EMQ’s with THE MARIANA HOLLOW
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London based Alternative Metal band The Mariana Hollow! 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?
Richie – My name is Richie and I play guitar in The Mariana Hollow. We’ve been in existence for around 10 years now and have released 3 albums – “Coma Hear”’, “Velvet Black Sky” and ‘”The Abandoned Parade”, as well as an EP called “Scars, Not Wounds”.
How did you come up with your band name?
Richie – We really struggled to find a name that would suit our music when we first started, but as we started to play people our demos, a lot of them remarked that it made them think of the ocean. The Mariana Hollow was the original name given to the Marianas Trench (which is the deepest part of the sea) and it fitted perfectly.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Richie – We are an English/Portuguese band, but as one of the English chaps in the band I can confirm that the UK scene is absolutely bursting with incredible bands, especially at the heavier end of the spectrum. I think we’re quite unusual within the UK scene as although we have our more aggressive moments, there are no screamed vocals or breakdowns in our music! We try and keep our songs at the forefront of what we do and we’re not really influenced by any one genre or sound.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
Richie – Our latest release is the video for ‘Swear to God’, from our new album “The Abandoned Parade”.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Richie – We all have pretty diverse and different tastes, but some of the bands we all love are: Alice in Chains, A Perfect Circle, Katatonia, Faith No More, Deftones and Pantera.
Personally, I am a huge fan of The Haunted, Days of the New, Type O Negative and loads of obscure UK 90’s bands like Send No Flowers and Headswim.
What first got you into music?
Gabriel – My dad is also a guitar player, so since a very young age I felt compelled to play an instrument even though it was never imposed upon me.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Gabriel – Mike Patton, I think the musical outcome could be very difficult to predict.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Gabriel – Hellfest, it has such a diverse crowd and cool vibe, I’d really enjoy playing there.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Spinky – I have never received any ‘weird’ gifts, but I have received some really lovely things – flowers, chocolates, and one time an amazing picture book of live photos of the band which was really awesome.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Spinky – I think it would be to firstly thank them for sticking with us on our long (and sometimes stop-start) journey as a band! But also to thank them for being so supportive of our new album. It’s been really amazing to see the responses to the album, and to know that all our hard work has paid off and that people are really enjoying listening to it. It’s been more than we’d dreamed of.
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Spinky – I think it would have to be Dimebag Darrell. He was such an extraordinary talent, and was taken from us in such shocking circumstances.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Spinky – The thing I love the most is having been able to create such strong bonds with my bandmates, through our emotional connection to the music we make and play together. Being able to write songs and share your creative outlets with your closest friends is a very unique and special experience. It can take you to all sorts of places emotionally, and on journeys that you may have never thought possible, but the outcome is always totally worth it – and often an unexpected surprise.
I think the worst thing is the difficulty that bands face in getting decent shows, working with decent promoters and getting their music out to the right people. Although the internet has helped in a way, it has also hindered the experience – as the internet is saturated with music (not all of it good), and less folk are inclined to support live music, especially on the smaller scales. It’s so sad seeing great small venues die out.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Richie – That everyone would pay for music that they love.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Gabriel – Alice In Chains – Facelift
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Spinky – I love my CD collection and always will!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Spinky – I would actually say the acoustic show we played for the launch of “The Abandoned Parade” was my favourite. It was such a genuine and warm atmosphere with many friends and loved ones there to support us. The set list was great, and I think we transferred the songs from heavy to acoustic versions really well. Everyone was on form, and it felt great performing the songs in such an intimate place – and to finally be able to share the album with everyone.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Gabriel – I’m a part-time musician and even though I take it very seriously, it’s a passion project. I’d be doing what I do for a living, which is graphic design.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Richie – If living or dead, it would be:
Peter Steele (Type O Negative)/ Carrie Fisher/ Bill Hicks/ Peter Dolving (The Haunted)/ Phoebe Waller-Bridge
What’s next for the band?
Gabriel – At the moment we’re trying to promote the record as much as we can, and we’re looking to release at least one more video as a single. We also have an EP’s worth of material which we’re planning to release, hopefully within a year’s time.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Gabriel – Facebook & Youtube mostly. To stream the new album we’re mostly directing people to our Bandcamp page, however, the album is also available on Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer & Google Play.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Spinky – I’m going to say biscuit – as they’d live in my biscuit tin if I had any 😉
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