EMQ’s with SIDELINES
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, England based Post Hardcore band, Sidelines. Huge thanks to vocalist, Joshua Venzetti 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 Joshua Venzetti and I’m the vocalist of the band. We started around five years ago in my living room in South East London. After a year break, we released our second EP last year which we got a great reception about and now we’re releasing our newest single ‘Hangman’!
How did you come up with your band name?
I thought of the band name really early in the inception of the band. It came from a line that didn’t make it into a song “I’m sick of sitting on the sidelines, when will it be my time” and I really liked the idea of just bringing the sidelines with me, I brought it up to our guitarist Kiran and we agreed on it!
Where are you from and what is the Metal & Rock scene like there?
I’m from South East London which has a really interesting scene. We’ve got some amazing bands that exist like MTXS, Broken Calling, Iridium, and Human Hell, and a lot of great venues to play at and passionate promoters, but because every large band plays in London and brings their own support it can be hard to get people to come out and listen to the local scene unless you’re really doing something different or eye catching.
What is your latest release?
Our newest single ‘Hangman’ came out on the 4th of September! We’re really excited as it continues some more of the political topics we explored on an older single ‘War of the Roses’ which goes down really well live.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Every member of the band would probably answer really differently. For me as a vocalist it has to be Spencer Chamberlain from Underoath, his voice and lyrics resonate with me in a profound way, and his story as a person is really inspiring. I hope one day to give him a bear hug.
What first got you into music?
I was a huge Linkin Park fan and it all just snowballed from there. I heard ‘One Step Closer’ and knew that I wanted to scream my heart out at people for a living. I also used to go to a youth centre and one of the staff members there was a man called Christian who showed me bands like System of a Down and opened me up to the huge world of heavy music.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
It’d have to be someone that does something really different to us, someone like Ashnikko would be amazing. I love her voice and style and she just seems like a cool person which is super important when it comes to collaboration. Failing that, Dorian Electra, Brockhampton, or 100 Gecs, just someone that’s really night and day to our sound and seem fun to be around.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I think with our genre of music I’m legally required to say Warped Tour, but that festival isn’t around anymore, so I’ll go with Download. I’ve never been to a Download so I think my first-time attending being as a band on the bill would be insane. They tend to have cool varied line ups so we could just play early in the day and then go out and enjoy the festival.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I’ve never received a weird gift from a fan. Closest thing I can think of is I once got into an argument with someone who was very passionate about one of our songs and had decided that this song was specifically about God and would not accept that I had not written it with the big G in mind. I wasn’t even telling them they were wrong, just that I didn’t interpret it that way.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
To the people that really like us because of the lyrics, I’m really sorry that you relate so much to them and I’d like to give you a hug. To the people that really like us because of the breakdowns, spin kick me daddy.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
I’d be really interested to hear what Kurt Cobain has to say about modern music. He really pushed the idea of it being okay to sing about mental health and I’d kill to see what music he’d be making these days.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love that I have a huge avenue for catharsis, I get to go up on stage and just let loose and be myself. I hate that sometimes I’ll wake up at 3am with a song idea and won’t be able to go to sleep until I’ve recorded it.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
That’s a tough question. Right now, I think the most important thing the industry needs to focus on is the safety and comfort of the minorities that are here in the scene and industry but are so often pushed aside, stigmatised and tokenised. However, that isn’t something that is solved with one change but a bunch of changes.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Worse Than A Fairy Tale” by Drop Dead, Gorgeous. That album basically introduced me to the concept of Mathcore and that music can be hugely chaotic but also beautiful. It had a huge hand in me developing how I want music I make to sound and my writing process.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl for decoration, cassettes for keepsakes, CD’s for coasters, downloads for ease of access and discovery!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Our first headline show will always have a firm place in my heart. I remember at one point having to stop singing to just listen to the crowd very loudly singing the chorus of ‘Bending//Breaking’ I cried like a baby.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
In the last few years I found a love for cooking, so maybe a chef? It’s a tough question because if you want to make it as a musician you kind of can’t think about anything else, you got to just believe that it’s what you were meant to be.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
I haven’t seen my band in a long while because of COVID so I’d invite them, and probably 3 of my friends, shielding and quarantine is tough.
What’s next for the band?
Well we released ‘Hangman’ on the 4th of the month which we’re really excited about! Now we’re probably going to put our heads down and keep writing until the world is in a state where we can play live shows again! We’ll probably end up releasing another a new song before then with how things are going.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We use everything!
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
They’re a cake, I think there was a court case that said so because of tax laws or something? So, I’ll go with a jam cake.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for the chance to speak to you and your audience, we really hope you all check out and love ‘Hangman’ as much as we do!
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