EMQ’s with LEATHERJACKS

EMQ’s with LEATHERJACKS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Hard Rock/Heavy Metal project, Leatherjacks. Huge thanks to vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Mauro Cordeiro

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

Hello Rick and everyone at Ever Metal! I´m Mauro Cordeiro, Singer, Guitarist and Multi-Instrumentalist at Leatherjacks. I would like to say Leatherjacks is (or should be) a band, but up to now, I´ve been and am a one-man band-based project.

I started it all out in 2016, with the idea to revive the AOR, Modern Hard Rock and Metal bands and music from the 80’s, based on all my influences and representing my country: Brazil. Here I am, to say we´re not only about Samba and Bossa Nova! I´ll always FIGHT for Rock And Roll because it´s not only a music genre. It´s a Way Of Living.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name came from a brown Leather Jacket I had… I loved and used that jacket so much, it ripped and got decomposed! TRUE STORY! So, it´s a kind of Nickname to Leather Jackets, so I gathered it all as Leatherjacks. It´s NOT about the insect/larva haha!

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

I live in São Paulo, and the Metal/Rock scene here is pretty weak in terms of Original/Authorial bands. Most of the groups here are playing in little venues, little events, and the worst part: Only Cover Bands! So, Rock´s not growing here, mainly because of this reason.

So, São Paulo is pretty tough to dream big about Rock, but I NEVER give up!

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

My latest is the new Album “Extremely Dangerous”, released on April 10th, 2020.

I hope you all enjoy this album! Lots of great 80’s Metal, Hard Rock and AOR, dedicated for you all! It´s fresh, it´s nostalgic and Modern. Search for it in ALL streaming platforms!

Who have been your greatest influences?

I always LOVED two bands: Iron Maiden and Bon Jovi. So, I have this kinda Poppish Hard Rock with that raw Metallish Iron Maiden energy. And since I was 6, I remember listening to an LP my mom had, a soundtrack collection, from American movies, and one of the songs was ‘Eye Of The Tiger’ by Survivor. It´s my favourite song up to this day in my life. Pure AOR.

Lately in my mature life and music influences, I still listen to the favourite ones: Iron Maiden, Bon Jovi, Survivor, Deep Purple, Asia, Toto, Journey, Foreigner, DIO, Judas Priest, Gotthard, and lots of modern ones, such as Halestorm, Battle Beast, Crazy Lixx, H.e.a.t, and so many others! Wow I really mean it… I listen to George Benson, Motown, Jazz, Funk, Soul, Pop, EVERYTHING! No frontiers, no barriers…

If the music is GOOD, well composed, and well done, I´M IN!

What first got you into music?

I always remember listening to an LP from Survivor, with “Eye Of The Tiger”. And that song ALWAYS moved my life, and always gave me chills! Then, when I was 8, I asked one of my uncles to teach me acoustic guitar and dome chords and exercises (He plays very well, as does my mom – She also plays Piano, etc) so I’ve always had contact with music.

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

I´d love to do something with Lzzy Hale from Halestorm, or Noora Louhimo, from Battle Beast (she´s my muse by the way haha!). Dave Grohl would also be extremely cool! And my main idols of course: Adrian Smith and Bruce Dickinson would be PERFECT too!

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

I´d love to play in Wacken! It´s simply AMAZING! I watch all the videos, and I feel like: WOW, I need to be playing there someday!

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

Hm… I still haven’t received any weird stuff…But…Who knows, someday?

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

Let´s Rock Together! Let´s enjoy music together. You´re all invited Jackers!

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

Just ONE name: RONNIE JAMES DIO! I´d love to see him alive again, but with the appearance he had in his 40’s, back in the 1980’s… Would Love to be his guitarist and do backing vocals.

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

I think what I most love about being a musician is the return you get from fans, followers, friends, family and people who are really proud of you, and those ones who really believe in you… You know? I think it´s the most special sensation an artist can breathe and feel.

I think there´s nothing I hate in music. From the bottom of my heart… Up to now, there´s nothing I hate about music!

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

I´d really Terminate these things: Raggaton, Brazilian Funk, Brazilian Sertanejo and Pop.

It really irritates me, and in my opinion, it´s a musical loss of time, a real Poison for mankind in terms of music. Brazilian shit like Anitta, Maiara and Maraisa, Gusttavo Lima, Michel Teló.

Or American shit such as Dualipa or Sean Paul… Ah, it´s awful! Waste of time haha!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Iron Maiden – “Piece Of Mind”. I won this CD as a Birthday gift when I was 13, in 1999. I´m 34 and I still keep this album in my drawer. The booklet paper is Intact! I really LOVE this album.

I listen from start to end. Entirely. It´s a true Masterpiece.

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

Vinyl and Cassettes are forever beautiful. I love them. I have lots of CD’s in my drawer, as told in the previous quote.

But in my opinion, CDs are a failure. So fragile, so poor media, in terms of construction, materials…

Downloads are a cool thing, but it turns music into an ethereal experience!

I like that you can feel music with synesthesia, you know? Opening a Vinyl sleeve, the smells, the booklet, the pictures, listening to the music, reading the lyrics, singing along… It´s a thing! Much better than digital music (My humble opinion).

But the good part is: Digital Music spreads much more easily! For sure haha!

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

I actually only played one gig with Leatherjacks, because my line-up wasn´t the right one.

I´m still searching for a correct line-up. But let´s wait until this pandemic stuff finishes.

