Alumni Spotlight: Matthew Baker (Forerunner)

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Hello friends, this week we are catching up with Matthew Baker of the band Forerunner. Based in Kernersville, NC, Forerunner was a part of the Raging Storm Records family in 2013. Recently they have been working in the studio on material old and new, and have just released a music video for their song Rebuilt with Fire. I caught up with Matt to talk about his music projects past and present.

Courtney Servo-Salvaxe: How did you first hear about RSR?

Matthew Baker: Raging Storm approached us in 2012 and we did some research thought it would be a solid move for us, we were all either in our late teens or early 20’s and were pumped to get that “first deal”. Unfortunately, barely a year later the label disbanded and we were back on our own until the band split up in 2014.

CS: What impact has Raging Storm had on your career?

MB: While Forerunner was with RSR, in the brief time we were with them, we were able to play some great shows, got good publicity and met Jason’s family. The stars just didn’t align for us at the time and it also seemed like the label was getting stressful for Jason and he wanted to take a hiatus. We used to reminisce a lot on what could have been, you know?

CS: Is this where what you had envisioned for your life at this point? If not where else would you rather see yourself and what are you doing to get there?

MB: I’m taking this as a band question, not individually, because we are all meeting career goals. I just got promoted in the hospital I work at, my brother and bassist, Noah is in school, Joey the guitarist and second vocalist is getting his doctorate in December, and our drummer Jeff just got his real estate license. But as a band we are all hungry to get some recognition and have people feel what we feel with the songs we write. Personally, I feel like I need to push myself out of my comfort zone, take more risks and simply go for things without overthinking them too much; I get in a stasis whenever I get in my own head.

CS: What was your favorite song from your set and why?

MB: Let me tell you the obligatory, “new stuff we wrote makes it so hard to choose”; but playing “Rebuilt with Fire”, the energy we all have is so awesome and it is such a fun song and I definitely think the band would agree. There’s probably cracks in the concrete where we practice from us stomping so hard playing that song.

CS: Where did the band name Forerunner come from?

MB: Well from what I was told coming into the band when it was forming was that it is from the video game HALO. Being a faith based band, we tell people Jesus was a forerunner and felt it stuck. But if you want the truth it technically came from HALO hahaha. Also, Joey came into the band shortly after Forerunner was established as the name and he drove a 4Runner which raised a lot more questions on the origin of the name.

Rebuilt by Fire

CS: What advice would you give to yourself if you were just starting out again?

MB: Oh man, definitely tell myself not to overthink things, like I mentioned earlier, which I do a lot. Other than that we probably should have jumped on a tour, play more shows out of state, just branch out, and most importantly to not let it become so professional; we weren’t having fun at the end of the first run.

CS: What prompted the revival of Forerunner after so long?

MB: I honestly don’t know what revived the band. Probably 50% stubbornness and 50% pride for not wanting to sit on all these songs from before and just never release them. We went through a couple different genre jumps in different bands, but metal is our comfort zone and when this new/old group got together it just made sense to revamp the unreleased tracks and pump out new stuff under the same name. Plus the name is pretty dope, so you can’t just NOT keep using it.

 

 

You can follow the band for updates on new music and local shows at facebook.com/ForerunnerBand.

 

 

 

 

Introducing Artist Manager Courtney Servo Salvaxe

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Courtney Servo Salvaxe (Sur-boh Sal-baj) first cut her teeth in music at the sound booth of her home church in Portland, Oregon during the Fall of 2013. Quickly falling in love with audio engineering, she began a formal education in studio recording technology at Portland Community College before pursuing a business degree at Corban University. After short lived adventures as a manager and answering God’s call to move to Nashville with her dogs, she dove head first into primarily filling her calendar with audio, lighting, and video gigs.

Since diving head first into live production, Courtney has been called back into management with Raging Storm Records in the Spring of 2018. With her deep love of production, keen eye for detail, and her steadfast anchor and lover of her soul Jesus Christ, Courtney pours all she has into her work to bring glory to God and shine His light in the darkest of places.

“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ.” – Colossians 3:23-24

The Worshiper premiere’s their label debut single “14:30”

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Raging Storm Records kicks off the new year at full blast with the release of “14:30”, the label debut single from The Worshiper. Featuring Nolan Smith from the band Remove the Earth, the song is a narrative about maintaining faith amidst adversity.

The band uses their powerful breakdowns and sing-along choruses to portray the biblical story of Peter meeting Jesus on the sea, from Matthew 14:30. Faced with impossible odds, but within sight of Jesus, Peter cries out “Lord save me; a phrase featured heavily in the song’s lyrics.

“This song deals with my personal struggle to have full faith in God when life is beating down on you with stress, anxiety, and hopelessness” says Nathaniel Steelman, lead vocalist for The Worshiper. “It’s so easy to doubt God’s plan when you are focused on the storm and not Jesus’ hand reaching down to pull you above.”

Guest vocalist Nolan adds, “I’ve known the guys in The Worshiper for years now, basically since their formation and seeing them at their very first show. It’s been so amazing watching them develop into a more professional act over the last 2 and a half years. Not only are they talented, passionate, and driven musicians – but they are among the nicest and most genuine people that I’ve ever come in contact with. Working with them on this single was nothing short of the upmost honor and pleasure, and I can’t wait to see where they go from here.”

The single will be part of a full album expected to be released later this year. Keep an eye out for The Worshiper on the road this spring in support of their upcoming release.

 

Extended Family – Anticurse Apparel

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Wesley Moore of The Worshiper in his “Dead to Sin” tee

Over the recent months, RSR has had the pleasure of getting to know the folks at Anticurse Apparel, a clothing company endorsed by both BoughtxBlood and The Worshiper. Artist rep Jon Lockett reached out and asked them to tell us a little about their brand and their mission.


We started this brand in early 2017 to explore ways of reaching people for Christ, and to encourage those who are out there doing just that. Using the gifts that God has given us, we want to glorify Him and connect with others in our own unique way. We believe in the preaching of the Gospel and we hope this brand will help that cause. Our prayer is that God will ultimately use this brand to reach non-believers with the Gospel of Jesus Christ by encouraging believers to share their faith and to be encouraged by the message of hope Anticurse embodies.

 

The name Anticurse was meant to describe a picture of Jesus. Because of man’s original sin, we’re all born under the curse of sin and death. No one is able to meet God’s requirement of keeping perfectly His law. Jesus came and did this for us, fulfilling the law and becoming the ultimate sacrifice for our sin. He died on the cross for our sakes, and on the third day He rose from the dead. Jesus is the only antidote for the dire situation that all mankind finds himself born into (Galatians 3:10-14). Jesus is the only answer to this curse of death. Jesus is the Anticurse.

 

Our main tag line, “Three Spikes, One God, All Love” describes who Jesus is and what He did for us. What this means is that Jesus wasn’t just a good guy who came to show us how to be better people. Jesus actually went to the cross and died for us. Jesus is actually God. God is actually Love.

 

We are called to go and preach the Gospel and make disciples (Mark 16:15, Matthew 28:19). We hope that in some way this brand will help in bringing about conversations and opportunities to share the Gospel verbally with non believers and to encourage those that already do believe.

 

Please visit anticurseapparel.com for more info.
BoughtXBlood proudly repping Anticurse Apparel at Creation East 2017