EMQ’s with BUSHIDO CODE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with PA/NC, US based Hybrid Metal/Hardcore band, Bushido Code. Huge thanks to vocalist, Mike Ledet, 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?
Mike Ledet and I am the vocalist for Bushido Code. We started in 2017. We’ve all been friends for a long time. We’ve all been in other bands that have played together throughout the years, and my friend Derrick Voricci reached out to me about starting the last band he was ever going to be in, and I was on board.
How did you come up with your name?
We got Our name from Derek. He always loved that movie Shogun Assassin. And always wanted to be in a thrash metal band with the name Bushido Code.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We’re from the United States. The metal scene here is amazing. We are seeing metal make a strong come back. It’s really exciting for us to go back to our metal roots and bring something fresh to the younger kids and to the older metalheads. But all in all, metal lives and is stronger than this damn pandemic. You can never take away the thrash!
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our newest release is called “The Ronin”. It’ll be available on April 16th through Upstate Records and Blood Blast Distribution. We released the first single ‘Harvest’ on March 12th. ‘Harvest’ is a ripper and captures exactly what Bushido Code represents – heavy, in your face thrash metal! On deck, we are super excited about our video for ‘Aftermath’, which came out on April 2nd. We are super proud of this recording and we’re excited about people hearing it!
‘Harvest’ (Official Audio)
‘Aftermath’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Musically I’ve always been inspired by the great bands from the early days of metal. The ones that stick out the most to me are bands like Suicidal Tendencies and Testament; they had the biggest impact on my life when I was younger. But when I got older and I found punk and hardcore. Bands like Agnostic Front and the Cro-Mags. They helped change my view on life and for that I really appreciate them.
What first got you into music?
I grew up really poor. And when my brother went off to the army, he came back for Christmas, he bought me a Walkman with KISS’s “Crazy Nights” tape. Yes, I did say tape. It was that long ago when I got introduced to “metal”. That’s all I got for Christmas that year. I listened to that tape front to back endlessly. And ever since then, I was hooked on that style of music. KISS opened the door for me musically.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
For me it would be Testament without a doubt. Don’t get me wrong Suicidal Tendencies are the reason I want to be in a band, but Testament is the reason I wanted to sing in a band. They were then and still are one of the best thrash metal bands of all time with hands-down one of the best guitar duos out there. Not to mention probably the best metal drummers of all time. In my opinion Chuck Billy is the gold standard for a metal band singer.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Man, I would love to play any of the huge metal fest in Europe. Not taking anything away from Americans but Europeans just love their metal. They love & live music. And I want to go over there again so bad and shred! So, like Wacken or Hellfest would be amazing. Why do you ask? Do you know someone we can talk to and get us to play one of these fests? If so, we are on our way!!! LOL!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Nothing too weird. I did get a really cool drawing of myself that a kid had drawn. He gave it to me. He was like really into the band I was in. I was beyond flattered. But I was like, “Kid, you got to start drawing cooler stuff than my ugly face”!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
I would think it would be, “be yourself no matter what the consequence”. It’s so easy to fall into the trap of trying to be what everybody’s want you to be rather than being yourself. And I don’t think you could truly be happy in life without being 100% you! Also, support local music as much as you can because there are so many great bands out there. We are all in this together – support heavy music!!!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
I have to say Layne Staley. I listen to Alice in Chains sometimes and miss him like he was my personal friend. I was so attached to him as a singer and what his voice did to me. I can’t hear a song with him in it and not feel something. The amazing power of music!
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
The thing I love the most is that I can say whatever I want and for that period of time and space, it’s all mine. I can’t be interrupted, I can’t be distorted, I can speak freely and speak from the heart.
What I do hate is that there are so many great bands and musicians that you’ll never hear of because they were not in the right place at the right time doing the right thing. Seems like such a waste!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
That musicians made money off their music. That they were free to do what they wanted and not forced to do stuff with a label that just wants to sell records. And weren’t punished for holding their ground when they did!
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
This is a real tough one for me. There are really two albums that changed my life. One was Suicidal Tendencies “Lights, Camera, Revolution”. Being the first band that made me feel like I wasn’t all alone in this world. And Testament’s “Practice What You Preach” for making me fall in love with metal music!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I don’t listen to a lot of vinyl. Although I hear it sounds really good. I hated tapes when I was a kid. I would have to say CD’s. ‘Something about having a physical copy of the music, having it in your hand. Reading the notes and lyrics. Something really cool about that.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
I can’t speak for the whole band on this. But in Albany, New York we played a show on a boat, the booze cruise. That one was good! Something about being stuck on a boat with a bunch of metal kids that can’t run away is pretty awesome.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Just your typical blue-collar American. I might try to write. Maybe a book just to get these thoughts out of my head. Sometimes I feel like I’m gonna blow up if I don’t.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
I would have to say Jesus, Dr. King, Denzel Washington, Dave Chapelle. Man, I’d just sit back and listen LOL!
What’s next for the band?
Well, we’re gonna put this album out and do our best to play as much as we can. with this pandemic going on it will be tuff. We’re gonna write more songs got some in the works right now. Ultimately plan to take over the world!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Instagram. Or our label Upstate Records. You can find it on all those social media platforms. Not to mention Spotify, Apple Music and others.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I don’t really know what Jaffa Cakes are. Put a gun to my head and I will have to choose cake.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Just a thank you to you. For having a platform for musicians and bands to tell you about themselves what goes behind her thinking. In their music and in life. My hat is off to you! And also, please download our album “The Ronin” April 16th!!
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