Power metal from NY/NJ – USA, welcome – Psychoprism! Powerful, melodic and professional!
All questions answered by Bill Visser (Guitars)
Hi! Tell me about Psychoprism. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
First off just wanna say thank you for the opportunity for the interview. Well the name Psychoprism came from our singer Jess , that was all his idea. To be honest we really didn’t have to much of a discussion on the name. Such an important thing. Jess kinda just threw it out there and we were like yeah cool. That was it really.
“Creation” album will be released on July. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
Yeah Creation coming out July 22 on Pure Steel Records. This is our first full length cd together as a band. We are ultra exited about the release. It took a long time to get everything recorded, we had ton of studio problem with equipment and so on. To many ghost in the machines. We recorded pretty much the whole cd at my place except the drums. I know I put everything into this recording. The guys in the band really pushed themselves as well.
Hopefully we put out a cd that our fans will like and get some one fans as well. We are very nervous about it reception. There’s always something you wish you could go back and redo on a cd. You know stuff like we should did a harmony here and add something else there maybe up something in the mix. Overall I think we have a solid release coming out, but yeah there’s aways stuff you wanna change.
Tell me more about “Creation”? Album ideas etc…
Creation album idea kind started at the end of our ep. You know you always want to out do your last release. We were looking to get heavier on this cd and add a few more elements to our music. The cd is defiantly heading into the direction that Psychoprism wants to be in. There’s a good flow on the cd. We explored a few different styles in the cd as well. We have some death vocals on against the grain even. We really layered the cd with guitar keys and vocals. We tried to make each song have some kind of hook to it. We also explored some slower tempos as well in the song friendly fire.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
For myself inspiration come from practice. Working on stuff on the guitar and just coming up with different ways to play things is what works for me. Of coarse also just listening to music is where a lot of ideas come from as well. It can happen from anything. You just hear stuff in your head and try to figure it out on your instrument.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Psychoprism’s sound?
The best way to describe us is really just metal. There are so many elements to our sound it’s really hard to classify us to one label. We really don’t fit in just one genre.
We have some power and prog elements to our playing but at the end of the day it just metal.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
No absolutely not. We started writing the next cd before we were even done with Creation. Musically it’s bout 60% written already. We are looking to get out there do some touring on Creation maybe go over seas if the opportunity comes up. In the meantime we will just keep writing the next cd and get ready for the studio.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
My main influences are the mainly the guitar players from the 80s. Guys like Malmsteen, Vai, Paul Gilbert to name a few. Band wise it’s hard to say anything power metal for me. Bands like Dio, Ozzy, King Dimond, Helloween and Queensryche were big for my growing up.
Also the new era of guitar shredders like Rusty Cooley and Jeff Loomis. I try to take certain thing from players I like learn them and go how do I make this mine and put my twist on it. You can defiantly hear all my influences in my playing and song writing as well. Huge impact.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
As far as Psychoprism is concerned no. I really like having the band do everything. Not saying down the line it’s outta of the question, but for now no. If we were talking bout a solo thing on my own the list is long haha.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
Man we struggle with this one all the time.
Well one, we hope our record label Pure Steel Records pushes us. That would be a big help. Besides that social media seems to be the way. We have a lot to learn bout promoting ourself better still. We do plan on doing another music video and of coarse live shows. I’ve recent pick up a couple of equipment endorsements from Von York Strings and Spectraflex Cables that’s also is a big help with getting out to others as well.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Music is defiantly number one hobby. As far as others I guess you could say anything truck or motorcycle related. I wish I could actually get out there on my motorcycle more there’s never enough hours on the day thou. Horror, I’m a huge horror fan and just hanging out with my wife and dogs. I know real exciting.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Yes my wife Kim is always there supporting me. It’s very cool to have such as supportive wife with it.
How’s the metal scene in your local area right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
Metal scene here in NJ/NY is ok. It used to great but with many venues closing and the whole pay to play thing it’s kill the scene. Plus not a lot of the band here really stick together. Don’t get me wrong there are some that are like brothers who go beyond support. Playing gigs here is again getting harder and harder with venues closing and pay to play thing. Sometime times it just comes down to which band has the deepest pockets get the shows. Not based on talent a lot of time. There are still some mom and pop record stores left in NJ and NY which is great so there are still some places to buy some CDs.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road! / Lukasz
Again Lukasz thank you so much for the opportunity for the interview it’s been a pleasure.