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EMQ’s with BLACKLIST-9

EMQ’s with BLACKLIST-9

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Los Angeles, California based Groove Metal band BlackList-9. Huge thanks to them all 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?

Josh: Hi! I’m Josh May and I am the bassist for Blacklist-9. I joined the band in January of 2019.

Lonnie: Lonnie Silva, drummer. BlackList-9 was started in 2013 when my son Kyle was frustrated that he couldn’t put a band together. Kyle asked me to start a band with him and after several weeks of asking, I listened to what he had written and gave it a shot, and here we are!

Kyle: Kyle Silva, I play Guitar

Max: My name is Maxwell Sorg. I do vocals for the band. Kyle and his Dad started the band. They can tell you more than I can. I’m just the singer! Haha!

How did you come up with your band name?

Lonnie: When we decided to change the name, I was watching T.V. and a commercial for the show, “Blacklist” came on. So, I started adding different words and numbers to it. Counted to nine and that was it!

Max: Kyle talked to a burning bush in a cave. And then came out a virtuoso guitar player and with the name tattooed on his chest.

Kyle: Sure? Lol.

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

Josh: We are from Los Angeles, CA. U.S.A. The rock scene in LA gets a bit more love than the metal scene because it’s easier to digest for the crowds coming out to support friends. Easier on the ears, haha! That said, there is a growing underground metal scene going on in and around LA. We are experiencing it up in the San Fernando and Antelope Valleys. Some killer metal acts are cranking out heavy goodness.

Lonnie: Born and raised in California, USA. Living close to Hollywood, you’d think there would be some kind of metal scene, but it seems the only bands that are playing most of the clubs are tribute bands.

Kyle: California Native, J-May hit the nail on the head with his response about the metal scene here.

Max: Originally, I’m from the San Francisco Bay Area. If you weren’t traveling to San Jose, or San Francisco for shows, the scene was chaotic for all the wrong reasons. Most shows were put on by a few production companies who booked acts from around the area, and without regard to what genre they fell under. A lot of times we’d have a hardcore metal band, followed by a “Foster the People” sounding indie band, followed by a three-piece punk band. All talented, just it never felt like an actual scene, so much as an open mic night for all the local bands.

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

Josh: Our first full-length album, “Mentally Ill, Legally Sane” through Eclipse Records. Available on all streaming services.

Lonnie: Our latest release “Mentally ill Legally Sane” on Eclipse Records. We released two singles and videos for the songs, ‘Madness’ and ‘Legally Sane’.

Max: I released an EP with my last band Malice Coy in October of 2019, I played guitar on the project. It was actually due to that EP that I started taking singing lessons at the Musician’s Institute. It was a ride to say the least.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Josh: My greatest influences are Rage Against the Machine, Led Zeppelin, Igorrr, Kyuss and  The Gaslamp Killer.

Lonnie: I’m influenced by Carl Palmer from “ELP” John Bonham, Alex Van Halen, Peter Criss and a big fan of Vinnie Paul!

Kyle: Dimebag, Francisco Tarrega, Adam Jones, Jim Root, Dave Matthews!

Max: In no particular order: Chris Cornell, Phil Anselmo, Corey Taylor, Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl, and the sound my garbage disposal makes when there’s no food in it.

What first got you into music?

Josh: Music has been a part of my life since birth. Both of my parents are musical. My Dad plays guitar and sings. My Mom was a piano teacher for many years, and played guitar and sang as well. I started playing the saxophone when I was 9 then moved to guitar at 11 and drums at 14. I played bass any time I could get my hands on one.

Kyle: Good old Jimi Hendrix

Lonnie: Growing up my parents always had parties on the weekends, and blasting music from the 50’s to the 70’s, just dug the music!

Max: Not to get too dark, but I was diagnosed with Burkitt’s Lymphoma when I was 11 and went through 4 months of chemotherapy. The two albums I listened to on repeat through the process were “Dookie” and “American Idiot” by Green Day. I listened to those records over and over again, singing all the words until they were ingrained in my head and I could recite them without even hearing the song. I watched all the concert footage I could get my hands on, and saw them when they came to AT&T Park in 2006, on the American Idiot tour, with Flogging Molly (another great band), and Jimmy Eat World. It was my first concert and from there, I guess you could say that show started it all.

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

Josh: I would love to collaborate with Igorrr from France. Gautier Serre is a musical genius and being able to tap into his consciousness and collaborate on a song, or songs, would be magical.

Lonnie: Van Halen

Kyle: Chad Grey

Max: Jeez, do I have to pick one? Probably Dave Grohl, I’d love to do a ProBot II with him or something.

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

Josh: I would love to play Knotfest Roadshow USA. Slipknot have done an excellent job with their festival. Another festival that comes to mind is Rock In Rio. Traveling to South America for the first time would be a blast!

Lonnie: Download!

Kyle: Rock on the Range!!

Max: Pinkpop! It’s a huge festival in the Netherlands, which I’ve never been to, and some of the greatest rock acts have played that festival. When you’re there, you know you’ve “made it”. Plus, playing with Gary Clark Jr. would be an absolute honour.

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

Josh: Great question! One time I was given a finger hand puppet haha! Forgot the significance of it unfortunately, but it sits on one of my shelves to this day.

Kyle: I wouldn’t say mine was weird, it’s was more heartfelt. We played a Pantera tribute show in Pomona CA after the passing of Vinnie Paul. The song we play at the end of our set was Domination. After we got done playing our set, a fan came up to me and gave me his Dimebag Razor blade piece. I remember he told me, “Dime would be proud”. That was the best feeling in the world right there.

Lonnie: Haven’t received any gifts from the fans but would love to see what they would send!

Max: You overestimate my popularity. It’s sweet, but slightly depressing!

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

Josh: Support local music and seek out new artists whenever possible. It’s easy to get stuck listening to the same ol’ genres. With the current state of the world, supporting local music is so imperative. Especially once the world opens back up again and live music kicks off.

Kyle: Don’t live your life in anger/hate. Life is too short for that shit.

Lonnie: Tell your friends!!!

Max: In the immortal words of Bill and Ted, “Be excellent to one another!”.

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

Josh: The one that really hit me hard was Chris Cornell. I had the honour of seeing Audioslave’s first west coast performance in my early teens, and they rocked it so hard. His vocals and lyricism are otherworldly. What made his untimely death even more tragic was that I felt he still had so much left to give the world musically.

Lonnie: That’s a tough question, there’s so many great people who’ve passed. I would have to say John Bonham. If you bring John back, there could be a possibility of a Led Zeppelin reunion!!!!

Max: Dimebag Darrel, taken too soon. Plus, being able to see a Pantera show with Dime would have been amazing.

Kyle: Since Max got Dime back, I’ll bring back Vinnie Paul.

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

Josh: Being able to take an idea from the mind and translate it through one’s fingers into an audible representation is so rewarding and takes a lifetime to master. What I enjoy most apart from creating music is sharing that music live with people. When something you’ve created connects with other humans and gets them moving, there’s nothing that tops that.

Hate is such a strong word. I’d say my frustrations with being a musician are that many children with musical gifts early on aren’t told that they can turn those gifts into a career. As a child, music was always represented as a hobby but nothing more than that. We have music and art in schools, but parents and teachers as a whole aren’t communicating that one’s life can be dedicated to such pursuits. However, with the evolution of music and technology, I feel like that is quickly changing.

Kyle: What I love is playing in front of people, I love seeming the smile on their faces when we play. It’s so awesome! What I hate is when equipment fails!! I’ve blown up so many amps, it’s a little fear of mine. Lol

Lonnie: When we play a live show and afterwards, they tell me how much they dig the band and compare me with a famous drummer. What I hate is setting up and tearing down the drums…Lol.

