EMQ’s With BROKEN EMPIRE

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EMQ’s With BROKEN EMPIRE

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with UK based Hard Rock/ Metal band, Broken Empire. Huge thanks to them 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?

Ieuan Owen (Vocals & Rhythm Guitar): We are Broken Empire, a Hard Rock/ Metal band. We got together towards the end of 2017, and have been gigging regularly since January 2018.

Ricky Hill (Drums): Myself and our Manager, Ben, have been in bands together for the past 10+ years and decided in 2017 that it was time for us to start our own band from scratch. We knew we had a drummer (me!), so all we had to find next was a bass player and a guitarist so we could get some demo tracks together to help us find a singer. It all happened pretty quickly from what I can remember; we put some ads online and before long Matt joined us, then Marco and within a few weeks we had found Ieuan!

How did you come up with your band name?

RH: Haha! That all came from when me and Ben (Manager) were brainstorming about getting a band together. We wanted to have a name of some sort that we could use to advertise for band members, so it wasn’t just a generic “We’re starting a band…”! I think at the time Ben had a big Star Wars poster up on the wall that said “Your Empire needs you” and it was advertising the film “The Force Awakens”, so originally it all started as “Force Empire” – but that was very Star Wars-y, so it needed to be tweaked!

Matt Stevens (Lead Guitar): Yes, I do remember that! Once I had come on board with the project, and it was starting to build some traction, we knew we needed a band name that we could stick with, but we all liked the “Empire” part of the name, so it just evolved from there!

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

MS: So, myself and Ricky both live in Oxfordshire. Not so many years ago the scene was amazing and very much alive, especially in Oxford and a few of the bigger surrounding towns. These days it’s a bit like anywhere I suppose, it is slowly dwindling! A lot of the great venues are now closed or trying to be turned into some sort of accommodation! That said, I firmly believe the UK is still a major world force where hard rock and metal are concerned!

RH: Yeah, it is a shame really! We still have an O2 Academy which is always good fun to play at, but a lot of the venues I enjoyed gigging at are now gone, like The Wheatsheaf where we played our first gig together!

IO: I’m based in Northamptonshire. I’m quite fortunate as I have Milton Keynes on my doorstep, which has a couple of brilliant venues (Craufurd Arms, MK11 etc). Then there is Northampton itself, with the likes of the Roadmender and The Black Prince.

Marco Arena (Bass): As I am from Italy, a lot of the places the guys have already mentioned I had never heard of before I came to the UK! It’s been great to experience so many different locations since joining Broken Empire. But I agree that even in the last 4 years, so much is changing within the UK music scene, you do have to wonder when it will stop!

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

IO: Our latest release is probably the one we have been the most excited about for some time! As regular followers of ours already know, we have been working on our debut album since the release of our last EP “Noumenal World” back in November 2020. We knew it wasn’t really a process that we could afford to rush, so we apologise to our fans that have been very patient waiting for us to release something new!

MS: That’s right, so our next release is a single called ‘Disguise’ which is taken from our upcoming debut album! A lot of bands will come up with some sort of overly obscure reason why they choose a particular track to release from an album, but we like to be honest, and basically it was the first one we finished writing!

RH: Haha, this is true!

MA: We also have finally filmed our first ‘proper’ music video for a release, which was a lot of fun and very tiring! So not only do we have a new song out on January 21st, but also a music video to go with it!

Who have been your greatest influences?

RH: Band wise for me it’s Alter Bridge, Disturbed, Breaking Benjamin, Tremonti, Audioslave & Black Stone Cherry. But on a drumming note, it’s got to be Mike Portnoy, he’s easily one of the best drummers in the world!

IO: For me I would have to say Metallica/James Hetfield – I’ve always been a huge fan so he’s easily one of my biggest influences!

What first got you into music?

RH: For me it was my Dad! He’s been in bands since I can remember, so I just grew up around music and bands!

IO: When I was about 8 or 9, my older brother gave me one of his old electric guitars, and that was it – I was hooked! I didn’t actually start singing until I was around 15!

MA: Some time back, in my first band in Italy, we were struggling to find a bass player for a long time. So, in the end I just took it upon myself to learn the instrument so we could get the band going! A few weeks later we split up!!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

MS: Probably Twelve Foot Ninja, Dirty Loops or Mike Dawes

RH: Tremonti or Mammoth WVH

MA: At this very moment I have no doubts it would be either Alter Bridge or 5FDP.

IO: Would have to be Wage War for me!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

IO: Download because of its history, and it also feels like a second home for me!

RH: This is a tough one because I instantly think of Download Festival, but it would have to be Louder Than Life, just purely for the size and from previous bands that have played there.

MS: Welcome to Rockville, America is a huge market with diverse audiences, and they do things BIG

MA: Mmh… Rock in Rio in 2023! But Sziget would be ok too!!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

IO: Keep your eyes peeled for what’s coming!

RH: Yeah, I think I can speak for everyone when I say 2022 is going to be big for Broken Empire! We are coming out of the blocks at full speed and don’t plan to let off anytime soon!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

MS: David Bowie

MA: That’s very tough… I grew up listening to MJ and Freddie Mercury.  And then later on with Chris Cornell as well. As it stands at the moment, and the way I see music right now, my pick would be for Chris! Although I’ve always been intrigued to see how Metallica would sound nowadays with Cliff Burton still with us! (At the end of the day I’m still a bassist!)

IO: Chester Bennington

RH: I mean the very first band I remember listening to when I was younger was Linkin Park and I’m so gutted I never got to see them live so it has to be Chester Bennington!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

RH: I do love the buzz of being on stage and the adrenaline, but I also love hearing the finished product of a fresh song after it’s been recorded. This isn’t necessarily a hate of being a musician in general, but it will certainly apply to most drummers, and that’s the fact we have to carry so much stuff compared to other musicians!

IO: I enjoy playing shows the most, I don’t really hate anything but the fact I’m a perfectionist when it comes to tracking and recording can be a pain!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

MS: Make it about music again!

