EMQ’s with THE MARIANA HOLLOW

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EMQ’s with THE MARIANA HOLLOW

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London based Alternative Metal band The Mariana Hollow! 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?

Richie – My name is Richie and I play guitar in The Mariana Hollow. We’ve been in existence for around 10 years now and have released 3 albums – “Coma Hear”’, “Velvet Black Sky” and ‘”The Abandoned Parade”, as well as an EP called “Scars, Not Wounds”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Richie – We really struggled to find a name that would suit our music when we first started, but as we started to play people our demos, a lot of them remarked that it made them think of the ocean. The Mariana Hollow was the original name given to the Marianas Trench (which is the deepest part of the sea) and it fitted perfectly.

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

Richie – We are an English/Portuguese band, but as one of the English chaps in the band I can confirm that the UK scene is absolutely bursting with incredible bands, especially at the heavier end of the spectrum. I think we’re quite unusual within the UK scene as although we have our more aggressive moments, there are no screamed vocals or breakdowns in our music! We try and keep our songs at the forefront of what we do and we’re not really influenced by any one genre or sound.

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

Richie – Our latest release is the video for ‘Swear to God’, from our new album “The Abandoned Parade”.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BU9ZwI2cI5M

Who have been your greatest influences?

Richie – We all have pretty diverse and different tastes, but some of the bands we all love are: Alice in Chains, A Perfect Circle, Katatonia, Faith No More, Deftones and Pantera.
Personally, I am a huge fan of The Haunted, Days of the New, Type O Negative and loads of obscure UK 90’s bands like Send No Flowers and Headswim.

What first got you into music?

Gabriel – My dad is also a guitar player, so since a very young age I felt compelled to play an instrument even though it was never imposed upon me.

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

Gabriel – Mike Patton, I think the musical outcome could be very difficult to predict.

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

Gabriel – Hellfest, it has such a diverse crowd and cool vibe, I’d really enjoy playing there.

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

Spinky – I have never received any ‘weird’ gifts, but I have received some really lovely things – flowers, chocolates, and one time an amazing picture book of live photos of the band which was really awesome.

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

Spinky – I think it would be to firstly thank them for sticking with us on our long (and sometimes stop-start) journey as a band! But also to thank them for being so supportive of our new album. It’s been really amazing to see the responses to the album, and to know that all our hard work has paid off and that people are really enjoying listening to it. It’s been more than we’d dreamed of.

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

Spinky – I think it would have to be Dimebag Darrell. He was such an extraordinary talent, and was taken from us in such shocking circumstances.

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

Spinky – The thing I love the most is having been able to create such strong bonds with my bandmates, through our emotional connection to the music we make and play together. Being able to write songs and share your creative outlets with your closest friends is a very unique and special experience. It can take you to all sorts of places emotionally, and on journeys that you may have never thought possible, but the outcome is always totally worth it – and often an unexpected surprise.

I think the worst thing is the difficulty that bands face in getting decent shows, working with decent promoters and getting their music out to the right people. Although the internet has helped in a way, it has also hindered the experience – as the internet is saturated with music (not all of it good), and less folk are inclined to support live music, especially on the smaller scales. It’s so sad seeing great small venues die out.

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

Richie – That everyone would pay for music that they love.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Gabriel – Alice In Chains – Facelift

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

Spinky – I love my CD collection and always will!

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

Spinky – I would actually say the acoustic show we played for the launch of “The Abandoned Parade” was my favourite. It was such a genuine and warm atmosphere with many friends and loved ones there to support us. The set list was great, and I think we transferred the songs from heavy to acoustic versions really well. Everyone was on form, and it felt great performing the songs in such an intimate place – and to finally be able to share the album with everyone.

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

Gabriel – I’m a part-time musician and even though I take it very seriously, it’s a passion project. I’d be doing what I do for a living, which is graphic design.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Richie – If living or dead, it would be:
Peter Steele (Type O Negative)/ Carrie Fisher/ Bill Hicks/ Peter Dolving (The Haunted)/ Phoebe Waller-Bridge

What’s next for the band?

Gabriel – At the moment we’re trying to promote the record as much as we can, and we’re looking to release at least one more video as a single. We also have an EP’s worth of material which we’re planning to release, hopefully within a year’s time.

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

Gabriel – Facebook & Youtube mostly. To stream the new album we’re mostly directing people to our Bandcamp page, however, the album is also available on Apple Music, Spotify, Deezer & Google Play.
https://www.facebook.com/themarianahollow/
https://www.youtube.com/user/TheMarianaHollow
https://themarianahollow.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Spinky – I’m going to say biscuit – as they’d live in my biscuit tin if I had any 😉

 

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EMQ’s with WILD PLANES

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EMQ’s with WILD PLANES

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with New York City based Rock ‘N’ Roll band Wild Planes! Huge thanks to drummer Andre Jevnik 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 what’s up y’all! My name is Andre Jevnik and I play drums in the wildest band around, Wild Planes. Kris Carmello is the lead singer/guitarist and James Hoag is the Bass man in the band.