Max: I enjoy collaboration and when a song becomes fully realized. There’s nothing better than listening back and hearing the magic you’ve captured when a recording is done. It is a trip to say the least. Hate is a strong word. There are two things I wish that would change. One, I wish more musicians could make a living playing and writing music (thanks to the internet it is easier, but there are some parts of the music business that are antiquated and should be modernized). Number two is ego. I’ve met a lot of egotists in our line of work who believe they are the best at what they do and refuse to find things to challenge them to make them better. It’s important to keep striving and push past the limits of what you think you can do. Great artistry is not the result of stagnation and I wish more people would learn that.

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

Josh: The industry is so oversaturated on all fronts these days. It takes an insane amount of hustle and luck to breakthrough depending on your genre. If there was a way to vet groups coming up, and separate the wheat from the chaff, that’d be great. But do we need more gatekeepers in the music industry? I think not haha! If I could change one thing for sure, it would have to be artist compensation from streaming services. Excited to see what the Music Modernization Act (MMA) is going to do to bring balance to things.

Lonnie: Bring back physical albums and CDs! Being able to see the artwork and band photos on the album’s and CDs was always cool to me!

Max: I kinda brushed on this topic earlier. I really wish streaming paid more. Thanks to the MMA (Music Modernization Act) passed by congress, musicians will see a percentage of streaming royalties rather than the 0.00005% it is now. But it won’t be enacted until 2021. Also, Ticketmaster straight up shouldn’t exist.

Kyle: Literally what they all said. Lol.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Josh: One of my favourite albums has to be “Evil Empire” from Rage Against the Machine. Hearing it in its entirety for the first time blew my mind as a kid. Funky, soulful, heavy, unfiltered. It was an album that I fell in love with twice. Initially the rawness, power and funk of the music attracted me. Once I entered college, I was able to understand the full scope of Zack’s lyrics. The metaphors, political views, etc… I even wrote an essay on Track 8. off the album called ‘Without A Face’, which chronicles the plight of immigrants crossing the border from Mexico into the U.S. and existing in a world where they are hated by the very group who benefits from their physical labour.

Lonnie: First Van Halen album!!!

Kyle: Pantera – “Far Beyond Driven”.

Max: Again, just one huh? “Superunknown” by Soundgarden. I think I listened to that album for a year straight.

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

Josh: I grew up on cassettes and CD’s, eventually moving to downloads because it was easier and cheaper to listen to music that way. Having matured (mostly) since then, I absolutely love vinyl. The warmth, depth and tangibility of the records can’t be beaten. Plus, the album art really comes through when it’s 12.375”.

Kyle: Vinyl when you’re just sitting at home chilling, CD in the car driving, and downloads when training. They all have their purpose.

Lonnie: Vinyl, you can hang up the album’s and it makes your wall’s look great!

Max: The hipster in me says Vinyl, because nothing replaces those little cracks and pops. But records get so easily worn or warped. I mostly use Google Play for my stuff because I have access to pretty much anything at any time, but I will buy CDs to support the artist. I bought “The Shape of Punk to Come” by the Refused, and “Hello Exile” by The Menzingers, because I wanted to read the liner notes to feel that much closer to the songs.

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

Josh: I had a blast opening for Quiet Riot in August last year! It was a rush coming off stage and having QR’s guitarist Alex Grossi give Kyle and I fist bumps for our closing song.

Kyle: We opened up for Vince Neil at the Rose in Pomona CA and played to a 450+ crowd, that’s the most I’ve played in front of and it was the best experience.

Lonnie: Back in the late eighties (wow I’m dating myself) I did a show called the L.A. street festival. They estimated the crowd to be around 10,000 people.

Max: Played the Nickel City Arcade when I was in my first official band Seventh Day Breakdown. We got used to having nobody there, but magic was in the air that night, because at least 50 people showed up and were bouncing up and down creating utter chaos. By the end, I saw the whole room looked like a moving mass of people. I threw my guitar up in the air, and let it crash to the ground (it turned out to be fine) and sling-shot a mic over my back, we trashed the stage and left to thunderous applause. Best audience ever that night, never happened again. But that’s what creates those magic moments.

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

Josh: Creating in some other way while enjoying the great outdoors. I love astrophotography and shoot the night sky whenever possible. I collect vintage mushroom art. Getting out into the wilderness is one of my favourite past times. It’s how I reset the mind and body.

Kyle: I be a fighter, mostly a Boxer. I love training, I love the sport. If I didn’t find the guitar first before the Gloves, Boxer most likely.

Lonnie: I’d be driving a 320-mph funny car. I’m a huge drag racing fan. I have gone 5.98 seconds at 213 mph in a dragster! Fun, fun, fun!

Max: I would like to go into guitar making, carpentry type stuff. I love working with my hands.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Josh: I would love a blend of philosophy and humour. A group of people that enjoy nuanced discussion as well as fart jokes haha! I’d invite comedians Duncan Trussell, Joe Rogan and Jeff Ross. A nice mix of intellectual comedy and good old-fashioned roasting. On the philosophy side I’d invite Naval Ravikant and Christopher Ryan to add flavour and inject fascinating insight into the discussions. Talk about a party!

Kyle: Joe Rogan, Mike Tyson, Tyson Fury, Tech N9ne and Corey Taylor.

Lonnie: Eddie and Alex Van Halen, Peter Criss, Les Claypool and Maynard James Keenen.

Max: Henry Rollins (Black Flag, The Henry Rollins Band), Billie Eilish, Emily Armstrong (Dead Sara), Alexis S.F. Marshall (As the Sun Sets, Daughters, Fucking Invisible), and Greg Barnett (The Menzingers). We can all talk about song writing, poetry, and good novels to read.

What’s next for the band?

Josh: The pandemic has levelled the playing field for every musician. We are doing what we do best, keeping our heads down and focusing on the next album. We have some killer tracks and are beyond excited to share them with the world!

Lonnie: Well, we just announced our new singer Max Sorg and were currently writing new material. We have over 20 new songs and we can’t wait to show the world!

Max: We’ve been rehearsing and hashing out new material while COVID-19 has taken its toll on the country. We’re in talks of taking some new demoes to the studio. I’m really excited to get to be a part of the process with them. It’s all very exciting for us, and I know that I’m ready for it. I hope the fans are too, you know.

Kyle: Focusing on making great music.

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

Josh: You can find us on:

Instagram: @blacklist9_

Facebook: @Blacklist9music

YouTube: www.youtube.com/channel/UC6Qasp2KPxCeiwDtFrvpOGA

or our website: www.blacklist9.net

Lonnie: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our album is available on all streaming service’s.

Max: The guys are better about this than I am. But, www.blacklist9.net/home. You can join our mailing list there. Also, we’re on social media, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter under Blacklist-9. Come check us out there!

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Josh: In the U.S. we unfortunately don’t have those. To me a biscuit is that warm and fluffy goodness you put some honey, apple butter or sausage gravy on. When we eventually tour the UK, I will make this question my quest to answer haha!

Kyle: MMMMMMM Jaffa Cakes (Homer Simpson Drooling Sound)

Lonnie: That’s a good one. I’d say cake. They should be called baby cakes!

Max: I don’t want to stick my hand in this nest of hornets. I’m gonna say everyone is wrong and call it cookie!

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

Josh: Stay inquisitive, always seek to gain more knowledge in order to better understand those around you and who you are. Learn something new every day, then die and forget it all haha! Thanks for bringing us on!

Lonnie: Thank you for the interview and keep an eye and ear out for BlackList-9.

Kyle: Success is the best kind of revenge.

