EMQ’s with MOJO ALICE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Wellington, New Zealand based Hard Rock/Heavy Blues band Mojo Alice. Huge thanks to guitarist Bro-d 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, I’m Bro-d, Guitar player for “Mojo Alice”. We formed in 2016 started writing original music and in 2018 made the national finals of the NZ Battle of the Bands (which was the last 15 bands out of 80 entrants.) In 2019 we recorded and released our debut album “Liquid Sin”. In June 2020 we signed with USA management company 434. While we’re very focused we don’t take ourselves too seriously. We love sitting around together having a few drinks and a laugh.
How did you come up with your band name?
Basically – Mojo is for the blues influence, the voodoo, beats, balls & guitar riffs you’ll find in our songs. Alice (reflective of Alice in Wonderland ) is for the story telling. Together – it just sounds weird enough to stick in your head and inevitably, that is what we want!
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
We are from New Zealand! The music scene as a whole is really strong here and seems to just keep getting stronger with new great bands coming through all the time.
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our debut album came out almost 1 year ago exactly! It’s called “Liquid Sin” and we are really proud of it. Its pure Stomp Rock!
Who have been your greatest influences?
Probably AC/DC is my biggest influence – everything else kinda branched off them. The rock, the blues – they have it all.
What first got you into music?
My Dad was in bands as a drummer growing up and still is. We always had good music on in the cars and around home which must have had an effect on me.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Ahhh not too sure about that one. I am pretty keen to stick to our band for the moment.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
No doubt that would be Ozzfest – The greatest heavy metal festival in the world
What is the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Drawings of the band are always funny. Some are better than others haha!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Spread the Stomp Rock!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
The greatest metal guitarist of all time – Dimebag from Pantera
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I like being creative and being in a band is great fun. I hate that if you do not practice – you lose it
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
It should not be “who you know” to get somewhere. It should be the best bands who have great songs that are on the radio etc. There are a lot of politics and untrustworthy people in the music business which is no secret.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Appetite For Destruction” – Guns N’ Roses
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl for the old school cool factor.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Opening for “The Feelers” last year in Wellington. They are a successful band from New Zealand and it was a lot of fun.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Hmmmm, teaching guitar?
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Dead and alive? Angus Young from AC/DC, Michael Jackson, Dimebag from Pantera,
Zakk Wylde and Ozzy…now that would be a good time!
What’s next for the band?
Hopefully playing some shows over the summer and writing a new album which we are excited for!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Fuck knows! Never heard of them haha, sounds like a cake though.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks so much for the questions – It was a lot of fun.
Spread the Stomp Rock \m/
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