Infidel Interview #145: Toothpinch

First of, just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. Could you start off by giving a little information about you to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, and where you live would be pretty standard?

Thank you for inviting me to share what I do. I’m the sole member of the band Toothpinch. I’m 45 years old from a little town in north central-ish Ohio USA.

How do you enjoy where you live? Is there a vibrant music community where you are? Would you say you find that your local scene influences your attitude and/or creativity?

My music community is online. I have met people from all over the world that I connect to and share ideas with. It makes up for the lack of any type of local community.

What do you feel separates your music from the rest of the music in the Industrial music scene?

Overall I am just trying to do what I do. I very much appreciate what other artists are doing. I listen to music all the time, but to simply copy what others do would not benefit myself, those bands or the listeners.

It’s been a process to figure out what “Toothpinch” is and where it is going.

What would you say are your favorite themes and topics that inspire you to compose? What draws you to those themes?

It seems to fall into two categories.

Personal frustration : With my place in life and where I feel I fit in to this crazy world.

Global frustration : The shitshow that it is. The state of the world is an endless buffet of lyrics for any artist that cares to delve the depths.

Industrial and Attitude seem to go hand in hand. With global war, civil unrest, injustice, and political revolution being primary musical themes that dominate your music, how do you feel nowadays about the current state of world affairs?

It sucks. No reason to beat around the bush about it. Humanity has the capability to be this amazing thing (and it is, I’m not 100% nihilist) but squanders it on instant gratification, the greed of the power hungry, apathy and inability to change due to the growing divide of the “haves and have-nots”.

What do you see in the near, and far, future for your creative output?

After some effort and persistence, this EP dream of mine is finally finished. That’s the now.

Didn’t think I’d make it to the end - and a shout out to all the people that listened to me get here.

The future?

Well, I have met some great people on this musical journey. I’d love to work more with them and expand my horizons and sound.

I have ideas for the next EP and possibly a single before that.

When you first started making music, was there a particular sound or artistic/musical influence that you would say was your biggest inspiration to start pursuing the creative path yourself?