Max: Thanks for taking the time to read this. You can check out Blacklist-9 on social media. I’m also on Instagram and Facebook as Max Sorg. I post stupid stuff and talk about what I’m up to! Come say “Hi”.

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EMQ’s with HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD

EMQ’s with HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Houston, Texas based Rock band Hold On Hollywood. Huge thanks to Nick Dees and Ian Dartez 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?
HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD IS:
IAN DARTEZ – LEAD SINGER/GUITARIST
NICK DEES – LEAD GUITARIST
COREY MORGAN – BASSIST
DEVIN HOLDEN – DRUMMER

Nick: Hey, my name is Nick and I play lead guitar in the band and sing a bit of back-ups.

Ian: I’m Ian and I sing and play rhythm guitar.

Nick: The band started back at the very end of 2014 when we all got together and saw that we had similar interests musically and were all looking for a new serious project. Our drummer Devin and I had been playing together since we started being in bands back in 2009. We started our first one together, and happened to be between bands when we met Ian and Corey. Things just seemed to make sense and fell together when the 4 of us came together. We played our first show opening for Drowning Pool in April of 2015 and have been at it ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

Ian: Some story about me running my mouth, or something like that. It’s a bit of a mystery, no one REALLY knows.

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

Nick: We are from the USA, particularly Houston, Texas. It’s definitely alive. There’s a lot of metal bands around our area. Not as many just rock/hard rock groups I feel like, but it is a big city so there is definitely lots of music everywhere of all kinds. Our city is very well known for its Rap and Hip-Hop stars that have come from it.

Ian: Music is definitely thriving all around the country though, with cities like LA, Nashville, Austin, NYC, etc all being big hotspots for musicians and being so spread out around the country.

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

Nick: We just dropped our second EP back in February on Valentine’s Day. It’s called “Love Stories” and has our single ‘Movies’ that we just dropped the music video for everywhere on April 15th.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Ian: I’m a big fan of so many different types of music, it’s really hard for me to nail it down. I like everything from stuff way back to the 50’s to 70’s up until now. Obscure to mainstream artists.

Nick: I’m big on things like early 2000’s emo/pop-punk groups like Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, Say Anything, etc and also the 80’s rock bands like Crüe and GnR. Of course, these aren’t my only influences, but probably have the biggest impact on me.

What first got you into music?

Nick: My Dad played guitar and always had them around the house, so I started playing at a very, very young age. Started taking it more seriously when I was almost a teen, around 11-13 years old. My Dad also worked with bands a lot, particularly one called the Velcro Pygmies and I went around with him a lot on the road being the eldest son and having an interest in it. I got to see first-hand what the business was like and I was hooked.

Ian: I actually spent about 10 years or so in the Caribbean on St. Croix. My Dad also was a musician. He played in bands himself as a singing drummer. I originally learned drums as a result, but then wanted to play guitar so I could jam with my Dad, which I did. We played shows around the island together and I was out gigging before I was even in the double digits. This then led to me wanting to learn to sing. I kind of jumped all around and learned a bit of everything, but really took to singing and playing guitar.

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

Nick: There’s honestly so many I would like to collab with, idols of mine. I would just be down to jam with anyone who’s down to jam with us.

Ian: Probably the same for me. Anyone who just understands our direction and sound and wants to be involved in that for a bit, I’m down to give a shot to.

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

Nick: I would have loved to have been on a full cross-country Vans Warped Tour at least once. Sad to see that it’s gone.

Ian: Yeah, fun fact. Before HOH got going, Devin and I played together for a short period of time in a band called Strength in Shadows. We needed a drummer and he joined in for a few months before we both ultimately ended up parting ways from the project and starting up HOH. We played the Houston date of the Vans Warped Tour in 2014 and it was a lot of fun, really cool experience. A full run would have been a dream, especially with Hold On Hollywood.

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

Ian: Are we even able to disclose that information publicly? Probably best we don’t.

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

Nick: We absolutely love you guys. You’ve given us so many of our wildest dreams through your love and support, and we could never repay you all for it. Can’t wait to see where else we can go together on this musical journey!

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

Nick: This is a tough one. We have lost SO many great artists and musicians in recent years especially. Maybe Prince.

Ian: I agree, it’s a tough call. I’ve been really big on 90’s grunge stuff most of my life though. Chris Cornell maybe, I think that would be great.

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

Nick: My favourite thing is the shows. The big performances. We’ve been able to grow enough now to a point where we put on our own headlining performances even in our hometown and they’re just like dreams come true every time with all of our friends and fans, the big family we’ve all become. Getting to choose who shares the stage with us, our good friends in other bands. It’s like one big party the whole time. I could live in those nights forever.

Ian: Just being able to create such cool things from scratch, these songs that connect with people on so many different levels. I love music through and through and being able to create it and express myself through it is something I can’t imagine being without.

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

Nick: Hear me out, because I don’t want this to be taken the wrong way, but honestly, the money. Because you hear a lot of these horror stories these days of artists having to sign these 360 deals and they lose so much of their ownership over their music and material that THEY are making. The reason things are like this though is because there is less money in music than there used to be overall. Labels would hand out million dollar deals all the time back in the day, 80’s and 90’s. Artists could live GREAT lives and the labels made great livings too, everyone was happy. These days, you’re lucky to scrape by. Less money is generated in the industry off record sales, so labels had to turn to everything else to make up for it, and that hurts the artist and their crews. It sucks all around. I love music, and I wish I could make a living off of it and just do what I love, that’s why I say this. But, it’s much harder these days, even as a notable and famous artist.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Ian: Fuel – “Sunburn”.

Nick: Going to deep cut here and say Dear & The Headlights’ debut album “Small Steps, Heavy Hooves”.

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

Nick: Whatever you want to listen on honestly. I don’t have a favourite.

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

Ian: Opening for Bon Jovi at Houston’s Toyota Center and The Roast were our first 2 “big” gigs and they were both just absolutely unreal. With Bon Jovi, there were close to 15,000 people in the audience and right after we finished our set, Bon Jovi takes the stage. It’s really hard to top an experience like that. The Roast was our second truly “big” show. It’s a festival put on by 94.5 The Buzz in Houston and we shared the stage with Blue October and Theory of a Deadman. We got to know the guys in Blue October at that show, and that led to playing more shows with them and their bassist Matt Noveskey producing our new EP “Love Stories”. If I had to pick a favourite show though, I’d say Buzzfest in 2018. By then, we had a popular song on radio and people were really starting to know who we were. We got a better slot, people sang along to our songs, the staff at this huge venue knew who we were, and so many awesome things. Plus, it was the biggest festival we ever played, and the line-up was stacked. A Perfect Circle, Chevelle, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, The Struts, Badflower, and so many others. We got to add a lot of idols to our resume of artists we’ve played with.

Nick: My favourite so far was our 5th Anniversary show on December 28th of 2019 at Warehouse Live in our hometown of Houston. Warehouse has been there for a while and I’ve grown up seeing some of my favourite bands there. We came in and headlined the main room and it was our biggest headliner to date. We made it a little festival with 2 stages and so many of our good friend’s bands sharing those stages with us. There were so many people in attendance, and it was just OUR night and that made it so great. Don’t get me wrong, the big shows were awesome like Ian said, and they did so much for our career. I am beyond thankful and blessed they happened. Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to do this show in the first place. But since we HAVE done it, it’s definitely my favourite show to date.

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

Nick: I’d still be in entertainment of some sort I think. I’ve always just been an entertainer at my core, I think. I’ve always kind of dreamed of being a sort of “renaissance man” if the band is ever able to “make it” or whatever that means. Do comedy, act, music, magic, create art, etc. I just like to perform and be good at something.

