Recently caught up to drummer Matt Halpern of Periphery and asked him to answer a few questions. He was kind enough to oblige, and we now present our mini interview with him here for you!
1. How did Periphery get started? The band started after years of Misha (our guitarist) making his own music and putting it up for free on the internet. He was working on his production skills, and through his work, was able to draw a large internet audience by free distribution online. From there, with all of the demand from the fans, the band was formed with the goal of making records and going on tour.
2. What were the original influential artists that initially got the band going, and how does it reflect on the band’s current sound? I wasn’t in the band when the band was initially formed, and to be honest, we have SO MANY influences, it would be hard to list them here. If the music is good, we like it. The genre or style does not matter.
3. What does the band do in time off? We all do different things. I work on Bandhappy and i am pretty busy educator and clinician. Misha, Spencer, Jake, and Nolly all produce bands and write a lot of music, and Mark has a background in technology and works in that field when he isn’t on tour.
4. There have been many lineup changes and fill ins over the years. How does that reflect on your sound when a new member is introduced or relieved of duty? It’s always been a positive change for us. In any band, job, or working relationship, sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. When we bring someone new into the relationship, it’s always because it feels right and improves some aspect of the group.
5. What is a day of a Periphery tour like? We arrive at the venue early, usually grab breakfast and coffee, then load in and set up, then lunch, then soundcheck, some people work out and exercise, some explore the city, then music lessons or fan engagements, then doors open, dinner gets eaten, and soon after, the show begins! After the show, we all just chill or hang with other bands on tour and have fun within whichever city we’re lucky enough to see. Then do it all over again!
We here at Edict of Ethos would like to invite you to check out Matt’s bandhappy, a clinician/teacher site -> http://www.bandhappy.com/profile/MattHalpernDrummer
If by chance you have no idea who Periphery is, take the blue pill here ->https://www.facebook.com/PeripheryBand