EMQ’s with DECENT NEWS

Decent News

EMQ’s with DECENT NEWS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with New London County, Connecticut based Hardcore/Industrial band Decent News! Huge thanks to Eddie LaFlash 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 Eddie LaFlash, I play Guitar, Synth and I do occasional Vocals. Decent News was formed after one of my older projects imploded. I think it was roughly March of 2016; our former drummer Collin and one of his friends wanted to form a metal band and wanted a second guitarist or bassist so I jumped at it, having working with Collin before. I showed up at the E.O Smith building at Uconn a few days later with my shitty Peavey Raven combo amp and BC Rich Bitch 10 to meet up with Collin and the other guitarist and we all had pretty good chemistry. The next week we dragged Laken along to fill in at bass and that became our first line up. I don’t think Laken had ever even touched a bass before his first practice with us. A few months in and everyone started butting heads with the other guitarist because any music that we wanted to submit to the group got shot down and we were stuck playing the same three songs over and over at every practice so we decided that he had to go. We started fresh in 2017 writing our asses off and trying to find a vocalist. We recorded a live demo that summer with me on vocals but I can’t sing and play guitar at the same time so we knew we had to find a permanent vocalist. Enter, Caleb Moore. He might look the type of dude that will steal shit from your house and help you look for it, but he was a natural fit and plus we’ve been friends for 10 years and we always work better playing with our friends. We started working on our First album “Filth” and sent the single “Skin Puddle / Deafland” to Chris at Machine Man Records and got signed in January 2018. Laken left for a little while because he was having a kid and Collin ended up leaving to focus on school. Fast forward to right now, Laken is back and we just released our second album “Monolith”. Fuck that was long winded, I’m sorry!

How did you come up with your band name?

We were originally called Freakquency because we thought it was a clever name, but so did a lot of other bands. We made a list of about 100 names and just narrowed it down till we were left with two names ‘Decent News’ and ‘A Few Boys’. Every bit of us wanted to go with ‘A Few Boys’ but Decent News was way easier to design a logo for.

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

We are from the United States. More specifically we’re from Connecticut. The Metal/ Rock scene here is mostly cover bands. There is a Doom/Stoner metal scene here and a pretty good chunk of Metalcore bands in our area.

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

On August 30th we released “[M O N O L I T H]”. It’s a 10 track album that mixes a lot of our unique styles to make a very pretty okay album.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally, my greatest influences are a lot of Industrial and thrash metal bands. KMFDM, <PIG>, Armageddon Dildos, Melvins. Caleb’s more into hardcore and pop punk and Laken is our little scene queen.

What first got you into music?

I got into music because my Mom was a musician. She always had instruments lying around and it was always something I wanted to do. I think Megadeth was the first band I heard that made me want to start writing.

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

Probably Street Sects! I am in awe of how those guys can take something that at its base is so harsh and noisy but actually structure it and make it catchy.

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

Ooo, that’s a tough one. For me I’d either say Rock am Ring in Germany (which is highly unlikely) or Cold Waves. I think we’d fit into Cold Waves very nicely.

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

I think the weirdest gift is actually showing up and seeing us play.

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

We’re sorry we ruined your night out, there’s probably better bands playing whenever we have a show.

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

It’s got to be Chuck Schuldiner. He probably had a lot more music left in him and his death was super untimely.

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

I like the occasional praise that we get. It makes all the hard work we do kinda mean something. One thing I hate is being in a constant state of trying to prove ourselves.

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

It’s probably more of a local thing, but I’m not a fan of the cliqueyness of local scenes. When you’re starting out just about zero people are willing to give you a chance unless you’re going to literally every local show. When we were starting out it was really hard to break into the scene because we all work 2nd shift factory jobs and we couldn’t really make it to a lot of local scene shows. Whenever we did we’d usually get brushed off because we’re Decent News and we don’t really fit into any of the scenes out here.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Melvins – “Houdini”

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

I like vinyl, I really do, but I get really annoyed when they don’t come with a digital download card.

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

33 Golden Street in New London is always a blast. The place is always full and the staff are always really nice to us.

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

I’d probably just cosplay as a factory machine operator working myself to death as is my current alter ego.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Keith Richards, Lightning Hopkins, Lady Gaga, Steve Wilkos and 寶親王

What’s next for the band?

Next year we’ll have a remix album for “[M O N O L I T H]” coming out and eventually we will be working on a third album. For right now we’re just gonna keep playing as many shows as we can.

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

https://decentnews.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/decentnews/
https://machinemanrecords.com/decent-news
https://open.spotify.com/artist/25d1l8Nle2nHekQJOLxEjd

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

After googling Jaffy Cakes and learning everything there is to know about them, for taxation purposes, it’s a cake!

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

To anyone reading, please go out and buy “[M O N O L I T H]”, Laken has promised to rip his own head off with his bare hands if you do it. He’s strong as fuck.

 

 

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EMQ’s with ROZU

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EMQ’s with ROZU

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Denver, Colorado based Post-Hardcore band ROZU! Huge thanks to vocalist Tim Graham 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 guys my name is Tim Graham and I do all the vocals for Rozu. A brief history of the band is me and guitarist DJ Sundine wanting to write some music and give the whole band thing one last shot. After we had some material we brought in Brian and Henry because they were so extremely like-minded, great at their craft, and just overall great dudes to be around. From there we brought in our producer Tyler Ruehl and just got to work for about a year writing music and getting the whole vision for the branding and overall aspects of the band before finally announcing the band in June of 2018.