Ian: I couldn’t imagine my life without music, it’s so engrained in my existence. I don’t think I could see myself doing something else, so I can’t ever really answer this question.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Nick: Nikki Sixx, Elon Musk, Theo Von, Josh Gates and David Blaine. That sounds like an interesting dinner party.

What’s next for the band?

Nick: Right now, we are just playing everything by ear. The coronavirus thing has definitely thrown a wrench in a lot of stuff for everyone. We had to cancel our shows and basically just hunker down. When things get back to normal, we are looking forward to writing more music, playing more shows, and just trying to grow more and more.

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

Ian: We use all the major social media outlets, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Just type in Hold On Hollywood and there we are. Our music is on all major online streaming platforms and more, and we have physical CD’s/merch available as well on our website. That also links you to all those other outlets, so if you want one simple place to go to, just head to…
www.holdonhollywood.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Nick: I don’t even know what they are, but I wanna try one now!

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

Nick: If you’ve got a dream, chase it. We’ve come farther than we could have ever dreamed in these 5 years, and who knows what could happen next! Thanks for taking some time to learn more about us today, it’s been awesome giving you a bit more insight into our lives. We hope to keep growing more and more with you guys in the years to come. Hope you’re all staying safe with everything that’s going on in the world right now, and if you’re bored at home, or on your way to your essential job, whatever it may be, stream our new EP “Love Stories” wherever you like to listen to music! The new video for our single “Movies” is on YouTube if you’ve got a few minutes! We put a lot of time into it and are really proud of how awesome it came out. See you guys next time.

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EMQ’s with GYPSY’S KISS

EMQ’s with GYPSY’S KISS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with 1970’s Rock Icons Gypsy’s Kiss. 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?

David Smith: Vocals, Guitars (For GK I use a Gibson SG Standard, a Gibson Firebird, a Line 6 Variax and a Yamaha APX500 Acoustic) and song writing.

Jonathan Morley: Guitar and backing vocals. Gibson Les Paul Deluxe (which I have owned from new in 1979!)

Fraser Marr: I play guitar. Primarily a Gibson Flying V. Hopefully Gibson.

After leaving school in 1973 and sharing a love of all things rock and West Ham United, David and Steve Harris (of Iron Maiden) decided to form a band. David even helped Steve choose his first bass and learn to play. They rehearsed and David began writing the songs that are still loved by fans today. They gigged around East London (including the iconic Cart and Horses in Stratford) but the band came to an end in mid-1975. David has been asked many times to reform the band but resisted until a charity performance in 2018. The response from the Iron Maiden family was so good that it kick started a fully blown reboot.

How did you come up with your band name?

David: The band were formed in 1973 as Influence (Line Up Me, Steve Harris, Bob Verschoyle and Paull Sears (Tim Nash was added later)) but we changed the name in 1974 to Gypsy’s Kiss (which is East End rhyming slang for ‘piss’). Steve wanted to change the name to Spare Rib at one point, but we resisted!

Fraser: David came up with it whilst chatting to Dinosaurs

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

Jonathan: Glasgow. And not a lot has come out of there in terms of metal. There was actually a New Wave of British Heavy Metal act called Glasgow. I always liked GUN as well. The best Scottish band you could call ‘heavy’ for me was Nazareth. I have the details of a couple of Scottish venues and Viv at Roulette Media (our management) will no doubt send them our new EP launch details!

Fraser: I am from Yorkshire originally where the Rock scene is good. I am now in Southern England where the rock scene needs a good kick up the arse!

David: I was born and brought up in Leyton (in London’s East End) about a mile away from Steve Harris in Leytonstone but now live in Chessington. Back in the early 70s the East London Pub Rock music scene was vibrant with loads of pubs and clubs having bands on most nights of the week. Sadly, in London now there are fewer and fewer live venues staying open and its really difficult for young bands to get a start.

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

David: We released the EP “Heat Crazed Vole Re-tailed” on 1st May which is a remastered copy of the EP we put out last year but including our debut single ‘Influence’ and our new radio single ‘Don’t Ask the Question’!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Fraser: Going roughly through the Years I would say. Clapton, Hendrix, Zappa. Stones, Skynyrd, Aero, Zep, Floyd, Nugent, Caravan, Lizzy, UFO, especially Michael Schenker. Later would be Queensrÿche, Lynch Mob, Guns n Roses, LA Guns etc…

David: I grew up in the 60’s and loved the great bands of the time (Beatles, Stones, Kinks, Who, Move etc). and then Purple, Sabbath, Free, Floyd, Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, Bowie, Quo, Slade, Roxy – man what an era that was! I started playing in 1971 (yes that long ago) and have since been influenced vocally by Paul Rodgers, Rod Stewart, Robert Plant, Ozzy and Ian Gillan. Guitar influences would be Chuck Berry, Gilmour, Kossoff, Page, Peter Green and, of course, the greatest Jimi Hendrix.

What first got you into music?

Fraser: My parents. No question. They loved Jazz and it was always playing. Modern not Trad. In my house The Beatles were not regarded hugely. I went pretty much from Jazz to Rock and missed out Pop. First song I remember was Little Red Rooster by The Stones. My older brother turned me on to Sabbath, Zep, Atomic Rooster, Wishbone Ash, Nektar, Neu, Amon Duul. A lot of weird and varied stuff.

David: None of my family are musical but all loved music. We always had the radio on. My elder sister was into Elvis and then the Beatles and that kick started me. Like all teenage lads I wanted to play guitar and finally owned a Woolworths Audition acoustic (for the princely sum of £8) in 1971

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

Jonathan: Rival Sons

Fraser: Aerosmith, Schenker, Queensrÿche

David: There would be so many, Paul McCartney, Dave Gilmour, Neil Young, Pete Townsend come immediately to mind, but the list is huge.

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

Download.

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

Fraser: Praise.

David: I would normally get the standard stuff like booze, pictures, t shirts etc. But there’s still time!!!!!

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

You know our legacy music and the Iron Maiden connection well, but look out for new material and an album in the not too distant future!

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

Jonathan: Bon Scott.

Fraser: Jimi Hendrix

David: Jimi Hendrix

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

Jonathan: I love gigging, recording, rehearsing, everything, even driving to a gig and setting up and getting nervous before playing. I don’t like packing up after. And it’s true what they say about singers never helping!

Fraser: There’s nothing to hate. We are lucky.

David: Pretty much all of it except setting up and packing up!

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

Fraser: Reduce the price of CD’s and increase the payment from streaming sites to artists. A lot.

David: Bring back more live venues and to keep music live

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jonathan: Rush – “Exit Stage Left”.

Fraser: Queensrÿche – “Operation Mindcrime”.

David: “The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars”

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

We can’t agree. But cassettes? Just no!

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

David: I pretty much love most of the gigs with all the bands I’ve been in but the very first GK gig at the Cart and Horses in 1974 is still in my memory!

Fraser: They are all good. Big or small. Need some right now.

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

Fraser: Photography. Science, Conservation. Maybe gardening…

David: What I use to do being a Civil Servant!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

James Bond, David Lee Roth, Prince, Bobby Moore & My Mum.

What’s next for the band?

EP release, write more songs and plan gigs.

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

Facebook and Instagram
www.gypsyskiss.net/
www.facebook.com/GK74Band/
www.instagram.com/gypsyskiss1974/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jonathan: They should be allowed to identify as whatever they choose!

Fraser: Haha… They are a cake. They get hard.

David: Isn’t it a cake for tax avoidance purposes? I’m not a fan anyway – give me a digestive or a slab of bread pudding anytime!

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

David: Thank you for the opportunity. It’s good to be back after 46 years as Gypsy’s Kiss!

