EMQ’s with VERITAS
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kansas City, Missouri based Hard Rock/Metal band, Veritas. Huge thanks to guitarist Greg Wenk, 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?
Greg Wenk, guitarist for Veritas. Veritas was formed in 2012. I had been writing music for a few years after my previous band went on permanent hiatus and decided I wanted to be in a band again. After much searching, I found bassist Geno Alberico, who suggested vocalist Denny Anthony. After our original drummer stepped down Denny suggested we contact Mark Zonder about recording drums.
How did you come up with your band name?
I came across the name while looking for ideas. I also found the Awen symbol and combined the two together which we still use today in an updated design. Veritas means truth, Awen means creativity.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
The band is based out of Kansas City but has members in other parts of the US. The music scene was pretty good before the pandemic. We’re still seeing what venues survived since live music is finally returning.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We released “Threads of Fatality” on August 28, 2020. It’s fourteen tracks including four updated from our EP released the previous year.
‘Morbid Stale’ (Audio)
‘Far Away’ (Audio)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Some of the guitarists that have had the greatest influence on my playing are Ace Frehley, Yngwie Malmsteen, Chris DeGarmo and Michael Wilton, Criss Oliva, Alex Skolnick, Jon Drenning, Ben Jackson and George Lynch.
What first got you into music?
I have been surrounded by music from an early age and have always had a love for it. I started out playing trumpet and switched to guitar once I discovered heavy metal. Once I heard KISS Alive and heard the guitar and roar of the crowd, I was hooked.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
There are too many. I would love to sit down with some of the ones that had a huge impact on me and just see how they approach writing songs.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
In the US, probably Rockfest here in KC. It would be great to be included in a local festival. Also, Progfest in Atlanta. They always have some of the greatest lesser known bands from around the globe. Overseas, I would have to say Donington, Wacken and any other huge gathering. Those are legendary festivals.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I would say an offer to visit and be shown around Ukraine. I actually took the offer. It was an eye-opening experience. I even learned a bit of Russian before going.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thanks for taking the time to listen to and support our music and we love hearing from you. You rock!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Wow that’s a tough one. I’m going with Criss Oliva. He was such a great and under-rated guitarist and I’d love to see what he would have created.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I just love playing and listening to music. I try and play guitar every chance I get. One of the few things I dislike is not being able, so far, to play music as a source of supportable income and some of the dishonest people you run into in the business.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
If bands and labels would be more genuine with the music they create and sign, not just trying to follow the newest trend.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
How about three. Savatage -s “Hall of the Mountain King”, Crimson Glory – “Transcendence”, and Queensrÿche – “Rage for Order”.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Unfortunately, Veritas hasn’t had any shows yet because of the shutdown but in a previous band, we had a live broadcast from a local station at one of our shows and they were telling people they had to see our show. The crowd was amazing and got a personal invite from the owner to come back anytime.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
The only other thing that I enjoy is old classic muscle cars and working on them. So, maybe auto restoration?
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
I assume you mean outside of the band members? Jon and Criss Oliva, George Lynch, Nikki Sixx, Ronnie James Dio. I’m sure they’d have some great stories to tell. I’ve already met and talked to two on the list and they were great.
What’s next for the band?
We’re still promoting our current CD and started work on the follow-up. We’re hoping to get out and play some shows in the near future.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I have no idea. I’ve never had them.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks for taking time for the interview and thanks to all the fans that support the band and our music. You rock!
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