EMQ’s with AS I DESTRUCT
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Australian Melodic Death Metal band As I Destruct. Huge thanks to them for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is Matthew Marotti, lead guitarist from As I Destruct. Our old band was called Quaero Verum. No one knew how to say it, let alone spell it. So we decided a makeover was in order.
How did you come up with your band name?
Luke liked it and really pushed for it. Also anyone familiar with “Threat Signal” knows that the song kicks major arse!
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
We are from Australia. The metal scene here is diverse, with a lot of young hungry bands really up for the task. The competitive nature and drive to bring metal heads together resonates throughout our lovely, ageing population.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest album is called “From Fear to Oblivion”. We have so far released two singles from the album. The tracks are ‘Redemption’ and ‘A Question of Faith’.
‘A Question of Faith’ has its very own film clip, done by the people at Against the Grain Studios. They did a fantastic job. We highly recommend that you go and check the video out on YouTube. They didn’t even pay me to say that!
Who have been your greatest influences?
Mine personally that have shaped the sound for this particular record is Nevermore, Hypocrisy, Old Man’s Child and my dad’s awesome record collection. We are talking growing up on the original vinyl’s of Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and Dio. That was until my younger brother took all the records out of the sleeves and smooshed them against our old tiled floors! I hate to imagine how much they would be worth today.
What first got you into music?
Growing up in my old house I was always surrounded by music. During the day, my Mum would play stuff from Taylor Dayne, Madonna and Cher while my Dad at night would blast stuff from Richie Blackmore, Ronnie James Dio and Tony Iommi.
I did enjoy Dad’s taste in music a little more. Though Mum’s selection would have helped me more with the ladies…
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
If I didn’t say Jeff Loomis I probably would be lying. The guy’s a total freak.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Download Festival. It is the only heavy metal festival that took a chance on Australia when no one else would, post-Soundwave. It would be a dream to play in front of a big crowd in my hometown.
I guess a girl can dream…
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
My mates bring their partners to shows, so their patience of sitting through our show might be the biggest gift of all? Right?
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thanks for your support. You don’t realise that every time someone tells me the album is awesome what that does for me. Nothing beats it. It’s a surreal feeling. Honest to God, feel these nipples!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
I’d probably die trying to decide between Chuck Schuldiner and Ronnie James Dio.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Writing songs is something that I enjoy the most. Dealing with my crippling fear of failure and self-doubt makes the first point a little more/less enjoyable.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I would create a grant for musicians called Matthew Marotti. That person would receive a headline show at the Download Festival plus $1 million spending money. Australian dollars, not Monopoly because that game sucks and I already owe people money!
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Defiance of Existence” from Old Man’s Child. That album gets me.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I love collecting CDs. Currently I am at approximately 500 CDs. I wouldn’t say they are like my kids because I am not sure my children will bring me that much happiness.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Playing at HQ in Adelaide. Our friends, family and our amazing fans came in full support and gave us a show. I hope we returned the favour lml lml.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Professional wrestling. Not even kidding. I saw The Undertaker as a kid and thought he was the coolest thing ever. Still do.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Five of my best mates, provided it’s an open bar. You’re welcome lads.
What’s next for the band?
Touring, writing and not splitting up. We keep this train going now for as long as humanly possible.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
The classics, Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and Pornhub. Basically where we know lots of people go for a good time, not a long time.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
The most biscuit-cake there is. Ha ha but seriously, Jaffa is the abortion of all desserts.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
If you love your melodic death metal with extra angst, head over to http://www.asidestruct.com/shop and pick yourself up a copy of “From Fear to Oblivion”. Thanks again guys for your love, support and letting us crash on your couch!
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