The band was founded by Kris and myself a long while ago in community college. It took us some time to find the right members and get things off the ground. We started to get some bigger shows in the New York area which then really got us in gear to find the right mix of members. After some auditioning, we found Jimmy. Well, Jimmy actually found me (Andre) about a year prior to us looking for members. Long story short, luckily we knew Jimmy but hadn’t spoken in a year. There was instant chemistry once we started to perform and write music.

How did you come up with your band name?

So, the name….we had another name similar to what we have now. At the time, we were changing it and had some Facebook likes that we didn’t want to use. Of course Facebook doesn’t make it easy to make changes, the only way we can keep the page and change our name is if we have a near name to the already existing band name. This sounds super confusing, but it’s the way it is.

While we were figuring this out, my mother came up with “Wild Planes” and we ran with it

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

We are from New York, New York in United States Of America! Depending on the state you’re in, the music scene is rich with talent or super flooded like any other scene. The New York scene is pretty cool, lots of indie rock, indie pop and so on. Our neighbouring state New Jersey has a lot of rock/metal in the areas. We play all over and our music fits with Alt Rock, Indie Rock plus Hard Rock. We prefer to travel though and get our feet wet in other cities/states because we get to see what’s out there.

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

Our latest release is a 5 song EP called “Singin ‘N’ Slingin”. This is our best piece of work we have released thus far. The boys and I truly feel it has the most eclectic influences inside the writing of the songs. We are big fans of all the great bands, Aerosmith, AC/DC, Grand Funk Railroad, Black Sabbath etc: and we feel that we really did mix all of them up to make it our own. All in all, we wrote music that we want to hear. This EP pumps us up before shows, going out on the town, even just getting the day started. It’s pretty awesome when you can listen to your own music and be like…”wow, I can’t believe this is us!”

Who have been your greatest influences?

We love all the great rock bands that put a good stank in the air. Like I was saying before, AC/DC, Aerosmith, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin are what we listen to day in and day out. Of course there are so many bands/artists we love and to name em all would take up this entire article. For us though, groovin, cool rock n roll never fails.

What first got you into music?

For each of us it’s different, it was girls, being cool etc: but I can speak for all of us…I think. It’s that first time you get a crowd of people to cheer for you, whether it be a solo at school or kids in your class thinking your awesome banging on the desks. When people look at you and are like “woah” it makes you want to pursue it even more. Once you get that taste of rock n roll, you want it all the time, there’s no going back.

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

Jeez, this one is tough. As of now, while they are alive… AC/DC. If we could rock a song with those dudes, wow that would be amazing!

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

Rock In Rio, hands down! The people are there for one thing, ROCK N F*&$#@! ROLL!!

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

To my knowledge, we haven’t really gotten any weird things. A lot of our friends and fans actually got us cool stuff like custom made flasks and stuff for our tour van. I will say, we have had some weird experiences on the road. Homeless people partying with us in our van, being stranded in a city with a dead phone cause you don’t remember where the hotel is, closing out strip joints till 6am in the morning etc. etc: So many wild things have happened, all we can do is smile.

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

Have a good time all the time! We live one life people, one life. Everyone has their problems and issues but we can also have our fun too and live a little. Try to enjoy each day as it comes and motivate yourself to live stress free.

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

This one is a dooozy, BON SCOTT of AC/DC, damn what we would do to pick his brain about music and life. RIP Brotha!

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

The best thing about being a musician is bringing joy to people through music we created. Of course we love the free alcohol, the girls etc. But besides that, it’s the look on people’s faces when they are having a genuine good time. It makes us so proud of what we do. When somebody takes the time to write a message via Instagram or an email thanking you for performing and moving them, it’s truly a special feeling.

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

The music industry is always changing and going through waves. I personally think it’s in a good spot now. If we had to make a change, I guess it would be putting more time into new bands/artists even if they don’t have the biggest following.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Hmmm….”Let There Be Rock” – AC/DC
Killer record!

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

Definitely CD and Vinyl! But all of these ways of listening have their advantages. I’m not sure about Cassette only cause not too many people have them. Nowadays people are buying Vinyl again and CD’s. Luckily they make cool new record players and even CD players too. Downloaded music is great for Bluetooth to the car and all that. I do think it’s a shame that a lot of car companies don’t even build CD players in their cars anymore! They better change that.

