Cover Photo: ©Eichelberger Photography 2016
1. For those who don’t know you, can you state your name and your role in the band?
My name is Tyler Cobillas, and I play guitar for Ecclesiast.
2. If your band was trapped in a horror movie, what would each member’s role be and who in the band would make it to the sequel?
Joseph Smith – The protector
Tyler Cobillas – I’d be like Shaggy from Scooby-Doo and hide in the food court.
Nick Magasano – The one who lives.
3. How would you describe your music to those checking you out for the first time?
For those checking us out for the first time, we would describe our music as very raw and “In your face,” with honest lyrics and a heartfelt message.
4. You have released your self-titled EP, what kind of response has it gotten?
We’re honored to have the kind of response that we’ve been getting from friends, family, and just people who have heard the album. All around, it’s been a pretty positive response, and we appreciate the feedback we’ve been getting. The Hook Journal said, “Smith, along with guitarist Tyler Cobillas and drummer Nick Magasano, are going in a more personal direction with their brand of Christian metalcore, which is refreshing in a genre that has by and large seen its glory days come and go.”
5. What was the writing process like for this EP?
The writing process for this EP was great. We were all able to come together and really crank out some ideas that worked with one another and allowed us to bring each of our ideas to life.
6. If you had to pick one song off of the EP to show to someone listening to it for the first time, which song would you pick? Why?
For a first time listener, we would recommend our single titled, “High Horse.” The song really gives you an idea and feel of what the entire album is about and allows you to get the jist of both sides of the spectrum, contrasting clean anthemic choruses, with some really brutal harsh vocals.
7. What is next for Ecclesiast? What should people be looking out for?
People can look forward to an awesome full length album, that not only continues the already raw Ecclesiast sound, but also packs more of a punch than ever before.
8. Thank you for doing this interview! Before we go, is there anything that you would like to say to the people reading this?
Dream big 2k16.