I had a chance to sit down and write some questions to Gary Segars of Prosevere, check out the resulting interview below:
Hey guys, Thanks for taking the time out to do this! How are you today?
We’re great! We appreciate you having us and supporting what we’re doing!
First of all, let’s start off by introducing yourself and your role in the band?
My name’s Gary, and I’m the singer for Prosevere.
I promised to give my good friend, Mark Gossard, a shoutout for you guys, so he has asked me to tell Eric that he was the guy that he gave the “Getcha Pull” bracelet to when he lived in Missouri and, trust me when I say, he promotes you guys all the time! Really a great guy!
So, you just released your new EP “The Damn Disaster” for free download. Tell us a little bit about the writing process for this EP and your favorite moments during the writing/recording process? (I.E. Who did you work with, what was your experience like, etc)
This 3 song EP was done in our own practice space, recorded completely live, all together, with the lead singer of the band “Devour the Day” at the helm, Mr. Blake Allison. He helped produce these songs with us. The idea was to record it live, because of how much pride we have in our raw, live performances. These songs are dirty and show a different side of us. The side that’s influenced by Every Time I Die, Down, and glassjaw along with Foo Fighters and Lynyrd Skynyrd.
I discovered you guys about a year before I met Mark and I’ve always wondered, what is the meaning behind your band name?
Our bass player actually came up with the name Prosevere (pronounced pro-suh-veer). Back in 2006, when we were getting this thing started, we had all kinds of different names. We all came out of different bands in the Memphis music scene, and we had all been playing music forever, so we wanted something that showed that we had persevered through all of the bullshit and came together for something better. So we did a spin on words and created our own word: prosevere. We like to think of the “pro” part as us being positive about what we’ve been through. 7 years later, we’ve still got all 4 original band members and we’re still persevering through this crazy thing we call the music industry.
Having done some extensive touring in your short time as a band, do you have a favorite tour you’ve been on?
Do you have a dream tour line-up? If so, what is that line-up if you were on the bill and if you were an audience member?
I know you’ve toured with some pretty big acts, including: Papa Roach, Godsmack, Sevendust and more.. Have there ever been any “I must be dreaming” moments when meeting anyone famous or semi-famous?
It wasn’t necessarily meeting somebody, but we did a show with Godsmack, and Sully asked Rocky, our drummer, to get up and help them soundcheck because Shannon Larkin’s flight had not gotten into town yet. Rocky’s been a Godsmack fan for YEARS and he got to play on Shannon’s kit, and play his favorite song of theirs. The band was super nice to all of us. It was definitely a “this is a dream” moment.
What is your all-time favorite Prosevere song to perform live? To record?
Man, we’ve got a lot of favorites, but I would say “Shots” is our favorite to play. The crowd always gets amped up for that one, and there’s a lot of crowd response during the song. It’s a faster paced tune, and there are spots that, depending on the night, we even jump out into the crowd during that one. As far as recording, doing Burn the City was really fun because we wrote that one in the studio, just on a whim. The way it came together was pretty incredible. J. Hall, our producer on that EP, is such an awesome writer/producer.
Do you have any rituals that you guys like to perform before touring, recording or playing?There’s not a whole lot that is routine for recording, or before we go on the road, but before we go onstage at each show, we always have all our crew guys huddle up with us, and we try to always do a blacktooth shot (in remembrance of Dimebag) and one of the band members always says a few words before we count to 3 and close it out by yelling “family” or “brotherhood” or “Prosevere.” Something that keeps our family unit together and prepped for the show.
What was the meaning behind the title, “The Damn Disaster” when you chose it for your new EP title?
We took a short vacation down to New Orleans a few months ago and got our minds right and refocused on Bourbon St. The song “The Damn Disaster” states exactly what happened: “Get back to the roots / Start feelin the soul / We’re finding our way back home.”
We’ve always been pretty active in the social media world! It is absolutely crucial, especially as an independent band because, if you’re not out there telling people about yourself and advertising what you’re doing, who else will do it for you? Facebook and Twitter, and most recently Instagram, have given indie musicians a real chance at success that they just didn’t have before. The music scene isn’t any more watered down than it used to be back in the good ol’ days — it’s just that more people have a voice and bands that do have the deals don’t get to hide anymore. Your fans want you to be accessible, and if you’re a prick, people will figure it out and it can hurt you.
On the subject of social media and interaction with fans: A lot of musicians have taken to gaming as an added way to interact with fans. Are you guys gamers? If so, what is your favorite game to play actively with fans and why?
We don’t really do video games much, but I do play NCAA Football and Madden on our PS3. I’m a huge sports fan, and football is absolutely my thing. I was raised up on it, and I love the strategy involved with it. I play online quite a bit, but not necessarily with fans of the band, although my username, “ProsevereGary” on the PS Network, has gotten quite a few people to listen to us.
Well, I don’t want to take up too much of your time. Once again, thank you for doing this with us, it was an honor and a pleasure! Is there anything else you would like to say to our readers, your fans and the general public?
You heard him guys, go pick up “The Damn Disaster” for free and get ready for their new full-length in Late Spring!