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

Best show so far was when we performed the ROCKLAHOMA festival two years in a row! So much fun, love you all out there in Oklahoma!

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

Ummm….probably dead. Rock n Roll is our way of life, no hobby.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

We would send special invites to:
Ozzy Osbourne
Steven Tyler
Don Rickles
Bon Scott
David Lee Roth

What’s next for the band?

Next up, we will be playing a butt load of shows all over the east coast. We are promoting our new EP “Singin ‘N’ Slingin” and plan on some music videos for the songs within the next couple months. We will also have merch available on our website for people to buy. Then we will be hitting the studio and tracking a few more new tunes for winter 2020.

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

To find us, look us up on Instagram and Facebook:
https://www.instagram.com/wildplanes/
https://www.facebook.com/wildplanesband/
https://www.wildplanesband.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Well, everyone knows they are a biscuit-sized cake 😉

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

We appreciate you and everyone reading this article! Thank you for the support and we hope to see y’all on the road, cheers! Let’s get wild!
Thank you so much!

 

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EMQ’s with DISPOSABLE

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EMQ’s with DISPOSABLE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Edinburgh, Scotland based Thrash band Disposable! Huge thanks to Lead Vocalist/Bassist Billy Robertson 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 Billy, the bass player and lead vocalist for Disposable. We’re a “hybrid” thrash band from Edinburgh. I’m not sure what that actually means but someone used the phrase once and I thought it was neat. We started in 2009 as children, and have since released two albums and an EP. We’ve only really been gigging properly and taking this “seriously” since our debut album “At The Foot Of The World” came out in 2014. We’ve done a whole bunch of cool tours in the UK and we’ve just finished our first European Tour, so things are going well at the moment!

How did you come up with your band name?

We used to be called “Disposable Heroes”, after the Metallica song. I think a lot of people were turning up to shows expecting a Metallica cover band and being disappointed when we played original stuff. Plus at the time we were little kids and my wardrobe was entirely Metallica Tshirts. We knocked off the ‘heroes’ and stuck with Disposable, which actually kind of works now as a lot of our lyrical content is about the fragility of self. Maybe I’m just clutching at straws there though.

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

We’re from Scotland. At the moment the scene up here is actually pretty good, especially in Edinburgh which is where we are from. There are a lot of like-minded people up here at the moment who are trying to create something from nothing, and A LOT of great bands. So aye, it’s pretty healthy. Shout out to the C.S.T Elite Union Squad – never change.

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

Our latest release is “Suffocator”, which is our second full length album. We’re really proud of it. It is definitely our best material so far and the feedback has been great! It’s a bit of a sub-genre mash up with the roots mainly in thrash. We think it’s pretty cool.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our greatest influences at the moment are each other, our friends, and the other amazing, hardworking bands in the underground scene right now. Anyone that puts passion into their own creativity or encourages you to put it into yours is an inspiration. Just nice, supportive people really.

What first got you into music?

“Ride The Lightning” was my first metal album. A member of staff at an after school club I went to as a child noticed I was growing my hair and told me I should listen to it. I did, and here we are.

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

Kingpin from Glasgow! Ideally without us, though. And it’d be a full album. Just release a full album, Kingpin.

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

I found out there is a festival in Kenya called Nairobi Metal Festival, which looks cool. I don’t think there is a lot of metal happening over there (maybe that is ignorance, though), but it just seems like it’d be a blast and a culture shock, while still just being a bunch of lads hanging out to listen to riffs.

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

Not really weird, but my friend Hannah just straight up gave us 40 euros for the Euro Tour and we took 10 euros each and put it towards entry to a Theme Park in Germany. I thought it was funny to not buy merch, just give over cash. We also got a drawing of a pig in a Disposable Tshirt one time. I can’t really think of many more gifts we’ve received.

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

Thank you! Keep supporting underground bands!

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

Coco from Defacer!

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

I enjoy pretty much everything about it. Gigging, writing, recording, hanging out with friends, meeting new people, going to new places, arguing about lyrics, using Ikea bags as pillows on tour. The only thing I really hate about it is when someone comes up to the merch stand and says £15 is too expensive for a T-shirt.

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

People wouldn’t look at me like I’m a spoilt brat when I ask for a £100 guarantee.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I’ve got so many, but I’ll go for something different than my usual response. “Dead Set” by King Parrot is probably my favourite release in the last 5 years. It’s pretty much perfect for me.

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

They’ve all got their place, I suppose. I pretty much listen to music exclusively online now, so downloads, it’s just so easy. I think as a product, vinyl is the best, just because you can hold it in your hands and be like “this exists, it’s not a shitty plastic case and it looks beautiful”.

