Thousand Foot Krutch

An Interview with Trevor McNevan of Thousand Foot Krutch

Thousand Foot KructhThousand Foot Krutch have been around in some shape or form since the Mid-90s and come with a full arsenal of catchy and powerful pop-laden crunch fit for everyone. The band just released their second full-on live album entitled, Untraveled Roads, this month. The band are road dogs, touring incessantly, playing in front of huge crowds of adoring fans. This past summer they took their first ‘break’ from the road during their 20+ year career as musicians. Lead singer, Trevor McNevan, was nice enough to take a few minutes to speak with us about the new live record, and the inspiration, love, and joy the band receives from their fans that fuel their work.

What was it like growing up in Canada and what fueled you to want to be a musician growing up?

Trevor McNevan – “I grew up in Peterborough,  Ontario and I love my home town. It has a great music scene, and honestly I was drawn to music at a very early age, I had to have been about 8 years old. I sang at my aunt’s wedding, but I also remember that was the age that music started to grab me. I was consumed by it. My parents had this old wooden turntable, one of those one ton long turntables and they bought me a Michael Jackson Thriller record and I just never really turned back. It just spoke to me, and I just always loved to create, and it’s been an incredible journey from there.

“When I was 13 I put out a tape, it was actually my first record. When I was 16 I released a CD called Oddball, which was half hip-hop and half rock, totally separate sides to the album kind of thing, and started TFK when I was 17, and its been going for 20 years.”

The new live record, Untraveled Roads came out September 15th, what prompted you to record another live album?

Thousand Foot Krutch, Untraveled RoadsTrevor McNevan – “Well, we released a live DVD album in 2010 called Live at the Masquerade that was our first time releasing something like that that captured our catalog of records up until that point. And then we went 100% independent after that and just walked this journey with our audience. We haven’t put out anything live since then.

“We recorded Untraveled Roads across a 46 city North American tour that we got off of about a month or two ago. We got out there on tour and were connecting with people, listening to stories, and music, and hearts, which is awesome, and we said to ourselves ‘it’s been a long time since we tried to capture this’. It felt like a special moment.

“If felt really good. We recorded every show every night, We wanted to separate it this time with the live album being a special piece, and it’s own thing. We brought a camera crew out and filmed video for it too so we are going to release 12 videos directly to our YouTube Channel. It’s just another way to say thank you to the fans.

“We’re also releasing a piece called ‘Stories’ that we are still compiling. We felt inspired to reach out to the fans and tell them how much their stories inspire us and encourage us so much when we connect with people at shows. It’s important to us, we want to hear their voice, and what’s going on in their life. The “Stories” piece is a way to celebrate and honor our audience and let them share their stories, share certain moments in their lives in the same way that music speaks to us. It’s been a really cool thing, we are still compiling it, but people across the globe have sent in videos, all guerrilla like in their room, talking about songs and albums that have moved them, so that is going to be part of this as well.”

Thousand Foot Krutch has an overwhelmingly positive message, which is sometimes hard to find in the rock landscape, what do you want your fans to pull from your music, and where do you pull that perspective from?

Thousand Foot KrutchTrevor McNevan  – “Honestly, give God the glory, our faith is our lifestyle, I wouldn’t consider it our genre of music or anything, but it is definitely our lifestyle. That’s our heart. We love God, we love music, and we love people. I think there’s a lot of stuff in life that become taboo and people don’t talk about. Musically we have always tried to be honest and authentic, but also life is how you live it, and how you walk it. Being able to share experiences is a special thing.

“It’s like when you go through something, you’re on an island, or you’re alone, and it’s a big situation. You mention it to one person if you’re brave enough, and you find out that a whole mess of other people go through the same stuff. I think it’s very much about those moments.

Music is such a powerful thing, it’s like a time machine and can take us back to a place, a sound, or a smell in an instant when you hear a song. It’s such a powerful thing and we feel blessed to be apart of it. We just want to be real and walk life together and love people for who they are and vice versa. We very much appreciate the support.”

TFK has had a core band for the better part of 20 years. How do you think the band has grown over the years?

Trevor McNevan  – “We have grown so much over that time. You live and learn, you fail and learn from that, and then you win and learn from that. Musically it has been a really organic progression. We do what we are inspired to do. I came up loving hip-hop. The classic stuff really spoke to me growing up. We had one classic rock station growing up in my town, so those are really my influences. They both always poured themselves into the ingredients of the music in different shapes over the year.

“TFK started out much more rock, funk, and hip-hop elements to what we did. The water got a little murky stylistically when rock and hip-hop blew up so big that no matter what you did or how honest you did it, you were looked at as just another one of those bands. We wanted to stay true to what we wanted to do, so things leaned on the rock side and we moved away from hip-hop. It felt honest, and then it became the right time again to lean a little towards hip-hop which felt good to us. We didn’t really care about what was going on, it just felt right. This was around 2010 on the Masquerade record.

“To that point, actually I am currently working on my first hip-hop record called As Thick As Thieves. It’s been a lot of fun. Musically we try not to have boundaries.

This live album has been a blast to put together too, and we’re excited for the fans to hear it. As far as live albums go, they can be hit or miss. For me, with this record, there is an excitement level and energy that we were able to capture that gets me excited listening to it. It’s a very true depiction of the personality of the band, and the live element is a pretty big part of the band and who we are.”

The music business has changed tremendously in the last 15-20 years. Is there a piece of advice that you would give someone that is just starting out in this business?

Trevor McNevan  – “Well…. I think the old school stereotype of practice, practice, practice is true. Music doesn’t owe you anything, so you have to put in work, you have to be disciplined. You have to do whatever it takes to do music, and you have to have passion, and it can’t be about the money.

“The thing that a lot of bands just don’t naturally think about if they are focused on the music is I feel like the number one thing that we should all remember is to love people. Love the people around you and love them well. It takes a village to put on a show. It’s not just the people attending or the band playing. There’s just so much. The tickets need be sold, and the Security needs to be hired, and it just takes a lot of people to put on an event. So just love people and love what people do, and try to have a positive impact. If you can do both, than that is a good thing.”

What’s next for Thousand Foot Krutch?

Trevor McNevan  – “There’s a ton of stuff going on. We’re actually on the first break off of the road that we have ever taken. In over 20 years we have never intentionally said ‘we’re taking a summer off’. We all have families now with kids and we are taking our first season off to enjoy our family. We just finished a ton of touring and it was a good time to put out the live album as well as share what we just finished wrapping up.”

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Rock On!
Brian Furman

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