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Trevor McNevan of Thousand Foot Krutch Delves into ShipRocked 2015, the Music Industry + More

by Photo of Elizabeth Ramanand

Frontman Trevor McNevan chats about his time on ShipRocked, his lengthy career and much more.

Trevor McNevan of Thousand Foot Krutch Delves into ShipRocked 2015, the Music Industry + More

There's nothing more awesome than watching your favorite bands on the sandy beaches of a private island and that's exactly what we got to do during ShipRocked 2015. While on the Great Stirrup Cay island, we also got to chat with Thousand Foot Krutch frontman Trevor McNevan. 

Under the bright Bahamas sun we chatted about the magical experience that is ShipRocked, the longevity of Thousand Foot Krutch as well as the band's latest album and their future plans for the rest of the year. Check out our exclusive interview with Trevor McNevan of Thousand Foot Krutch below:

If you could be part of any band on this boat, who would it be and why?

[Laughs] Let me think about that for a second. I would say, Zach Myers of Shinedown, he’s a good buddy and I love what they do. I feel like we’re connected through a general music level. I heard Shinedown is coming out with a new record too so I’m excited about that.

What were some memorable moments for you on ShipRocked.

Seeing Sevendust play the first record in full was amazing, as a fan. I’m blessed to know those guys well now but through the years when we were coming up that record kept up awake driving our tour vans. It was just one of those awesome moments to see.

Thousand Foot Krutch released your seventh studio album, Oxygen:Inhale – title meaning?

For me Oxygen:Inhale first and foremost is about not taking life for granted and living everyday like it might be your last.

Trevor, you have a career that spans about 20 years, what for you is the most rewarding aspect about this business?

Yeah, it’s been a minute. A lot of people don’t know that, it’s a blast and we still feel like we’re getting started. I started the band in Ontario in Canada and I currently live in Nashville. It’s been such a blessing and adventure, it’s always a journey. I still love music the same as when I was 13.

What for you has been the most rewarding experiences throughout these years?

Regarding music, I would say the most rewarding is to still being able to do what we love after 20 years and having people receive that and be supportive of that. If the music inspires people then it’s incredible for me as a songwriter to write a song and be at a place where we can enjoy our friends and family at a show.

Within 20 years the music industry has changed so much, what for you has been the most challenging part of changing along with it?

Well about four years ago we finished our record contract with EMI and we chose to go independent and it’s been the best move we’ve ever made for this band. We used to be independent and then we were with EMI for 10 years and now we’re independent again. It’s an awesome thing but how much the business has changed is crazy from mailing CDs and tapes to people to now.

Nowadays the stuff I hear artists complain about - we have incredible tools, social media is one of them. The things that are killing record sales currently, I know it’s going to fix itself - it’s just a matter of time, streaming is definitely the next thing. I think you have to embrace it, music is music, it’s not going anywhere. If you’re doing this you shouldn’t be in it for the money to begin with. You have to be in it because you love it, so stop complaining. [Laughs]

What does the rest of 2015 have in store for you?

We have a bunch of shows in the books all over the country and outside of the U.S. and Canada. I stay kind of busy writing to stay ahead for our next record.

You guys have a lot of festivals coming up. While on tour what is one non-electronic thing you must have on tour with you and why?

Man, non-electronic. I know these days once you have your phone then you’re good. [Laughs] Everything I can think of is electronic. I was going to say my portable writing rig.

My thing outside of music is fitness, as geeky as it sounds, I need my workout stuff like my bands and things I can do without a full gym. I need that in my life everyday.

I think it was maybe like eight years ago, my wife turned to me and was like, “You have no hobbies, you just do music all day long, everyday” so fitness became that for me, outside of music.

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