EMQ’s with THE LAST ELEMENT

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EMQ’s with THE LAST ELEMENT

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Netherlands based Modern Rock/Metal band, The Last Element. Huge thanks to vocalist, Jasper, for taking part.

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

We are called The Last Element; I am the lead singer of the band (Jasper). We started a while ago, Jan and Robert already knew each other from previous musical endeavours, later on they found Jasper and Noah and The Last Element was formed!

For each of us it just fitted like pieces of a puzzle, the sound, the style, it all came together.

How did you come up with your band name?

It came out that way! We were searching for a way to explain the driving factor behind our band, our music has always been very close to our hearts, we write about things that really matter to us, but that we believe also really matter to a lot of people. We were searching for a way to explain what could combine the elements of hardship, love, trust, friendship and perseverance. That’s when we decided all of these combined could be seen as: The Last Element – When we are together, we are stronger!

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

We are from the Netherlands, the metal scene here is decent! We’ve got some real cool bands, but it’s not exactly mainstream. Luckily, the big metal bands are coming over a lot, so the scene will never be dead!

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

Our latest release is called ‘The Devil’, a dark and gritty rock/metal song about how the negative voice in your head can influence and shape you. Pushing away the safety you know and filling your heart with loneliness, but even though things might seem dark, try to wake up the angel instead.

The song has been performing well! We got on multiple big Spotify editorial playlists and radio stations really love to jam it! So, we are really happy about that.😊

‘The Devil’ (Lyric Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

That would be life, simple as that, a lot of emotions arise daily. When I write lyrics it’s always inspired by real life events that I go through, some I’ve been through and some are happening, but mostly I just write what pops up in my head. I need a pen and paper to clear my head, screaming and singing it all out of my head when I record. In the end it’s something we all face and we all have different ways of expressing what we feel. I’m sure a lot of people can relate to the lyrics, cause honestly, it’s not about me…it’s about you.

Of course, there are many bands we love that influenced us as well, but it’s never the biggest driver!

What first got you into music?

For me personally it’s hard to remember, both of my parents are musicians so I’m sure that had to do with it. But at the age of 6 I started to listen to bands like MM, RATM, Nirvana and I decided that I wanted to become a rockstar…yeah pretty naive, never did I know that it would take sooo much work! But yeah, from that point on I wanted to play instruments and later on I decided to give singing a try.

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

For sure, Bring Me The Horizon, love what they are doing, they got a huge sound and so many fresh ideas, I think it would be amazing working together!

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

All of them? 😊 Don’t know, there is not one, there are many. Rock in Rio would be massive, Download would be Epic, Wacken would be sick and the list goes on.

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

Nothing is weird, it’s all sweet and coming from a good place. So not gonna name and shame anyone 😉! I mean it’s a big compliment right that someone takes the effort.

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

Believe in yourself and find the beauty in the things around you.

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

Hmm I miss Chester man…so yeah, would love to see more Linkin Park stuff and concerts.

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

Writing songs, simple as that, it’s so great writing a song and then it slowly comes to life, each time coming closer to what you had in mind. Then when it’s done, that’s just an amazing feeling. I hate the selling yourself part, it’s not really me, I just want to let the music speak for itself, not approach it as a business.

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

A more open and fairer marketplace, it’s still pretty difficult for emerging bands, it’s hard to get your music to the potential fans.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pff, there are so many, but I really keep on loving “Mechanical Animals” by MM or the self-titled album of Slipknot. Both are on replay all day without it becoming a drag. I just keep singing and screaming along.

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

Downloads, I mean that works best for me, don’t have any physical media anymore.

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

We had a very cool support act for Skillet, it was great, sold out and such a blast.

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

Well, we’re not making a living off music, so we all have jobs! For me I have my own company, tutoring business! Got a lot of cool teachers working for me and meeting a lot of nice people along the way. Helping out kids making steps and finding out their strengths. I love it!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My friends always, but if you mean celebrities then…yeah, I don’t know, I’m not into the whole starstruck thing, I just love music and would love to meet a lot of musicians out there.

What’s next for the band?

We are working on our next release, ‘Cut It Off’, just a little more time and we will release it. just dotting the i’s ! It’s gonna be such a massive track, with that we have a cool new vid coming, a new improved logo, better artwork, new band pictures and a lot more. So yeah, a lot is happening.

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

To name a few: Spotify/YouTube/Facebook
www.open.spotify.com/artist/7L9ieGr5a3eLcVo9fvVipB
www.youtube.com/c/thelastelement
www.facebook.com/thelastelement.net

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Haha that’s British right? Hmm, hard to say I think I only ate them a couple of times long ago, but I would lean towards cake…hope I didn’t step on toes!

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

Sure, first off, thank you for reading, for the interview and all the support so far!

Shout out to us on info@thelastelement

We also got some cool merch you can inquire about 😉!

But yeah, it means the world to us to connect with fans so reach out to us and we’ll get right back to you!

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EMQ’s with VULGARITHM

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EMQ’s with VULGARITHM

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with East Midlands, UK based Riff-Rave project, Vulgarithm. Huge thanks to main man, Andy McGurk, 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 Andy “Dirt” McGurk, I play and programme every instrument for Vulgarithm, and this outfit has spent all of its life as a Covid band as it’s never had a chance to play live in front of people. Born in early 2020, Vulgarithm have released many videos on youtube plus 2 EP releases.

How did you come up with your band name?

A spark went off in my head whilst driving, I don’t know what I was thinking of at the time but yep, that is how.

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

From the UK, it’s a particularly busy scene even during these unprecedented times, which on one hand is great for the industry in the future but can be difficult to get yourself noticed. That’s why visually and sonically I’m trying to create something completely different to everything else at the moment.

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

The most recent release was the 2nd EP in a trilogy called “Share If You Disagree” with lots of experimentation of genres and themes. The key with this EP trilogy is to find out what is best about Vulgarithm from my point of view and everyone else’s point of view. There will be a 3rd EP coming soon in 2021 called “Share In The 3rd Degree”.

‘Out My Way!’ (Official Video)

‘Gouryella’ (Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a musician who has predominantly been a down tuned riff-based guitarist, my biggest influences have been Nine Inch Nails and Tool, and anything Trent Reznor and Maynard James Keenan have collaborated with. I would like to emphasise however that Vulgarithm as a musical project has been more influenced by 90’s dance artists such as Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, Faithless, Leftfield, Underworld, Orbital etc. After watching these and other similar acts at Bluedot festival it inspired me to create a more visual musical outfit.

