EMQ’s with DYSTORCHESTRA

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EMQ’s with DYSTORCHESTRA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Louisville, Kentucky based Progressive Rock/Metal band, Dystorchestra. Huge thanks to guitarist, David Kisselbaugh, 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 David Kisselbaugh, and I am the guitarist for the Progressive Metal band Dystorchestra. I’m joined in Dystorchestra by Shawn Dugdale (Keyboards and Guitar), Shawn Matty (Guitar), Tim Owens (Drums), Joe Easley (Bass) and Steve Yocum (Vocals). We formed out of a passion for progressive music and combined that with our love of story-telling to produce narrative driven music that reflects the times we live in.

How did you come up with your band name?

Dystorchestra is a portmanteau of the words Dystopia and Orchestra. We felt like it was a perfect description of the subject matter of most of our songs and the density of the music.

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

We are from Louisville, KY in the United States. We have a vibrant metal and original music scene here. It’s generally more on the metalcore side of the genre historically but we’re starting to see more progressive and technical bands show up.

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

Our latest release is our debut album “Deus Ex Machina Pt. 1” as well as a companion novella to bring the story of the music to life. “Deus Ex Machina, Pt. 1” tells the story of Thomas, an infantry soldier who is conscripted to fight on the front lines of an endless domestic war that has torn the United States apart. He is forced to choose, first, between family and country, and second, between the family he is born into and the family he has made with the fate of the world resting on his decisions.

‘Burn It Down’ (Lyric Video)

‘Anarcadia’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

That’s one of the best things about being in Dystorchestra. We all have vast and varied influences, and they all coalesce in our sound. There are the obvious progressive influences like Coheed and Cambria, Queensrÿche, and Dream Theater. But you can also find some death metal, funk, and jazz/fusion aspects in our sound.

What first got you into music?

For me it was the 90’s rock bands like Nirvana, Soundgarden, etc. I quickly moved on to the shred stuff that came in the 80’s on the Shrapnel label and heavier metal like death and thrash metal.

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

I would say having Steven Wilson produce the next Dystorchestra album would be an incredible collaboration. I think he would bring out some truly magical stuff in this context. But, isn’t everything he does magical?!

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

I’d love to be on our hometown festival Louder Than Life. There’s nothing like playing a huge hometown crowd.

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

I can’t think of an answer for this. But, in a previous band, we were opening for a big regional band that had a member who went by the name Goat. To thank them for giving us a shot we gave them a taxidermized goat’s head. They mounted it on the inside of their van.

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

Thank you. We put this music together for our own gratification. To make something we believed in completely. The fact that so many others have responded to it is truly touching.

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

Frank Zappa. Hands down. I would love to talk to him about what he truly felt was important in music and ask him about how he went from hearing such crazy music in his head, to putting it on stage.

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

I love performing most. Nothing like playing for others. I hate the load out at the end of the night.

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

Streaming royalties. It remains the most broken part of the industry. I don’t have all of the answers to this issue, but an artist who has thousands of streams a month should be able to sustain themselves financially on that usage. If the business models of the streaming companies who provide the service cannot support that, they either need to get a new business model or find a way to support it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

King Crimson – “Thrak”. It was my gateway to progressive music and stays in rotation today. Doesn’t have a lot to do with how Dystorchestra sounds but it led me to a lot of things that formed my approach to music today.

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

Honestly, I think CD’s were the apex of fidelity. I still like to buy them and listen to the full lossless tracks at least a few times before succumbing to the convenience of downloads/streaming. That is, of course, getting harder and harder to do.

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

A sweaty club gig at Third St. Dive in Louisville, KY. The crowd was amped and a mosh pit developed that spilled out of the front door into the middle of Third St. downtown. The Bar owner was blowing fireballs with Bacardi 151. Truly epic night!

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

If we’re talking artistically, I’ve always wanted to work in sketch comedy.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d like to be a fly on the wall for the conversation if Steven Wilson, Claudio Sanchez, Jake Willson, Mikael Akerfeldt and Guthrie Govan were all having dinner together. I don’t think I would have a thing to say. I would just want to absorb that vibe.

What’s next for the band?

As the Covid restrictions ease up we’re going to be mounting a stage show for “Deus Ex Machina Pt. 1” and start writing songs for Pt. 2.

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

Everything can be found at www.dystorchestra.com. That has links to everything we do.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Being an American, I’ve never had them. But, Wikipedia tells me they are biscuit sized cakes, so, we’ll go with that!

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

Thank you for having us!

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EMQ’s with DARKEST HORIZON

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EMQ’s with DARKEST HORIZON

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Berlin, Germany based Epic-Melodic Death Metal band, Darkest Horizon. Huge thanks to guitarist, Daniel, 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 Daniel, guitarist of DARKEST HORIZON. We have experienced quite a lot. We released two EP´s, two Albums and our third single in a row last month. We played many festivals around the globe. To name some of them, we have been second headliner at Maelstrom Festival in Sri Lanka, Metaldays: Slovenia, Metal Gates Festival Romania, Dong Open Air Germany and many more. We have toured with Cradle of Filth, Septicflesh and Wintersun. Ok, to be honest, now that I read this, it’s quite a lot.

How did you come up with your band name?

This name exists longer than I do in this band. I only know that Olli, our former lead guitarist and the second founding member, came up with this name.

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

I am from Germany. The metal scene here is nice, but I have to admit, that I´m the wrong one to ask about the metal scene here in Germany. I like visiting festivals with my friends, and I do know some people around, but I rarely go to bars and meet people there.

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

Our latest release is single “Conquer And Command”. You can find it everywhere as long as you are online 😊.

