EMQ’s with WAX MEKANIX

EMQ’s with WAX MEKANIX

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Philadelphia, Pennsylvania based Multi-instrumentalist, Songwriter, Producer, founding member of cult rockers Nitro and Solo Artist, Wax Mekanix. Huge thanks to Wax for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about your history?

I’m Wax Mekanix and I’m a shameless songwriter, singer, guitarist, drummer, and percussionist.

I’m a founding member of American cult rock quartet, Nitro. Not the LA glam Nitro that graced the MTV airwaves in the late 80’s. Dana, John, Brad, and I formed Nitro in 1980 and were part of the US’s answer to the NWOBHM. I’ve got more than a few years of writing, recording, and gigging under my belt. When I step outside of Nitro for musical fun, I don’t have a static line-up to my band, so it depends on what/where I’m playing. There are so many inspiring, creative people in the world to discover, so this is the appeal of flying solo in the way that I do it.

How did you come up with your band name?

My nom de plume of Waxim Ulysses Mekanix seemed a bit long, so I shortened it to Wax. I’m part of a long tradition that’s been expertly executed by Elton John, Clark Kent, Jay-Z, Freddie Mercury, Snoop Dogg, David Bowie, Gene Simmons, Bruce Wayne, and Ringo Starr.

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

I’m a proud 7th generation American. Born in a typical small town in central Pennsylvania. I’ve been fortunate to have travelled the world, so I feel comfortable wherever I am. I now call Philadelphia home. Like any large city, the music scene in Philly is diverse and fertile. The musicians are world-class talented, tough, proud, tenacious, and brave.

The rock scene in and around Philadelphia is robust and strong. It offers a tasty buffet of varying heavy styles and line-ups that reflect the depth and breadth of the areas musical history and influences. There are plenty of clubs, studios, engineers, producers, and musicians available to help creative people like me make original music. Just about all of those seem to be constantly shedding creative skin, evolving in some way, so it’s a healthy place to be for someone like me.

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

On October 2nd, Electric Talon Records dropped my new single/video ‘All Freaks’.

You can check it out here:

My new record “Mobocracy” was released on October 23rd.

You can get it here:

https://talonrecordsusa.bandcamp.com/album/wax-mekanix-mobocracy

Who have been your greatest influences?

The list is really long, but as a songwriter, it certainly starts with Dylan, The Beatles, Neil Young, Brian Wilson, and Queen. As a performer, it’s Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Queen, KISS, AC/DC, and Van Halen.

What first got you into music?

Although American AM radio was the soundtrack of my childhood, like so many of my generation, KISS “Alive” and Led Zeppelin IV were flashpoints for me. They sparked me to become a musician and songwriter.

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

As a songwriter, Paul McCartney. That would be like studying physics with Isaac Newton. Paul’s abilities, not just a writer but as a vocalist, arranger, and multi-instrumentalist are rare. The guy delivered the blistering proto-metal of ‘Helter Skelter’, the delicate baroque pop of ‘Eleanor Rigby’, and everything in between. Prince is the only other artist that comes to mind that is such a musical Swiss Army knife, so Paul’s the complete package in rock from my perspective.

As a performer, I’d love to have Crobot with me on any stage anywhere. I feel about them like I felt about Van Halen in late 70’s. They are intoxicating, loose, fluid, interesting, groovy, heavy, and funky, while being in total command of what they are doing. When I first encountered them, I was frustratingly jealous of what they were doing. When I got to the end of the album, “Something Supernatural”, I decided to give up on my envy and surrender to their amazing work. I never looked back. For my money, they are what a live rock band is supposed to be.

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

Glastonbury. It’s the gold standard. By definition, festivals are huge tribal gatherings of people who are singularly focused on experiencing, celebrating, and sharing something that they all passionately love. If we forget about the commercial component for a moment, that seems like the closest we can get to a utopian happening in the 21st century. It’s an annual reminder that humans are still capable of coming together for joy, regardless of things that otherwise might separate us. To be fuel for that should be a high-water mark for any performer.

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

A whispered apology for being late to my gig. A delicate thoughtful gift delivered in the midst of some typical raucous drunken chaos that was genuine, sincere, heartfelt, and priceless.

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

Feeling adventurous and brave? Do you trust me? If so, follow me.

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

Randy Rhoads. Even after 38 years, it’s still hard to focus on what he gave us and not yearn for what he might have amazed us with. Everyone that knew him says that the small amount of his playing that made it to vinyl was just a hint of what he was capable of. He is still revered and missed by many. Long live the memory of Randall William Rhoads.

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

I don’t hate anything about it.

There are two components to what I like about it. The first part is the intense focus on creation.

Since I see myself as a songwriter first, I like songwriting most. From the time I was a child, writing has been the most consistent and satisfying aspect of my creative life. Inventing something out of nothing that has meaning to me is rejuvenating and cathartic. To have that invention resonate with others is humbling and surprising.

The second part is the performing. Although not as essential to me as writing, once music has been created, it’s fun to relax a bit, gather friends, celebrate, and share it with anyone remotely interested.

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

I’m not alone in thinking that the subjugation of creativity to commerce is toxic to the music industry. I appreciate that there is the need for financial sustainability to bring music to many. I hope that something changes soon where fiercely unique music is encouraged, celebrated, and rewarded before the marketing forces bearing down on it end up normalizing music creation so much that it’s all just one-dimensional sameness.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Blizzard of Ozz” – Ozzy.

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

For listening, vinyl.

For convenience, downloads.

