EMQ’s with CYPHER16
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, UK based Rock/Metal band Cypher16. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Jack Doolan 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?
Jack Doolan. I play guitar and sing. Cypher16 first started touring back in 2008, and since then have visited 17 countries, including multiple trips to China, India and the USA. We’ve also filmed music videos in Gloucester Cathedral, Battersea Power Station and the Natural History Museum.
How did you come up with your band name?
I think I originally created a myspace page called Cypher, but the URL had already been taken, so the number 16 got added on to make it unique. I never intended it to be permanent, but it has a certain ring to it, so it stuck, haha!
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
The band is based in London, UK. We have an interesting scene over here, and are lucky enough to get every artist of every genre passing through the city all year round (under normal circumstances, anyway). It’s competitive but as usual, the metal bands generally know and support each other.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We have just released ‘Push Through The Water’, the third song off our next album. We’re hoping to release it later this year, although everything is up in the air given the current pandemic.
Who have been your greatest influences?
In the rock and metal world, Iron Maiden and Metallica. Not necessarily a surprise, but over the years I’ve been fortunate enough to spend time with Bruce, Kirk and Lars, so there have been some intimate personal experiences that have really affected me in a positive way. I’m also a big fan of Meshuggah, Nine Inch Nails, Mastodon, Lamb of God. However, the greatest artist of all time is J.S. Bach, in my opinion. Untouchable.
What first got you into music?
Probably my mother – she encouraged me to try a lot of instruments when I was younger, and that eventually led to me picking up the electric guitar when I was 12.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Trent Reznor. He’s a genius and one of the most intense people I’ve ever met. I love everything he’s ever done.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I’d love to play Rock in Rio, or Poland Woodstock. Have heard great things about both, and the sheer size of them is incredible.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
We were sent a 3D custom made bust of all four band members from a Chinese fan a few years ago. The detail on it is incredible and it’s very fragile. How they had it made, and then posted to us in London without it being destroyed is what astounds me the most! There’s a picture of it on the band’s Instagram somewhere, I think.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thanks for listening, and supporting what we do. The coolest thing for me personally is when someone changes their daily habit to include us, whether that be listening to us online, or travelling to one of our shows.
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 like the travelling, and interacting with fans. I hate waiting to play before a show, and the current state of the music industry.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The music industry is systematically geared to crush the artist, when it should be the other way around. Couple with the effects of the shift from physical to digital, the last few years have progressively gotten worse, to the point where it is virtually impossible for most artists to make a living from music. Going forward, watch what happens to artist fees in 2021, as the industry seeks to recover money lost due to the Coronavirus. It’s paradoxical, because if the artist can’t make it work financially, then they can’t tour, and the industry will fall apart from the inside out.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“The Fragile (Left)” – Nine Inch Nails.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I was brought up mainly in the tape and then the CD age, so that’s what I’m used to. Downloads were an inevitable progression, but have devalued music to the point where it’s practically impossible to make a career out of it.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
I enjoyed our first ever Chinese show, at the MIDI Festival in Shanghai. I think it was in 2014, or 2015. We played with Fear Factory, and I believe Wayne Static played the day before, and it turned out to be his last ever show. Would love to have caught it – I’m a big fan of Static-X.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Running a mobile bar business. Which I do – check out Alfred the Guinness bar, and flightcasebars.com
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
James Hetfield, Barack Obama, David Attenborough, Friedrich Nietzsche and Leo Tolstoy
What’s next for the band?
We’re continuing to release new music, while we wait and see what the effect of the Coronavirus will be on the live music heading into 2021.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Gosh, that’s a tough one. I’m going to say a cake! They don’t seem like biscuits to me.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Go and check out new songs, ‘Push Through The Water’, and ‘Break’, and let us know what you think!
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