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted something very unique, easy to remember, and short. Rozu was on a list of like 50 names we had and started polling them around to our peers and was an overall favourite. It is a very fitting name being the Japanese word for rose and that fact that this band is like a blooming rose from the ashes of our past endeavours.

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

We are from Denver Colorado, USA. The scene here is very unique and full of talent. In Denver it seems to die off then come back in waves but still a tight knit community.

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

Our latest release was our single ‘Divide’, which we released back in May.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I want to say collectively our biggest influences have been Underoath, Like Moths To Flames, Wage War, and Every Time I Die.

What first got you into music?

Really just kind of grew up loving music, my dad was always a rock guy and introduced me to like Tool, Pearl jam, and Metallica. I always wanted to be in a band but wasn’t ever really successful with it. I started touring with some friends as a tour manager and eventually filled in for a couple tours as a vocalist, and from there I’ve just always been in a band.

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

Being my favourite vocalist of my favourite band, I would love to collaborate with Spencer Chamberlin of Underoath.

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

Reading would be incredible to play. For America having the scene lose the Warped Tour it kind of takes away the smaller milestone and Reading is just such a crazy big music festival that it would be a dream come true to play.

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

From an older band this girl drew me and my guitarist at the time as skeleton people which was just random but also the coolest gift ever. We actually used it as a cover art for a little side project we did.

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

First and foremost, we love you all so much and as we continue to grow it is great meeting new fans and making new friends. Besides that, within our music the message is hope and being comfortable in your own skin. It is ok to not be ok and we want people to always have that hope that things and life will get better.

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

Chester Bennington from Linkin Park!

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

I enjoy the creating of the music and getting to see as much of the world as we can playing our music and sharing the art. Besides from people just wanting to take advantage of you on the industry side I don’t really hate anything about playing music.

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

Weeding the people out that have that mindset I just discussed.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Easy, “Define The Great Line” by Underoath is just a great album front to back and I never get bored of it.

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

I love the convenience of downloads and streaming but there is just something about holding the Vinyl and enjoying the music from a player.

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

We got to do this Pay Per View wrestling event where one of the wrestlers uses our song Anchor as her walkout. That was just such a cool and unique set I’ve ever played.

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

I would for sure still be working on the business side of the industry because I love developing and managing bands.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Spencer Chamberlin, Jared Leto, Dave Grohl, RZA, and Dr. Dre! That would be a wild little party.

What’s next for the band?

We are just finishing our album right now and we are starting to plan some tours for early 2020.

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

Follow us on Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/rozu_official/
Other than Instagram head to:
www.rozuband.com
and be fully connected to everything Rozu.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I will for sure let you guys know when I have experienced a Jaffa Cake.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you guys so much for having us.

 

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EMQ’s with STRONG LIKE BULL

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EMQ’s with STRONG LIKE BULL

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kansas based Rock n Roll band Strong Like Bull! Huge thanks the band 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?

Dave Gray: Vocals and sometimes rhythm guitar and harmonica

Shawn Normandim: Bass

Jake Bauer: Drums and backing vocals

Nevin Truan: Lead Guitar and backing vocals

Band history:
Dave: I started by calling Shawn as I had played in a band or two with him previously. After he was interested, I called Jake. I knew those two would make an amazing rhythm section. I had always been a lead guitarist in bands previously, but I knew Nevin was really getting good. He was my next call. I wanted to sing and not play guitar. We started out learning covers to just gel. We also started out as more of a metal band, and it fit both Shawn and Jake’s background well. However, as my vocal range started to expand about a year in, we added some AC/DC and received a killer response. We kept going in the direction the music led us and followed that path as we began writing. As we release more songs, I think fans will be able to recognize our own sound as a band.

Shawn: I got a call out of the blue from Dave. He kicked around the idea of starting a new project. It surprised me when he said he wanted a new challenge and only wanted to sing. He knew a drummer named Jake that had metal experience and thought we would fit well. I knew the guitarist Nevin, from previous projects. We all got together and the rest is history.
Jake: I remember Dave kinda casually throwing the idea at me, just something fun if the right people were available. I’m thinking this is sounding pretty good, Dave’s one of the best guitar players I’ve seen around! He said, “I’ll just be singing, no guitar.” Well, I have never heard him sing before but I already said yes, lol, so I guess let’s do it! A month or two later we’re jammin some Metallica, AX7, FFDP and people are digging it. These are some of the best musicians I’ve ever played with, so of course, things are going good. Then a year or so in Dave found another octave I think, lol. We started to try some AC/DC, which was quite a step away from what we were doing, but the crowd told us immediately with singing every word with us, to cheering and dancing, that we were heading in the right direction. We knew then that it was about making that connection with the crowd that we wanted.

Nevin: Yeah when Dave approached me, I was still in my second band I’d ever played with (a local cover band). At the time I was just gigging for the hell of it and put some extra cash in my pocket. When we got together, Jake Bauer was the only member I hadn’t really spent much time around, but we gelled instantly. As for our sound, I think we just started out wanting to fill the void in our area for some hard rock and metal tunes, but one thing led to another and we started writing our own stuff. People liked it. We enjoyed writing it. Why stop there?

How did you come up with your band name?

A friend of the band would always say it after we had been drinking for a while. His reply to How’s it going? Or How do you feel? “Strong Like Bull!” We’ve made it into a drinking game at shows and fans like to yell it out. When you hear “Strong Like Bull!” take a drink, take a shot, or whatever you’ve got.

