EMQ’s with LIFECYCLE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Jackson, New Jersey based Alt-Metal band, LifeCycle. Huge thanks to Bassist/backing vocalist, Scott Pustilnick for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is Scott Pustilnick and I play Bass and sing backing vocals for LifeCycle. The band was formed with some sort of energy from the universe here in NJ! I literally put an online ad looking for a singer. Then hired a singer, who found not one, but two great guitarists (Kevin and Joe), and an insanely talented drummer (John)…and then we fired the Singer! Yep…! We continued to write and record. One drunken late night, John placed another online ad for a singer, and we found Asim Rizvi, our current and magnificent lead singer. Really happy we fired our original singer!!
How did you come up with your band name?
The first song we had written with Asim was entitled “Lifecycle”. It really fit the song well and we loved the name. At the same time, we were throwing ideas around for a band name. Naming a band is painful. You need to have much more in mind other than “hey that sounds good”. One night after a marathon rehearsal we decided to look at our song titles and use one of those instead…if it worked for Black Sabbath, it could work for us! The band name, LifeCycle, really fits our overall writing scheme well, and it worked. Our first single ‘Lifecycle’ dropped January 2020.
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
We are all from the United States of America although our singer was not born in the USA. We can’t cover the Bruce Springsteen song because of him! Kidding of course. The metal scene is lacking in the USA, compared to other countries. In America, we need to play catch up!
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
‘Burnout’ dropped March 6th, 2020! Exciting times for us. This band, for now, is releasing ‘singles’ every other month. Our goal is to give our fans constant new music and content, different versions of current releases or new releases.
Who have been your greatest influences?
My greatest influence currently is LifeCycle. This band drives and is in constant motion. Due to the band members, and everyone’s singular vision to create, Joe, Kevin, Asim, and John have been my greatest influence.
What first got you into music?
My parents. The house was constantly full of music. The car rides, the down time, the dinners…everything and everywhere. When you grow up with music as the main part of your life, it gets inside you and then it’s just like breathing.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Good question! For our band, we don’t currently have a keyboard player. Collaborating with a keyboard player would be really amazing. That keyboardist would be Adam Wakeman. Adam is the son of legendary keyboardist Rick Wakeman. With talent like that, I would like to see where that leads LifeCycle.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Glastonbury! That festival is legendary and sells out in minutes without even releasing the line-up.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Babies…lots of kids. LOL. Another good question. I think “weirdest” might be a bit subjective, but I had dinner with a famous comedian (removing his name to protect him) in New York. He brought me a pair of shoes……not new shoes either. Just a pair of shoes. No box, no anything. Just shoes. I said, “Thank you”. Not sure what else I could say but looking back, I have a lot of questions.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
“That baby doesn’t even look like me”! Ok, the real message for our fans…….”THANK YOU for taking YOUR time and spending it with us.”
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
The most enjoyable thing about being a musician is the creativity it allows you to have. Writing a song, a part, a melody, recording it, playing it live…it’s like hitting the lottery of creativity. The worst part of being a musician is living in hotels. It is OK for two weeks but after that, you really need your own bed. It doesn’t seem horrible to be without your bed, but I can tell you it really is.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I wouldn’t change much as I just want to create music. There is one thing that could be a bit better. I don’t think musicians should play live without playing live. No backing tracks. If you can’t play it live, don’t put it through a sound system and send it out to a live audience. If you have to hire more people to play live, do it. Or don’t. I don’t care but when I go see a live performance, I need the music to be represented by people playing instruments.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Megadeth – “Youthanasia”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Aha…best for what?! Best for convenience, no question downloads. Being able to have Apple Music in my pocket is about the best thing to ever happen to music for me. I can listen and share in seconds, and not only that, I have EVERY obscure album or song ever created with me at all times. It is just mind blowing. Best for listening quality; Vinyl. With the right system is the closest to the live performance that you could ever ask for. The issue is you need money for that, and you need a lot of room. Vinyl takes up a lot of room and the turntable and speakers you need are REALLY pricey.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Philadelphia, The TLA (Theatre of the Living Arts). Tons of history in Philly and especially with that room.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I would be into the Art of film making or making videos. I am an artist so that would allow me to be creative. LifeCycle created an episodic YouTube series called “A Day in the LifeCycle”. I personally edit the videos and create the series. It is a passion and so much fun. If you like what you see on YouTube, please subscribe and let us know!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Our attorney, Jay Jay Lord, and the rest of LifeCycle, Asim, Joe, Kevin and John. We have way too much fun together. It’s just all comedy and music and comedy and music. It’s just so damn fun. If I had to invite 5 people I didn’t know, it would be the Beatles including Pete Best…
What’s next for the band?
April 3rd, the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival! On top of that, we are constantly in the studio because our road map is new content, new versions, new songs, new new new! We are keeping it constantly fresh and there are no signs of slowing down.
(BETH HERE: Due to the current climate, please check all events before travelling, as they may be cancelled)
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
If it goes stale and it gets hard, its cake. Jaffa Cakes are cake!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you! We appreciate the time and interest in LifeCycle. Time is priceless and it is something that you can never get back. The fact that anyone takes time to read about us or listen to our music is amazing and we really appreciate it. Hope to see everyone really soon!
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