EMQ’s with NEXT STOP OLYMPUS
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Salisbury, England based Metalcore/Rock band, Next Stop Olympus. Huge thanks to bassist, Matt and vocalist, Conor, 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?
I’m Matt and I play Bass.
I’m Conor and I do vocals.
Matt: Conor and I had spoken about being in a band for years and nothing really came from it but I met Josh through a friend and found out he played drums so we started talking about putting a band together then we found Skips on a musician website and asked Conor to come along and we starting working on songs from there, after trying out a couple of people for a second guitarist and them not working out I remembered Harry was back from University and that he sang and played guitar so asked him to come along and it all fell together from there.
How did you come up with your band name?
We got the band name from Disney’s Hercules! Conor was watching the film one Saturday whilst we were trying to come up with a name and whilst he was having a couple of drinks. It sounded like a good idea, dropped all the guys a message and we all agreed.
What country are you from and what is the rock/metal scene like there?
We are from England and we’d say it’s on the climb again, there are a lot of incredible bands coming up at the moment.
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest released was our brand new EP “Heart, Mind & Hell” which came out on the 9th of April.
‘To Bite The Hand That Feeds’ (Lyric Video)
‘The Ignorance Of Us’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Matt: We probably have to say The Amity Affliction because we wouldn’t even be a band if it wasn’t for them. It’s what started Conor and I talking about being in a band years ago and everyone in the band is a fan as well as them having huge chorus’ which is a thing we aim for in all of our songs.
What first got you into music?
Conor: I just grew up with a background of music, whether it was Elvis coming from the kitchen or Status Quo in the car.
Matt: I’ve always been a big music fan as long as I can remember, but I think I fell in love with music when I went to my first show.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
Conor: Harry Styles, because I really like his latest stuff and he seems like he’d be great to have a pint with.
Matt: I’d love to do something with Bury Tomorrow because they just get better with every release and both vocalists are some of the best alive at the moment.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Download because we’re all big fans of the festival and most of us go every year.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
We haven’t really had any weird gifts yet, mainly just people adamantly trying to buy us a drink whether we’re driving or not.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Conor: Thatchers Gold not Haze.
Matt: Just have fun, we put a lot from the serious side of life into the lyrics, so when we play shows and stuff, we just want everyone to have a beer and enjoy themselves.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Conor: Tyson Stevens from Scary Kids Scaring Kids because apparently there is an album by them recorded without vocals on it because he died.
Matt: Ritchie Valens because he died really young and early in his career so I’d love to see what he’d do.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Playing shows and writing music but we’re not fans of having to balance shows with our normal day to day lives because we’ve had to travel back really late after shows ready for work the next day.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
People who aren’t willing to help! there’s a lot of selfish people in the industry and not many people willing to help each other out, unless you’re in a small clique.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Conor: “Take This To your Grave” by Fall Out Boy.
Matt: “Reckless And Relentless” by Asking Alexandria.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Conor: CD’s for me.
Matt: Yeah, I’m the same, I’ve got a fairly decent CD collection at this point.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Our best gig to date would probably the last show we did on a tour with Chuggaboom in Huddersfield, the support band were really cool guys and very welcoming and the crowd was incredible and everyone stuck around for all the bands.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Well, both of us already have careers so we’d probably still be doing that, just with more money.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Conor: Sean Bean, Sylvester Stallone, Jim Jefferies, Bill Burr & Gordan Ramsey.
Matt: Danny DeVito, Daniel Sloss, Dani Winter-Bates, Steven Tyler & Shakira.
What’s next for the band?
We’ve just released our brand new EP “Heart, Mind & Hell” so we’ll be promoting that as much as possible and trying to play as many shows as we can out off the back of the Covid Situation.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We’ve got a link tree link which has all of the links you could want for our stuff.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Cakes, it’s in the name.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for taking the time to speak to us, just everyone please go check out our new EP, a lot of time, effort and hard work have gone into it and we’re extremely proud of how it came out.
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