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

United States – Kansas
Dave: We’re from the heart of America with Kansas being geographically in the center of it all. At the same time, we are nowhere near a major city with Kansas City several hundred miles east and Denver several hundred miles west. There is not a big metal scene here, but Wichita is about 180 miles away and has some metal going on. Two of us live in Hays, Kansas. It is a college town and has a small indie / college scene going with some punk and alternative bands. We travel to play, and we play a lot of bike rally events and bars.

Nevin: As stated before, we’re from the “middle of nowhere”, so to say. A bunch of my friends also play in their own projects with Alternative Rock/ Punk/ Indie being the most prominent around here. You’ve also got a handful of pretty fun cover bands, and once in a while you’ll catch a metal/hard rock band. Kansas isn’t exactly where to go to make your break, but there are loads of talented musicians from around here!

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

‘Live While You Can’ is our debut release and is now available on all streaming services, AMI Jukeboxes, and has a video on Youtube.
https://ffm.to/livewhileyoucan

Our second release, ‘Good Time’ is now available, too. We just finished shooting the video, and we are not yet sure of the date it will be available – but soon!
https://ffm.to/good-time

Who have been your greatest influences?

Dave: Led Zeppelin made me want to play rock n roll. Bon Scott made me want to sing it. Sammy Hagar makes me want to live it 

Shawn: Metallica and Megadeth back in the day when I was first getting started.

Jake: Definitely Metallica. Lars just made the drums seem fun as hell to play and I watched every live video I could find.

Nevin: Randy Rhoads (R.I.P.) is my main man. That guy inspired me to pick the guitar up and push myself to become the best I can be.

What first got you into music?

Dave: My older neighbour was sharing all these legendary classic rock albums with me. I was hooked!

Shawn: I followed in the footsteps of my older brother. I remember going to one of his jam sessions and thinking man this would be fun.

Jake: Jurassic Park if you believe that, lol. The soundtrack by John Williams was what really connected me to music for the first time. Music still gives me that same feeling it did back then, though the genres have changed a bit.

Nevin: My parents! They raised me on Rock n’ Roll with bands like Pink Floyd, George Thorogood, The Beatles, etc. They definitely had the biggest influence on me growing up.

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

Dave: Angus Young or Slash. Both are used to writing with vocalists that sing in my high range, and I’ve always been a fan of both.

Shawn: Maybe Duff McKagan. It would be cool to come up with Bass lines that he adds to the music he records.

Jake: Lzzy Hale! Now that’s a modern day rock star!

Nevin: Nuno Bettencourt or Zakk Wylde! Maybe Jake E. Lee? Hell it’s hard to choose just one.

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

Dave: I watched a documentary on The Wacken Festival in Germany. It looks amazing!
Jake: Rockfest in Kansas City has been a staple for me for years and I’ve always wanted to be a part of that.

Nevin: Either Rocklahoma or Rockfest in KC. They always have kick ass line-ups.

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

Dave: This makes me sad. I’ve received no weird gifts. Only Fireball, and I like that.

Jake: A dandelion for being a “great drummer” lol. I don’t remember from who but I loved it, I’m all about the weird, man.

Nevin: A buddy of mine gave me Roman Glick’s (Jackyl) used bass strings. Not really weird per se, but not something you just get handed every day haha!

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

Dave: Keep listening. Our upcoming releases will show a lot of diversity in our writing. It is only human nature to go “…this band kind of sounds like (fill in whatever band you already know here)…”, but we will break that idea from one release to the next.

Jake: Thank you thank you thank you! Keep being awesome and sharing this music party with us! And keep it weird my friends!

Nevin: Don’t drink and drive, kids. We love you all, even that a****** who thinks we’re being too loud. We love you too. Sorta!

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

Dave: Man, that’s a tough one. I think bringing some of them back would take away from their legend. It’s better to burn out than fade away. It’s beautiful that way.

Jake: Cliff Burton! Sorry if I stole your answer Shawn, lol. He was incredible!
Nevin: Randy Rhoads in a heartbeat.

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

Dave: I like performing our own music and being able to see the fans know the words already. It’s an awesome feeling. …least would be the late, late night driving.

Jake: I love when the crowd sings the lyrics with us. I’m not a fan of teardown and loading my drums after the show.

Nevin: Amazing fans, making great friends, playing in front of tons of people, it’s hard to single out one thing…The worst part? Aside from the late night tear downs and long rides home…sometimes it can be a little tiring not having much free time to unwind on a weekend and enjoy some of my other hobbies.

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

Dave: That’s a tough one, too. I like some of the changes that have already occurred. The web and streaming now lets a band like us, from rural Kansas, get our music out to the world.

Jake: I wish there was a little less digital assistance in the recording process like using midi drums to get the kick or snare to sound perfect but accents and dynamics are lost.

Nevin: Man I could really go on a rant with this one. Talk to me at a show and I’ll give you my full opinion. I’ll just leave it at this. There’s a lot of amazing musicians out there that aren’t getting the recognition they deserve.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Dave: “Highway To Hell” by AC/DC

Jake: “Master Of Puppets” by Metallica.

Nevin: “Animals” by Pink Floyd

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

Dave: I truly think vinyl is best. However, I’m a music addict and just listen to whatever I can get my hands on or stream.

Jake: Man I have a lot of nostalgia for some cassettes in my red, 5 speed 1986 Mercury Lynx!

NEVIN: Honestly…I stream a lot of the music I listen to, usually YouTube, Spotify, or Pandora but I do absolutely love Vinyl! I’m always adding to my collection when I can!