What first got you into music?

I was fairly musically orientated as a small child, started learning the piano aged 6 as my sister was learning and I wanted to copy. It wasn’t until I started listening to Britpop in the 90’s and witnessing someone play the guitar with their teeth live that I wanted to learn the guitar as well. At this point I started taking it seriously, and here I am today.

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

Like before, probably either Trent Reznor or Maynard James Keenan. The layers and details that go into their music has also been another level to most musicians on the planet.

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

There are so many great festivals around the world, however I’m going to be boring and choose Download festival. It’s hallowed ground for any rock and metal band, and it’s also pretty local so I wouldn’t have to drive far.

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

Don’t think I’ve ever had any gifts from fans, maybe they don’t like me hahaha! I do teach the guitar for a living though, and I do get Christmas gifts sometimes. The nicest gift I got I think was a £20 gift voucher for John Lewis, a middle-class shop in the UK.

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

Buy all my music and merch and let me live on Vulgarithm only! Seriously though, all bands and artists are all struggling to stay afloat in these tricky times, and soon British bands will have touring restrictions and streaming services have taken over how we listen to music. It is now more than ever to support your local bands by getting physical copies of their music and buying merch from them. Spread the word about them to your friends and tell them that without normal people helping, music will die off.

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

Oooo that’s a tricky one. So many incredible artists that are sadly no longer with us. You know what, I’m going to go a bit leftfield and say Beethoven, so how he handles the instant demand for music in this day and age. Would be interesting.

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

The music itself is so important in all of our lives whether anyone realises it or not. There are themes for TV and film, Xmas carols, religious services, parties etc. I just happen to enjoy music more than the average person. It is for these reasons why I don’t understand how people view musicians as just a person with a hobby, this is what I hate. We are seen as disposable members of society sometimes and that’s a real shame.

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

More music for independent artists for streaming (as we’re never going back to download buying) and also better algorithms for streaming sites which recommend bands in your local area. People don’t go to gigs that much these days, especially now, so allowing a streaming service to know where your local area is might help expose local bands to new people. e.g., Spotify has a release radar playlist, maybe within that it plays music by 1 or 2 artists who live locally based on the listeners music tastes.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

So many great albums, but I’m going to go with “Lateralus” by Tool. It is one of those albums which I keep hearing new things and enjoy it on a brand-new level each time.

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

I grew up with the boom of the CD, and whilst Vinyl has the best sound, cassettes were convenient and Downloads meant you could listen to anything anywhere, CD’s are the overall winner in my eyes. 2nd to Vinyl for Sound quality and artwork, better than tapes and downloads can either be too compressed, take too much space or make a noise when connected to a phone in the car. Plus, with the CD, listening to an album is just the album, no switching half way through, no accidentally playing a different artist, just the album in its purest form.

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

I’d love to tell you that when lockdown is over, sadly the only gigs so far have been online streams.

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

My job is being a musician, and as I realised that music was the one thing I could excel at I never really tried anything else, or interested in anything else. Maybe a failed actor, because I do enjoy performing but I don’t know how good I am.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Wow, these are not easy questions. I’m going to aim for non-musical people…

Trey Parker (South Park Co-Creator) – Love the show and I’d love to know how his mind works.

Any member of the Red Dwarf crew – again love that show, they may have to flip a coin to see who joins.

Brian Cox – I know technically he is musical, but it would be interesting to hear what he says.

Karl Pilkington – I’d like to hear a back and forth with him and Brian Cox.

Neville Southall – I love my football and a big Everton fan, and this man is not only one of the best goal keepers of all time, but he is a hoot on twitter.

What’s next for the project?

3rd EP release, wait for gigs to happen and start writing a debut album. Once that is achieved then world domination.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.vulgarithm.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/VLGRTM
www.vulgarithm.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCVlHfQUmKWjmxgOXIUQRNsQ

You can find our music on Spotify, Apple music, Amazon, Deezer etc.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake, too spongy for a biscuit and you can’t keep them in a cupboard.

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

Yes.

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EMQ’s with SKAGS

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EMQ’s with SKAGS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Athens, Greece based Alternative Electronic Psychedelic Rock band, SKAGS. 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?

In 2017, founding members vocalist Spyretta Driva, Kostas Sokos (guitar), and Sotiris Angelidis (bass/vocals) came together with others to form a cover band, taking the first letter from each other’s name to form the acronym, and band name – SKAGS. Keyboardist Christina Papandreou and drummer Christos Alexandris would later join the band, as SKAGS found a solid line-up. Even though 2020 was a turbulent year for many, SKAGS used it to their benefit as they created what would become their debut album – “Digital Cage Of A Cursed Generation”. Released in November 2020, the record fuses together several styles and influences, giving way to a unique sound for SKAGS. With its theatrical grandeur, euphoric synth lines and guitar-led soundscapes, “Digital Cage Of A Cursed Generation” is a compelling collection as the Athens five-piece tell thought-provoking stories.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band’s name began as an acronym, formed by the first letters of our member’s names at that time. Since then, inevitably, some members left and other came, but in the meanwhile we decided to keep the name. Actually, the word “skag” is slang for recreational drugs, and such we consider our music, intense and highly addictive.

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

We are located in Athens, Greece. The music scene here is mostly focused on mainstream pop, folk and hip-hop hits. In terms of metal there a few great bands from Athens such as Rotting Christ, which in fact are from the same neighbourhood as us. Moreover, there is also a popular heavy rock scene building up lately. There are quite a few Greek bands like Planet of Zeus, 1000 Mods, Puta Volcano, Villagers of Ioannina City (VIC) etc. who have established a strong fan base with dedicated followers even outside Greece.

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

Our latest release is our debut album “Digital Cage Of A Cursed Generation”, released on the 5th of November 2020.

‘The Man Sitting Right Next Door’ (Official Video)

‘The Weekend’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We all share the love of music, however each one of us has his/her own personal taste. As a result, our music is influenced by diverse music genres, composers, and bands. It is worth mentioning though, Pink Floyd , Radiohead , Guns N Roses and Dream Theater which are the band’s most favourite artists and the ones that we grew up listening to.

What first got you into music?