‘Conquer And Command’ (Visualiser)

‘Ad Nauseam’ (Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Oh, that is a difficult one. Me personally, I love Nuno Bettencourt and Angus Young but there are many more styles and guitarists like Pat Metheny and John Scofield I look up to. For Darkest Horizon I think there are much more different genres and styles from which we mix and build our own style.

What first got you into music?

At the age of 12 I got my first CD from my mother. It was at the Airport. She just let me choose one CD from my likes. My choice was AC/DC´s “Highway To Hell”. This is how I became infected with music. Later on, I fell in love quite fast with bands like Dimmu Borgir, Norther, Imperanon and Ensiferum.

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

Oh, maybe Hans Zimmer and Two Steps from Hell. For metal it could be interesting to work with bands like Nightwish, Amorphis and of course the big ones like Iron Maiden etc.

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

I would like to play Wacken very much, I´ve been there several times and the people are just amazing. The audience is so nice and friendly, of course it´s overcrowded by now but still I could imagine that it would be amazing to play there.

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

Hmm, so far nothing special, some mobile numbers but that´s it for now. But Jonas had a weird experience: A fan asked him, if he can give them his wet and dirty stage outfit after a show. This was a new one for all of us.

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

Thank you that you support us with all our ideas and that you have been with us all the time. Without you we would not be here (anymore).

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

For me personally it would be Lemmy, his attitude with his fans and his way to never give up his passion is a true inspiration for me.

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

Of course, the most enjoyable thing is to make music. That´s why we are here, and this is what we love. Furthermore, it is the fact to continue learning more over time. You learn how to make videos, photos, how to run a company and do different things and witness if your ideas work or not. I don´t like the fact that you have to wait a lot, sitting around and waiting for your time to soundcheck etc. Therefore, you need something that you can do with your spare time. Another no go in my opinion is the music business itself. So many companies are trying to trick you, some on purpose, others don’t know any better; that young bands are pushed to decisions they can´t overview, because they think “a company always helps and maybe we sign here so we can be bigger”, but young bands can´t see what really happens. So, this is a point I hate, because so many wonderful and talented bands get caught early in their careers and they aren´t able to reach their full potential because of the trap they are stuck in.

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

If a band is able to reach a certain level of “fame”, give them a chance.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Fiction” by Dark Tranquillity.

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

I am an internet addict. So, I love streaming and downloads. For Darkest Horizon, the online way is a great way to knock ourselves out. Currently we don´t release CD’s but singles. We can develop our sound from song to song and take our fans with us on this journey.

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

For me there is no best gig. We have played a lot of amazing shows but some of them are standing out. One is the Maelstrom Festival we played. We flew to Sri Lanka, played there and the day after we flew back to Germany. It was hard, never slept less but the experience was outstanding. The two tours with Wintersun were amazing as well. We played a European tour together, we got to know each other, and a good relationship has developed between the two bands and the touring team. So, we went to Finland and played a tour there and the bond between us became even stronger.

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

I am currently still studying to become a teacher for special needs, so if it fits with the music, I will do that on top, but I would prefer to do music only.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Yes, that´s an easy one, my girlfriend and the rest of the band.

What’s next for the band?

We are working on some new stuff but for sure, the next single just awaits being released soon.

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

We love the idea behind Bandcamp, so we use it a lot.
www.darkesthorizon.bandcamp.com

To tell our stories we use Instagram.
www.instagram.com/darkesthorizon

But you can find us almost anywhere.
www.youtube.com/darkesthorizonband
www.facebook.com/darkesthorizon

Spotify (but we are on almost every other streaming platform, too) www.open.spotify.com/artist/69pjvzdL4JuBCcRyyYFpGn

Our homepage
www.darkesthorizon.com

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

😉

www.en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jaffa_Cakes (That’s cheating – Rick 😊)

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

Thank you for these amazing questions. Really enjoyed to go through this. If the gentle reader wishes to support us, we can only recommend visiting the online shop on our homepage.

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EMQ’s with TERMINALIST

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EMQ’s with TERMINALIST

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Copenhagen, Denmark based Hyperthrash band, Terminalist. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist, Emil Hansen, for taking part.

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

We’re Terminalist and we play hyperthrash, which is a self-proclaimed genre tag describing our mixture of thrash, black and prog with strong sci-fi-lyrics and concepts. The band was founded in 2018 by me; guitarist and vocalist Emil Hansen, guitarist Morten Bruun, and drummer Frederik Amris, but it took some time before we got a regular bass player in Kalle Tiihonen, our American element with a Finnish name, who joined in 2020. Hence, we are a Danish-American band.

How did you come up with your band name?

Kind of hard to say. It was a struggle to come up with something that wasn’t in use already, related to our sound and sci-fi themes, and had a good ring to it. The result was Terminalist; it has an 80’s vibe which fits our retro thrash sound, it is part homage to Vektor’s landmark Terminal Redux album and the Terminator franchise, and it relates to our themes of speed, acceleration, and death: The terminal is a place from which you leave to travel elsewhere but it’s also the plane where you leave life and enter the realm of death. Plus, it sounds cool.

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

Copenhagen, Denmark with a little bit of Waco, Texas from Kalle. We can’t really speak a lot on the Waco scene these days, but Copenhagen is thriving and has been for many years (when we look past the pandemic and all). There’s a lot of quality black metal (Slægt, Solbrud, Orm for instance) coming out of here, we have the whole Kill-Town death metal scene (Undergang, Taphos, Deiquisitor) and some great hardcore acts (EYES, Demersal, Hexis, Telos, Throwe).

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

Well, our album, “The Great Acceleration”, was released on May 7th 2021 through Indisciplinarian, so our latest release would be ‘Terminal Dispatch’; the second single and video for the album. If we look past the upcoming album, it would be the single ‘Voyagers’ from last year.

