EMQ’s with VANISH

EMQ’s with VANISH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German based Heavy Rock/Prog Metal band, Vanish. Huge thanks to drummer, Ralf Nopper 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 there, my name is Ralf and I play drums. VANISH has been in existence since 2000 but in the first ten years it was more like a side project of Basti (Bastian Rose – Vocals and keys) and me. We played in other bands, but in 2010, we decided to focus on VANISH and professionalize this band. So, we began to write our first real record “Come To Wither”, which came out in 2014 on Massacre Records, and was quite a good kick start. In 2017 we released or latest album “The Insanity Abstract”, which we are still touring with.

How did you come up with your band name?

Before VANISH, I played in a Hard-Rock Band called Heartaway. In the late 90’s we wanted to change our direction and the name. By the way, that was long before the pink cleaning products came on the German market! 😉

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

We are from South Germany / Stuttgart. There are many awesome bands around, but more and more clubs are closing. At the end of last year our home-metal-club “Rockfabrik” in Ludwigsburg had to close because the ground was sold. Sad times for our local scene. In summer, we have many good festivals around where the scene meets.

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

We released our first single “We become what we are” feat. Tim Ripper Owens in February, the new EP will follow at the end of March, 2020. The EP is a special limited edition for our fans. We re-released 4 VANISH tracks, with a different singer on every track. Additionally, our frontman Basti did an awesome “Heaven and Hell” DIO cover. The EP is limited on 500 copies, so be quick to get one.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Hard question. We are five friends in the band, everybody has his own preferences and his own background. Andi our bass player is the True Metal guy, 100% Iron Maiden fan. Philipp our lead guitarist loves the symphonic and orchestral bands. Ben, our other guitar player, and I listen to more evil sounds and progressive music. Basti listens nearly to everything! So that is a kind of wild mixture that you can find in our sound. Ultimately, we try to get a common sense in our songs and place a VANISH trademark on our music.

What first got you into music?

As long as I can remember, I wanted to be a drummer. My father is a Jazz musician, my brother listened to Blues and Rock. In my childhood there was always great music and live music around.

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

For us dreams come true, doing a song with Tim “Ripper” Owens, so this can be checked off! DIO passed away, so I think I would choose Jorn Lande as a singer, I love his voice.

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

We are German, so WACKEN is one of our goals for sure. I would like to play Prog Power in Atlanta because most of the bands there are on my top list.

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

I can´t remember a weird gift, but we played a weird birthday party some years ago. It was an Austin Powers themed Party, the entrance was a huge vagina, and the acts where all playing gangster hip hop except us, we did our Metal thing. Very weird but funny as hell! 😊

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

Support the metal! If you want to get new music from your favourite bands, buy their stuff, CDs, LPs, Merch, and visit their concerts. We need money to bring out new releases and videos and go on tour. It´s a hard business and its more than hard to survive.

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

Dio, my all-time favourite singer.

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

I love playing live and having a good time with the fans. I hate the business behind it, you have to invest a lot of time and money to stay present.

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

Force the Streaming portals to pay adequate fees to the musicians.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Ghost Brigade – “Until Fear No Longer Defines Us”

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

I like CD’s, I am too young for Vinyl, but I think the revival is great. You can see in metal there are many real fans that love their music.

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

We were on tour with RAGE and Serenity over Europe last month. Many gigs were awesome but the best one was the gig in Praha, CZ. The club was packed and the people very partying like crazy. A night to remember.

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

As my day job I am an IT Consultant, I like what I do, and it gives me a lot of flexibility to have enough time for VANISH.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Only five??? So, I would take my four bandmates Basti, Andy, Ben and Philipp and a chef. This guy can prepare an awesome meal for us while we get drunk with our favourite beer, Dinkelacker, from Stuttgart.

What’s next for the band?

We just released our EP on March 27th 2020, a new video will also be released soon. After that we will play some shows in Germany this year and we will record our new album.

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

We use Instagram, Facebook and Youtube mostly. Our music is available everywhere, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon,…

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I hate that crap. A soft cake with cheap chocolate and a chemical jelly inside, come on. I prefer a solid apple cake or European biscuits.

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

Thank you for the Interview, was a pleasure. And don´t forget to check out social media profiles and our songs.

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EMQ’s with SNATCH-BACK

EMQ’s with SNATCH-BACK

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with St. Helens, Merseyside, UK based Classic Rock/NWOBHM band Snatch-Back. Huge thanks to guitarist, Ste Byatt, 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, it’s great to see your superb Rock pages. I’m very honoured that you’ve asked us to contribute. I’m Ste Byatt guitarist in Snatch-Back. Snatch-Back formed in the mid 70’s after our drummer Steve Platt invited me to watch the “Hendrix Plays Berkeley” film at the cinema. We were playing together in a covers band but decided to leave to write and perform original rock. We knew John (vocals) from his bad party influences at school. Besides, he had hair and a tassled jacket that reminded me of Black Sabbath “Vol 4”. Love that LP! He introduced us to Ian (Bass) who had started writing and was gig ready with his Hofner Bass and a little WEM Dominator combo amp.

Initially, we created our own gigs as there were only bingo/social clubs in our town. We played between music films at the cinema, school discos and charged door money in youth clubs and mid-week social club rock nights we helped organise. We soon got lots of proper work in the north west UK. Playing the same venues as Strife, Alex Harvey, Diamond Head, Def Leppard, (Quo) Vardis and Judas Priest. Our pinnacle was a self-promoted 80’s gig. We sold out our local 600-seater theatre twice!

Snatch-Back always wanted a record company to spot and promote us, so we spent all our efforts and cash writing, buying equipment, vans and playing live. We had a record company visit us at a biker gig, but they really wanted a pop band to mould. They signed the Rubettes of ‘Sugar Baby Love’ fame instead of us. A lucky escape for us rockers maybe? We did a couple of self-funded studio sessions that we had no idea how to approach companies with effectively. There was no internet education or communication in the 70’s or 80’s. A 1979 Manchester studio session resulted in our only release: the single ‘Eastern Lady/Cryin’ To The Night’. It got a little local rock radio play and we sold it at gigs. In the mid ’80s our gig circuit closed down, so we eventually split.

