EMQ’s with THE TRAGIC COMPANY
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Estepona, Spain based Alternative Rock band, The Tragic Company. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist, Juanma Medina, 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 Juanma Medina, and I sing and play the guitar. I also do most of the songwriting, producing and PR. It all started off as my solo project, but the moment came to play live, and I needed a band! That was 12 years ago, so the line-up has changed quite a lot, but now, we have a solid group of committed people, and a good direction.
How did you come up with your band name?
As I was alone, I didn’t want to sound like “Juanma Medina’s Project’, I wanted it to look like a well consolidated band, so I went for that kind of name.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We live in Spain, although our bassist is French, and the other guitarist is Argentinian. The scene is terrible. Rock in Spain is still stuck in the old 80’s… it’s old fashioned and embarrassing to listen to some bands. Even ‘new ones’! There are exceptions, of course, but in general, terrible!
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We have just released a new single called ‘Rotten’. A very proggy track that includes a quarantine video.
Rotten (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Porcupine Tree, the Danish band Dizzy Mizz Lizzy, Alter Bridge, Tool, Pink Floyd, The Who…
What first got you into music?
All the 90’s scene… grunge and Britpop. My father also had a good collection of records including Beatles, Mike Oldfield and Alan Parsons Project.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Dizzy Mizz Lizzy or Steven Wilson.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
If it’s a festival, Download. It’s big and all the good modern rock bands perform there. If it’s a venue… probably the Royal Albert Hall in London.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
We really haven’t received anything physical from them… maybe some crazy screaming regarding our underwear during a concert!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Buy the album and a T-shirt on your way out!
If you could bring one 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?
I love creating in my home studio. I love recording and I love playing in front of a good noisy crowd.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The cut Spotify takes on every play.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Deadwing” by Porcupine Tree
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl, of course!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
12,000 people in Málaga, Southern Spain.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Probably something related to communication, or art.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Noel Gallagher, Tim Christensen, Steven Wilson and Keith Moon
What’s next for the band?
To go out on tour around Europe, hopefully, if the new album does well.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We normally use Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, although the last one was a bit abandoned, but we have refreshed it.
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
They’re tiny little cakes, right? I don’t mind about the name, as long as I can get loads of them!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks a lot for your support, we invite everyone to check out our releases and share our music with the world. We promise to behave.
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