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

There have been a lot that are really, really good. My personal favourite has to be one of our album launch shows in Edinburgh probably, just because of the sentimental value. We recently played a sold out show in Switzerland which was also amazing for obvious reasons – our first sold out show in mainland Europe!

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

I feel quite comfortable as a performer, so probably still something in that kind of area. I would love to be an actor, but fuck that. I also enjoy painting and stuff, so something creative-arty for sure. I’d quite like to be that bloke that goes on tours with bands and organises social media and merch and stuff, that’d be cool. It seems like I’m pretty much hardwired to want to do something that takes a lot of work but pays fuck all for some reason.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The Disposable boys Jack, Oliver and Liam, obviously! Doesn’t really matter who else!

What’s next for the band?

We just finished our Euro Tour and have a fairly quiet summer. Then as of August through to October we have about 13 or 14 shows in the UK and Ireland which is our “UK Tour” for the new album. We’re also looking into Europe again next year and laying the foundations for that. Plus we just started writing album 3 and also have plans for another release, possibly this year, too. So pretty busy!

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

We use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Bandcamp. Search Disposable on Facebook or go to www.facebook.com/DisposableThrash. Instagram is @disposablethrash, Twitter is @Dispo_Thrash and the bandcamp link is www.disposablethrash.bandcamp.com. We also have a merch store which is www.disposablethrash.bigcartel.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re wee cakes. Otherwise they’d be called Jaffa Biscuits. They’re just biscuit sized, which adds a bit of a question mark for some reason. But you wouldn’t just start calling a biscuit that is the size of a cake a cake just because it’s big. You’d be like, “look at that big biscuit!” Here how fucking nuts is it that Americans call scones “biscuits”. That is fucking mental. That is the real question.

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

Thank you Ever Metal for the interview! I really appreciate it. Thanks to all the Disposable followers out there. Long live the CST! Be kind to people!

 

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EMQ’s with STARGAZERY

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EMQ’s with STARGAZERY

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Finnish Melodic Heavy Metal band Stargazery! Huge thanks to Guitarist/Backing Vocalist Pete Ahonen 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?

Pete Ahonen – Guitars & Backing Vocals. I started this band somewhere in 2005 simply because I wrote a song that imo didn’t fit to my other bands (Burning Point & Ghost Machinery) style. That song was later named to ‘How Many Miles’ 🙂
Since then we’ve released two albums, “Eye On The Sky” (2011) and “Stars Aligned” (2015). Currently we’re recording our third album “Constellation” and hopefully it is out by the end of this year. Also the new single ‘Sinners In Shadows’ will be released within a week.

How did you come up with your band name?

I think we started as Stargazer, but soon realized there are so many Stargazer’s out there and just added the Y 🙂

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

We are from Finland and the scene seems to be ever growing and vibrant. Lots of new bands popping up and the older ones conquering the world. 🙂

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

The latest album is “Stars Aligned” which was released in 2015, but the new single ‘Sinners In Shadows’ will be released in a week and the whole album “Constellation” within the year 2019
STARGAZERY – Sinners In Shadows – official Video (PURE LEGEND RECORDS)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Twza379Zk_Y

Who have been your greatest influences?

80’s Metal/Hard Rock in general. Whitesnake, Dio, Yngwie Malmsteen, Def Leppard etc.

What first got you into music?

I think my biggest epiphany came when my friend’s sister was blasting Accept and suddenly I was like, what is this!? This I need more 🙂 Hai lii hai looo…‘Fast As A Shark’!

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I think any of these 80’s bands out there still doing it 🙂

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

Wacken! Definitively Wacken :-). It is like THE Metal Festival in the world!

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

I think we haven’t received any odd stuff….yet 🙂

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

Thank you for your support!

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

Hmmm there are many great musicians that have passed way too soon, but maybe Ronnie James Dio.

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

I love creating something out of nothing, I love working in the studio and love playing on stage. Maybe not ‘hate’, but to travel hours and hours and the waiting before going on stage are a bit ‘unpleasent’.

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

More money to support the smaller bands and give them a chance to shine!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

To pick just one is haaaard! Hmmm, let’s just say Accept – “Restless And Wild”

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

CD’s & Vinyls. I do have few Cassettes too and I buy them from the flea-markets etc if they’re cheap :-). Downloads are not the thing for me.

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

I think there isn’t one single gig, but some of the highlights are definitively Sweden Rock, Tuska Festival, Jalometalli Festival etc. I enjoy every gig we do!

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

Very difficult question….I think I would be just “normal” family / working man, without the music 🙂

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My wife, my mom and couple good friends!

What’s next for the band?

A new video single ‘Sinners In Shadows’ will be released within a week and we continue to record our third album “Constellation”.

