EMQ’s with HALVEKSIA
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brighton, UK based Doom/Death Metal band, Halveksia. Huge thanks to bassist Mark Woodbridge, 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?
Mark Woodbridge, bassist! Me and Jack (guitar) formed the band while getting drunk at Metaldays and deciding we wanted to learn how to play bass and guitar, went onto eBay and picked up cheap instruments while there. Our friend Adam joined as he had a guitar and Jack got his brother onto drums. Jai (vocals) joined while we worked out how to play, then left for New Zealand for a year. A couple of years passed, we all improved, struggled to get a vocalist in that could commit, we then decided to go heavier and Jai was back and available to perform with us. Then Covid hit and we’ve been on lockdown since.
How did you come up with your band name?
Adam and Jack looked up Finnish words on the way to Bloodstock one year, the word that stuck out was Halveksia.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
All from Brighton, UK and the surrounding area. Metal scene is a close-knit family down here, couple of really great promoters who keep pushing to make it bigger. Massive abundance of talent from bands, musicians seem to gravitate to Brighton.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
“Miasma” EP is our first release. ‘Miasma, Pt. 1&2 are being released as a single together.
‘Miasma, Pt. 1&2’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Paradise Lost, Sentenced, Kalmah, Type O Negative, Beggar and Watchtower have had some of the biggest influences in how we play.
What first got you into music?
My dad always had old school rock and guitarists on when I grew up, when I was getting into metal Kerrang and Scuzz were a great gateway!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
We’d love to work with the guys in Beggar, big influence, on an underground level, in how we developed.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Metaldays, it’s a truly wonderful festival that we have incredibly fond memories of as ticket holders, no location like it for a festival.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
No weird gifts yet, we’re only just getting ourselves out there. Looking forward to them though. Send me what you’ve got.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thanks for being patient while we get everything ready, we can’t wait to bring this to you and spread this as far as possible.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Peter Steele, the chance to see Type O Negative live, I couldn’t pass up.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Being creative, feeling like we’ve contributed something, and spending more time with mates. Nothing I hate about it, maybe when I see far more talented players 😂.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
More grass roots support and funding, so many great venues and bands need a better support network to grow. Support is definitely growing, and hopefully coming out of lockdown more people will see the value of supporting their local metal scene.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Tough choice but, have to go with Triptykon – “Eparistera Daimones”!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl, despite what the rest of my bandmates will say!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We’ve only done the one online show so far because of lockdown.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Nothing much different, probably more time spent on promoting and playing games.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Devin Townsend, Ihsahn, Alex Ferguson, Woody Harrelson, ICS Vortex.
What’s next for the band?
Get this EP out and really try and make the most of coming out of lockdown and play as many gigs as possible.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Cake it’s in the name and they go hard when stale (if they can be left that long).
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks for letting us do this, we’re really happy with what we’ve created and can’t wait to finally hear people’s feedback.
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