IO: Getting paid better by streaming services given that physical records aren’t as popular anymore.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

IO: “As Daylight Dies” – Killswitch Engage

MS: “Best of Thin Lizzy” for me!

MA: It’s almost impossible to answer this question… and for this reason I’ll definitely say something with the risk of being insulted by the other members of the band saying: “The Black Parade” by My Chemical Romance. (I’ve literally loved everything about that album, including the packaging and its smell!)

RH: I may have to cheat slightly on this one, I always say “Fortress” – Alter Bridge but I have to say the new Tremonti Album, “Marching In Time” has kind of stolen that top spot for me at the moment.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

MS: Definitely cassettes in my opinion! I miss winding them back in with a pencil!

RH: I’m oldskool when it comes to this as I DJ for fun as well as playing the drums and I’m a sucker for vinyl, can’t beat it in my opinion.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

MS: For me it’s our O2 Academy gig supporting The Fallen State.

RH: Either Fallen State at O2 Oxford or Stormbringer at The Roadmender Northampton.

IO: It’s hard to pick just one, different gigs are good for different reasons, some better crowd, others better sound etc. couldn’t pick just one!

MA: Definitely our last gig in Swindon, was something epic and memorable, as we weren’t headlining but we got the most crowd that night and a remarkable performance as well! Such a great feeling!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

MS: I’d be a Professional yarn-spinner!

MA: You don’t fool me with this question, but I’ll try to fool you in my turn and I answer saying: If I wasn’t a musician I’d have been an artist!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

MA: Ricky, Matt, Ieuan, Ben and Lele (with the last two being respectively our manager and our wizard mixing & mastering engineer)!

MS: The rest of the band, our Manager and Princess Jasmine from Aladdin!!

IO: Howard Jones, Jesse Leach, James Hetfield, Matt Heafy, Matt Tuck

RH: Snoop Dog, Seth Rogen, Chester Bennington, Mark Tremonti and Garrett Whitlock

What’s next for the band?

MA: Obviously the next big thing for us is to finally get our album out there! It’s been a huge part of our lives for the past 15 months, so we can’t wait for everyone to finally hear it!

IO: Yeah, it’s all about the album for us in 2022! We are hoping to get a small UK tour put together to promote its release, which will be great fun. And maybe another music video, so watch this space!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

MS: I think we are just about on all of them these days!? Our website is always a good place to go for the latest news (www.brokenempireband.co.uk), from there you can get to all of our socials and music sharing platforms such as Spotify, SoundCloud etc

RH: There is also our social media ‘Big link’ which Ben tells me is biglink.to/brokenempire
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/brokenempireuk
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/brokenempireuk
Twitter – https://www.twitter.com/broken_empireuk
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/c/brokenempireuk
Soundcloud – https://www.soundcloud.com/brokenempireuk

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

IO: Cake!!

MA: Everyone knows that the answer is Biscake!

RH: They are cakes, if you leave them out, they go hard but if you leave biscuits out, they go soft. And it’s kind of self-explanatory in the name!

MS: A Biscake!!

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Photographer – Tyler Mobey

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EMQ’s with ALVAREZ

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EMQ’s with ALVAREZ

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Austrian
Death/Doom Metal band, Alverez. Huge thanks to their founder, vocalist, and bass player, Alverez, 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 Alvarez and I am the singer and bass-player of ALVAREZ. I recorded the first ALVAREZ song ‘In Sumeria’ late 2019 and put the video on YouTube. Jim, the owner of Plague Demon Records, listened to this song and offered to release an ALVAREZ albums. We released “HADAD” in 2020 and “DIGITARIA” 2021, via PDR.

How did you come up with your band name?

Some of the musicians I played with before Alverez called me Alvarez as a nickname. That is the only reason for the band name. I just had no idea for a better band name. I like it!

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I am from Austria and the guitar player is from Slovakia. The drummer is changing from album to album. Right now, we have a Polish drummer. The scene was big in the 80s and 90s. But there are still a lot of Metal fans out there. Especially in Poland there exists a very big and strong Metal scene!

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

The latest album is “DIGITARIA” and the latest video is ‘Black Light In The Dark’

Who have been your greatest influences?

Black Sabbath with Ozzy and Dio!

What first got you into music?

When I was a child, my brother played the “Paranoid” album from Black Sabbath all the time! I loved it and dreamed about playing bass guitar like Geezer B!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Bruce D. from Iron Maiden. I would love to make songs for him! The best metal singer ever, together with Dio and Ozzy!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I would choose every festival I can get to perform in!!! I love to do live and have some cool aftershow parties.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Hmm? Something delicate from a nice girl backstage haha!!! Yezz

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Stay heavy and healthy! Have a drink with me. Cheers!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

This is a hard question. All of them in one big band.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I enjoy the energy of a live concert! I hate to be clean when I enter the stage!

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

No more downloads! Only vinyl!!!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Paranoid” from Black Sabbath!

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

Vinyl and CDs

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Phh, a lot of great gigs. The last show from the Moonspell EU tour in Portugal 1998. I think it was 1998. That one was so funny!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I would write books.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My family.

What’s next for the band?

To release the new album “Moonshinewhores” in 2022

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

The Alvarez Facebook site. and the ALVAREZ OFFICIAL YouTube channel. All the Plague Demon web stuff. Bandcamp Teespring PDR merchandise.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I prefer Jack Daniels!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you for the interview! Cheers

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EMQ’s With AGE OF ATHENA

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EMQ’s With AGE OF ATHENA

Hi everyone. Welcome to another EMQs interview this time with Canadian Symphonic Metalcore band, Age Of Athena. Huge thanks to their Guitarist/Vocalist, Zachary 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?

Hello! My name is Zachary and I play guitar and scream in the Symphonic Metalcore band, Age of Athena! I met our pianist Nathan in university. We started jamming and writing songs, and bam! That’s when we decided to make a band together. A year later we found Helen and Michael on Kijiji, believe it or not! After that, everything just fell into place and the rest is history!