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EMQ’s with SHAPE OF WATER

EMQ’s with SHAPE OF WATER

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Manchester, UK based Art Rock band Shape Of Water. Huge thanks to Rox Capriotti 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 Rox Capriotti and I am the lead singer, bass player and keyboard player of the band. Shape of Water formed in 2018 by Luca De Falco and myself after moving to Manchester from Italy, in search for new music experiences.

How did you come up with your band name?

When we were looking for a name we realized that not having a specific genre would’ve been something to relate to our name as well, so at that time, Luca thought that like water, we have no shape and the meaning of that is on the name itself, so we chose Shape of Water to identify our music.

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

We are currently living in Manchester, UK and here the music scene is surprisingly good and constantly improving. Of course, the rock and metal scene is not as big as pop and electro but still, it’s something we can rely on. On the other hand, in Italy, where we actually come from, the rock and metal scene is not flourishing however, there are a lot of great bands and artists and I think they deserve more attention.

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

Our latest release is called ‘Scar’ and it’s our third and last single before the release of our album “Great Illusions”. We have already put out another two singles before that and they are called ‘The World is Calling Me’ and ‘Not All The Things’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We have been often compared to Muse and that is probably because they are actually one of our greatest inspirations and influences along with Queen, Pink Floyd, Depeche Mode, Radiohead but also Metallica, Slipknot and Rammstein. If we had to pick three, we would say Queen, Pink Floyd and Muse!

What first got you into music?

We started a long time ago in our hometown in Italy called San Benedetto del Tronto which is a small town were almost everyone knows each other. We formed our first band called The Lotus back in 2004 and over the next few years the band changed various members on drums and bass guitar but when we decided to relocate to Manchester in 2015 we definitely split up and we formed Shape Of Water.

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

If I could collaborate with a band it would be Muse for sure however, there are actually a lot of bands and artists out there we would love to play with or collaborate.

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

I have always dreamt to play at Download Festival. I think that would be my dream come true and I think I speak for the both of us. That or Coachella in the US, which is not actually a rock festival, but it would be awesome to play there anyway!

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

Well, we actually never received any gift from our fans: normally it’s us giving gifts to them, lol, so from now on we expect you guys to send us some gifts. The weirder the better!

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

Thank you for all your support and all the love you’re giving us! We couldn’t be more proud of a fanbase like you.

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

That would be Freddie Mercury and I think it doesn’t need an explanation.

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

I would start with the only thing I hate of being a musician: there is never one way to do things and reach your goals, so you have to try and try and try again until you actually get there.

I guess this is life, not only being a musician but if I could find a way to do things quicker, it would be amazing!

What I enjoy about it is everything else: wake up at night with that riff in your head that already gives you chills, listening to the master of your album for the first time, the smell of your new instruments, touring…these are all things I would never exchange with anything!

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

Changing the music industry is actually something not to do. If we had the possibility to change it, we would just be the most popular band on the planet! What we actually want to do, and we think everyone must understand, is that you have to learn to stay afloat. You’re not going to change the industry, but you can learn from it and turn things into something positive for you.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One of my all-time favourite albums if not my actual favourite album, is “Wish You Were Here” by Pink Floyd.

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

Vinyl. It’s always been the best.

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

The best gig ever played so far is actually the first gig we did as Shape of Water. It was amazing, the venue was packed, and the support bands were incredible. Everything was great!

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

I’d probably be dead.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d say Trump, just for having fun mocking him (and he would probably not understand it); David Gilmour as he seems so peaceful especially now and I think it’d be interesting to hear all the stories behind Pink Floyd, Queen Elizabeth II because you know, I want to know her secret, Gordon Ramsay, he would cook a hell of a dinner so I wouldn’t have to think about that, lol; Skin from Skunk Anansie, just because she’s great!

What’s next for the band?

First of all, we are finally going to release our album “Great Illusions” on the 12th of June and we are very excited about that.

We are also planning to do some live streaming from home to connect more with our fans and even some actual home gigs.

When all this madness will be over, we will finally be ready to go on stage again and hopefully you will see us in your city or town very soon!

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

We usually use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube. However, it seems we gain more attention via Facebook, so this is absolutely the main social for us.
www.shapeofwater.band/
www.facebook.com/shapeofwatermusic/
www.twitter.com/shapeofwatermus
www.instagram.com/shapeofwatermusic/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCbx-WpeViU9fBnOz2jFhfdw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are absolutely biscuits.

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

Absolutely: watch our videos on YouTube and if you like them, pre-order the album here. https://ffm.to/shpf

Please stay home and stay safe and prepare for our live comeback very soon!

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EMQ’s with SYLENT STORM

EMQ’s with SYLENT STORM

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Medford, Oregon based Traditional Heavy Metal band Sylent Storm. 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?

Jym Harris (Vocalist): Thanks for the interview! This is Jym Harris, I sing for the band and I played drums on our first EP. Other members will be chiming in as well. We formed in early 2013 in Medford, Oregon, but became inactive after a couple years of gigging around Southern Oregon. I reformed the band with a new line-up and started playing shows again in early 2019 after our EP was released.

How did you come up with your band name?

Jym: First, I like the “OR” sound in Lizzy BOR-den, Ozzy Os-BOURNE, WAR-LORD (there’s two in that one) so “Storm” came naturally. Adding “Sylent” gave it a juxtaposition like Quiet Riot or Led Zeppelin. A delicate word and a powerful word. Iron Maiden is a great example of that too. Besides, the idea of a silent storm seems ominous.

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

Jym: Medford, Oregon (USA) is not great for our style of music. It’s mostly Bro-Metal…Ya know, like Groove Metal, and Core type bands. Traditional Metal seems bigger in other places.

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

Jym: We have a pro-shot video for “Patriots of Metal” on Youtube. Our self-titled demo EP came first in late 2018 on Stormspell Records and was released on cassette by Doomsday’s Today/Barf Bag Records in 2020. Our new album “The Fire Never Dies” will be out this year as well.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Jym: Musically? I have different influences for writing lyrics, writing music and singing. I always have trouble with this since I admire so many artists.

Michael Ian Brisbane (Guitar/Vocals): For me, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Zakk Wylde, David Gilmore, and Gary Hoey.

What first got you into music?

Jym: When I was a kid, my old man was a truck driver and spent a lot of time with the radio on. He played tapes all the time. At home, we had a big stereo system and stacks of cassettes, 8-tracks and 45s; mostly country and 60s Rock n Roll. I had older siblings that showed me newer stuff, but I think kids at school really introduced me to Hard Rock/Heavy Metal.

Michael: I grew up with music my whole life. My mom was a jazz singer in the clubs in Dallas TX and then in the choir in churches. I got into it when I wanted to impress a girl, so I learned the guitar. Needless to say, I never got the girl, but fell in love with the guitar.

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

Jym: For Metal? There’s a million. Non-Metal? Lzzy from Halestorm or Kacey Musgraves. Behind the scenes, I always would have loved to work with Jonathan Daniels, Jack Ponti or Max Norman. I admire good songwriters and producers.

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

Jym: Keep It True would be incredible since it’s real Heavy Metal bands. Any big fest like Wacken, with lots of fans who truly enjoy our style.

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

Jym: At a show last year, we got off stage and this gal comes up and takes her necklace off and put it on me.  The pendant was a cut off dinner fork that had been filed and bent into this other shape and turned into a little face. Weird and cool.

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

Jym: That we appreciate their support more than they know.  Fans of Heavy Metal are the greatest fans in the world.

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

Jym: Steel Panther got in trouble for saying Vince Neil, huh? I mean, who do you pick, really? Randy Rhoads comes to mind…Dio…man, so many.

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

Jym: I just love writing songs. I also enjoy performing for an audience that really gets into the show and I hate waiting until the pandemic is over to do it again!

