EMQ’s with DISEASED EARTH
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Shenandoah Valley, Virginia, USA based Doom/Sludge/Death Metal band, Diseased Earth. Huge thanks to vocalist, Travis 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 Travis and I’m the vocalist in Diseased Earth. We started in 2014 from the ashes of several local bands and we kinda all gravitated towards each other to play some heavy, uncompromising music. Joe (Bassist) and I are the only original members. along the way, we met Clayton and Paul and they joined the fold and I believe this is our best sounding, most like-minded line up.
How did you come up with your band name?
Joe is the only one who actually suggested the name and it was the one we all decided on. It basically sums up our view on humanity and how we are a plague to this planet and cause untold damage with our wilful ignorance and hubris.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are based in the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia in the US. Our local scene is small but very tight knit. We have some amazing bands like 434, Tiller, Earthling, Helgamite, Crab action, Krode, and Heemeyer.
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We just released a new single ‘Coven Of Leeches’. It was recorded and engineered by Buddy Harlow and I think it’s our best sounding release. We have plans to return to the studio with him in March and record more songs.
‘Coven Of Leeches’ (Audio)
Who have been your greatest influences?
I originally came from the Grind and Death Metal scene and a lot of my influences come from there. bands like Pig Destroyer, Circle Of Dead Children, and Impaled. I do enjoy some sludge and doom bands like Thou, Goatsblood, and Weedeater. lyrically, I take a lot of influence from guys like Tom Waits and Nick Cave. They know how to tell a story and really know how to turn a phrase.
What first got you into music?
I don’t think there was one defining moment. it’s just something I gravitated towards. Originally, I started out as a guitar player, but I couldn’t ever make it sound like what I heard in my head, so I got frustrated and started doing vocals instead.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Hmm probably Steve Von Til from Neurosis. I’ve always enjoyed their music and would love to do something with any of them.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I would love to go overseas to any of the big European open-air festivals. they look amazing!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Sadly, I’ve never been given any gifts haha. I feel kinda left out on this. If any fans are reading this, give me weird things.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Keep supporting local music. if it wasn’t for the fans, there would be no bands. Y’all are our lifeblood.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Cliff Burton. I’d really love to see where Metallica would have gone if he never had passed.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
For me, playing music is a huge stress release and important to my mental health. I’m able to get on stage and get out all my frustration, stress, anger, etc… it’s freeing and one of the most incredible things to be on stage and see people vibing with something you have written. the thing I really hate is waiting to play. nothing worse than having to wait through 2 or 3 bands to get on stage. the nerves and anxiousness start to set in.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Give artists what they deserve from streaming. it’s ridiculous how little artists make from streaming even though it’s the new popular thing.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Pig Destroyer – “Prowler In The Yard”. I’ve probably listened to that album thousands of times and it never gets old to me.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
All of the above. it doesn’t matter to me as long as there is music. I will say til recently, I was still rocking an iPod. a friend put me on his family plan so now I have apple music and I have to say, it’s kinda nice if I think of a random song, I can instantly have it at my fingertips, instead of having to go home and download it then upload it to my iPod before being able to listen to it.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Hmm we’ve gotten lucky and had some great gigs. probably one of my favourites was from last year where we played at IX art park in Charlottesville, VA. It was right before shutdown and a great show. There was an awesome energy to the show. Our set from that show is available on YouTube as our buddy Cody from The Liquor Portal came out and filmed it.
‘Live At IX Art Park’
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Well, I’m a tattoo artist by career, so I would keep doing that. if going with a fantasy job, then I would have to say pro wrestling manager.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
If we are going with alive or dead, I would have to say HP Lovecraft, Rasputin, Tony Iommi, Mick Foley, and Henry Rollins.
What’s next for the band?
Right now, it’s just writing and recording until the pandemic eases up. We have plans in March to go back into the studio and record three more songs. We have a couple other things in the works that I can’t talk about at the moment, but once I’m able to, they will be on our social media.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Well, currently we have Facebook, Bandcamp, Instagram, and Twitter. all of our music is also available on all major streaming platforms.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
So, we’re from the US and I have no idea what this is haha. I looked it up and it still doesn’t give a direct answer, so im gonna say both!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Go check out our new single ‘Coven Of Leeches’, it’s out now on pretty much all streaming services.
Look us up on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc and keep supporting music.
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