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

I´m a graphic designer, illustrator, web designer and 3D | 2D Character Animator, besides that, I also work as a Mixing / Mastering engineer. So Audio-visual is my life, definitely haha!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Hm… That´s a tough one, because I´m a glutton and selfish guy! I’d dinner all alone hahaha!

What’s next for the band?

I hope to hugely promote the new album, somehow doing online streams, at home, etc. Let´s see what fate is reserved for Leatherjacks! Only God knows! Only future knows!

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

I use Facebook and Instagram a lot, but people can also reach Leatherjacks via Linktree!
www.facebook.com/leatherjacksofficial/
www.instagram.com/leatherjacksofficial/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCeufhZW3V2aFHp4Syqd85Dg
www.leatherjacksofficial.com/
www.linktr.ee/leatherjacks

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Wow, never heard about them, but I Googled, and it seems to be DELICIOUS. Reminds me some French Macaroons? Dunno! In my opinion it´s a Cakeuit haha!

Whatever it is… Please, gimme 10!

PS: I dunno how I still can keep myself in shape and thin/slim bodied…!

It´s a True Miracle! haha!

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

I thank you so much, Rick! It was a pleasure, so funny interview! Really loved it! I need to say a huge Thank You, and another huge Thank You to Ever Metal and Readers! Keep all Rockin’ On and On and On and On! Together We’re Strong! Please follow Ever Metal and Leatherjacks on all platforms, for news and awesome stuff from Leatherjacks and other awesome bands worldwide! WE ROCK! All the best from Mauro here and Leatherjacks! \m/

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EMQ’s with BLACKHEARTH

EMQ’s with BLACKHEARTH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Durango, Basque Country based Heavy Metal band Blackhearth. Huge thanks to drummer Asier Larrea and guitarist Alex Hernández 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?

Alex: My name is Alex and I’m the guitar player and main composer of the band. Blackhearth is a Heavy Metal project formed in Durango (Basque Country, Spain) in 2010 and both of us have remained as Blackhearth’s primary driving force through the years.

Asier: In our music we combine influences from the best classic Heavy Metal bands, acoustic guitar passages and some atmospheric landscapes.

How did you come up with your band name?

Alex: We sought long and hard for a name that suited us. I came up with it while I was having a bath. We chose this name because it is very cool and because no other band in the world is using it.

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

Alex: We come from Basque Country and we practically live in a very remote area comparable to Mordor, you know rain, darkness, mountains, …but sometimes we also see the sunshine, hahaha. People sometimes have to make choices where to go to, with the result that the smaller bands often play only for a handful of people, even though there’s a lot of quality here. I notice that there are still a lot of people who are dedicated to the underground. So, I’m quite optimistic. Internet made the communication much easier, so that helped as well.

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

Asier: Last year we released our first studio album with the label “Sliptrick Records”. For us it has been a very special and expected album since we had been working for many years to be able to carry it out. We have also made a lyric video of our song ‘Face The Enemy’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Alex: I listen to a lot of different stuff and I go through different phases. Some major ones are Black Sabbath, Savatage, Judas Priest, Mercyful Fate, Iron Maiden. But I like a varied amount of things it’s not just all Rock or Metal stuff.

Asier: There are many bands, in my case bands from the German scene like Rage, Helloween, Blind Guardian. But also, other great bands like Iced Earth, Stratovarius…

What first got you into music?

Alex: In the first place I’m making this music because I’m a metal fan and I love to be creative with music.

Asier: I´ve been listening to music since I was a child, the paternal influence has had a lot to do with it. In my case, heavy metal and power metal are the styles that have marked me mainly over the years. I have been opening my mind to progressive, death and other styles.

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

Alex: Obviously, Iron Maiden would definitely be the top choice for me.

Asier: Helloween is my favourite band so it would be a dream to be able to play with them.

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

Alex: I would love to be able to play at a big festival like ‘Wacken’ or something like that. It would be nice!

Asier: There are many great festivals in Europe, it would be an honour to be able to play in some of them Wacken, Hellfest, RockFest…

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

Asier: We haven’t received any weird gifts yet. Who knows in the future hahaha!

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

Alex: Well, first of all I would like to ask them to support the emerging metal bands of the world more. It’s okay to like old and legendary bands, but new bands also need an opportunity because they help the metal scene grow and evolve. The bands that today are great legends, in the past, they also went through this process of being little known and having to break through the community.

Asier: We are very grateful for the support of our fans, hopefully with the release of the album more people will follow the group and help us to grow.

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

Alex: Ronnie James Dio, his voice was so powerful.

Asier: Freddie Mercury: A great musician I never had the chance to watch live.

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

Alex: I love being on stage and seeing the audiences: there’s no better feeling than that. That feeling will never go away, there’s no better feeling than when you walk out onstage and you can play to the people who like your music. And you can see them enjoying it and we enjoy it, just an amazing feeling, there’s nothing better for me. The only downside for me in this business is the other side of it, all the other things can be hard.

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

Asier: I would ask them to give more opportunities to unknown musicians and bands, because they are the future. It’s good to have the classic references that are still active but without forgetting the people who start full of illusion.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Alex: That’s a very tough one. Favourite of all time? “Brave New World” by Iron Maiden! I love the energy, dual guitar solos and groove.

Asier: “The Keeper Of The Seven Keys, Part 2” by Helloween is one of my favourite albums.

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

Alex: Vinyl, for sure!

Asier: CD´s and Vinyl, in my case.

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

Alex: Obviously, our last gig. It was a useful and cool experience for us. We learned a lot and had a great time being playing with In Thousand Lakes.

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

Alex: Who knows?