Spyretta: Ever since I was little, my life always included music: from having piano lessons, to singing in choirs, to just listening to it. Being in a band, though, is the most intense experience I’ve had, concerning music. It is a much-needed way of self-expression.

Chris: Music has been part of my life since I can remember myself. Listening to the radio and records from friends and family shaped my overall taste in different styles and genres.

Sotiris: My first encounter with music was at the age of ten when I started learning classical guitar. 3 years later, when I was a teenager, my father bought me an electric guitar and this was the time that I realized music is a big part of my life. I instantly started writing my own songs, creating bands with my friends and spending almost all of my free time playing the guitar.

Christina: Ever since I was a little girl we were listening to music with my parents. I started piano lessons at the age of 9 and violin two years later. Deep down I was convinced that I was going to be a musician. I have spent innumerable hours practicing and there are still more to come…

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

Our top picks would be Radiohead, Pink Floyd, Guns and Roses and Dream Theater.

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

Glastonbury, because it is one of the top5 greatest festivals worldwide and we also believe that we fit musically.

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

After the end of a concert, a fan followed our singer to the toilet and opened the door, in order to ask for her cell phone number. Not exactly a gift , but he had the balls (hahaha).

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

We have a lot more things to present to you and we thank you so much for your support so far.

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

Ohhh, so difficult a question…Can we bring them all ??

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

Being a musician is a blessing. Especially being in a band, where you are somehow connected with other people, is a unique form of expression. It is a gift. What we hate is that you always need to invest money in order to improve your sound and it is very difficult to make a living out of it.

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

We would give more opportunities to independent artists.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Chris: Deep Purple – “Machine Head”
Sotiris: Pink Floyd –-“The Division Bell”
Spyretta: Radiohead-“OK Computer”
Christina:  Guns ‘N Roses – “Appetite For Destruction”

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

Each one has its advantages and disadvantages. CD’s are the best in terms of audio quality. But in terms of the experience of listening to music, Vinyl is by far the best. Putting the needle in the disk is incomparable, it is a ritual.

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

Well, the best show we played was about 1 and a half years ago, at a bar in the centre of Athens. The vibe that we were getting from the crowd and the connection we had, was very unique and we couldn’t stop playing for them.

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

Spyretta: If I hadn’t gotten into it, I’d probably look for a different way to convey my feelings, most probably theatre.

Chris: Not into music? I think I would be a really boring person. Music is a way of life, so not being into it, is not living.

Sotiris: If I had not gotten into music maybe I would be a chef or a football player.

Christina: If I had not gotten into music, I would be an animal rights lawyer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

David Gilmour, John Petrucci, Thom Yorke, Axl Rose and Richie Blackmore. And we would cook moussaka for them (hahaha).

What’s next for the band?

The band has many plans for the future and only some of them are:
-A release party for our album
-A live videoclip
-A new photography session
-Recording and releasing our second full album

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

We use Facebook and Instagram for promoting our work. Our music is included in all the major digital platforms worldwide and also in our Bandcamp page one can buy a physical release of our album.
www.facebook.com/skagstheband
www.instagram.com/skagsband/
www.ffm.to/zozp9je
www.skagsband.bandcamp.com/releases

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are biscuit-sized cakes 😊.

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

We really thank you for this interview and we really hope to see you someday in a festival or gig.

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EMQ’s with SULLEN GUEST

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EMQ’s with SULLEN GUEST

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lithuania based, Death/Doom Metal band, Sullen Guest. Huge thanks to composer/guitarist, Justas G, 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 stage name is Tenebra (darkness in Latin), but formally known as Justas. G.

I am the main composer and guitarist of Sullen Guest. The band started in 2013 as a female-fronted melodic doom band. After 10 line-up changes, we are releasing our third album called “Chapter III”.

How did you come up with your band name?

We owned a studio in the street whose name begins with SG letters. So, we stuck with the idea that the band name should begin with these letters. After brainstorming, we have found a name that perfectly suits our mood.

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

Lithuania – Baltic states. There are no big metal names in our region. There are around 50 active bands, and most of them – black metal. In Lithuania, there are two big open-air metal festivals, and every weekend you can find a few metal gigs in Vilnius or Kaunas, mentioning the cities that do have a regularity regarding the metal scene.

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

It’s a music video called ‘Samsara’ from the upcoming album “Chapter III”.

‘Samsara’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

The main influences were made by Novembers Doom, Katatonia, Opeth, Death. But all these influences were taken into account from the period when the bands had more raw power (albums 1992-1995). Furthermore, October Tide, Deinonychus, Forgotten Tomb…

What first got you into music?

Whenever I listened to metal music. I empathized with it, and I had a feeling if the music were created by myself, this experience would be even deeper. Eventually, I decided to start my emotional journey by creating music.

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

October Tide!

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

It would be “70000 Tons of Metal”. The atmosphere there is not doomish at all, but it would be an unforgettable experience.

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

A huge wall calendar with a large picture of our recent artwork which was a total surprise.

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

We walk forward with hopes of meeting our audience during live shows, otherwise, we thank you for the support, any kind there is or could be. It’s still a long and difficult journey, but we will not give up, regardless we are glad that you have been visited by Sullen Guest!

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

Chuck Schuldiner.

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

Being on the stage, of course. There I can feel some kind of nirvana, regardless of the quantity of an audience. On the other hand, organizing gigs is the most frustrating part of the game.

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

Bands would gain their fame for their accomplishments, and not because of a producer with a big name.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Black Sabbath – “Paranoid”. One of the biggest artefacts of early metal with massive impact for generations of musicians.

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

For myself, there’s no time to spare for Vinyl or CD’s personally. Currently, I listen mostly to digital formats.

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

Gig in Königsberg. It was a crazy crowd and a great afterparty after the gig, we did not anticipate such support before then.

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

I’m a machine programmer and a musician simultaneously.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

It would be previous Sullen Guest members to remember the great times we have spent together.

What’s next for the band?

Survive till the end of Covid-19 and make a presence on the scene eventually after the disturbances we are facing right now and begin composing new material.

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

Three main platforms: Facebook, YouTube, Bandcamp.
www.facebook.com/SullenGuest
www.sullenguest.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCv0xbKnDWrgJDFkgyqgwa6w

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

The answer depends on the amount of beer before the question is presented 😊.

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

It is a great pleasure to spread the news. I put my hopes in our new line-up and album with a desire for the listeners to experience the emotions we are portraying until you are visited again.

