Interviews

February 20, 2017

February 14, 2017

January 10, 2017

January 7, 2017

December 26, 2016

Chris Jackson

Chris Jackson is known for writing songs for Cheryl Cole, Tank, Toni Braxton, and B. Smyth. During our chat, Chris reveals his own recording talents on his just released album, No Chaser.

Dave Hawkins: It’s great to have you here for a talk Chris. Continued →

December 2, 2016

November 17, 2016

Matt Smith of Theocracy

Matt Smith, front man of Theocracy, met with me recently for a talk about the band’s history, the acceptance of progressive power metal in North America, being a misfit, and about their outstanding new release, Ghost Ship.

Dave: Indie Mission Music is joined by Theocracy frontman Matt Smith. Continued →

November 10, 2016

Joshua Powell of Joshua Powell & The Great Train Robbery

Joshua Powell, of Joshua Powell & The Great Train Robbery, was kind enough to talk with me over email about his music last year. Our discussion covers his take on the current state of the American folk scene, the difficulty navigating between the business and artistic aspects of being a professional musician, and his personal creative songwriting process on his third album Aylosha. Continued →

November 5, 2016

Alan Sears of Mortal Treason

Awhile back, I was able to interview, via Instagram private messaging, with Alan Sears of the deathcore band, Mortal Treason. We talk about the Mortal Treason Hiatus, Issues with the band’s former label, and ZAO References. Those first two specifically. I saved this interview specifically for the IVM Rebirth! Continued →

June 26, 2015

Stephen Cobbuci

Stephen Cobucci of Wolves At The Gate

Recently, I got the chance to chat via email with Stephen Cobucci of the stand-out metalcore act, Wolves at the Gate. We got to talk songwriting, faith, and Thrice – 3 of my favorite topics. Check out the conversation below and don’t forget to pick up WatG’s newest album, “Reprise” wherever digital music is sold. Continued →

June 18, 2015

Come and Rest

Chances are you might not have heard of Come and Rest. The metalcore group out of Atlanta, GA, recently released a new EP called Blacklist. This stuff is hard-hitting with dark melodies and a tone to match. Frontman Noel Alejandro was kind enough to chat with me over the phone to discuss the thought process behind their second independent release. Continued →

June 17, 2015

May 27, 2015

May 4, 2015

xDeathstarx

New email interview with Eric Gregson of xDeathstarx. We talk about the breakup, the new single, Facedown Fest, & the future!

April 27, 2015

April 6, 2015

Manafest

IVM catches up with Chris “Manafest” Greenwood about his new album, battle rapping against Michael Jackson, how “Diamonds” was influenced by Brian “Head” Welch, working with Invisible Creature, and much more.

March 10, 2015

Fireflight

Here is an e-mail interview between Dawn Michele, vocalist of Grammy-nominated rock band Fireflight, and Ian Zandi. However, most of these questions are actually adapted from our very own Brandon Jones. Be sure to check out their new independent album INNOVA when it drops on 5/5/15. The current single “Resuscitate” is Fireflight’s eighth #1 hit.

March 5, 2015

March 4, 2015

The Hawk In Paris

An interview with The Hawk In Paris’ Dan Haseltine and Ian Zandi. Topics include their new single “Frozen Heart”, finding inspiration, and why the band won’t tour.

House of Heroes

The 2nd part of an interview between Tim Skipper, Stephanie Skipper, and Ian Zandi. This segment focuses on the House of Heroes project.

March 3, 2015

Copperlily

Here is the first part of an interview done between Ian Zandi and Copperlily. The 2nd part will include House of Heroes.

February 19, 2015

Naturalist

An IVM exclusive interview with post-hardcore band Naturalist. Conversation topics include their intriguing cover art, the new album direction, and staring at people just to creep them out.

February 10, 2015

Ellie Holcomb

This is a transcript of a phone interview I had over digital coffee today with CCM singer-songwriter Ellie Holcomb. The 30 minute conversation includes topics such as her album As Sure as the Sun, her involvement with Drew Holcomb & the Neighbors, potential collaboration with Jon Foreman, touring plans, a relatively-unknown side project, and her thoughts on streaming services.

January 27, 2015

Aaron Gillespie

A phone interview of Aaron Gillespie conducted by Ian Zandi for IVM on 1.27.15. Topics include his new worship album, touring plans, his time with Paramore, Breaking Bad, streaming music, and vinyl purchases.

January 6, 2015

September 9, 2014

Those Who Fear

Sonshine Festival was a huge success, as far as getting to see some amazing groups perform and being able to interview a few bands. Honestly, the crowd was down from a year ago. One of the groups kind enough to chat with me was Those Who Fear, a hardcore outfit on Facedown Records. They were a long way from their hometown of Pittsburgh, PA, and it showed a little bit in our short interview. I think they must have been driving all night, because they seemed a little tired. That’s alright, I still love them. John Healy and Jacob Wilder share their thoughts on Sonshine, the new album, and fan response. Enjoy! Continued →

August 25, 2014

Bill Mallonee

I was lucky enough to talk with Bill Mallonee about his upcoming album Winnowing and the intersection between faith and art; much of it was off the record, but here are a few of his words to shed light on the album and his approach to songwriting.

August 20, 2014

August 14, 2014

Beartooth

We recently had the chance to talk with Red Bull Records metalcore band, Beartooth. We talked about their new record, the current band lineup and what the future may hold for Caleb Shomo and crew.

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