The (now collectable and expensive) single prompted a letter from a NWOBHM fan in Israel to our local newspaper seeking us out for information and our vinyl. The internet revealed we were featured in Malc Macmillan’s Encyclopedia of New Wave of British Heavy Metal. Local, past, fans kept pushing us to reform, but we hadn’t met for years. I was interested to revisit what sound Snatch-Back had that maintained such interest. I always felt that Steve Platts drumming style added a unique flavour to the music. I contacted Ian (Bass) and we found the others. A Facebook photo gained us a headline slot in a local festival. Luckily, we could still play well together. We vowed to spend more time this time around on recording to communicate with a potentially wider audience across a wider world. It’s overwhelming that fans across the world want to hear our recordings now. We’ve certainly enjoyed making a few videos. Pity we couldn’t have done that in the 70’s.

How did you come up with your band name?

In the very early days, we had gigs booked but no PA. We took a trip to the Liverpool music shops with our part time jobs cash. We got thrown out of the shop debating and negotiating over a hire purchase repossessed (termed financially as a “snatch-back recovery”) Simms Watt amp system. The next day we came back with enough funds. The shop guy says “oh no! It’s that Snatch-Back band again, got any cash before you waste my time again?” The name stuck on our future shop visits and it sounded to us like we were destined to “snatch-back” music into rock from the brink of the disco precipice.

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

St Helens, Merseyside, England, UK. The live music scene was great from the 70’s up to the mid 80’s. A real Beatles Cavern Club culture 60’s hangover in Liverpool and The Wirral. This meant lots of pubs and clubs hosting original bands playing a smattering of covers. It was great for us and other new bands in the north west in general. We could also see bands like Bad Company at Liverpool Stadium, Empire Theatre or Manchester Free Trade Hall. This was very affordable for us. These days the scene is recovering with new venues opening. There is certainly a good internet following for rock but it’s difficult to gig in starter pubs unless you are a covers or tribute band. It’s really up to bands like us to contact new mid-size venues and put cash up to promote gigs. From an audience point of view, there are more mega stadium venues, but they are too expensive for young people to afford and a remote experience from the band.

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

Our latest, from January 2020, is “Ride Hard Run Free”. This is an independent release on Gatefold Vinyl and CD. It has been an exciting international project for us. Recorded and pressed in the UK; mixed and mastered in Poland (the new home of Rock) by Bart Gabriel and Ralf Kossakowski. The artwork was completed by Roberto Todeerico in Italy. It’s exciting that we’ve built such prestigious contacts since reforming. We’ve planned and funded the whole process ourselves too. You can order copies from our Facebook page or Website. We’ve also placed it on all the streaming and download media so we can reach a wider international audience. You can watch our video of ‘Hard Times’, a track from the album free on YouTube. I think its important fans can see a visual story connected to the music.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’ve got to say hearing ‘Voodoo Chile’ and then “Hendrix in the West” were life changing. Before that it was various guitar bands like the Monkeys and Rolling Stones that seemed to offer an attractive lifestyle, but they didn’t influence me to project my feelings into a guitar. Shortly after, I bought “Deep Purple In Rock”. Richie Blackmore at the start of ‘Speed King’ was tremendous. I soon got into Free and Black Sabbath. Seeing Paul Kossoff play ‘The Band Plays On’ in Back Street Crawler at Manchester was very moving. I had been a huge fan of Free Live. Another early influence was Gravy Train. Now I would say I like a variety of musicians like Jeff Beck, Al de Meola and John McLaughlin. Budgie, SAHB, Soundgarden and Rob Zombie are great too. Not just the fastest technical musicians. It’s got to project a feeling to me.

What first got you into music?

Seeing Norman Barrett from St Helens band “Gravy Train” (Vertigo and Dawn label recordings) play our local theatre. Just a Gibson 335, Vox AC 30 and a pair of lungs. Tremendous emotion. I was quite introvert, at that time, so my uncle had given me his unwanted acoustic guitar to help me socialise. Now I wanted to feel the same as Norman when I hit those strings and influence an audience like that. My uncle was a smart guy.

My family weren’t musicians, but they certainly enjoyed music and dancing. The radio and record player were always on. Guitar groups were emerging with an everyone can have a go attitude. The guy down the road had written “Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep” (Eurovision hit). He moved from working in a factory to a villa in Italy. Seemed a good plan for me to escape industrial north west England.

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

Zal Cleminson, guitarist from SAHB. Zal shows me there’s no age limit to being a high energy, creative writer and gigging rocker. Getting advice on recording production or supporting his band would be great.

I would also love to play with his last “Sin Dogs” drummer Carlos Marin. Carlos was great at communicating energy and drive to an audience in a rock show.

I’d like to find the people who produced and mastered Budgie’s “You’re All Living In Cuckooland” and the Thunder spin off “The Union”. Love those LP rock sounds!

I think playing in any band or taking recording advice with Burke Shelley (Budgie Bass & Vocals) would be superb.

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

We are not fussy. Anything that reaches our current fans and grows our audience. We did very well on the Stonedeaf Festival opening act competition so it may be good to do that. Fans recommend we would be ideal for HellFest & British Steel in France and MuskelRock in Sweden. Anything in Eastern Europe or Japan would be a fantastic experience too. I love to travel Internationally.

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

Being appreciated I think and/or asking me to sign something. I know a few arrogant musicians that can’t critique themselves. They will never develop or build a fan relationship. The best bands are of course assertive, but deep down quite humble and appreciative of their fans. They are on a quest to be objectively critical of themselves, be creative and probably undervalue their achievements. I suppose I do that as I could always listen to myself. The rest of Snatch-Back are the same. We want to offer something unique but there’s always somebody better technically. My best recording or performance is always going to be my next one.

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

Thanks for everything. Fans contacting us on the internet inspired us to reform and continue. We couldn’t have achieved what we have without your appreciation.

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

Hendrix would be superb. He was heading for a soul phase rather than the psychedelic rock I enjoyed. However, I think he would have experimented in many new musical directions. He was light years ahead of studio craft and I think he would have been revolutionary. There aren’t many notes in ‘Voodoo Chile’ but the studio is also an instrument he used to communicate a touching emotion.

If I could bring a singer back it would be Alex Harvey (SAHB) or Steve Marriot from Humble Pie era.

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

Without doubt, expressing myself through music. I like to create an emotion in my performance and try and communicate that to an audience-either live or in a recording. A friend said to me that “There is much more to being a successful performer than being good at your instrument”. He was so right. No one slides a record contract under your bedroom door. I get immense satisfaction posting an LP to a fan but there’s so much work and promotion that I have to do before it can happen. I enjoy the business side but will never be remembered for it. I would much prefer to spend much more time writing and playing.