‘Terminal Dispatch (Official Video)

‘Relentless Alteration’ (Official Video)

‘Voyagers’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Vektor, Rush, Metallica, Testament, Death, Judas Priest, Melechesh, Coroner, Anacrusis, Tribulation, Unto Others (formerly Idle Hands), Deep Purple, Black Sabbath. To name a few.

What first got you into music?

A Beatles compilation. Later, my dad’s records with Deep Purple and Alice Cooper paved the way.

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

You can namedrop a lot of talented people who have inspired you in a spot like this. But if it was a collaboration that was to make sense and still be exciting, a pick would be the Swedish singer and guitarist Robert Andersson, formerly of Morbus Chron, now in the ethereal prog death band Sweven. He could add some to our sound, we could add some to his. Maybe.

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

We’d of course like to play the big Danish festivals – Roskilde Festival and Copenhell since they are the ones we attend regularly ourselves and have a personal history with. Otherwise, I think we have enough death metal elements to play Maryland Deathfest; that would be a blast! I can see that Coroner and Vio-Lence are booked for next year, which should make us.

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

Well, we have yet to receive any, but we’ll see what the times may bring.

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

Play fast and eat ass!

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

None. Life is temporary, death is forever.

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

Playing music is akin to a team sport. You take part in and create something bigger than yourself which itself is rewarding. What do we hate about it? Well, maybe the hangovers from an excessive and raunchy metal night.

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

A more equitable distribution of the flow of money could be a start.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

If we look at the last 10 years, a quick top three would consist of Vektor’s “Terminal Redux”, Mgla’s “Exercises In Futility” and Behemoth’s “The Satanist”.

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

Whatever you prefer. I’m mostly a streaming guy myself, though the vinyl collection is expanding slowly.

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

We’re so damn new to this that we have only played two gigs before the world shut down. Do we really need to choose?

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

Drinking. So, it would pretty much be the same.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Well, our whole lyrical universe is based on dromology, a theory of speed and acceleration originated by the French philosopher, architect and urban planner Paul Virilio, so of course it would be nice to have him and a couple of friends over for a motivational conversation about speed, destruction and the apocalypse. Of course, he died a couple of years ago, so it would probably also be kinda morbid.

What’s next for the band?

We’ll be playing a couple of shows in the coming months when things open up and hopefully go on a small tour this Fall before we head into the studio and record some more.

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

We’re active on Facebook, Instagram, and Bandcamp. To support artists directly, go to Bandcamp.
www.terminalist.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/terminalist
www.instagram.com/terminalistcph/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Nope. I have no idea what it is but if they’re called “cakes”, I guess they’re cakes.

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

Well, if this piqued your interest somehow, go check out our album “The Great Acceleration” released on May 7th via Indisciplinarian for some speedy, sci-fi-induced thrashing. Hope you like it!

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EMQ’s with ODYRMOS

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EMQ’s with ODYRMOS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Greek Black/Synth/Ambient Metal project, Odyrmos. Huge thanks to main man, Andrew Tsekrekos, 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 Andrew Tsekrekos and I am the man behind the project Odyrmos. Everything started back in 2020 as a one man band, dungeon synth/dark ambient project with our EP “Eternal Sleep”. After that I decided to try a new approach with a more black metal feeling. I am responsible for all recordings and with the help of Alan Brucke, with the vocals, we managed to release our debut full length album “For The Brightest Light”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Odyrmos mean something like great lament in the Greek language. I wanted a word able to describe the feelings our music emits to the listener and I believe this is a very strong word!

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

We come from Greece and the metal scene here is stronger than ever with some great releases from bands of every metal style. Our past as a scene helps a lot and nowadays many Greek metal bands have albums worth checking out.

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

Our album “For The Brightest Light” will be released on June 22nd by BMC Productions in digipack cd and tape formats. Until then, we released a lyric video for the song ‘Ode To The Forgotten’ and we invite everyone to check it out.

‘For Her Grave’ (Visualiser)

‘Ode To The Forgotten’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Old Greek black metal scene and bands like Rotting Christ, Thou Art Lord, Elysian Fields etc and all kind of melancholic music, from My Dying Bride and Saturnus to Dead Can Dance and Diary of Dreams.

What first got you into music?

If you mean playing music then it’s the need to express my feelings through it. If you mean listening to music then it’s Metallica, hehehe!

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

Savatage and Jon Oliva. They have nothing to do with our style of music but Jon is a mastermind and i believe it would be a great experience collaborating with him.

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

To be honest i prefer live shows in small venues rather than festivals. Smaller crowd but more passionate.

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

$1 donation through our Bandcamp page.

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

Enjoy the music you like and don’t put labels to bands.

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

Criss Oliva, the most sensational guitarist ever in my opinion.

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

It’s a great pleasure and honour when you records do something that expresses you as a person and in the process, you see other people feel the same way about it. What I hate is I can’t play as loud as I want in my home, two baby girls here seem not to like my music hehehe!!

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

Keep the underground spirit alive!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Savatage – “Streets: A Rock Opera”

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

My vote goes on CD.

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

We haven’t played any live shows yet and i don’t think this will change in the future.

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

I am also a cafe bar owner. This is my main job.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jon Oliva, Ronaldinho, Shakira, Michael Jordan and Fenriz. Sounds interesting right?

What’s next for the band?

After the release of “For The Brightest Light” we will start looking for a new singer as Alan will no longer be able to sing for Odyrmos. Some songs for a new album have already been recorded and we will move into finishing that.

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

www.facebook.com/odyrmos
www.odyrmos.bandcamp.com

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea what Jaffa Cakes are, hehehe.

