EMQ’s with SONIC CIRCUS
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Melbourne, Australia based Rock band Sonic Circus. Huge thanks to vocalist Jimmy VanZeno 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! My name is Jimmy VanZeno and I’m the vocalist in Aussie band Sonic Circus. Band formed after the breakup of our former band in 2016, and have taken our time, honed our craft, done some live shows and now here’s our Album.
How did you come up with your band name?
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Melbourne Australia. The Metal scene here is GREAT. We have some amazing Bands…The Rock scene…the Aussie Rock Scene through the 70s, 80s, 90s and early 2000s was incredible. But nowadays the mainstream music in Australia ignores all rock music except the 80s and 90s, so despite the fact we have some of the best bands in the world here, they can’t get any support. It’s a hard slog for Rock bands.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
ALBUM! Release timeframe is November. Before that we will have 3 singles, the first of which is ‘AEROPLANE’ on August 14, available worldwide on all streaming and digital platforms.
Who have been your greatest influences?
As a band, many and varied. For me, people like Paul Stanley, David Lee Roth, Sebastian Bach, DIO, Bruce Dickinson, Rob Halford…all the Legends haha!
What first got you into music?
KISS. “Destroyer”. That was it.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
They would all be local guys n girls, the musical talent we have in Australia is outstanding.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Wacken. The Holy Grail!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
6 beers. It’s the only gift!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
We hope you like ‘AEROPLANE’, and if you do, please let everyone you think might like our music know about it! We really appreciate it!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Freddie. I’d love to know what his voice sounded like now.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Enjoy… the creative side. Writing music, lyrics, melodies…
Hate… the lack of mainstream media support.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
HAHA the thing I’ve said a few times here…mainstream media support to reach more people.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
VAN HALEN 1.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl every day of the week!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Sold Out Cherry Bar, Melbourne Australia, 2018 (first Sonic Circus show)
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Working full time in a Bank 😆
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Paul Stanley, David Lee Roth, Sebastian Bach, Eddie Van Halen and Lars Ulrich
What’s next for the band?
No shows due to COVID, so releasing our single and the album while writing new songs.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
All streaming / digital platforms and our social media is @soniccircusrock everywhere.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
What is a Jaffa Cake? 🤣
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks heaps for the interview!
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