Seth Peters, 26, is the vocalist for Dead Horse Trauma. They open Lazerfest Sunday in Boone.
Q: This is your second time opening Lazerfest (the last time was 2010). How did things go last time, and what are your expectations like for this year?
Things were really good last time. In 2010 we were first breaking into touring, and that was our first experience on a real big stage with a big crowd. Now we’re a little older and smarter .
Q: You guys have some dedicated fans, sporting Dead Horse Trauma tattoos and such. How do you inspire such loyalty?
I think it’s just being true to ourselves and our music, and bridging the gap between fans and friends. We try to give them a personal experience and create a memory for them to take away from anything we do. You won’t catch us hanging out backstage at Lazerfest; we’re going to be out in the parking lot, talking to people. During shows we’re always out in the crowd, while bigger bands are hanging out in their bus or RV. We try to let fans get to know us, and we get to know them.
Q: What comes next for you guys?
We want to strike while the iron is hot and finish up an EP to come out in July. Donnie Mengwasser from 660 Studio is producing and Ari (Mihalopoulos) from Destrophy is mastering it. We’re about to start our touring regimen again, and just got back from some shows with Mushroomhead and American Head Charge. We plan to do a lot of regional touring this summer.