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

I would like to thank you for your interest in Odyrmos and invite everyone to give a listen to our album and share their opinion with us. Greetings from Greece!

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EMQ’s with DEAD DEFINED

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EMQ’s with DEAD DEFINED

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Toronto, Ontario, Canada based Modern Rock solo project, Dead Defined. Huge thanks to main man, Craig Ewan, 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?

Of course! Dead Defined was formed in 2018 and is a Pop/Rock/Industrial project. It’s instrumentally written and sung by myself, Craig Ewan. It is produced and engineered by Mike Dmitrovic of Voodoo Records Canada. It’s more or less an amalgamation of all my favourite styles of music focused into one project.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name actually comes from a dark place but the music is actually quite positive, ha. The origin of it stems from questioning one’s own mortality. I’d been watching too many documentaries at the time about assisted suicide in the critically ill and elderly and the question I always asked myself was how does one define death? It’s a bit morbid I know, but Dead Defined had a better ring to it than any other descriptive pairing of words, haha.

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

I’m born and raised Canadian. I live about 45mins Northeast of Toronto, Ontario. Sadly, we don’t have much of a metal scene in the Toronto core as a lot of the better known venues have been closing due to Covid and poor attendance. One province over in Quebec is where there’s a better known Metal scene. They hold ‘Heavy Montreal’ every year and have a massive attendance when doing so. A lot of bands from my area tour to play that festival and book their gigs through Quebec on the way back home.

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

My latest single release is entitled ‘Ignite’. It’s a bit of a step out of my comfort zone as it’s a bit of a genre bender. I wanted to bend the mould of my typical four-on-the-floor percussion driven rock anthems and push the boundaries when it came to the sound and style of this tune. I like to show diversity in my writing as Dead Defined is my own solo project. I now have that freedom to do so and having that freedom to experiment by dipping into different genres is really what I love to do as of lately. You never know what the end result will be as long as you are willing to try.

‘Ignite’ (Official Video)

‘Today (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I have way too many influencers to list and most come out subconsciously through writing music, but I’ll name a few of my favourites! I grew up listening to the late 90’s, early 2000’s commercial Hard Rock scene. American Hard Rock/NuMetal was a huge part of my musical influence even if that doesn’t transpose to my own style of writing. I do take a few things here and there idea wise, but try to compose music that’s more relevant for today’s listener. Growing up it was bands like P.O.D., Sevendust, Staind, Korn, Creed, Alter Bridge, Nirvana etc.

These days I’m all over the map when it comes to new music and ideas as it’s so easily accessible and easy to find daily. I listen to anything from Top 40, Country Rap to Chill Lo-fi and Instrumentals.

What first got you into music?

I got into music like mostly every other Rock’ n Roll musician I know. I wanted to be the cool Rockstar everyone idolized haha. Once you grow up a bit after playing copious amounts of Live shows and going through financial struggles, reality sinks in and you realize it’s more about the passion for the actual music and hard work than just wanting to be the ‘Cool’ guy. That inflated ego dies off pretty quick once that sinks in and either you love to do it or you don’t. Thankfully, it’s my passion.

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

I’d love to collaborate with rock guitar icon Mark Tremonti. (Alter Bridge, Creed, Tremonti) I started playing his guitar riffs when first learning to play guitar and writing songs. His writing style has had a massive influence on my own music over the years. I’ve followed his career since I was a teenager and to this day, I’m a fan and always will be.

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

Wacken Open Air in Germany. Although my music isn’t as heavy compared to most bands that play that festival, I’d love to play on one of those stages. The sheer number of people and size of that festival has to be a sight to see. From what I hear the Germans are quite the crazy crowds as well!

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

I’ve actually never received anything weird from my fans surprisingly haha. I do still find it flattering when asked for a hug or autograph but thankfully I haven’t received anything too awkward in return.

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

Keep supporting independent artists. It’s now tougher than ever to continue recording and promoting our music as live shows are still on hold in Canada, as of now. I know some states have opened up in the USA but here it’s still going to be awhile. We aren’t even allowed to cross the borders yet. Our main source of income was the live scene but with Covid putting a stop to that we have to rely on mainly merch sales as streaming platforms don’t pay much for artists.

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

Chris Cornell. I wouldn’t say he was my main influence when it comes to rock music but he definitely had an impact on my style and writing. I try to promote mental health awareness through my music and seeing as he died by his own hand is a sad reminder that even if you’re at the top of your game and famous worldwide we all have inner struggles. We are all just human.

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

To be a bit specific, the best part of being a musician is the rush of adrenaline and pure energy from performing a live concert. There’s no other euphoric high that gets you there. The downside to that is the comedown after is just like any other drug. A lot of musicians get caught in the ugly cycle of addiction because of it. Getting used to the highs and lows of your body’s endorphins after a great show or a crappy one is not for the weak. It takes quite a while to adjust to it and stay on the straightened arrow, so to speak.

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

This sounds kind of like a cliché artist answer I’m sure, but if the start of free music services like Napster or Spotify were never invented that would have been great, ha. The pay out of streaming compared to hard physical sales just does not compete anymore. Music isn’t all about money and profit, but to keep making music at a high level and performing it takes a certain income to maintain consistency which is almost impossible to do with how much streaming platforms pay out.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

An album that comes to mind that’s killer from front to back is Breaking Benjamin – “Phobia”. I definitely used to have the CD version of this and I don’t think it ever left my cars CD player, ha. To this day it’s a go to album for working out or inspiration when writing my own music.

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

Speaking as an artist, anything but downloads haha. Sadly, reality is most people stream or download music for free these days and rarely want to spend money on new music.