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted to come up with a name that sounded very large and in charge. Avengers: Age of Ultron came out a year prior and I remember thinking that movie title (and movie) felt huge! So that’s where we got half the name… the other half came from browsing a list of Greek gods and goddesses because that’s what everyone does when coming up with a name, right? Right!? We decided to go with Athena, the goddess of war and protectress. She is a balance of chaos and protection – good and evil. Similarly, our music is a contrast between the chaos of Metalcore and the sweet Symphonic sounds of our female vocalist.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from Toronto, Canada! The scene is great – we know a lot of local talent and have played with quite a few of them! We’re lucky to be in a city where there is a large audience for Metal bands! That’s all you can ask for really! The Agonist and Spiritbox are popular Canadian Modern Metal bands and it’s really cool they’re experiencing international success – there is hope for Canada!

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We just released our first single, ‘Dance With The Devil’, on October 29th. Our second single, ‘Together We Fall’, dropped on November 26th. Our debut album, “Gate To Oblivion”, came out on December 17th, 2021! This album has something for everyone – from heavier Metalcore screamed breakdowns, to smooth and angelic Melodic vocal melodies.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Synyster Gates from Avenged Sevenfold and Slash from Guns N’ Roses. Their song writing is genius, and their solos are very memorable and well written. When writing, I try to create solos that listeners can hum, sing, and air guitar along to, just like these two guys do! As a band we are all inspired by a variety of different artists of different genres. This works to our advantage as it brings in new perspectives and ideas stemming from all different kinds of music.

What first got you into music?

It’s strange to say but honestly 2007’s Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock! That game changed my life forever. I remember getting the game for Christmas and playing “Slow Ride” by Foghat. From then on, I was obsessed with the guitar. When I could play all the songs on expert mode in the game, I thought it was time to graduate to the real thing. I haven’t stopped playing since, always trying to challenge myself and test the limits of my own personal “expert mode”.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Honestly, we love so much music and so many bands that I would be very happy to collaborate with anyone. I think having any strong female metal vocalist would be awesome on our tracks – Simone from EPICA, Vicki from The Agonist, Courtney from Spiritbox, and Tatiana from Jinjer, to name a few.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Obviously, there are a lot of huge festivals in Europe… but playing Heavy Montreal in Canada would be very special. I’ve attended as a fan several times and have always had a blast!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

My Mom gave me a Fruit Roll-Up once.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Don’t give up on your dreams. Hard work pays off!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Jimmy “The Rev” from Avenged Sevenfold. His whacky song writing was genius, and his absence has really been felt by the band and fans alike. Gone too soon.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I like hearing music come together sonically as a full band. Jamming out tunes for the first few times can be rough but when everyone comes together and brings their A game, I’m very satisfied with the music we make.

Honestly, I hate feeling the comparative / competitive pressure with other guitarists. I get stressed when I can’t play something as well as I would like, and I get stressed when I can’t play at the level my heroes and other contemporary metal guitarists play at. Taking a step back, not letting it get to my head too much, and only comparing myself to… myself, is helpful when trying to chill out about it.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Unless your name is Taylor Swift, you need a second job. Music has been getting less and less financially sustainable for the average everyday musician.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Guns N’ Roses’ “Appetite for Destruction”. It’s the greatest rock n’ roll debut album ever. The song writing is genius. Those punk ass kids from L.A. had no business writing an album like that!

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

Umm… don’t kill me, but downloads. I’m young, I’ve embraced the technological age, and streaming services are just easier and more convenient. I don’t even have a CD player anymore! However, I think streaming compresses the audio a little bit. So, CDs are my best bet for clear audio fidelity.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Probably our last gig at Bovine Sex Club downtown Toronto. It was the last gig we played before the pandemic hit. We’ve done a lot of gigs playing as sort of a cover band and this was our first show playing wholly original music. I loved it! We had a lot of fun playing and hanging out with our friends Anger By Design and Driftglass. There was a great turn out in the audience as well!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Pro gamer. 1v1 me on Call of Duty bro.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Adele, John Mayer, Jack Black, James Corden, and Jesus Christ – to make things spicy.

What’s next for the band?

Our debut album “Gate To Oblivion” arrived in December which was exciting. We’re very happy to be releasing music into the world for the first time! We just filmed a music video so stay tuned for that! Beyond that we’re looking forward to joining the world in getting back out there and supporting live music and playing some shows ourselves!

What Social Media / Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Our music is on all streaming platforms! You can find it and check us out at
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ageofathena
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/ageofathena/
Website: https://www.ageofathena.ca
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5cqA1zq210eUdlakOih8sN
iTunes: https://music.apple.com/ca/artist/age-of-athena/1587830112 
Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/ca/artist/age-of-athena/1587830112

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hahaha I don’t think I’ve ever had a Jaffa Cake… but after some research I am going to say biscuit!

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EMQ’s with FORBIDDEN MYTH

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EMQ’s with FORBIDDEN MYTH

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Greek Epic Rock solo project, Forbidden Myth. Huge thanks to main man, Antonis, 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?

Hello and thanks for the invitation.

I’m Antonis, keyboardist and songwriter of Forbidden Myth. Three years ago, I decided to write an epic rock concept album. So, this is not a full band, for now, but a project of mine…

How did you come up with your band name?

I searched for a name to describe a band that writes material based on epic stories. I believe that “Forbidden Myth” is the perfect name to describe all that I had in my mind…

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We have a very strong Rock/Metal scene here in Hellas, I suggest every fan check it out!

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We just released our first concept album, named “Zantea Chronicles: The Dream Dominator” on October 17th 2021 on Bandcamp. Also, we recently uploaded the lyric movie of the album on YouTube!

Who have been your greatest influences?

I like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, WASP, Queensryche, Rainbow, Toto, Aphrodite’s Child and all Rock/Hard Rock/Metal genre from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Also, electro/pop from the 80’s like Eurythmics, Depeche Mode, Yazzo and Prince. I believe that our music has elements from all this stuff.

What first got you into music?

