Lifecycle Interview 18/02/20
Written by Scott Pustilnick, Bass player for
MM - What was the highlight of 2019 for you as a Band, and what was the funniest?
LC:The highlight of 2019 was forming the band. It was just meant to be in the oddest way and we just ran with it. The funniest part of 2019 was coming up with this great idea to make a YouTube series called "A Day in the LifeCycle". It is a behind the scenes look at the band and its just insane, ridiculous, and very funny.
MM - For any LifeCycle virgins out there, please introduce the band members to us .
LC:Starting with the most important member of any rock band, we have the lead singer, Asim Rizvi. Then we move to the two amazing guitar players, Kevin Hightower and Joe Viggiano. Then we have the backbone of the band with John Soden on drums and Scott Pustilnick playing bass.
MM - When was the band formed and how did you all discover each other's mutual taste in making music?
LC:The band was formed in 2019. Very odd situation. I placed an advertisement looking for a singer. Found the singer. The singer found not one but two great guitar players. The singer then found an amazing drummer. Then we fired the singer. Yep. We kept writing music and in the meantime, the drummer found our new and present singer, Asim Rizvi. Thank tiny sweet baby Jesus because it was really a weird way to all connect and form a band.
MM - How would you describe your music and what do you hope people will take away from your music and your performances?
LC:Our music seems like a bit of a musical journey. The studio material is Hard Rock or Alt-Metal with driving guitars, killer riffs, and vocal hooks. We dont scream. (unless its at home with our wives). The performances are fun because we never stop playing music. We dont speak, we dont bore people after every song by telling the audience the name of a song or what its about. No one cares. People want to jam to good music and they dont want to hear boring chatter. So far, the response has been really overwhelmingly positive.
MM - What bands did you grow up listening to and how did they help in creating the style of music you perform today?
LC:Iron Maiden was a big influence. The song writing makes sense. The parts have major hooks but rock the hell out of your soul. Its really important to build a song that makes sense and elevates the listener to a higher ground. Listen to Maiden's guitar and you can sing along to it. LifeCycle tries to incorporate that same psychology into its music. We write the song parts as needed for the song and not for ego.
MM -Name an album you've heard recently and liked.
LC:Opeth - In Cauda Venenum. Great band and another amazing album.
MM - What one unique quality do your Band have to offer that no other band possess?
LC:Ah, Im sure that somewhere , some other bands possess this quality but our band checks are ego's at the door. We are not battling each other to write parts for songs. If the part works, we use it no matter who wrote it. So I would say the one quality we have going for us is lack of ego. Its all about the LifeCycle and the songs.
MM - Who writes the songs that you perform? Is it a solo or joint effort?
LC:Neil Diamond. Ok seriously though there are five members and everyone writes the songs. Many times the songs start with just a guitar riff or two but then everyone develops and writes them in some sort of way. Its hardly ever done like that and it REALLY works well for us.
MM - Which LifeCycle song is your personal favorite and why? Which one sends the crowds crazy at your gigs?
LC:My personal favorite is our debut single, "Lifecycle". It also seems to be a crowd favorite. Its a song that gets you moving, makes you want to lift weights, workout, fly a plane, skydive, wrestle a bear, ok...maybe not the bear thing...but you get the idea.
MM - How can people keep up to date with what the band are up to and do.
LC:We have a great website that is really one stop shopping for all our fans. https://www.lifecycleband.com/ has all the links to all the fun. We also have all the social media sites but if you hit the website, you can easily get to all of them. I highly recommend our YouTube channel for our funny episodic series called "A Day in the Lifecycle".
MM - If you had to choose only one of the following options, which one would you choose?
(a) a short lived career that will earn you fame and fortune
(b) the opportunity to make music for the next 50 years but without any real recognition.
LC:The option to make music for the next 50 years. I have to play music so if fame and fortune hit and then ended and I couldn't make music any longer, that would be the death of me.
MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person, for better or for worse?
LC:Black Sabbath. Without Sabbath, there is no metal or hard rock. I do realize that Black Sabbath wasnt the first metal band but they brought the important attention to the genre. Its a great question though. I'm going to use that next time I am drunk at a bar (15 minutes from now).
MM - How has the music media responded to the band so far and what's their biggest misconception about you?
LC:We arent there yet. The band is new so the music media does not know about us and our music yet. I will say that usually , the biggest misconception about bands like ours will be our intent. I can say this for a fact - our intent is to put out great songs and not to make money. We really don't give a shit about making money.
MM - What's the most important thing to the band right now?
LC:Besides Reece's peanut butter cups? Management. We lack management. It would help this band and it would help the manager that takes us on. We bust ass, work hard and we aren't a bunch of deadbeats.
MM - How do you feel about the internet and the effect it is having on bands and independent music?
LC:The internet is the best thing that ever happened to music. In fact, 2020 is the greatest time in the history of music to be a musician. Name another time in history that you can make music, share that music, and have people listen to your music without leaving your house. Amazing!
MM - If one of your songs could appear on a soundtrack or any film or cult TV series, which one would you choose and why?
LC:Our debut single "Lifecycle" would be a killer entrance for any wrestler in WWE, NWA, or AEW.
1.Festival or Small intimate gig - LC: Festival. The bigger the better.
2.Vinyl or Digital - Digital. LC: Carrying a turntable is awkward.
3.Drinking Beer or getting high by other means - LC:Beer for now until Weed becomes a legal dinner item like IPA's are.
4.Denim or Leather - LC:Leather. So many reasons, so little time.
5. Slipknot or Abba - LC: Slipknot. The Abba catalog is a bit light....
MM - Lastly, is there anything you would like to say to all your fans out there?
LC:Yes, thank you for the time! We love playing music and have some great links to check out. Hit us up and leave us a message on any social media site. We love to talk music and get to know everyone. Also, please check out our YouTube channel and our content. We are constantly adding new songs and new videos. https://www.lifecycleband.com/ has it all! Thank you and "May the Schwartz be with you"