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

One of my most memorable gigs was with a previous band of mine years ago. Sadly, the club doesn’t exist anymore, but it was a 2 stage venue. One small stage floor room which was kind of hidden away at the back of the club and one larger stage which was the main stage. This story is a bit of an ego booster haha  My band was booked to play the smaller stage of the 2 in the back of the club. There were also bands playing on the main stage that night as well. From what I remember as our set got underway was the room starting to just fill up with more and more people until they couldn’t let anyone else in. Apparently as us and another band on the main stage started playing, a promoter that was watching their gig popped in to see ours and I guess really liked us so he stole the crowd from the main stage and funnelled them into our gig. Haha. It was a real ‘Rockstar’ moment for us all at the time as we mainly depended on foot traffic and word of mouth to drive ticket sales as social media wasn’t even a thing at that time. Quite a memorable one.

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

If I weren’t pursuing music as my overall main focus in life, I’d probably end up being a Meteorologist. What? I know right? To be frank, weather is another passion of mine. Specifically violent weather like Tornadoes and Hurricanes. Maybe one day I’ll be a Weatherman?!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Michael Blakey, Elvis Baskette and my 3 Standard Poodles…Haha, I know that doesn’t count but hey they’re good conversationalists. As for the other 2 actual humans, feel free to Google them.

What’s next for the band?

Plans for the future are to keep on the same path as I’m on. Spiritually and emotionally. I find I write best when I’m not in my head as much. I like to take time to pursue other hobbies and passions other than music 24/7. If I obsess about it, I find it zaps my creativity. The nice weather in Canada is now approaching so I like to get out and free my mind so to speak.

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

I try to focus mainly on Instagram as of now but utilize Facebook and TikTok as well. As for streaming I’m on all of the major platforms Spotify, Apple Music, Soundcloud etc. under ‘Dead Defined’.
www.deaddefined.com/
www.instagram.com/craig_ewan/
www.facebook.com/DeadDefined
www.facebook.com/DeadDefinedOfficial
www.tiktok.com/@craig_ewan
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4JhsozqHaCW7SlKGKaysXF
www.youtube.com/channel/UC9heJOPHswZyf5_fbKJYhSw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Is it bad I had to Google what a Jaffa Cake is? Haha. I don’t eat much sugar! But I’m going to have to say biscuit on this one.

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

I have just dropped brand new merch for the 1st time on my website. It’s pretty exciting to be able to create new ideas on items being sold directly through me. It’s another creative outlet I can have fun with. I hope to design and sell new designs and products, 1-2 times a month, shipping Worldwide. Please have a look and hopefully it’s something your fanbase and readers will be interested in. www.deaddefined.com/store

Thanks so much!

Much Love, Craig Ewan.

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EMQ’s with ADRIAN BENEGAS

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EMQ’s with ADRIAN BENEGAS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Asuncion, Paraguay based Symphonic/Power Metal solo artist, and also member of Tragul, Adrian Benegas. Huge thanks to Adrian, 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, this is Adrian Benegas, a songwriter, producer and keyboardist. I’ve started this solo project with the release of my debut solo album called “THE REVENANT” back in November 2019.

How did you come up with your band name?

Easy, 😉 My parents did it for me, haha.

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

I’m from Paraguay, a small country in the heart of South America. Well, we’ve a nice “still growing” community of metal heads over here, there are a lot of bands producing music and trying to be heard.

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

Well, as I mentioned, I’ve released an album called “THE REVENANT” in November 2019. Lately, I’ve been releasing the 2 promotional singles taken from my new EP “DIAMONDS IN THE DARK” released  on May 21st, 2021. The first one called ‘ORPHAN OF LIFE’ and the second, ‘POISONED LOVE’.

‘Poisoned Love’ feat. Herbie Langhans and Sascha Paeth (Animated Short)

‘Orphan Of Life’ feat. Herbie Langhans and Sascha Paeth (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Tough one because I listen to all kind of music since I was young. But into metal, and during my adolescence I remember listening to a lot to bands like Stratovarius (with Timo Tolkki), Rhapsody (original line-up), Nightwish (with Tarja), Sonata Arctica (original line-up), Ozzy Osbourne, Dionysus, Crimson Glory, and many more. As a composer, I always admired the music of Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Howard Shore, Enya, among others and my favourite composer and pianist of classical music is Frédéric Chopin from the Romantic period.

What first got you into music?

The need to express myself. As an escapist, I was and am always lost in my own mind and imagination so I needed/need to put all these crazy/dreamy stuff somewhere, hehe. So, that’s why I got into music.

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

I am used to working with the musicians I like. So, more than musicians, I think I dream to work in great studios with great producers. Maybe one of my life dreams is to record and produce an album in Abbey Road with a big orchestra playing my songs. Anyway, if you ask me for a “current” singer I would say Jake E, he is phenomenal.

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

Maybe Wacken because in my opinion, it is the greatest metal festival out there. Anyway, someday I’d love to produce my own festival 😉.

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

Well, not weirdest but the most I liked was a beautiful abstract hand-made painting that is hung in my living room. Love abstract art!

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

More than a message, I’d say THANK YOU.

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

Hmmm…Tough one again haha, maybe Freddie Mercury.

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

The part that I most enjoy of being a musician is that the so called “work” is total fun, I mean, my “work” consists of expressing myself and helps me to manage stress or anxiety, etc. So, I think it’s the best work I could have. And the part that I don’t like too much is the social media madness, I mean, everything that is part of being a musician but has nothing to do with “music” itself, hehe.

