Stay Sick Records first ever signees, It Lives, It Breathes, are an example of taking your dreams into your own hands and dedicated your heart and soul to bring to life a legacy as a band. Dishin’ out music that pushes further than the eyes and ears of the mainstream, It Lives, It Breathes are on the cusp of elevating to the next level and their infectious energy plant them high on the list of bands to watch in 2017. I caught up with vocalist, Kevin Lacerda, to discuss the success of the band’s debut album, ‘Silver|Knights’, upcoming tour plans, tattoos, and more.
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is It Lives, It Breathes?
My name is Kevin Lacerda and I am the vocalist/lyricist of It Lives, It Breathes. We are the biggest band in the world, the world just doesn’t know it yet.
Congrats on the success of your debut album, ‘Silver|Knights’. Tell us about the creative and recording process behind the album.
Our initial writing process is very DIY as we have our own production studio. Our Guitarist Kris writes and pre-produces all the instrumentals and electronics. I take the liberty of writing all the vocals/lyrics.
Let’s talk tattoos. Tell us about some of your favorite personal pieces and the artists that brought them to life.
We’re still in the very early stages of our career and have chosen to invest most of the money that we make back into the band. That being said, we don’t as of yet have as many tattoos as we’d like but on the road we’ve been able to meet a few amazing fans that we’re also tattoo artists and gave us the hook up. I have a chest piece across my collar bone, inspired by my favorite ‘UnderOath’ lyric that reads: “You wanna see me disappear” and the members also have a small identical alchemy themed tattoo based on the band’s symbol (the crescent moon).
Any upcoming tour or festival appearances that you can fill us in about?!
We are actually heading out on our first Co- Headlining tour this march with Avion Roe. This also falls in line with the SXSW season of spring festivals so hopefully we’ll have some good news to announce very soon in regards to that also.
As you are signed to Stay Sick Recordings, how has being a part of that family kept you musically inspired and what is one potent lesson that you have learned from your peers?
Since the label itself is in its infancy, having been first announced into existence in 2015, alongside that announcement came our signing as their first artist. We took that as a sign that we had something to prove on behalf of the brand and wanted to make an impact. We’ve worked very hard to be the flagship artist for the label and publicly support all the artists that were later signed in the coming months and beyond. We’ve learned that being signed doesn’t mean your work stops, if anything it means that now your work towards a successful career have truly begun.
If you guys could tour with any band, who would you choose and why?
Linkin Park. To be the best, you have to tour with the best.
What can fans of It Lives, It Breathes expect in 2017?
We started writing for our second album before the first album was even released. That being said, we’re just searching for the best studio to help us bring this follow up to life and help bring us to that next level of evolution in our careers. We also have been hard at work trying to make our way to Europe, Japan, and the U.K. We finished 2016 in Canada and the response was better than we ever could’ve expected so we have plans to make the same kind of impact in other countries.
Have you translated your personal experiences into your artistry as a musician? (lyrically) if so, give us an example of song that means a lot to you personally.
I do, however I try to translate my lyrical experiences in a very indirect way so the listener has an easy way to identify and relate to them. My story is my own but at the same time it’s therapeutic for a fan to know they’re not alone in the world. In terms of my favorite lyrics. I’ve struggled with my faith most of my life and documented this in the song ‘Devils’ with the lyrics: If I could try to change my fate, then maybe I will find my faith again.
Tell us about how you guys linked up with Stephanie Brite.
We toured with Stephanie Brite early last year and became very close with her. She is a kind and wonderful soul and a true entertainer. There’s never a dull moment with her so we’re excited to tour with her again this February.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?!
It’s never cliche to recognize that without your fans, you truly are nothing. Our fans have shown an undying passion towards us and they’re the reason we haven’t given up in an industry that’s so monopolized. One day it’ll all be worth it. Their support is an investment in our future and it means the world to us.