EMQ’s with IMPERIUM
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with West London, UK based Groove/Thrash Metal band, Imperium. Huge thanks to vocalist Ben Porter and lead guitarist Hardip Sagoo 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?
Ben: I’m Ben, I’m the vocalist in IMPERIUM.
Hardip: I’m Hardip – lead guitarist.
How did you come up with your band name?
Ben: It was actually a mutual agreement that should have been made in about 10 minutes! But it took months!! Our drummer James became a fucking librarian and decided to go through the entire dictionary, picking out all the words he thought were “metal”, put a few together and came up with the biggest load of shit we’ve ever heard!
Hardip: Me and Scott (Rhythm Guitarist) had the word ‘Imperium’ in mind before we met the others as we like the meaning (absolute power).
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Ben: London, England. Our spot is top draw to be honest, we’re all based around Kingston in West London and the nights we have there are killer. Thanks to the realest people that show up to see music and the drive from our local (The Fighting Cocks). We leave with a smile every time! Apart from when we found out smoke machines are a bad idea!
Hardip: London, England. We’re surrounded by some very cool venues and the scene is growing every year. Our personal favourite is the ‘The Fighting Cocks’ in Kingston. Best place you’ll ever go.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Ben: Our first proper single ‘Here Comes The Night’ was released on the 4th of April and Spotify and other streaming sites on the 18th!
Hardip: We recorded two songs late 2019 of which one was recently released – ‘Here Comes The Night.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Ben: Proper metal music, any bands that have life and energy in what they do. Older stuff like Slayer, Metallica, Judas Priest and Pantera right up to Power Trip & Havoc but I personally get influenced by anything that sounds good!
Hardip: Nirvana, Metallica and Hendrix will always be my biggest influences. I’m also heavily influenced by a lot of the classic metal bands – Pantera, Megadeth, Judas Priest etc.
What first got you into music?
Ben: Well…my uncle gave me a Rammstein album when I was about 11. I think and that pretty much paved the way… and was fully reinforced when I got a Bolt Thrower CD soon after! But around the same time, weirdly enough, Scott and Hardip, the guitarists, both went to my school, I was in Scott’s brothers year and wanted to get into playing some strings…so I walked in on those two in the music studio playing ‘For Whom The Bell Tolls’ and got stopped in my tracks! It took about a year for me to find that song and realise it was Metallica. I didn’t meet Scott and Hardip properly for about 7 years after that incident!
Hardip: I’ve been into music as far back as I remember. When I was at an early age, I accidentally picked up by sister’s cassette player instead of mine, pressed play and on came Nirvana’s album – “Bleach”. I was immediately drawn into it without knowing who or what it was. It just escalated from there.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Ben: Has to be Metallica really, they could clap, and you’d have all the fans and backing in the world.
Hardip: Metallica for sure.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Ben: Wacken Open Air! For me that would be golden!
Hardip: Download and Hellfest.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Ben: A verbal gift I suppose! Our song just finished, and two geezers came up and sang ‘Master Exploder by Tenacious D at me! Haha!
Hardip: A guy came up to me after a gig and said he collects plectrums from all lead guitarists he watches. I think he got confused in his drunken state and gave me a plectrum from a band he previously watched.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Ben: Our fans are only just building as we’re new on the street, so I’d just say again how thankful I and the rest of the guys are for all your comments, and energy for ‘Here Comes The Night’! We have tons more coming your way so stay ready.
Hardip: Come join us for a beer!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Ben: That’s a hard one, Maybe Cliff (Burton) though! As that death was proper out of order.
Hardip: Too many to choose from but I think it needs to be Dimebag.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Ben: I love throwing people about in the mess of it all! That’s proper fun. The thrill from people explaining how our songs made them feel is serious business too. But the worst thing is having all that equipment as a vocalist! The boys don’t even help me in with my mic!!
Hardip: The best thing is it brings out my creativeness. I don’t hate anything about it.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Ben: I’d just rewind it 30 years and change nothing…!
Hardip: I’d only ask for every band to make sure they support all other bands.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Ben: Rammstein – “Mutter”
Hardip: Metallica – Kill ‘Em All
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Ben: Vinyl man! It seems more genuine.
Hardip: Cassettes – that’s what I grew up on.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Ben: O2 Islington was pretty decent, although the geezer never paid us!
Hardip: My biggest buzz was at a gig in The Fighting Cocks. The crowd were on point.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Ben: I fight, in full contact medieval combat. It’s wicked, look it up
Hardip: More time for sport I reckon.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Ben: My Grandad, Ozzy, Ricky Gervais, Odin and Till Lindemann!
Hardip: Ricky Gervais, Hendrix, Mike Tyson, Richard Dawkins, James Hetfield!
What’s next for the band?
Ben: Finalise our next song and music video which should be a little later in the year! Then back to Uncle Oz at Hidden Tracks (Studios) to record the rest of our EP.
Hardip: To Create more and more!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Our website is:
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Ben: 100% cake. You wouldn’t call a hobnob a cake, would you?
Hardip: Got to be a cake!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Ben: Thanks to you Ever Metal for the questions and helping out us out there! If you haven’t yet, Please go and check out our new tune, subscribe and follow all that shit and stay tuned for more!
Hardip: Thanks for writing about us. It’s only the beginning for Imperium so keep an eye out.
Thanks a lot!
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