EMQ’s with Reaper
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Liverpool based Metal band Reaper! Huge thanks to Vocalist, Guitarist and, apparently, punch bag Daniel Moran 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?
Dan here! I’m the Lead Vocalist, one of the guitarists, and the designated comedic punch bag of the group. I do the latter brilliantly and the two former probably above average!
We started in 2011 with our first show being March 22nd. Anthony (Dalton) and I have known each other since we can remember and started learning Metallica tunes in my attic in our early teens. We’ve very slowly started to understand what it takes to call yourself a “serious project” and, in the first few years of fumbling about, we learned that the hard way. We were just dumb kids writing thrash head songs for the first time without any real clue of how the industry worked.
With the line-up we have now, we genuinely think that time spent understanding ourselves creatively will pay off in the long haul. Here’s to another 10!
How did you come up with your band name?
Ant said it one night and our eyes lit up and that was that! No major story there unfortunately, but, as the years have gone by, we’ve started to really relate to the name creatively aside from it being a catchy, one word name.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We’re from the UK, despite our bassist, Elliott, being part Greek, and Dalton being half Sicillian. Couldn’t tell you what the scenes are like there but the scene in England is bizarre. There are spaces like Plymouth, Manchester, and Glasgow that have treated us amazingly and have sourced some of the best crowds we’ve ever played for. On the other hand, our hometown is super hit and miss! We’re fortunate in that we have a very dedicated core fan base at home, but the venues are very few and far between and there are some nights where it can be pretty barren. We’ve seen some bands play to 100 people one gig and 6 months later play the same place with a serious PR push and barely break even. It’s very strange!
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
Our latest single, as of now, is ‘Death Games’ (available on all major streaming services!!!). We recorded in the Motor Museum with Loïc Gaillard and the man is a godsend. We have never worked with such a forward thinking and productive engineer before and he is our go to for our eventual second release. We love you Loïc!!!
Who have been your greatest influences?
Over the years, the Testament, Megadeth, old school Metallica, and Iron Maiden influences have been plentiful. That said, this new line-up we have; it’s changed our scope a great deal in terms of what we’re coming up with to push the envelope. We’d say we are leaning WAY more into the progressive elements. We take inspiration from almost anywhere.
Elliott is a huge black metal fan, but equally loves Type O Negative, Scouse Dave is a modern metal fiend but is also an Elton John fanatic, Ant’s three favourite artists are Thin Lizzy, Megadeth and fuckin Eminem, and I’m a colossal Prog head but will equally scream along to The Pointer Sisters. It’s very eclectic but that’s what makes the creative energy in the room so freeing. There are absolutely ZERO boundaries.
What first got you into music?
My Dad found some old cassette tapes from the attic when I was a kid and got me to take a car ride with him one night to show me some stuff. Foreigner’s Urgent came on first and I enjoyed that but then Jukebox Hero came on and I was just entranced. All I can remember was saying to my Dad “I want to do that”. Never looked back!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Jesus, we can only pick one!? I mean, the dream would be supporting someone like Metallica or Judas Priest; the classic names. I’d obviously be ecstatic to work with Devin Townsend personally. However, if we’re talking someone we could see happening soon? I’d personally love to call out for Caligula’s Horse to come over to the UK and have us support them! If you haven’t heard them, get their album “Bloom” immediately, it is a must.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
BLOODSTOCK! BLOODSTOCK! BLOODSTOCK! I’ve said it once and I will say it again. There is no place in the gigging area ANYWHERE in the UK that feels more like home. We’d play there every year if they’d have us. We’re really pushing ourselves after Simon Hall saw us at our M2TM Grand Final as the guest headliners and gave us some much appreciated, critical advice.
