Actors has had quite the year with their critically acclaimed and fan loved album "It Will Come To You" hitting top of the charts numbers. It can be said that the band has ascended the post-punk genre and went even further beyond what anyone could have expected. Nonetheless, they are still pushing forward and continuing on in their ventures. With that said, we got a quick chat with frontman Jason Corbett regarding the new album, history, and their appearance at this year's Terminus Festival. Be sure to hit the play button below for addictive music:Jun 21 2018
Hello Actors and thanks for appearing on our website! You've been one of the premiere acts
of 2018, blowing up with your album “It Will Come To You”. But before we get into all that, I'd let
to get to know you a little more. For starters, what's your favorite album of all time and why?
Corbett: Thank you! My favourite album album of all time? That’s just not possible to answer. Some big ones for me
have been David Bowie's "Scary Monsters", The Clash's "London Calling", Joy Division's "
Substance", The Cure's "Disintegration", etc etc... but I could never pick just one.
From what I've read there are multiple members in the band. Who is in Actors, what do they
do, and how did you all meet?
Corbett: ACTORS are me on vocals/guitar, Adam Fink on drums, Shannon Hemmett on synth/vocals, and
Jahmeel Russell on bass/vocals.I wish there was an exciting story about how we all met but it just happened naturally from all of
us being involved with the local music scene here in Vancouver.
You could say we met through our love of leather jackets.
Beginnings are always fun to discuss. When it came to your first songs and the like for
Actors, did you have any trouble performing, writing, and creating music together? Or was it a
relatively smooth ride?
Corbett: It’s been a smooth ride. This band works so well because we are like family. I really do believe
people in the audience can feel that.
While “It Will Come To You” is one of the hottest albums of the year, what did you guys
release before that and how does it compare to your current material? Are there any demos or
other tracks floating around on the internet?
Corbett: We released a 7” in 2012 “Post-Traumatic Love / Nightlife” while we were still working on our
sound. That was followed by several singles and then an EP last year called “Re-animated”.
You can find it all on our bandcamp site, Youtube, and Spotify.
And now let's go onto your album “It Will Come To You”. The artwork features the band's
name cut up until it comes into full fold at the bottom. Who designed the art and was it meant to
Corbett: The album cover was designed by Shannon. It’s the name falling in to place... coming to you.
We like stark designs like that.
And how did you guys go about writing the music for the album? Give us the process of
writing a song or two.
Corbett: The songs start with a beat and tempo sparked by some form of emotional inspiration. The bass
and synths, then guitars are layered. The song tells you what it wants to be, if you listen.
Lyrics come last. Sometimes I don’t know what the song is about until its finished. But it’s
always something deeper than I first realize.
Your lyrics are thoughtful and emotional, some playing out personally and others hitting
home like a dark romance. Where do you find influence for the lyrics? Do you pull from your
own lives or find outside perspective insightful?
Corbett: Thank you. I’m an emotional person. These things I sing about have pieces of me and
sometimes pieces of other people I know. My empathy can hit deep and come out in the music.
Critic and fan reception has been more than positive. Were you expecting such a reaction or
were you blown away by the response to “It Will Come To You”?
Corbett: Blown away. We were proud of the record but we didn’t put any lofty expectations on it’s
reception. It’s been wonderful.
Now you are going to be appearing at this year's Terminus Festival as well. Considering this
is a Canadian based festival, is this a dream come true scenario for the band? How do you feel
about playing at Terminus?
Corbett: It’s a fun festival full of talent and good people. We are very excited to play!
Out of all the other acts that are going to be at Terminus, who are you most excited to see
play at the festival?
Corbett: I would like to catch as much as I can. They are all great, but I’ve really been enjoying Boy
As the festival is July 27th
to the 29th
, which day or days will you be performing on stage?
Corbett: We play Saturday July 28th. Come say hi.
And is there anything else you guys are working on for the year? Tours, songs, etc.?
Corbett: Here’s a list of upcoming tour dates that include Cold Waves and Infest.
We are also writing for the next album and have a couple more treats up our sleeve.
August 25 Bradford, England - Infest Festival 20th Anniversary
Sept 15 New York, USA - Cold Waves Festival
Sept 16 Brooklyn, USA - A Murder of Crows Festival
Sept 18 Pittsburgh, USA - Brillobox
Sept 19 Columbus, USA - The Summit
Sept 23 Chicago, USA - Cold Waves Festival
Sept 24 Chicago, USA - JBTV Studio Session
Sept 27 Salt Lake City, USA - Batcave SLC Presents - Club X
Sept 28 Sacramento, USA - w/Creux Lies
Sept 29 Los Angeles, USA - Cold Waves Festival
Sept 30 Los Angeles, USA - Part-Time Punks - KXLU Studio Session
Sept 30 Los Angeles, USA - Part-Time Punks - Echoplex
Oct 26 Vancouver, Canada - Fox Cinema w/guests
Lastly, I'd like to thank you for your time and wish you the best in your career!
Corbett: Thanks again. We appreciate the support!
I would say that the most important thing in life and probably our biggest freedom is for people to be themselves. And if a person has the opportunity to express themselves, they shall not hesitate to do that for one second. And it's not a question of doing that in a creative or artistic form of art. So I think that would be my last words. If you can express yourself, DO IT!
Front 242, Jan 01 2003
I've been writing for Brutal Resonance since November of 2012 and now serve as the editor-in-chief. I love the dark electronic underground and usually have too much to listen to at once but I love it. I am also an editor at Aggressive Deprivation, a digital/physical magazine since March of 2016. I support the scene as much as I can from my humble laptop.
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