Q&A With LOMM

Bushido Code INTERVIEW

LOMMCan you give a little biographical and historical info; who is involved in the band, and how did you guys meet up? 

The artist:

Bushido code started off like pretty much any other band. Five friends who really wanted to play music. But there’s a little bit more to it than that. Derrick Voricci, the guitarist, Wanted to be in a “Last band I’ll ever be in“ Band. So I,Mike Ledet-vocalist, could not let one of my closest friends be in the last band he’ll ever be in and not be in it. So we got together with Kyle Bull, also on guitar, Shaun Barr on bass and Rocco Legato on drums. We have all known each other for a long time from all the other bands that we had been involved in. bands like Nourish The Flame, Choose Your Weapon, In The Eyes Of, Fury Of Five, XrepresentX, Subdue, Dementor ect.. So to say that we’ve been at this for a while is an understatement LOL. Derek really wanted to do a traditional thrash band. To be honest when I first heard the music I was like “we’re really going back to when we were 15?” But after a while and putting this whole band together it really started to come together and be something unique. we’re really excited about it!!

LOMM: Pandemic has taken an emotional toll on everyone yet the arts have been hit especially hard. The musicians are vulnerable to financial upheaval. How have you guys have been holding up?

The artist:

Well fortunately and unfortunately we don’t play music for a living. It is a second income for us, We all have regular jobs. But we have plenty of friends that do. And it sucks watching bands that you love  struggle like they are. Hell it sucks watching the world struggle like it is. 

LOMM: On the other hand you seem to have had a productive time. Is that right?

The artist:

Yes we have. We were able to work on this new record “the Ronin“ and take our time with it, made sure it was perfect to us. It has slowed the world down a little bit, but it made us focus on the things that we love a little bit more. I’m just trying to make something positive out of something so damn negative LOL.

LOMM: Modern sounds are my thing J How about you? What does your genre means to you, why did you choose this genre?

The artist:

Well I don’t think we picked the genre as much as the genre picked us. This is the music we grew up to. We were attracted to it like a magnet. I can’t really speak on behalf of the rest of the guys but music became a way of life for me. Metal/hard-core was such a huge part of my life. It became what defined me. It was the only way I wanted to express myself. I loved hearing others express themselves the same way and connect with them.

LOMMHow did the initial musical and thematic elements evolve?
The artist:

The name came from a movie Shogun Assassin. It was a name Derrick had for a long time When he came to me with the idea. I thought it would be fun to bring back some of the things that we loved when we were younger in metal. Like the themes and characters you saw and heard on the old records Like Maiden, Megadeth, Metallica, Testament, Overkill etc. We wanted to bring some of that back. Make it the forefront of the band. We really missed the nerdy part of metal. So we took off with his story of a demon style samurai. His name ‘Da Shi‘ means ‘to die’ And how a Ronin Samurai Who couldn’t die would deal with our modern society. I mean just think about it! A Ronin who only believes in the code living in a modern world where a code doesn’t exist. I can write songs forever about that.

LOMM: Are you happy with your product? I mean, what aspects of it do you think you guys nailed, and what parts do you think you could improve
upon?
The artist:

We’re super proud of the product, everything from the cover to the recording. The only thing I wish we could’ve done was write more songs for it. We re-recorded 2 old songs that were on our first EPs. To be honest with you at first I wasn’t into the idea. But the guys were right, the songs are way better recorded the way they are recorded now. They’re like new songs and they needed it. I love how the story is told, the feeling of the album from beginning to end.


LOMM
How has the overall reception been?
The artist:

So far it’s been really good. I have close friends of mine who are more hard-core guys than metal guys. They all gave us great reviews on it. I’m sure haters will hate. But we haven’t heard any yet.  to be honest, sometimes negative reviews get me pumped to write better songs.

LOMM: Have you ever been on a tour? Given live performances? Is it tough for you not to be able to do so now?
The artist:

We haven’t done the tour as far as the band goes. We’ve all been in touring bands, but as far as Bushido goes, No official tours. we played a good amount of shows in the short time that we’ve been together. Considering how far we live apart, me in North Carolina and the rest of the guys in PA. We’ve been to Canada and throughout PA and North Carolina. But we are dying to get out there more. We have some stuff in the works and we’re excited about it. Once this world opens up I’m sure you’ll see bushido code playing out more.

LOMM: What do you see for your future? How is it looking?
The artist:

Our future is looking bright. For the most part the band is older guys. But this is a new idea so we’re super excited about it. we made all the mistakes already, so we don’t have to repeat them. The drive is really there in this band. It’s like energy you can feel so I expect we will be around for a while.

LOMM: Could you tell us about the lyrics / themes /concepts you focus on or plan to focus on? How did the ideas come about, and how do they influence the writing process? Who is writing the lyrics?
The artist:

I wrote a bulk load of the lyrics but Derrick also wrote some too. The songs we wrote together are my favorite. the songs are kind of a story, you could say it’s a concept album. But the deeper you dig into it the more you realize this is about real life. We took a fantasy approach at writing each song, But there’s a reality behind the song. Yeah we’re looking at the scenarios of the eyes and thoughts of this demon samurai. But what we’re really talking about is our world and all the flaws in it. It’s about the virtues of a samurai in the world today where samurais don’t exist. And the virtues definitely don’t exist, Things like honor and loyalty. The idea of the lyrics to this record are meant to be a mirror so we can look at ourselves!

LOMMWhich is more exciting? Being on the road or studio?
The artist:

I would have to say being on the road. When we’re all together in a van or car. We laugh so damn much and so hard and the stories are just so great, its my favorite part. The studio not so much, It’s a labor of love if you know what I mean.

LOMMWho is composing the songs?
The artist:

As far as the music goes, Derrick usually comes up with the basic song and then we all contribute and make it the final product, which sometimes doesn’t really even sound like it did when it started. So it’s really a whole band effort.

LOMMWhat bands do you draw your inspiration from?
The artist:

I would say there’s a lot of old metallica vibes In the songs along with a lot of death. More of your classic metal versus the newer era of metal. Not taking anything away from those bands but it just seems we have the influences that we grew up with. I guess you could say there’s a little hard-core in there, when we grew up playing the kind of music we did, it’s got a find its way in. To name some other bands, maybe Testament, Havok, All Out War and many, many more.


LOMM
What’s more important to you? Catering to the audience or music for its own sake?
The artist:

For me it’s always been about doing what I wanted to do. What was inspiring to me are the stories I wanted to tell. I guess I always kept that hard-core mentality- if you don’t like it don’t listen. The audience is always going to be there with like-minded people. But if you cater to the crowd you’re doing yourself a disservice.

LOMM: When you look back your music career, what do you consider to be your greatest accomplishment?
The artist:

Truthfully for me- I had a kid come up to me once at a show And tell me that a song I wrote impacted his life. He Told me that it helped him get through something. To me, there is no greater accomplishment!

LOMM: Anything else you think your fans should know?

The artist:

Yes we love each and everyone of you! We hope that this new album is exactly what you’re looking for from us. We have new merch coming out, and A new video coming out. A whole bunch of goodies you can get your hands on. Tshirts, Tapes, vinyls all kinds of stuff. But just get out there and support music bands, labels, all the people that bring music out there, because we need your help now more than ever. And truly and honestly thank you for giving us a chance to do what we love.

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