INTERVIEW: Christopher Lee Compton of Frostbite
By Cyrus Rhodes
The latest CD from "Frostbite” entitled Valentine and Other Stories of Hope is a solid and consistent musical statement from Christopher Lee Compton. Its strength – the impressive songwriting, impressive theatrics and and dark intensity that keeps coming at you song for song. . The messages are dark, though provoking, intense and may cause your ears to freeze solid.
IMD What inspired the CD title of your latest release?
CLC Valentine was the first song completed for this release and I knew it WASN'T going to be a very hopeful or happy outing so, it just seemed appropriate. Anyone who knows me at all knew that they were in for a bumpy ride as soon as they saw title ;)
IMD How does this release differ from other Goth Metal bands out there? What makes it so special?
CLC I feel that Frostbite manages to capture several different sounds and styles. My background is quite varied and I believe that comes through. Of course, I may be wrong. I am very close to the music so, I may have a bit of a biased view ;)
IMD Who are your top musical influences?
CLC I've been influenced by several different bands/musicians in my time but, I would have to say the band that has had the most impact on me would have to be The Fields of the Nephilim. Unfortunately, I didn't even know about the band until after they had broken up. With Carl McCoy reviving the name recently, I may get the chance but, it won't be the same. The original lineup was something quite special.
IMD What was the best concert you’ve ever been to?
CLC That's a VERY difficult question!!! I've been fortunate enough to see some absolutely mind blowing shows. Sometimes because of the bands, sometimes because of the people I was with and sometimes both! There really isn't a “best” concert I've ever seen. Sorry :(
"Frostbite is an extremely emotional experience for me. I hope that comes through
in the songs and performances."
- Christopher Lee Compton -
IMD How’s the music business in your neck of the woods?
CLC There seems to be a thriving music scene in Atlanta. A lot of it is Hip Hop though. That's fine and I can appreciate it but, as far as darker music, it's quite underground.
IMD What do you like most about performing live?
CLC I absolutely love the spontaneity of a live performance. Yes, you're rehearsed and things will (or should) happen at a particular time during the set but, you never know exactly what each night is going to bring. A show is a release of sorts too. I'm not the same person in everyday life as I am when I'm performing. It's a great way, for me, to get rid of the demons running around in my head!
IMD Can you tell us more about the tracks “Yet Another Stain” and Valentine”
CLC Yet Another Stain was originally titled Stain and was written when I was in a band in Seattle during the mid 90's. It was the first song that band had written together and captured the sound that I wanted perfectly! What you hear on the CD is an updated version of Stain. I felt it needed to see a proper release.
Valentine was written during a very dark time of my life. I honestly felt that I needed to write it or I would completely lose my mind! If it weren't for that song, this CD would probably have never been done.
IMD Any touring schedules to support?
CLC I'm currently in the process of trying finding the right musicians to play these songs. I want nothing more than to play live, possibly a small tour but, it MUST be with the correct group of people. I'll let you know when I find them!
IMD What’s the one thing you want fans to take from your music?
CLC Frostbite is an extremely emotional experience for me. I hope that comes through in the songs and performances.
IMD What’s next for Frostbite?
CLC The next major step is to get a stable band together and get on a stage! After that, whatever the fates throw our way I suppose!
interview conducted by Cyrus Rhodes. Property of Indie Music Media LLC.
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