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

In Autumn of 1983, Nitro opened for Maryland rockers Kix a few times. There was a palpable connection between both bands and the audiences that was unique and somehow elevated from the hundreds of other gigs I’ve done. Everything about the performances was exceptional. Those few gigs were fleeting, mercurial, and immediately intoxicating. I’d heard about this kind of thing from other musicians and thought it was a myth. At the time, I was lucky enough to realize that it was a real, but transient, experience to be savoured in the moment. Trying to describe it is almost impossible to anyone who has not experienced it. Those who have, know exactly what I’m talking about.

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

Each day I try to do something good for my body, my mind, my heart, and my spirit. If/when I am no longer an active musician, I hope to have other things to give my life meaning.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jesus, Muhammad, Moses, Buddha, & Gandhi

What’s next for the band?

In the time of Covid, staying healthy is paramount. Once gigs can resume safely, I hope to be playing new and older songs for audiences. Until then, I’m working on a new album that I hope to release in 2021. So, it’s write, record, perform, rinse, and repeat!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.electrictalonrecords.com/
www.waxmekanix.bandcamp.com/releases
www.facebook.com/WaximMekanix
www.twitter.com/WaxMekanix
www.instagram.com/waxmekanix/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake!!!!!

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EMQ’s with MINDWAKE

EMQ’s with MINDWAKE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Cagnes-sur-Mer, French Riviera based Nu-Metal/Hardcore band Mindwake. Huge thanks to guitarist Loïc Michel 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, I’m Loïc, guitarist in Mindwake. Our Band is a Nu-Metalcore band, we’re doing violent riffs that remind of the nu metal era, but we added some modernity to it. Some parts are more hardcore/deathcore related than nu-metal and it’s something you definitely want to try.

How did you come up with your band name?

Someday we were at a party, and maybe we smoke too much weed, but we all agreed that the meaning of our song plus the chaotic/violent atmosphere could be something that could wake everyone’s minds.

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

We’re from the South of France and here, the metal scene seems to be dying…a lot of friends and local bands stop doing music because here living off of music is something really hard and everyone has to pay their rent in the end, so they have no time to do this anymore. One of our songs is called ‘Dead Dreams’ which brings up this topic (in some ways).

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

We just released our first Album called “B-52”.

‘Concrete War’ (Audio)

Because of the COVID we can’t tour or really promote this album as we’d had loved to do…so we’re currently writing what’s coming next.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Speaking for the whole band, I have to say Slipknot and Korn are our best influences, we all listen to these bands even if everyone in the band came from different horizons.

What first got you into music?

My older sister brought me into metal when I was like 5 years old, I could discover things like Linkin Park, Marilyn Manson etc…and for the first time I could hear something different and I could feel some things that changed my life. Since then I’ve always wanted to do that in life.

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

For the moment I would love to collaborate with bands like Malevolence, While She Sleeps, Chelsea Grin or Emmure.

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

I would pick every festival in the world! It’s a very hard question you got there, we really love to play shows everywhere and at the moment we feel like little kids who just were grounded because of the virus.

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

One day someone gave me a cactus after a show, it was cool, weird but cool.

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

It would be: “we love you and stay tuned for the upcoming things!”

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

I must say Paul Gray from Slipknot. There’s a lot that I would love to bring back.

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

We love being musicians, being able to see different cities, different people from everywhere enjoying the same type of music, being with friends, partying a lot, expressing ourselves with the band. The only thing that I do not like but we have to do is fighting to get paid when we play sketchy venues…besides that, being a musician is THE dream.

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

If I could change something, it would probably be to remove all the people who profit of little bands to make money without doing anything really important in return…or maybe remove the commercial music that makes people more dumb and makes them think that money is all that matter these days.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Tough one aha…I’d say “Iowa” by Slipknot.

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

Downloads, because you can listen in high quality and if you love the band then you can support them by buying some Vinyl or merch, but you can’t listen to a Vinyl when you’re at work for example.

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

At the moment, it’s probably that one time we played with Smash Hit Combo, because this gig was so intense, everyone liked it, the sound was good, and some people still tell me things about this one.

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

If I wasn’t a musician, I would probably be a cat, more seriously, I don’t know…maybe I would be a tour manager or something like that, something still in the music business.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

If I had to choose only five people, I would choose the band and our merch guy aha but five is not enough.

What’s next for the band?

We are all busy making the next release and it will be more modern but a lot more violent and chaotic.

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

We are on every music streaming platform and if you wanna interact with us we’re on Facebook, Instagram etc…
www.facebook.com/mindwakeHxC
www.instagram.com/mindwakeband/
www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1IBNUfe1FFZoPik_fDFFCIuyCrtQSWGS

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s definitely the best munchie when you’re really high haha!

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

Thank you, feel free to check out our album “B-52” and if you enjoyed it, you can let us know on social media, buy some merch and come party with us when we’ll come to play in your city. Have a good day.

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EMQ’s with RED COUNTY JAIL

EMQ’s with RED COUNTY JAIL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Karweiler, Germany based Rock band, Red County Jail. Huge thanks to Lukas and Steve 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 Lukas (Bass) and Steve (Vocals) from Red County Jail. The band has been around since 2015 and we have been playing together in this constellation since 2018. After being on tour for a while we started recording new material that has been tested on the road. Our first EP “Fuzzy Sally” came out in February this year and was re-released with our new label Bug Valley Records in October.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s the name of a Prison in a famous video game, that some of the band members like to play. That’s not very poetic but we thought it would fit the music. 😉

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

We are based in South West Germany. There is a solid underground metal and rock scene here. All the bandmembers have been a part of this scene for a long time now and we knew each other before we started the band.

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

On November 20th we released our new single ‘Never Look Back’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Lukas: For me it’s definitely old Hard Rock bands like AC/DC and the Rolling Stones. But there are also Bands like Shinedown or Palaye Royale that belong to a younger era of Rock Music.

