EMQ’s with LAST EXISTENCE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, UK based Metalcore/Technical Metal band Last Existence. Huge thanks to guitarist James 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?
Hey guys! I’m James and I play guitar in ‘Last Existence’. Myself and Burton (The drummer who is also called James – it’s easier this way) have been in a few bands together over the years. When our last one fell apart, we just decided to keep writing together and write the material that we would want to hear from some of our favourite bands. Our bassist Dave was a good friend of ours and we kept sending him our demos as we wrote them. He loved the stuff and kept pushing us to keep going with it, so we just had to get him on board. He heard that our singer Jo was looking for a new project after leaving his previous band ‘High Rise’ and he approached him with the new material. It’s safe to say that he couldn’t get enough of what we were writing, and we have had our heads buried in the studio together ever since.
How did you come up with your band name?
Burton came up with the name. We were in the gym at the time and he just turns to me and goes “How about ‘Last Existence’? That sounds pretty cool and no one else has taken it!” and that was that.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are all dotted around London. Burton and myself are in Buckinghamshire, Dave is based in Wembley and Jo is in Kingston (the trains are a nightmare). There are a LOT of bands in the big smoke. It’s great because the metal scene is really thriving, but competition is fierce. You really have to know your sh*t to get noticed.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We have just released our debut single ‘Plume’ and it seems to be turning heads. We couldn’t have asked for a better release! We gained 800 likes on Facebook in the first week of release alone. It’s a very exciting time for us. Hopefully, we will get used to the constant notifications blowing up our phones and all of the friend requests.
Who have been your greatest influences?
As a band we listen to a huge array of music, from John Mayer to Thy Art Is Murder. I think we can all agree that; Currents, Architects, Northlane and Novelists are some firm favourites of ours.
What first got you into music?
I started playing guitar when I was 14. I had a lot of friends in school that played and I just wanted to join in and hang. My Dad got me into the old school rock stuff, but it wasn’t until some mates forced me to listen to Tool that I start getting into metal. Fast-forward 13 years and I am now a full-time composer for film and TV.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Oh man that’s a tough question! Mick Gordon, the guy behind the Doom soundtrack would be awesome! I think we would make something really cool as we both love heavy amounts of electronic production and sound design. That would be sick!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Tech fest would be fantastic. We would fit right in with the other super ‘drop tuned’ bands. Maybe next year we can try and sort something out.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Hahaha, I mean…being kissed on stage by a complete stranger is a weird one. Like thanks for the beer breath…, I’m sure that was nicer for you than it was for me.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
WE HAVE MORE! KEEP LISTENING! THE NEXT TRACK IS GOING TO BE CRAP I PROMISE!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Diego from Volumes. That guy’s production is unreal! All of their stuff is utterly fantastic and 100% still holds up today.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
For me it’s a full-time job as well as having the band. I absolutely love being a musician, but you have to keep your motivation up. Sometimes you go to bed late and don’t have the energy the next day, you just have to open up the laptop and make a start. The hardest bit is always starting the writing process, but when you get going and you make something truly special – the best bit is seeing people’s reactions when you play it to them.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Honestly, I think the industry is in a really interesting place right now. Everyone has the opportunity to create music, everyone can be a bedroom producer and everyone can make a living off of it. Several years ago it used to be reserved for the elite with the big studios and big budgets, but now there is more music out there than ever. I think there are a lot of great opportunities right now for musicians, but with everyone able to create music easily at home – the market is heavily saturated with mediocre stuff. Your sh*t really has to stand out to make an impact. I’m not sure I would change any one thing in particular about the industry as it’s far too complex an issue for that. It would just be nice to know for sure that X amount of time invested into the music = Y amount of fans. We just have to do what we do as best we can and hope it makes it through to the people who really love it.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Northlanes – “Node” is a banger!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Haha this is a baited question! I believe mixing was created because vinyl hid a lot of problems with dodgy engineering. When you put those old recordings onto CD you can finally hear all of the engineering mistakes that they made. However, there is something cool and nostalgic about a big vinyl player and a spinning dustbin lid sitting on top of it. I’m just more of a high-fidelity guy and will be sticking to my Grace m900 DAC and Burtons Mytek 8×192 Converter for our recording and productions.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
I did the Britain’s Got Talent thing a while ago as a session guitarist which was pretty cool. It was fun being fussed over and being streamed to millions of people all over the U.K. I was supposed to be suspended from the ceiling in a harness and lowered onto the stage whilst busting out a guitar solo – that idea got scrapped on the day because they couldn’t hide my legs and leave me hanging up there all evening until the performance (not to mention the major blue balls).
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I might have gone into engineering or business or something like that. Gotta make money somehow and hopefully not completely hate your job. I would like to think I would still have some kind of creative outlet on the side as I just love making things. I’ve been doing the music thing for so long now it’s hard to imagine doing anything else. I’ll take it tinnitus and all!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Probs the Last Existence lads and my girlfriend. That was pretty much what we did for new years and it was a RIOT. Although to be honest I haven’t even seen a human being that I knew since we have gone into lockdown, so I’ll take anyone! Even you Burton you sack of sh*t ❤.
What’s next for the band?
We have several other releases scheduled throughout the year. Hopefully, we will get to gig at some point and see the lovely faces of all the fans that have been liking our pages. Maybe we will record a couple more music videos as well, you will have to follow us and see.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We are on everything! Spotify, Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Apple music, Pornhub etc etc. Just type in ‘Last Existence Plume’ into whatever you want, and we will come up. It’s the pic of Jo where he looks like we set him on fire. Maybe for the next vid we will do that for real.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Mate I don’t even know I ate them already.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Sorry for writing so much. Listen to ‘P L U M E’! It’s Dope!
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