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

Youtube and Facebook mostly.
https://www.facebook.com/stargazery/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxR-v9ftG5Rjkud8KKiHn3g

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

😀 Tough! I’d say biscuit!

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

Thank you very much for this great interview! I hope people love the new single / album and also purchase the Eye On The Sky vinyl ! Feel free to drop us a comment and join our facebook pages www.facebook.com/stargazery
Cheers!
Pete Ahonen
Stargazery

 

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EMQ’s with DAYS TO COME

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EMQ’s with DAYS TO COME

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Albany, GA based Hard Rock band Days To Come! 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?

Justin:- My name is Justin Goodson and I’m the vocalist for Days To Come. We’ve been around for five years and have gone through a few line-up changes, but feel confident in the team we currently have.

How did you come up with your band name?

Justin: – Years ago, Brandon and I were frustrated that we had all of the pieces to put a band together except for a drummer. I was at my day job one day and just thought that everything would work out and it would be better in the “days to come”.

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

Jalen: – I’m from the U.S.A. The metal scene isn’t as prominent in Georgia (state) but there are those bright spots where it thrives.

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

Brandon: – Our latest single is ‘Wolves’ (June 2019). We’re pumped to tour and promote it. We also released a lyric video for it with footage from different shows we’ve played in 2019.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gS839Rzpg-U

Who have been your greatest influences?

Justin: – Alter Bridge is a huge influence for me. I also grew up listening to 80’s pop and a lot of that influenced me melodically and vocally.

What first got you into music?

Jalen: – Hearing ‘We Are The Champions’ when I was three years old. Yup!

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

Brandon: – I would want to do something with Plini. Mainly just to watch him play for free. What a talent.

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

Jalen: – I’d love to play Rock Am Ring one day! So many of my childhood influences play there and it’s one of those few occasions where the rock community comes together and puts all differences aside to enjoy great music.

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

Justin: – I don’t think any gift is “weird”. They all come from a place of love and I appreciate anytime someone goes out of their way to let me know our music has made an impact on their life.

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

Justin: – We’re so thankful for your support along this journey. We absolutely love meeting you and spending time with you and can’t wait for you to hear what we’re working on.

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

Brandon: – Chris Cornell. Just so I could wait another 10 years and hear his smooth olden blues voice.

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

Jalen: – I enjoy the shows and meeting new people the most for sure! There’s nothing I’d say I “hate”, but I really am not of fan of breaking down my drum kit.

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

Justin: – It seems like a lot of information isn’t shared with newer, up and coming artists. They do something because they think that’s the “right” thing to do in the situation and, often times, make a poor choice.It would be great if more information was more available to help grow a young artist’s career.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Brandon: – Tesseract – “Altered State”. To this day, I’m still learning different things from that album. Plus hearing Ashe O’hara is just a dream.

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

Jalen: – I prefer CD’s myself but with the way the world is going now, downloads are easier and more convenient.

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

Justin: – A few years back, we had the opportunity to support Art Of Anarchy at the Masquerade in Atlanta, GA. Scott Stapp was their vocalist at the time and it was really cool to meet those guys.

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

Brandon: – Saving a lot more money and not having a broken back at 23.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jalen: – Layne Staley, Abraham Lincoln, Ian McKellen, Gal Gadot, and Slash.

What’s next for the band?

Justin: – We’re excited to promote our new single ‘Wolves’ (June 2019) and tour! We’re playing a short tour in June with our friends in Ventruss and 7 Stone Riot and we’re hitting the road again in July to tour up to Rock Fest in Wisconsin.

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

Justin: – We’re on all of the social sites – @daystocomemusic. We’re also on all of the major online outlets – iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, Google Play, etc.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Brandon: – Imagine not calling jaffa cake a cake. What are we? Neanderthals?

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

Justin – Feel free to connect with us on your favourite social media platform – @daystocomemusic and listen to our new single ‘Wolves’!

Days To Come

 

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EMQ’s with SICK

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EMQ’s with SICK

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Liverpool, UK Speed Rock band SICK! Huge thanks to Drummer/Vocalist Luke Daley 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?

Luke Daley. I play drums and sing. SICK really have only been around for seven months. We tried to put a band together beforehand, but until last November we had incomplete line-ups and arguments over the band’s direction. Once we had Max join the band everything slotted into place. We’ve played over ten gigs in five months including two O2 Academies, and we have a major record coming up. It’s going great.

How did you come up with your band name?

I just thought it up. We needed something short and sweet.

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

UK, Liverpool. The scene is small in Liverpool. There isn’t a rock scene in a sense of the bands around – not the audience. If you’re like us you have to, as standard, play alongside metal bands just to get gigs. That’s what we’ve had to do until recently.

