Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Harare, Zimbabwe based Melodic Industrial Death Metal project, Nuclear Winter. Huge thanks to Gary Stautmeister 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’m Gary Stautmeister and I started Nuclear Winter in 2013 – After all the years of playing guitar and having nothing to show for it, I finally decided I needed to start recording my own stuff and work on my own ideas. So Nuclear Winter became my solo project where I could experiment and record my own thing.

How did you come up with your band name?

When I worked on the ideas for my first album, where the lyrics dealt a lot with the extremes from things like love/hate etc and the fine line that separates them, I thought Nuclear Winter worked well with that – as being the extremes of heat and cold but is a devastating thing within itself.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I’m from Harare, Zimbabwe. The rock/metal scene here is almost non-existent. Apart from a few metal heads and Zim’s only other metal band Dividing the Element, are about all we have here.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

My latest release is “Night Shift” which came out end of last year, but I have an EP called “StormScapes” which will be out on 15th July.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Wintersun and Devin Townsend. Although I don’t do anything that really sounds like DT – it’s just what he does in his songs is really impressive to me. There’s a way he manages to pack so many things into a mix and have it all working together well that I find very impressive.

What first got you into music?

As a kid when I first heard Bon Jovi and Def Leppard, I thought wow – I gotta have an electric guitar! I just loved the sound and energy of it. Then came Nirvana and they were a huge influence for me. At least as a young guitarist – their songs were fun and easier to play than most other bands. Down the line someone introduced me to Paradise Lost and I was amazed – they were heavy and melodic, and they are one’s that got me into melodic death metal – with Dark Tranquillity being my next favourite band then.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Either Devin Townsend or Jari Mäenpää- both musical geniuses’ way beyond my level but they would be really interesting to work with and to learn stuff from, I think.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I don’t have a preference really. I think any of the big ones like Download or Bloodstock etc would be cool.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

My fan base is still small, so I haven’t received any gifts.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Just a big thanks to anyone who is supporting the music I make.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Kurt Cobain. Nirvana was my favourite band in high school and the biggest influence for me as a teenager learning the guitar.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

The main thing for me is the creative freedom to do what I like. There’s not anything particular I don’t like. I find I struggle a bit with self-promotion. Also, one thing I find really tedious to record is the bass guitar. I find it very boring. I think I need to get EZBass so the bass can just be automated lol.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

To be honest I don’t know enough about the music industry so I can’t really offer any suggestions.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Strapping Young Lad – “City”. That was an immense album.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

I think downloads. Just more convenient. I used to enjoy getting CD’s though years ago but digital is the way forward, I think.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

As a one-man band recording my stuff at home, I’ve not performed any of my music live yet unfortunately.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

My main job is doing 3D design, so music is actually a secondary thing for me. I would prefer to just focus on music though seeing as I’m quite bored of doing graphics work now.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I think this list would be very interesting Morgan Freeman, Ricky Gervais, Jessica Lang, Kathy Bates, Jordan Peterson.

What’s next for the band?

I’m starting to work on some new songs for a new album. But that will probably only be out mid to end of next year hopefully.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

I just use the usual ones – Facebook, Twitter, Bandcamp, Soundcloud etc

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I was a kid when I last had one of those and to me, they were closer to a pie. But between those two I’d choose a cake.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Sure, and thanks for the interview. Nothing to add really.

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