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

Dave: My favourite gig happened recently when we opened for Them Evils in Wichita, Kansas. It was a 45 minute opening set, and we filled it with our music. Them Evils are great guys, too. The whole night was great.

Jake: Each new one becomes my favourite. Since the video for ‘Live While You Can’ released crowd participation just gets better every time!

Nevin: Oooh boy that’s a tough one…there’s been too many to count where I went home thinking “WOW that was such an insane night!”. I really wish I could pick one out but every show seems to be better than the last!

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

Dave: Writing code and building web apps. I do that sometimes already.

Jake: Who knows, but I’d probably have a bank account lol!
Nevin: I’d probably be neck deep in college classes right now finishing my degree in Media Production. Between that, taking over my families business, or finding a job with the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dave: My answer would be famous chefs like Ramsey and Guy Fieri, but switch this to Keg Party and it gets interesting! Let’s go with Bon Scott, Jim Morrison, Sammy Hagar, John “Mutt” Lange, and Mike Fraser.

Jake: Neil deGrasse Tyson, Bill Nye, Weird Al, John Stewert, Giorgio Tsoukalos (the aliens guy). It’s gonna get interesting!

Nevin: Hmm…okay they’re dead, but nonetheless… George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Hunter S. Thompson, William S. Burroughs, and Robin Williams!

What’s next for the band?

Dave: Our second single release, ‘Good Time’ which breaks out of just the hard rock genre. It has a heavy blues influence much like legendary bands Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Our producer, Carter Green, loved this track, and it will definitely surprise a few! There is also a U.S. radio campaign behind ‘Good Time’.

Shawn: Live shows. Practice, and record.

Jake: More live shows!

Nevin: Practice, gig, party, rinse and repeat. New music coming soon!

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

Facebook is our largest social media outlet. We also use Instagram and Twitter. Other content sites include Youtube and Spotify. Our main website is
https://StrongLB.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Dave: I need to Google these. I don’t know what they are.

Shawn: Biscake

Jake: Cupcakes?

Nevin: Why the hell am I just now hearing about these little spongey chocolate coated delicacies?? I NEED THESE IN MY LIFE RIGHT NOW

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

We could not begin to do this without an excellent support team. Thanks to our Engineer/Producer Carter Green at GreenJeans Studios, Tom and the team at TAG Publicity, and Denny and the team at The Label Group / INgrooves Music Group. And a HUGE thanks to everyone digging our music and supporting our live shows.

 

 

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EMQ’s with WINTER STORM

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EMQ’s with WINTER STORM

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with West Midlands based Melodic Metal band Winter Storm! Huge thanks to Lead Vocalist/Guitarist Hannah Fieldhouse and Keyboardist John Bradley 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?

Hannah: Hello! My name is Hannah and I okay lead guitar and sing for Winter Storm. We (Hannah and Wayne) formed the band in 2008 originally, and have grown with our sound ever since.
John: My name’s John and I play keyboards for Winter Storm and have also played the drums for them in the past. The band was started in 2008 in Stourbridge by Hannah and Wayne. Over the course of the last 11 years, we’ve had a few member changes, released three albums, a few music videos, and played gigs all over the country and a few in Europe.

How did you come up with your band name?

Hannah: It was just something Wayne and I liked and honestly there’s not much more to it haha!

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

Hannah: We are based in the West Midlands of the UK. The rock and metal scene is strong here, with lots of sub-genres and interesting venues. There are a wide range of sub-genres and some phenomenal underground bands.
John: I am from England, UK and the rock/metal scene here is awesome; we’re the home of heavy metal after all! The underground scene is full of amazing acts who deserve so much more exposure and success than they have.

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

John: We are releasing our third album “Relapse in Time” next month on 11th October. We’re also holding a launch show the following evening at the Slade Rooms in Wolverhampton.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Hannah: That’s a tough one. Some of my biggest influences would be Rush, Iron Maiden, Eva Cassidy, Heart, Fleetwood Mac, Tesseract, Opeth, Nightwish. The list goes on. With songwriting I’m often influenced by films, or books as well.
John: If we’re talking only music here, then I have many for different reasons. I put that down to being a multi-instrumentalist. If I had to limit it to one person per instrument, I would pick: Joey Jordison (Drums), Les Claypool (Bass), Nuno Bettencourt (Guitar), Janne Wirman (Keys), Freddie Mercury (Vocals).

What first got you into music?

Hannah: I originally started by playing the Lyre, which is a smaller version of a harp. I basically begged my mom to let me learn acoustic guitar and she eventually gave in. I hated practicing that too, but one day I had a chat with myself and decided to work harder.
John: I honestly can’t pinpoint anything specific as I don’t remember a time when I haven’t been into music or trying to play an instrument. It sounds very cliché but it’s always been a part of who I am.

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

Hannah: Wow that is a tough one. I’d of loved to have done a collaboration with Prince, in a fantasy world haha.
John: I would love to do something with Devin Townsend or Nightwish, whether that was live or in the studio.

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

Hannah: I would love the opportunity to return to Bloodstock, Wacken or another European Metal festival such as Metal Female Voices Fest, or FemME Belgium would be insane.
John: Winter Storm played Bloodstock several years ago at a time when I wasn’t in the band. I know the band would love to have that opportunity again so I would happily oblige!

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

Hannah: I’ve not had many that I can remember, but there’s probably been some and I’ve forgotten…
John: I don’t know if this counts as a gift, but I was once playing drums at a gig (not with Winter Storm) and the guitarist accidentally kicked a cymbal stand straight into my face across the bridge of my nose. This caused me to have a horrifically heavy nosebleed. A very kind lady in the audience handed me a tampon from her clutch bag, and so I finished the gig with half a tampon up each nostril.