I started to learn music at quite an older age than the usual, around 20 years old. I always had words and melodies in my mind and I started playing keyboards to express myself.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

I would choose Neal Morse. He is a great keyboard/guitar player and a fantastic songwriter. I could learn many things from him…

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I would like to play at the Monsters of Rock/Download festival. The reason is that it is the most legendary Rock/Metal festival of all time!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I have not received any gifts from a fan, until now…

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

To support their local bands and artists, that is the reason we continue to write music!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

I would choose Ray Manzarek from The Doors, he is one of my favourite keyboard players and a great songwriter!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I enjoy everything from songwriting to live shows. I hate nothing, I believe all musicians would say the same with me…

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

20 years ago, I would have changed many things, but now, anyone can release an album independently. I believe whatever had to change, has changed…

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Operation Mindcrime” by Queensryche. The best concept album in metal history!

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

Vinyl is the best of them all and I am happy it’s back. I like cassettes too, I like their warm analog sound quality!

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Unfortunately, I have not played many live shows, I prefer studio work better, for now…

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

When I was a child, I wanted to be a football player, I like sports very much, it’s a way of life for me…

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The only people I would like to invite are my family and friends…

What’s next for the band?

I hope people listen to and love our new album. In the near future we will start writing the story for the next Forbidden Myth album. Also, I hope to do some live shows.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

https://antonisadelfidis.bandcamp.com/album/zantea-chronicles-the-dream-dominator
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSCuHaUETcxXhdKkukApY5w
https://drooble.com/antonis.adelfidis
https://www.facebook.com/forbiddenmyth
https://soundcloud.com/antonis_adelfidis

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa Cakes are biscuit-sized cakes and one my favourites§!


Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

I hope all this madness we have been living the last two years ends in 2022.

I wish you and all of Ever Metal’s readers a happy new year!

Listen to music, stay happy, stay safe!

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EMQ’s with KAS

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EMQs with KAS

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Norwegian solo project, KAS. Huge thanks to the main man, Kåre André Sletteberg, 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 Kåre André Sletteberg, I play guitar, bass and some keyboard/synth on the album. I also play guitar in the Norwegian band In the Woods… The band, or the idea of this project started many years ago, when I first sat down and started writing material that I didn’t use in a band, but I never went through with it until I started the recording and writing for the songs on the album. The band is my solo project, and was made with the help of some of my good friends, and a lot of work. The whole thing is more of a “free-roam” thing for me, I’m the boss, I can do whatever I feel like, and sometimes, it is good to do that!

How did you come up with your band name?

I originally had a longer more complicated name for the project, but it was too long to write every time, and the shortening was not cool at all. So I went very easy with it, KAS is the initials of my own name.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

I come from a small town in the south of Norway called Tvedestrand. There is no music scene there at all, and the most previous one that was there, was me and the band I played in. I moved to Kristiansand, about an hour south-west, where the scene is bigger. Here we have bands such as In The Woods… (the band I play guitar in), Green Carnation, Blood Red Throne, Arvas, just to name a few. The metal scene here is very good, and was a very good one in the 90s as well. A lot of popular bands in Europe and the rest of the world comes form this Town.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

“The Problem of Evil” is the latest release, it‘s my debut solo album and was released the 3rd of December 2021.

Who have been your greatest influences?

When I started to play music it was Guns N´ Roses and Uriah Heep. Without those two bands I would never play music or be a guitar player. It was so essential for me.

What first got you into music?

When I first heard the song “Wonderworld” by Uriah Heep, that‘s when I knew I wanted to play music, and when I say Guns N´Roses on YouTube playing the Freddie Mercury tribute, I knew I wanted to play guitar.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

The whole album is a collaboration with good musicians from Kristiansand. I have the singer and bass player from Green Carnation doing a song, V-Rex from Arvas doing two songs and Jan Åge Lindeland from Blot doing two songs as well. But If I where to choose from the absolute top shelf I would give John Haughm from Agalloch a call. His voice is out of this world!

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Well, its a hard one. Each festival has their own vibe. We have played some of them with ITW, but I would really like to play Wacken or Hellfest in Europe, and we also had a chance to play 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise, but due to short notice certain members of the band couldn’t make it. Also Rock in Rio in Brazil, that would be out of this world!!

Whats the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Usually I don’t receive gifts from fans, but the ones I have gotten have been very cool. A lot of CDs has been handed me after shows. The weirdest, a polaroid photo of a person being completely naked.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Thank you all for the support, and I can’t wait to see you all out there soon. Not sure if that’s gonna be KAS or ITW, but I am always open for a good chat!

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Rory Gallagher with a blink of the eye

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Making music and seeing people and fans of music react to this in a positive way. Nothing beats that. Right now I hate the fact that I haven’t been on stage in front of an audience in over two years, that’s really hard. Also all the waiting around at airports, venues pre show, and going home after a tour.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

It is constant move I feel, I think it‘s a good thing that fewer people, at least in Norway, are downloading music illegally. But they stream music, and that’s also a problem. Easy access but poor pay for the artists. Also, we cannot change what the people want, and what the billboard top 200 looks like, we can’t be stuck in the 70,80 and 90s for ever. Other genres has come and made it harder for us, but rock ain’t dead, we are working our asses off and hoping for a great comeback. I‘m not into all this “Black Metal we want to be underground” bullshit, we are in this all, for one reason, to make a living, and you can’t do that if you are too busy with keeping the band or project underground.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Use Your Illusion I & II”

Whats best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs or Downloads?

Depends on what I am doing. I don’t have a cassette player. But if the chance is given, and I have time, I play vinyl. Nothing sounds better through my old analogue stereo.

Whats the best gig that you have played to date?

Athens, April 2018. The atmosphere was amazing.

If you werent a musician, what else would you be doing?

I‘d probably taken a different type of education. I have a degree in History with a depth in Philosophy. I‘d probably be an electrician or something.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Joakim Thåstrøm, Rory Gallagher, Axl Rose, John Bonham and David Hume

Whats next for the band?