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

For me having an honest manager would get us much further. As I said, it would free us up to be more creative. I wasted so much time approaching record companies ineffectively with “Ride Hard Run Free” recordings. Maybe the right influencer would have been more effective. Companies just wouldn’t take a chance unless they’ve paid for and control the recordings. We didn’t want the album to be consigned to a back-office file or just available on downloads. It’s very important for us to have a good quality vinyl and CD that fans judge us by in years to come. I’m still playing my 70’s copy of “Hendrix in the West” and re reading the vinyl gatefold cover. It projects images and a relationship with the music!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Humble Pie – “Rockin’ The Filmore”. I’ve mentioned a few others but couldn’t leave this package of high energy out. Great gatefold vinyl photos too. I’ll sneak in Soundgarden’s “Superunknown” too.

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

As I said: Vinyl for my ears and the interaction with a band. CD’s are great for extra tracks and accessible home storage. I’m not doing downloads down though. They have reached so many international fans we never dreamed of. It’s a lot to ask a fan to spend postage on vinyl without trying on streaming first. Bands dont raise much with funds on downloads but its excellent promotion that pays a little back on every stream. I can imagine apartment owners don’t have the same storage I have for 100s of LPs under my stairs. I can see the logistics of downloads there.

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

Definitely the Theatre Royal, St Helens (our hometown) in the 80’s. We took a leap of faith, with no LP out, to put up cash to promote that. We gained immense satisfaction when we sold all 600 seats out. It was great offering local original bands the chance to play with us on a big stage too. We even did that a second time.

It was exciting too coming back to packed local audiences at Westfest in our town. Of course, Mearfest was like coming home. We were are on the same bill as top NWOBHM bands in front of a 100% Rock audience.

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

I see music as an expression of what I feel, so I suppose I would do something else creative. I went through a self-searching phase of mountaineering. Sort of discovering and competing with myself for a while. I love international travel too so could work in that. Music was always there though even if less prominent. I can’t imagine a world without it.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Snatch-Back plus our second bassist Ste Kay and my Mrs Denise. They are all into rock music, beer, fun and spicy food in a big way.

What’s next for the band?

Promoting the LP as well as we can. Learning better ways to reach out to distributers and download customers is also critical. The gigs we had lined up for 2020 are shelved with the virus crisis. I want to plan a Liverpool rock night though as soon as feasible. I’m not leaving it long before the next LP either so have started writing already. It would be great to find a way to get the right support from a record company to widen the appeal of the band.

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

Fans can order CD’s, etc through:

www.facebook.com/SnatchBackBand/

Or our website at:

www.snatch-back.co.uk

We’ve got a youtube channel for our videos just search “Snatch-Back”.
Our streams and downloads are on all the usual good stuff like iTunes and Spotify.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Is this a bank account security question? I think I would take the biscuit option-even though a little soggy. Coincidentally, I recently chatted to the guitarist in “Half Man Half Biscuit”. I would say I had a brief affair with Hobnobs-but don’t try and sing after oaty biscuits- I did once, they choke you.

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

Just to say thanks for your interest in our music. Bands would be nowhere without your kind of media support. Its particularly important in the virus crisis that people are motivated by entertainment through the media. I think you are doing a vital job keeping rock and its audience alive.

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EMQs with RENASCENTIA

EMQs with RENASCENTIA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Salem, US based Djent/Metalcore band Renascentia. 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?

Renascentia are:
Elijah Reiter – Vocals
PJ Goering – Guitar
Patrick Allen – Guitar
Adam Hayes – Bass
Aaron Meyers – Drums

The band was started by Elijah and PJ in 2015, after the end of their previous band, with the goal of combining the heaviest elements of metal with more melodic influences.

How did you come up with your band name?

The entire concept of Renascentia was a fresh beginning from the collapse of Elijah and PJ’s previous band, and we wanted the name to reflect that. While brainstorming different ideas, we settled on “rebirth” and did a quick google search for similar phrases and different languages. We decided “Renascentia” was a fitting name!

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

We’re from the United States. The metal scene here is definitely alive and well, but takes some work to get in to, especially as an up-and-coming band. There’s no shortage of people willing to go to shows and have a good time though.

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

We just put out a video for our new single, ‘Torn’, on March 13th.

Our new EP “Dead Reflections” Came out on March 20th and is available everywhere.

Who have been your greatest influences?

There’s so many we could list! A few big ones are: Veil of Maya, The Word Alive, As I Lay Dying, John Petrucci, Of Mice & Men, and Northlane.

What first got you into music?

Music has been a force in all of our lives for a very long time. Rick was born into music with his mother being a musician. Same thing with Adam, whose father founded Doctor Dream Records. PJ discovered his passion for music after being gifted a guitar that his father received with a car purchase. Elijah has always had an interest in music, but really focused in on it when gifted with a guitar for his 12th birthday. Aaron grew up around punk and metal music and started playing drums in 6th grade after years of begging for a drum kit.

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

We couldn’t pick just one; Marc Okubo (Veil of Maya), Misha Mansoor (Periphery), or CJ McMahon (Thy Art Is Murder).

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

Again, it’s so hard to pick just one! Either Aftershock, Wacken, or Deathfest.

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

We haven’t gotten a lot of weird gifts, but Rick received a handmade DIY guitar strap from a fan of ours at a hometown show. Thanks, Alex!

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

Don’t ever give up on your dreams and don’t be afraid to fail. When you feel like giving up, that just means you need to push even harder!

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

Mitch Lucker, Elvis Presley, or Andy Wood (we’re so bad at picking single answers, sorry).

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

The best part about being a musician is definitely watching the audience light up and go crazy after we’ve spent countless hours practicing and perfecting our performance! The worst part is probably the crazy amount of work that goes on behind the scenes; there’s so much more that has to be done aside from just “playing music”.

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

Higher pay for everyone involved and more accessible venues and shows for underage music fans.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“What Separates Me From You” – A Day To Remember – Aaron
“Colors” – Between The Buried And Me – Rick
“Portals” – Arsonists Get All The Girls – Adam
“Singularity” – Northlane – Elijah
“[id]” – Veil Of Maya – PJ

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

Downloads for convenience, vinyl for pleasure (Rick says CD’s for 90s nostalgia).

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

There’s been so many amazing shows we’ve played. But probably the best so far was our last hometown show; Salem definitely knows how to bring the energy we need for great shows!

