Who inspired you to make music?
TT: Hi, my name Thom Turner and I am the bandleader/songwritier/guitarist of The Interrogation. My love of music came from my parents. I do not have a memory with them that was not full of music. I became utterly fascinated by all of it. As soon as I could I was singing in choir and playing guitar. As far as the artists that made me a start writing songs then that would be The Allman Brothers, Coheed and Cambria, Thursday, Genesis and a million other incredible artists that I was fortunate enough to find.
What is your creative process like? Do you start with lyrics? Instruments? Concept?
TT: For The Interrogation my process has been very different than in the past. All the songs for our new EP “Posters on My Wall” stem directly from my the death of my mother. She passed away in December 2018 and I was devastated. We were incredibly close. Months went by and I couldn’t play or write, until one day the song was there. “Shine” is all about my parents and I spending summers together. Then a few days later another song appeared fully formed. The melody, lyrics and arrangement was just there in my mind. I was sure I had ripped it off. Two more songs came so I demoed them and sent them to my friend and world-class engineer Kevin Billingslea. I said that I couldn’t figure out who wrote those songs. He just said I think it is you man.
For the next songs we have started working from a concept. So we shall see what comes out.
What do you feel is the best song you have released/written and why?
TT: That’s a really though one. I would say that “Summer Love (In Hell)” encapsulates everything that we are about. Big chorus, riffs, deep lyrical content and an over all feeling of hope, that’s The Interrogation right there. Plus, it is the most fun to play.
What is the best advice you’ve been given?
TT: “Tell the truth it’s easier to remember.” A long standing bit of wisdom in my family. I took this to mean many things. With the music that I make this means so much more these days. I want to tell deeply personal stories and through that authenticity I want to connect with the listener. That has always been my motive and now more than ever it’s a driving principle.
If you could be any kind of cookie, what would it be and why? (Most important question)
TT: This IS the most important question. Fresh made Rocky Road (chocolate chip, marshmallow, peanut butter and caramel). It’s all the tastiest stuff in one handheld package. It’s a bit Hodge podge but all together it creates a really interesting combination of dynamic flavors. There is no way to answer this question without sounding self absorbed haha.
How do you feel the Internet has impacted the music business?
TT: You know for a long time I thought it had irrevocably changed it. It had empowered the artist to control their destiny. No multi album deals with big advances that an average band could never pay back. Direct interface with their crowd, GLOBALLY! These are amazing things. But, as time has gone on it seems like the same old gatekeepers just moved to the digital realm. Instead of labels you have the streaming services. Instead of Rolling Stone you have Instagram and Facebook. You still need PR, a manager, a business manager, a good lawyer and a booking agent. Now without live shows due to the crisis, the artists have even less options. Now, if true, Facebook is curtailing our ability to live stream directly to our fans. The internet has opened up a lot of possibility but the hard work still needs to be done to overcome the platforms and directly engage with your crowd.
If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?
TT: If it were a dreamland I would find a way to help music listeners truly give value back to the artists they love. The amount of time artists spend now just to produce quality music and promote it to their audience, needs to be valued. Any other business couldn’t continue with .000012 c on years of work and dedication. I would work with the streaming services to give fair royalty to these artists. These artists deserve to be valued for what they give the world. I would also truly ask listeners to think about all that those songs have given them. Is $1 for a download really too much to ask so that your favorite band can continue one more day?
What is the most useless talent you have?
TT: I can recite all three Indiana Jones Movies word for word. “Useless” I don’t know about that.
When you’re done with music, what do you want people to think when they talk about you and your work?
TT: Wow that’s a great question. I don’t think I will ever be done. But, I would hope that when I move on that they would say my band and I made honest music. I hope they say that we made some music that affected them deeply in a positive way. As for their memory of me I hope I can positively affect some people. That’s all I can wish for.
What is your most recent project/upcoming project?
TT: September 25th our new EP “Posters on My Wall” will release on Bandcamp and all Platforms. It has been almost two years and a lot of experience in the production of these songs. We also are working with Greg Burt at Wavelink Agency to get us on the road as soon as we are able. We are chomping at the bit to share these songs and jam out there on the road with you!!