I‘m currently recording the follow-up for “The Problem of Evil”, so a new record will be out sometime in 22-23. Also, if things change with the pandemic situation on our hands, I wanna collect some musicians and take this on the road.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

kasofficial.bandcamp.com , instagram.com/kasbandofficial, facebook.com/kasbandofficial

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Come on! They are cakescuits!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

If you want to buy the CD version of “The Problem of Evil”, you can buy it through Bandcamp or directly from me using one of the links in the previous answer! And thank you guys for the interview! Have a great day!
KAS
Kåre André Sletteberg

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EMQs with DISCONNECTED

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EMQs with DISCONNECTED

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with French Modern New Metal band, Disconnected. Huge thanks to their vocalist, Ivan Pavlakovic, 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 Ivan Pavlakovic and I’m the vocalist of Disconnected. I also write the vocal melodies and lyrics of the band with the help of Adrian. I got contacted by Adrian back at  the end of 2016. Fell in love with his music, and since then Disconnected became my main focus in my artistic life.

How did you come up with your band name?

Adrian is the founder of the band, he really liked the word Disconnected, that sounded perfect to his ear, and as he likes to do things his way which is not always following the trends, he was pretty sure that this would be a perfect name for his own band! In Disconnected we definitely do the music we want to hear, and like, whatever people think about us. We are always 100% honest with what we create.

What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We’re a French band, and the scene here is pretty tricky. I’ll say that there are some opportunities, but more related to the more agressive genres of Metal. However, we can still be very proud of one thing : Hellfest is one of, or even the best festival in the world for Hard Rock and Metal. But as a French band that sings in English we definitely have to succeed outside of France if we wanna make a career with our music.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)

Our latest release is the single ‘Life Will Always Find Its Way’ (19th of November 2021) And I highly recommend to any Metal fan to go and check it out! In my opinion it’s a real banger!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Aouch, there are so many…. Let’s say that, as a singer, my biggest influences fromthe past (but still active nowadays for some of them) would be Metallica, Pantera, and Faith No More. And from nowadays probably Avenged Sevenfold, Killswitch Engage and Five Finger Death Punch, and Stone Sour (can’t forget Corey Taylor! He’s awesome).

What first got you into music?

When I was 13/14, I met a metal head (without knowing what it meant ahahah). We became friends, and he made me a cassette of the album of “Crazy world” from Scorpions and a melting pot of songs from AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth. I fell in love right away and became a metal head myself almost instantly!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

I would love to do a featuring with Spirit box. I fell in love with the voice of Courtney LaPlante. I haven’t heard such an amazing new vocalist like that in years and years.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I would have picked Hellfest in France but we’ve been book on the Main Stage for June 2022 ahahah. Other than that, Rock in Rio would be quite awesome!

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Nothing weird, always cool stuff and sweet attention. We’ve got awesome and well grounded fans!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Stay who you are, don’t ever change, and stay honest with us. It ’s ok not to like something that your favourite band does.

If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Dimebag

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

I love everything about it! I was put on this earth to be a musician! What I hate is the situation of these past two years. Being fucked with Covid and not being able to plan things…. But there’s absolutely nothing that I hate about being a musician.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I would stop the buy on system. When you’re an up and coming band and you open for big acts on tour you have to pay a certain amount of money to play before that main act (not all the time, but we’ve experienced it so many times). You’re not paid and you have to pay for your transportation costs, which already represents a big investment in itself, which is often hard to recoup. So on top of that, if there’s a buy on, it can become quite impossible to end up on those tours.

This is definitely something that is burying loads of promising bands, and stopping them from developing like they deserve to.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Vulgar Display of power” (Pantera)

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

Everything is good as long as you listen to good music!

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Opening for Judas Priest at the Zenith of Paris back in January 2019 was certainly the highlight of our career to this day. But so far as the most energetic, self satisfying gig, I would pick the last gig of the Tremonti tour, Melkweg in Amsterdam, in December 2018. Very particular and intense vibe!

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Probably managing metal bands!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

If you meant five personalities in the metal industry, it would be Lars Ulrich, Corey Taylor, Robb Flynn, Adam Dutkiewicz, and Dave Grohl!!!! I’m sure we could have such a big fucking party!!!!!

What’s next for the band?

We are going to shoot a new music video in January, as we plan on releasing a new single at the beginning of 2022. We are right now booking gigs to tour and promote our upcoming second album (to be released around April/Mai 2022). We are just very excited to go back on stage, we can’t wait for this spring and Summer 2022 to happen. And of course we pray everyday for Covid not to fuck with our plans for a third year in a row (like probably all artists in the world right now).

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

All of the streaming platforms, and mainly Instagram and Facebook for socials.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Don’t know about this… first time I’ve heard about em!

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thank you for having us! It was a pleasure answering those questions!

Stream the fuck out of our music and when we hit the road, make sure you book a ticket to come and see us play! We never disappoint!!!!!

Much love to y’all! Stay safe!

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EMQs With INRETROSPECT

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EMQs With INRETROSPECT

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview with UK based Modern Metalcore band, InRetrospect. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us about the history of the band?

Our name is InRetrospect, and we play a sound that is a collective of all our individual influences to create our take on a Modern Metalcore sound. Our inception into the world was in 2018, releasing a catalogue of singles late 2019 leading us up to the point of where we are now. 

How did you come up with your band name? 

The message we want to convey in our music is based upon the ownership and acknowledgement of the way we carelessly, without thought for others, go through life. We wanted a name that resembles a point of reflection. 

What country/region are you from and what is the metal/rock scene like there? 

We are an inter-county band from the UK, spread across West Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. 

The scene in these areas is on the rise once again and it’s great to see so many bands and projects finding their footing amongst a society of people who care for the music, come out to shows and show support like no other. 

What is your latest release?

Our latest release was our final single from 2020, “Open Eyes” which we released alongside a lyric visualiser. 

Who has been your greatest influence? 

With us sharing such a broad spectrum of musical influences and different musical backgrounds, it’s hard to summarise but to name a few; Architects; Northlane & Crystal Lake from the newer generation of bands and of course all the greats. 

Who first got you into music? 