Michael: I love the creativity of putting different ideas together. Seeing what chords and melodies can go together and how it can make you feel. It’s like cooking with notes. I hate the fact that sometimes the options are so limitless, and it makes it so hard to make a final product.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jym: “Deliver Us” by Warlord. Technically an EP, but it’s nearly perfect.

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

Jym: Well, each are good for a different reason. I prefer CD’s but as a kid I loved vinyl and tapes.

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

Jym: The first time I opened for Y&T was pretty amazing. Not the biggest show I’ve ever played but the energy was incredible. Northwest Metalfest was a blast. Also, opening for Dokken the first time, many years ago.

Michael: In the sense of sheer numbers it would have to be our local July 4 celebration. 6000 people in an outdoor stage. It was awesome.

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

Michael: Probably either a chef, or involved with architecture or something. Anything to do with my hands. Also, I love bladesmithing. I used to do it when I was younger.

What’s next for the band?

Jym: New album later this year! Keep an eye out!

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

Jym: All of the platforms we can find, but Bandcamp is the big one. YouTube is good for previewing, and watching videos.
www.sylentstorm.bandcamp.com/releases
www.facebook.com/SylentStormMetal/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCcx3FoFqWL9MQYrHiSMIY0A

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Mike Pugh (Bass/Vocals): The Jaffa cake I would have to say is a pastry, sooo… biscuit.

Michael: Jaffa Cakes are actual cakes. Made from a sponge cake topped with jam and chocolate. My dad is from the UK and it’s a UK dish. Some may call it a biscuit but they’re wrong.

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

Jym: PLEASE VISIT http://www.sylentstorm.com/ FOR UPDATES!

by Brandon “SeaBass” Seyboth

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Gentle Giant – 50th Anniversary Vinyl Reissues

Gentle Giant – 50th Anniversary Vinyl Reissues
Gentle Giant/Acquiring the Taste/Three Friends/Octopus
Alucard Music
Release Date: 03/04/2020
Running Time: 37:00/39:26/35:24/34:09
Review by Paul Monkhouse
8/10
6/10
8/10
9/10

One of the originators of Prog Rock and active between 1970 and 1980, Gentle Giant were a unique band and their mix of rock with jazz, folk, soul and classical music made them certainly stand out from the crowd. They were also certainly prolific, releasing eleven albums that charted their arc from their experimental titular first release through to the hard rock of “Civilian” at the end of their career. Having allegedly turned down Elton John as their vocalist, the core of the band consisted of three brothers, Derek, Ray and Phil Shulman, accompanied by Kerry Minnear and Gary Green with the line-up changing only slightly over the years with Phil leaving in 1973 and three various drummers coming in and out of the fold. The first four albums have now been re-released in their full glory and certainly make for interesting listening, their content at times challenging but always nothing less than rewarding and hugely enjoyable.

Their debut, “Gentle Giant” (8/10), treads a path that blends more traditional rock and blues with the classical, the multi-instrumentalist musicians and was produced by superstar producer Tony Visconti (David Bowie / T Rex). From the sweet ‘Funny Ways’ to the Beatle’s like eccentricity of ‘Isn’t It Quiet And Cold’ and onto the heavier psychedelic guitar-centric ‘Why Not’ the album bristles with great tracks that capture the spirit of their late 60’s origins and add a very new decade sensibility. It’s certainly a captivating experience and one that bears real exploration as you go on this fantastical journey with a band who were determined to break new ground.

Things got even more experimental on the follow up, “Acquiring The Taste” (6/10) which at times delves much more into jazz and electronica passages that mix in orchestral instruments and motif. With Visconti at the desk again, tracks like ‘Edge of Twighlight’ are a real melting pot of ideas and sounds with barely a hint of the more straight ahead influences rock shown in the first album. Whilst some things did stray off an entirely different path there are other moments that really work magnificently such as the blues and heavy soul album closer ‘Plain Truth’ which winds its merry way through some thrilling passages.

Gentle Giant seemed to reign in some of the more excessive limits of their musicality and head to calmer waters with “Three Friends” (8/10) and this concept album is considered one of the real highpoints of their career. With the band growing in confidence, they took over the job of producing themselves and created something that gave no quarter but sounded exactly how they wanted it to. Mixing their flair for classical music arrangements and some heavy R&B, the album follows the lives of its titular subjects as they grow up and go their separate ways in the world. Highlights include the fantastically evocative ‘School Days’ and the heavy blues bluster of ‘Strip The Paint’ as Gary Green’s guitar tears things up in no uncertain terms.

1972 was obviously a very fertile year for the band as “Octopus” (9/10) came hot on the heels of “Three Friends” and is considered by most people to be the finest in their canon. Lulling you with two relatively gentle tracks, the third, ‘A Cry for Everyone’ sees Gentle Giant heading into definite hard rock territory and the track shapes up to be their heaviest yet. More jaw dropping sideways moves and staggering musicianship draw the listener in to what is still an utterly compelling listening experience forty-eight years later. Of special note are the closing duo of tracks ‘Think of Me with Kindness’ with its lush and ever-changing patterns and the virtuoso ‘River’ that seems to pull in all their finest ideas into one perfectly formed six-minute track. If you’re brave and want something that will both challenge and entertain, you can’t go wrong with the brilliance of “Octopus”.

TRACKLISTING:
Gentle Giant (1970):
01. Giant
02. Funny Ways
03. Alucard
04. Isn’t It Quiet & Cold
05. Nothing At All
06. Why Not
07. The Queen

Acquiring The Taste (1971):
01. Pantagruel’s Nativity
02. Edge Of Twighlight
03. The House The Street The Room
04. Acquiring The Taste
05. Wreck
06. The Moon Is Down
07. Black Cat
08. Plain Truth

Three Friends (1972):
01. Prologue
02. School Days
03. Working All Day
04. Peel The Paint
05. Mr Class & Quality
06. Three Friends

Octopus (1972):
01. The Advent Of Panurge
02. Raconteur Troubadour
03. A Cry For Everyone
04. Knots
05. The Boys In The Band
06. Dog’s Life
07. Think Of Me With Kindness
08. River

LINKS:
www.gentlegiantmusic.com/GG/
www.facebook.com/gentlegiantband/
www.twitter.com/GGIANTMUSIC
www.instagram.com/gentlegiantband/

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EMQ’s with THE BIG DIRTY

EMQ’s with THE BIG DIRTY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Northampton, UK based ‘Sex’ Rock band The Big Dirty. Huge thanks to guitarist C Diddy 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 C Diddy and I play guitar in the band. I joined the guys back in 2017 when they were going through something of a change up in their musical style and direction. They were playing Mariah Carey covers in local care homes, but wanted to move into a sexier direction, so they naturally recruited me. I was the sexiest member in the band too, until our Drummer Tib Tob joined, and started secretly injecting lard into my sandwiches to fatten me up.

How did you come up with your band name?

I think it was inspired by something our singer, Jonny, left in the toilet one day. But that could just be bullshit.

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

We are from Northampton in the U.K. There’s some really great music coming out of our town at the moment to be fair. You’ve got the likes of Empyre who are doing really well for themselves and I really like a local band called We Are GIANTS, who have a really big and gnarly sound! The rock fans in Northampton are also very loyal and really supportive. Plus, they love to get crazy drunk and party at gigs!