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

I don’t know, I mean, it is what it is. I try to understand and manage it as much as I can. Music industry has a good and bad side, same as all things in life so I’m fine with it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Just one?? Haha, very difficult! I mean, it’s kinda impossible. Sorry! 😊

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

I grew up listening to vinyls (when I was a kid), then I moved to cassettes and finally CD’s. Nowadays, I’m most into streaming services so If I get nostalgic, I would choose cassettes but at the end, life goes on and we have to adapt ourselves to the new generation’s formats.

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

The next one 😉

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

Maybe a writer, painter, movie maker or something where I can express ideas and tell stories.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Well, my closest friends.

What’s next for the band?

Promoting my new 5 track EP, released on May 21st, called “DIAMONDS IN THE DARK”, that I had the pleasure to produce in collaboration with Herbie Langhans (Firewind, Avantasia) and German producer Sascha Paeth during the pandemic lockdown in 2020.

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

You can visit my website: www.adrianbenegas.com, where you will find not only my solo project but also, my parallel symphonic metal project TRAGUL.

Also, my Instagram: www.instagram.com/adrianbenegasmusic and Facebook, www.facebook.com/adrianbenegasmusic

Find my videos on Youtube: www.youtube.com/adrianbenegasofficial and finally, listen to all music on Spotify and all streaming platforms.

Listen to the EP Here
www.sym.ffm.to/yvrx2q1

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit? haha

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?Thanks for having me! It was a pleasure to answer to all the questions! Rock On and stay heavy

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EMQ’s with BLINDED BY HOPE

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EMQ’s with BLINDED BY HOPE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Adelaide, Australia based Alternative Rock/Metal Project, Blinded By Hope. Huge thanks to main man, Mitch, 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’s Mitch and my band is called Blinded By Hope. This project started in October 2020 when I decided to buy a guitar and start writing some songs. It’s been a steep learning curve since then – learning how to play, how to write, how to use the DAW (audio recording software), learning how to mix and master. Everything on the album is done 100% by me from start to finish.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s a name I came up with in my early teenage years. I had the dream of one day having my own band and came up with a bunch of different names and that’s one that has just stuck in my head ever since. The idea behind it is that we are all living our life in hope of things being better in the future, so that sort of blinds to the fact that the present might actually be as good as it gets.

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

I’m from Adelaide, Australia.  The metal/rock scene here has seen better days but is still producing some cool bands. They just don’t get the attention and recognition as much as they should. Progressive metal is probably the strongest rock/metal genre in Australia – bands like Karnivool, Caligula’s Horse, Dead Letter Circus, Circles.

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

The debut album called “Chapter 1: Awakening” was released on 21 May 2021. From this album our first “radio” single was a song called Need You Here and we have also released a couple of other songs on YouTube and Soundcloud from the album.

‘Need You Here’ (Lyric Video)

‘I Will Not Go’ (Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The bands I mentioned previously have been big Australian influences – Karnivool, Caligula’s Horse, Dead Letter Circus, Circles, The Butterfly Effect.

I grew up listening to bands like Sevendust, Alter Bridge, Tool, Fuel, Staind, Creed (the heavier real Creed, not the radio songs that your average Joe only know Creed for!)

What first got you into music?

I’d say probably my Dad. I was fortunate that he was into Alternative music, so growing up we had very similar tastes and would introduce each other to new bands we discovered. And then after listening to these bands for so long I felt like well why can’t I do that? So, I decided it was time to try it for myself and see what I could come up with.

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

Mark Tremonti from Alter Bridge, Creed, Tremonti. He has been my idol growing up. I’ve always loved his guitar playing and huge sound. I’ve always respected that he would put the song first ahead of showcasing his playing abilities.

A very close second would be Clint Lowery from Sevendust – for the same reasons as above. They think of themselves as songwriters first, guitarists second. I also love his ability to write such groovy, heavy riffs.

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

Well thanks to Covid there aren’t many left to pick from haha!

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

I haven’t received any! So, if you are reading this, feel free to send me something really strange so I can mention it in future interviews.

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

Let’s enjoy this journey together and bring rock back to the masses!

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

Chester Bennington. Man, what a loss. A one-of-a-kind vocalist.

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

I love the creative freedom. I probably haven’t been doing it long enough to hate any aspect yet – ask me again in 5 years and I’ll have a list for you.

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

The obsession with image. You listen with your ears so who cares how things look.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Sevendust – “Animosity”. Perfect album from start to finish. No fillers. Emotive, melodic and heavy.

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

CDs and Vinyl – there’s just something special about having a physical product.

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

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

Does this have to be a realistic answer haha? If not, probably an F1 driver or a pornstar!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ummm I would invite five people that don’t like each other. I don’t care who they are, as long as they don’t get along or don’t agree with each other. What could be more entertaining than that!

What’s next for the band?

Well, the album is out so that is exciting. It’s been finished for about a month now and since then I have already written the music for 4 songs, so my current plan is to just continue writing. I hope to write 20 to 30 songs and then pick the best of them to really refine and shape into album number 2.

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

www.facebook.com/BlindedByHopeMusic
www.twitter.com/blindedbyhope
www.instagram.com/blindedbyhope/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3wKyPOD4ZewhWKqe5NkaFx
www.youtube.com/channel/UCRewPu7s9CLx12kgEtJrohw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Neither! They are Jaffa Cakes; we don’t have to put a label on everything. It’s ok to be different and be your own thing.

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

Thank you for this opportunity.

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EMQ’s with BLACKENED BLOOD

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EMQ’s with BLACKENED BLOOD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Skåne, Sweden based Heavy Metal band, Blackened Blood. Huge thanks to bassist, Daniel Tyche, 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 Daniel Tyche and I play bass in Blackened Blood. Some of us have played together for a long time and we actually started out by playing some Black Sabbath covers. After some time, we started writing our own songs. This constellation of the band came to life in 2016 when our Italian singer Alberto Levrini joined the band. We first set out to do some gigs to satisfy our need to play live. Later we started to record our first album which we released this year.

