EMQ’s with TORIZON
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brisbane, Australia based Alternative Heavy Rock band Torizon. Huge thanks to vocalist Mish Sharma 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, I am Mish, the lead singer and co-songwriter in Torizon.
Torizon was born at the start of 2019 as a passion project after taking a couple of years off music due to a vocal-cord injury. It started with friends getting together to write some music and record until we recruited permanent members. We released our debut EP “Singles Collection” in June last year which was produced by Robb Torres (Robbery Inc) and Ian Sefchick (Capitol Records) based in LA. Our single ‘Hey You’ and live cover of ‘Thoughtless’ has gained worldwide interest and international coverage! Robb is our mentor and producer; he has a big influence on our music direction and growth.
Our line-up was finalised at the end of 2019 where we introduced our 7 String-Master- Sarah, Damien on Bass and Aaron on Drums. With the addition of new members and additional skill sets, we were able to invest heavily into our own private professional level recording and rehearsal studios to ensure that our creativity is not stifled by time and money constraints. Damien is our resident Sound Engineer, Sarah is a videographer, photographer and graphic designer, Aaron has a very business focused brain which is extremely helpful, I look after all social media content, bookings and manage all our main platforms for effective communication, collaboration, creating and distributing music ideas, marketing materials etc. That’s basically us in a nutshell!
How did you come up with your band name?
The name Torizon is derived from the words ‘torsion’ and ‘event horizon’ in black holes. The coupling between spin and torsion generates a gravitational repulsion responsible for an event horizon and singularity. From a personal point of view, when life is difficult, it can feel like you are being sucked in a black hole, but it is important to remember that there is a horizon at the end of it all. We wanted the name to be unique and also reflect our values as a band without being too wordy or cliché.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Australia has a solid repertoire of Metal/Rock acts on all different levels from up and coming to Arena Level and everything in between. Great examples are Tonight Alive, Parkway Drive, Cog, Karnivool, Caligula’s Horse etc. I think one of the main differences is that we are on a big island. Unlike musicians in Europe, the distance between venues can be massive with some shows being anywhere between 1 to 12 hours travel just in one state! It means we have to travel more, work harder to deliver a solid product and live shows to win over fans and survive in a very competitive industry, especially for original musicians .That being said, as an Australian musician we have a great support network within our own music community.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest single is ‘Find My Way Out’ which was recorded amidst Covid-19 lockdown in March, whilst our bass player was diagnosed with Coronavirus. Thankfully, he has fully recovered! The official music video will premiere on June 26th US and June 27th AUS. Robb Torress (Robbery Inc) also laid some guest guitars on this song – we are super proud as it showcases our new heavier and darker sound.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Fiona Apple, Tori Amos, Evanescence, Devin Townsend & Flyleaf have been my biggest influences and a huge part of my teenage and adult life.
What first got you into music?
I’m trying very hard to not sound cliché, but Music was my therapy and survival mechanism during an abusive and tumultuous childhood. It was the only thing I could relate to amongst the chaos so I would use it as an escape. I developed a passion for music around 15 years old and started making songs out of poems I had written. I taught myself how to play basic guitar chords on an old second-hand guitar and here we are many years later!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Devin Townsend and Evanescence – I love their songwriting!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Wacken, it’s the metal mecca and rite of passage for all Heavy Bands around the world.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Not really a gift, but one time a fan asked me to sign his butt after a show….I politely declined haha!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Our mission statement is to create a musical meeting place where people of all walks of life can connect, share their lives and be a part of a unified community. We’d also like the fans to know that we are an extremely DIY band. All our marketing, photography, rehearsal, videography, recording studio and sound engineering are in house. Although COVID-19 did put a big spanner in our 2020 plan, we have been utilising this newly acquired free time to write more music and continue working on our music theory education. Much like others, 75% of the band has lost their income for the foreseeable future due to the recent restrictions put in place, so if you can afford to please go to our store and support us www.torizon.bandcamp.com/. And if you can’t afford it, that’s ok you can support us for free by liking, sharing and following us on social media. But most importantly, please take care of yourselves and each other!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
David Bowie & Freddie Mercury – they are Rock stars to me!
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love the close connection you build with your band family and our collective creative expression for our fans. I love being challenged to learn new things and to create something positive out of a negative emotion or situation.
I am not the biggest fan of the business aspect of running a band, it can get daunting while holding a full-time job as well. If Music could pay my bills I’d have no issue handling the back end & business side of the project. But we are making it work till that happens 😊
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
That would be to pay the artists appropriately to honour the sheer amount of work that goes into creating music.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“When The Pawn…” by Fiona Apple – she is angry, melancholic, self-deprecating, raw…all in one beautiful head bopping package.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Cassettes were fun when I was growing up and I haven’t delved into the vinyl world yet…CD’s are definitely my favourite because it’s a tangible piece of art and you don’t need a special device/player to enjoy it.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
That would be the Jacaranda Festival 2019. We were escorted to our private tent to relax before the show. The road crew set up our equipment, stage monitor mix and front of house mix. I was given my own private tent for my vocal warm up, there were fireworks just before our set and the whole showground was PACKED! It was quite an incredible experience for an up & coming band.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
A Child Psychologist. As a survivor of extreme child abuse and sexual abuse, I’d love to help children navigate through their trauma, break the cycle of self-blame & destructive coping mechanisms to validate their voice, thoughts and opinions.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
I would love to be a fly on the wall at a dinner party with Heavy Devy, Conan, Neil Degrasse Tyson, Tori Amos & Dave Mustaine. It would be amazing to talk to them about their passion, their process and learn from them.
What’s next for the band?
Our first international tour which was originally postponed due to CV19 is now being rescheduled and will be announced soon! There is a 20-show national tour also being organised as we speak. You can expect new singles from Torizon every 3/4 months…we are a big fan of the singles game.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Biscuit, they are a delicious biscuit.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for having me!
Please follow us on Spotify and our Social Media platforms. Keep an eye out for the ‘Find My Way Out’ Music Video release!
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