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

We have just released a new single and music video for the song ‘Dirty Rider’. It’s off our upcoming album, “The Sex”, which will be coming out in July. The video is bonkers and involves us riding a mechanical bull! We were heavily drunk when we filmed it and I was surprised no one threw up! I think Jonny did soil himself though…

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a band we’re heavily influenced by the great Sleaze Rock acts from the 80’s, such as Motley Crüe, Twisted Sister and Faster Pussycat, as well as more modern sleaze acts like Steel Panther and Crazy Lixx. We all have our own individual influences too, which has helped mould our sound into a unique mush of flavours. For example, our bassist, J.C, likes a lot of heavier bands, such as He Is Legend and Underoath, whereas I’m quite into modern blues artists like Eric Gales and Kingfish. We’re able to blend these different influences into our song writing and create some really interesting twists and turns in our music.

What first got you into music?

The lure of the Rockstar lifestyle. And also, none of us have the fitness to be footballers.

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

Billie Eilish for sure. I love her dark, edgy song writing. It would be really interesting to see what we could come up with together. Also, she’s like mega famous, which would obviously really help spread The Big Dirty name about!

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

Download festival would be an awesome one! It’s the biggest rock/metal festival here in the UK and it’s pretty iconic! We’d absolutely love to play there one day!

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

We haven’t had any weird gifts as of yet. In fact, we’ve had some pretty awesome gifts so far. We’ve had bottles of Booze, custom made necklaces and bracelets, and even a mould of someone’s penis. Ok, that last one was pretty weird, but it does make a good hat stand.

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

Thank you! You’re all awesome and we love you to pieces!

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

For me personally, Randy Rhoads.

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

I enjoy the buzz of playing live, standing side by side with your best mates and bringing a little joy into people’s lives, just for that brief moment. I hate my bandmates.

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

Streaming is very prevalent at the moment. And it’s a great way for artists to get their music in front of their fans, but I’d like to see higher pay-outs to artists for those streams.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jonny (Vocals): Andrew W.K. – “I Get Wet”

C Diddy: Ozzy Osbourne – “No More Tears”

Tib Tob: (Drums): Fleetwood Mac – “Rumours”

J.C (Bass): He Is Legend – “White Bat”

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

They all have their own place, and their own pros and cons. Whatever the individual listener prefers. It’s up to them. As artists we just have to cater to all these distribution methods and try to adapt to what’s the most popular at the time.

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

We played a Halloween gig last year at one of Northampton’s most iconic rock venues. It was absolutely bonkers! We do this thing at gigs where we fill up a super soaker with whiskey (we call it The Whiskey Pistol) and spray it into the mouths of anyone in the crowd that wants it. Let’s just say we had a lot of drunk fans that evening…and a very messy floor.

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

I think we’d all probably be working in bars and drinking a few shots of scotch while the manager goes out for an hour-long cigarette break. We’d be the managers of the bar I think.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Beethoven, Marilyn Manson, Eva Green, Tim Burton, Dwayne Johnson!

What’s next for the band?

We’ve got another couple of singles coming out followed by our debut album, which we’re really excited to get out there! We’re gonna do as much as we can during the COVID-19 crisis to keep people’s spirits up and as soon as we’re able to we’ll be getting back to gigging and meeting all our awesome fans, who are known as ‘The Dirty Berties.’

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

We have our music on all the usual streaming sites and we also sell physical copies of our music at gigs and online. We utilise Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for connecting and engaging with our fans. Twitter seems to be the best for us at the moment. So, if you’re on social media feel free to come say hi! We love chatting with everyone and we’ve made some awesome friendships through it! Our handle is @bigdirtyrock on all our social media accounts.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Have you ever tried a Jaffa Cake soaked in Whiskey? Then they’re a bit like a soggy biscuit. Tib Tob loves those.

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

Thanks to you guys for chatting with us! It’s been a blast! I’d also like to say that our number one fan Russ, is awesome! He has a massive…heart…and penis.

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EMQ’s with SMILING ASSASSIN

EMQ’s with SMILING ASSASSIN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Hull, UK based Hardcore Punk band Smiling Assassin. Huge thanks to vocalist George Garnett & drummer Robbie Johnson for taking part.

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

Smiling Assassin.

George Garnett (Vocals) & Robbie Johnson (Drums)

George: I started the band in early 2019. I met Josh at Uni and had known Casey for a long time and asked them both to join. We had a few rehearsals where I played drums while we were looking for a drummer, we’d just about given up on finding one when I met Robbie in a nightclub. He told me he played and after one rehearsal he was in. We played a few gigs in and around Hull and decided quickly to record an album.

How did you come up with your band name?

George: I originally wanted to call the band “Vulgar” but there was already a band with that name. I thought about it for a while, then one day a friend described someone as being a Smiling Assassin. I’d never heard that phrase before, but after some research, I loved the concept, took the idea to the band and they loved it too.

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

Robbie: United Kingdom, Yorkshire! I’ve grown up here and have always played my part in the music scene, being in bands since I was around 14. I’ve seen it at its best and at its worst. Right now, in Hull there’s a real gap for metal bands, there’s no shortage of indie and mainstream music but the punk and metal scene could be better…To be honest that’s why George wanted to start this band and I like to think we have successfully started to breathe a bit of fresh air back into the scene. Some of the more recent gigs we played were packed and it’s obvious that fans want to come to the shows and throw down.

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

Robbie: Our debut single ‘Coping’ is available everywhere now, that dropped with our first official music video. The track is taken from our upcoming album “Plight of the Millennial” which will be released on the 31st of May 2020.

Who have been your greatest influences?

George: Dead Kennedys and Misfits have been 2 of my favourite bands since I was 14. As I got older, I broadened my tastes, but hardcore punk has always had a grip on me. Bands that show through Smiling Assassin are Iron Reagan and Leftover Crack.

What first got you into music?

Robbie: I remember being a big fan of hip-hop and rap at age 10 or 11, artists like Eminem and Biggie really got me into music. But that didn’t last long to be fair, soon I was thirsty for something heavier. My best friend played me Slipknot’s album and the drumming blew my mind, ever since then I’ve been chasing the super-fast double pedal rhythms from artists like August Burns Red and As Blood Runs Black along with the gut-wrenching heavy half time beatdowns from bands like Emmure, Suicide Silence and Carnifex.

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

Robbie: Personally, I’d love the chance to sit down and talk shop with Matt Greiner (Drummer for August Burns Red), He’s been a big influence on me throughout the years. I got the chance to meet him at a show last year and was lucky enough to be gifted a signed snare skin and china cymbal. I think the dude could sense my passion for being on a kit. But if the band were to collab with someone right now I’d probably have to pick my mates band Street Soldier just for the laughs. 2-3-4!

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

Robbie: Easy, Download. I used to go as a kid all the time and dream of being on that stage. It was my first ever experience of a big show like that. Watching Slipknot (one of the bands that got me into heavy music) tear it up to 100,000 people and Joey Jordison soloing upside down will inspire you in ways you wouldn’t believe. I said to the guys recently “I won’t stop until we get on that stage”.

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

Robbie: My girlfriend is our biggest fan and she gave me a blowy after one of our shows… Does that count?

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

George: Keep going to local shows and support artists. There’s tonnes of great bands out there that are working so hard to keep live music going and they can’t do it without you.

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

George: Lemmy. Though he was old when he passed it was still too soon. I don’t think he was done writing music and Motörhead was a band that everyone should get to see live.

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

George: I love meeting and jamming with other musicians. It’s great when you meet someone who likes similar music and you can jam it. It’s such a satisfying feeling to be on a level with someone you barely know.

I hate how being a musician has no support. Being in this business isn’t viewed as a business and it’s looked down upon, as if we don’t work as hard or master our craft with hours of practice.