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EMQ’s with ZAC CRYE

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EMQ’s with ZAC CRYE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Phoenix, Arizona based, Desert/Stoner Rock Solo Artist, Zac Crye. Huge thanks to, Zac, for taking part.

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

My name is Zac Crye, I am a solo artist. My main instruments would be guitar and vocals; I also fancy myself a ‘songwriter.’ I love writing lyrics! For this particular project, I actually wrote and performed every instrument on every track of the EP. When you listen to any of these five tracks your just hearing one guy.

How did you come up with your band name?

After investing so much time and money with other bands and projects, I just got tired of having to rebuild every time something didn’t work out. We’ve all got our own lives, schedules, personal matters; it can be a bit of a hassle to work all of those things out for 3 or 4 people and come together for a common cause. With this solo endeavour, I’m able to cut all the noise and really pursue my own interest, so I figured the best thing to do is just go by own name. I feel it gives me more freedom to work my social media accounts, full creative control; and when I want to do something, I can just do it!

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

I’m living in Phoenix, AZ in the valley. We have a great stoner/doom scene here cultivated by some heavy hitters like Stone Witch, Old Fashion Assassin, Loserfur, Goya, and a ton of others. There’s also a great podcast, Doom Tomb, hosted by Chris Beck, purveyor of all things Stoner/Doom. We had our own festival last year, Planet Mammoth Fest, a three-day stoner/doom extravaganza put together by Chris, Kyle Eades from OFA, and Joe Switchblade who records a lot of these bands in the studio.

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

‘All the Same’, the title track from my upcoming 5-track EP is currently on all streaming platforms like Spotify, Amazon Music, etc…

I’ve got a music video for that song coming out in Feb that I filmed and edited myself.

We will be releasing one more single in March to promote the EP, “All the Same,” which drops 16/04/2021.

Who have been your greatest influences?

So many artists and bands have influenced me in so many ways. If I could sum it up, I would say the desert rock scene that emerged from the Palm Springs area in California, and all of the bands that came out of that scene. I love the sounds of those bands like Yawning Man, Brant Bjork, Kyuss and what would ultimately become Queens of the Stone Age. The attitude, the vibe, the DIY work ethic. It was very much like the punk rock scene but slower and weirder. I’ve always talked about throwing some desert generator parties.

What first got you into music?

Well, my dad was a touring musician so I’ve always been around it for as long as I can remember.

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

I’d love to do a full compilation with a revolving line-up from the same pool of musicians. Like we each collaborate on different songs together. Some guys on one songs, other guys on other songs, all of us on a couple of songs. And I think I would pick musicians from the local stoner scene here in Phoenix. Not unlike what they’ve done with Desert Sessions over the last couple decades. I would love to provide the location and environment for something like that. It’s my grand vision.

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

I’d love to play Psycho Las Vegas because of how communal it is for the stoner rock scene here in the States. You go there and you see everyone involved in the scene, and to be on stage in front of those people is a huge opportunity to make new friends, grow your band, and to really prove your abilities to a crucial audience.

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

One guy came to the stage while we were playing in San Marcos, TX and started pouring weed all over us. Pot’s still illegal over there so he was removed from the show very quickly, but we manged to scoop up quite a bit and stuff our pockets.

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

Support your favourite artists directly, try to avoid any ‘third party merch’, go straight to the source. If they have a website or a Bandcamp, those should be the first two avenues of support.

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

Jim Morrison

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

I really love the artistic expression, I love exploring new territories, like finding new colours on your pallet, I love making music with other people and alone. Now days we have so much technology at our fingertips, the possibilities are endless as to what you can do musically.

I guess one of the downfalls of pursuing some sort of career in music is that it’s become increasingly less about the actual music and much more about other trivialities like social media, which I think can be a huge distraction and a time sink as well.

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

That’s such a loaded question, I mean music is one of the most exploitive industries. It’s very hard to be an artist in this environment sometimes. I’m sure there are a lot of things to be changed about the music industry, but I wouldn’t know where to begin. First of all, I would say pay the artists for their streams, and then we go from there.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I love the first Queens of the Stone Age album! It’s got all the elements for me, it’s like post-grunge with the desert vibe, catchy hooks, big riffs, great drums – I love it!

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

I’ve come to prefer vinyl overall, but I dig other formats. I feel like vinyl is the best bang for your buck – you get a physical product along with the digital download; and vinyl holds up a lot longer than CD’s, I think; you get the cool artwork, and they look cool when you’ve got em on a shelf!

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

I thoroughly enjoyed playing Planet Mammoth last year, it was a micro-psycho Las Vegas experience in terms of playing for a lot of the right people in the scene.

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

Something creative for sure. I enjoy writing, and I also enjoy messing with film. I work full-time as a solar panel installer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Bring the fight companion to my house with Joe Rogan, Joey Diaz, Eddie Bravo, and Andrew Schulz – Young Jamie in the back!

What’s next for the project?

I’m currently in the studio recording the follow-up EP for a winter release, perhaps. I’ve also got my band Hudu Akil, who are ready to begin writing a follow-up to our most recent release, “Eye For An Eye”, which we dropped in August and is now streaming all over. I will definitely be tagging back and forth between band releases and solo releases. That’s my plan.

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

www.zaccrye.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/zaccrye/
www.facebook.com/zaccryemusic
www.jamspacepodcast.com/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/51bRATr5YXFkqjj7656oIV

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa what?

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

Thanks everyone for your reading! As always, the best way to show support is through our Bandcamp page directly. That’s – www.zaccrye.bandcamp.com/

We’ve got pre-sales up for the EP, “All The Same”, for just $5.00 and you instantly get a download of the title track which is streaming everywhere.

“All The Same” EP, drops 16/04

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EMQ’s with STILLERS TOD

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EMQ’s with STILLERS TOD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with German Avantgarde Black Metal band, Stillers Tod. Huge thanks to vocalist/founding member, Kargáist, 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 Kargáist, singer and founder of the Avantgarde Black Metal band STILLERS TOD. I started the band in 2006; after several line-up changes, we released our first full-length album “Katharsis” in 2009. As our next step, we planned to release a cycle of three concept albums and worked for some years on this project, but due to different reasons we decided to cancel it. That was the reason why we didn’t release more than a split album and an EP in many years, but in 2020 we came back with our second full-length album “Jupiter” which was released via the label Schattenpfade.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name is German for “The death of Stiller”. Stiller is the name of a character from Max Frisch’s novel by the same name. Stiller tries to leave his past behind by giving himself a new name and a new identity instead of facing his past and his conflicts. I believe that when we want to evolve our character, we shouldn’t run from something within us; we have to face the parts of us that we want to get rid of, so that they can finally leave us. And every time we lose these parts, an old version of us dies and a new one gets born. So, the band name is a metaphor for character development.

