EMQ’s with DEAD MAN’S CHEST
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Hardcore band, Dead Man’s Chest. Huge thanks to guitarist, Kay 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?
I am Kay and I play guitar. I used to play bass for many years, however due to the band members rotation I had to learn guitar from scratch. It was a difficult process, as I had to change my habits and learn how to use a pick. Now, I think this was the most important decision in my life and changed my band drastically.
How did you come up with your band name?
Despite all of the assumptions, the band’s name did NOT originate from a song’s name or any of those stupid ass pirate movies. Picture this as a casket or coffin ⚰️.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I was born in Poland, but spent majority of my youth, here in England. The metal scene in my motherland is very strong! We all know bands like Vader, Decapitated, Behemoth, Hate or Batushka… not only are they all well known in the extreme metal community, but well respected around the globe. When it comes to the English scene, my favourite metal pioneers would be Napalm Death, Carcass, Bolt Thrower, Cancer, Memoriam and many more.
What is your latest release?
We released our brand-new EP, “DEAR GOD”, through Upstate Records on 28th February on 7″ Vinyl.
This record is a foretaste for the full length that we are currently working on. “DEAR GOD” is a crucial chapter in our career. Musically and lyrically it takes the direction we always wanted to follow. I am extremely happy & proud of it.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Back in the days I would say Steve DiGiorgio or Alex Webster, but nowadays that would be Piotr Wiwczarek (Vader), Mille Petrozza (Kreator), Rick Rozz (Death/Massacre) and Kerry King (Slayer). Outstanding rhythm guitar players with their own unique style of soloing. In my opinion, they are underappreciated musicians and I would love to see more guitarists considering them as extraordinary inspirations.
What first got you into music?
That was June 99′, I was eight and I spent my summer holidays in Netherlands at my auntie’s house. My cousin played me The Offspring’s single, ‘Pretty Fly for a White Guy’, which literally blew me away. Somehow, I managed to get a copy and I couldn’t stop listening to it for weeks!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Dead Man’s Chest always love to experiment with unusual combinations, so I would be honoured to have the voice of Paul Masvidal (Cynic) on my newest record right along with Adam Darski (Behemoth) on guitar solo.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Hellfest or Wacken/Summer Breeze. My favourite bands play there all the time, why couldn’t I?!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
So far, I haven’t had a situation like this…and let it stay like that haha.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Don’t close yourself to the one music genre, listen to whatever your soul tells you to. Fancy thrash metal or punk rock? Go for it, give it a spin, and listen to Dead Man’s Chest.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Chuck Schuldiner from Death. This man changed the death metal we know these days. He does not have any bad album in his discography or career everything became a genre’s classic. Or Jeff Hanneman from Slayer. Nothing, but respect.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I like challenging myself with new skills and techniques. I am not an excellent shredder or lead player, but I am happy with what I’ve achieved throughout the years and that I am constantly progressing. I hate…playing the cold venues! The truth is that I don’t really sweat on the shows (sometimes I wear a windbreaker on stage and not a single sweat drop on my face) and my warmup routine (hands and body) requires some effort!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I wish bands put more effort and passion into their hobby – most of the times there is too much fun, but not enough hard work…
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
That’s a tough one….I could probably go for one of the death metal classics, but I will choose the album that gave me the most joy in the high school, and that album is: Caliban – “The Awakening”. For those who don’t know who they’re, let me explain – German metalcore giants that have been shredding since 97′!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
A couple of years ago I would definitely go for CD’s, however due to the convenience of having everything, like all the albums in mp3 format on your phone, I will go for digital downloads. It’s much easier now. The rest of the band are record collectors!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
I think that was in 2014-2015 in Wroclaw, Poland. Fully packed, lots of mosh and blood on the floor!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I am not a career musician. I still have my full-time job – I am an engineer for an oil company.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Mum and Dad, Andy and Hamish from my band, and the dude who recorded our latest EP, Stu Mackay – they just love the stuff I cook!
What’s next for the band?
Practise, practise and practise. And working on the full length.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Our new website has all the links you need!
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Neither – they are just ‘jelly cookies’ J
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you very much for opportunity to be in here, it means a lot. Don’t forget to have a listen to our new 7” EP on Upstate Records. And keep your eyes open for upcoming shows and new full-length album. Thank you.
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