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

Hannah: Thank you for sticking with us, believing in us, and I told you this third album did exist hahaha!
John: Thank you for sticking with us, please buy our new album, and always support your local music scene.

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

Hannah: So many… Phil Lynott, Pete Steele, Prince, Randy Rhoads…
John: Freddie Mercury; or possibly Giacomo Puccini if that’s allowed.

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

Hannah: I love being able to collaborate/create music with others, and release it. To have fantastic social circles of friends and musicians who all work together so well. I hate; constant admin and things of that nature. Late nights haha.
John: I most enjoy the catharsis of being able to play, create, and record music; to perform and collaborate with other people and the sense of community within it. I most hate about music travelling (I get very travel sick) and the expense of the equipment.

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

Hannah: I wish more of us went to local unsigned shows.
John: The bureaucracy and monetisation aspects of it. Whilst it would be great to be able to earn a genuine living from playing and making music, it’s often the sheer cost of certain aspects of it that make it hard to fully pursue as both a performer and a fan.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Hannah: There’s so many… Type O Negative – “October Rust”.
John: Nightwish – “Once”.

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

Hannah: CD’s for me. Love cassettes too.
John: It varies depending on what I’m doing or the routine I have at the time. There’s no denying that digital is the best in terms of portability and availability, but I love nothing more than listening to old opera recordings and recitals on vinyl whilst quaffing pints of tea.

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

Hannah: Bloodstock Open Air, Wizzfest Belgium, HRH Metal.
John: HRH Metal festival with Winter Storm earlier this year.

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

Hannah: Teaching, as I do most days 🙂
John: I’m presently studying my Master’s degree in Forensic Science, so I would focus solely upon that and a career in criminal evidence, or specialising in bloodstain pattern analysis.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Hannah: Good grief! I have no idea haha. If we are talking living, maybe Jason Momoa, Tina Guo, Nita Strauss, Hans Zimmer, Stephen King.
John: Christopher Hitchens, Stephen Fry, Brian Blessed, Kenneth Williams, Vincent Price

What’s next for the band?

Hannah: To release “Relapse In Time”, play some great shows, including our launch show and promote the new record.
John: As mentioned earlier, we have our album “Relapse In Time” coming out in October, and we have a handful of gigs to promote that as well as several gigs and festival slots lined up throughout next year.

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

John: The band has a very active Facebook profile and we announce all of our news and updates on there. At present, we’re releasing a teaser video of each of the album’s tracks once a week during the lead up to the release date. We’re on Week 6 now and all of the teasers and our music videos are available on our YouTube Channel.
https://www.facebook.com/winterstormuk/
https://www.youtube.com/user/WinterStormUK/videos

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hannah: biscake?!
John: They’re most definitely cakes. Biscuits turn soft when they go stale, whereas cakes turn hard. Jaffa Cakes turn hard; not that they have that opportunity if they’re within my arm’s reach!

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

Thank you for the interview!
Only to labour the point that our third album “Relapse in Time” will be released on 11th October, and thanks again for having me 🙂

 

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EMQ’s with THE LOWS

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EMQ’s with THE LOWS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Detroit, Michigan based Supersonic Groove Rock band The Lows! Huge thanks to Vocalist Angelo Coppola 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 Angelo Coppola. I’m the primary songwriter and lead singer of The Lows. The Lows actually started as a solo project when after the break-up of a recent band, I decided to forge ahead into the studio with a slew of songs I had written. On the first EP, I wrote all the songs, played all the drums, sang all vocals, and played rhythm guitar. I needed someone to provide some killer bass tracks so I recruited phenomenal Detroit bassist Wolf, and from those early demo recordings, convinced two amazing guitarists Nick Behnan and Brandon McNall to join. Hard hitting drummer Duane Hewins was brought aboard on drums because I wanted to front this band rather than be the drummer/lead singer like I’d done in the past.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name The Lows came about when I decided I wanted to release the first EP with a band name instead of a solo artist name even though I had done all the songwriting and the majority of the recording. I really wanted a band name to get out and play the songs live. The Lows actually came as a derivative of my first name Ange-lo. I had a few friends that called me Lo. That led to the name The Lows.

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

We’re from the U.S., specifically from Detroit, Michigan. There’s a rich history of music in Detroit and a ton of great talent. You can go see a great musical performance of any genre on any given night and that includes rock & metal.

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

We released a new single ‘Love Xtinction’ about two weeks ago and it’s received incredible response so far. Plans are in the works for a music video for it.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We have a huge variety of artists that influence and inspire us. Everyone in the band is truly a student of the game. I have a particular love for 90’s era grunge bands like Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Nirvana, STP & Alice In Chains. I think that comes out a bit in our sound.

What first got you into music?

My dad is a musician so we’ve always had all kinds of musical instruments around the house. He used to sit me up on the drums when I was two or three years old and encourage me to play along to music. So it’s been a part of my life ever since I can remember.

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

Would love to collaborate with Dave Grohl! Love his energy and creative drive. Constantly creating! He’s got a great knowledge of the history of pop and rock music, is an experienced filmmaker, and knows about production and the recording process. Extremely well rounded guy!

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

Probably because our brand of rock would fit so well, I’d say Rock On The Range which is now called Sonic Temple here in the U.S.

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

Not so much a weird gift, but a wonderful couple that follows and supports us wherever we go brought each of us our own personalized sweat towels embroidered with the band logo and our individual names. They know we put it all out there on stage and we sweat a lot! It was such a kind gesture and we were so grateful.

