Steve Holt, guitarist with Alaskan’s finest 36 CRAZYFISTS, has spoken to ILikeMusic.com about not only new album Collisions And Castaways and touring with label-mates DevilDriver but also about the trials and tribulations of being in a metal band.
You’ve got to play the music because you love it.” He tells them, “You can’t get into it because you think you’re going to make money or this or that. And you’ve got to enjoy all parts of it. I know a lot of people in the industry; some people like the studio stuff and don’t like to tour, some people like to tour and don’t like studio stuff – you’ve just got to love what you’re doing. We’ve been doing this for years, we also worked jobs at home, you know? It’s not like there’s a ton of money in it. So you’ve got to be sure that you love what you’re doing otherwise it’ll be a short trip.”
Having released five studio albums over their career (4 with Roadrunner), it’s evident that this is something Steve does indeed do because he loves it. “One of the highlights for me is just how long we have been a band.” he continues, “This will be our 17th year, so we’ve been doing it a long time. It’s not unheard of but it’s fairly unheard of to have bands that last as long as we have, so that’s something I really take pride in. We’ve just kept trucking along and kept the band together, and we do it because we love it. That’s what I really take pride in. As far as shows go, the Download shows over here are always amazing and we’re doing Soundwave in Australia again in February-March. We did that 2 years ago and that was a great highlight. Getting to go to places like Japan and Australia, all these places, we’re really lucky to be able to do that.”
You can read the full interview with Steve at this location.