EMQ’s with WINTERHEARTH
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Newfoundland & Labrador, Canada based Blackened Metal band WinterheartH. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Andrew Marsh 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 Andrew Marsh. I’m the guitarist and vocalist for WinterheartH. Pleasure to meet you guys. My idea for WinterheartH began as early as back when I was in high school. My dream was to write music and perform in a band. I always wanted to be in an Extreme Metal act. Met my original bassist Robbie Butler back in high school. Knew him from his brother who is my age. Eventually we started hanging out and said lets jam. It took years but we found a guy named Michael Small on drums. Throughout the years since those days there has been line-up changes. I’m now the only original member left, and we are now three full length albums in. The current line-up is myself, Lenny Carey on bass and Brad Ivany on drums.
How did you come up with your band name?
Back in the early days we were bouncing around lots of different names but couldn’t decide. One night after rehearsal I brought Robbie home and it began to start snowing. Robbie says how about… Winterhearth?? I stopped and paused and said Robbie that’s a great band name!
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I’m from Canada. I live in the province of Newfoundland & Labrador. It’s the most eastern province. NL is and always was dominated by Irish Traditional music. There is a Metal/Rock scene here. There are lots of great bands. Everyone is unique in their writing and style. I feel a lot of that is living here we barely see a big production come through in the rock department. Therefore rather than living somewhere where in 2 weeks we may see 4 major label acts and all of a sudden we want to sound just like them, we just pave our own paths and soak up what we see from live footage or if we vacation to a festival/show once or twice a year.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release will be our third full-length album “Riverbed Empire”. The album contains 9 brand new songs from the very depths of the frosty Hell we dwell in haha!
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Who have been your greatest influences?
Overall, it would be without a doubt my friends, family, manager and co-workers. They all support me as well as keep me grounded. As a musician it really began early as a pre-teen seeing videos of guys like Cliff Burton & Dave Mustaine. The way they approach their art and performance is second to none! Of course, the older you get the more bands you discover. Nowadays I’m non-stop listening to bands like Opeth, Immortal, Entombed and Carcass to name a few. Trust me I can go for hours.
What first got you into music?
Well, like I said, hearing musicians like Cliff Burton and Dave Mustaine play really jumpstarted it. Really dove into the Thrash and NWOBHM realms before discovering Extreme Metal. That definitely started after hearing Venom for the first time as well as Celtic Frost. I just wanted more.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Recently we had two guest features on Riverbed Empire. We had Anabelle Iratni from Devilment perform Lyre as well as some vocals for ‘Marshlands’. We also had Hugo Doyon-Karout from Beyond Creation and Brought By Pain to do a fretless bass solo on the title track. Both musicians are stellar at what they do. It was an honour to work with them. Now if I can just get a collaboration with Max or Igor Cavalera my inner 14-year old would probably say kill me now my life is complete haha!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
That’s a tough one. I’ll play almost any festival. As long as I get to entertain. In Canada it def would be Quebec Deathfest. I wouldn’t even know what to do after I play cause there are so many Extreme Metal acts to see in such little time! Internationally I’ve been checking out Obscene Extreme. So much variety of different styles within the extreme realm. With that being said I’ll take just about any festival of course!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Nothing is coming to mind. I don’t recall getting any gifts really. I’m one of those guys who get mad when people give me gifts. I just feel like I didn’t earn it. With that being said I apologize to any fans who have given me gifts and I just can’t bring up one at this very moment.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Don’t let the bastards bring you down! Keep grinding your goals. If you know you can make your goals happen and make it sustainable keep on grinding! However, fail means first attempt in learning so if something doesn’t work out, you can definitely find something else in a similar situation and still be just as happy.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
That’s a super tough one. It would definitely be someone like Cliff Burton. Someone who was young, had their whole life ahead of them but sadly got their life taken away by something that was preventable.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love that I have an artistic outlet to express myself. I love meeting new people. I love chatting with other musicians to see what makes them tick and then check out the music that influences them. One thing I do hate is the politics at times. I hate seeing negativity because someone wanted to try something new and gets ridiculed. Emotions are raw and they’re putting it into their art. You don’t know what’s going on their personal lives just to hear someone say back they are a sell-out or a one trick pony.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The one that’s coming to my mind the most would be specifically the K-pop industry. The music is extremely catchy, and the performers are amazing at what they do at such a young age. But behind the scenes you can almost say its corporate slavery from the stories that leak out.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Only one? Well one that comes to mind is “Heartwork” by Carcass. It was so ahead of its time in songwriting and production. Pretty sad when I heard due to this Covid mess the release date for the newest Carcass album is postponed. Hopefully not for too long.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
That’s a tough one! Personally, I love vinyl the most. I love having a massive piece of artwork to look at while spinning a record and relaxing. I enjoy cassettes as well especially when its demo tapes. No problems at all with CD or downloads especially if the music was completed & produced digitally. It’s also nice having a streaming service on my phone for my morning nature walks.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
So many great memories. If I had to pick one, I’d say Maritime Metal & Hard Rock Fest 5. Met a lot of amazing people that night who I still connect with today.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Well my day job is an audio-visual technician. I have my papers in Music & Recording Arts and some courses in advertising. Now if you really want to go off the wall, I’d say milling wood in a saw mill.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Honestly, I’d probably invite a bunch of people who are all complete opposites just to watch the madness unfold haha. On a serious note definitely invite Anabelle and Hugo as a thank you for the guest features. Probably invite Max Cavalera just so I can bug him to be a guest on a future song. Always wanted to meet Ozzy Osbourne and I’d say Willie Nelson as well. Just imagine the stories those guys have.
What’s next for the band?
Getting our album heard by as many people as possible! We are looking at different approaches regarding livestreaming shows due to Covid 19 turning the whole entertainment industry upside down.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We are available on digital streaming platforms. We also have a Bandcamp. You can follow us on Facebook or Instagram. Our webstore www.stillheavyproductions.bigcartel.com is going to be up very shortly (maybe now pending on when this interview is posted) – YES IT IS – RICK. Follow us at www.facebook.com/winterhearthmetal to keep up on any updates in the band.
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Don’t know what that is. Gimme 30 secs while I get it up on google images. Woah! It has the presentation of a cake but take a bite and it looks like a biscuit. What kind of sorcery is this?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
It’s been a pleasure! All I gotta say is look us up! Listen to our music. Hopefully, things can go back to normal in the not so distant future. Everybody take care!
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