Asier It’s hard to imagine my life without music, but if I wasn’t a musician, I’d be practicing different types of sports.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Asier: Mike Terrana, Thomas Lang, Dani Loble, Nicko McBrain, Hannes Van Dahl. I would do a drummers meeting.

Alex: Randy Rhoads, Jake Lee, Andy LaRocque…

What’s next for the band?

Alex: Well, that’s the million-dollar question. Music wise we would certainly like to start writing again. We’ve got loads of stuff. I don’t know, I want some quiet to think about what we want to do.

Asier: There are many ideas to continue composing new songs, but we are doing things without pressure.

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

Asier: Through Facebook and Bandcamp everyone will be able to follow the news of the band or listen to our songs. You can also follow us on our youtube channel for watching all the videos the band has available. You can also acquire our album in both digital and physical edition.
www.facebook.com/blackhearth.metal/
www.blackhearth.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCz5VTQDT52S54hmwNmU75Ng

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Asier: They are a cake. I work in a chocolate factory and some years ago we produced a similar product. A cake with orange jam and dark chocolate, an incredible bite.

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

Alex: Thanks for supporting Blackhearth. To everyone out there…keep on watching for Blackhearth, now and in the future!

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EMQ’s with BANE

EMQ’s with BANE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Black/Death Metal band Bane, originally from Serbia. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Branislav for taking part.

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

Hello! My name is Branislav, I am the vocalist/guitarist of Blackened Death Metal band BANE. Pretty standard as far as band history goes – I started this band as a teenager based on my love for blast beats and Extreme Metal. Here we are, almost 15 years later…well, nothing’s changed!

How did you come up with your band name?

BANE, by definition is a source of harm, ruin or death. It somewhat defines the music we play, at least to a certain extent.

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

Originally the band was formed in Serbia, a Slavic country in the Balkans (Europe). The scene is rather small, but there are a few hidden gems that make up for it. It’s a shame Serbian bands do not get any spotlight on the scene, as it’s impossible to compete with bigger markets such as the USA, or Germany for example.

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

We released our third full-length album called “Esoteric Formulae” on CD/Digital in November of 2018. The following year, Vinyl and Tape versions of the album were released, and just recently we re-released the CD version since the first press was sold out. You can stream the album at this location:

https://baneband.bandcamp.com/album/esoteric-formulae

Who have been your greatest influences?

Dissection, Rotting Christ, Dark Funeral and just about any other Metal band that does not suck.

What first got you into music?

From an early age I’ve developed an interest for guitar-driven music. It’s tough to remember exactly what band or song did so more specifically, but anything that had a ”Rock & Roll” attitude would intrigue me, regardless if it was Rock, Heavy Metal or Hardcore/Punk.

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

Probably Bjork or Jonas Renkse.

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

I’ll go with Exit Fest, which is located in my hometown – Novi Sad, Serbia. We’ve actually already played that Festival twice but would definitely go at it again! It’s just a fun Festival to be at.

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

Hmmm…I don’t remember at the moment if I’ve ever received something weird enough worth mentioning.

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

Don’t do drugs.

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

Wow, that’s a tough one. A five-way tie between Dimebag Darrell, Jon Nodtveidt, Chuck Schuldiner, Peter Steele and Ronnie James Dio.

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

The journey and the people involved in it is what makes it all worth it. Be it in Oklahoma or Macedonia, Metal heads are really some of the most amazing people one can ever meet. What I hate about it – the financial instability. The ‘gambling’ and risks you have to take in order to make all of this happen can be very stressful.

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

I’d cut out all that streaming bullshit and bring back record sales. It used to be so cool to read stories about Heavy Metal artists being able to afford buying houses after they’ve had a successful album and touring cycle. Unfortunately, that ain’t coming back.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Oh man, can’t decide between Whitesnake’s “1987” album and Skid Row’s “Slave To The Grind”.

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

I actually like and collect all of them, each for their own reasons. From a more objective point of view, I’d say Vinyl is the best (both for audio quality and visually). Personally, I’ll typically opt for a CD because it’s more compact and affordable, although Tapes will always have a special place in my heart. However, Digital downloads are perhaps the most convenient now days.

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

One of my favourites was opening for Malevolent Creation in Bulgaria back in 2011, with Brett Hoffmann on vocals. So many good memories from that entire trip!

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

Not entirely sure, but definitely something that would involve helping animals on a more pro-active level. Either dogs or sloths. Or both.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The band members of Metallica and Dave Mustaine, to witness the pinnacle of awkwardness. Would probably get a nice laugh out of that one.

What’s next for the band?

A 4th full-length album, at some point.

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

Bandcamp, Facebook and Youtube.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Man, I love Jaffa Cakes. Definitely a biscuit though if you ask me.

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

Thanks for the support! Feel free to follow our Facebook page for semi-regular updates: https://www.facebook.com/baneband/

HAIL CHAOS!

Branislav / BANE

BANE

(Black/Death Metal)

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www.twitter.com/baneband
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EMQ’s with VOLTAGEHAWK

EMQ’s with VOLTAGEHAWK

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nashville based Hard Rock band Voltagehawk. 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?

Jarrad James: My name is Jarrad James, I play drums and am the band dad in Voltagehawk. This project actually started as a jam session. I was new to the Nashville rock scene and didn’t have a project, but I had tons of friends that seemed pretty disenchanted with all of the bands they were in. So, it started almost as a therapy session, a place where you could come and get away with stuff, play things out of your genre, break all the rules with no judgements, and no bullshit band infighting. It led to gathering pretty stellar dudes on the same page, and we started just doing what came natural, jamming genres together and writing bangers.

