Trust Me, I'm A Doctor - I recently had the opportunity to interview Toledo, Ohio metalcore-outfit Trust Me, I'm A Doctor. Check out the interview below.
1. How did Trust Me, I'm A Doctor begin? How long have you guys been around?
We have been messing around with music since 2006 but didn't get really started with our current lineup until 2009. The band began with Chris Salazar and Cody Rutkowski meeting in high school and eventually meeting drummer Kregg Miller and bassist Tre' Kane through mutual friends.
2. Where and when was 'Removing Your Existence' recorded? How long was the process?
Removing Your Existence was recorded in Royal Oak, Michigan at Zoinga Recordings. Mick Maslowski mastered/mixed, recorded, and helped produce it. Amazing experience and great guy to work with. It was recorded through a period of dates. We began the recording process in December of 2011 and didn't get a chance to finish the recording the majority of the EP until May of 2012. It was released in December of 2012.
3. What is the meaning behind the title "Removing Your Existence"?
The title "Removing Your Existence" is a lyric from the song off it called "Milwaukee's Best". It's a good phrase that sums up the entire idea of the cd. The songs are about removing a lot of things that we have went through in our lives the past couple of years. Removing ideas of people we have lost contact with and removing ideas of faith and other personal ideas is what inspired us to title the EP this.
4. You guys remind me a lot of Attack! Attack! Just that really solid, heavy-hitting music. Where do you guys specifically take inspiration from musically?
We take inspirations from many bands we listen to and grew up with: Slipknot, As Blood Runs Black, As I Lay Dying, Vanna, Between the Buried and Me, Nirvana, The Devil Wears Prada, August Burns Red, Chelsea Grin.
5. Where did you come up with the artwork for the EP?
Our artwork was done by a Graphic Designer out of a small town by Dayton Ohio named Josh Minnich. We wanted to make our second EP a darker EP so we went with darker colors and wanted a grave yard scene of a guy burying and removing existence of some person
6. A song that definitely stood out to me was "Barrow". How did that song come to be?
The song "Barrow" was just an idea I tossed around (Chris Salazar) and wrote for myself at like 3 in the morning. I shared it with the band and they thought it would be neat to have a song that is very different from what we normally do and showcase what we are capable of doing other than heavy riffing. It is the final song on the EP because it sums up of being alone to yourself after burning bridges and leaving people. It features Emily Hasenfratz on the violin.
7. Where do you get most of your lyrical ideas from? Both style wise and content wise?
Personal life experiences and people that we have came in contact with that pissed us off. These experiences have helped shaped and inspired our lyrics. Our critics, our enemies, and people that have angered us in the past are great inspirations.
8. What kind of message would you like fans to walk away with after listening to your music?
Don't let anything get in your way (people and faith) and follow what is right for you. Don't dwell on people. Learn to move on. Those are main messages we would like people to walk away with after listening and paying attention to our lyrics.
9. What are the future plans for the band currently?
In the future, we are going back to the studio next month to work on a new song. Could be a very exciting cover or a brand new song. We want fans to be surprised. They won't be let down. After this we would like to work on a full length. We want to get to the point to have reliable transportation and start touring soon. We are tossing around ideas of a lyric video being done for a song off of our new EP.