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

‘Close Call’ (Single). We have an EP in the works.

Who have been your greatest influences?

For me personally The Ramones!

What first got you into music?

I played FIFA 98 on the PS1 when I was about 6 years old, and I loved the soundtrack. Still a Blur fan.

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

I’m not sure to be honest. We write music a certain way and it’s subject to whoever we’d work with. I could say I’d love to work with Saxon, but they might not fit us if that makes sense.

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

Download Festival. We’d do well there.

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

Actual money for a T-shirt!

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

Come see us live please!

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

The Ramones! Without a doubt!

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

Playing mainly and the reward you feel when you write a decent song. I don’t like the travelling to and from gigs, but that’s pretty much a requirement in the music industry.

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

The focus on Rap and Dance music right now! I don’t like the fact that even though we are on the verge of a new subgenre (Speed Rock), SICK can be dismissed as just another rock band.

Name one of your all-me favourite albums?

Xentrix – “Shared Existence”.

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

Downloads! Unless you can get me a phone that can take my 7″ singles, I’ll stick to downloads.

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

Probably one of the dates we did at the Arts Club or M2TM Merseyside. They were short and tight sets. Loved playing them and we seemed to get a good reaction.

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

Doing a teacher training course!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I don’t have dinner parties lol.

What’s next for the band?

Produce the EP and gig all summer. We’ll end up throwing that disc at record labels. Hopefully someone takes us on.

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

Facebook, Twitter, Spotify, Deezer, iTunes, YouTube, Soundcloud, Instagram etc.!
https://www.facebook.com/SickBandOfficial/
https://twitter.com/Sick_Band_UK
https://www.instagram.com/sick_band_official/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re lovely.

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

Thanks for interviewing me!

 

SICK

 

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EMQ’s with HAIDUK

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EMQ’s with HAIDUK

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Calgary, Canada Death Metal solo project Haiduk! Huge thanks to Luka Milojica 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 the solo project Haiduk and I play rhythm guitar. I also handle vocals, bass and drum programming. I was disillusioned with the metal scene and wanted to do something different while staying true to fast, dark metal.

How did you come up with your band name?

In Balkan and East European history and folklore, a ‘hajduk’ is a lone warrior who lives in the forest and fights against outsiders. It’s a reflection of my personality and background.

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

Canada has a good metal scene. I don’t focus too much on any scene and it doesn’t affect me. I focus on Haiduk and not on what anyone else is doing.

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

My latest offering is “Exomancer”. On this album I tried to create a dark atmosphere by combining fast riffs with layers of evil melodies.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Slayer, Megadeth, Testament, etc., in the beginning. After that, it was black metal. The first two solo projects I heard about were Burzum and Vintersorg, and they kind of showed that it can be done alone. There’s also some influence from later Swedish thrash/death bands like Carnal Forge and Vomitory.

What first got you into music?

I was fortunate to have an older brother and a cousin who both listened to metal.

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

Haiduk!

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

Preferably some underground death fest that hasn’t been commercialized yet. These major fests that have once respectable black metal bands opening for nu metal and rock are a shame.

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

A wooden block, with the Haiduk logo perfectly cut and carved into it.

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

Thank you for the support.

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

Fuck bringing them back? The scene is crowded with these 50 and 60-year-olds bands. More of them should die. Or at least stop making music.

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

The best part is writing the songs. In composing, you hold all the power, and there are an infinite number of decisions.

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

I don’t think that way. The industry is out of my control. I just look at how it is and the best ways to infiltrate it as much as possible, while staying true to myself and true to metal.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Sepultura – “Arise”

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

CD.

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

The best gigs are usually the album release shows. For the “Spellbook” show I played the whole album front to back. For “Demonicon” in 2016 and for “Exomancer” this year it was total chaos, with huge turnout, fights breaking out and support from the best local black metal bands.

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

Something else creative. Writing books, maybe.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

No idea. Maybe a few influential guitarists. I had a chance to meet Kerry King and Dave Mustaine and they were both cool and down to earth, so maybe them and some others.

What’s next for the band?

More promotion for “Exomancer” through shows and online media.

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

My homepage, Bandcamp, and Youtube!
https://www.haiduk.ca/
https://haiduk.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/HAIDUKplague

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They need their own subgenre.

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

Order ‘Exomancer’ at www.haiduk.ca or http://haiduk.bandcamp.com.

Haiduk

 

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EMQ’s with FINDING KATE

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EMQ’s with FINDING KATE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London based, Rock/Alternative Solo Artist Finding Kate! Huge thanks to Kate for taking part!

