by Liz Tarnof
Informer Media Group
We all look for something new, something different and something out of the ordinary. Heavy metal band Heartist is here to do just that. Known for deep gritty vocals, heavy guitar riffs and an all-around unique and intense sound, they’ve quite literally swept us off our feet. We want different, and lead singer Bryce Beckley was more than happy to talk to me about how there is nothing more that he wants then to stand out from the rest and show the world that Heartist isn’t backing down.
Liz Tarnof: First of all, I wanted to congratulate you on the debut of your album this August. That’s rad! I’m sure you’re all super thrilled about it.
Bryce Beckley: Thank you! We are, very much so.
L: What is the meaning behind the name Heartist? Who came up with it?
B: We actually went through quite a couple names. We kind of dropped everything in our lives, we had [a lot of] jobs, we were going to school, all kind of doing our own thing. We all got to the point where we got to these crossroads where [we were like] “Do we really continue to push with music, or get jobs?” We all dropped everything. We focused all our energy, as much as we could, on the music. We started writing together. Heartist is artist and we’re putting all of our hearts and everything we can into this…we combined those two and made Heartist.
L:. Can you tell me what “Feeding Fiction” means to you and your band members?
B: We went through so many different titles. Nothing seemed to have a cool meaning. “Feeding Fiction” comes from our song Pressure Point, it’s just our idea of that so many bands are trying to coast along doing the same old thing and we’re trying something new and we’re tired of the fact that everybody else is writing the same generic nonsense. You know, we’re stepping out of our box. Feeding Fiction is our ass backwards attempt at making people understand we’re being as honest as possible. In our album, we are doing exactly what we want to do.
L: That’s awesome. Obviously, heavy metal is a huge influence for you, but are there any particular artists that have influenced you or your music?
B: All of us have a lot of different influences. Certain members like to listen to death metal, they grew up in that kind of scene. With these different influences, we feed off of each other. Like we’re not a band, we’re one person who writes. And then everyone else plays it.
L: I think that’s unique in a band to have that aspect. Is there a personal story behind the song Skeletons?
B: There is actually. It had something to do with our drummer. He was going through a bad situation and he has a hard time expressing himself other than through music. He was talking to me about the situation he was going through with you know, family. He sat me down and we kind of talked about it and that day I decided to write the lyrics for Skeleton. It’s kind of about expressing yourself and finding something that means the world to you.
L: That’s a really deep song of yours, it’s very powerful. Is there a favorite song of yours to perform then?
B: Thank you! I really do like performing Skeletons. I really like playing that, I think that it’s just a very big rock song. I like playing this song because you can just feed off of the [audiences] faces. Like their appreciation.
L: You guys had the audience going crazy at Sunset Sessions. How long have you been singing for?
B: I started singing when I was 18. And I was in a band but not really focusing, I was also working. I really started focusing on it when I turned 20 and I started Heartist.
L:What was life like for you growing up?
B: I played a lot of video games with my friends, and I was [pretty much] a homebody. In high school I was kind of a nerdy kid, all I did was play World of Warcraft.
L: What do you like to do in your downtime?
B: Same thing, I like to play video games, pretty much all the time. If I’m not on tour, I’m sitting at home, watching Netflix, playing video games, or writing music.
L: Are you guys hoping to partake in a world tour in the near future?
B: We’ve done one UK and Europe tour, I think we’re trying to get back there at the end of this year. If not, then [definitely] next year.
L: Do you have a lot of fans overseas?
B: Yes, I would assume we have a lot for not being out there besides Europe and the UK. We have a whole lot of people from Australia.
L: Where’s your dream place to perform?
B: Australia, definitely. I would love to play Japan…that would be really rad. Or Dubai. Just the experience of getting to travel to other places.
L: Where do you see yourself and Heartist in 5 years?
B: Hopefully taking over the world. [laughs] We’re shooting to be the best we possibly can. You see throngs of people going to rap shows and pop shows, but I feel like there hasn’t been a big rock artist in forever. So that’s what we’re gonna do.
L: Can you tell me something about yourself that your fans wouldn’t necessarily know?
B: I tend to be pretty open with myself and the band. I don’t know if I’m holding any deep dark secrets! I very recently have gotten into writing dark pop kind of stuff like Lana Del Rey; something I’ve been messing around with. Not necessarily for the band, just my own personal writing.
L: Speaking of Lana Del Rey, would there be any bands you would like to collaborate with or feature in a song of yours?
B: I would love to work with Gerard Way. 30 Seconds To Mars…we actually did a co-write on the album for Skeleton. We did a co-write with the bassist/keyboardist. That was really cool.
L: That must have been exciting for you guys. Is there any message you would like your fans to know about Heartist?
B: We’re exchanging ourselves as a band, we’re evolving with our writing process and the style of music we play and certain people will appreciate the change we’re doing and stick with us. It’s a different type of music that we’re laying forth.
Heartist has just announced the debut of their first full length album titled “Feeding Fiction,” to be released in August. The exclusive “Feeding Fiction” pre-order bundle can be found at store.heartistband.com.