EMQ’s with BRIAN DALTON
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Missouri, US based Rock Singer/Songwriter Brian Dalton. Huge thanks to Brian 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 is Brian Dalton. I’m a singer/songwriter. I play a little rhythm guitar as well, usually when I do acoustic sets. I’ve been singing/playing for about 20 years but it wasn’t until about 7 years ago that I started to take it seriously and start my solo career.
How did you come up with your band name?
My mother and father gave it to me when I was born. They named me after Harrison (my middle name) Ford as well and were supposedly sober when they decided this. I have my doubts.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I’m from Missouri. The metal/rock scene is actually pretty poppin’ around here. There are some really talented bands where I’m from with a variety of styles.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
My latest release is a stripped version of my song ‘Love These Scars’ written about anxiety and mental health.
‘Love These Scars’ Stripped (Official Video)
‘The Follower’ (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Over the years that list has changed quite a bit. It started out being bands like Metallica, KoRn, Breaking Benjamin, Trivium and has grown to include groups like Architects all the way to synth pop groups like Gunship.
What first got you into music?
My family first got me into music. They’re very gifted on my mom’s side and she has been singing locally for the majority of my life. She bought me my first guitar and her and my dad both have been very supportive along the way.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
That’s tough. I write in several different genres but speaking Metal/Rock? I’d have to say Architects. I love the way they blend metal with electronic elements.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Austin City Limits. I was there a few years back watching some amazing acts play live and just thought it would be a really fun festival to play.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I’ve been fortunate to not receive a weird gift. I’ve been told some weird things. Scary enough for me.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Get back up. No matter how hard you’re hit in life, always get back up. They help me do that on a daily basis and I’m forever grateful for every single one of them.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
My Stepfather. He was a rockstar to me.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love being able to create something beautiful (hopefully) out of nothing. It’s as healing as going to the gym for me. I don’t know that I hate any part of it but I don’t like how it’s so easy to be labelled one style or another.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Artist royalties. Without a doubt.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Metallica – “…And Justice For All”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I love the passion involved with vinyl the most.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Little Eddie’s bat mitzvah. It was liiiiiit.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
If I weren’t a musician, I would probably be flying planes or fighting pirates.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Hmm. That’s a good question. I’d say James Hetfield, Matt Heafy, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, and Betty White.
What’s next for the band?
I have a music documentary coming out this summer and will be back in the studio very soon recording my next EP.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
I have my website, my YouTube Channel, my Facebook music page and I have my Instagram. Outside of these, my music is available on every major streaming platform.
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Using sound scientific reasoning, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve never heard of a Jaffa Cake. But it sure does look like a biscuit…
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I appreciate your time as well. Thank you so much for allowing me your platform and audience. It means a great deal to me. Keep rocking my friends and may it be Ever Metal!
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