EMQ’s with SUBXERO
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Florida, USA based Post Metalcore/Modern Metal band, Subxero. Huge thanks to bassist Eric Schramm 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 Eric Schramm and I am the bassist for Subxero. Subxero was originally formed by Jason Xero with musicians in the Pittsburgh, PA area in 2016. When he relocated back to Florida and was looking to put together a new line up, he contacted me. Jason and I have been in a few projects in the past. Subxero released a Full length in 2017 entitled “Reborn”. In 2018 Subxero released the “Blood In, Blood Out” EP. In November of 2019 Subxero released the “Lightwork” EP. Subxero is Jason Xero (Vocals), Eric Schramm (Bass), Josh Lough (Drums/Vocals), Daniel Knight (Guitar) & Issam Pereira (Guitar).
How did you come up with your band name?
The name Subxero is meant to represent the underdogs in life. The outcasts, the introverts, the people that feel they don’t have a place in this life and society. We’re all in this life together whether we like it or not. It’s up to us, as decent people, to help each other, to encourage each other, to lift each other. We want to give people something they can’t relate and belong to.
What country are you from and what is the Rock/Metal scene like there?
We are from the USA. Florida to be exact. The metal scene in the U.S has always been great. I think it’s the same all over the world. It’s like a huge family.
What is your latest release?
We released the “Lightwork” EP in November 2019.
‘Demons’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
It’s impossible to list them all. I’d have to say Pantera, Sevendust, Tool, Meshuggah, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Korn. The list could go on.
What first got you into music?
I started playing trumpet in school and it kind of took off from there.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Sevendust/Lajon Witherspoon, Bad Wolves/Tommy Vex or Jinjer/Tatiana Shmayluk. Hard to pick just one.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Wacken Open Air. It’s been a long-time desire to play that festival. There are others but that one is like the pinnacle for me.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Well, Josh-drums said he got a giant bush once. Jason had an odd sexual encounter with some twins with heavy overbites. I haven’t received any gifts, I’m just the bass player. Wink wink, nudge nudge.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Don’t give up. You are not alone in this world.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
I have to pick two. Dime and Vinnie.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Obviously playing live is awesome. I really enjoy the creative process. Sitting in a room with the band and just throwing ideas at each other, seeing what everyone does with them. I can’t say I hate anything about it. Sometimes the human element can get annoying but that comes with being human.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The streaming services have got to pay the bands/musicians more for their product. I understand that these people have created these platforms, but they have to realize that we’ve created the product that they are making huge amounts of money from selling.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Hiromi Uehara – “Time Control”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl and CD’s. Vinyl has that old school feel. The packaging and the visuals. CDs have that hands-on thing too just more durable.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
It was with a project that Jason and I were in a few years back. Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Fl. The line-up was great, the crowd was incredible. Just one of those nights that stays with you.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Probably growing hydroponic vegetables and fixing cars.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Dime, Vinnie, Steve Vai, Chad Grey, Brian (head) Welch
What’s next for the band?
We’re writing material for our next release, hoping to play live soon, maybe work on another video.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
You can find our music on all major media outlets as well.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Ok, I didn’t know what these were, so I looked them up and now I want some. Just for the record they’re a biscuit sized cake, so there you have it.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for this opportunity, it means a lot. We want to thank Damon Moreno/Inner Light Agency, Spector basses, InTune Guitar Picks, Scorpion Percussion and all of our fans for kicking ass!! Horns up!!!!
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