Steve: I love bands from the 90’s like Alice in Chains and Soundgarden. Nowadays I listen to Biffy Clyro and Thrice. It’s the singer not the song. 😉

What first got you into music?

Steve: My god rides a skateboard. So, my friends asked me to join their band during a skate session.

Lukas: For me it was my first band with our guitarist Sebastian that got me into the bass. I’m still thankful that he asked me to join though. 😊

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

One day we would love to hear what Rick Rubin has to say about our records. 😉

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

A dream of ours is to play at Download Festival. And Wacken of course.

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

Someone made a cake that looked like the cover of our EP. That was nice!

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

If there is something that bothers you, leave it behind you. Never Look Back.

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

Lukas: Of course, Bon Scott.

Steve: Jeff Buckley because he was just awesome.

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

We love playing live and we are so disappointed that it’s not possible right now. Through live shows, and our music, we are able to express things that can’t be expressed through anything else.

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

Steve: I think there needs to be a change in how we handle music today. The good thing about the digital era is that everybody has the ability to record their own music. Therefore, we need to find a system to sort out the music that is right for us. Especially for me it’s hard to find new and inspiring bands.

Lukas: I would like people to listen to full albums again.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Lukas: Last one that came out was “Attention Attention” by Shinedown.

Steve: Mine would be Dead Kennedys – “Bed Time For Democracy”.

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

For us it’s the mixture of Downloads and Vinyl.

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

We played the Reload Festival in Germany and shared the stage with In Flames and Kreator. That was a huge one and we are still thinking back to it! Other than that, we played a co-headliner slot in our region and many of our fans got the possibility to see us. That was huge on another level.

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

Steve: I think I would be managing things in some kind. Maybe for a company or something.

Lukas: My first plan was to become a teacher, so I guess that would be the way to go.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Lukas: My Guest list would include Brian Johnson, the Young brothers Angus and Malcolm, Cliff Williams and Phil Rudd. So basically, it would be AC/DC. 😊

Steve: I would like to meet Barack Obama and Mikhail Gorbachev. And I would invite Rick Rubin, Mick Jagger and Paul McCartney.

What’s next for the band?

Next is our upcoming single release. We are also recording songs for our first long player which will hopefully be out in 2021. And maybe we will be able to play some shows again, that would be awesome.

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

We are active on Instagram and Facebook.
www.facebook.com/red.county.jail/
www.instagram.com/red.county.jail/

www.redcountyjail.de/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Lukas: Since they are made in my hometown, I would say biscuit. Steve thinks they are just shit. 😊

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

Thanks, Ever Metal for having us. Keep up the good work and thank you for keeping Rock’n’Roll music alive. In times like these it’s important to look at the good things that happen and music is just one of them!

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EMQ’s with ORDER 69

EMQ’s with ORDER 69

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Münster, Germany based Rock/Blues trio, Order 69. 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 ‘Order 69’ from Münster, Germany. We are a Rock & Roll trio, doing what we love. Ramin Safarabadi is our lead singer, guitar player and commander in chief. Levent Özdemir, on the drums and Kenan Özdemir, on the bass are handling the heartbeat. We met at a local blues jam and it was love at first feel.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was a drunk Star Wars-joke. We started the band for fun…turned out we don’t suck, started a career and now the name has stuck…

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

The music scene in Münster is (or used to be pre-pandemic) in a pretty good shape. Jam sessions and a lively club-scene for all genres and audiences make this a great place to live, work and visit!

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

Our album “Order 69” came out about a year ago. This October we published our music video for the song ‘Fire & Fuel’ featuring the amazing Sina Brunner doing acrobatics. Do yourself a favour and check it out on YouTube!

‘Fire & Fuel’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The Beatles! Mix in some punk, some Rock & Roll and Blues!

What first got you into music?

There is no way around it, where we live.

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

A jam with Doyle Bramhall II sounds like a blessing!

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

If we had a time machine? Monsters Of Rock in Moscow! Just looks sick.

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

Love and compassion…in other words: 50 bucks.

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

Dont fuck Mother Earth, kids!

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

Keith Moon!

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

The community and the friendships that come with it. It’s a magical thing that brings people together… we don’t like backstabbers, though! Also, the social media work kinda sucks…

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

Labels and artists should have more of a democratic relationship. Thanks to the internet and the opening possibilities of self-publishing we’re on a good way there.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap” – AC/DC.

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

Vinyl – with a download code 😊

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

B-Side Festival in our beloved Münster. We had a wild night with 800 friends and fans.

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

Maybe graphic designers…or night porters…or pizza delivery boys…It’s funny, because its true!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Our parents and Ricky Gervais.

What’s next for the band?

Our next album is in the making. All songs are done, we’re just waiting for a lift on travel restrictions to head to Copenhagen and record them at Heyman Studios!

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

www.order69.com/
www.facebook.com/order69official/
www.instagram.com/order.69/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We don’t have those in Germany… ☹ Send us a pack, we’ll figure it out!

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

Thank you too! If you’re an old-school kinda person, order our physical album (CD or Vinyl) and enjoy the artwork!

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EMQ’s with ARGOROK

EMQ’s with ARGOROK

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Dresden, Germany based Melodic Death/Folk/Groove Metal project Argorok. Huge thanks to Bill 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?

Our band name is Argorok. It’s a project that was in the making for quite a few years, initially starting out as some kind of Folk Metal project, but it died at some point. As I started recording and mixing a few years ago, I took the chance and turned it into a more Death Metal like studio project. You are still able to hear its roots, however.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was the name of a boss from The Legend of Zelda. I thought it was catchy and doesn’t give away too much about what music you actually play and hopefully gets people’s attention and curiosity.

