Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Cagnes-sur-Mer, French Riviera based Nu-Metal/Hardcore band Mindwake. Huge thanks to guitarist Loïc Michel 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?

Hi, I’m Loïc, guitarist in Mindwake. Our Band is a Nu-Metalcore band, we’re doing violent riffs that remind of the nu metal era, but we added some modernity to it. Some parts are more hardcore/deathcore related than nu-metal and it’s something you definitely want to try.

How did you come up with your band name?

Someday we were at a party, and maybe we smoke too much weed, but we all agreed that the meaning of our song plus the chaotic/violent atmosphere could be something that could wake everyone’s minds.

What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?

We’re from the South of France and here, the metal scene seems to be dying…a lot of friends and local bands stop doing music because here living off of music is something really hard and everyone has to pay their rent in the end, so they have no time to do this anymore. One of our songs is called ‘Dead Dreams’ which brings up this topic (in some ways).

What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We just released our first Album called “B-52”.

‘Concrete War’ (Audio)

Because of the COVID we can’t tour or really promote this album as we’d had loved to do…so we’re currently writing what’s coming next.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Speaking for the whole band, I have to say Slipknot and Korn are our best influences, we all listen to these bands even if everyone in the band came from different horizons.

What first got you into music?

My older sister brought me into metal when I was like 5 years old, I could discover things like Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson etc…and for the first time I could hear something different and I could feel some things that changed my life. Since then I’ve always wanted to do that in life.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

For the moment I would love to collaborate with bands like Malevolence, While She Sleeps, Chelsea Grin or Emmure.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I would pick every festival in the world! It’s a very hard question you got there, we really love to play shows everywhere and at the moment we feel like little kids who just were grounded because of the virus.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

One day someone gave me a cactus after a show, it was cool, weird but cool.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

It would be: “we love you and stay tuned for the upcoming things!”

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

I must say Paul Gray from Slipknot. There’s a lot that I would love to bring back.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

We love being musicians, being able to see different cities, different people from everywhere enjoying the same type of music, being with friends, partying a lot, expressing ourselves with the band. The only thing that I do not like but we have to do is fighting to get paid when we play sketchy venues…besides that, being a musician is THE dream.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

If I could change something, it would probably be to remove all the people who profit of little bands to make money without doing anything really important in return…or maybe remove the commercial music that makes people more dumb and makes them think that money is all that matter these days.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Tough one aha…I’d say “Iowa” by Slipknot.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Downloads, because you can listen in high quality and if you love the band then you can support them by buying some Vinyl or merch, but you can’t listen to a Vinyl when you’re at work for example.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

At the moment, it’s probably that one time we played with Smash Hit Combo, because this gig was so intense, everyone liked it, the sound was good, and some people still tell me things about this one.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

If I wasn’t a musician, I would probably be a cat, more seriously, I don’t know…maybe I would be a tour manager or something like that, something still in the music business.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

If I had to choose only five people, I would choose the band and our merch guy aha but five is not enough.

What’s next for the band?

We are all busy making the next release and it will be more modern but a lot more violent and chaotic.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

We are on every music streaming platform and if you wanna interact with us we’re on Facebook, Instagram etc…

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s definitely the best munchie when you’re really high haha!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you, feel free to check out our album “B-52” and if you enjoyed it, you can let us know on social media, buy some merch and come party with us when we’ll come to play in your city. Have a good day.

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