Feeling The Black Earth With Travis Crider
I spoke with Travis Crider, the lead guitar from the Bloomington Indiana based band Black Earth. Here is what he had to say when I put him under the MusicIncider Microscope. Read on.
MusicIncider: What is your birth date?
MusicIncider: Tell me the story about how Black Earth was born.
Travis: Brian Tonne and I were in a death metal band that broke up when the bassist graduated from school and moved back to Wisconsin. We knew a couple of other guys that were in a band and more into what you would consider the traditional type metal. Our basic goal was to get together and combine our influences and make some stuff that was heavy, and could still be played on the radio. We wanted to get something that was commercial, and still not feel like we were selling out.
MusicIncider: How did you get the name Black Earth?
Travis: It was something I got off the back of the Necromicicon.
MusicIncider: Who are your musical influences and why?
Travis: Kiss. I don’t think I really have to explain that. I think everybody, whether they want to admit it or not has been influenced by Kiss in one way or another. Elvis is another, in a round about way. I grew up on it. Those to me are rock stars. You don’t see rock stars like that anymore. Black Sabbath, Pantera, and Metallica-those came a little bit later. That’s about it.
MusicIncider: How long has the band been together?
Travis: We have been together right around four years. When we started out, we were all in other bands. Black Earth was a side project. Rehearsals were a once or twice a month thing. It grew from there.
MusicIncider: Who is your favorite metal guitarist and why? Who would you compare your guitar playing to?
Travis: My favorite guitarist is Ace Frehley. I compare my playing most to Andy LeRock of King Diamond.
MusicIncider: Who would you compare Black Earth to musically?
Travis: I would compare us to later works of Corrosion of Conformity, Black Sabbath, and Godsmack. Definitely music to thrash your head to.
MusicIncider: What is your most memorable live show and why?
Travis: That’s a tough question. We have had so many good experiences. Probably when we got to open up for Michael Angelo’s band C4. They were there for the sole purpose of seeing good rock and roll.
MusicIncider: Who in the world would you like most to open for and why?
Travis: Kiss, if they ever tour again, or Black Sabbath I would say.
MusicIncider: If you could sign with any label, who would it be and why?
Travis: Probably Sony. I would say Sony because they have enough money to push, promote, and really advertise their artists.
MusicIncider: Where do you see the band five years from now?
Travis: Hopefully, we could be signed to a major deal and be doing some major tours.
MusicIncider: Tell me your feelings about America going to war.
Travis: I think that its going to be one of those things that’s going to be tough to avoid. We have to do what’s necessary to keep ourselves safe.
MusicIncider: What do you think about President Bush?
Travis: I think he is doing what he has to do to keep us safe. Ever since September 11th, I think things have went pretty good. I don’t see any terrorist attacks happening over here. I think he’s doing a pretty good job.
MusicIncider: Describe yourself as a person.
Travis: I am pretty laid back person. I am pretty set in my mind. I definitely know what I want, and I will do what it takes to get it.
MusicIncider: Have you ever inhaled?
Travis: Uhm, Yeah I have.
MusicIncider: Do you believe in psychics? Why or why not?
Travis: Yeah, I do. I think there’s something there. I don’t know how to go into it in depth, or explain. I think there is something there.
MusicIncider: What is the message the band’s music is trying to get across?
Travis: I don’t think there is any message. We just want to put on a good show. The ultimate purpose is for everybody to have a good time and get there aggressions out. Goal achieved.
MusicIncider: What is your greatest achievement?
Travis: I haven’t gotten there yet.
MusicIncider: What is your stance on gun control?
Travis: I personally am against gun control. I was raised around guns. I hunted as a child. There are bad people, and the criminals find a way to get what they need. Criminals will find a way no matter what. People kill people. It is a matter of who is on the other side of the gun.
MusicIncider: Who is your all time hero and why?
Travis: I have a couple. First, my parents. They have always been very supportive of this music thing. They have never said when are you going to give this up and get a real job. The other one is Gene Simmons from Kiss.
MusicIncider: What age did you start playing guitar at?
Travis: Seriously, at about fifteen.
MusicIncider: If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?
Travis: I would like to go to Jerusalem and Israel. I believe in God. It would be neat to see where all the events from the bible really happened.
MusicIncider: Are you getting any airplay?
Travis: We got some airplay on internet stations. We are getting a little airplay. We are working on college stations. Black Earth has music on an adult film that was filmed on the Bloomington Campus. The name of the movie is called Shane’s World #32: Campus Invasion.
MusicIncider: What is your favorite book of all time?
Travis: The bible. Am I getting too godly on you?
MusicIncider: What do you want people to know about you and your band?
Travis: Well, just listen to the music and figure it out for yourself. That’s what I want people to know.
MusicIncider: What is your favorite quote of all time?
Travis: Don’t base your happiness on the deeds of others, because what can be given can be taken away.
Black Earth is a band to watch. They are a star on the rise.
I look forward to seeing who gets to them first.