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

“If I wasn’t a musician, I’d be dead.” – Aaron

“No clue; this has been my dream since I was 13.” – Rick

“Probably something else in the music industry. There’s always something for everybody.” – PJ

“Probably making robots to fight in deathmatches or training dogs for circus shows.” – Adam

“Audio production/engineering, which I actually do already.” – Elijah

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Wow, this is harder than you’d expect to limit to just 5. Let’s say Al Capone, Kanye West, Gilbert Gotfried, Bernie Sanders, and you (if you’re down to party).

What’s next for the band?

With our new EP coming out on the 20th, we’re going to continue playing shows/touring to promote it when we can, work on playthrough videos, more music videos, and continue writing music for new releases (which never really stops with us).

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

www.facebook.com/renascentiaband/
www.instagram.com/renascentiaband
www.open.spotify.com/artist/673T6DHKnlDnuBNdylzcYc
www.renascentia.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

“Jaffa cakes, we don’t see them much in America. But, when we do, we eat them and enjoy that sweet orange filling. My take on the legendary debate is that it’s Jaffa CAKES and you can ask the factory workers in Manchester; the answer is in the name.” – Adam

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

We’d like to add a huge thank you to everyone who has been supporting us over the years! We are extremely grateful and inspired by everyone who has given us a chance and listened to our music; we’re just getting started.

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EMQ’s with PHARMACOSE

EMQ’s with PHARMACOSE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Jacksonville, Florida based Alternative Rock band, Pharmacose. Huge thanks to vocalist/ guitarist, Wes Jones, for taking part.

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

I’m Wes Jones, and I am the singer and rhythm guitarist of Pharmacose. Pharmacose has been around since late 2017, when I met Lu (Rubino – Bassist). We were introduced through a mutual friend. I had some songs I wanted to record, and my friend recommended Lu Rubino to me. We recorded those songs under the name Digital Array. We ended up pulling that record and reworking the songs, as well as writing new ones. We decided to rebrand ourselves, and we renamed ourselves Pharmacose. Lu is a great bassist, so he wanted to play bass. Albert, our drummer, has known Lu for many years, so we brought him in. I later found Kevin on Craigslist actually, and he rounded out our line-up.

How did you come up with your band name?

Pharmacose is a combination of the words “pharmaceutical” and “comatose.” I had just been thinking about antidepressants and mood stabilizers, and how they affect those of us with mental illness.

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

We are in the US. I think people always say that rock is dead, but they’ve been saying that for decades now. There is still plenty of great new rock and metal. But I think rap and pop are what the majority of people listen to.

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

We just did a video for our song ‘Checked Out’.  You can check it out on You Tube. It’s from our EP coming out in a few months.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I listened to mostly alternative and hard rock growing up, so that’s probably my biggest influence. Bands like Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, Tool, etc. Also, some less mainstream bands, like Failure and Catherine Wheel. I love synths as well, and I think I got that from listening to too much Nine Inch Nails when I was younger!

What first got you into music?

I started playing the violin when I was about 6 and played it up through college. I kind of let it lapse, though, in favour of guitar. I taught myself to play guitar when I was 17 or so and have been playing and writing music ever since.

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

I think Jerry Cantrell. The guy can do it all. I love the vocal harmonies he used to create with Layne Staley.

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

I lived in Chicago for 7 years, and I went to Lollapalooza most years I was there. It’s such a killer experience.

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

I haven’t gotten any gifts from fans!

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

We talk a lot about mental health in our songs. Although we advocate for mental health, it’s more on a human level.  That is, if you think you are depressed or something isn’t right, please reach out to someone. You are never alone, even though it feels that way at times. Depression and other forms of mental illness have a way of warping our sense of reality. Please reach out. We lose too many people to suicide.

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

Bill Hicks

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

I love writing. I love that we get to write and record something, and we can listen back and think “we did that.” It’s a cool feeling. 

I think what I hate most is that music equipment is so expensive, and we need so much of it!

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

I think payola still exists in one form or the other. I’d want to eliminate anything that could even remotely be considered payola.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“De-Loused in the Comatorium” by The Mars Volta

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

I still have a big collection of CD’s at my parents’ house, but CD’s have become so inconvenient. People might hate me for saying that, but I like downloads. I like having access to all my favourite songs on my phone.

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

Last year we played a benefit in St. Augustine, FL, for a local musician that died several years ago. It was to benefit his family. It felt good to do our part.

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

Well, I am still a practicing medical doctor, so I would be doing that!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Henry Rollins

Trent Reznor

Bill Burr

Dave Chapelle

Chris Rock

What’s next for the band?

After the release of the video for “Checked Out,” our next single, “The Clearing,” came out on streaming services on 28th February 2020.  We have a video for that song that came out shortly thereafter. Kurt St. Thomas directed both of the videos, and we are really stoked about them. We also have 2 EP’s to release this year. So, lots of material to look forward to. Also, we are always looking to add live events!

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

www.instagram.com/pharmacose_band/
www.facebook.com/Pharmacoseband/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuits!

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

Nothing that hasn’t been covered!

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EMQ’s With REMISSION

EMQ’s With REMISSION

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Perth, Western Australia based Melodic Death/Thrash band Remission. Huge thanks to lead guitarist/vocalist, Jacson Robb, 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 Jacson, I play lead guitars and am lead vocalist of my band Remission. The concept for the band began around February of 2014, and we started playing our first shows around the middle of 2015. Original members comprise of drummer Lewis Oliver and me with new members Josh Vaile and Curt Everett joining the fold last year. I truly believe that THIS is the line-up Remission was always meant to have, so we’ll just gloss over previous endeavours for now 😉

How did you come up with your band name?

The name was originally suggested by Lewis at the end of 2014, and we thought it was good to have a name that stood out from the usual cliché of a “metal” band.

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

We are from Perth in Western Australia. We have a few really great bands out of our city including Earth Rot, Xenobiotic, Voyager and Daybreak, to name a few. Australia in itself has an amazingly diverse metal scene, and right now bands such as Polaris, Alphawolf, Justice for the Damned and many others are seeing that the fan base of heavy music here is very much alive, well, and growing by the minute!

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

We released our debut album “The Tether’s End” on November 15th last year (2019), and the response so far has been utterly astounding in its positivity!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally, my greatest influences are Alexi Laiho (Children of Bodom) and David Davidson (Revocation). I have been lucky enough to meet both of these guys, most recently having the opportunity to tour with Revocation in Japan.