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

I’m from Dresden, Saxony, Germany. We have a few established places, which are also known beyond borders in the scene, like the Skullcrusher Club. The Wave Gothic meeting in Leipzig and the Eastclub are also known places in the scene in Saxony.

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

“Usurpator” is our first release.

‘Aus der Tiefe’ (Official Lyric Video)

‘Katharsis’ (Official Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Bands from different Genres I liked, like Soulfly, Amon Amarth, Orbit Culture, Subway to Sally or Equilibrium, to name a few.

What first got you into music?

I guess I liked the bands I heard and wanted to do that too, so I started playing Guitar and Bass.

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

Mick Gordon. He is more of a Soundtrack composer, but I absolutely love his work, especially on the new Doom games. (Alternatively, Alestorm, for shits and giggles).

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

The With Full Force festival is one I would like to play at, as it has good variety and brings a bit more attention to the metal scene in the region.

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

Fans?

Argorok is a new project, which just started, so fingers crossed there will be lot of weird gifts to come.

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

Don’t let anyone dictate your music taste. If you like something that’s fine and only your business.

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

Cliff Burton.

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

The whole creative process, from writing to producing, is awesome.

What I really hate are cheap people, who don’t see the actual effort behind what you do, as it is “just music”.

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

Actually requiring talent and not only looks. At least for mainstream genres, that’s not that big of a deal in the metal scene luckily.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica – “Black Album”

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

I love collecting CD’s. But I can also see the appeal of vinyl. Nothing beats physical media (and yet here I am, releasing digital only…but some CDs are planned for the future)

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

It was one with my previous band and years ago. We were basically just a school band and not very good, but we got the chance to play at a really huge stage. Too bad it was the middle of the day and nobody was listening. But we had fun and beer was free!

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

Definitely some other form of creative work. Already doing that and took care about things like album cover and video production as well.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Either friends and family, or some German personalities you probably wouldn’t know 😊

What’s next for the band?

Getting our music out to people and hopefully some exposure and positive feedback. We are also thinking about a handful of shows for next year.

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

Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Spotify…the usual ones.
www.facebook.com/argorokmusic/
www.instagram.com/argorok_music/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6llFWW6qYUSIiCuamqTFjk
www.youtube.com/channel/UCGCfiKQBiXmc-VcaHyQ-nVQ

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Guess I’m not British enough to answer that.

(As previous #EMQs have shown, you don’t need to be British to experience the wonders of Jaffa Cakes – Rick)

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EMQ’s with CORROSIVE SWEDEN

EMQ’s with CORROSIVE SWEDEN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Hudiksvall, Sweden based Metal band Corrosive Sweden. 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?

Corrosive Sweden was formed in 1997 and have since then released a number of recordings and performed on a number of clubs and festivals mainly in Sweden. We have had the opportunity to play with bands such as The Hellacopters, Amaranthe, Engel, Dead By April, Corroded, Freedom Call, The Kristet Utseende, Smash Into Pieces, Art Nation, Eyes Wide Open among others The band was also invited, as special guests, for a gig with the Backyard Babies.

We are currently working on the new album. The first single ‘Devil of Mine’ was released in October. As many other colleagues in the music industry, we had to cancel the tour planned for 2020. “We are really looking forward for Covid to cease. Meanwhile, we are spending time with our families and creating music” The recording of this album, is as the previous album, made in our own studio Dark City Sounds. The vocals are recorded by P-O at POL Studio.

We have been described as a hybrid between old school Trash and Melodic metal. The five band members all have different backgrounds when it comes to personal musical influences. It is a wide range from Classic Hard Rock, Trash Metal, Punk, Power Metal and Modern Metal. This makes the sound of Corrosive Sweden unique, but with recognizable fragments.

How did you come up with your band name?

There were several bands called Corrosive, so we added Sweden.

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

Hudiksvall, Sweden. The Metal and Rock scene is pretty bad actually.

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

It´s called ‘Devil of Mine’. The song was released 2.October 2020

Official Video

Who have been your greatest influences?

A lot of bands. Kiss, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth, Helloween, Slayer, Meshuggah, Deftones, among others. We have an influence playlist on our Spotify page. Follow that one

www.open.spotify.com/playlist/37i9dQZF1E4F3hUzJjwlZj

What first got you into music?

Johan: My cousin showed me Accept and Twisted Sister. Then I bought my first electric guitar.

Christer: I heard Kiss – “Dynasty” when I was six years old. Then I was sold for life.

Peter: I grew up in a home with a dad who plays guitar and a big brother who plays drums, so the music has always been there. I started my first band with some friends.

Daniel: My brother.

Alex: I originally started out singing just for fun, but eventually took the opportunity to perform on stage during my pre-teen years. In my teenage years me and some of my classmates decided to start a band and that’s when I discovered my love for playing the bass.

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

A big band with the ambition to help us move forward in our careers would be very fun.

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

Rock in Rio – Because it’s a huge festival.

Wacken Open Air – Because Germany is a dream we’ve had for a long time.

Sweden Rock festival – Because it is the world’s nicest festival to be at, as a visitor.

Graspop Metal Meeting – We just love it.

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

Foam plots. It is a Swedish Christmas candy. Taste like rubber!!

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

Help us in these difficult times. Stream and spread our music. Buy our merch. Come to our concerts when the pandemic subsides. It´s a tough time for bands like us these days.

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

Johan: Freddie Mercury

Christer: Hard question. Probably Eric Carr.

Peter: Cliff Burton.

Daniel: The Rev from Avenged Sevenfold.

Alex: Chi Cheng from Deftones.

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

Love writing, recording and playing new music.

Hate is a strong word, but we dislike that many people want our money but do not want to work so much for it. We also dislike many people who don´t think that writing music is a real job.