For me (James) picking up a guitar is down to Jimi Hendrix & Stevie Ray Vaughn. However later down the line, the conversion to 7 strings and drop tunings is all down to James “Munky” Shaffer and Brian “Head” Welch from Korn. 

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be? 

Collaborating with Garrett from Silent Planet would be an absolute dream, his vocal style and lyrical content is phenomenal. Alongside him for joint first place would be Sam Carter of Architects. 

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why? 

Every festival and every show mean equally as much to us, whether it’s a smaller intimate show on tour or a festival the size of Download, they’re all as equally important to us as each other. 

What’s the weirdest gift you’ve ever had from a fan? 

N/A

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be? 

Look after each other, take a moment to think and look around you and at yourself. 

If you could bring one rockstar back from the dead, who would it be? 

Eddie Van Halen, he pushed the boundaries of rock and shred guitar, paving the way for some many in the scene today. 

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate? 

The most enjoyable thing is playing a show and seeing people that have turned out, old and new, to share and experience the music and message we put our heart into. It’s the most humbling thing there is. 

There’s nothing to hate, it’s what we all set out to do. 

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be? 

If we had one wish, we would forever ban exposure as payments for shows. 

Name one of your all time favourite albums? 

“Periphery III” – Select Difficulty or “Crystal Lake” – Helix. 

What’s best, Vinyl, CDs, Cassettes or Downloads?

From a listening point of view, it’s definitely Vinyl with a solid sound system. There’s just something about older records that have this shine to it you don’t get with the rest. 

What is the best gig we’ve played to date? 

We recently played at the Key Club and the atmosphere was absolutely incredible. Crowd surfers, mosh pits, you name it. It’s definitely a highlight to date. 

If you weren’t a musician what else would you be doing? 

Personally (James) studying Nanotechnology Engineering. 

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ozzy Osbourne, Fred Durst, Jonathon Davis, Courtney LaPlante & Andre 3000.

What’s next for the band? 

We have multiple tours lined up next year from January through to April, alongside Spoiler, Majin, Tyrants and Confessions of a Traitor. A brand new image and brand new music to share with the world. 

What social media links do you use to get your music out to people? 

For YouTube we’ve used SpaceUntravel it’s a great platform to get your music on and gain new followers. For everything else we use every platform we can along with advertisements to reach a wider audience as well as those close to home. 

Jaffa Cakes, are they a cake or a biscuit? 

Cake 100%. 

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EMQ’s With COLLECTED

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EMQ’s With COLLECTED

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs, this time with Clacton-On-Sea/ Colchester, UK based Alternative Metal band, Collected. Huge thanks to their Guitarist, Charlie, 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 Charlie, I play guitar in Collected. Me and H (Guitarist, producer, songwriter, my bestie <3) started the band back in 2008. We both started playing guitar around the same time and would always hang out to show each what we had been learning and have fun, that eventually turned into learning songs together and then deciding to start a band. I met our drummer Artis in my high school music class, we instantly hit it off and I asked if he wanted to join to which he said “Yeah, go on.” He came round for a jam and there was instant chemistry, we all had similar music tastes and jammed Pantera, Metallica, Machine head, Slayer, and Lamb of God for hours. We knew we had found the right person, we hung out all the time after that and regularly practiced together, it was so much fun!

There has been quite a few line-ups, name, and style changes since then, I actually left the band for a while for personal reasons and re-joined in 2015, but it definitely all started with H, Artis and myself having fun jamming in a garage together. It sounds cliché but it honestly happened like that ha-ha.

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted a name that stood for the different backgrounds and influences each member brings to the band, and something that was one word, and easy to remember if someone had never heard of us before. So, after much deliberation, we decided on Collected. It is simple, but we thought it covered everything we were looking for in a name.

Where are you from and what is the Metal & Rock scene like there?

We are from Clacton-on-Sea/Colchester. The scene in Clacton is non-existent at this point, but it is really on the rise in Colchester. Pre pandemic it was absolutely booming, gigs were happening near enough every day, venues like The Bull/Soundhouse, Coda and Three Wise Monkeys always had crowds and great bands on. We were not sure how things would have held up post lockdown, but we recently played our first show back in Colchester at the Soundhouse, opening for Red Method and Ghost of Atlantis, and the show was completely sold out. The scene not only held up, but it is stronger than ever.

What is your latest release?

Our last release was a single Called ‘Phantom’ – you can find it on all major music streaming platforms, as well as a visualiser on YouTube and Facebook.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Wow, that is a loaded question, there is so many, and it is always changing! I would say more recently Sleep Token and Loathe, we went to see Sleep Token together as a band and it absolutely blew our minds. Worship.

Honestly though we have so many, I cannot really pinpoint one specific artist or band. It would range from Meshuggah, Thundercat, Mitch Murder, Coheed and Cambria, Kanye West, Red Sparowes and anything in-between.

What first got you into music?

For me it was watching my older brother play acoustic growing up, but I did not fully start wanting to play music until guitar hero came. It showed me how fun music is and eventually made me want to pick up the real thing, thinking I would have a head start as I was decent at the game… Boy was I wrong lol! Thankfully I stuck with it and have not looked back since.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Scary Pool Party, he is an incredible musician, and I get a lot of the same vibes from him that we have in the band, in terms of the variety of styles and genres. He also seems like a super chill guy who would be easy to work with.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

I would have to say Tech Fest. They have such a variety of bands on the bill, and it is usually bands we all like and are into. I feel like the crowd would get our sound and be down with it more than other festivals as well.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

I have never received a gift from a fan, but I do remember my mum getting something that made me cringe. I played a Christmas show for the music shop I used to work at, and it went badly, we were playing Imperium by Machine head, but we clearly did not have enough practices together as it fully fell apart on stage. Anyway, someone took a photo of me on stage that night and then got it put onto a canvas for my mum, so for months I would walk into the living room to see me on stage at that horror show and would be reminded of it all over again!

