Interview written and conducted by Rhyan Gaspari
Chomp Chomp Attack! isn’t only an amazing Canadian band. They’re a band with a great sound and a massive internet presence. Nowadays, with social media being a huge part of getting noticed, this is one band who’s really doing it right. Through various posts on a bunch of today’s hottest social media sites, this group of boys is committed to being gigantic in the metal scene.
Through this interview, Metal and Melodies found that Mike Silentts, the band’s vocalist, loves his fans more than anything. Every post on Facebook and Twitter spreads the heartwarming message of love and hope. In a society where many teens struggle because of bullying and trying to fit in, Mike is there to tell his fans that everything will be ok.
In this interview, Mike speaks about everything from the state of the music industry to his biggest struggle as a musician. On top of all that, he even has a special message for YOU – the fans.
How are you?
Today was rough. I am a little bit under the weather but good in other aspects. Thanks for asking.
Please introduce yourself.
My name is Mike Silentts, I am the vocalist for Chomp Chomp Attack!
How did Chomp Chomp Attack! start?
It was thought up and created early in 2010 with some members of my old band and some members of Omer Valentine’s old band coming together. Omer and myself are the only original members left in the band.
What is an essential life skill you believe everyone should know?
I think everyone should have good basic social skills. In life, no matter where you go, you have to deal with people. Having the skills to socialize will make getting through interviews, meetings and other important things in life so much easier.
What makes you proud to be Canadian?
We aren’t necessarily proud to be Canadian. It’s just where we came from, where we met each other and where we had our first tour that makes this country special to us.
Who or what inspires you?
My band members and our past experiences is the biggest inspiration I have. Watching certain movies or hearing certain songs will get me going but not as much as when my band says “let’s do this!” and then we get it done.
What do you think makes you different from other bands in your genre?
Let’s face it – these days, it’s very hard to be different from the bands around you. So much has been seen and done already. But I will say that we aren’t afraid to be different or stand out. In fact, we want to stand out! We love our fans to death and I will do whatever it takes to meet every single one of them. Let’s not forget that they are the reason I’m here.
What are your thoughts on the current state of the music scene?
I love it. There is so much you can do and so many things that are now acceptable to do. Rockers that like to rap no longer have to choose between two genres. Once second you can be moshing to a really heavy part and the next second, dancing to some electronic stuff in the same song. I think it’s incredible and a huge thumbs up to the artists that were brave enough to do it first. That’s what I call heart.
What is the theme song of your life?
“From Dreams to Reality” – Chomp Chomp Attack!
What has been your biggest struggle as musicians?
Holding on through the rough patches is always hard for any band. I think that’s the hardest. Those rough patches are probably the reason so many bands start then break up. But – hold on and continue through them and it will all work out one day.
Looking back, what advice would you give to the 16-year-old version of yourself?
I’d say “the next 5 years of your life are gonna be a living hell. You’re gonna make mistakes and go through shit that someone your age should never have to live with. But don’t let it bring you down; stay strong because you will get through it and after those 5 years you are gonna experience a life you have only dreamed of. You’ll look back at all the pain and hurt but you won’t want to change a thing because what you’re going to go through in the next 5 years will one day save lives and make you who you are now.”
What can fans expect from CCA in the future?
So so much! 2014 alone is going to be a huge step in this band for both us and our fans. What I can tell you is that you can definitely be expecting new music in the coming year.
Is there any personal message you would like to give your fans?
You guys have given me a life that was once just a dream. Even while working hard at it, I could have never done this without you all. Follow your heart because it will give you the best memories of your life. Thank you, I love you and I will meet you one day.
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