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

My message would be to thank them for their love and support. If someone is willing to spend their time & money on us, that’s the greatest compliment we could receive. Without them there is no us.

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

I would love to hear all the great music that Kurt Cobain could’ve brought us, but the one that really gets to me is Chris Cornell. I have serious regrets not having seen him perform in Detroit on that fateful night.

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

Two things I enjoy the most are creating and performing. There’s something about coming up with a song idea in your head and seeing it through to a full-fledged song release. Performing is so rewarding because you get to meet and connect to people with the music being the main force that brings you together.
The one thing that I hate is you spend hundreds of hours and thousands of dollars to get your song to sound the best it can possibly be and most people will listen to it, at least the first time, on a crappy little phone speaker.

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

Even though I myself subscribe to a music streaming service, I feel subscription fees should be higher in order to give a more fair compensation to artists and songwriters. I mean 1 million streams might make you enough money to pay your cell phone bill for one month. That’s just not right.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One of my all-time favourite albums is “Binaural” by Pearl Jam. I love it because the whole album gives off such a unique vibe and every single song on the album is great for its own different reasons. It’s also a more underrated album of theirs because it didn’t get mainstream attention, but it definitely should’ve.

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

I love listening to CD’s or vinyl at home. I do stream a lot too though because I’m always on the go. All in all I’d say CD’s are still the very best quality audio experience.

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

That’s tough because we’ve had some great ones but probably opening for Candlebox at a sold out Fillmore, Detroit earlier this year. Such a great venue and the audience was electric.

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

Maybe something to do with video game development because I enjoy them in my free time! Or maybe a sports commentator because I love talking about sports.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dave Grohl, Jack Black, Billy Corgan, Steve Carell, and Page Hamilton!

What’s next for the band?

We just released a brand new single ‘Love Xtinction’ available on all streaming services. Plans are being made to do a music video for the new single as well. This month we have some awesome festival shows lined up all around Michigan with The Verve Pipe, and Sponge. We also plan on releasing another single late summer and booking some shows branching out regionally throughout the Midwest U.S.

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

Our website can get you to all our social media and streaming services:
www.keepitonthelows.com
Other popular places you can find us:
www.facebook.com/keepitonthelows
www.twitter.com/thelowsmusic
www.instagram.com/keepitonthelows

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Thankful for Google right now! Haha! Had to look them up! Unfortunately I’ve never had one, but they look like a flattened cupcake to me so I’m going with cake.

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

Thanks for taking interest in what we’re doing! We feel very fortunate to be doing something we love and we appreciate people like you trying to help get our art recognized.

 

 

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EMQ’s with THEM FIXES

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EMQ’s with THEM FIXES

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nashville, TN based Groove/Stoner/Hard Rock band Them Fixes! 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?

My name is Dustin Rye and I play guitar/bass and sing. Shawn Jones is the drummer/percussionist.
We’ve been playing in bands since we met in High School and then Shawn decided to move back to Ohio where most of his family is from. He then decided to come back to Tennessee and we reconnected along with some mutual friends and then I asked him to come be a part of a band I was forming at the time called The Clover Club. After about 4 years that project came to a close and we decided to do something new and fresh. I was super inspired by 2 piece bands like Royal Blood and Death from Above and I convinced Shawn to give it a shot. Of course put my own spin on the concept and decided to go with a Fender Bass VI as a weapon of choice among other things. Our first day of practice, after I had gathered the proper equipment and tuned up, we wrote our first single we released called ‘Fangs’. Everything else is playing out!

How did you come up with your band name?

It took about 2 months for us to finally land on a band name haha. In our last project The Clover Club we had a song that we favored titled ‘Fixes’ and as we were sitting in the jam room Shawn made the suggestion that instead of using “The” in a band name we should do like Them Crooked Vultures and use “Them”. Thus Them Fixes was born.

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

Nashville, TN in the United States! It’s pretty rad but most of the best stuff in my opinion is in the underground scene. There’s a TON of amazing bands making rad music. You just have to be willing to turn over the rocks to find them due to the industry being the way it is and oversaturation.

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

Our Debut EP “Electric Prophetic” just released! You can listen to it at;
https://themfixes.bandcamp.com/

Who have been your greatest influences?

Royal Blood, Red Fang, Crobot, Queens of the Stone Age, Clutch and KISS to name a few!

What first got you into music?

Just picking up an instrument when I was young! I knew music was a part of who I am and what I wanted to do.

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

Oh man, Probably Neil Fallon / Clutch or Josh Homme of Queens of the Stone Age.

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

‘Bonnaroo’ for sure! It’s a huge festival in our Home state! All the greats have played and a ton of up and coming bands play there when they are first breaking out!

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

So far nothing super weird but one of our fans/family gave us a drum head in a pizza box at our EP release show that had a very kind and encouraging message on it. It now resides on the wall in our jam room.

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

That we appreciate them GREATLY and we couldn’t do what we do without them and Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.

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

Jimi Hendrix!

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

Playing Shows and meeting people and other Musicians! Writers Block. There is nothing more infuriating than getting a good riff going just to be stopped dead in your tracks and not know where to take it.

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

Hmm…For artists to get a fair shake in the market and be more able to make a living with their art¬

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Clutch – “Psychic Warfare”!

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

All the Above but we are partial to spinning wax ourselves!

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

Our EP Release shows we had for sure. We played in Nashville and then in Huntsville, AL the next night. They were great shows regardless of the storm that decided to follow us.