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

Hard question. But getting paid fairly for what you do would definitely make it easier for us.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Christer: Kiss – “Lick It Up” or Helloween – “Keeper Of The Seven Keys Part 2”

Johan: Megadeth – “Rust In Peace”

Peter: Therapy – “Troublegum”

Daniel: Metallica – “Master Of Puppets”

Alex: I Don´t know!

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

All of them but vinyl is the coolest.

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

A small festival in Sweden called Metalpark. Great response and a fantastic crew.

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

Johan: Lighthouse Keeper.

Christer: Probably a Tennis Pro with 22 Grand Slam Trophies.

Peter: Industrial worker.

Daniel: Soccer Pro with Zlatan Ibrahimović.

Alex: Perhaps a photographer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Christer: Paul Stanley but he probably would not come because of the corona so then it must be Michael Kiske or John Petrucci.

Johan: Dave Mustaine.

Peter: Kerry King.

Daniel: James Hetfield.

Alex: Ozzy.

What’s next for the band?

We have just recorded two new singles that will be released soon. At this moment, we are recording two more that will be released in the spring of 2021.

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

Spotify, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, our one website, and of cause many other digital platforms, Apple music etc.
www.corrosivesweden.se/
www.facebook.com/CorrosiveSweden/
www.instagram.com/corrosivesweden/
www.twitter.com/CorrosiveSweden

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A biscuit. Very good with Swedish coffee. But it´s better with a chocolate ball, cinnamon bun or a Swedish Kladdkaka. Try it if you get the chance 😊

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

Thanks for the support and may the force be with you.

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EMQ’s with ANABELLE

EMQ’s with ANABELLE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, England based Vocalist and Multi-Instrumentalist Anabelle Iratni. Huge thanks to her 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?

Howdy! I am Anabelle. Vocals are my main instrument, but I play the modern lyre, piano, keyboard and violin (badly!). I also own a folk harp and a kalimba – but those are just for fun! Alas, aside from being in Devilment, I have a couple of huge things I’m a part of, but I can’t say what they are quite just yet! As for me personally, I’m a classically trained vocalist (mezzo-soprano) with a Bachelor’s degree in Music as well as an MA in Ethnomusicology.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was a gift for my birthday! There is even a mockumentary about my life – you may have seen it – it’s called: ‘Annabelle’. They changed the spelling of my name for confidentiality reasons. Alas, mine is spelled with one ‘n’ – like anal!

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

I’m from good ol’ London in the UK. It’s a hubbub of musical activity, but I must admit, it has been dwindling as of late. A testament to the impossible property costs in London.

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

I recently released an orchestral version of ‘Lost in the Shadows’ by Kobra and the Lotus. I’ve collaborated with some great artists this year, such as Gate Master, Ward XVI, Ramage Inc. and WinterheartH. I’m gutted as news and releases for me have been delayed because of the cataclysmic wonder of 2020, but I can say that a project that has been 3 years in the making is nearing release! It involves Charles Edward Alexander Hedger (Mayhem, Imperial Vengeance, former Cradle of Filth) Frank Skillpero (Shining, The Monolith Deathcult, Incantation, Dictated) and myself!

‘Lost In The Shadows’ (Orchestral), originally by Kobra and the Lotus

Who have been your greatest influences?

It’s difficult to say! Musically, I’ve always been drawn to performance or character instead of vocal styles. I remember an awful singing lesson where my teacher said I sounded like a silly warbling mess! I was trying to ‘mimic’ a singer I’d heard on YouTube; a common problem among many vocalists, I find. So, I stepped back from obsessively listening to how other people sounded, instead, I delved into experimentation (paired with technical expertise from my vocal teachers) to ‘figure out’ who I was vocally. To name a few influences along the way: Klaus Naomi, Danny Elfman, Salvador Dalí…but above all, my crippling anxieties!

What first got you into music?

Music has always been in my life quite strongly; I can’t remember a time when it wasn’t there. I recall being in the garden as small child playing with two sticks, pretending they were a violin. I had a brightly coloured chunky keyboard as a bubba, as well as an old-school Yamaha keyboard and I’ve been in choirs for as long as I can remember. I had an interestingly rich cultural upbringing: – my nan is Italian and would always be playing obscure ‘folk’ music; my father is French/Algerian and would listen to French pop, Rai or Iron Maiden; My Italian/British mother loved dance, techno and 80’s music – I’ve always been entrenched in a cacophony of different music. It’s quite the fusion!

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

Honestly, I’d be happy to collaborate with anyone that will have me! The opportunity to create and do what I love is always welcome. Though Devin Townsend is definitely on the list. I’d love to do something relating to my North African heritage.

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

Hands down, it would be Bloodstock festival. I have a deep connection with it as it was the first festival I’d ever attended. It would feel like ‘returning home’.

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

Aside from the occasional artwork, I haven’t received anything that would make a monkey blush. However, I must admit, I do find it weird that people have taken the time to sketch MY mug!

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

I doubt I have any fans, haha! A simple nugget of advice I would give is simple: don’t be an asshole. You never know who someone is or who they know, treat everyone you meet with kindness. Be compassionate, be kind, to both yourself and others.

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

Freddie Mercury! Love me some Freddie.

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

I love performance, singing is when I feel truly alive. Being on stage, I feel the thrum of life – it’s one of the only times I feel connected to the world and my physical body. I absolutely hate egos! Ugh.

