EMQ’s with ONE OF THE LAST
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brooklyn, New York based Hard Rock/Metal band, One Of The Last. Huge thanks to vocalist John O’Connor 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 John O’Connor and I’m the singer of the band One of the Last! We started the band in late 2016. Mario (guitarist), Parker (guitarist) and Tripp (bassist) were in another band at the time and once that was dissolved, they started One of the Last! They found our old drummer Brian and myself online and we recorded a few songs. Unfortunately, Brian left the band back in February and we’ve been searching for a drummer ever since!
How did you come up with your band name?
The origin is unknown, but we tell people it means “this is one of the last times we want to start a new band”! We’re all in our late twenties, early thirties and it’s closing in on now or never to make it as a band. I think this band made the most progress out of any band the four of us have previously been in.
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
We are from Brooklyn, New York, USA. The metal scene is pretty good, but it fell off quite a bit from the 80s/90s. The main problem is NYC doesn’t have a rock/metal station. The closest one is a college radio station called 89.5 WSOU (which belongs to Seton Hall University).
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We have 3 songs out at the moment so we’re basically promoting all 3 songs. The latest single is ‘Shotgun’, but we have something cool planned for our song ‘Wallflower’!
‘Determined’ (Official Music Video)
‘Shotgun’ (Lyric Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
As a band, our biggest influences are Metallica, Killswitch Engage, Bullet for my Valentine, Trivium and Parkway Drive. Personally, Linkin Park got me into heavier music. They’re my favourite band of all time!
What first got you into music?
Honestly, it was me. Sure, my parents would have the radio on, but it was always music from the 50’s-70’s. I discovered music myself. The first song I remember liking was ‘In The End’ by Linkin Park. That led to getting their album “Meteora”, which led to listening to similar artists like Limp Bizkit, Deftones, Mudvayne and Slipknot. For scene bands, I grew up in NJ. It was the home to bands such as My Chemical Romance, Senses Fail, Midtown, Armor for Sleep, etc. It was hard to escape those bands in high school!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I’d love to do a song with Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park. He has a lot of interesting ideas and would love to talk music with the guy. Him and I are similar because we’re willing to try any musical genre at least once. I could see him go to Wacken Fest one day and then some EDM rave the next.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I think for any hard rock/metal band, Download Fest would be #1 on their lists. There’s a lot of history and a ton of people that attend. Plus, I feel that the best metal bands in the world all come out for that festival. In the US, it’s the best US artists with a handful of non-US artists. Bands like Enter Shikari or Bring Me the Horizon that play main stage in Europe will play a 2nd or 3rd stage here. Only exceptions are legacy bands such as Maiden, Priest, and Ozzy/Sabbath.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Knock on wood, I haven’t received anything weird! That’ll change soon just because I said that.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Believe in yourself. It’s easy to believe in any person, object or spirit but when it comes to your life, you’re the only one that can choose how to live it. We’re only on this Earth for a small amount of time. Might as well enjoy it and do whatever makes you happy, as long as it doesn’t bring physical, mental or psychological pain to others.
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 enjoy the 30 minutes onstage and hate the 23 hours and 30 minutes offstage. There’s so much more than music that goes into being a musician or a band. A lot of hard work and money for starters. Networking will take up the most of your time but it’s crucial!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Just one? Damn! I guess I’d go with labels/management taking more chances on bands. Our biggest thing is trying to get discovered. There’s a lot of great music out there but labels are looking for established acts that have been around for more than a decade. I’m not saying a band that just started should get a shot but if you’ve been around for 5 years and you’ve consistently released music/been an active band, you should at least deserve a chance.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Meteora” – Linkin Park
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I’m a streaming guy. I will buy physical releases to get autographed by the artist. I’m quite the collector!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We played a Halloween show last year at a bar called Lucky 13 Saloon in Brooklyn. The whole band was on point and we even did a cover of Scotty Doesn’t Know (from the movie Eurotrip) and the place went crazy. It was a lot of fun and we love playing at Lucky’s!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I’d say doctor or lawyer. I have a vast knowledge of random music and music facts. If I could replace that with medicine or law, I’d be successful!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Alive or dead? I’ll give you a mix: Jim Morrison, Chester Bennington, Anne Hathaway, Joe Rogan and Dave Chappelle.
What’s next for the band?
We have something in the works for our song ‘Wallflower’. Other than that, we have to find a drummer and record more music. Hopefully, we get to play shows soon but if not, we’ll keep promoting our music!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
For all of your One of the Last needs!
(Unfortunately, the band’s Facebook page was recently hacked, and it looks as though FB have been as useful as a chocolate teapot in trying to help them. They will have a new page soon)
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I had to Google this! We don’t have that in the US. It looks more cake than your version of a biscuit. Well here, we can do this interview again when we play Download Fest! I’ll try them while there and I’ll give you a more accurate answer!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Well, in my last interview, I went off about the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Slugworth wasn’t the villain of the movie. It was Grandpa Joe. If you’d like to know my theory, you can ask me on my Instagram page: www.instagram.com/johnboconnor and I’ll blow your mind. I even rewrote the end of the movie!
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