How did you come up with your band name?

As spilled blood gets old, it starts to darken. That is what Blackened Blood refers to. You could make some references to some metaphors which gives the name some extra depth.

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

We are from the most southern part of Sweden in a region called Skåne. We have a lot of talented musicians and bands in this part of Sweden. There are also many good places to go see gigs especially during the summer when we have a lot of festivals. Sweden’s largest metal festival is only a few miles away from our hometown.

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

Our debut album “Black Dawn Rising” was released on April 9th, 2021. We are totally blown away by the huge response we got from the metal community. It was really worth all the hard work making the album.

‘Our Time Is Lost’ (Official Audio)

‘Scarred ‘n Blindfolded (Official Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

That is a long list but Black Sabbath, Children Of Bodom, Megadeth and Lamb Of God have probably influenced us the most.

What first got you into music?

Well, just the love for Heavy Metal and that in turn led to an urge to start playing it.

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

Hard question, there are so many talented and great musicians out there. But it would be kind of fun to do a collaboration with someone totally wacky to make something absolutely crazy with.

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

Would love to play at Sweden Rock Festival because that is simply the worlds best metal festival. We’ve been annual visitors for the last 15 years so it would be a great honour to play there.

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

I got an empty beer bottle once, broke my heart. I really wanted a beer!!

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

We love your support and your enthusiasm. We hope to see you out there on a show soon when this Covid-19 bullshit is over.

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

That would be Dimebag Darrell. I think he would´ve had so much more great music to give. I think the metal scene lost one of its greatest guitarists in his unfortunate death.

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

I love it when you are on stage, performing your music live and seeing how people respond to it. That’s probably the only time I truly feel alive.

The worst part is waiting. The last hour before the show seems to take forever while the time on stage goes too quick.

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

The “but you´ll get exposure” routine. That argument can fuck right off! Pay the band that entertains your customers. You could at least cover their expenses!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

If I had to choose one I´d probably go In Flames – “Clayman” (2000) This is a truly great album.

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

Vinyl has a bigger impact on you. It has that extra feeling, better sound and all-round a better experience. But for everyday use it´s CDs, it´s almost as good.

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

We did a gig in a local pub some years ago, I will never forget that night. The show was awesome, the atmosphere electric and the audience was batshit crazy. I hope we´ll experience something like that again.

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

Hmm…probably something useful!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Kanye West, Justin Bieber, Simon Cowell, Donald Trump and a T-rex (for no apparent reason).
(Best Answer Ever – Rick)

What’s next for the band?

Hopefully, we can go out and do some shows again. We are already working on new material for the next album. It will probably not be out anytime soon but that is kind of the only thing you can do now as long as this pandemic still harasses us.

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

You find us mostly on Facebook, YouTube and Spotify but also on most platforms where you find music.
www.facebook.com/Blackenedbloodband
www.instagram.com/blackened_blood/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7bTXKjA6DFkVDrXvIFnpUf

Blackened Blood – Black Dawn Rising (Full Album on YouTube)
www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeyXbwCG5Pg-JvfGPWqCATL2g7NrquDST

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I only know one thing: if you drink less than 3 beers it counts as a snack.

Blackened Blood Promo Pic (Credit Johanna Herbst, Skvader Media)
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EMQ’s with EVERMORE

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EMQ’s with EVERMORE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish based Melodic Power Metal band Evermore. Huge thanks to guitarist, Johan Karlsson, 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 Johan Karlsson and I play lead guitar in Evermore.

Evermore are Johan Karlsson and Andreas Viklands (music and words) and Johan Haraldsson lead vocals.

Me (Johan K) and Andreas started playing music together in the late nineties. We played together in a band called Euphoria. After the band disrupted, we had a break from music for quite a while. But since we still wrote music, every now and then on our own, we decided, around 2016, to record an album. So, some of the songs are made out of really old ideas that have taken different shapes along the way and eventually turned out as they are today. ‘Call Of The Wild’, the opening track on the album is actually made out of the very first song we ever wrote.

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted to have a name that was easy to remember and that gave association to metal. We thought that Evermore was a perfect name.

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

We are based in the southern part of Sweden. Right now, the metal scene here is quite small.

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

Our latest release is “Court Of The Tyrant King”. It´s an eight track album that is built around the hero´s journey concept.

‘Court Of The Tyrant King’ (Lyric Video)

‘By Death Reborn’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Me and Andreas are very much influenced by Avantasia, Edguy, Helloween, Stratovarius and many more melodic power metal bands. But bands like Iron Maiden and Metallica have been a great influence as well. Johan Haraldsson comes from a more traditional background with bands like Saxon and Judas Priest

What first got you into music?

I have always been listening to music since I was a kid but never played it myself. When I started to play myself in my mid-teens, I quickly realised that I wanted to deliver that special feeling that some bands brought to me while listening to their songs. Today when you get THAT positive feedback I can feel like “ yes, we did it”.

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

Avantasia/Tobias Sammet definitely. He has such a great creativity and he´s a great musician/songwriter. He also seems like a very humble person with a great sense of humour.

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

Rock in Rio. Awesome festival with so many people that love metal.

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

Haha it wasn’t a gift, more like a request. If I could play accordion on a very very big birthday party. And do you know something…I did!

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

Thank you for all your support. We will keep doing awesome melodic metal just for you.

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

Dimebag Darrell.

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

I enjoy almost everything. It´s just so ridiculously fun to play and write songs.