Chase Arocha: I’m Chase, I play lead guitar! Jarrad started it with some people, that lead to jamming with Dan. Then Tyler was asked to start playing with them. I filled in on bass for Tyler at one of their gigs and he told them I played guitar, so they asked me to join!

How did you come up with your band name?

Jarrad: I actually came up with this before starting the band, which was meant to just be a place for all my buddies in other bands to come jam and work on different genred fun things, then ended up being the main project. It started as an homage to some of my favourites that had the “something cool, something animal” name motif: Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Wolfmother. I also wanted our records in the same bin with Van Halen. I also wanted to pay homage to the main musical influence, which is the Tony Hawk Pro Skater 4 soundtrack, which plays AC/DC in the opening credits…so, High Voltage Rock and Roll. Tony Hawk. Voltagehawk. Those games, and the music in them, changed a lot of dudes’ lives and musical journeys.

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

Jarrad: USA. Much like everything else, we import everything and export not a whole lot, haha. We are trying to change that. At least we can be like a coveted American Muscle Car.

Chase: U.S.A. And at one point it was the biggest and best thing in Metal/Rock. Things have slowed down in recent years, but there are still incredible bands putting out music. It’s just more of a search than it used to be.

Dan Fenton: (Vocals/Guitar) ‘Merica, Both scenes need a big ole kick in the ass. I am tired of hearing the same old shit. That said the underground is looking promising. Bands like Howling Giant, Idles…

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

Jarrad: Our latest release is our lyric video for our debut single “Modern Gasoline”.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Jarrad: Hans Zimmer and Vangelis’ Blade Runner soundtracks, Motorhead, Coheed and Cambria, Fugazi, Mastodon…and not always sonically.

Chase: Mike Patton, Ray Lynch, John 5, Zakk Wylde, Charles Mingus, just to name a few!

Dan: Movies. I think cinema and childhood trauma have fuelled me to write more than anything else. I love film scores and classical music. Hans Zimmer and Vangelis have been hugely influential on me the last few years.

What first got you into music?

Jarrad: It was either the drum fill for In In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins, or the intro to Money For Nothin’ by Dire Straits. Hard tie.

Chase: I had just moved to a super small town in central Florida at 13 and went to the YMCA. These girls were playing in a riot girl punk band on the gym floor screaming their heads off also around my age. I realized I wanted to do that.

Dan: A need to find myself at a very young age, amid a myriad of struggles. Music gave me purpose, drive and an overall desire to feel.

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

Jarrad: Keith Buckley from Every Time I Die on vocals/lyrics would be the pinnacle. He has the most versatile voice in loud rock/metal and his lyrics are beyond anything being done in modern music.

Chase: Reggie Watts and Tyler the Creator

Dan: IDLES, and Killer Mike from Run The Jewels. I love those artists and I love that they speak their minds and talk about real shit that matters.

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

Jarrad: I’m gonna go with the backyard favourite, Bonnaroo. It’s the wildest party, man. And always has great, even if few, metal and loud rock acts. It’s on our bucket list for sure.

Chase: Wacken seems like the coolest thing in rock and metal music right now. Great bands and tons of people!

Dan: I would love to play a festival in Japan. The Japanese seem like they really love rock music. I would gladly play in Europe and the UK again. I love the people of Europe.

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

Jarrad: We get a lot of weird bird themed gifts. Which we love.

Chase: Someone came up with an insanely realistic sketch drawing of me playing that they had drawn while watching the show.

Dan: A wedding proposal. I didn’t accept.

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

Jarrad: Memento Mori.

Chase: Love yourself.

Dan: Love yourself.

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

Jarrad: Lemmy.

Chase: Shawn Lane, one of the greatest players of all time taken too soon and plagued with health problems when he was alive, but he was absolutely incredible.

Dan: Anthony Bourdain.

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

Chase: When I was a kid, I was a loner who was bullied a lot. I always wished to be in a different world away from reality just to not feel so outcast. Music became that, it is a therapy, also a conversation creator, whether it’s jamming with others or just now having a skill to feel like you can share with the world. You can now have something to empower yourself with and realize that you were never an outcast at all.

Dan: Everything. Lost sleep, lousy pay. Just kidding. I love creating overall. Being in a family.

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

Jarrad: I wish we could get people more on board with streaming. A lot of people seem to forget that all of the great label catalog streaming revenue provides great opportunities for upcoming bands. Lots of musicians are biting the hand that feeds and it drives me crazy.

Chase: Taking more chances on what we show to the mainstream. I believe that more people would be into the avant-garde artist or more genres of music in general if we literally just showed it to them more. Put more advertising behind Hiatus Kaiyote and you will get more like them.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jarrad: “I Get Wet” by Andrew WK. Party hard, man.

Chase: “California” by Mr. Bungle

Dan: “Nighthawks at the Diner” by Tom Waits. It’s fun and I can see every song and where he is in my mind’s eye. He’s an amazing writer

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

Jarrad: All good in different settings. I try to play vinyl in my truck, but I just can’t get it to work. CD’s make GREAT coasters.

Chase: Who cares as long as people listen to music.

Dan: Doesn’t matter. If a song is good, it’s good on all platforms. I prefer vinyl myself but that’s, just personal preference.

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

Jarrad: Opening for Beasto Blanco featuring Chuck Garric of Alice Cooper’s band, and Alice’s daughter Calico. He is an absolute bad ass and she is an incredible stage performer!

Chase: Probably the Exit/In. It’s just a place with such history and it feels great to be a part of that.