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

We’re lucky to live in Germany, since Germany has one of the biggest Metal scenes in the world. That makes things easier, like finding musicians or other people who share your taste in music, but sometimes it’s a little bit boring, because Metal is so mainstream here that it has lost all of its subversive character.

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

It’s our second full-length album “Jupiter” that we released a few months ago.

‘Vater Mond’ (Lyric Video)

‘Angstbeißer’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Obvious influences are other (Avantgarde) Black Metal bands such as Dornenreich, Nocte Obducta, Urfaust, Lunar Aurora, Grabnebelfürsten, Nagelfar or Sabbat (JPN). But we are also influenced by other, less obvious bands, such as old school Heavy Metal acts like King Diamond, Manilla Road, Iced Earth, Bathory, Atlantean Kodex, Warlord, Cirith Ungol, Iron Maiden or Judas Priest. In our new album, there are also very obscure influences like Gothic/Dark Wave, Classical music or Portuguese folk music.

What first got you into music?

I listened mainly to Classical music when I was a child and wasn’t interested in modern pop music since it didn’t have the emotional impact of Classical. When I grew up, my sister gave me some Heavy Metal CD’s and that was the first time I heard modern music that thrilled me in the way that Classical music did. Later, I started to write poems and lyrics and felt the need to put them into music, so I started writing my first songs.

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

Oh, so many, haha! I always dreamed of using the strance, psychedelic, oriental-like vocals of the Urfaust singer Willem for a Stillers Tod song. Also, doing something together with political bands like Dawn Ray’d or Feminazgul would be great.

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

Bang Your Head in Balingen, Germany. Just because it’s my favourite festival ever.

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

We never got any gifts from fans. Seems they don’t like me enough to send me gifts, haha!

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

Thank you for belonging to the few ones who love our weird music!

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

Lemmy Kilmister, of course!

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

I enjoy watching the ideas in my head becoming reality; it’s such an unbelievably great feeling when you’re in the recording process and see a song taking form that existed only in your head before. Also, sitting together with your friends, working on music, drinking and talking about musical ideas is great. And I also love to meet fans who tell you what they like about your music.

What I hate is that you put loads of money and effort in something – composing, recording and all the promotion stuff – without getting much back. We’re underground and we don’t play live, so the main feedback we get is to see how many people ordered our records or clicked our songs on Spotify – and, of course, the reviews. I hope that we’ll play live one day, because that gives you a completely different connection to your fans.

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

The money lies in the hands of big corporations. This problem even increased since the record companies lost their influence due to the rise of music downloads; bands don’t sell records anymore; they upload their music for streaming and downloading. But all the money for clicks and downloads goes into the pockets of the streaming companies – even the biggest bands don’t earn much money with streams. So, I would either create streaming platforms that help the musicians to earn money with their music or we should just destroy capitalism to solve the problem.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One? Not enough, haha! I’ve got my two all-time number ones: Iced Earth’s “Night of the Stormrider” and Dornenreich “Her von welken Nachten”.

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

Depends. I love Vinyl, but I think they should always come in combination with downloads so that you can have both – the physical copy and the digital version (yes, all of the Vinyl of our bands come with a download code!). With CD’s, you already have a two-in-one-package, because they are both digital and physical; but to give you the beauty of a Vinyl record, a CD version should come in cool digipack, with a big booklet and with passionate artwork. In the times of downloads and streaming, no one needs these shitty jewel cases anymore.

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

Since we always had problems with finding a drummer, we never played live, sadly. But I hope that this will change in the future.

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

I work as a graphic designer and illustrator and create logos and artworks for bands.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Manuel Trummer (guitarist of Atlantean Kodex), Victor Klemperer (philology professor, famous for his critics about the language of the Nazis), Hermann Hesse, C. G. Jung and Evíga (singer and guitarist of Dornenreich).

What’s next for the band?

We’re working on a new split album. We don’t reveal yet what the other band will be, but I already can tell you that the songs on the split will have a concept about political subjects.

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

www.stillerstod.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/StillersTod
www.instagram.com/stillerstod/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/4n6YOlskEzJBqZpoKWkSbc
www.youtube.com/channel/UCPQKVNonqPhbmXMqol_Wi9w

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Seems to be a British thing, I had to google it. So, I might not be a Jaffa Cake expert, but if they call themselves Cakes, they seem to identify as cakes, and if they identify so, I won’t question it.

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

Thank you too!

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EMQ’s with NINTH DEGREE

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EMQ’s with NINTH DEGREE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Edinburgh, Scotland based, Alternative Rock band, Ninth Degree. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

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

We’re Ninth Degree and we typically play Alternative Rock. We are a 5-piece Rock band founded in September 2018 out of the ashes of Misselbrook and Watt which was a small project between two of the band members Hamish and Cameron. Hamish (Vocals/Keys) and Cameron (Vocals/Guitars) are two of our three vocalists and have been in bands together for many years having been friends since they were kids. Connor (Vocals/Bass) and Murray (Drums) came in to be Ninth Degree’s rhythm section after Misselbrook and Watt disbanded. They were fans of the band and so it just made sense because they knew the material well already.

How did you come up with your band name?

We spent the first 2 months or so brainstorming ideas that fit the vibe we were going for. We then had a list of around 10 of our favourite names and got our friends and family to vote on them. It ended up being a tie between “Fool’s Paradise” and “Nth Degree” and the band voted for “Nth Degree”. Unfortunately, we realised there was a popular song from the 2000’s called Nth Degree which would make it hard to google us. So, we went for the next best option “Ninth Degree”.

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

We’re from Scotland and the scene is really strong here.

