Posted On 03 Oct 2016
Over 1.4 million albums sold over career
Sold over 400,000 albums, over 1.3 million singles, and 54 million streams, since going indie in 2012
Current single “Push” is Top 25 @ Active Rock Radio and fastest rising of their career
10 Active Rock Hits: Running With Giants, Untraveled Road, Born This Way, Let The Sparks Fly, War of Change, Light Up The Sky, Fire It Up, Courtesy Call, Fly on the Wall.
Over 400 million YouTube views in 2015 alone!
Over 1.4 million likes on Facebook. 124k Twitter / 54k Instagram
Over 13 million Shazam discoveries
270,000 + Bandsintown Trackers
over 100,000 YouTube subscribers
War of Change music video has over 8 million views!
More than 40 songs sync placements in Film/TV/Ads over the last 5 years
Learn more about Thousand Foot Krutch in the following All Access interview with Trevor McNevan :
Thanks for your time! Now that we are entering the fall of 2016, what are some words you would use to describe this year? What have been some of the highlights for the band?
Thanks for having us! Words to describe this year: Incredible. Thankful. Blessed. Inspiring.
The biggest highlight of the past year as a band, outside of touring and connecting with everyone, was definitely releasing the new album EXHALE. The warm reception and continued support from our audience has once again left us speechless, and feeling incredibly blessed. We’re so thankful for each & every one of you walking this journey with us. Outside the band, my daughter was born on the release day!!! So, it’s been an amazing year already!
Growing up, did you all always want to be musicians? Can you recall your earliest musical memory?
My first musical memory was from when I was 8 years old, I sang on TV as part of a local Christmas special. Not long after, my parents bought me Michael Jackson’s “Thriller”(my first album), and the rest was history. I remember standing there with this little corded microphone attached to the one ton wooden stereo and singing every word of it. I started writing songs when I was 10, and haven’t stopped since. I recorded a hip-hop album on tape when I was 13 years old, made my first CD as a band called “Oddball” when I was 16 (paid for by shifts @ McDonalds)…. It had 27 songs: half rock, half hip-hop, and then started TFK when I was 17.
How did Thousand Foot Krutch first come together? How did you come up with your band name?
I started the band the last year of high school, and am actually the only original member. Joel (TFK bassist) and I grew up together, and he moved back to my
Home town around the same time that our original bassist was leaving the band to get married. He’s traditionally a guitarist, but he picked up his first bass and the rest was history from there. We met Steve through auditioning drummers after our 2nd drummer had left the band, and they’ve both been with the band for 15 years-ish now. We’ve all been playing music since we were very young in some way, shape, or form.
Earlier this summer, you released your eighth album, “Exhale.” Can you talk about how this collection is different than anything else you’ve put out? How does it compare to your “Oxygen: Inhale” record?
Yes! EXHALE is the more aggressive counterpart to our previous album INHALE. It was always meant to be a two part story. INHALE allowing us to dive deeper into the quieter side of the band (that’s also always been a part of our albums) and EXHALE blowing the doors off and diving deeper into the more aggressive side. There’s some fun new territory on this album, and some circling around to re-explore some elements of where the band came from. It was a very fun to record and to write.
I think it’s been an organic progression. As a band, musician, and songwriter, you’re always trying to push yourself and improve. We’ve grown a lot as a band through the years, and through a lot of hard work, experience and determination, we feel like we’re now making the best music we’ve ever made. Years ago, we all invested in legitimate home studios and the gear we needed to be able to make our own records. Every album since Masquerade we’ve expanded on that, from the rooms, the gear, etc., and are able to make the kind of records we want to make. I produce the albums, along with good friend Aaron Sprinkle, and we each record ourselves. It’s a fun way to do it, getting to see the vision through to its completion. Not for everyone, but it works for us!
Your single, “Push” is currently near the top of the rock charts. What was the inspiration for this song? Why do you think it’s becoming the fastest rising track of your career?
“Push” = No Boundaries. Plain and simple. This song’s about refusing to be put in a box, not allowing others to tell us “who we are” or “what we’re about.” No limits. No boundaries. No fears. No excuses! It’s about staying true to your inspirations and convictions. It’s been exciting to see the reaction and hear that it’s having a strong connection with people. There’s nothing more you could ask for, as a songwriter, or a band. So we’re very thankful for that.
With your long musical career and all the touring you have done, I am curious to know how touring has changed too? Do you still get the same thrill of performing in front of thousands of people?
We do!! What used to be butterflies before shows, has now turned to just sheer excitement and anticipation. Our live show is a big part of who this band is, so it’s very important to us. We’re still music fans in general and get excited to play every bit as much now, as we did then! The size of stage has changed, and the number of people we get to share the experience with each night has grown, but everything else is the same really. Over the years, the only thing that has grown old at times is the travel itself. The amount of pure miles and hours spent traveling in planes, trains, vans and buses is immense, so you can certainly grow weary of that sometimes, but the rest, naw…. That’s what we live for!!!
Where are you excited to play at this fall and going into 2017? Are they any venues that you still haven’t played at before that you want to?
We’ve been blessed to play many great venues, clubs, arenas and even stadiums in our career, but we still haven’t had a chance to play at Red Rocks!! I think that would be special. Cheers to that! We just wrapped our headlining EXHALE tour, are about to head out with our friends in Skillet & Devour the Day, and there’s a lot of shows & tour talks in the works after that. We’re really looking forward to hitting the summer festival circuit hard again in 2017!! See you out there!
Who are some of your favorite artists and what bands continue to inspire you and your music? Who would you still love to work with in the future?
Man. That’s a tough one! There’s so many powerful artists who’ve inspired us and changed music for the better over the years. We’ve been fortunate enough to play with a lot of our powerful Rock family from bands like Soundgarden, and Alice in Chains, to Guns ‘n’ Roses and Alice Cooper. The Foo Fighters would be on my list. But outside of Rock, I’d say Jay Z, Coldplay, & U2 to name a few. I’m inspired by artists that have a powerful connection with their audience.
When you aren’t performing, working in the studio, what do you like to do for fun? How do you unwind from it all?
Cycling & training have become a fun hobby. The older we get, the more we need to stay fit! Love winding down to a good movie too. I’m also working on a children’s book. I normally stay busy writing songs for other artists/bands, it’s such an honor and always a fun new challenge!
At the end of the day, what do you hope is the message of your music? What do you hope listeners take away from your songs?
Our music will always have an underlying message of hope. Our faith is our lifestyle, it’s who we are, so at the end of the day, we hope these songs can accompany someone through the obstacles, struggles, fears & hardships that we each face in our lives, and let them know that they are not alone in these battles.
Is there anything else that you would like to share with our readers about yourself or your music – something unique you haven’t shared in other interviews?
Most of all, I just want to say THANKS For walking this journey with us, for your love & support, and we look forward to see you all on the road again soon!!! Check out www.thousandfootkrutch.com for any info/music/tour dates near you, and hit us up!!! We just released our 2nd single off of EXHALE to Rock radio called “PUSH”, so call and request it if you like it!!!
Upcoming Tour dates with Skillet and Devour The Day:
September 22 – 7 Flags Event Center with Skillet, Devour The Day – Clive, IA
September 24 – Sokol Auditorium with Skillet, Devour The Day – Omaha, NE
September 25 – Cotillion (Mammoth) with Skillet, Devour The Day – Wichita, KS
September 29 – Concord Music Hall with Skillet, Devour The Day – Chicago, IL
September 30 – Skyway Theatre with Skillet, Devour The Day – Minneapolis, MN
October 1 – Limelight with Skillet, Devour The Day – Peoria, IL