Dan: I would say my favourite gig was at The Basement in Nashville with our friends Goodbye June. It was a special night.

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

Jarrad: I’d go back to driving Zamboni.

Chase: I’d be a psychiatrist.

Dan: Gypsy Space Pirate.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jarrad: Keith Buckley, Jimmy Iovine, Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Joe Rogan, and Joe Exotic aka The Tiger King.

Chase: Rob Zombie, Patrice O’Neil, Frank Zappa, Wayne Static, Sarah Silverman.

Dan: Tom Waits, Allen Ginsberg, Ella Fitzgerald, Anthony Bourdain, Carl Sagan.

What’s next for the band?

Jarrad: We are all very, very ready to release our first full length album. We are headed to mastering with a new 13 song epic titled “Electric Thunder” We are very much looking forward to playing these songs for people live on tour in the Spring.

We already have another EP on deck, a group of songs that just work together, potentially called Hard Work. That one may feel best as a live recording, more raw power. And we have two singles that are going to be released together, probably as a 45. We are excited to track those because we are going to let those live in a more synthy new wave world. We are also about 7 songs into writing Record 3…which has some bangers already, but we are still getting to know her…we’ll keep you posted. Come see us live. We have no patience and will probably slip those songs into the set too.

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

Jarrad: Follow us on Instagram, we are on there the most. We released our first album globally thru The Orchard, so it’s everywhere!
www.instagram.com/voltagehawk/
www.facebook.com/voltagehawk/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3VdXgLcML6VUqMJ8dmD1or
www.youtube.com/channel/UCsM9UFWIG9mrBXAKYg33sbQ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jarrad: Wikipedia says it’s a cake-like biscuit.

Chase: A tiny, tiny cake!!!

Dan: A biscy!

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EMQ’s with KAVORKA

EMQ’s with KAVORKA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Reykjavik, Iceland based Stoner/Sludge Rock band Kavorka. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Sæþór Þórðarson, 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?

The name is Sæþór Þórðarson and I play the guitar in Kavorka, I also provide the backing vocals. Me and Haukur (lead vocals) had this idea of making a dirty rock and roll band that could be both sludgy and beautiful at the same time. We talked about this in the midst of our old band Moldun breaking up. We asked our bassist Arnar to join us and he jumped on board (Arnar was the bass player in Moldun as well) and we knew Haukur Þór (drums) from the good old days and we were sure he would fit right in, which he did! Long story short; here we are, making music and having fun.

How did you come up with your band name?

Haukur (lead vocals) came up with the name, the name itself actually comes from the TV show Seinfeld.

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

We are from Iceland. The scene isn´t big and we have very limited venues to perform at. I remember back in 2007 when most of the bands played death metal or tech-death metal, then in 2010-ish a lot of metalcore bands emerged. Black metal has been pretty big from 2014-ish as well. Then we have Eistnaflug in July every year, which is the biggest rock/metal festival in Iceland. It´s held in a remote town in the east of Iceland, around 1500 metalheads show up and party in the Icelandic rain, this is the highpoint of every year.

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

We self-released our debut album “Internal Rituals” in October 2019.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I really loved Kurt Cobain and Nirvana and still do I guess, Dimebag Darrell and Pantera as well, Led Zeppelin, Alice In Chains and their whole “vibe” and approach to songwriting. John Mayer and his technique and feel, that feeling of being hungover and kind of down after a night of partying is a major influence in my songwriting (no joke).

What first got you into music?

Well, it was Nirvana.

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

I would love a Kavorka/Neil Young collaboration.

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

Glastonbury. Looks like fun.

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

STD maybe? Just kidding, not sure.

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

Buy our album, come to our shows and be kind.

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?

Nothing beats the feeling of making a song. I hate not having enough time to make music.

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

It is what it is.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Red Hot Chili Peppers – “By The Way”. It came out in 2002 and I loved it, being 14 years old at the time and the melodies were just amazing. I know it’s not a typical RHCP album to mention but I love it.

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

I prefer downloads and I´m ashamed for it.

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

It was a small venue in Copenhagen Denmark. My two previous bands played there one night. We were drunk and happy, the few people that showed up were as well.

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

Astronaut.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ricky Gervais, Donald Trump, Philip Anselmo, Jerry Cantrell, Zlatan Ibrahimović. Imagine the stories…

What’s next for the band?

Considering there is a pandemic going around, we aren´t doing many shows as of now. But we will announce any gigs or news on our social media platforms.

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

Mainly Facebook, Spotify, Bandcamp and Instagram.
www.facebook.com/kavorkarvk/
www.kavorkarvk.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/kavorkaxrvk/
www.spotify.com/artist/7vEt4pE9pqIBHysvHnDovx

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Any sane person knows it’s a biscuit.

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

Live long and prosper!

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EMQ’s with BLACK PHANTOM

EMQ’s with BLACK PHANTOM

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Milan, Italy based Trad Heavy Metal band Black Phantom. Huge thanks to vocalist Manuel Malini, 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, I’m Manuel, the lead singer of Black Phantom. The band was born as a solo project of Andrea Tito, bass player and main composer of Mesmerize during a break from the band’s activities, in 2014. He had a number of songs that were not complete thus had never actually been recorded. So, with the help of Andrea Garavaglia and Luca Belbruno (bandmates drummer and guitarist in Mesmerize) he started working on these songs, then asked me and the other guitarist Roberto Manfrinato if we wanted to join the project (both Roberto and I play in a traditional metal cover band called Eruption). Song after song we wrote and our debut album “Better Beware!”, was released by Punishment 18 Records in 2017. This was followed by intense live activity, thanks to which, we became more and more a real band. In the meantime, our current drummer Ivan Carsenzuola joined us and replaced Andrea G. two years ago. The music we play can be identified as Traditional Heavy Metal: we love the 80’s sound of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden, so if you like these bands you can appreciate our band too.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name of the band was chosen by Andrea because he wanted a direct, simple name, that would fit in the “metal” world and that could be pictured by a real character: scary and menacing, if possible. If you see the covers of our records, they’re just about that. Let’s say that the name of the band and the visual concept were born and developed together.