What first got you into music?

My Dad was the first one to get me into music. He has played guitar for most of his life, so growing up there was always a guitar around. He used to have a white Stratocaster that I found particularly enthralling as a young kid!

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

Alexi Laiho and Dave Davidson together on one massively sick guitar shred track. That’s the stuff of dreams!

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

I would choose Metaldays in Slovenia. The festival looks like it’s in such a beautiful setting, with forests and rivers that you can swim in, as well as insane crowds! Although I believe Wacken is the holiest of holy grails in terms of festivals for any band who is into metal.

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

To be honest, I can’t think of any really weird gifts I’ve received from fans. If someone wants to be the first to kick off the list, do feel free! Hahaha!

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

Thank you for supporting us on our short yet fledgling journey thus far. We have new music in the works, and we hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoy creating it. Keep an eye out for new merchandise and items from us, your support goes way further than you could think!

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

Dimebag. No question.

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

I enjoy everything about being a musician. Sure, it would be nice to have a career where one makes the kind of money similar to working any other job – however I can easily look past this as touring and writing music have given me a wealth of experiences and feelings that I now consider invaluable. I will die doing this!

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

I believe that as musicians, we would be best to adapt to the climate we find ourselves in no matter the situation. Times now are different to the times past of those we consider our influences, and there is nobody to blame but the historical development of technology and the internet!

Spotify should definitely stop being such a greedy little bag of f**ks though. Their gross annual profit compared to what they repay their artists. Absolute robbery. Sort your s**t out!!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

There are way too many to speak of! One that I have been revisiting a lot recently though is Pantera’s “Vulgar Display of Power”.

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

I personally love collecting Vinyl records, the variants of albums available nowadays is purely staggering! I also find that listening to records on Vinyl produces a much warmer, richer sound than found on CD’s and Downloads.

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

We recently played a sold-out show in Tokyo, Japan, with Cattle Decapitation and Revocation. That was pretty goddamn wild. Japanese fans sure like to go hard on the head banging!

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

Probably a visual artist or graphic designer of some sorts, maybe even a writer. Anything to be creative as I find everything else can wear off on me pretty quickly.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Dave Grohl, Joe Rogan, Gary Holt, Kyle Rasmussen and my good mate Tom Waterhouse from Earth Rot! Sounds like it’d be an absolute jive.

What’s next for the band?

We are currently in the planning stages for an East-Coast Australia tour in June. After that, we are going to focus on finishing our new album and getting over to tour in Europe before the end of the year!

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

Usually we will post music streaming links to Facebook from places like Spotify, Apple Music and YouTube. We also like posting videos to Instagram along with these links, just to garner a little more engagement.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Chocolate and Orange together as a flavour concept should just be banned altogether. However, I will concede that I do believe they should be labelled as biscuits.

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

Thanks for having me! Keep an eye out for Remission on your favourite streaming services and coming to a town near you SOON! PEACE!

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EMQ’s with LEAGUE OF CORRUPTION

EMQ’s with LEAGUE OF CORRUPTION

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Vancouver, BC based Groove Metal band, League Of Corruption. Huge thanks to guitarist, Brian Langley, 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?

League Of Corruption were formed in 2005 and are powered by the almighty riff. If you like Black Sabbath, Down, Corrosion of Conformity etc then we think you’ll dig us. We like our Metal groovy and our beer ice cold.

How did you come up with your band name?

We didn’t. Chris was drinking at a pub with a buddy one night and the guy said, “That would be a good name for a band!” To which Chris said, “What would?” The guys says “League Of Corruption.” when it came time to put the band together Chris remembered that and went with it.

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

We’re based in the suburbs outside of Vancouver, BC Canada. The metal scene is comprised of mostly Death/Thrash bands. A few Doom/Stoner and Power Metal bands too. No other bands are really doing what we’re doing around these parts that we know of.

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

“Something In The Water” is our first real album. You can currently order it from our label’s (Black Doomba Records) bandcamp page. The official release date is June 12th. If you order it early now it’s cheaper, you get a download card and a Black Doomba patch. Same day shipping. Here’s the link:

Who have been your greatest influences?

Speaking for myself and as it pertains to this band and what we play, Black Sabbath, Down, COC, Black Label Society, AC/DC.

What first got you into music?

When I was 4 years old I watched an AC/DC spotlight and Angus Young just made me fall in love with guitar. I saw him doing it and I thought it looked like a lot of fun and after that I was hooked.

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

Hmmm, I think I could make some really powerful stuff with Pepper Keenan of CoC/Down or Kirk Windstein of Crowbar/Down. I think there would be a lot of natural chemistry there.

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

70000 Tons I think would be my pick. I like the idea of not sleeping in a tent.

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

Nothing that I would say was really weird. Just beers or the one guy years ago gave me a spiked gauntlet that he had made. The only really weird thing that comes to mind is I did a show at this hole in the wall venue called the Cave in North Carolina. There was a guy there that brought this filthy looking little stuffed pig that he had named ‘Hirax’. He carried it around everywhere and wanted the band to get a picture with him and the pig.

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

Just to remember that life is meant to be lived. Have a good ass time. Don’t wait for others to throw that party, you can be that party. Also, technology is not your friend. Stop being so damn dependant on it. Hypocritical in some respects, sure, but go learn some life skills. Be able to handle business when you need to. Then you can get back to having a good ass time quicker.

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

That’s a tough one. I’m going to go with Bon Scott.

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

With this band I love not being the frontman. I can just close my eyes and play my guitar. that’s my happy place. I just love to play/entertain. Take folks minds off their worries for a little while. The thing I hate most is loading into a venue and having to sit around 6-8 hours before it’s time to hit the stage. It’s that hurry up and wait thing. I just can’t get used to it.

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

Change the business model. There are amazing artists out there that get crushed under the wheels trying to expand and be heard. Stretch yourself further than your capable of and it all comes crashing down and you never see or hear from these amazing musicians again.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Down – “NOLA”

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

Vinyl all the way. Those old analog recording through those 70’s realistic tower speakers. There’s nothing sweeter.

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

I’d say the Festival we played last Summer. Armstrong Metalfest. Great crowd opening for Origin and Nekrogoblikon. It also led to us getting our slot for this Summer’s Loud as Hell Festival in Alberta.

