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A Dirty Dozen with IMMERSER – July 2021

| 20 July 2021 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Hard Rock solo project IMMERSER has released the official music video for “Transmute.” Produced and Engineered by KANE CHURKO at the Immerser is a dynamic, hard rock, solo project featuring the powerful music of John Logan Parsons III. The goal of the Immerser project is to bring meaning to a melody. As an artist John L Parsons III isn’t afraid to explore the deepest parts of the subconscious. Immerser songs deal with some of life’s darkest places, yet there is always an energetic undercurrent of optimism, spirituality, and love running throughout.” We get John Logan Parsons to discuss new music, influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

I just released a new IMMERSER single called “TRANSMUTE.” I am really excited about this song, and I know people are going to love it! I had the opportunity to work with the producer Kane Churko on “Transmute” so that was an awesome experience. The video is great too, it’s been getting a lot of traction and views so I’m happy about that. Lyrically there is a lot going on in this song. I have a passion for studying different esoteric and occult spiritual traditions, so some of that makes its way into my lyrics at times. If someone has the “eyes to see” or “ears to hear” they might pick up on a few esoteric references for sure!

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

My father was an artist and musician, it’s in my blood! He died when I was four years old and that had a huge impact on me. I think picking up the guitar at such a young age was my way of maintaining some kind of relationship with him even though he had passed away. My Aunt is really into rock music, and she used to take me to concerts all the time when I was a kid. Seeing so many concerts helped shape my musical endeavors as well. I owe her a lot for that. My Mother also took me to a lot of musicals when I was young and that impacted me for sure.  I had that “This is what I want to do” moment in first grade, I think. I was at a friend’s house, and we were heading out to the park to play, we borrowed his older brother’s tape player to listen to at the park, we pressed play not knowing what tape was in the boombox and out came the opening riff to “Dr. Feelgood” by Mötley Crüe, that was my first experience with heavy rock music, and it changed my life forever!

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

There have been so many songs and albums that have guided my musical taste. I’m very eclectic when it comes to musical taste. I love everything from Beethoven to Morbid Angel. I love all types of music, but hard rock and metal are foundational for me.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

In no particular order I would say, Nirvana, Pantera, The Beatles, David Bowie, and Alice in Chains.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

That’s a tough one! He’s gone now but I think it would have to be David Bowie. As a musician and performer, he would definitely challenge me. That guy was so creative and had absolutely no fear in presenting his art. Just amazing! If I could collaborate with someone living it would be Maria Brink from the band In This Moment. I have been really inspired by them recently. I love her vocals and the aesthetic she creates with lyrical imagery.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

I think my music tends to be moody and dark with an undercurrent of optimism. I pull my inspiration from so many sources it’s hard to pin-point a description. People say my vocals sound like Layne Staley of Alice In Chains quite a bit. I take that as a huge compliment though. It’s not like I try to sound a particular way it’s just how it naturally comes out of me.

7. When your band is hanging out together, who cooks, who gets the drinks in, and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

I’m a solo artist so it’s all me!

8. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

When I saw Prince at his nightclub in Las Vegas I was indeed starstruck.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

The best part of being a musician is having the ability to express myself, my emotions, and my thoughts in such a powerful way. I couldn’t see myself doing anything else.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

I’ve never had a specific question I wanted to be asked. I’m always happy to answer any questions that come my way, I don’t get tired of it, I love it!

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over,” even if it didn’t change your current situation?

If I could have a do over, it would be re-recording one of the album’s I did with a former band. We thought it would be a good idea to record it ourselves and it just didn’t give the songs justice. The songs themselves are amazing I just don’t like the sound of the production on that album.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

The Fragile by Nine Inch Nails. The production on that album is stunning. Being able to look over Trent Reznor’s shoulder in the studio would be quite a gift.





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