Nik of Madness To Creation Converses with Trevor McNevan of Thousand Foot Krutch on “Untraveled Roads”, “Christianity” and Linkin Park’s Effect on TFK

Editor’s Note:  Recently, Thousand Foot Krutch have released their latest record entitled “Untraveled Roads” via The Fuel Music.  “Untraveled Roads” is a collection of their songs that have kept the popular rock band in the game where they have seen mainstream rock market success due to their infectious rhythms, universal message and appeal in their songs, and they make lasting connections and friendships with their loyal fanbase.  Right now, they are enjoyed a well-deserved rest but they were so kind to give our little corner of the web the time of day to speak with us.  Special thanks to Rick Hoganson for setting this up and a huge thank you to vocalist Trevor McNevan of Thousand Foot Krutch for taking the time out of his relaxation to speak with us.  As the editor of this site, we look forward to conversing with this band again.  Without further delay, here is Nik Heftman’s interview with Trevor of Thousand Foot Krutch.

Nik: Could you give us some comments on the success of Exhale and the critical acclaim it has received?

Trevor:  It’s been an incredible couple of years on exhale. Its just been such a blessing man. The support has been nothing short of a blessing. It’s been really cool to walk this journey with our audience. “Exhale” was kind of the call and answer to Inhale. Inhale was always the kind of record that we could dive deeper into the lighter side of the band musically that’s always been a part of the band. Exhale was the other extreme of taking off the gloves so to speak and being able to run it with no boundaries. It was a ton of fun to make. It’s always exciting to see music translating into people identifying with it.

Nik:  You spoke about your audience identifying with your music. Do you all find it challenging to be a Christian band in a mainstream world?

Trevor:  No, to be honest. We’ve always made music for everyone. Our faith is our lifestyle. We never looked at it as our genre of music. We love God. We love people. We love music. That’s the way we’ve always kind of walked it. That’s where we’re at home.

Nik:  Your albums have seen an increase in success. Your music is on the upward trend in terms of popularity. To what do you all own your success?

Trevor:  I would definitely give God all the glory for that. We worked very hard for 20 years now. We put in a lot of time and hard work, but outside of that we give glory to God. We also have our audience to thank for that for listening and supporting us. We’re 100% independent. No labels, no nothing. In 2011. Since then, we’ve been walking this journey hand in hand with our audience. That’s what it’s all about, sharing music and sharing stories back and forth.

Nik:  What can fans expect from the new album “Untraveled Roads”?

Trevor:  It’s been a lot of fun to put together. I absolutely love to listen to it. As a music fan, I don’t always love live albums, but there’s something special about this one. We were able to capture the energy of a live show. Personality and energy are hard to capture on a record. There’s just an excitement level captured on it that’s exciting to listen to. We can’t wait to share it and I hope you guys dig it.

“Courtesy Call” by Thousand Foot Krutch (Live: Untraveled Roads)

Nik:  You’ve been in the game since 95. How would you say your sound has evolved with the times?

Trevor:  We’ve been from tapes to CD’s to streaming and everything in between. I look at changes and challenges as something excited. Who we make our music for and the work we put into every album has never changed. We don’t shy aware from change. We look at how to adapt to it.

Nik:  Chester Bennington passed this summer. Did Linkin Park have any influence on you guys as you were coming up?

Trevor:  The first two Linkin Park records were the soundtrack to every 30 hour drive we had in our van. I think a lot of their audience, we got inspired by them. They gave hope to bands like us who were coming up through some tough times. It was a tragedy and big loss to our world. It’s important to address the fact that if anyone out there is feeling that way, you should know that you aren’t alone. You do have a voice. We believe God created you in his image and you have a purpose in your life. It’s important to reach out and talk to someone.

Nik:  You guys have accomplished many things. Your music has been featured on video games and other kinds of media. What would you say is your favorite accomplishment of the band’s thus far?

Trevor:  We’ve just been so blessed to have people walk this journey with us. Some of them had kids and now their kids are coming to our shows. Connecting with our fans and making music that we’re passionate about and left each other up is all we can ask for. There’s always exciting things on the frontier and it’s been great to see our music featured on other outlets. Getting to connect with people and share our hope with people.

Nik:  Anything you would like to add?

Trevor:  If anyone wants to check us out they can do it on ThousandFootKrutch.com or follow us on all of the social media sites posted there. Check the album out and thank you all for your support.

And there you have it!  Go pick up a copy of their live record entitled “Untraveled Roads” here!  Find Thousand Foot Krutch at the following locations:

www.facebook.com/thousandfootkrutch

 

 

 

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