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

No clue, probably working in IT or Teaching.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Josh Homme, Dave Grohl, Mike Kerr, Dan Auerback, Jack White.

What’s next for the band?

Shows, Shows, Shows! We also will be releasing another song by the end of the year before we break ground on EP#2

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

https://themfixes.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/themfixes
https://twitter.com/ThemFixes
https://www.instagram.com/themfixes/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We’ve never had a Jaffa Cake but from what i can tell from a google search it appears that they are…delicious!

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

We appreciate you interviewing the band and digging what we do! I’d like to just say if you’re reading this….send us Jaffa Cakes!

 

 

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EMQ’s with WARDRESS

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EMQ’s with WARDRESS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German 80’s Metal band Wardress! 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 WARDRESS from Germany. We play old school metal. Founded 1984, split 1986 and started again 2018 as I / Alex (Guitarist) found some rehearsal room recordings on cassette in my cellar. Thought why not contact our original singer, finalise what we started plus write some new songs that sound like the old shit from the early 80’s but with a fresh sound?!

How did you come up with your band name?

There is no great story behind the band’s name, we just liked the song “Wardress” so much, that we felt it should be the band`s hymn. And simply, the band’s hymn should have the same name as the band, or vice versa.

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

We are from Germany. The Metal Scene there is great. Many international artists travel here to do live shows so we have many opportunities to see cool Metal bands live. Small clubs close one by one. I guess that’s no difference to other countries and a shit development.

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

Our latest release is the digital single ‘Dark Lord’ incl. killer remixes of our tracks ‘Wardress’ and ‘Mad Raper’ – 80’s reloaded if you like!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Obviously for writing music: Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Dio, Manowar, Omen, Savatage…musicians: Randy Rhoads (guitar), Cliff Burton (Bass), Ronnie James Dio (vocals), Cozy Powell (drums)!

What first got you into music?

I personally listened to Michael Schenker, Gary Moore, Eddie van Halen and Randy Rhoads. I wanted to be able to play guitar as they do, write music as they do/did, play venues as they do and have fun with bandmates, crowd….as simple as possible!

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

See our main influences above – so any of those would be great!!!!

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

Metalheadz, Metalfest as they perfectly fit the style we play. If we think really big: Wacken or Rock in Rio – been told the crowd there is unbelievable!

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

A heavy wooden dead slaying rod with killer spikes and “Wardress” and all initials of the band members written on it! Scary! Caring fans offer us their girlfriends after the show haha!

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

Come to our concerts, buy our music, and believe in yourself and certainly not in what appears to be currently stylish or “in”!

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

See the list of our main influences as musicians above – really hard to decide which one should be the one and only!

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

The moment when a concert starts and people go mad. I hate getting my gear back into the truck / car afterwards – real pain!

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

They didn’t make Wardress millionaires yet.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Can’t name one, must name some more…
Judas Priest – “Unleashed In The East”
Iron Maiden – “Iron Maiden”
Metallica – “Ride The Lightning”
Dio – “Holy Diver”

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

Vinyl for home use, digital for to go, downloads are hard to store in the CD/Vinyl rack 😉

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

Too many haha the list of bad gigs is far shorter…!

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

What I do in reality plus having maximum fun being a musician in my leisure time!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Our singer said he would invite Donald Trump, Kim Jong Un, Harvey Weinstein, Vladimir Putin and his Ex-Wife (However, he himself wouldn’t show up)!

What’s next for the band?

Sell thousands of albums and play more killer concerts for our fans and new fans wherever they are…..too much cliché??

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

Youtube, FB, Insta, iTunes, Deezer, Amazon Music, Google Play…
https://www.facebook.com/wardressmetal/
https://www.instagram.com/wardressmetal/
https://www.youtube.com/user/HorsemenFour

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Better ask whether “Snyder’s of Hanover” are real pretzels or junk food.

 

 

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EMQ’s with GEMINI WOLVES

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EMQ’s with GEMINI WOLVES

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Providence, Rhode Island based Classic Heavy Metal/Hard Rock band Gemini Wolves ! Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Bryan Martin 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?

Bryan Martin – guitar/vocals
This band is comprised of seasoned veterans of the New England metal scene. We play what we call..wolf metal!

How did you come up with your band name?

I’ve always had a connection with wolves. And the Gemini means we have two sides. We can be heavy or we can play melodic or both. Not every song is about wolves but every wolf has a song.

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

USA. The scene is actually growing again. There are tons of new bands and a lot of established bands touring our area again.

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

We are working on our first single now!

Who have been your greatest influences?

The band has so many, Amon Amarth, Dream Theater, Scorpions, Saxon!
I would say mine is Saxon!

What first got you into music?

In junior high my best friend got me really into music, Motley Crue, Saxon, Dio, Accept. Later I found The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Robert Johnson etc.

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

I would say Steve Vai, but maybe the band would say any of the above listed influences.

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

SWEDEN ROCK just about the best festival in a great musical nation.

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

In a previous band someone brought us a headstone from an old grave.weird.

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

Play it loud. Live the best life you can and always be yourself!

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

Randy Rhoads!

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

I like the creativity. I hate the pay!

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

Like Sweden, more support for upcoming bands. More attention to unknown acts!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Wasp – “The Crimson Idol”

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

CD’s.

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

Ralph’s Diner. 100 degrees and totally metal!

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

Writing!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Steve Vai, Donald Trump, Blackie Lawless, Biff Byford, Doro Pesch!

What’s next for the band?

Recording and gigs!

