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Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Perth, Western Australia based Metal band Tempest Rising. 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 James Ward-Armstrong and I am the founding member of Tempest Rising. I play rhythm guitar and the band has been around officially as of August 2013 so nearly six years.

How did you come up with your band name?

The original name was “Coming Storm” which I think was made up from driving from band practice one evening and seeing this massive storm coming. We then changed it to Tempest Rising as it sounded a bit more unique compared to Coming Storm but still meaning basically the same thing.

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

We are from Australia. Western Australia, to be precise. The scene in Australia is strong and growing. The scene in Western Australia is small but very close-knit. Being so far away from the rest of the country it makes touring hard and expensive. From what I have been told the scene 10-15 years ago before social media took over the world was very strong. But it’s slowing getting there, which is good.

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

Our latest release is our song called ‘Breathe’ off our upcoming sophomore album “Alter Ego”. We will be dropping another single next month (May) before the album is released.

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influences have been all the classic oldies: AC/DC, Motörhead, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix. All those bands paved the way for how I am now as a musician.

What first got you into music?

Probably listening to rock songs on my parents’ 100-stacker CD player. AC/DC’s “Ballbreaker” album is still one of my favourites today so I guess you could say that album got me into music in general.

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

It would probably be Killswitch Engage.

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

If we could play any festival in the world it would have to be either Wacken or Rock in Rio.

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

The weirdest gift was a painting on a tile. A fan painted Tempest Rising and some artwork. It actually looks pretty cool! And to make an impact on someone’s life like that is pretty cool.

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

Be happy and look after yourself. Do it because you want to.

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

Jimi Hendrix back from the dead, hands down.

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

Traveling and creating music for people all of the world and seeing the general excitement on their faces. The thing I hate is not having enough money to travel the world and play music.

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

If I could change one thing about the music industry it would be that bands get paid more for their work.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Reign in Blood” – Slayer.

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

CDs, hands down.

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

Best gig we have played to date would be our first international support with Sevendust a few years back. A few shows have come close but I think just the circumstances of that show makes it the best.

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

If I wasn’t a musician I would probably be trying to further my professional cricket career.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, Eddie Murphy, Jim Jeffries and Carl Barron. I reckon there would be some stories to tell.

What’s next for the band?

We’re off to Japan next month after our European tour and then we will have the album finally out and do some more east coast shows and try to do another tour.

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

We are on pretty much every social media platform form. Facebook to Instagram, Spotify, iTunes, Google Play, Twitter, Youtube, you name it.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Can’t say I have had them before but gonna go with biscuit.


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