Q&A with ILLUSIONS OF GRANDEUR
Hello Everyone – Maggy recently got the chance to do a Q&A with ‘The Siren’, vocalist of Lancaster, PA Theatrical Hard Rock/Fantasy Metal band, Illusions Of Grandeur. Big thanks to all of them!
What is your name, what do you do, and can you tell us a little bit about how you ended up doing it?
This is Maggie, The Siren. I am the vocalist, lyric and melody writer for Illusions of Grandeur. I’ve been in music my entire life. My dad is a musician and when I was a kid, he would take my brother and I to band practice. I started singing, on stage, when I was 4. I was always in chorus, theatre, and musicals. At 15, I was in my first band and I haven’t stopped since.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Our band is from Pennsylvania, United States. Metal is alive and well here. Many of our friends are in metal bands. As far as the type of metal we play, I think we do best overseas. They seem to embrace the fantasy metal, costumes, and war paint. Not that they don’t here in the US, the crowds are just way more receptive.
What is your favourite latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Korn – “The Nothing”
Who have been your greatest influences, in music or in life?
Korn, In This Moment, Judas Priest, Pantera, Queen, Janis Joplin.
What first got you into music?
Music is like water to me. I need it and couldn’t live without it. My dad is the reason I’m in music. I have so many memories of my dad and music, from going to band practice with him, to trips in the car with the windows down singing at the top of our lungs, to those warm summer days with the windows opened and the music just carrying through the whole house. And, of course, the occasional concert. I’ll never forget sitting next to DJ Kool with my dad, mom, and brothers at a George Clinton and the P-Funk band concert. Music is a part of me. I love it as if it were a person.
Which current bands or musicians would you like to see collaborate on a record?
Korn and In This Moment.
If you could go to any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Wacken. It’s the biggest metal festival in the world…at least to my knowledge. Closely followed by Rock n’ Rio. I have friends in Rio who have asked us to play there. Not to mention what a beautiful and amazing festival.
What’s the weirdest music related thing you own?
Weirdest…hmmm…that’s a tough one. We have some old mics that we use to record drums sometimes. Forgive me, I’m not sure what kind they are. We also have a twelve-string bass that has made many appearances live with IOG.
If you had one message for your Ever Metal readers, what would it be?
Take nothing for granted! Life’s too short to not be doing what you love. Be kind to your fellow human, and live your life to the fullest. You never know when it will all be over. Live long and rock 🤘🏻
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Oh goodness, this is always a very difficult question, and now especially since EVH is gone as well.
Dime, Freddie Mercury, Janis Joplin…I can never pick just one.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
No More Paying to Play. Anywhere. As if musicians don’t have a difficult enough time thriving, then they have to pay-to-play??? Are you kidding me??? I don’t think people realize everything that musicians are up against and all the money that goes into having a professional band…then you get offered a show and all you have to do is pay $1000 for a headliner spot…wait a minute. Shouldn’t that be based on talent and the bands ability to bring a crowd? I could go on forever about this, but that’s enough. You get my point lol.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Pantera – Vulgar Display Of Power
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I like them all for different reasons. I still think nothing sounds as good as vinyl, but of course that’s just my opinion. Cassettes are nostalgic for me. When I was a kid cassettes were the big thing, so there is some sentimental value there. CD’s are great merch and a great way for bands to physically put their music in someone’s hands. And downloads are just super convenient for the listener. Unfortunately, the band often gets pushed over on downloads. Either they are free or super inexpensive and the band makes very, very little off of their music.
What’s the best gig that you have been to, and why?
We played a festival in Smila, Ukraine and so far, it was the best. They were the most hospitable and welcoming people. From the moment we arrived, they were nothing short of amazing. We were unaware, but they had built the entire festival around us. They also took us to the centre of their town where they had us plant an “IOG tree”. I’ve gotten word that our tree is healthy and growing well. I think we took pictures after the show for almost two hours. While we were playing, I had women trying to hand me their kids, people screaming for us, and the best part…singing the lyrics even though they couldn’t understand all of them!!! I’ll never forget our time in Smila.
What do you get up to when you’re not writing/ taking photos?
I’m an exercise junkie. I work out 6 days a week, for about 3 hours a day.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Jonathan Davis, Maria Brink, Dimebag Darrell, Tatiana Shmayluk, and Lauren Tate
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Good question. Never had one.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Look for our second single, ‘Down’, coming to you December 16th, 2020! Music video to follow. Thanks so much for reading! Rock on! Find us here:
‘Crossing Over’ (Official Video)
The Siren – Vocals
CM – Bass
Taranis – Guitars
Thano – Guitars
Ares – Drums
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