EMQ’s with BLINDED BY HOPE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Adelaide, Australia based Alternative Rock/Metal Project, Blinded By Hope. Huge thanks to main man, Mitch, 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’s Mitch and my band is called Blinded By Hope. This project started in October 2020 when I decided to buy a guitar and start writing some songs. It’s been a steep learning curve since then – learning how to play, how to write, how to use the DAW (audio recording software), learning how to mix and master. Everything on the album is done 100% by me from start to finish.
How did you come up with your band name?
It’s a name I came up with in my early teenage years. I had the dream of one day having my own band and came up with a bunch of different names and that’s one that has just stuck in my head ever since. The idea behind it is that we are all living our life in hope of things being better in the future, so that sort of blinds to the fact that the present might actually be as good as it gets.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I’m from Adelaide, Australia. The metal/rock scene here has seen better days but is still producing some cool bands. They just don’t get the attention and recognition as much as they should. Progressive metal is probably the strongest rock/metal genre in Australia – bands like Karnivool, Caligula’s Horse, Dead Letter Circus, Circles.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
The debut album called “Chapter 1: Awakening” was released on 21 May 2021. From this album our first “radio” single was a song called Need You Here and we have also released a couple of other songs on YouTube and Soundcloud from the album.
‘Need You Here’ (Lyric Video)
‘I Will Not Go’ (Visualiser)
Who have been your greatest influences?
The bands I mentioned previously have been big Australian influences – Karnivool, Caligula’s Horse, Dead Letter Circus, Circles, The Butterfly Effect.
I grew up listening to bands like Sevendust, Alter Bridge, Tool, Fuel, Staind, Creed (the heavier real Creed, not the radio songs that your average Joe only know Creed for!)
What first got you into music?
I’d say probably my Dad. I was fortunate that he was into Alternative music, so growing up we had very similar tastes and would introduce each other to new bands we discovered. And then after listening to these bands for so long I felt like well why can’t I do that? So, I decided it was time to try it for myself and see what I could come up with.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
Mark Tremonti from Alter Bridge, Creed, Tremonti. He has been my idol growing up. I’ve always loved his guitar playing and huge sound. I’ve always respected that he would put the song first ahead of showcasing his playing abilities.
A very close second would be Clint Lowery from Sevendust – for the same reasons as above. They think of themselves as songwriters first, guitarists second. I also love his ability to write such groovy, heavy riffs.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Well thanks to Covid there aren’t many left to pick from haha!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I haven’t received any! So, if you are reading this, feel free to send me something really strange so I can mention it in future interviews.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Let’s enjoy this journey together and bring rock back to the masses!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Chester Bennington. Man, what a loss. A one-of-a-kind vocalist.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love the creative freedom. I probably haven’t been doing it long enough to hate any aspect yet – ask me again in 5 years and I’ll have a list for you.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The obsession with image. You listen with your ears so who cares how things look.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Sevendust – “Animosity”. Perfect album from start to finish. No fillers. Emotive, melodic and heavy.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
CDs and Vinyl – there’s just something special about having a physical product.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Does this have to be a realistic answer haha? If not, probably an F1 driver or a pornstar!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Ummm I would invite five people that don’t like each other. I don’t care who they are, as long as they don’t get along or don’t agree with each other. What could be more entertaining than that!
What’s next for the band?
Well, the album is out so that is exciting. It’s been finished for about a month now and since then I have already written the music for 4 songs, so my current plan is to just continue writing. I hope to write 20 to 30 songs and then pick the best of them to really refine and shape into album number 2.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Neither! They are Jaffa Cakes; we don’t have to put a label on everything. It’s ok to be different and be your own thing.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for this opportunity.
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