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

It’s important to remember that it is industries, a complex nexus of disciplines that is subject to commercial and economic imperatives. Any music business is a sophisticated network, and things created by humans, often reflect back societal constructs in some form or another, such as, misogyny and sexism. I’ve been sexually harassed and touched inappropriately during interviews, followed to my accommodation, treated as if I’m stupid and generally not taken seriously being a woman in the industry. Worst of all, I despise being judged on my looks rather than my abilities, to be overlooked or criticised for ‘not being thin enough’ or ‘not being sexy enough’. We need to be aware that metal in particular is not a sanctuary where no inequality exists, this line of thought is as dangerous as the act of sexism itself, or any other blind spot that leads to marginalisation.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Oooft, just one?! That’s like asking which finger I’d prefer lopped off. This is a trap; I will not fall for it – I’ll immediately regret whichever one I choose!

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

I have no real preference! Growing up quite poor, I didn’t have the luxury of owning much of anything! As long as it can get it into thine ear canals.

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

For me, it’s ‘ the moment’ where I knew undoubtedly that music is what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. It was a school music showcase in high school, I was around 16 years old at the time and no one had heard me sing solo. Teachers encouraged me to sing something on the programme as they knew my aspirations to go onto study music academically. I remember totally bricking it, clinging onto a toilet bowl for dear life an hour before the doors opened. I remember the moment my name was called and I stepped onto the platform behind the microphone shaking like a leaf. I remember when the piece had ended, the room was dead silent, an electricity hung in the air…there was a good 10 seconds where everyone just stared at me, completely shocked at what just came out of my mouth, before applauding. I’ll never forget the feeling, I felt alive! I wanted to jump back on the podium and do it again and again and again. I got a mention from the headteacher in the school assembly the next day. I’m grateful for that moment, to have the affirming feeling of my purpose.

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

A psychologist, for sure! I love the human brain; I find it fascinating. I’ve drawn on psychology a lot in my ethnomusicological research.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

First, I’d hold a necromantic ceremony, as half the people I’d invite have long since passed. Such as the legend Danny Kaye, Julia Pastrana and my recent budgie, Scruffy. Undoubtedly, I’d invite Sir Patrick Stewart, I have an unconditional love for him. My ultimate ambition is to meet him, hell, even collaborate with him! Katya Zamolodchikova too. Can I invite a dinosaur? I think that would be cool. A dinosaur, a drag queen and Captain Picard – sounds like a right knees up!

What’s next for the band?

Follow me and stay tuned for big announcements 😉

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

www.instagram.com/anabellexiii/
www.facebook.com/AnabelleOfficial/
www.twitter.com/AnabelleXIII
www.youtube.com/channel/UCZwaeBpPx0MUaRZUcxySM7g

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It says cake in the name, so…

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

My eternal thanks to Richard and Beth and the Ever Metal team for their unwavering support. I have a couple of huge announcements on the way, so please follow me to find out what the hell it is I’m up to!

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EMQ’s with BROKEN CALLING

EMQ’s with BROKEN CALLING

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kent, England based Metal band, Broken Calling. 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?

Jack: Drums.

James: Bass & Vox.

Martin: Guitar, the crowd and questionably vocals too (I’m just Connors’ hype guy).

Connor: I’m the guy with no musical talent whatsoever apart from being pretty decent with my mouth.

Callum: Guitar.

How did you come up with your band name?

Jack: It’s a reference to an old band that four of us used to be in, we thought we had found our calling. Turns out that was bollocks.

Martin: It looked like one of them cork boards from a detective movie, so many ideas. Most of them terrible. I mean we nearly went with Bison, but none of us are packing enough to pull off jeans that tight…

Connor: We were almost called Bison but then we came up with the idea that we had a Calling in a previous band, and that was Broken because it all went to shit. So Broken Calling was our way of getting over that, like how batman used his fear of bat’s and stuff.

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

Jack: I’m from Kent where the scene is pretty dead, but I live in London now and it’s pretty sick up here.

James: South Kent; it used to be alright, but it has significantly deteriorated over the years and become a ghastly pop punk and ska cesspit.

Martin: England and no one’s playing right now so the scene is non-existent. Apart from that there are healthy pockets of alternative culture. Most of the time they don’t have the money to go to shows though…

Connor: I’ve pretty much been around the scene in London/Kent for a while and it’s had moments, but right now because of Covid it’s slowly up the creek without a paddle. Here’s hoping we can come back to shows.

Callum: I’m from South Kent and the scene is pretty dead, everything is going up to London where the scene is healthier.

What is your latest release?

Jack: ‘Redemption’. An angry song about current situations.

Martin: It’s a socially conscious song about the struggles of today’s political climate and how we can manage it in a way everyone can agree with. Honestly. Boris’s new walk out tune, he’ll love it.

Connor: Our new single ‘Redemption’ is a giant F-U to the government and how they have ballsed up this entire year, and even had the gaul to blame us for it. But yeah, I reckon Boris cranks it up.

Callum: The new single Redemption, heavy riffs, hard-hitting lyrics and we got Lord Faarquad to commence the mosh.

‘Redemption’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Jack: My greatest influences have been John Otto, Chris Adler, Eric Moore and Tony Royster Jr.

James: Drewsif Stalin, Beyond Creation, Karnivool – it’s important to have a generous blend of technical groove.

Martin: The OG… Mr Grohl, Jim Root, caffeine, my tripawd dog, and honestly any music that makes me wanna play.

Connor: Linkin Park, most MySpace metal core, my Mum, Dad and Honey Jack Daniels.

Callum: Killswitch Engage, Mick Thomson, Suicide Silence, Gojira and Dethklok, a good heavy riff can’t be beaten.

What first got you into music?

Jack: My dad used to have a guitar lying around that I would pick up when I was about 5 and just make noise on. Then as I got older, I wanted to piss the neighbourhood off, so I got drums.

James: I grew up around it since my Dad was the drummer for The Charles Dexter Ward Experience (once one of the most popular goth bands in Kent). Started on drums because of him, but over time I gravitated towards bass and now I have a fully-fledged Degree in music!

