-Interview- One Way To Live (12/6/15)

Embrace positivity and get to know One Way To Live.


From: Aurora, CO
Sounds like: Post Hardcore/Metal

1. How did you get started with music and how did you develop your sound? Who thought of the name “One Way To Live” and is there any meaning behind it?

We began with a very thrash and prominently metalcore influence as Knife To a Gunfight in our early days, and have developed our sound and image through extensive effort. We like to show our vast array of influences from bands like Pantera, Lamb of God, and Metallica all the way to influences like Slipknot, Bullet for My Valentine, and Miss May I just to name few. Our sound has developed quite uniquely, and we really just throw in every bit of impact that artists have made upon us to generate our style.
The name “One Way to Live” was thought of by our lead vocalist, Schraeder, in actually a complicated scenario. We found ourselves at a time where we needed to accommodate the new writing style and how we’ve all developed as people and musicians. We all wanted to express that being a musician is tough, but like living is in general. We all have one way to live and the message is to embrace it, and live your life constantly improving and doing what you love most, regardless of how some believe you should live otherwise.

2. What do you want listeners to take away from your "The Disembodied Fortune" single"?

We intend for our listeners to really take away the concept of individualism. The song was written to express that you should be who you truly are, and not who you want to be. No one will ever become someone else, so our approach and message with ‘The Disembodied Fortune’ is to stand your ground and fight for what you believe in, regardless of what it is and you shouldn’t be ashamed for it. We have considered current events and the nature of the world itself and really just want to convey that we try our best, and honestly will continue to do what we do regardless of the method to see smiles on our fans’ faces at the end of the day.

3. What can people expect from your live show?

We are fucking wild. We will start on that note, for lack of a better way to put it. We are all high-octane people who like to go crazy when we can, and the stage is definitely the place. Live performances are what we live for, and we go all out, so we can definitely assure that we want people to go crazy and have a lot of fun. We put our hearts into it, and love having people there to share the experience.

4. What's your favorite track to play live?

We definitely throw down most to "Hourglass" thus far. It’s fast-paced, groovy, and we put a lot of work into it so we love jamming it. The music video we released of us playing it is actually pretty damn close to how we play it live, too.

5. Who are three bands you’d like to tour with?

Parkway Drive, Bullet For My Valentine, and Slipknot. Not in any order and only by current preference, and this question took the longest.

6. Any crazy show stories?

Our first show, we played in a small venue and the ceiling was very low. Schraeder had broke one of the dry wall panels in the ceiling before a breakdown. Thus far we haven’t had anything crazy, but will once we got on to touring we’re sure..depending on how you define crazy.

7. What’s your take on the current state of metalcore?

Metalcore is evolving rapidly, and acquiring new influences from alternative genres in metal. Mostly, it’s becoming more recognized and we’re really excited for its acceptance into the broader regions of metal.

8. What’s the current music scene like there in Colorado both locally and state wide?

Colorado is a melting pot of music culture, and we are glad to be a part of it and rather like it this way. There are scenes for electronic music, metal, alternative, folk, and more. It’s very diverse, and we are excited for metal to grow more here as well!

9. What’s your take on legal/illegal music downloading?

Nowadays, legal downloading has taken a turn toward streaming, which has become one of the prevalent resources for downloading (if you want to call it that). Utilizing a client to access music is actually a good way to divert attention from piracy, which we believe is a huge issue. Illegal downloading is illegal for a reason, and just because you are behind a computer doesn’t mean you aren’t breaking the law. At this point, we are trying to make ends meet to bring people our material, but there are those out there that have been doing this for a while and piracy can really hurt them. On the exposure side, if you want to share our music but can’t afford it, we know the feeling and that’s why our material is available everywhere. If you have Spotify, Tidal, Google Music, or any client that supports streaming for a low monthly fee we are all for it. Just don’t bite the hand that feeds.

10. What’s next for One Way To Live?

We are stoked to have recently released our Self-Titled EP, we are looking into many things currently. The next step is helping to get the EP out there and playing some shows, so hit us up and spread the word! Our EP is up on iTunes, YouTube, Google Music, and more to be as we speak so if you want to pick it up we ensure the jams are killer and definitely worth it. Tell us what you think, too!

11. Any shoutouts?

We’d like to give shoutouts to our homie Dusty Boles at Square One studios for the journey in producing this monster of an EP, and look forward to the future! We’d also like to thank everyone who has been at our side through thick and thin to get our message out there, and it truly means a lot to have such a great family of fans. We want to shout out you guys too, FTD, for helping to be the fuel for many great artists and we’re stoked for what’s to come. Cheers!