EMQ’s with ARGOROK
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Dresden, Germany based Melodic Death/Folk/Groove Metal project Argorok. Huge thanks to Bill 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?
Our band name is Argorok. It’s a project that was in the making for quite a few years, initially starting out as some kind of Folk Metal project, but it died at some point. As I started recording and mixing a few years ago, I took the chance and turned it into a more Death Metal like studio project. You are still able to hear its roots, however.
How did you come up with your band name?
It was the name of a boss from The Legend of Zelda. I thought it was catchy and doesn’t give away too much about what music you actually play and hopefully gets people’s attention and curiosity.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I’m from Dresden, Saxony, Germany. We have a few established places, which are also known beyond borders in the scene, like the Skullcrusher Club. The Wave Gothic meeting in Leipzig and the Eastclub are also known places in the scene in Saxony.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
“Usurpator” is our first release.
‘Aus der Tiefe’ (Official Lyric Video)
‘Katharsis’ (Official Lyric Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Bands from different Genres I liked, like Soulfly, Amon Amarth, Orbit Culture, Subway to Sally or Equilibrium, to name a few.
What first got you into music?
I guess I liked the bands I heard and wanted to do that too, so I started playing Guitar and Bass.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Mick Gordon. He is more of a Soundtrack composer, but I absolutely love his work, especially on the new Doom games. (Alternatively, Alestorm, for shits and giggles).
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
The With Full Force festival is one I would like to play at, as it has good variety and brings a bit more attention to the metal scene in the region.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Argorok is a new project, which just started, so fingers crossed there will be lot of weird gifts to come.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Don’t let anyone dictate your music taste. If you like something that’s fine and only your business.
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?
The whole creative process, from writing to producing, is awesome.
What I really hate are cheap people, who don’t see the actual effort behind what you do, as it is “just music”.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Actually requiring talent and not only looks. At least for mainstream genres, that’s not that big of a deal in the metal scene luckily.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Metallica – “Black Album”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I love collecting CD’s. But I can also see the appeal of vinyl. Nothing beats physical media (and yet here I am, releasing digital only…but some CDs are planned for the future)
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
It was one with my previous band and years ago. We were basically just a school band and not very good, but we got the chance to play at a really huge stage. Too bad it was the middle of the day and nobody was listening. But we had fun and beer was free!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Definitely some other form of creative work. Already doing that and took care about things like album cover and video production as well.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Either friends and family, or some German personalities you probably wouldn’t know 😊
What’s next for the band?
Getting our music out to people and hopefully some exposure and positive feedback. We are also thinking about a handful of shows for next year.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Spotify…the usual ones.
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Guess I’m not British enough to answer that.
(As previous #EMQs have shown, you don’t need to be British to experience the wonders of Jaffa Cakes – Rick)
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