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Do not be afraid to be you, everyone is different, and no one is perfect. We accept everyone from all walks of life, you’re all welcome. There is something for everyone in our music, but stick around, there is much more to come.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Dimebag Darrell, he was my absolute hero growing up. Me and H used to watch the Pantera home videos religiously. I would love to see what he would create with all the new technologies we have now and get to see Pantera live when they inevitably got back together. Also, if he would dabble in 7 or 8 string playing!

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

The feeling of writing something that really resonates with you, then showing that to your band mates and it inspires them to write something, and it then becomes this whole piece with everyone’s input on it. To then play that all live and in front of people showing what we have created together is a very special feeling. I also like that there is never a wrong way to do something, you have total creative freedom.

As a guitarist, changing strings is a pain in the arse. There is all the travelling sometimes as well and lots of expenditure for little reward. Bad promoters and sound engineers are annoying to deal with as well.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

The rate of pay from music streaming services, it is daylight robbery and needs to change!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Ocean Machine” by Devin Townsend

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

I do really appreciate Vinyl, the artwork and detail on the sleeves are usually awesome, but for accessibility I’d have to say downloads.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

We competed in the Metal 2 The Masses Essex 2019 competition at the Soundhouse in Colchester and managed to get to the final. I would say the final was the best show we have played so far; the crowd was insane and Liam our vocalist managed to crowd surf to the bar and back. We didn’t end up winning, but I will never forget that night.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

A tradesman or something to do with football, I am a huge football fan and that is something I could get into.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Will Ferrell, Bill Hader, Steve Carrell, Sean Locke (R.I.P) and Greg Davies. Then attempt to not die of laughter.

What’s next for the band?

We have our debut EP coming out on the 18th of February on all platforms, and then we should be starting the heats for Metal 2 The Masses Essex 2022 (dates to be confirmed). For any other updates keep an eye out on our social media pages.

What social media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people? 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/collected_uk/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4ipzBKq8vFSIMbXaTgDLr3
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/COLLECTEDUK/?ref=page_internal
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmTfayTX7O-ZDpl1jO3tAtw
Twitter: https://twitter.com/collected_uk
Website: https://collecteduk.wixsite.com/collecteduk

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake! Clues in the name.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

My pleasure, thank you for the questions and taking an interest in the band.

Yeah, I would just like to say to whoever reads this to take care and be safe, this world is so messed up right now and uncertain, but we will get through it if we keep going and look after each other.

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EMQ’s With PRONOGRAPHIC SUNSET

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EMQ’s With PRONOGRAPHIC SUNSET

Hi everyone. Welcome to another EMQs, this time with Leeds UK based Experimental/Avant-Garde/Progressive Rock/Metal band, Pornographic Sunset. Huge thanks to them 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?

We are Pornographic Sunset, we play Experimental/Avant-Garde/Progressive Rock/Metal.

The unholy stars that brought us together aligned in December 2018 and we began taking our demented show to the stages of Leeds in April 2019.  In November 2019 we released our first EP, “The Bastard Shows His True Colours”, and after a pandemic slumber we re-emerged in December 2021 with our second EP, “Gold; Flesh; Dirt”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Beauty is a complex topic, intellectualised throughout the millennia by manyfold thought currents and yet deeply connected to our most basic instincts. We had a long debate regarding the soothing allure of natural, simple, recurring celestial events and their relationship with the erotic power of fabricated visual stimulation. Eventually, we agreed that the name “Pornographic Sunset” best encapsulated a philosophical complexity that runs parallel to the band’s ethos.

We also drank a lot of whiskey that night.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from Leeds (UK), a city that we love for its thriving music scene. Great bands like Catchfire Barons, Helve, Knim, Kitsch and Brasshand keep us out late at night having a great time, but it’s important to recognise that the scene owes a lot to the availability of welcoming rehearsal spaces, such as the Rock’n’Roll Circus, and a range of live music venues, from the Primrose Inn to larger spaces.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

We just released the EP “Gold; Flesh; Dirt”, it’s the second chapter in a planned four-parts storyline.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We would probably not exist without Mr. Bungle, Frank Zappa, Devo, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Soundgarden, Primus and the Butthole Surfers.

What first got you into music?              

We all have a Rock and Metal background, which probably means Satan was involved in getting us into music in one way or another.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

We would be intrigued to enter a room with someone with a completely different approach from us, for example a talented electronic musician such as Squarepusher.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

We feel that ArcTanGent would be the best fit for us: it’s a smaller festival with a very diverse line up of bands that push the boundaries and seek innovative musical solutions. We are also quite fond of trigonometry.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

We received a very pure and completely undeserved form of love.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

We believe live music is one of the best experiences we can have in our lives: it brings together artistic expression, community, and fun. Support your local music scene, go out to see small unsigned bands playing in small, run-down pubs at the end of the road. Enjoy the music, connect with the people, have a great time. We believe there is a lot to gain for everybody.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Frank Zappa kept on pushing the boundaries of music until the very end of his life. What could he do if he came back, even if just for a few years, in modern times?

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

We love writing, recording and, above all else, playing live shows.

We hate never having enough time and money to write more, record more, and play more live shows.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

We don’t care much about the music industry; it does not affect us.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Miles Davis – “Bitches Brew”. It is an incredible blend of Jazz and Rock, breaking the mould from the point of view of composition, recording and post-production.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

USB drives freely distributed at live shows – we don’t put all our music online, picking up USB drives from us is the only way to obtain our full EPs.

We want as many people as possible to experience the (old-fashioned) ritual of inserting the (modern) USB drive in a music-playing device, making the act of listening to music more wholistic, bringing the body and tactile sensations to the audience.

This is also a way for us to emphasise the importance of live music, we absolutely love playing live and we want our local music community to know we care about them, that they are special to us and that this USB drive is for them. Technology is beautiful, we love what the internet has given us and all the music we can access. But there is more out there, and it is worth the effort. We don’t care about streams/views/likes, we want to look in someone’s eyes as we hand over a USB drive and make a true connection.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

Each show we play is unique: we never play the same setlist twice and we try to debut at least one new song every time we go on stage.