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

I never thought about anything else really. True crime interests me so maybe I would have gone for some more schooling and did something in that field.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I like this question. Zakk Wylde, Corpsegrinder Fisher, Phil Anselmo, Tony Iommi and Angus Young.

What’s next for the band?

Going to ride out this pandemic and then get some shows rescheduled and support our new album. In the meantime, just work on new material so that’s ready when it’s time to record the next one.

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

https://leagueofcorruption.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/LeagueofCorruption
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyW3jP12Zne2b5AheFt4TAA
https://www.instagram.com/league_of_corruption/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea what those are haha!

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

Just thanks for the interview and hope everyone is being smart and staying safe. Hope everyone digs our album and gives it lots of spins. Cheers!

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EMQ’s with SECOND SHOOTER

EMQ’s with SECOND SHOOTER

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Los Angeles, California based Extreme Metal band, Second Shooter. Huge thanks to vocalist, Melanie Johnson, 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 Melanie Johnson and I’m the vocalist of extreme metal band Second Shooter (groove metal/hardcore/thrash). The band has a kind of weird history. The two remaining original members, long-time friends Travis Hildreth (guitar) and Jim Wilinski (drums), were part of a band called Salvage 67 in 2015, when their vocalist went to prison for killing his wife. So that brought the band to a screeching halt.

Now that they’ve had some distance from the situation, we do make jokes about how that’s a pretty metal story (and we call my microphone at the studio the “Murder Mic”), but of course it was absolutely devastating to everyone involved. It took the band a while to move on; sometimes they didn’t even have the heart to pick up their instruments at practice. And I don’t mean to discount the pain of the victim’s loved ones, who are suffering to this day. Sorry to start the interview with something so heavy!

Anyway, the band in its current iteration came together in 2018 when Wynn McElwee (guitar), Jeff Clark (bass) and I joined.

How did you come up with your band name?

Unrelated to the murder thing, I promise! I wasn’t there when it was conceived of, but I know part of its appeal is the ambiguity. It could refer to JFK conspiracy theories, or to hypothetical shootings; it’s a common term in photography; and people always come up with other possible interpretations.

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

We’re in Los Angeles, California, and honestly the scene is great here. The local scene is large, excitingly diverse, and very mutually supportive. And all the big acts come through because we’re a huge city. Sure, it isn’t as big as some of the major European cities for metal, but still – no complaints!

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

We just released this video for ‘1 in 6’ from our self-titled EP. It’s a super aggressive, super feminist song, and the video really captures that (thank you so much to TJ Grof, Rhys Green, and Sarah Doerner!):

Who have been your greatest influences?

For my vocals, I draw inspiration from all over the spectrum of heavy music, including some metal-adjacent genres like hardcore, post-hardcore, and even emo. For the band overall, some major influences are Pantera, Korn, Slipknot, classic death metal, early thrash metal… really all over the place. We like groovy, we like brutal, we like fast.

What first got you into music?

My mom is the coolest person I know and has introduced me to a large proportion of what I’ve listened to throughout my life. She also took me to lots of concerts as a teenager and she loved them as much as I did. She took me to my first show – Green Day – and some other great high school memories with her include seeing Opeth, Megadeth, Sabbath with Dio, Dream Theater, Machine Head… not to mention totally-not-metal bands like the White Stripes, the Shins, Death Cab for Cutie…

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

I haven’t really thought about that! In the abstract I’d like to feature a male vocalist for the contrast, but when I think about who I’d really love to work with and who would sound sick on our tracks, I think of like, Angela Gossow (ex-Arch Enemy), Tatiana Shmailyuk (Jinjer), Māra Lisenko (Māra)…

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

I don’t know a lot about the international festivals, which I’m sure are the best, so I’ll keep it local-ish: I think it would be pretty sick to play Las Rageous.

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

Ooh, none of those yet. Fan art would be weird but also fun.

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

Send me fan art ;). Just kidding. I’d say: make some art! Music, visual art, poetry… even if you don’t think you’d be good at it, if you have any inkling at all, you should definitely give it a shot. Having a creative outlet is great!

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

Chester Bennington’s suicide tore me apart. His music got so many people through rough times, gave people hope, literally saved lives… and it’s so tragic not only that he’s not here anymore but also that he couldn’t save himself.

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

Ahh I enjoy everything about being a musician! Seeing people rocking the fuck out at shows, hearing from people that our music really resonated with them, the satisfaction of a song coming together… everything! Well, I guess not the pay-to-play culture of the big venues in LA.

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

The pay-to-play thing is lame. For people who aren’t familiar: P2P is when a venue says, “Here are X tickets, sell them at $Y each and give us that much money.” So, in theory you could break even or make a profit, but in practice that never really happens — we aren’t going to charge our friends or fans face value if they’re getting their tickets from us.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Shape of Punk to Come” by Refused. Just so sick beginning to end.

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

Was never into vinyl. I bought a lot of CD’s for most of my life, but streaming has absolutely taken over. You have access to everything!

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

All of our shows have been such a great time! It was super exciting and an honour to open for Jinjer in September of last year. Equally fun was a “Women Who Rock” show the next month, featuring local female-fronted bands ranging in heaviness from an acoustic set to… us. The crowd response was so great!

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

Well, music is my hobby and my real job is as a software engineer. Without music, I’d be what I was a few years ago: a software engineer in desperate need of a creative outlet!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Definitely some (extremely) high-ranking American politicians and some powerful people who have gotten away with assault, then I’d burn the place down. Sorry not sorry.

What’s next for the band?

We’re writing a bunch of stuff and I’m absolutely psyched about it all. We plan to release a full-length this year. We haven’t played in a few months because we’ve been focusing on new material, but we are itching to get back on stage!! Got some shows in the works.

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

www.facebook.com/SecondShooterBand
instagram.com/SecondShooterBand
www. secondshooter.bandcamp.com

And of course, we’re on all the streaming platforms.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m an American, I don’t understand Jaffa Cakes or the metric system!

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

This was fun! Thank you so much for Ever Metal for the opportunity and all the hard work you put into your site!

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EMQ’s with RIPTIDE

EMQ’s with RIPTIDE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Huddersfield, UK based Thrash Metal band RipTide. Huge thanks to frontman, Adam Smith 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?