Martin: I blame Raphael. Not the turtle, My childhood best friend. He played, so being an insecure 11-year-old, I wanted to play too. Then it became an obsession and there went my education. I might have been a biochemist if it wasn’t for that mustachioed git…

Connor: My Dad introduced me to Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and Bruce Springsteen of all things. Then he let me buy “Hybrid Theory” by Linkin Park. I was already singing in school, so I just started singing to rock songs and preferred the melodies to pop. Joined my first band in ’09 and the rest is drunk history.

Callum: I’ve known James for years, he dragged me along with getting into playing music, we were always trying to make each other better at playing and so he’s now stuck with me.

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

Jack: Probably Mark Morton. His riffs are sick.

James: Drewsif Stalin; Dj0nts for dayzzzzz.

Martin: I’d love to do something with the guys from Nothing More.

Connor: After their latest release, definitely Bring Me The Horizon, because I don’t know what would happen, but it would probably sound dope.

Callum: Misha Mansoor would be amazing to collab with, the djent is insane.

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

Jack: Coachella, so we could melt some commercial faces.

James: Whichever festival means I don’t have to suffer surviving in a tent.

Martin: Rock in Rio. Possibly the biggest crowds in the world and come on man Brazil!! who wouldn’t?

Connor: Download, my fave festival, and I’m with Jack on playing Coachella, that would be an experience.

Callum: Knotfest, so many big names, it would be so much fun.

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

Jack: The Flu.

James: “Is ThAt An EiGhT StRiNg BaSs?!” ngl, I love it.

Martin: Not sure if it counts as a gift but someone bought a ridiculously sweaty thong off me straight after I had played a show wearing it. I hope you are a happy smiling bearded man, wherever you may be.

Connor: One of my friends gave me a Milkybar Chocolate bar halfway through a set, to be honest the mid gig snack was a nice thought.

Callum: Getting decked in a moshpit almost straight away.

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

Jack: Spread our music as much you can and don’t let anyone tell you’re replaceable.

James: If you’re thinking of playing an instrument, go with Bass – it has so much untapped potential.

Martin: Hiiiiiiiiiii!!! Hopefully, I can come jump on you all again soon.

Connor: If you can’t love yo’ self, HOW IN THE HEEELLL YOU GONNA LOVE SOMEBODY ELSE! Can I get an amen up in here! Also don’t let the bastards get you down, you’ll be fine.

Callum: you guys make the shows amazing, can’t wait to see you at the next one.

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

Jack: Vinnie Paul.

James: None; everyone is too busy focussing on the people of the past and ignoring the greats who are in the making today.

Martin: Chester. There is only one, all other Chester’s are inferior.

Connor: Definitely Chester Bennington.

Callum: Mitch Lucker, I’ve always wondered what more he could’ve brought to the deathcore scene.

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

Jack: Being a drummer and being a drummer.

James: (Pro) Your band becomes a friend group, and ultimately family. (Con) I get ill after EVERY SHOW…thanks pathetic immune system.

Martin: Love it all except. No money, no sleep, no time, no clothes, broken things, James dying, Connor snoring, my feet and McDonald’s. For real though the only thing I dislike is being disabled after a run of shows because I was a bit over zealous in causing myself grievous harm in my youth and I still haven’t learnt to hold back.

Connor: Love the shows, the people and making music. I hate the fact that sometimes people can be very selfish and bitey. There’s enough room for everyone if you let people in, gatekeepers can do one.

Callum: Love playing shows, hate the pre-show anxieties.

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

Jack: definitely the price per stream that artists make. It’s a joke.

James: the extreme reliance on border-line porno like music videos in modern pop music…people need to actually listen to the music, not just gaze at the titties.

Martin: The over reliance on acts that are past it. No offence Bruce but you can’t headline Download for the hundredth time, go have a nap. Or you’ll end up like our James.

Connor: Definitely would change the amount of money musicians make per stream and just for music in general. It’s literally pennies.

Callum: Everything shifting to being online, yeah, it’s useful to listen to music and watch shows but you lose the experience of being there.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jack: Lamb of God – “Ashes Of The Wake”

James: Fields Of The Nephilim – “Mourning Sun”

Martin: Frequently changes but right now Night Verses – “Lift Your Existence.”

Connor: Linkin Park – “Hybrid Theory”

Callum: Bury Tomorrow – “The Union Of Crowns”

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

Jack: Vinyl for sound, Downloads for convenience. CD’s are dead.

James: Vinyl for me, but only because I grew up surrounded by it – the sound quality is superior but boy, the price is often ridiculous.

Martin: CD’s for collection because only hipsters have vinyl players (and the sound difference is negligible apart from added scratches and pops.) Download for actually listening to music. Headphones are a must because I’m nice to other people like that.

Connor: I’ll listen to anything if it sounds good, I’m pretty simple.

Callum: Downloads for the convenience, CD’s for the collection.

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

Jack: our second show was at Facedown on Halloween and we tore that venue a new one. We dressed as Mario characters!

Martin: As just a sheer victory the last show before lockdown. I had finished a twelve-hour shift and had an hour to get to London. I made it in time for change over, we ripped the roof off, I climbed into the roof. We did a photoshoot and none of us caught Covid. All round victory. (*note from James* – I still got ill, just nothing interesting)

Connor: Definitely our EP show with our mates in Sidelines! Just a massive night of great music and great hangs.

Callum: Gonna have to agree with Jack and say Facedown, it showed just how hard we could go and bring in the crowd.

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

Jack: I used to be pretty sick at rugby and was going to play at county level, but I was spending too much time on music, so I gave it up!