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

We come from northern Italy, near Milan. The rock/metal scene here is not the best, there are only a few clubs that support this kind of music nowadays and even the organization of the various events is never easy. However, in our area there are good bands that make great music with which we collaborate when possible and with which we have good relationships.

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

On March 20th our second CD “Zero Hour is Now” was released, again by the label Punishment 18 Records, and we are really proud of this work. I think we were able to raise the bar of the overall quality compared to the first album. These songs are the result of what comes from our heart, we write and play exactly what we feel and like, without calculations and I think the final result is there to show that Traditional Metal really flows in our veins in a genuine way.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I can only mention all the classic metal of the 80’s, from Iron Maiden to Judas Priest. Personally, I also listen to more modern things and try to go as far as possible in genres other than metal but in the end the imprinting roots always prevail!

What first got you into music?

I started singing as a boy almost as a joke, just to have fun with a group of friends. Things then became more and more serious and over time I always tried to get involved and improve with study and experience. I think at any level you have to try to improve and be curious to discover new things.

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

Iron Maiden was the band I’ve always listened to since I was a kid and it would be an obvious choice for me. The other band I really loved as a kid is Blind Guardian, so it would be real great to do a duet with Hansi Kürsch!

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

There are some wonderful festivals around the world, and it would be great to play in all of them!! Maybe because of the importance in the “metal” world, playing at Wacken would be really an experience and an important part of any metal band’s career.

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

Unfortunately, nothing in particular! We are actually waiting for the launch of women’s underwear at the next live shows! Haha!

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

I think that’s what we do with our music, which is to do what you really feel. As I was telling you, we do the kind of music that we love and really believe in. I believe that this kind of attitude then comes to light when you listen to our songs: the message is follow your heart, believe in what you do, and you will never have regrets!

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

One of the greatest metal artists who left too soon and would surely continue to write great music is Chuck Schuldiner. Certainly him, then other big metal names like Ronnie James Dio or Lemmy.

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

The best thing is always playing your own songs live and see the appreciation and enjoyment of the people who come to see you. Personally, I also appreciate the whole writing and birth phase of new songs, I always find it very stimulating. What I hate is all the bad business that surrounds the music world, I’m talking about stuff like “pay to play” or agencies / record companies that exploit bands by asking them to pay money for anything.

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

You should go back to producing music and bring out who’s really good and offer something good. Today, by investing a lot of money, it is possible to play on the shoulders of large groups without any real merit.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

In metal, I’ll give you three: “The Number Of The Beast” – Iron Maiden, “Painkiller” – Judas Priest and “Nightfall In Middle-Earth” – Blind Guardian. Apart from that field, I think an absolutely perfect rock album is definitely “The Dark Side Of The Moon”. I love Pink Floyd.

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

The way music is enjoyed has changed for sure in the last 20 years. Digital is now the main listening format among young people and of course we are also on the main online music platforms. Having said this, I’m still tied to the physical format whether it’s CD, cassette or vinyl. It represents in my opinion a different way of approaching music. I remember waiting for a record to come out, the magic of flipping through the booklet for the first time and the attention in hearing a record for the first time. Nowadays things have changed, and, in some cases, we have lost that very attention placed in the music and in the efforts of a band.

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

Supporting our first album we had the chance to play at quite important festivals, here in Italy: I can mention the Padova Metal Fest, one of the most important metal gigs in northern Italy where we had the pleasure to open for Necrodeath; the Rock Inn Somma, another very important festival; but also the support given to Iron Savior with our mates of Drakkar and Airborn.

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

If I had more free time, I would spend it doing some sport, I’m very passionate about football, and I would always have liked to learn how to play tennis.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

One is enough. Candlelight dinner with Scarlett Johansson!

What’s next for the band?

The plans were to make a string of support dates for the new album, but unfortunately, what has happened with the Coronavirus, the resulting global quarantine and the total shutdown of all shows has blocked everything. Right now, in the absence of live shows, we’re focusing on writing new songs from home.

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

We have an official Facebook page www.it-it.facebook.com/bewaretheBP/

Please go there and leave a “Like” for our latest news.

We also have an e-commerce site www.blackphantom.bigcartel.com/

There, you can find our two CD’s and all the band’s merchandise.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never tried, in Italy unfortunately they are not marketed; seen on the internet I can answer with … biscuit cakes!

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

First of all, we thank you very much for your questions and the space you are giving us. I would like to invite all readers to spend some time listening to what Black Phantom has to offer! If you love the sounds of Traditional Heavy Metal, I am reasonably sure that our music will be just right for you!

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EMQ’s with ECHOTHEFALLEN

EMQ’s with ECHOTHEFALLEN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Aberdeenshire, Scotland based Gothic Metal band Echothefallen. Huge thanks to vocalist Simona Tremaroli, 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 Simona Tremaroli and I’m the singer of the gothic metal band Echothefallen.

Echothefallen was formed in 2015 in Fraserburgh by Adam Balina and Pedro Arsenio after their former death metal band Murderous Instinct split up.