We have played to full rooms and to empty rooms, to people who liked us and to people who hated us. Sometimes we played perfectly and other times we stumbled. It doesn’t matter, every experience was meaningful, and we can’t pick one over the others.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Very hard to tell, but our guess is that we would be a manager, a bin man, an analyst, and a bartender.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The Beer Snobs (like God, they are three but one), legends from the Leeds music community.

Steve Greekshire, a legend from the Leeds music community.

Phil Stiles from Final Coil, a legend from the UK music community.

Homeless Jim, a mysterious figure who guides lost musicians with his wisdom.

Taylor Swift to bring us all together, help us reflect upon our lives, and guide us towards the rapture.

What’s next for the band?

Writing a lot of Metal, Rock, Reggae, Jazz, Bossa Nova, Funk, Folk and possibly Hip-Hop music.

Playing gigs around the theme of how we have been tempted by gold, flesh, and dirt during our debauched lives.

Recording our upcoming third EP, “Death to the Poet”.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Facebook is our primary channel for interaction: https://www.facebook.com/PGSunsetBand/

Our website is worth exploring: http://pgsunsetband.co.uk/

We also have some content on our Youtube channel, including the video for our track “Self in Solution”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCA56xTFaj8

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

If you really believe it, they can even be pies.

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

We are Pornographic Sunset, and we are fucking with you.

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EMQ’s With TOXICON

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EMQ’s With TOXICON

Hi Everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Australian Hybrid Metal band, Toxicon. Huge thanks to their drummer, Tom, 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?

Hi, my name is Tom and I’m the drummer for Australian hybrid metal band Toxicon.  It started with my best friend, Paul, and his friend from high school, Adam, sharing a love for old school thrash and 8 years later and 100+ shows later we’re on the verge of releasing our second studio album!

 How did you come up with your band name?

The name of the band is actually a combination of the two words “Toxic” and “Icon” which is what our original guitarist had in mind when he started the band. We slapped the two together and BAM, Toxicon was the name.

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We hail from Australia, and the Metal scene here is a little up and down. We have a few of the older genres that thrive in certain areas, Thrash, Death and Metalcore all do quite well. There’s a bit of a void for much else though, Traditional Heavy Metal or people blending styles don’t have as many bands to play with these days, and the crowd for it definitely isn’t here.

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

Our latest release is called “Parallelysis” and it’s about the struggles musicians experience every day while trying to maintain their relationships and a high level of commitment and creativity to their bands.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We all have various different influences as we all contribute to the song writing. The band’s main influences in the past have been Metallica, Megadeth, Trivium, Pantera, Black Label Society, Mastodon etc, but for the more recent stuff we’ve shifted to more Progressive Metal and Rock bands like Symphony X, Unleash The Archers, Alter Bridge, Coheed And Cambria, Opeth and the like.

What first got you into music?

I started playing drums when I was about 8, because my dad had some friends who played music, and he was always playing as well, and drums just came naturally. As I’ve grown older, I’ve learnt other instruments and I think it’s a great way to express inner feeling.

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?

Snoop Dogg. Because who the hell doesn’t want to do a song with the D O Double G

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Wacken. I’ve been watching those concerts online for years now and it just seems like the most accepting crowd, and I think we would really be able to put on our best shows to those fans.

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

A 12” vinyl of the Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack. And a table runner… Shout out to Stevie.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Buy your music. The music industry has been going downhill for a long time and the only way to save it is to start working together to get off the streaming and back onto the charts. Music is art worth paying the price for.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

Eddie Van Halen. They were a band I never got to see live and truly appreciate them for the powerhouse they were. I’ve played full Van Halen cover shows before and that dude deserved to live forever for what he gave music.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Love – I love being on stage. Drums are so much fun to play and when you’re firing on all cylinders with your friends it’s a really wonderful thing.

Hate – Streaming. Spotify is almost single handedly killing the music by being the most popular service and paying its artists the least. If the trend continues bands won’t be able to afford to put out quality music anymore.

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

Streaming. I’ve downloaded songs plenty of times before, but it’s never stopped me from actually going out and buying my music. I think most people are under the impression that the artists they listen to are getting the money from their subs which just ain’t the case. Support your local scene. Buy music from the bands you like.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Coheed and Cambria – “Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV – From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness”. Long title, long songs, pure brilliance. This thing is masterful Progressive Rock song writing. And I got to discover it more than once. You can’t say that about many albums.

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?

All have their place. I’m still a CD guy myself, but with technology moving forward they are pretty much only good to play in your car. Vinyl and Cassette are great collectors’ items (Keep an eye out for some of those on our merch page) and digital downloads are great for the modern music listener.

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

We opened a show in Sydney for Prog/Fusion band Twelve Foot Ninja a few years ago. Really shouldn’t have been on the bill, but due to scheduling problems our organised show got canned for the ninja one, and we played to a crowd that was very much not ours. Blew everyone out of the water that night and won the whole crowd over! Funny what a bit of adversity does to a band.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

I ask myself this question almost every day. School teacher? Electrician? Retail Worker? I’ve had a few jobs in my time but none as fulfilling as being in a band.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Arnold Shwarzenegger, Hangman Adam Page, Claudio Sanchez, Thomas Lang & Dave Filoni.

What’s next for the band?

We’ve got several more singles to release and then a whole album, as well as countless other supporting content, videos, playthroughs, covers and host of other stuff in the works. So I’m probably not gonna stop working hard for 2 years!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Our main platform is the YouTube Channel and generally we contact people on our Facebook but that’s been trash for us for a while so feel free to hit us up on whatever platform you like most cause we’re on em all.
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdIa6fhwCOUzvPyGndw-vLg
Facebook –  https://www.facebook.com/Toxiconband
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/toxiconau
Twitter –  https://twitter.com/ToxiconAU
TikTok – https://www.tiktok.com/@tiktoxiconau
Website – http://www.toxicon.com.au

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are actually a bizkit

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks for the time. Nice to see people are still happy to spread the word about new music with good intentions. Hope you like the songs (Horns Up)

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