Interview: THE IMAGE YOU CLAIM Talk Debut Album “Painted Visions”

California’s progressive metalcore / djent six-piece The Image You Claim released their debut album “Painted Visions” (review here) in October 2017, and they spoke for Rocking Charts about it, recording process, their influences, and more.

Hey folks. How are you doing?

I’m doing great actually! I’m really excited for what’s in store for the future. Happy New Year to everyone!  

You recently launched your debut album “Painted Visions.” How do you feel about the release?

We’re all stoked on the release and there was a good amount of stress leading up to the release of the album itself that I’m glad we’re past now. Personally, this has been all a huge learning experience since this is the first time I’ve released an album with anyone, and I’m happy to see that the album has been well received.

The Image You Claim - Painted Visions

How much of a challenge was to work on the album?

It was a long process in the making, believe it or not. Our guitarist, Chris, laid out a lot of demos over the past couple of years and had them uploaded to his SoundCloud account. After our vocalists, Julian and Justin, started the band with Chris, they wrote all the lyrics to songs that were selected, rearranged, and remastered before the release.

What other artists similar to your genre that are coming from California are you friends with?

To be completely honest, there aren’t many bands that we’re friends with in California that play similar music as us, but we have played with some sick bands like Witness The Fallacy and Heretic AD. The dudes in both of those bands are super nice and love supporting us and tons of other bands in the area.

What is your opinion about the current metal scene?

I feel that the metal scene is more prominent now than it has been before. So many bands I grew up listening to in their early years are now touring all the time and releasing awesome music – it’s crazy!  And I think it really helps that so many musicians are interactive with their fans and offer much more than just music nowadays. It’s great to be a part of this community and can’t wait for what 2018 has in store.

Can you tell me something about your influences?

All my biggest influences are musicians in today’s metal world: Matt Garstka, Tosin Abasi,  and Adam Nolly Getgood are a few that come to mind. I’ve learned so much just about how to develop myself further as a musician with good practicing habits and learned about a plethora of gear and equipment because of these musicians’ insanely high-quality taste in the kind of tools they apply to their craft. I also love that just about all these influences have something to offer away from just their music; drum sample libraries, tutorials, workshops, and much more. I aspire to be able to influence a growing artist like any of these guys have done for me.

What are you listening to these days?

I’ve been stuck on the newest Intervals album, “The Way Forward”, for sure! But if I’m not listening to that, it’s usually whatever CDs I have playing in my car… which are mostly modern metal albums from the past few years since my car can only fit so many discs at a time. I think lately it’s been a ton of Incubus, Deftones, Mac Dre, and Tool.

Your 5 favourite records of all the time?

It’s so cruel to ask any music appreciator this question, haha! But to answer it in no particular order:

Juggernaut: Alpha & Omega – Periphery

Morning View – Incubus

The Joy of Motion – Animals As Leaders

Good Apollo, I’m Burning Star IV – Coheed and Cambria

Thriller – Michael Jackson

Can you tell me a little bit more about the gear you use to record “Painted Visions”?

We are huge believers in using modern modeling software, therefore all the instrumentals on the album were written into a PC through a Focusrite Scarlett 2i2 interface using any pedals we could get our hands on, and we run all our plug-ins through Ableton Live 9 as our digital audio workstation. The main instruments used were an Ibanez Iron Label SX6FDFM, ESP Ltd. D-5, and the drums were programmed using Superior Drummer and Native Instrument’s Getgood Drums through Kontakt 5. All the tracks on the album were mixed through Ableton and mastered using iZotope Ozone 8.

Besides the release of the album, are there any other plans for the future?

Yes! We’ve just worked out the kinks recently for a music video we’re going to be filming in the future. At the same time, we’re all working on new music to share with each other to get some new singles rolling in the future, and I’m genuinely excited for this part because it will be the first time really that all members in the band will have equal creative input!

Any words for the potential new fans?

I’ve already revealed as much as I can right now with inclusion of our upcoming video, so all I can say right now is thanks for taking the time to check out this interview and hope that you may have been swayed to listen to our album if you haven’t already! Stay tuned for updates by following our band and individual social media pages!