Interviews: JP2

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Metal artist, JP2 from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1.Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

So in Spanish culture, we use both our last name and our mother's maiden name. My initials in Spanish are JPP and I always wanted to use them for something. I wanted a name for my solo act that signified that it's really just me doing this but I also wanted to change it up a little bit while still being able to pay homage to both my parents, so JPP became JP2.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

I've been in love with rock/metal music since the first time I saw Eric Carr play that gigantic drum set on the "Crazy Nights" video. Oddly enough, I never played drums, but he's my first musical idol.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

I've known myself since I was born, but I'm still figuring myself out. 

4. Each band member favourite band?

My musical taste is all over the place. My favorite band is Dream Theater, but I listen to Periphery, Textures, The Used, 80's rock, Jazz, etc.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Anything, honestly. I try to approach music as an artform and I try not to force anything, whether it be music or lyrics. It has to come naturally.

6. Where was your last gig?

Can't think of anybody, tbh. That's kind of a two part answer. My last gig with a band was with my last band, Over The Radar, in Orlando, FL, sometime around 2008 I think. But my last time I got onstage was for Cinco De Mayo in Sanford, Fl in 2018 with my friends in Alphæus where I joined them to play a guitar solo I recorded for one of their songs.

7. Where would you like to act?

This answer shocks a lot of people but I'm quite comfortable with where I'm at in my career right now. I understand my condition of being a solo act and a bedroom musician, so my venue of choice has become social media. If anything changes and I am able to take this act on the road, that's awesome, but for now, I really don't have any specifics as to where.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

John Petrucci!!!! And yes, I will be a nervous wreck!!!! And probably suck super bad too!!!! But it would be such an amazing experience to just be able to collaborate with my ultimate guitar idol.

9.  Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

I always welcomed the stage. I had my pre-show routines that helped with nerves: I'd always show up as early as possible to the venue, unpack first, warm up for about an hour, etc. The stage always felt natural to me and I really miss it. I'm glad I get to at least do some stuff on YouTube now.

10. What bands have inspired you the most?

Dream Theater definitely. There's also some bands that I listen to that were ahead of their time like Pulse Ultra, Sikth, The Chronicles Of Israfel, and they served as inspiration to try and push boundaries.

11. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

I remember one fan asking me before a show "is it ok if I do a cartwheel?" during one of our songs and I said go for it. Well, the pit is going and there he is in the middle, doing cartwheels. LOL!

12. What do you think of your fans?

I've been doing this for a very long time, and I think it's absolutely crazy that I have fans. I'm just a guy who loves music, who loves making music and who loves sharing his music with others. The fact that there's people out there that can still connect with me on that level and that have followed me for years is a blessing that I will never take for granted.

13. What do you think of our site?

I love what Breathing The Core does for the music scene and the access it gives for artists to reach out to new audiences. People like you make a difference.

14. Something add?

Aside from my music, I do an interview series on YouTube called "You Oughta Know" which focuses exclusively on unsigned bands and artists. Thank you so much, let me know when the interview is up so I can share it.

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