We had the good fortune of connecting with Garrett Nobriga and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Garrett, what led you to pursuing a creative path professionally?
Well luckily for us it was an easy decision to pursue our music career. It’s definitely what makes us feel fulfilled so it was a no brainer. We can’t imagine doing anything else, and we feel fortunate enough to have such strong feelings about our chosen career path.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a musician and founder of the LA based metal band Altered Revelations. The premise of A-Rev is to create story driven narratives in the form of heavy music, and to show people just how versatile and exciting the genre can be. Professionally we still have a long way to go, but it’s a constant learning experience. The music industry will keep you humble for sure, there’s no glory here! Our stage show is pretty in depth. I play lead guitar, drums, and vocals on stage, and my band mates switch around throughout as well. We also add a layer of theatrics within the songs that varies per show, so we never get stagnant in our rehearsals. Each show takes a couple months of prep work, which is hours of drilling and rehearsal along with computer production and marketing. It ends up feeling a lot like we are putting on a play instead of a concert and we are still pretty small time so the crowds vary show to show. Sometimes we are playing a terrible late night slot in front of about five people, but other times we get to headline a packed Viper Room and the response we get is worth every empty room and the lack of sleep. It’s the most incredible feeling! So if there’s anything I want people to take away from an interaction with Altered Revelations, whether it be a live show or music video or a track on Spotify, it’s the multi-faceted experience that we try to provide no matter how you discover us. Every song offers a narrative that we worked on extensively and poured all we have into, and every show is a massive production we attempt to put on, whether the actual stage is expansive or just small enough for our feet.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Ha! I think I’m pretty lucky that I live in Los Angeles when people visit. The city is pretty entertaining all on it’s own, so I don’t have to try too hard. If you stand in public long enough, things just happen around you. I’m vegetarian so food wise: -El Cocinero in Van Nuys is my newest obsession. Vegan mexican food, but the delicious comfort kind not the overly healthy stuff. IT’S DELICIOUS! -Burgerlords in Chinatown is one of my favorite burgers. And it’s a cool location in the mini town square they have. -Wurstkuche Sausages rule, either location is great (Venice and Downtown. -Tatsu Ramen is the best I’ve had as well! Soooo much garlic, which I am obsessed with! -Lucifer’s Pizza! SO spicy, so flavorful! Hail Satan! The list goes on forever but there’s a few. Location wise, I’m a musician so of course I like to tour the legendary venues all over town. There’s the sunset strip of the rock n’ roll age (we’ve gotten to play the Viper Room a few times) and a few cooler local spots on the outskirts of town. Other than that, I’m not a big drinker but when we go out, there’s some cools spots. Black Rabbit Rose in Hollywood is an awesome experience. Classy cocktails and a magic show to go with! Also if you have an in at The Magic Castle, that’s a crazy good time. Some fascinating stuff happens in there. LA is a hub for a wide variety of escape rooms as well, and I LOVE them so I drag tourists to them any chance I can. We have some really fun high quality ones! I could go on forever, but I’ll stop there… for now. Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Our primary videographer/cinematographer Eric Quiros deserves a shoutout! We have worked with him on a variety of projects over the last couple years and he is incredible with a camera. It’s rare to find someone who has that level of skill and passion for their craft AND the work ethic that keeps the quality of work as high as it is no matter the circumstance.
Art by: Nikolas Hagialas Photographers: Ana Karotkaya, Herb Aparicio, Eric Quiros