Cold: This band formed during it, so that aspect of it was positive for me. Shows are back, however, there's already a looming threat of them going away yet again. So now that we're gig-ready and hungry for it, I'd be extremely disappointed, but try to use my time productively if that's the case.

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?
Turn Cold: Keeping the content flowing…record new music if you're able to do so and get some merch up for sale!

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?
Turn Cold: A simple one - Don't take the things that bring joy to your life for granted and don't fixate on the things that don't.

CV: What's next? What can fans expect to see coming in 2021?
Turn Cold: Lots of new music and circle pits.

CV: Thank you again for spending some time talking and sharing with our readers. It was such a pleasure. I wish you all the best.
Turn Cold: Hell yeah. Thanks so much.

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