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Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Matt Jones of Manchester based band Twisted Illusion. Huge thanks to him 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?

I’m Matt Jones. I am the founding member and primary songwriter of the band. Since 2016 TI has released 3 records and toured across the UK. The band is now gearing up to the release of a trilogy entitled “Excite The Light”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Band name generator. It’s alright I guess. Never really cared for band names. Most trivial thing.

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

UK. I wouldn’t know. I don’t do scenes. I just do TI. I’m not arsed what other bands are doing.

What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Night Light. (Single/Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Most recently Devin Townsend and his “Empath” record but in general it’s been Rush, Toto and a lot of Jeff Buckley.

What first got you into music?

Green Day, American Idiot.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Devin Townsend.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Download, because it’s big and so are my songs.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Gifts are never weird. Unless they are!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Love you cunts.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Ronnie James Dio.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I hate the apathy to talent. I love playing live and someone getting something from my songs.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Prosecute people who steal music. If you do, Fuck yourself.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jeff Buckley – Grace

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

CD’s! Highest sound quality. Vinyl is great but doesn’t sound remotely as good as a CD.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Bloodstock 2017.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I would be dead. I have nothing else to offer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I wouldn’t have a dinner party.

What’s next for the band?

UK tour in May and then finishing the Excite the Light trilogy! Then hit the ground running in 2020.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

All the usual bollocks that everyone is apathetic too!

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t care cos they taste like arse.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I’m in a foul mood!


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