EMQ’s with CARPATHIA
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Boston, MA. Alternative Progressive Metal band Carpathia! 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?
Bobby and Jason had known each other for a long time because their dad’s grew up as friends. Periodically they would get together and jam until one day they decided to start a band. Bobby and Andrew were playing in another band together at the time.
How did you come up with your band name?
Andrew was doing some research on Captains of ships names, and stumbled across the name “RMS Carpathia”, the ship that saved the remaining survivors from the titanic ship wreck.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
USA. We live in New England, and there are times when shows are quite lively, and at others not so much. It’s difficult to get people out to local events nowadays, but we try.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
We just released our very first EP called “1912”.
Who have been your greatest influences?
JASON: Matt Halpern, Thomas Pridgen, Matt Greiner
SAMANTHA: Chris Cornell, Eddie Vedder, Lacey Sturm
ANDREW: Avenged Sevenfold, Parkway Drive
BOBBY: As I Lay Dying, Killswitch Engage, Dream Theater
What first got you into music?
SAMANTHA: “Growing up I used to sing a lot of Mariah Carey and pop like material, and my sister Sheila was always encouraging me to develop my skills. It wasn’t until after she tragically passed away that I started getting into the heavier stuff”
JASON: “I had a bunch of cousins who played guitar as a kid, which made me want to become a musician too. I wanted to do something different than them, so I decided I would try drums. My parents bought me a drum set and I instantly fell in love with it.”
BOBBY: “My grandfather bought me my first drum kit at the age of 10 years old, and I grew from there”
ANDREW: “My stepdad was always in bands growing up and a good bit of my childhood was spent at local shows so it’s always been something I wanted to do. Having a stutter also lead me to pursue ways to express myself without speaking so music naturally filled that void for me.”
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
SAMANTHA: Nothing More
BOBBY: The Joy Formidable
ANDREW: Tech N9ne
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
What’s the biggest festival of all time? That one!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
SAMANTHA: Well, one time a fan actually gave me a $50 gift certificate to a lingerie store *eye roll*.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
At every show, we always encourage those who are dealing with any issues, whether they be big or small, to reach out; talk to us, talk to someone, just as long as they are heard and understood. No one should have to be alone in this world.
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
SAMANTHA : Chris Cornell
JASON: Kurt Cobain
ANDREW: Cliff Burton
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
The best parts of being a musician are playing your songs in front of an audience that enjoys it, writing music, expressing yourself, and being unique from most other people in the world. The worst parts of being a musician are the lack of funds, the expensive equipment, and the emotional toll we take upon ourselves.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
There should be more opportunities for musicians to succeed, whether that be through jobs, or actually touring/signing with labels. Labels should help the band, the band shouldn’t help the label. Also, we wish people would rather like to see a live performance than watch one on their phone.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
SAMANTHA: Gojira – “The Way Of All Flesh”
JASON: Killswitch Engage “As Day Light Dies”
BOBBY: Can’t Decide!
ANDREW: Parkway Drive – “Horizons”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
We like a good CD.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Puddle of Mudd, Main Stage, Worcester Palladium!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
JASON: I’d want to work with Animals in some way.
BOBBY: I’d either be a chef, or a fucking sniper.
SAMANTHA: I always thought it would be cool to work a job where I’d be able to travel the world.
ANDREW: Own my own landscaping company or go back to school to be a lawyer
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Russel Brand, Andrew’s Dad, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jack Black, Ozzy Osbourne!
What’s next for the band?
We are literally, as we type, in studio recording our next EP and have discussed touring come October/November.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
We’re Yanks so we’ve never had one before, for some Boston cream pie?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for reaching out, and we hope your followers enjoy our music and get to know us a little better!
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