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

My name is Finding Kate and I am a solo artist based in London. I am Australian/Cypriot and moved to London about 5 years ago. My music is Alternative/Rock with undertones of Pop and in 2016 I released my debut album “If I Fall”. Now I have just released my new single called ‘I Feel Bad’, almost 3 years later! I sing and play the piano.

How did you come up with your stage name?

Well my name is actually Katerina but everyone calls me Kate! When I first started my career, I decided my artist name would just be KATE. Then I realised no-one could find me online – if you searched for Kate there were millions of results about Kate Bush, Kate Winslet, Kate Upton, Kate Middleton and never me :-(. Since no-one could find me, I decided to go with Finding Kate! True story!

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

I am from Australia and Cyprus. I grew up in Cyprus and I think there’s a pretty good metal scene there for the size of the country. I’ve discovered that there are a lot of metalheads scattered all around Cyprus! In general though, the music scene over there is not very big. There are limited venues to play at and almost no festivals around. We don’t have promoters or agents, it’s pretty much direct contact with venues which is both good and bad. It’s very different to the UK.

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

My latest single is called ‘I Feel Bad’ and it is available on all platforms! Also the video is out on my Youtube channel.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ppguXD6k9GU

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influences are all within the Rock/Alternative world! Avril Lavigne, Flyleaf, Evanescence, The Pretty Reckless, Halestorm, Paramore – there are a lot of females that really inspire me. Also some of my newer discoveries like Deftones, Nothing But Thieves, Highly Suspect, PVRIS. I grew up listening to amazing bands like Pearl Jam, Bon Jovi, Linkin Park, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots and more thanks to my dad’s musical tastes. I guess all of these artists/bands have influenced me in some way. 🙂

What first got you into music?

I remember seeing a piano tutor’s flyer on my parents’ car when I was about 11 and we decided I would try out piano lessons. Then I took vocal lessons and here I am today! I also think listening to all these different artists/bands I mentioned previously on a daily basis at home helped me really get into music.

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

Avril Lavigne!

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

Download or Rock Am Ring. I’m not sure which I’d choose. They both are huge in the Rock world and I love the fact that they are both quite diverse with their line-ups.

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

I haven’t received a gift yet. What am I doing wrong?!

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

Believe in yourself & keep going.

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

Chris Cornell. Chris has a special place in my heart.

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

I enjoy singing and playing the piano – I love creating music and letting go of little parts of me. I feel like with every note I sing or play I release things from inside me.
I hate how expensive certain gear is…hahaha.

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

That’s a tough one, I don’t know where to begin. I’ve been thinking about this question for the last few days but I don’t have a solid answer! I think overall the music industry causes a lot of pressure & stress to a lot of us. You have to put in a lot of work and most of the times you may not be seeing any results (well, visible results anyway). I wish the industry was easier to tackle from many different aspects. From a finance point of view all the way to social media and promotion. So, the one thing I’d change is how complicated the industry is! Haha.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Let Go” – Avril Lavigne.

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

I’ve never had vinyl before but I am interested in getting some in the future!
I personally love CD’s and CD artwork though. I much prefer them over downloads.

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

Probably back home in Cyprus at Ravens in 2015. I loved the atmosphere so much!

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

I think I would still be involved in the music industry, maybe within a label doing marketing, social media, promotions etc. Or maybe a make-up artist!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Amy Lee, P!nk, Lacey Sturm, Lizzy Hale and Taylor Momsen. They all seem like they’d be really cool to hang out with.
Sorry Avril, I don’t have space to invite you this time…

What’s next for you?

I have a series of singles ready to be released over the next few months. Eventually, they will go on an album, but there’s no rush for an album yet. The singles will hopefully set the ground for what is to follow from me! I am planning some more shows as well!

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

My website www.findingkatemusic.com has all my music, videos, tour dates etc. I am also on all the usual digital platforms like Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Deezer etc.
I use Instagram & Facebook the most out of all my social media – but wherever you search for me, you should be able to find me. Just type in ‘Finding Kate’ into Google!

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are biscuits and I am obsessed with them. I can eat so many of them in one go. I just stuff them whole in my mouth. Haha.

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

Thank you for the questions & for supporting independent artists such as myself.
Hope you like the new track. 🙂

 

Finding Kate

 

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EMQ’s with LORDS OF SALEM

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EMQ’s with LORDS OF SALEM

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German based Rock/Metal/Gothic/Doom band Lords Of Salem! 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?

Hello, my name is Apostel and I’m the vocalist from Lords Of Salem. First plans to start this band came up 2015, when Marple (Bass) travelled to Wacken. In 2016 the first line up was complete we started with the songwriting and rehearsals. 2017 we entered the stage for the first time.

How did you come up with your band name?

Inspired by Rob Zombie’s movie “The Lords of Salem”!

