EMQ’s with SPOILER
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Essex, UK based Nu-Metal/Metalcore band Spoiler. Huge thanks to guitarist Chris 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 Chris and I play guitar for Spoiler. The band has been in the works for nearly two years now and was initially formed from the ashes on my previous band, with myself, Jack (bass) and Danny (drums) having played together for many years before. Our last band called it a day, but we still had the fire in our bellies to start up something new, in a completely different genre. We met our other guitarist and band producer Will through a friend of a friend, got writing and forming the sound before meeting our vocalist Aaron – he was the final piece of the puzzle and everything after that come together very quickly. Spoiler is the culmination of our musical efforts. It’s been a strange time to start a band, but also a blessing as we’ve had the time to really nail our debut single.
How did you come up with your band name?
We went through a few different names before I suggested SPOILER, as in for something to be spoilt for someone or spoiler alert – it seems pretty apt for the year!
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We’re all from Essex, UK. The scene used to be buzzing in Essex, but over the last few years or so has really died off. Obviously, the lockdown hasn’t helped the smaller venues in our area too, so It’s going to take a huge effort to get back to where we were. There are some great bands still though with a lot to prove, so hopefully once people can get back out to gigs the scene will ignite again.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We are set to release our debut single ‘Repress’, which will be available on all platforms from the 30th October 2020. We’ll also be putting out a music video via Beheading the Traitors YouTube channel on the same day to accompany it, so check it out!
‘Repress’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
I’ve always had guitar heroes from a very young age, from rock guitarists like Angus Young and Kurt Cobain and also Kirk Hammett who had a big bearing on me growing up. Once I found the heavier side of music, Slipknots Jim Root and Lamb of God’s Mark Morton become a big influence in both my tastes and playing style. My generation is very much of the nu-metal era too, having lived through this time at school and friends all being so involved with it. It’s the same for a few of the guys in the band too, with the likes of Korn and Deftones being big influences on us. I think you can hear that at times with our own music.
What first got you into music?
My Dad had a huge influence on me with music – he was the first person to take me to a gig and the first person to buy me a guitar, so I was also destined to like guitar-based music. I would have heavy metal blasted at me from as young an age as I can remember. I became obsessed with music and bands, so always felt at home being in one myself.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I would love for the band to collaborate with Josh Middleton, guitarist of Architects – the guy is an awesome guitarist and a talented songwriter. It’s not exactly a fit with our music per se, but would be great, nevertheless.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
100% Download Festival. I went to this festival every year, without fail, for at least ten years. I loved everything about it. To be able to play one of the stages there with SPOILER would be a dream come true.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I’ve never actually received a gift from a fan!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
‘Repress’ is just a taste of what’s in store for the future, both in the sound and the plans we have for this band. Next year we are going all out and pushing everything to the max. It’s early days at the moment but we are buzzing for our new fans to go on this journey with us.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Would have to be Kurt Cobain. Aside from this, would have been interesting to see what Metallica would have gone on to do if Cliff hadn’t passed.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Having a creative outlet in my life where I can forgot about everything else that might be going on. Whether its day to day stress, work or just life getting you down – when we all get in a practise room or hit a stage, that all becomes irrelevant. Not only playing wise, thinking about the media side of the band is so interesting to me, whether it’s an artwork design for a single or getting involved in the music video process it’s great. I wouldn’t say I particularly hate anything, but the long drives on tour between shows can be hard going. Even then we’re in a van with our mates, so it’s still a positive.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Fairness for artists. Everything in the industry is based around digital content, whether it’s a band’s music on Spotify or YouTube because people just don’t buy CD’s anymore. The pay-out which artists get from these platforms is appalling. Artists put so much time, energy and money into creating music yet get very little reward from it. Because the few music platforms have cornered the market, they can dictate. There needs to be a fairer cut.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Metallica – “Master of Puppets”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
For nostalgia reasons I would say CDs’. Nothing would be better than getting your favourite band’s new album and reading through the album booklet, dissecting the lyrics as you listen to the album.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Well in this band we are yet to play a gig due to the Covid situation. I did play some great shows in my previous band though. One that comes to mind was our album launch show at a venue called Chinnerys in Southend. We packed the place out and it was just a great show.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Something creative, most likely graphic design based.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
I would go with a nice mix of musicians, actors and knowledge so – Dave Grohl, Di Caprio, David Attenborough, Corey Taylor and Will Ferrell!
What’s next for the band?
We’re just about to shoot the music video for our next single, before entering the studio again to work on more material with an aim to get an EP out next year.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I associate a biscuit that has a crunch to it or can be dipped in tea, neither of those with a Jaffa. It’s a cake all day long!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
The support we’ve had so far for this band has been incredible and this is only the start. It may sounds cliché, but expect big things from this band. Next year we’re taking it!
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