With Echothefallen they wanted to create darker, melancholic but powerful music and after few months and several line-up changes Wojciech Zapotocki, Mark Cross and myself joined the band and started to work on new material.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name was created by the band previous singer Stuart Leel. The name relates to the echo of the ones dying in battle for freedom.

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

We are based in the north east of Scotland, the Rock scene is quite active over this area but the Metal scene not so much. There are great metal bands in Scotland like Saor, Nassau, Rend Them Asunder to name a few, there are often great gigs to see in the greater cities like Glasgow or Edinburgh, however, Aberdeen or the Aberdeenshire tend to be forgotten unfortunately…

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

We released an EP “Sangreloca” prior to releasing our debut album “From Lust To Love And Passion” in June 2019. We also had the opportunity to shoot a video of ‘Dysfunctional’ which was a load of fun to get it done.

We are currently working on new material and we should record a new release soon.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We don’t usually like to name bands to get compared with and it really depends on the band member, some of us are fans of the 90’s Doom Metal bands; others are great fans of the more extreme Death Metal / Grind Core scene.

What first got you into music?

When I was 9yo I fell in love with Madonna, my muse and my inspiration.

That’s why I decided to be a singer even if I play heavier music, haha.

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

Personally, I’d say Alcest, on behalf of the band I’d say, very likely, Insomnium.

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

Wacken or Hellfest because they are the top metal festivals.

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

At the moment nothing in particular to be honest, our fans mainly offer us drinks haha.

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

What we always say: Stay metal, stay dark!!

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

Freddie Mercury! What a talented man he was.

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

We love creating music and expressing ourselves through our tunes. On the other hand, we hate all that stupid competition among bands, there is no need for that stuff, it only creates bad vibes between the bands. Music is art, not a battle.

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

Definitely all the Internet bullshit and how many fake likes you have, we are all numbers, all barcodes and this is really sad and frustrating. What has the world become…?

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Tragic Idol” by Paradise Lost.

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

Personally, I prefer CD’s, good quality first.

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

All our gigs are great fun, but we really enjoyed playing with Alia Tempora in Inverness.

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

We’d all be pornstars for sure hahaha.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d personally invite Nick Holmes, Daniel and Vincent Cavanagh, Aaron Stainthorpe and Neige.

What’s next for the band?

These are uncertain times; we have no idea when we will be able to practice again but we are currently working on new tunes and we’d like to record our second album sooner rather than later.

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

We mainly use our Facebook page, YouTube, our own website, Spotify and Instagram.
www.echothefallen5.wixsite.com/echothefallen
www.facebook.com/echothefallen/
www.instagram.com/echothefallen/
open.spotify.com/artist/3zkKiQLZumWAHPyeSaOFJY
www.youtube.com/channel/UCL4q_a3YCVsNzUpOS9lHaJg

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Call them what you want, they’re ace!

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

Thank you for giving us the chance to make this interview!

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EMQ’s with COYOTE MAN

EMQ’s with COYOTE MAN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Chicago, IL based, Instrumental/Progressive Rock/Metal band Coyote Man. Huge thanks to drummer Ian Wheeler, 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 Ian Wheeler and I play drums for Coyote Man. Me and Augie (guitarist) have known each other since high school and played in a few bands together. I would say we’ve been playing together for almost 20 years now. We played some covers and originals with a few different vocalists between 2001 and 2004. I would say around 2005 or so we just started creating instrumental parts to original songs. We took a break after that for a few years. The summer of 2015 we decided to get back together again and Coyote Man was formed.

How did you come up with your band name?

We came up with it one day going through some random names. We just want to leave it up to speculation and let the listeners decide what it means. Imagination is the name of the game.

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

We are from the United States. The metal/rock scene is explosive in the US. We have only done a few small tours in the mid-west so far and they have all been fantastic. At the moment, for us, Michigan has been extremely kind to our band. We have played some kick ass shows there. The fans have been really good to us in Michigan. We still haven’t travelled the world yet but from what I hear Europe has the best metal/rock scene.

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

We came out with our single ‘Perilous’ on March 2nd available on all streaming platforms. This single will be on our upcoming sophomore record “Precognition” which drops on April 20th.

Who have been your greatest influences?

There’s a lot to choose from over the years. Growing up The Beatles and Pink Floyd were played a lot in my household. In early grade school Nirvana blew my mind. Dave Grohl’s drumming on “Nevermind” made me want to play drums and then Tre’ Cool from Green Day added more inspiration shortly after that. Later on bands like Rage Against the Machine, 311, The Mars Volta, Deftones, Radiohead really opened my eyes on different drumming styles and techniques. I’m inspired and influenced almost every day from different groups which is the beauty behind music.

What first got you into music?

My family has a lot of musicians on my mom’s side and growing up I would always watch my uncle’s jam on guitar and jam out some oldies at family parties. I think my first percussion instrument was the tambourine just because I could hold it at a young age and it was very interesting to me. I think any instrument should be given to a young child so you can start them off right away with music.

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

Matt Embree from Rx Bandits or SA Martinez from 311 would be a dream.

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

If there was another Woodstock that would be incredible. Nothing will beat the first Woodstock concert but to be a part of that again is something beyond special. I can die a happy man if that ever happened. (Laughs)

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

We did receive some beef jerky from a show we did in Wisconsin. I wouldn’t call it weird but more like a weird unexpected delicious treat.

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

“Enhance your calm” or use the three seashell method. (Laughs) Sorry, I just finished watching Demolition Man the other day.

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

Kurt Cobain or John Bonham.

