EMQ’s with FLIGHT OF EDEN
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Reading based Progressive Metal band Flight Of Eden. Huge thanks to bassist Christian Sturgess 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?
Hi, my names Christian Sturgess and I play bass guitar in the band as well as doing backing vocals.
How did you come up with your band name?
We first mentioned the name, Flight of Eden at a party we were all attending I believe! It signifies our journey as musicians from where we started to a place of ‘eden’, or ‘paradise. It sounds a bit fancy but really we just liked the concept and how the name sounds!
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We hail from Reading, in the UK with our singer Kurt living near Southampton. The South of England once had a vibrant metal scene which died off around 10m years ago. However the scene is rapidly growing again and we’re happy to be a part of it!
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
“Dante’s Inferno” (New EP due on 9th April)! We also released our debut EP “Transitions” back in 2018.
Who have been your greatest influences?
This is a question that is different for each member of the band, as we all have our own influences which relate to our instruments of choice! However I think collectively, bands such as Pink Floyd, Meshuggah, Killswitch Engage, Alcest and many more hold a great level of influence to us.
What first got you into music?
Myself and Simon started playing music at around the same age, 14/15. Back then it was something everyone was trying out at school but we quickly realised that we had a keen passion for song-writing and exploring our own ideas, not just covers. But initially, I think our joint love for metal and the alternative scene convinced us to buy instruments!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Collectively in past bands we have played the likes of Download, Bloodstock, HRH and a few European festivals, however we are yet to do this together as Flight of Eden. So I think Download Festival would be our biggest aim.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
A collage of all my ‘bass faces’ on a printed out A3 card at a show!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Just a huge thank you to everyone who has supported us! We have all been playing music for over 15 years now in various projects, so to keep the level of support when you move to something new is amazing. Wherever we play people really seem to engage with our music, and that is not something we take for granted!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
This is a tough one, for me it’s either Kurt Cobain or Jaco Pastorius.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Playing live is absolutely our collective favourite part of being a musician, connecting with fans, sharing the energy; it’s something really special to us. Hate might be a strong word, but if there’s anything we can’t stand it’s waiting in airports for cancelled flights with a bunch of hard cases!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The lack of opportunities and support for growing and independent artists!
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Alexisonfire – “Crisis”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
For me it’s a battle between Vinyl and CD’s. I have a large collection of both, and the sound of a vinyl is something you can’t beat, however the convenience of a CD whilst still having the art books makes it a strong contender!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Monte Verde Festival 2019 without a doubt! We had a nightmare experience with travel to the Azores, delayed flights, lost luggage and illness! But once we made it to the festival and eventually hit the stage (at 4AM!), we were greeted with a full tent of eager fans who were moshing, jumping and singing along to our set with energy I have never seen in the UK. Truly amazing!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I think I’d be pursuing my love for graphic design and video editing, something to do with production anyway!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Jaco Pastorius, Lily Lu, Grace Neutral, Dave Gilmore, Flea.
What’s next for the band?
Playing as many shows as we can, aiming for festival slots and touring as many locations as possible. We are really proud of Dante’s Inferno so we want to keep the promo campaign alive for a while.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Primarily Instagram, Facebook, Bandcamp and Spotify. Links below!
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Definitely a cake! Unless you eat them stale!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks so much for taking an interest in what we do and supporting our new release!
Disclaimer: This interview is solely the property of Ever Metal. It is strictly forbidden to copy any part of this interview, unless you have the strict permission of said party. Failure to adhere to this will be treated as plagiarism and will be reported to the relevant authorities.