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

We have just released ‘Fade Away’ which is our second studio single. It was recorded back at the start of 2020 by Nicholas Franck of Mix By Nico and was tracked live in the studio allowing the band to capture the raw energy and emotion of the song. The song was then mixed and mastered by the band’s guitarist Cameron Watt in his studio. Ninth Degree knew they wanted to put their best foot forward in 2021 and so enlisted the help of local legend Sam Hayles of Dose Productions to design the artwork for the track. The song was released at midnight on New Year’s Eve with an accompanying music video shot during the recording process.

‘Fade Away’ (Official Performance Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our biggest influences are probably Queen, Green Day, Rush and Franz Ferdinand.

What first got you into music?

Cameron: For me, it was when I first started going to shows as a kid with my parents, I remember seeing AC/DC in 2008 and that’s really what sparked my interest in guitar playing.

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

We would’ve loved to collaborate with the original line-up of Queen. They all seemed like great musicians and songwriters and so it would’ve been amazing to see how they worked.

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

Probably the Reading and Leeds festivals, they always have great line-ups!

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

We’ve actually not had many gifts, so I guess if you’re reading this, feel free to send us something odd haha.

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

We can’t thank you enough and we really appreciate every single one of you.

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

Freddie Mercury.

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

The thrill of playing live is amazing and probably all the waiting around is a pain!

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

Definitely streamlining the distribution system for getting your music onto streaming sites.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Stadium Arcadium” – Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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

They all have their place to be honest. I don’t think any one format is perfect!

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

Definitely, our single launch last year!

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

Cameron: I’m not entirely sure what I’d be doing if I didn’t do music, but I was really into snowboarding and skiing as a kid, so I probably would’ve gotten into that.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Slash, Miles Kennedy, Mark Tremonti, Jack Black and Kyle Gass

What’s next for the band?

In the long run, we are aiming to bring out our debut album once the pandemic is fully over and we’ve built some more momentum. Then hopefully we will go on a small UK and/or EU tour to promote the album. In the next few months though we are looking to start work on an EP to release over the summer (all COVID dependent at the moment).

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

To listen to our new single.
www.linktr.ee/NDFadeAway

To find us on social media
@ninthdegreeuk

Our website
www.ninthdegree.co.uk/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit.

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EMQ’s with HELGRIND

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EMQ’s with HELGRIND

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Havana, Cuba based Pagan Metal band, Helgrind. Huge thanks to guitarist, Jordy Fuentes, 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 Jordy Fuentes guitarist in Helgrind. The band started in 2012. At the begining we were only Daniel Lameiro the bassist and me. We settled the music and lyrical base and a short time after Ernesto Riols joined the band as our lead singer.

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted a name related to Norse mythology and after some research Helgrind was the name we chose.

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

I’m from Cuba and the scene here is very small and mostly influenced by American Metal and Hardcore styles so it’s not common to see bands that sound like us in our country.

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

We released an EP in November 2020 called “The Tragedy Of Túrin Turambar” and recently, our label, Black Spark Records, are doing the physical release of our latest LP “Return To Motherland”.

“The Tragedy Of Túrin Turambar” (Full EP)

‘Rusalka’ (Official Single, taken from the album “Return To Motherland”)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Amon Amarth
Bathory
Ensiferum
I
Primordial
Tyr
And many many more…

What first got you into music?

For me, it was in high school, when I started to listen to bands like Children of Bodom and Arch Enemy!

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

For me personally, with Alan Averill from Primordial!

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

Wacken Open Air! My dream is to get there for our own worth because it is the biggest metal fest in the world!

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

Well, I never received anything from a fan hahahaha is that weird enough?? Hahaha!!

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

Thanks for the support, the band are nothing without you, we really appreciate it \m/!

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

Alexi Laiho no questions about it, he and COB were my main influence when I started to play guitar.

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

Playing concerts and to hang out at festivals and I really really hate to carry my guitar haha!

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

The digital sound, I think it kills all the feeling in music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Draconian Time” – Paradise Lost
“Blood On Ice” – Bathory

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

It depends on what purpose you have but I think physical CD’s have more value than digital.

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

It would be definitely to open a concert for Besatt, in 2018, when they come to tour in Cuba!

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

Well, I work as a waiter because we do not live from our music, but I dont really know, maybe a skater or youtuber haha!!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

All the guys in the band haha! Now that I think about it, we’ve never had a dinner party all together before.

What’s next for the band?

We are now in the process of composing our third album and we have really ambitious plans with it.

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

We are on Bandcamp and YouTube also our label put us on Apple Music, Spotify and Amazon Music.

www.helgrind.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/HelgrindPaganMetal
www.open.spotify.com/album/4X83F6qyslIRJrgE9qUyut (“The Tragedy Of Túrin Turambar” EP)
www.open.spotify.com/album/38sL5qaQA2uXHHUB1VdD03 (“Return To Motherland” Album)
www.youtube.com/channel/UCL18BvEtTxR7uDcMAGab_-A

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Hahahaha, I dont even khow want this is, sorry 😊.

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

Thanks to you for yours and thanks a lot to all Helgrind followers worldwide, you are the last pagan resistance!

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EMQ’s With MARENE

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EMQ’s With MARENE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Cape Town, South Africa based Flash Rock band, Marene. Huge thanks to vocalist/rhythm guitarist Tyler Duggan, for taking part…

After spending much of the tormenting 2020 stagnant with no gigs, South African Flash Rockers MARENE decided to postpone their full album release and work on an intermediary EP (as a means to keep busy and stay sane, as well as channel their range of ineffectual emotions from living in perpetual survival mode into something constructive)! “Something’s Out There” is metaphorical and written with the notion of something ominous looming over you (symbolic for anything you’re afraid of that might stop you from dreaming and keeping you up at night … much like the menacing Covid-19 is keeping us all out of our dreams).

Flash Rock you ask… yup, MARENE is not just another tidal-wave band that comes and goes… they are pioneers in a new genre that is mixing some fresh and new with the best of the old, all rolled in one potent package that will bring joy to your ears, and a broad smile to your day! Heck, it’s so good even the epic Acle Kahney from TesseracT & 4D Sounds worked his magic on the catchy Radio Mix of the title-track!

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

I’m Tyler Duggan, the lead singer, rhythm guitarist and toastmaster general of the immoral majority. MARENE is a larger-than-life rock band who specialize in spectacle. We bring artillery to a knife fight and give you one helluva bang for your buck.

How did you come up with MARENE?