If anyone at the BOA camp sees this, you have our sword for as long as Catton Hill stands. Hellfest would be amazing too!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Well we’ve not received a gift from a fan but thank you dearly for making us so insecure RICHARD!! (we love you really)
The strangest thing that happened to us as the result of a fan was a dude who had literally spent 3 years waiting to catch us live and, as soon as we finished our first song, before the crowd even had the chance to applaud, he just screamed “I HAVE BEEN WAITING ALMOST HALF A DECADE TO SEE YOU AND IT HAS FINALLY HAPPENED THANK YOU CHRIST!” Guess he was into it?
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
WE HAVE A SHOW DECEMBER 15TH AT REBELLION AND WE’RE PLAYING LOADS OF NEW SHIT SO BUY STUFF AND COME DOWN.
Also thank you all for your continued support we love you long time <3
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Dio! Without hesitation! He left an enormous hole that isn’t getting filled any time soon. Hearing about him having passed was absolutely devastating. To have had him around just a little bit longer to tell him how much he has influenced us would have meant the world.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
For the band, I’d say what we love is experimentation. Metal elitism is something we absolutely loathe. The idea that being boxed into one position is how to be “a true metal band” is just asinine. We purposefully do our best to push the envelope and try different things so that we can find what makes us really tick as a unit. That’s what has made writing with this project so fulfilling for me.
The worst thing? The uncertainty! Let me make something clear to anyone reading this that isn’t aiming for a career in the music industry. This isn’t a fucking hobby. Musicians find themselves spilling their hearts out into their written works as well as needing the practical know-how to keep it running like a business. Planning tours, new merch, sending EPKs, recording albums, financing the whole thing; it’s all seriously hard work. To have the indoctrinated idea of luck being your arbiter in the back of your head, if you REALLY want to make a living doing this, is scary as all hell.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The politics! We couldn’t care less what band likes who, who had problems with what project, whatever else. This job is hard enough without the bullshit bickering. Drama obviously brings eyes towards you but the stress of keeping that facade up is tangible, man. I don’t know how anyone could do it. Cancel culture online has a lot to do with it. We’ve got a lot to say on this next disc we’re working on regarding all that.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
To shed some light on a stellar local disc, “Legion” by Scare Tactics is an absolute triumph of an album. It is criminal that ST haven’t been picked up yet. Recommend them to the moon and back!!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
It kind of depends on what you’re using it for and the convenience of it really! If we’re talking strictly about the sound of each, I’d say vinyl. There’s an imperfect warmness to them that I just cannot fault. A belter sound system, a top notch player and a night in! Cannae beat it pal!!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
With this line up, I’d say Glasgow. That crowd was just absolutely insane. They were by far the rowdiest bunch of guys we’ve ever played to and they’re super welcoming. We would absolutely love to come back.
All together though, I’d say BOA2017! The tent was packed to the rafters, even Theresa from Metaprism said it’s one of the biggest New Blood Stage crowds she had ever seen! And to send off our pal Chris Lillie properly there just felt fitting. It wasn’t the best we’ve ever played, but it was the best we’ve felt in front of a crowd.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Truthfully, no idea! I have a lot of interests outside of music for sure but nothing that would fulfil me the same way. I’d like to consider being a therapist of some form, or maybe a chef? Tough question really! Short answer: something that wouldn’t leave me in a state of existential crisis on the reg.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
I’d get Boris Johnson and have four cardboard cut outs of Trump surrounding him with “you never called” stapled to their chin.
I’d cook gammon.
What’s next for the band?
Finding shows for 2020, working MUCH harder on our YouTube page so you guys can get a little closer with us, a kickstarter for our second album, new single, more artwork and merch from our wonderful endorser, Crossfade Graphics, tighter live shows, some special occasion shows and HOPEFULLY getting ourselves around the festival circuit!
Next year is our year man, we can feel it in our bones.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We are on ALL major streaming platforms and we are super active on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter SHAMELESS PLUGS!!
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
If you call Jaffa Cakes biscuits, you pronounce the J in fajita.
Cakes go hard when you leave them out. Biscuits go soft. Jaffas go hard, ergo they’re a fucking cake.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Our best wishes to the Ever Metal family and a huge thanks to you guys for having us!
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