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

Robbie: I would make it more accessible for younger/starting bands. Having been through this process ourselves It makes you realise just how hard it actually is to get anywhere. You have to have money and connections and time. It becomes more about that than about the music! It’s all a huge learning curve, every day there’s a new challenge but we are already doing our best to help out other musicians in our area, we get asked a lot about our tactics online and with marketing. I think some bands think you just write a song and stick it on social media and then you’ll be famous, but when you barely reach 10 people and no one wants to book you it can be so demotivating. It’s important to encourage and support local and new music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

George: “The Art of Partying” by Municipal Waste. It’s just 32 minutes of non-stop party thrash. Every song is so fast and the riffs are so good it properly gets me hyped.

Robbie: “I Am” by Texas in July. Massively under-rated band from the 2000’s, ahead of their time then and still holds up today. I don’t listen to it much anymore but when I do I remember just how sick it actually is.

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

George: Vinyl by far. It’s not just that the sound quality is clearer, but it’s like listening to a record can be an activity on its own. The artwork and such that comes with vinyl, custom records and picture discs makes listening that little bit more special.

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

Robbie: The best gig so far has to be our video shoot for our latest single ‘Coping’. We booked the venue a month in advance and invited all our friends, family and fans… The turn out and support was unreal and everybody there was only there to see us. I think that’s when we realised as a band that people were paying attention. We actually had to tell the crowd to chill out at one point so we could get certain shots (Something we would never do under normal circumstances).

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

George: Begging on the street. I’m not good at anything else haha.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Robbie: I’m not sure about a dinner party…But it would be cool to have beers with Matt Greiner, Joey Jordison, Rodney Mullen, Ryan Dunn and Lindsay Lohan (I’ve heard she likes to party).

What’s next for the band?

Robbie: Well we have an album coming out called “Plight of The Millennial”. That drops on the 31st of May and you might be lucky enough to get another single from that before then too… As for the rest of the year, we’re not sure what that will bring right now. We had planned to go on tour and have had a lot of interest in bookings prior to this whole Corona situation. We’re just hyped on the fact that we got everything for this album done before this whole situation came about. But one thing is for sure, whatever happens we are not slowing down and are already busy writing new material and uploading content to the interwebs.

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

Robbie: You can keep up to date with everything we’re doing on our website
www.smilingassassin.co.uk

We’re also on every major social media / music platform links below:
www.facebook.com/smilingassassinofficial
www.instagram.com/smilingassassinofficial
www.twitter.com/SMILINGASSASS1N
bit.ly/3dFiRLE
www.smilingassassin.bandcamp.com
www.soundcloud.com/smilingassassinofficial
spoti.fi/2QSJ9QO

One link for Single ‘Coping’:

www.listen.lt/SmilingAssassinCoping

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

George: There’s a clue in the name! It’s chocolate and orange on a sponge!! That’s a cake!!!

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

Just to thank you for the interview and to give mad props to anyone who’s actually bothered about our stupid band.

Cheers.

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EMQ’s with HANIBAL DEATH MACHINE

EMQ’s with HANIBAL DEATH MACHINE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with French based Industrial/Doom Metal band Hanibal Death Machine. Huge thanks to vocalist Jean-Luc Loret 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 Jean-Luc I am the singer and founder of the group!

The group was born in 2015 and has two EP’s and one album to its credit and several tours in countries like Russia, Spain and France

How did you come up with your band name?

The name of the group is a nod to Hannibal Lecter!

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

We are French! There are many very good Metal bands in France, the most famous of them is of course Gojira. In France we have very big festivals including Hellfest, but a lack of small rooms welcoming metal is to be deplored so it is very difficult for a young group to make themselves known

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

Our last album is called “A Bout De Souffle” and our last clip is that of ‘I Have A Dream’

Who have been your greatest influences?

In the past I listened to a lot of Gothic and industrial music. Today my favourite groups are Rotting Christ and Gojira but of course the big influences are Rob Zombie and Marilyn Manson, but there are so many others I can’t say them all e.g. Static X, Killing Joke etc …

What first got you into music?

I am a creative person and since my youngest age I have always practiced music and have a vital need to create.

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

Without any hesitation, Rotting Christ!

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

That is a difficult question! We love to play on stage so much that no preference comes to my mind, all experiences are good to live with and meeting the public is always a privileged moment.

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

One of our fans had the group logo tattooed on a breast and she was proud of it, she removed her bra and showed me this tattooed breast!

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

In these difficult times continue to take great pleasure in music, whether it is by practicing it or just by listening to it but continue to leave this great place that music holds in your heart!

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

Wayne Static.

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

In fact, I like everything in music the creation, the recording, playing live, the promo…everything I like, I am certainly privileged!

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

That records sell well as they did in the 80’s and 90’s.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Treponem Pal – “Excess & Overdrive”.

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

For collectors: Vinyl!

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

At Hellfest. Great! Great! Great!

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

I dont know, an Actor maybe?

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My father who died, my mother and my children.

What’s next for the band?

We are currently working on the writing of the next album but a single/videoclip is planned for this summer.

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

We use Facebook, Bandcamp, VK for Russia and Instagram!
www.facebook.com/hanibaldeathmachine/
www.hanibaldeathmachine.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/hanibaldeathmachine/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I think it is a cake.

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

With pleasure my friend! Yes, I really look forward to finding our audience, redoing concerts, currently we cannot know when we can do it again!

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EMQ’s with GUARDIAN OF LIGHTNING

EMQ’s with GUARDIAN OF LIGHTNING

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Thunder Metal band Guardian Of Lightning. Huge thanks to bassist Iron King 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 Iron King and I play the lead bass, The band started with me in 2017 when I started to make some songs with the bass and invited my father and a brother friend to rehearsal. The result was borne of a new genre calleted Thunder Metal!

How did you come up with your band name?

The name of the band actually came from a piece of art I drew and called it of Guardian of Lightning that is the band symbol. (See image at top of interview)

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

I am from Brazil and I live in a small town called Guariba that is in the countryside of the state of São Paulo! Unfortunately, the Metal/Rock scene in this region is not big, but there are survivors like us who love Metal, who never let the spirit of Rock die.

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

We released, by Eclipse Records, a single and video called ‘Cosmos Tree’ but we also have two more singles and one more video before the whole album is released on July 17th, 2020!

Who have been your greatest influences?

The Soul of the Blues, the Natives Chants, the Light of the Universe and Weight of Heavy Metal!

What first got you into music?

I grew up surrounded by music. My father always had a band, so I was practically born in the middle.

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

There’s a lot that I would like to collaborate with but first would be with Ozzy. Can you imagine a song with the Ozzy voice and my lead bass I think it could be an amazing song!

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

Man, I would like to play in all festivals around the world but first Hellfest or Wacken

because the energy of those places has everything to do with the band.

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

A native amazon headdress that I put on a bull skull and it appears in the ‘Cosmos Tree’ video.

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

Follow your inner voice, play with the soul and be true.

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

If I had this power, I would like to bring back from the dead all Rock stars to make a Great festival with them!

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

I don´t hate nothing about being a musician. I love all, to record to shooting videos to write a song and to play live but the most is to make a song!

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

More festivals around the world with new bands to be discovered.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

My favorite album is “Cosmos Tree”

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

I think all are important but nowadays it is the downloads.

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

It was our first show and in honour of Caio Ribeiro who was our friend and a famous Brazilian producer who unfortunately died!

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

A musician man! Because I only can imagine me as a musician. The music to me is something spiritual, so important for my life!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The guys with my band, Chris Poland from Eclipse Records, Ozzy Osborne and Billy Gibbons!

What’s next for the band?

To conquer the world with Thunder Metal.

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

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube. Go here to find them all.
www.eclipserecords.com/band/guardian-of-lightning/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

If this is cake or biscuit it doesn’t matter, I would eat it anyway!

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

My pleasure, Long Live Thunder Metal!

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