RipTide is:
Adam Smith – Lead Vocals // Lead Guitar
Sean Xavier – Bass // Vocals
Will Maskell- Taylor – Guitar // Vocals
Jason Booth – Drums

RipTide formed back in 2018 when Sean and I met in college when we were 16 years old. We started jamming at Sasquatch Music in Huddersfield and became good friends. We then contacted Jason, who went to the same school as I did, but was a couple of years older and was looking for a band. We played shows around the West Yorkshire area, with a number of guitarists, until we found Will who I met at Leeds College of Music. We are now looking to play more shows and festivals all around the UK and get our modern thrash metal out to as many people as possible!!

How did you come up with your band name?

I wanted the band name to stick with me. I knew that I wanted it to be one word and not really mean too much. I went through a large number of band names, but nothing really stuck. I eventually came up with the name ‘RipTide’ and it really stuck with me!

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

RipTide are based in Huddersfield; West Yorkshire and there are some great venues in the area. I would also like to mention Manchester too as it is always fantastic when we play over there.

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

Our latest release was our Promo/Demo CD for our new T-shirt launch! It was released on the day of the show we played with Annihilator in October,

The track listing is:
Cage of Regret [Demo]
Masters of the apocalypse [Demo]
Behind the Killer’s Eyes [Demo]

There are very limited copies left, so if you want one, head over to our web store here 👇

https://bit.ly/38ExATw

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest Influences are frontmen! The likes of Dave Mustaine, James Hetfield and Robb Flynn for their technical ability, Tyler Bryant for the soul and Joel O’Keefe for the Rock n’ Roll attitude! These guys impress me most! There’s not as many Guitarist / Frontmen as there used to be in metal nowadays, and that needs to change!

What first got you into music?

I feel that Music has always been innate for me from when I was really young. I think that what got me into Rock / Metal was when I was younger watching mid 2000’s WWE on TV because of the entrance music… Triple H and Edge’s themes especially!!  And playing Guitar Hero III, I remember being stuck on Slow Ride for years… Haha!

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

Well, before RipTide formed and before I had a band, back in 2016, I collaborated with my good friend Ben Carter of EVILE on the song ‘Behind The Killers Eyes’, which eventually Became a RipTide track!

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

Bloodstock! We want to play Bloodstock! Our fans want us to play Bloodstock!

#RipTide4Bloodstock

Oh, and Vagos Metal Fest in Portugal!

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

Thank you for all of the support you have given us these past couple of years! It means the world to us! 🙏

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

DIMEBAG.

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

I love playing shows and meeting with all of our fans and friends afterwards. It’s one of the best feelings I have. It’s very rewarding to entertain people and enable them to get away from the usual daily stress that we all have. I love it!

I really don’t like recording. It’s just so tedious!! but I’m glad that Sean and Will love it!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Arrgghh…there are so many! But I if I had to pick one, it would have to “Killing is My Business… and Business is Good” – Megadeth. It’s just so aggressive! I feel like I step in Dave’s mind at the time, every time I listen to that album. Incredible!

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

I love streaming, Spotify is awesome! Don’t get me wrong though, I also love physical copies of Music too, both CD’s and Vinyl. I think they are awesome pieces of merch and I almost always grab a CD off a band merch store! But when I’m traveling, Spotify is a lifesaver! All the music you could ever want in your phone!! It’s Crazy! The same with Netflix, its just great! But from an artist point of view, I love to have physical copies of RipTide’s music and we will always sell it on the merch stand, but nowadays, a lot of people don’t have CD Players, and if you want people to hear you music you have to embrace the new technology, because if you don’t, you get left behind.

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

We have loads!! The first time we played in Manchester, we supported our friends in Lost Society at Manchester Academy, that was insane! I remember that show was the first ‘Wall of Death’ we had done! It was surreal!

All of our headline shows we have played have been killer, when we have that extra time on stage, we can have way more fun and put a little bit of a twist on our usual thrashing! E.g. extended sections, more guitar solos and beer drinking / throwing!!

But I would have to say the show we played with Annihilator, that was a dream come true man! There was constantly someone stagediving! It was absolutely mad!

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

I don’t know what the hell I would do if I wasn’t playing guitar! I have always wished I could Skate, but I’m just too scared of breaking my hands. 😅 I just stick to ‘Skate 3’ on my PS3! 😂

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Anyone but Sean!! He will eat all the nice waffles and give the burnt ones to you… #truestory. I would definitely invite Jason as he has a super sleek crockpot slow cooker! But as far as the other four go, I’m not sure!

What’s next for the band?

We have something super special that we can’t wait to show you all, and Its gonna be killer!!!

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

HIT THE LINKS BELOW!!!👇
Facebook: https://bit.ly/335qnKU
Instagram: https://bit.ly/2wMdolh
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2v5Bc3a
YouTube: https://bit.ly/2IwIakP

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa ‘Cakes’? Its in the name… Cake! 😂

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

Thank you man! Keep a look out on our socials for something awesome coming soon!

Peace

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EMQ’s with MIKE WEST

EMQ’s with MIKE WEST

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Wirral, UK based Acoustic Heavy Blues/Rock artist, Mike West. Huge thanks to him for taking part.

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

I am Mike West. I play what I call Bastard Country that fuses my love for Rock and Metal with Country, Delta Blues and Folk and it means I get to weave in and out of the different genres and scenes I love and play with so many great artists.

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

I’m from the Wirral in the North West of England and it’s an interesting one. Being right on the wrong side of the River Mersey casts a Beatles sized shadow over modern artists coming from this region, and you have to work tirelessly to establish yourself as a unique voice in a sea of tribute bands and cover singers.

The Rock and Metal scene is slowly but surely gaining traction and there are so many great bands coming out of it, like Raised by Wolves and Riptide Messiah, that hopefully in a few years will have the same foothold as the Punk scene, which is great in Liverpool.

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

My latest release was ‘Dead Fish’, a single that came out alongside a Kickstarter campaign for Griff Gristle, a comic book by Madius Comics, that is great. It’s a Folk Punk Sea Shanty that was super fun to do and is available on all streaming platforms now!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Ace Frehley made me pick up a guitar, and Johnny Cash made me switch to an acoustic. KISS and Johnny Cash have some great ideas to take away as a songwriter to keep it simple, keep it honest, and keep it engaging. If you can keep that in mind when writing a song, you should be ok.

After that it is Blues musicians like Robert Johnson and Howlin’ Wolf alongside Kris Kristofferson, Black Sabbath and Nirvana to all blend together to do whatever it is I do.

What first got you into music?