I started MARENE in 2017 with the dream to be the band I always wanted to see live. I was tired of paying good money to watch people get up on stage like they just got out of bed and act like I was privileged enough to see them. I was tired of watching uninspired musicians stand in one place and yawn into a microphone and expect the crowd to be wowed by their flip flops and ¾ shorts. I wanted something more. Something larger than life. So, I decided to be larger than life and create the band I wanted to see. I’ve always believed that if you fulfil a need in yourself, you’ll fulfil that same need in others too. Since 2017, MARENE has won the attention of many fans and industry folk. They are wowed at the lengths we go to put on a stadium worthy rockshow. $10 ticket, $100 show; that’s how it goes. When I get up on the stage and you pay to see me, I work for you, I’m up here to entertain you and give you your money’s worth.

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

We’re based in Cape Town, South Africa. The scene used to be alive and well before the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Because of Covid-19, many venues have closed so the variety of live music venues are getting smaller and smaller. More accessible media, such as Netflix, is also competing in the way people consume entertainment. The consumption of entertainment has shifted towards quick and easy access.

What is your latest release?

“Something’s Out There”. It’s an EP consisting of 4 completely new songs, all composed and recorded under Lockdown in South Africa. it is the first EP I’ve mixed with Acle Kahney from TesseracT taking my mixes and mastering them to perfection. Anything worth doing, is worth overdoing. At least that’s the way I see it. If you’re looking for fist pounding, hard hitting, meat and potatoes rock n’ roll, look no further than our latest release. As always, MARENE strives to give our fans the ultimate experience and this EP is just that. So, plug in some headphones and get ready to meet your maker.

Something’s Out There – Radio Mix

https://open.spotify.com/album/0Et0pHujr7Tjrc7RqlCNjM

Who have been your greatest influences?

KISS, especially Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons. Their overall drive, work ethic and ethos have kept me going since the beginning. I’ve always found myself following their guidance and as far as role models go, I don’t think you can get any better than Paul Stanley. They inspired me to take it all the way ever since the first time I heard ‘Strutter’ and ‘Shout it Out Loud’.

What first got you into music?

I was introduced to Elvis Presley sliding down a pole in Jailhouse Rock when I was around 6 years old by my Grandmother. I was in awe of his being, his style and his appeal. He was all I listened to until I was introduced to ABBA and Jethro Tull by my parents when I was around 8. One night when I was up late watching TV, I witnessed the most amazing sound: it was louder than anything else, both visually and sonically. It was ‘Shout it Out Loud’ by KISS and I was instantly hooked. The theatrics and sound blew me away, almost like the Olympic  torch was being handed to me. Ever since, I’ve been drawn to music and the same goal of spectacle, I wanted to insight the same feeling in other people. I wanted people to leave the show saying “WTF?!” but in a good way.

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

Ghost is an amazing band who have really brought a retro feeling back to audiences with a modern twist. That’s why I feel we’d collaborate quite well. We both have the same idea of vintage meets modern.

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

If I could go back in time it would be to play the US Festival of 1983, but right now I’d have to say either Wacken, Rock am Ring or the Download Festival. All 3 of these have the same thing in common: raw, energetic, electric atmosphere and full of larger-than-life line-ups competing in one helluva pissing contest.

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

While performing at a venue/club, I had a t-shirt thrown up on stage with an image of a tiger on it with “Eye of the Tyler” written beneath it. Probably more awesome than weird, but I like it.

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

Covid-19 has put some challenges in the way, but MARENE has faced challenges before. When you put a wall between us and our goals, we like to go straight through it; head first. So, the Covid-19 pandemic regulations is a wall, and our new EP is the bulldozer. The pandemic has blocked live shows and we have learnt how to work around that. Life finds a way, and so does MARENE. So, plug in in some headphones and turn it up cause MARENE is alive and ready to bulldoze a mountain.

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

Peter Steele. He was the most creative song writer and I always felt there wasn’t enough Type O Negative. His life was short lived and what he could offer the world sonically was incomplete.

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

I never see myself as just a musician, but rather as a performer. I’ve always approached music as a live experience rather than just audio. Otherwise, I could just arrive with my MP3 player and it would give me the same experience. I think a lot of musicians fall into the trap of musicianship which is lost on the concert viewer. Sure, your shreds are an amazing flex of your skills, but the concert viewer doesn’t care if you hit every note in the scale within a demi-semi quaver of a beat if you’re just gonna’ stand there and look entitled. This is why I believe live music is an art, it’s called a rockshow because there’s something to see. It’s a balance between great music and an amazing show. A crappy band with a smoke machine is still a crappy band.

I think what I enjoy about being a performer, is seeing the smiles on the faces of the audience when they realise MARENE is up here giving our everything to entertain them, from shooting sparks off the lead guitar, to the elaborate choreographed movements. When they leave, I want them to be just as tired as I am. They should have given me as much as I was giving them. That push and pull of the performer and audience is what I enjoy the most. When you get off stage and you say to the bassist, ‘wow that was an amazing show’, because you felt the audience was up there with you the whole time. We always film our shows on a crappy video camera at the back so we can watch them over at the next practice from the audience’s perspective to make sure we really are entertaining.

I don’t dislike anything about being a musician, if you hate being a musician, I think you’re in the wrong industry.

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

The shift in the way people perceive value in the music industry is a challenge. There is a growing notion of “Why must I pay?”. I think that because of streaming and pirating, people believe your hard work is nothing more than a commodity that they own because music is a part of life. As a result, its harder than ever for new artists to reach global levels without other investments and many revenue streams, in addition to playing live shows and selling merch, which is why MARENE are so focused on the concert experience.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Without a doubt “Destroyer” by KISS! What an album – such epic legacy…and then there is this new EP called “Something’s Out There” by MARENE that I think it’s pretty OK (ha ha ha)!

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

Vinyl is classic. I think if you have to indicate music playing in a silent film it’ll always be someone putting on a vinyl LP. Zeros and ones might be perfect, but vinyl is analogue, and analogue can be unique and have defects much like humans, musicians as well as mixes and so I’d argue that it’s more personalized and living.

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

I think Metal 4 Africa Winterfest 2019 and RAMfest 2020 with Black Dahlia Murder. Both had their reasons for being the best. At Winterfest we brought about $1400 worth of LED screens, smoke machines, extra lighting as well as our own sound engineer and lighting engineer. This allowed us to put on one helluva show. Of course, everything was dead until we hit the stage, then the screens came on, the extra lights turned on and the smoke machines went off. We hit the stage running and never looked back. I think the best part about these shows were watching the audience sing back out songs, especially our anthem ‘Turn It Up And Rise’ where we get the audience to sing along on the top of their lungs to a song they only just heard while standing there in the crowd.

