Promotive is an Orange County-based Pop-Punk band embarking on its first tour. The band’s members are Jacob Ortiz on guitar and vocals, Andrew Padilla on bass, Michael Palma on guitar and Mel Torres on drums. The Holiday Blastour is scheduled to perform at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, at The Den, 537 6th St., suite D, Prescott.
Ortiz spoke with Across the Street staff ahead of the performance. The following interview was edited for length and clarity.
<strong>What do you like most about playing Pop-Punk?
I come from a Metal background. I played a lot of Hard Rock and Metal bands and I think I like Pop-Punk a little more just because it’s a little bit more free. It’s a little bit more fun if you will. It doesn’t take itself as seriously, so there’s a lot more liberty to just kind of have fun and be yourself and enjoy the time a little bit more. Not to say you can’t do that with Metal, but I feel like when I was in Metal projects, it was always very like, we have to be serious, tough guys. Whereas with Pop-Punk, it’s like, “let’s just have a good time.” We love to goof around. For certain shows where we can pull it off, we actually have live visuals that accompany our set and it’s like memes and jokes. We joke around onstage and we’ll poke fun at each other. It’s a good time.
<strong>What does the band name, Promotive, refer to? How did you come up with it?
It was originally stylized as Pro-Motive, like pro-motivation, cause the whole project came from all of us coming from different projects that, in some way, shape or form, were just dragging us down and not really going in the direction that we wanted them to go. Alongside that, our lives kind of matched that, where we felt like we were stuck and not really progressing and not really feeling the motivation to continue on.
So, I landed on the name Pro-Motive, which we eventually condensed to Promotive, because I wanted this project to be a much more positive experience for both the band members involved and for people to listen to it.
<strong>What can you tell me about your new album, ‘Out of Time?’
We’ve been putting out singles for the last couple of years and that’s our newest one. ‘Out of Time’ is a song about kind of a similar situation with bands not really moving in the direction that you wanted them to move in and having conflict and tension with people. The chorus has a line, “Please tell me how to make this right before we both run out of time.” And it’s essentially like if you sit there and bicker and argue yourself to death, your whole life is going to pass you by and the things that you were trying to accomplish, you wasted that time instead arguing with someone about how to accomplish them rather than accomplishing them.
For more information about Promotive, visit promotivemusic.com.
<em>Jesse Bertel is a reporter/videographer for the Prescott News Network. Follow him on Twitter @ JesseBertel, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 928-445-3333, ext. 2043.</em>