EMQ’s with TRUE VILLAINS
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nashville, Tennessee based Hard Rock band, True Villains. Huge thanks to them 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?
True Villains was founded on a mutual passion for rock. Moving to Nashville from all over the country, the band met and began planting a foothold in the local scene. Quickly coming up in the Nashville scene, we were graced with awesome opportunities like opening for Tyler Bryant, Stryper, Tremonti, and eventually touring with Steel Panther. Through word of mouth, the band soon caught the attention of producer Nick Raskulinecz who has produced our latest three singles.
How did you come up with your band name?
Being based in Nashville, we felt like the black sheep of the scene.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are based out Nashville, Tennessee, US. There is a small rock scene, but most of the music industry in the area is country or pop.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
As of March 5th, ‘Dig Your Grave’ is our latest single. There are two other singles currently available as well: ‘The Villain’ and ‘Blood In The Water’.
‘Dig Your Grave’ (Official Video)
‘The Villain’ (Official Video)
‘Blood In The Water’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Led Zeppelin, Guns ’N Roses, Aerosmith, Royal Blood, Foo Fighters, Avenged Sevenfold, Metallica, Audioslave, Alice in Chains.
What first got you into music?
Hearing Motley Crüe’s Greatest Hits record, growing up in households with music blasting, getting a guitar for Christmas, getting Guitar Hero for Christmas and thinking it was as easy to play bass.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Post Malone or Dave Grohl
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Rock am Ring because we’ve grown up watching the live videos of our favourite bands playing there for years.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Collage of pictures from personal Instagram page. Package of video tapes of home videos mixed with live Led Zeppelin footage.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
If you had a choice between being a musician or going to law school, we hope you don’t mind six years of college.
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 best part is definitely playing live shows. When you’re so called “tour manager” doesn’t get your veggie tray from catering after the shows.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The internet created an over saturation of the music industry and as a result has made it more difficult for bands to rise above without backing from labels or high streaming numbers.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Bad” – Michael Jackson, “Appetite For Destruction” – Guns ’N Roses, “Pump” – Aerosmith, “Animosity” – Sevendust!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl, but with an awesome system for it.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Norfolk, VA at the NorVa opening for Steel Panther 2019.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Harley Davidson Sales Rep, Dentist, Military Officer, High School History Teacher, Physical Education Teacher.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Michael Jordan, Jim Gaffigan, Benmont Tench, Rob Zombie, Mark Tremonti.
What’s next for the band?
Writing and recording more tracks with Nick. Hitting the road when venues open back up.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
All major music streaming outlets as well as Facebook, Instagram. Our handle for everything is @truevillainsnashville
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
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