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

Astrophysics, I’ve always loved the universe and the science behind how it works. One of my favourite podcasts is StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Sammy Hagar, Paul Stanley and Rob Halford to see who could sing the highest with Robert Smith and Peter Steele to judge the contest.

What’s next for the band?

The goal will always be Madison Square Garden, but right now we’re planning on recording a 2nd EP for 2021, with the full album on hold until we can release it and tour it properly.

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

www.facebook.com/MARENEBAND
www.instagram.com/marene_live/
www.marene.bandcamp.com/
www.tinyurl.com/marene-youtube
www.tinyurl.com/marene-spotify
www.tinyurl.com/marene-apple
www.tinyurl.com/marene-deezer
www.tinyurl.com/marene-amazon

Donations (PayPal)
tylersduggan@gmail.com

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s a biscuit sized cake.

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

If you really wanna’ challenge the system and see what you want to see, you gotta’ be willing to put in the time, get up there yourself and make it happen. If you sit around and wait for someone else to do it, you’ll be waiting for a long time. To make it happen, you have to be the person you want to be and do the things you want to do. You need to be the person you would want to see. Greatness is inside all of us. Life is not the cards you’re dealt with, but what you can make out of the cards you receive. Grab all opportunities with both hands, and if you can, with your legs too.

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MARENE LINE-UP
Tyler Duggan: Vocals, Rhythm Guitar & EP Producer
Ozzey Padayachee: Vocals & Bass
Maronay Todkill: Keyboard
Arian Helm: Lead Guitar
Skye Nagel: Drums

MARENE BIO

Old trends are returning and MARENE is in front of the line to bring back the best of the best: good ol’ classic Rock N’ Roll baby! Heavily influenced by bands like KISS and Van Halen, MARENE is bringing back what was once the best of an era (with a MARENE spin on it)! This vibrant band runs around on stage with signature colours, lightshows and choreography; all while still playing an instrument and singing.

With a razor-sharp voice and an intricate rhythm at hand, front man, lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Tyler Duggan takes the front of the stage by storm with high energy and cheeky dance moves. To his right, with a thundering voice and jazz-rooted bass playing is Ozzey Padayachee, the bassist that growls. When the front man isn’t taking front stage, the lead guitarist Arian Helm steps up to the spotlight, running shreds and dinosaur bends. Don’t let his height fool you, he can shoot sparks from the headstock of his guitar into great heights. Steadily behind the band is Skye Nagel, but his shy soul doesn’t hide there, he thrives there. He makes sure he is heard with fist pumping strikes. Filling up the gaps with synths, is Maronay Todkill, making sure everyone’s eyeliner is on point before they step out on stage.

MARENE isn’t another tidal-wave band that will come and go … they’re innovators of a new genre that’ll shake the world. Flash Rock!

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EMQ’s with STEALTH

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EMQ’s with STEALTH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Corridonia, Italy based Industrial/Nu-Metal band, Stealth. Huge thanks to guitarist, Lorenzo Pimpini, for taking part.

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

Hi Folks, my name is Lorenzo and I’m the guitar player of STEALTH. The band was founded in 1997 after the meeting between me, Ivan (vocals and rhythm guitar) and Daniele (Bass player). We started as a Metallica tribute band, but we immediately started producing our own music after some months.

How did you come up with your band name?

I’ve chosen that moniker! One of the reason was the name born from STEALTH fighter plane in 1997 during the war in Middle East. We liked this name ’cause that plane was struggled and incisive like our metal sound!

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

We come from Italy, more precisely from a little city in the centre east of the country called Corridonia. The Rock/Metal scene here was (and actually is) very poor with few venues to play. This is the reason why we played a lot abroad.

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

“Live For Your Faith” is our latest live album released on 31st December 2020. Together with the original album and the remix one is a special concept trilogy: Live from London and other foreign places, ‘disco-metal music’ remix album “Fight For Your Fate” released in 2018 and original album “Fight For Your Faith” released in 2014. Now we are working on a new single with 2 songs that we will release shortly.

‘Perpetual War’ (Official Video)

‘Inner Land’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think that the power of STEALTH arrived from different influences between us. I like prog metal and epic cinematic sound; Ivan likes industrial and nu-metal while Daniele is into prog metal and hard rock/old school stuff.

What first got you into music?

When I was 8 years old my mother brought me playing piano. I remember I learned fractional time (4/4, 6/8…) with my music teacher before learning that to school. It was amazing!

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

I really don’t know. I think that every band is special ’cause every band speaks its own language. This is the power of music!

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

I think that WACKEN OPEN AIR would be perfect for the style of music we play with STEALTH.

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

Actually, was a gift…I did. It was an autograph on the tits of a wonderful girl! So maybe I gave her a weird gift…

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

We love you and I hope we’ll start to play live again and that we’ll hug together as soon as possible.

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

Randy Rhoads on guitar, Cliff Burton on bass, Vinnie Paul on drums and Ronnie James Dio on vocals. What an amazing band that could be!

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

We love creating something that lasts over time, something that creates an emotion. I don’t know if we can, but we try and we play, first of all, for us.

I hate the poor consideration of musicians in general.

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

The reality music show. Now your fame lasts as long as a song. There is no longer the desire to search for bands that last over time!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Dream Theater’s “Awake”.

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

Everything is cool! The most important thing is to pay even a little for these music ‘devices’ otherwise the music will die.

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

It was 11 years ago in Kiev, Ukraine at Route 66 pub. It’s been an unforgettable show.

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

Luckily, I am also a cardiologist!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

It will be great to invite for a dinner party the other guys that played with us in the past and creating just for a night a great STEALTH band with 4 drummers and 3 guitar players!

What’s next for the band?

We are working on new material. We are gonna to release a new single with 2 new brand songs next spring.

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

We mostly use our official website www.stealthattack.it but we are also on all the other social media like Facebook, Instagram, You Tube…

www.facebook.com/stealthattack.it
www.youtube.com/user/stealthattack1997

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t know, I think it’s a cake cause the name sounds like it…???

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

Stay connected with us and I send a big hug to everyone out there. We’ll see you quickly!

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