I hate those time when I lack out of ideas when I´m writing songs.

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

It would be great if the streaming era hadn’t come with that impact as it did. Even if I use it myself, I can feel that it is very hard for bands, especially new ones to make a fair profit of their work, by selling CD´s, Vinyls etc.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Just one, that’s like impossible. But then I have to say Avantasia – “Ghostlights”.

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

I´m not that picky with different kind of sounds. I listen exclusively on the stream format. The main reason is that it´s always available for me.

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

Don´t really know. But one gig that I remember and that was awesome was at Head Bangers Ballroom in Hamburg.

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

Food reviewer. I love to eat.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tobias Sammet, Dimebag Darrell, Jack Black, Will Ferrell and Ola Englund

What’s next for the band?

Right now, it´s like a full time job promoting the album. But we are writing songs for the next album. And I tell you, it will be awesome.

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

www.facebook.com/evermoremetal
www.instagram.com/evermore_metal/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4t1wkI6J9caWGtnlIxW5Zk
www.youtube.com/channel/UCOZfHmq9GH9RuU_wRgS5vOw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s a biscake.

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

Thanks a lot for having me and a very special thanks to every fan of Evermore.

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EMQ’s with KARTOSOEWIRJO?

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EMQ’s with KARTOSOEWIRJO?

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Jakarta, Indonesia based, Mathcore project Kartosoewirjo?. Huge thanks to main man, Fatur, 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 Fatur, I play guitar, this is not a band, but a one-man project organized with other session musicians, that includes bass, drummers, and some guest vocalists that participate with me. This project was formed in 2017. Initially, my desire was to form a band with a formal line-up, nevertheless it was difficult to find a player and I decided to do a one-man project. By the end of a period of four (4) years, from 2017 to 2021, this project finally released its first mini album.

How did you come up with your band name?

I was inspired by foreign bands who named their bands after figures such as The Dillinger Escape Plan after the villain John Dillinger; then Ed Gein, as the grindcore band, and others. While thinking about the name of the project, I decided to use the name of the Indonesian independence fighter and figure, whose full name was Sekarmadji Marijan Kartosoewirjo, who initiated the formation of the Indonesian Islamic State or Darul Islam on August 7, 1949.

According to historical records, Kartosoewirjo’s decision led the Indonesian government to carry out an arrest operation. Through a long hunt, Kartosoewirjo was arrested on Mount Rakutak, West Java region and sentenced to death on Ubi Island, Kepulauan Seribu (also known as “The Thousand Islands”, based on the chain of islands at the north of Jakarta’s coast) on September 5, 1962. From this incident I call him a hero who was killed by his own people.

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

I come from Jakarta, Indonesia. The metal/rock scene in my country is quite big. Many bands from Indonesia are well known abroad and have toured several countries.

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

KARTOSOEWIRJO? has just released their first EP entitled “Mandi Darah Saudara Sendiri” (Indonesian for “Bathing in Your Own Blood”) on January 26, 2021. Recently, we released a lyric video on Youtube, with the lyrics in Indonesian.

‘Mandi Darah Saudara Sendiri’ feat. Lilik Maruki (Official Lyric Video)

‘Light, & He Who Holds It’ feat. Matt Blockley (Official Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

My biggest influences are The Dillinger Escape Plan, Converge, Ed Gein, Botch, Into The Moat, Fantômas, Naked City, Hank Mobley, John Coltrane, Chet Baker, Jim Hall, Kurt Rosenwinkel and many more related to mathcore or jazz fusion, because I think they do bring the most unexpected and interesting riffs to the ear.

What first got you into music?

I first became interested in music due to my brother, I usually used to see him constantly playing the guitar, making me interested in learning to play music, specifically for the guitar and its theory.

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

With no doubt, John Zorn and/or Jim Hall.

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

I would like to play in Arctangent Festival and Hammersonic Festival. First, Arctangent Festival invites many chaotic-genre bands around the world; while the Hammersonic Festival is the biggest underground music event in Southeast Asia, as well as being a local festival, in Indonesia.

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

So far, I haven’t had a fan gift.

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

Support the artist and buy the music. DIY Culture forever!

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

Kevin Michael “GG” Allin.

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

Being a musician is very fun because you can make new friends from various countries. The thing I hate the most is when I get musical inspiration for a riff and then the next day it gets forgotten.

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

So far, I haven’t contributed much to the music industry.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Dillinger Escape Plan’s “Calculating Infinity” (1999)

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

Everything is the best, but for a period like this, a digital platform is better.

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

So far none.

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

Become a music lover. Collecting all tapes, CDs, Vinyls, etc.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Parents, friends.

What’s next for the band?

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

Bandcamp, Spotify, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook.

www.facebook.com/Krtswrj
www.kartosoewirjo.bandcamp.com/
www.twitter.com/krtswrj
www.instagram.com/karto.soewirjo/
www.soundcloud.com/kartosoewirjoband
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0AASDMfuH19eAp1LhdntQt
www.youtube.com/channel/UCiyhyBr-gzoJV8ts5Uo76hg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake.

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

I want to thank very much for helping to release my first EP album to: Junier Escartin, because, even though he’s in Panama, he has been in constant contact with me and the plans; Matt Blockley, from the UK, for his initial support on the very first song; Lilik Maruki, from one of the best hardcore punk bands here, in Indonesia; Arya Gilang Laksana Sani, a great drummer from one of the best grindcore bands in Indonesia, Dead Vertical; Franky Sadikin, a really superior bassist in the jazz scene; Tesla ”Kuntari” Manaf, for his synth support in the record; and Kandar, from the ThreeSixty Studio, who helped me out into the mixing and mastering of the record, making it really superb!

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