EMQ’s with Omen Machine
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nottinghamshire based Alternative Metal band Omen Machine! Huge thanks to vocalist Matthew Nathan 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 Nathan; I am the vocalist for Omen Machine. My introduction to the band was a strange one. I was singing with a lovely band called Wild Abyss but we were on hiatus for the summer. As such, I got pretty bored not being able to perform or write music. I’d also started getting into metal and back into the hardcore scene when a band message popped up in the Nottingham Live Music scene. A guy named Callum Parkin (that I’d seen perform in his covers band) was looking for a vocalist. Initially he was a bit hesitant because I’m not a typical metal singer but he worked with me over a few months and we found a shout and a scream that we were both happy with. That’s how I was introduced to the band. But Callum and Oliver had known each other for years and they had worked with Ross (our bassist) previously. So the three of them were already solid! Our drummer, Fred, he just dropped out of the sky like an angel who could play drums better than anyone.
How did you come up with your band name?
Callum and Oli thought of the two most metal words they could and threw them together.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
England. I want to be hopeful and say it’s thriving but the entire underground music scene is struggling. Support your local venues everyone, or else watch live music disappear.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
We have a single release called ‘Crown Of Thorns’, which you can find on Youtube, Spotify, Amazon, Deezer…
Who have been your greatest influences?
We’re a bit of a melting pot as a band. The guys are influenced by Slipknot, Alter Bridge, Gojira, Lamb of God etc.
Then there’s me who draws from Enter Shikari, King Blues, The Maine, Eminem and Dreamstate!
What first got you into music?
As far as I can remember I’ve always been into it. But my parents made me get piano lessons when I was young and being a spoiled little boy I didn’t appreciate it until I turned 20 and I had quit a few years ago. Now all I want to do is go back to lessons and become a better musician.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Well the lads would choose someone different but if I could work with Enter Shikari or Eminem, my life would be complete. Slipknot wouldn’t be a bad shout. Corey Taylor is one of my many spirit animals.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Download. I’ve been going since I was old enough and my goodness, it would be incredible. Is there a more prestigious festival in the UK?
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Well we’re a bit small and new to be given gifts. It’s a gift just to perform for people who know the words.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Speak truth to power. Stand up to bullies. It’s ok to not be alright. (That last one is a lyric from one of Dreamstate’s songs but it’s one of the kindest lyrics I’ve ever heard).
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
David Bowie. Maybe that’s not really Rock but there’s no other musician for me.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love performing, and being able to express myself in such a specific way. But it is a struggle to get people to give you an opportunity sometimes. Thankfully we have been asked back every time we have been given a chance but just getting your foot in the door is really tricky.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Same problem I have with the film industry. Companies watch their bottom line instead of taking a punt on some new ideas.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“The Spark” by Enter Shikari. The best music makes you feel strong feelings and that album blew me away. It’s funny because I didn’t like it at first. It was so different from their previous work but when I was in the right mood, it deeply touched me. Converted me back to a fan for life!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Ugh, I don’t wanna say downloads but they are definitely the most convenient.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We are playing in Liverpool soon and that’s a personal dream right there.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Writing! I’m writing a book at the moment and have been distracted by some short stories that I needed to get out of my head. I’m actually starting to write a very young children’s book currently.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Ah my band members obviously, and then probably my mate Leia from my old band.
What’s next for the band?
Gigs! Plenty of them! We are working on releasing another song by November and as the resident video editor that means a lot more work for me. We’re also working on a music video for ‘Crown Of Thorns’!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Facebook is our main source but you can find us on Twitter and Instagram as well.
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I asked the rest of the band but they’re not filling this in. I say they’re a biscuit.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I just want people out there to listen to our music and maybe get inspired. There are a lot of horrible things going on at the moment and part of my mission is to draw attention to it and hopefully inspire someone much cleverer than me to think of a better solution.
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