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

All of them!
https://www.facebook.com/GeminiWolvesband/
https://www.instagram.com/geminiwolvesband/
https://geminiwolves.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6r2tOZuHVhVISU0pktEdzA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never heard of it..hopefully …cake?

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

Thank you for doing this. Keep howling with us!!!

 

 

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EMQ’s with AGE OF FIRE

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EMQ’s with AGE OF FIRE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Charlottesville, Virginia based Metal band Age Of Fire! Huge thanks to guitarist Greg Brown 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 Greg Brown and I’m the guitar player and founder of the band. Age of Fire dates back to 1988! We started out in South Florida as a thrash band and within a couple years morphed into a Prog band but changed the name, then disbanded in 1993. I then started studying classical guitar and went a whole other direction for many years although I was still listening to more metal than any other genre. About 10 years ago, I revisited our old reel to reel tapes and moved to digital since tape degrades in time. This was released on iTunes, self- titled even though we weren’t performing. Last year, I re-mastered it again but added some bonus tracks. I had such a blast doing this and wanted to really write again in the metal genre. So I wrote a bunch of tunes, mostly instrumental, but also did the vocals and bass and had a few drummers sit in and the response was beyond anything I was expecting. The disc is called “Obsidian Dreams”. This year has been epic for the band. I started working with Michael Heck who has been laying down bass and drums for a new release called “Shades of Shadow”. He has also been helping on the audio side as well. We re-recorded some tracks and he’s also mixing and mastering the new release. We also have Laura Viglione on a few tracks which has been awesome, her voice is amazing and I can’t wait for everyone to hear her!

How did you come up with your band name?

I’ve read many theological books over the years. The end of times or Armageddon has always fascinated me. There was something I read that referred to the time just before the end, when everything has gone wrong as the Age of Fire. It resonated with me.

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

I’m from the US. Like I said we started in South Florida in the late 80’s and there was a vibrant metal scene but I moved in 1993 after the band split up. We are based in Charlottesville, Virginia and there is no metal scene whatsoever. No venues and no real support beyond a once in a blue moon gig or house party. For the last year and a half the band has focused on studio work and getting it on the web. With the newest release “Shades of Shadow”, we hope to be hitting the stage in larger markets and festivals.

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

The first single is “Time Is Running Out” with me on vocals/guitars and Arnaud Krakowka guesting on drums. Check it out.
https://ageoffire.bandcamp.com/track/time-is-running-out

Who have been your greatest influences?

Wow! Originally AC/DC. When “Back In Black” come out I knew I wanted to play guitar. Not necessarily as a career but I wanted to play. Then “Number Of The Beast” came out and I was blown away. Early Metallica also had a huge influence on me. Over the years I’d say: Van Halen, Pantera, Nevermore, Satriani and Nightwish.

What first got you into music?

AC/DC – “Back In Black” for sure. I love that disc. It’s really a complete package.

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

I’d love to play with Nightwish. I think they are epic. I would also love to play with Jeff Loomis. I’ve met him a few times over the years but never played with him.

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

Wacken, without a doubt! Because it’s Wacken! It’s the largest metal festival in the world with tens of thousands of die hard metal fans. It would be great to expose our music to that many people at one time, what a rush.

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

A baritone ukulele! I was teaching a theory class for adults in the evenings and after the semester ended, one of my students gave me a baritone ukulele. So out of left field!

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

Thank you all for your support!!! That’s such a biggie. As an artist we want to get our creations out in the world and hopefully get appreciated. To know that there are people listening to our music is such a great feeling. Without the fans we are just playing in empty rooms and airwaves.

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

Randy Rhoads, he left us too early. His playing and legato solos were so well thought out. Incredible player!

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

I love creating music. It’s such a process, coming up with ideas and seeing them come to fruition is truly gratifying. As far as hating music?! Hmmm, there are some very negative social connotations about being a musician. It’s funny though, some of the most well respected musicians were outcasts and thought down on at the time. Mozart died poor, Beethoven notorious for his temper and Bach even spent time in jail over his music.

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

The lack of payment from streaming companies is criminal. Currently a necessary evil!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Operation Mindcrime” by Queensryche! It never gets old to me and I’ve been into it since it came out.

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

Recently I’ve been expanding my vinyl collection. Best? I think it depends on lifestyle. I have CD’s laying around everywhere in my car but have a full collection of downloads as well.

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

That’s a hard one since I’ve been gigging for 35 years. There are a few that standout. New York City this past January as a solo artist stands out. In 1992 we did a gig in Orlando for Hurricane relief. Disney paid for advertising and we got to play through Foreigners PA system. Lots of people helping other people, good time!

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

I’m a total space nerd. Astronomy and human space exploration! I don’t want to go to space but I think it is something worthwhile for the human race. When you see the magnificence of space it helps my day to day worries go away. It’s so vast, it just helps me put it in perspective.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Eddie Van Halen, Jeff Loomis, David Lee Roth (he cracks me up), Bruce Dickinson, and Todd La Torre.

What’s next for the band?

Finishing the next CD “Shades of Shadow” is top of list. Lots of things are happening really fast. Updating website (www.age-of-fire.com), then marketing the new disc and shows in support of it! We are looking into touring certain areas next Summer, too soon to fully disclose where.

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

Our website, and Facebook probably best for us.
https://www.age-of-fire.com/
https://www.facebook.com/ObsidianDreams9/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Not sure I know what they are but if they say cake in the name, I’m going with cake.

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

For streaming our back catalogue please check out ageoffire.bandcamp.com/
Thank you so much for the interview! It’s greatly appreciated.

 

 

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