Josh and Zach, the brothers that make up Georgia-based metal band Breakthrough Even, filled out a quick Q&A for us!
WHAT WAS YOUR FIRST IMPRESSION OF YOUR BANDMATES?
Josh: It’s really hard to have a “first impression” of Zach since we’ve literally known each other since we were born, but he’s hilarious and a super hardworking dude and it’s always been great both writing and playing music with him. Wouldn’t have it any other way.
Zach: What Josh said initially. Our music has always been something that we’ve bonded over and shared. His innate songwriting talent and vision for our songs never ceases to amaze me. His consistent dedication to his craft whether it be guitar or his engineering has been really amazing to watch develop. Super grateful to be alongside him in all of this!
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MEMORY PLAYING SHOWS?
Josh: My favorite memory is of the last show we played back at the end of 2017. We had a full lineup at the time and we were opening for All That Remains which we all thought was pretty cool. It’s my favorite memory just because it was probably one of our biggest shows and we were all on top of our game that night. Everything went without a hitch and I remember the response from the crowd being pretty incredible.
Zach: I think what Josh said sums it up! It was an amazing experience.
WHAT ARTIST WOULD BE YOUR DREAM COLLABORATION?
Josh: Right now I’m thinking it’d be super cool to work with Courtney LaPlante from Spiritbox. Her vocals are unreal.
Zach: Complete opposite end of the genre spectrum but Tony Anderson. To be able to work on a piece with him I’m sure would be a really rewarding experience.
WHAT SONG ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF AND WHY?
Josh: I’m proud of all of our music so this tends to change depending on where I’m at creatively. Sometimes I’ll focus on different aspects of our music at different points in time. I’d say right now I’m most proud of our recent single ‘Phoenix Down’ because it was definitely a challenge getting the music right and where we wanted it. When the song finally did come together it was really satisfying and I’m proud of the work that both Zach and I put into it.
Zach: Definitely ‘Phoenix Down’. Really cool to have worked with Andy Cizek on it and like Josh said, the process of how that song came to be was really fun but challenging to make everything sound how we were envisioning it. Super satisfying when the process works out.
WHAT ARE SOME OF YOUR NON-MUSICAL INFLUENCES?
Josh: I pull a lot of influence from books. I read a good bit of sci-fi and fantasy and that genre is really good at getting me thinking about concepts and ideas that are beyond myself and my immediate environment. I also get really inspired by digital artwork. I’ll often scroll through DeviantArt or something like that if I’m looking for a vibe or trying to reach a certain headspace.
Zach: I’m a very visual person so looking at digital art or certain photography or even cinema helps inspire me and gets me in the right headspace when I need it. Beyond that…I love words. I love quotes and just reading about people’s own perspective and lens when it comes to life.
WHAT IS YOUR GO-TO GAS STATION ORDER?
Josh: I’d say beef jerky or Doritos with some sort of an energy drink. Probably Red Bull.
Zach: If I stop at a gas station for anything other than gas, it’s most likely because I’m about to workout so my go to is always a C4 Energy Drink or a Quest protein bar. Perfection.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO YOUR YOUNGER SELF?
Josh: Stay focused and don’t worry about being a perfectionist!
Zach: To get out of my head, stop holding myself back, and to quit worrying about the future and to be more present.
WHAT ARE YOUR GOALS AND PLANS FOR THE YEAR?
Josh: More music!
Zach: Can’t wait for everyone to hear it!