EMQ’s with INME
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with British Progressive Heavy Rock band, InMe. Huge thanks to bassist Greg McPherson 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 Greg McPherson, bass guitarist for InMe. I joined the band in 2006 just before we recorded the 3rd album Daydream Anonymous. John O’Keeffe has recently joined us on guitar and Tom Dalton on drums. The dynamic of the band is completely new, and how we write songs has changed so much, that this feels like a new band! Jumpstart Hope is InMe’s 7th studio album, but it feels like the start of a new chapter, very fresh and we are proud of it.
How did you come up with your band name?
Joe Morgan, the bassist for the first two albums, came up with the name – the band was called ‘Drowned’ at the time, and I think there was another band with the same name, so they wanted to change it before the first album “Overgrown Eden”. The name really works, we all love it, so credit to Joe for that one!
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are all British, the metal scene here is strong with legends like Sikth reforming and making the best music they have made, Tesseract are another good example of metal pioneers making some outstanding music right now. For rock, my go to at the moment is Black Peaks – it’s very gritty and very British.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
“Jumpstart Hope”, our brand new, full length album, was released on January 17th 2020, with Killing Moon records.
Who have been your greatest influences?
I grew up with Queen and Pink Floyd, especially Gilmour’s Floyd. Maiden are a big part of our musical background too. I am influenced musically by everything I like, and that’s a lot, so to say biggest influences would be doing a dis-service, since I could name a hundred artists that have shaped how I write music without taking too much time to pause. I’ll list 10 why not, Vision of Disorder, Bjork, Reuben, Sepultura, Meshuggah, Philip Glass, Glassjaw, Silverchair, Korn, Nirvana, Deftones.
What first got you into music?
Growing up, there was always Queen and Floyd on our traditional vinyl player. I was taught to play the piano from a young age and performed to some crazy large crowds as a choir singer before I was even a teenager. That’s when I started learning guitar and bass – I had a few bands here and there back then and we all thought we were the best band there had ever been. In hindsight we were terrible!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Black Peaks. I’m a big fan of their music so that would be an honour.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Sonisphere at Knebworth! Only problem is it doesn’t exist anymore! Some of my best gigs have been there. We aren’t the coolest band so it’s nice when a festival backs you like that, and you get to play to thousands year after year. It was very disappointing for everyone InMe when the UK leg stopped.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Knickers! Bit weird and they don’t fit!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Playing to live audiences, it’s the buzz. I Hate the financial side and the ‘scene’.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
This is a loaded question. I would encourage the press to lift up more young bands and keep them there. For me, too much column space is focussed on established bands.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Periphery: “Juggernaut”. Probably cheating since it’s a double album 😉 Some amazing musicianship and the songwriting is massive with running themes throughout both albums.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl for nostalgia, it feels like an experience listening to an album that way plus you are likely to listen to an album through.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Scarborough Beach Fest in 2007 was special – the front of house rig was in the sea! So were half the audience, at dusk, it was darkening by the time we finished. That was special.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
We all have careers outside of music. Music is our passion but we most certainly don’t earn a living from it, in fact it often costs money to be part of a band like InMe. I couldn’t imagine a life without music, if I wasn’t in InMe I would be in another band for sure.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Stephen Hawking, Brian Cox, Michael Stevens, Freddie Mercury, Jamie Oliver as chef 😉
What’s next for the band?
We are on tour promoting the release of “Jumpstart Hope” – it’s a dark and honest album and we can’t wait for people to listen to it in its entirety.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Patreon is the main platform we use to help pay for things like music videos and studio time. It lets the fans know they are directly contributing to the longevity and sustainability of the band. Then Facebook and Instagram for the rest – and our website!
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Vote green, save the planet, be kind. Thank you.
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