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

We are from Germany and of course the metal scene is quite big. Everybody listens to different styles of Rock & Metal. There are festivals like Wacken, Summerbreeze, Bang Your Head, With Full Force and many more. So the German metal scene is pretty vital.

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

Our latest release is our EP “Hell Over Salem” and 2 videos “Hell Over Salem & “Rock n Roll Machine”, now we are at work on the next video.

Who have been your greatest influences?

In my case, Kiss, Mötley Crüe, Alice Cooper, Motörhead, Iron Maiden, Saxon, Alien Sex Fiend, The Cure, Bauhaus and so many more.

What first got you into music?

Kiss, Kiss and Kiss!

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

Beastö Blancö!

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

Wacken ’cause it’s the biggest in Germany!

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

None

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

Guys, you rock!

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

Lemmy Kilmister!

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

Love – Playing live / hate – pay to play!

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

Nothing, it is what it is.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Ace Of Spades – Motörhead

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

In earlier days I preferred Vinyl, now I buy CD’s!

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

Walpurgisschlacht Hexentanz Festival

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

A fighter pilot!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Paul Stanley, Alice Cooper, Rob Zombie, Vince Neil and Mikkey Dee

What’s next for the band?

Songwriting for the first Album!

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

Spotify, Apple Music, Deezer, Bandcamp, YouTube and many more…
https://lords-of-salem.jimdo.com/
https://www.facebook.com/lordsofsalemmusic/
https://lordsofsalemmusic.bandcamp.com/releases
https://open.spotify.com/artist/5XGCOxZ4ivPlohLtOErsUV

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Don’t like ’em at all.

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

Thank you for your support and making this interview possible and THX to our fans – rock on guys! LORDS OF SALEM.

 

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EMQ’s with PINTO GRAHAM

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EMQ’s with PINTO GRAHAM

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with New Haven, Connecticut, Southern Stoner/Rock trio Pinto Graham! Huge thanks to guitarist Andre Roman 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 Andre Roman, guitar player in Pinto Graham. Pinto Graham was started as a 2 piece (bass and drums) band by Ant and Brian sometime around 2013 or so. A friend of mine had played guitar with them briefly before moving to California and I was introduced to the guys with the hopes of replacing him. It was a great fit and I joined the band in 2016.

How did you come up with your band name?

Ant (bass/vocals) came up with the name. I believe it was really just a version of some of his favourite band names…Pink Floyd, Lynyrd Skynyrd etc…

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

Our drummer Brian is originally from Buenos Aires, Argentina. Ant and I are from the United States. The metal scene here in the US is amazing! It’s thriving well and really embracing all the styles within the “metal” title.

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

Our latest release is Entitled “DOS”. Our second record, oddly enough following our first record, “UNO”. We have just released a single from DOS called ‘Southern Superstitions.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally my greatest musical influences are Cream, Led Zeppelin, Grand Funk Railroad, Black Sabbath, the Melvins, Mudhoney, RL Burnside, Junior Kimbrough….to name a few!

What first got you into music?

My older brother introduced me to punk when I was around 10 years old. Black Flag, Bad Brains…and at the same time I received my first guitar. So I spent a lot of time learning songs by Mudhoney, Dinosaur JR, Sonic Youth…

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

That’s a tough question! I would really love to collaborate with the guys in Earthless. Maybe just an improvised jam or something!

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

Any rock festival in Europe would be awesome.

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

Boogie!! Have a great time, all the time! And thank you for coming to shows.

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

Jimi Hendrix. No doubt.

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

Well, I don’t hate any of it. As long as we get to play, there shouldn’t be anything to hate. Maybe typing out interview answers…I’d rather talk to people. Other than that, it’s a good gig being a musician. The most enjoyable part is playing and meeting other bands and talking about gear or studios.

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

We try hard not to be involved in the music industry per se…We don’t have a label and if we did we’d want it to be a small one that appreciates music rather than how much money an artist can pull in.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The ‘Red Album’ by Grand Funk Railroad is just one of my favourites.

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

Vinyl with a download is the best.

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

All of them rock!! We just try to make sure we have a good time all the time.

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

I’d be a carpenter. Oh wait…I mean…I am a carpenter. Music ain’t payin the bills!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Frank Zappa and whatever 4 people he wanted to bring.

What’s next for the band?

We’ll be playing shows in support of “DOS” and getting new songs ready for the next record!

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

https://pintograham.com
https://pintograham.bandcamp.com/releases
https://m.facebook.com/pintograham.band/
https://www.instagram.com/pinto_graham/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’d maybe call them a cookie…a fucking delicious cookie/biscuit hahaha!

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

Thank you. Hopefully we can rock out for y’all sometime!

 

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