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

I enjoy playing live in front of crowds. Playing and creating music is like no other feeling I can explain. I don’t hate it but loading in and out from shows can be a pain in the ass but that’s part of the job.

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

Streaming platforms need to pay bands more for their art. Small percentages are not enough. The music industry itself I’ll just keep those comments to myself. (Laughs)

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Toadies – “Rubberneck”

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

I would have to say Vinyl and CD’s only because I have a lot of them. (Laughs) I do stream music on my phone constantly, so it does help when you’re working on the road too.

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

Playing with Bit Brigade last year at Reggie’s Rock Club was a great show. Our first sold out show in Chicago we ever played I believe. Bit Brigade are an instrumental video game rock band. They have a guy on stage with them playing the original Mega Man Nintendo game while the band plays the soundtrack for each level. It’s pretty wild. Our last show back in October we got to open for one of our favourite bands Brutus, which was also a great experience. They are probably some of the nicest people we ever got to share the stage with. It was quite an honour playing with them at the Chicago venue Schubas.

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

That’s hard to say. I would probably still be a musician. Working in the Cannabis industry too. (Laughs)

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Living and dead? I’ll just throw some out there. Jim Carrey, Hunter S. Thompson, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Rob Zombie and John Carpenter.

What’s next for the band?

At this moment in time we will be releasing our new album “Precognition” on April 20th. A lot of our upcoming shows are going to be postponed due to the Coronavirus. We are just staying safe and working on more new music since we have a lot of time now. I’m already super excited with the new batch of songs that we have. We’ve been working with our new bassist too and it’s going really well!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people
Facebookwww.facebook.com/coyotemanband
Bandcampwww.coyoteman.bandcamp.com
Instagramwww.instagram.com/coyotemanband
Websitewww.coyotemanband.com
Twitterwww.twitter.com/coyotemanband

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have never had one but I see that they are from the UK. I would definitely try one if I ever get the chance. They look like a sugar based biscuit so I will go with biscuit.

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

Thank you so much for this interview. Stay safe out there and make sure to listen to our new single ‘Perilous’ streaming on all platforms. Don’t forget to listen to our new album “Precognition” on 20th April this month. Wash those hands and keep your distance from other people please.

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EMQ’s with DIG TWO GRAVES

EMQ’s with DIG TWO GRAVES

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Central New Jersey based, Progressive Metalcore band Dig Two Graves. Huge thanks to guitarist Jaybee and drummer Kenny 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?

Jaybee: I’m Jaybee and I play guitar and write everything and am the cutest. Also, Kenny’s here and answering stuff, he plays drums. We started the band maybe 2 years ago now, we’ve been playing a bunch, recording a bunch of music, and just trying to have a good time.

How did you come up with your band name?

Jaybee: I came up with it and I thought it sounded cool and edgy.

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

Kenny: United States

Jaybee: The scene kinda sucks. I see crazy crowds in Europe or South America where people turn up and go wild for shows. Shows here are cool but it’s a little harder to get everyone out and get them into it.

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

Kenny: We released an EP entitled “Deathwish” last year.

Jaybee: We’re currently working on our first full-length album; it’s coming out extra thick.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Kenny: Make Them Suffer, Veil of Maya, Fall out Boy, Asking Alexandria, Avenged Sevenfold

Jaybee: Kero Kero Bonito, 100gecs, Dir En Grey, Luna Sea, Death Grips, and The Gazette.

What first got you into music?

Kenny: I had a drum set as a kid and got back into it around the age of 15/16 because two of my friends played guitar.

Jaybee: That was me, I was one of the friends.

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

Kenny: Kero Kero Bonito.

Jaybee: Agreed.

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

Jaybee: Coachella yuhhh.

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

Jaybee: Not really a gift but one time I signed a fan’s cheese omelette with a sharpie, and they ate it.

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

Kenny: Hold tight for our debut LP. We’re very happy with how it is coming out so far.

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

Kenny: The Rev (Avenged Sevenfold)

Jaybee: K (Pay Money to My Pain) or Hide (X Japan)

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

Kenny: Playing shows with a crowd that is really into it.

Jaybee: I like playing the lowest note on my guitar and making it sound all gross. I don’t like recording albums, it’s annoying, I like writing and playing.

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

Jaybee: I wish it was slightly more merit based as opposed to popularity based but I guess that’s part of running a business.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Kenny: “Infinity On High” – Fall Out Boy.

Jaybee: “Bonito Generation” – Kero Kero Bonito is the best album ever made.

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

Kenny: Downloads for convenience, Vinyl for quality.

Jaybee: Same.

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

Kenny: Not sure.

Jaybee: I enjoyed college a lot, I’d probably be studying something, I don’t know what though.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jaybee: Sarah Bonito, Dustie Waring, Yvette Young, Tim Henson, and Ricky Berwick.

What’s next for the band?

Kenny: We are currently working on our debut full length album.

Jaybee: I wanna make a couple stupid music videos for it too, so I’ve been planning that out.

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

Kenny: We mostly promote through Instagram and Facebook and most of our listeners are on Spotify and Youtube.
www.facebook.com/DigTwoGravesBand/
www.instagram.com/digtwogravesband/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCcYNM3dVVn1QREyZbCB164Q
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Jaybee: I don’t really like computer garbage or modernity in general, so I let Kenny do most of that.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaybee: Never had one, but I Googled it and they look like a COOKIE to me. That’s right, a COOKIE.

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

Jaybee: Thanks for reaching out for the interview, I’d love to do it again. Big shoutout to Ever Metal. Big shoutout to Seth Lugo. Peace.

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