We're all influenced by someone, right? Family, friends, musicians, actors, life events, ect. The list goes on, but it recently dawned on me that I have never actually talked about this topic at all.
I mean, in a way, yes, I have. I've talked about my favorite bands and my influences do lineup with that list quite a bit. As I've said multiple times in the past, my favorite bands are Papa Roach, Saint Asonia, Shinedown, Art Of Dying and All Time Low. All Time Low really hasn't had an active impact on me, but some lyrics have and they never cease to make me laugh with their antics.
However, the others have both directly, and indirectly affected me in some way. I will start with the direct ones, which is Art Of Dying and Shinedown. Now I probably will be going more in depth with both stories in a different post soon, but I will briefly explain. Cale Gontier from Art Of Dying was my first ever in person interview, back in 2011, and all of Art Of Dying just was something special. They were incredibly sweet, and fun. They actually let myself, my mom, and two of my friends hang out with them for several hours after the show. Had they not been as incredible as they were that night, frankly, I probably would have given up all of this by now. That night gave me a lot of insight and hope to what was possible. I've had plenty of other really cool experiences after that, but none have been quite like that night. I will never forget that, and it really set me up for the perfect start.
Then Shinedown, I sat down and interviewed their guitarist, Zach Myers and his best friend who's also very talented, Justin Moore. As if that wasn't exciting enough, two days after the show, Shinedown shared the article I wrote about the night of Zach and Justin's acoustic show. Them doing that might seem minor, but it actually ended up being a game changer. Since then, the view count on Immortal Music has gone drastically up, and bigger offers have come my way. That little thing made such a massive impact and I honestly can't thank them enough for that.
Then there's Papa Roach and Saint Asonia. Now I haven't met anyone from either band yet, so that's why this is indirect, but they've had massive impacts lyrically. I hate to be this person, but I have to be for a second. With Saint Asonia, its more so Adam Gontier. His lyrics have always spoken to me on a personal level, that I can't really explain. Discovering Three Days Grace and connecting with his lyrics, honestly is what sparked my love of music. Because of that, I say he really helped make me who I am today. Had I not discovered my love of music, I would be living a totally different life, so that honestly means the world to me.
As for Papa Roach, I can't totally explain why they're important to me. Their lyrics do speak to me, but their more recent albums connect with me personally. Previous to the Time For Annihilation album, only one song truly spoke to me, and that was "Scars." I liked other songs, don't get me wrong, but they didn't seem to scream 'me'. "Scars" did that perfectly to the point that I do have lyrics from that song on my body, and am considering another tattoo from the same song. Then there's songs like "Leader of The Broken Hearts", "Still Swingin', "Face Everything And Rise", "Skeletons", "Broken As Me"...they're just something special to me.
These are just some of the people that are special to me, and there are specific lyrics that I really connect with from other artists as well. Like "Dedication takes a lifetime and dreams only last for a night." from All Time Low, "If you take it from me live your life for yourself. 'Cause when its all said and done, you don't need anyone else." from A Day To Remember, and so many others. I really love music in general, but obviously, we all have ones that stand out to just a little bit more than others.
Let me know who has really inspired you, and how. There's probably a lot of interesting answers out there, and I really want to know what you guys have to say.
(Pssstttt.. I feel compelled to mention that Papa Roach, Saint Asonia and Art Of Dying all will be at the Rock Allegiance Festival along side incredible acts like Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Godsmack, Bring Me The Horizon and more! The festival is October 10, and Immortal Music may possibly be there.)
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