Finding “Destroyer” by KISS in my dad’s record collection definitely kick started it all, and then watching their DVDs.  There’s something about sitting down and listening to a full record that can definitely be taken for granted and just sitting there for a while and actually listening to something helps you connect with music in such a personal way. That’s why I don’t like listening to singles or if someone dares hit “shuffle” on an album, I’ll start it from the beginning.

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

I don’t know if I have any names but I’d love to collaborate with a Black or Death metal band and create some weird ambient noise together, or I’d like to put something together with some of the best UK Country and Rock acts, to show people what this scene has to offer.

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

Download. It’s massively mainstream, but at the end of the day its Donington and to play such an iconic festival and place would be a dream.

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

I haven’t got anything weird, but I had a fan in Blackpool give me an illustration of me on stage, and that was amazing. To think someone took the time to draw it and give it to me was humbling and so cool. It’s hanging up next to all my tour posters.

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

Stay open minded. It’s so easy to fall into traps of “this genre is better than that genre”, or “this is mainstream, so I don’t want to listen”, and all you do is deprive yourself of finding some incredible music. I wouldn’t be where I am if I only cared about one type of music and I love discovering something that will surprise me. Stay open minded and don’t write anything off you haven’t actually listened to.

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

Lemmy. It’s still weird that the Motorhead tour that happened every winter doesn’t happen anymore, and it still bums me out that what was once such a constant in the music scene isn’t there anymore. Robert Johnson would be interesting too. One of those musicians who wasn’t appreciated till after he died. To show him what he meant to the world would be amazing.

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

Writing something personal and honest that connects with someone else is brilliant. It shows that we are never as alone as we think we are and, if you just reach out to someone, the odds are they will reach out back. Everyone wants to connect and it’s a beautiful thing to share.

The tribute band/cover act culture that decimates original music in venues is heart breaking. As an acoustic artist, most venues want acts to play cover songs while getting talked over and ignored by drunk people screaming out of tune to Sweet Caroline. It’s why live venues and pubs are slowly diminishing and takes its toll on the artists playing. Music has been so devalued to the point of being almost worthless that it will take a big shift for it to change. No matter how much you try and explain that all the huge acts started out somewhere so give original independent music a chance, at the end of the day they will just want you to shut the fuck up and play Jolene.

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

In 2018, the UK Music industry contributed £5.2billion to the economy yet venues are closing down, musicians have day jobs and can’t afford to gig regularly, and anyone who isn’t an arena act is struggling. Regulate ticket sales and abolish ticket touts and websites. Cap the highest price of arena acts, which sucks up all disposable income for the smaller acts and venues, and just put more money into keeping the small venues and clubs open. Everything starts at grassroots level and it so easily forgotten.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Black Sabbath – “Paranoid”.

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

Whichever is the easiest way for someone to get music is the best. I didn’t shit myself over hearing War Pigs for the first time and wonder if this was the best format for it. I do enjoy sitting and listening to records for an evening and having that as the sole focus.

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

I did a great hometown show in Liverpool with Amigo the Devil at the beginning of the year which was awesome. I’m a huge fan of Amigo the Devil and to get to do a gig locally as well is always a trip.

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

I write and draw my own comics when I have a chance and just launched a podcast called ‘Into the Van’, so it would still be something creative and engaging. If you can connect with someone and create something that helps explore what you believe in, then you have to go for it.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d want to throw a BBQ and invite my mates round to just hang out. Music is important but sometimes you need an off day with a decent burger and some whiskey. It would be awkward to invite your heroes round and then accidentally poison them with undercooked food because you were worried about missing the story of Johnny Cash getting arrested for flower picking!

If one of my mates dropped out though, I’d get Bigfoot!

What’s next for the band?

“The Next Life” is coming out this year, my first full length record that expands on my sound and adds fiddle, pedal steel, slide guitar, and brings a new depth and level to these songs you haven’t heard yet! Then I’ll be touring the UK and Europe and popping up at some independent festivals along the way!

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

Head to https://mike333west.com/ and you can get free music there along with links to all my socials. Sign up to my newsletter while you’re there!

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Well they ain’t called Jaffa Biscuits…

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

It’s easy to go negative in the music scene. Envy can always rear its head when you see a band/promoter/whatever doing well, and it’s so easy to throw stones in this day and age, on and offline. It’s so important to remember we are all in this together and that the rising tide lifts all boats. Positivity and encouragement will be what builds this scene to greatness and supporting the upcoming bands will make it last. Stay Heavy my friends!

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EMQ’s with PROMETHIUM

EMQ’s with PROMETHIUM

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lancaster, UK based Metal band, Promethium. Huge thanks to guitarist, Daniel Lovett-Horn 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?

Daniel Lovett-Horn – Guitar.

The band was created just to be a studio project and after the first release it grew from there. The band enjoyed what had been recorded and everyone wanted to take the music out and play it live. 10 years and various members later, we are the tightest Promethium has ever been and it’s a proper Brotherhood between us all.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were trying to look at names of elements and originally were going to go with Polonium 210, as it had just been in the news with a Russian spy who had died. But then the name Promethium came to the table and, boom the rest is history.

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

We are from Lancaster in the Northwest of the UK.  The Northwest is a really up and coming area now, especially Manchester, which has a booming scene.

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

Our 4th CD “Revisions” which is an acoustic album of songs from our first 3 albums.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Deffo Jeff Waters from Annihilator, and guitarist Chris Green, from Furyon.

What first got you into music?

Chesney Hawkes on Top of the Pops singing “One and Only”!

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

I would be really keen to see what a writing session with Jon Schaffer out of Iced Earth would be like.

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

Wacken! The vibe the crowds seem to give off, from all the Live DVD’s I have watched, just looks fantastic.

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

A chocolate bunny!

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

“St Anger” is a good album!

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

Chesney Hawkes!!

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

I love playing live and creating new music in the studio for others to hear. However, loading and unloading the van is by far the worst thing.

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

That music is not given away for free!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Annihilator – “Never Neverland”.

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

CD’s, as nothing beats listening to a cd and reading the booklet.

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

HRH Metal

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

Running the Chesney Hawkes Fanclub!!!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Would need to check with the wife, as I’m banned from attending dinner parties at my house now after the last cheese and wine night!

What’s next for the band?

Getting into the studio and creating Album 5, which is gonna blow people’s minds!

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

www.promethiumband.com
www.facebook.com/promethiumband

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Chesney Hawkes says biscuit!

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

Don’t do drugs! And remember a Goat is for life not just for Christmas.

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