Eighteen Visions member James Hart from the band who produced this year’s WWE Vengeance theme music recently had the opportunity to take some time off his busy scheduled to speak with www.RingsideMAYHEM.com, below is the full interview:
Andy Steven: Firstly I would like to thank you for taking time out of your busy schedule to take part in this interview for www.RingsideMAYHEM.com.
How did you guys start off in the music industry?
Eighteen Visions: we first started in the indy circuit on really small labels. You know the kind that has no distribution. We sent an old fulllength that no one even knows exsists to Trustkill. So Josh TK gave the band their first break and a small record deal. It can be a rough business at times, but you’ve gotta stick to it. We did and we are happy with Epic.
Andy Steven: For those reading who are unsure on who ‘Eighteen Visions’ are, can you tell us a little about yourselves?
Eighteen Visions: we are a 5 piece rock band based out of orange county, CA. We’ve been around for years, but are just starting to get things really goin. Think STP/Metallica/GnR/Def Leppard and Sevendust.
Andy Steven: You track “Victim” has been selected as the official theme music for WWE’s Vengeance PPV. How did this deal come about?
Eighteen Visions: our publiscist has been doing a great job getting us press and all sorts of cool s–t. He sent them the song and I guess they felt a perfect match. Vengence and Victim sound really good together. Its a great fit.
Andy Steven: Are you guys WWE fans? If so, who are your favorite characters and what are your thought’s on the current storylines?
Eighteen Visions: I’ve been out of the loop. I used to be big into it when it was the WWF, but then everyone started leaving for the WCW and I started following that. From there I started touring more and fell out of the loop. I’m gettin the PPV this week so I’m excited to see what its like now.
Andy Steven: You have recently released a new album, can you tell us a bit about the album and are there already plans for a next album?
Eighteen Visions: we feel like we made a complete record. Top to bottom. I feel like nowadays bands release records with 5 ot 6 good songs and the rest is just filler. We feel like our record is strong with every song. Its the type of record where kids are gonna want to hear us play every song live. You can’t say that about most records.
Andy Steven: Do you have any tours booked are shows booked you would like to tell us?
Eighteen Visions: we are going to be on the Vans Warped Tour this summer
Andy Steven: Will you guys be at the Vengeance PPV or will you be watching live together?
Eighteen Visions: we are definately ordering at my house. Don’t know about the other guys though.
Andy Steven: What is your thought’s on this year’s WWE Vengeance PPV and the involvement of ECW?
Eighteen Visions: I saw that ECW was there. I don’t know the current status of wrestling, but the WCW was always dangerous. I saw RVD and Sabu where there. I remember them.
Andy Steven: What match are you guys most looking forward to at Vengeance and what do you think the outcome will be?
Eighteen Visions: I just wanna see HHH.
Andy Steven: Do you know if the band will one day maybe produce another sound track to be selected for another WWE PPV or for a superstar?
Eighteen Visions: if its something we get asked to do…we would love to take part.
Andy Steven: Out of all of your sound tracks, do they have any meanings from a past experience or a memory of something?
Eighteen Visions: we’ve mainly been used on video games that I’ve never really played. This means way more to me considering that I was a fan.
Andy Steven: How do you come up with your lyrics and who inspires you to continue in the business and what inspired you to join the business?
Eighteen Visions: I just kind of fell into being in a band. It wasn’t something I always dreamed of. My lyrics are inspired by true life events that I experience. Hard times in life. Getting through those times. You know, trying to cope. Just being in the band makes me want to continue what I’m doing. I love making music.
Andy Steven: Is your music produced collectively or individually? Or a mixture of both?
Eighteen Visions: well we write and produce our own demos. Collectively writing the songs. When its time to make a record our producer does the producing.
Andy Steven: I would like to thank you very much once again for taking this time to take part in this interview for www.RingsideMAYHEM.com, I wish you the best of luck in the future and do you have any messages to say to your fans?
Eighteen Visions: keep on truckin fools.