James: I’d have most likely ended up going into working for a model railway company helping to manufacture model trains and related items (I’m a real-life train nerd, no joke, I love trains). I’ve been part of so many exhibitions and even helped out in some overseas places.

Martin: I’d probably be a lot more financially stable let’s be honest. Music’s been such a big part of my life for so long I’m really not sure, the only equal driving passions have been science, history parkour and family. So, some weird blend of the above?

Connor: Probably in a skip, but I’d have more money than I do now.

Callum: Probably something using chemistry, maybe pharmaceuticals.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jack: Ewan McGregor, Eminem, Mickey Flanagan, Chandler Bing, Donald Trump.

James: Dave Filoni, Josh Zerkaa (or literally any Sidemen member), Bill Bailey, Courtney LaPlante, LifeOfBoris!

Martin: Binging with Babish, David Eric Grohl, Derren Brown, Russell Howard and Maynard-James Keenan (You know he would bring the best wine).

Connor: Gordon Ramsay, Corey Taylor, Mark Hamill, Mike Shinoda and Frankie Boyle.

Callum: Jeff Goldblum, Joe Duplantier, Jared Dines, Oli Sykes and Harrison Ford.

What’s next for the band?

Jack: We have some new bangers in the pipeline which I think we may drip feed as singles to keep us relevant and in people’s ears. We’re gonna do a proper vid for ‘Redemption’ as soon as lockdown is over too.

Martin: Hopefully surviving the pandemic. My live music rehabilitation unit keeps telling me one day at a time but honestly. These twitches are getting out of control.

Connor: The same thing we try to do every night pinky, try to take over the world.

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

ALL OF THEM!!!! (Even tinder)
www.facebook.com/BrokenCallingUK/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jack: they suck whatever they are

James: By definition and also by Law they are a cake; This is because they go hard when they are stale rather than soft. Plus, there’s different Tax regulations for cakes than there are for biscuits (btw Jack, hating Jaffa cakes is the highest form of Heresy)

Martin: I concur with Jack. The best snack to go with a hot beverage is foxes golden crunch creams and I will fight anyone who disputes that fact in true renaissance duelling style (frilly shirts compulsory) (*note from James* – Donuts are better, I therefore challenge you).

(*note from Martin* – I accept your challenge. I choose squirtle and attack you with surf. Suck it donut boy!! Oh wait, your donut has dissolved, mwahahaha).

Note to both of you: Custard Creams rule all.

Connor: Whatever it is you can have it, not a fan.

Callum: Jaffa Cakes get boring after the first 2, there are much better cakes out there, put the Jaffa Cake down and get some cheesecake, treat yourself.

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

Jack: People = Shit. Fuck racism.

Martin: Behave through the lockdown so we don’t have to socially distance any more…Please…I miss hugs…and sweat.

Connor: Go check out the new single ‘Redemption’ and like our socials! Otherwise we kill the puppy.

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EMQ’s with AUTUMN TREE

EMQ’s with AUTUMN TREE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Mannheim, Germany based Post Grunge band, Autumn Tree. 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?

Hey, we are Autumn Tree from Mannheim, Germany. We are playing Post Grunge and we founded the Band in fall 2016.

How did you come up with your band name?

Denis (Bopp – Guitarist) got the idea after he saw a special tree during a walk in the autumn. And since that day the name ‘Autumn Tree’ stuck in his head.

But we see the Autumn Tree like a lifeline. Sometimes bad things might happen but after rain there will always be sunshine.

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

We come from the South West of Germany. We have some live locations here for all kinds of metal and rock music fans. From Hard Rock to Death Metal.

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

We released our new single ‘Seducción’ on October 30th. There is also a music video which you can find on YouTube at the following link.

‘Seducción’ (Official Music Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Alter Bridge, Volbeat and Metallica are our top three 😊

What first got you into music?

Probably the music our parents listened to when we were kids.

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

Alter Bridge, Volbeat, Metallica, Black Stone Cherry, Shinedown…there are too many great bands out there.

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

I guess it would be Wacken or Rock am Ring. Legendary Festivals.

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

Bikini 😊 and there was one girl who got a tree tattooed, which looks very similar to our first logo.

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

Thank you for all the support! We will continue our way after this pandemic TOGETHER!

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

Very hard question, but one of the musicians who did not commit suicide and I want to live is Dimebag Darrell ! It‘s just a tragedy that he was shot while he was playing guitar…such a shame.

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

We love to write new songs, the friendship between us four and playing live shows (even if only 3 people are standing in front of the stage) are probably the best things of our lifestyle. Arrogant musicians are a pain in the ass. And there are a lot of them.

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

It is hard to get to the top without appropriate contacts. So, for every newcomer band it‘s a very hard and long way. Also, the work musicians put in their projects should be more appreciated. Not only financially, but at live shows and on streaming portals.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

We’ve got a lot of favourite records like “Guitar Gangsters & Cadillac Blood” by Volbeat or “One Day Remains“ by Alter Bridge…but it’s a kind of mood that depends what you prefer to listen to.

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

CD’s!

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

We played a support show for Motorjesus in fall 2018. That was fun! Playing our music in such a professional environment really hooked us.

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

There is not another option! 😉

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

James Hetfield, Mark Tremonti, Michael Poulson, Bear Grylls and Klaus Kinski

What’s next for the band?

We hope to play a lot of shows in 2021. We would like to do our postponed tour through Germany and play all the festivals that were planned for 2020.

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

www.autumntreeofficial.com
www.facebook.com/autumntreeofficial/
www.instagram.com/autumn_tree_official/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/48B66iMLTHp4krO8yTbXTU
www.youtu.be/tHET4jcZjNI

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit!

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

Thank you for the great interview! And to all the readers out there: stay safe and heavy!

©Enrico Markx

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