I have to admit when I interviewed frontman Tuk, from The Biters, I was expecting candidness and he delivered. Always forward with his thoughts and vulnerabilities, like the classic rock he embodies, Tuk wears his heart on his sleeve. His ambition is coming out of his pores, with pure drive replacing sweat. He was blunt and poignant on the roughness of this music industry, which I found helpful and refreshing for readers who want to know how to rise when you feel like you are falling.
Diandra: You all have a history of being in other bands, what was it about each other that made you all think, “This can be something!”?
Tuk: There have been several member changes in “Biters“, but it came about from ashes of a few other failed bands..I cant speak for others in the band but I keep playing because I have no workforce skills or formal education, no inheritance or well off family members. That has instilled a drive in me that for better of worse, that won’t let me rest.
Tuk: I usually demo out the songs in my home studio so I can play around with ideas and work on harmony arrangement and ear candy etc. I’m borderline obsessed with songwriting and production. Honestly, the last record was very minimum compared to “modern rock ” records production value.
Tuk: At this point I think the *mainstream appeal for straight forward rock n roll is a blip on the radar compared to other genres, except for heritage acts. Rock n’ roll is like the blues now, young kids are not latching on to it. Hip hop and EDM is more appealing in the mainstream. I don’t know if we can ever go back to a more human based feeling in music. People are so used to hearing programmed drums and tuned vocals they don’t know the difference. Of course, there are exceptions and I would love guitar rock to be revived.
Tuk:The feeling music gives humans is an unquantifiable force that cannot be explained. MMA fighters, sports athletes, yogis etc all have moments of living completely in the now..For some unknown reason I gravitated towards playing rock n’ roll. Hitting the vortex while onstage is the greatest peace I have ever known and its addicting.
Tuk:I have rituals I do before every show. It usually involves holotropic breathing and meditation. Then I slam a shot or two of vodka just for good measure.
Tuk: To believe in myself. Not to listen the other people doubts. To not get into partying and doing drugs. I wasted years of my life getting fucked up and socializing.
Tuk:Do you have such careers dreams of comfort, and if so what are they? I don’t think I will ever be content. All the goals I have aimed for and gotten have only made me feel better temporarily , then a new object appears in my desire. I’m aways chasing “the feeling”.
I know he said that been genuine does not get your far in the music industry, but, at least, it got him far with me, in terms, of impression. I think he was one of the smartest and most human interviews I have had. There was no barrier or facade in his responses. He was about his heart, and his heart is about music. I wish the Biters all the luck in the world. They deserve it. Check Out Their Official Page Here.