Arena rockin’ music makers, Thousand Foot Krutch, have transformed their passion into an example for the masses that showcases that candidly expressing your highest self through your lyricism is where you will create inner wealth. Over an electric run in the music industry, Thousand Foot Krutch has dished out eight studio albums including their latest, ‘Exhale’, that have energized and cranked up the volume of listeners hearts worldwide. I caught up with lead singer, Trevor McNevan, to discuss what’s in store for 2017, his connection with his higher power, tattoos, and more.
You guys are gearing up to hit the road for the Winter Jam Tour Spectacular with a wide-ranging group of musicians. Who are you looking forward to sharing the stage with and what can attendees look forward to?
This tour is unlike any other tour we’ve been on. We know quite a few of the bands this year from the last time we did this tour, but we’ve never toured with Brit Nicole, and I dig what she does, so stoked for that!
Your eighth studio album, ‘Exhale’, was a major success and hit #1 for US Christian albums; congratulations. Tell us about the creative and recording process of bringing ‘Exhale’ to life.
It’s been exciting to see how the record has translated and how well it’s been received. We’re so thankful and humbled by everyone who’s walked or is walking this journey with us. I do a lot of writing on and off the road with portable writing rigs and home studios etc, working on the songs ahead of time. We settled through what we felt like made the right collection for “Exhale,” worked through the rest, and hit the studio. We each built our own studios a while back, so we can record our albums at home remotely with state of the art gear. It works well for us nowadays with families and all living in different cities. “Exhale” was always supposed to be part 2, the more aggressive side to “Inhale”(our previous release).
Thousand Foot Krutch has been a band that has delivered weighty messages full of hope throughout the songwriting process. What life experiences led you guys to this state of vulnerability within your music?
I think when an artist isn’t being integral in what they do, you can hear it. If it’s not honest, you can hear that. At least that’s how I’ve always felt as a music fan, so I’ve tried my best to keep it honest and vulnerable. Our faith is our lifestyle, it’s not our “religion,” genre or a name tag we wear. I think it all plays into the inspiration that evokes the next song: relationships (good and bad), the wins, the losses, the mountains and the valleys.
Bold, yet we won’t cut corners. How do you perceive your relationship with God has influenced your artistry as a musician?
My personal relationship with God has affected every area of my life in every way, so that would be a fair assessment. I write about my journey of life as I walk it, the good and the bad, the ups and the downs, and have always been open and honest about what I believe, and how that doesn’t mean that I think I have all the answers.
As Thousand Foot Krutch has been a band that has been exposed to a variety of phases within the music industry, what is your perception of spirituality/religion becoming more accepted over the years? Are there any earlier experiences in which you ever felt less vulnerable to expose your relationship with God through your music?
I think we’re living in a time where people will respect you more for standing up for what you believe in, even if they don’t share the same thoughts/beliefs. It hasn’t always been that way. We’ve been pretty fortunate along the way to not have had much criticism regarding that. Regardless of the details, you let the music speak for itself and love people for who they are, and where they’re at, and hope that in the end, they reciprocate that.
As our society has become more and more connected through the internet, how have you witnessed and experienced positive transformation stemming from the digital world within your decades of playing and creating music?
I think it’s great. I used to have to walk to the local pharmacy/mail courier and hand write each envelope to every label, agent, magazine, radio station, etc, and now you can upload the music in five seconds and potentially reach an audience across the globe you had no reach to before, let alone the industry in your own country. Any newcomer who think this sucks, or thinks that they have it rough, has no idea haha.
There are a variety of listeners that dive into your discography including kids that are experiencing their first years as a teenager. Do you have any words of wisdom that you can share with them pertaining to the journey ahead?
You’re wired the way you are for a reason, and you’re the best version of you, so never let anyone try to change that or tell you how you “should” feel. You be you, don’t be afraid to stand up for what you believe in, remember that it only takes one voice, or one person to stand up to create change. One voice is enough, so speak the truth, even if your voice shakes.
What do fans of Thousand Foot Krutch have to look forward to in 2017?!
We have a lot in store for 2017, so stay tuned!!! We’re currently giving away a free 3 song EP at Tfkmusic.com. Go get it! Our new single “Lifeline” was just released exclusively through Sirius/XM “Octane, ” and there’s a lot more coming up!
If you could only take three albums with you into a deserted island, which three albums would you choose and why?
Man. That’s hard!!! There’s no way I could decide on 3! I’ll try though….
Here are 3 records that made a mark on my growing up. I might not agree with everything they’re saying lyrically, but musically and as a package, they connected with me in different ways:
1) Pete Rock & CL Smooth – “Mecca & The Soul Brother”
This is and always will be my favorite hip-hop record of all time. This changed hip-hop and it changed me. The samples, the beats, the creativity, the flow, unmatchable.
2) Fountains of Wayne – “Self-titled”
This album, along with Weezer’s “Blue Album” were both records I bought because I liked the cover, and both turned out to be 2 of my favorite pop rock albums. So raw, so simple, but the melodies are brilliant and the storytelling is fantastic.
3) Liz Phair – “Whipsmart”
This album is wildly off the beaten path creatively, and she takes so many risks musically and vocally, that it inspires me to try new things and hear things in music that I hadn’t been paying attention to before. It was so imperfect, that it also made me think I could play guitar, and so I started picking that up more often. Been playing it ever since!
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?!
We love and appreciate you so much!!! Thank you for walking this journey with us and for all of your support!!! Hope to see you all at a show soon!!