EMQ’s with WINTER HOTEL

EMQ’s with WINTER HOTEL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bangor, North Wales based Alternative Metal band Winter Hotel. Huge thanks to guitarist Liam Osment, vocalist Warren Porter, and drummer Charlie Wignall, 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?

Liam: I’m Liam and I play guitar for Winter Hotel. I guess the band fell into place when Warren and I met at a social event for Bangor University’s Metal Appreciation Society. Once we realised we were both musicians we met for a jam a few days later… It was a little tricky at first trying to combine Warren’s brutal death metal influences with my own lighter taste in the metalcore/post-hardcore spectrum, but we quickly found an interesting halfway point between the two extremes. From there we were able to find some other members to complete our line-up, and we quickly got to gigging, recording, making merch and all that good stuff. Recently, we’ve had a bit of a re-shuffle in our line-up, at which point I brought Charlie on board. Charlie and I had been in a couple of pop-punk/alt rock bands several years ago, and having experience of what he can do, I knew he’d be a perfect fit for Winter Hotel.

Warren: I am Warren, Winter Hotel’s vocalist. Liam pretty much has it covered. When we first started jamming, I was originally going to be the drummer, but after the first practice I was put on vocal duty!

Charlie: I’m Charlie and I’m Winter Hotel’s newest recruit as a drummer. From what I know, the band have been on a strong up-rise in the Bangor and North Wales metal scene since 2017, however myself and Liam have been in bands together since we were 15/16.

How did you come up with your band name?

Liam: Warren and I had bounced around a lot of ideas, but it came together when Warren suggested November Hotel. From there I think we both settled on Winter Hotel. Warren and I are both huge fans of Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’, and when I see ‘Winter Hotel’ it immediately puts me in mind of the hotel from that story. I’ve always thought our name doesn’t really give away much of an idea of what our sound is. It’s vague and plays with people’s expectations. I think that allows our music to speak for itself.

Warren: My personal inspiration for the name stemmed from the poem by Phil Bowen called November Hotel, as well as the Stanley Hotel in Colorado, the hotel in which Stephen King drew inspiration for his novel, The Shining.

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

Charlie: The band was formed in Bangor, North Wales where the Metal scene is a tight-knit community, with strong supporters and great local contacts. Liam and I are originally from Lincolnshire, where the music scene is god awful unless you want to be in a T-Rex covers band!

Warren: Bangor is pretty dang juicy with regards to its love and devotion to rock and metal! That passion came as a very pleasant surprise when I arrived in Wales from St. Johns, Michigan USA, in 2017. Michigan has an incredible plethora of music, but bands such as Throne, The Revenant, Pestilent Age, Boreworm and of course The Black Dahlia Murder have been some of my favourite Michigan based acts.

Liam: Bangor was such an unexpectedly great place for us to start. I had no idea that this small city in Wales would be home to so many passionate folks who want to engage with underground bands! Their support has been nothing short of incredible. As Charlie said, where he and I used to be based was pretty dry for rock and metal.

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

Charlie: On 6th March 2020 we released our debut single and music video, ‘Lovers At Bay’ (available on Spotify, iTunes, apple music and all other major streaming platforms)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Charlie: Reuben, Devin Townsend, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, Primus, Whoopi Goldberg.

Liam: Alesana, Hawthorne Heights, The Elijah, Motion City Soundtrack, Pianos Become the Teeth.

Warren: Korpse, Putrid Pile, Cephalotripsy, Cannibal Corpse, Spilling Entrails, Cerebral Incubation.

What first got you into music?

Warren: My mom always played music in the house and car throughout my entire childhood, that constant exposure to music helped inspire me to want to create my own.

Charlie: My older Brother used to pass on his slightly more mature taste in music, but at the time this was stuff like Green Day. I also have family who have had successful careers in music and passed on priceless advice over the years.

Liam: I think I found a few bands I really gelled with from my Sister’s old CD collection when I was around 10 years old. I ended up finding similar artists and it just blossomed from there. My Dad is a guitarist and he taught me how to read tabs, learn songs, and generally encouraged me to pursue music. I was also very fortunate to meet some of my favourite bands who all really inspired me. JT, of Hawthorne Heights, in particular gave me some really useful advice.

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

Liam: There’s a trance artist I really like called BT. I’d just love to see what kind of an insane fusion of genres we’d make.

Warren: On the metal side, I would love to work with Coprocephalic Mutation. It would also be amazing to collaborate with artists such as Clann and Ic3peak to see what waters we can explore.

Charlie: Jools Holland. I’d make him say our band name in his funny voice.

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

Charlie: Primavera Sound in Spain, fantastic line-up every year.

Liam: I would have loved to play Warped Tour. So many of my influences made their name playing it.

Warren: Deathfeast Open Air, Wacken Open Air and the Obscene Extreme Festival would all be mighty delicious. So much girth.

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

Charlie: A satsuma!

Liam: I’ve yet to be given a gift from a fan. But for future reference, I really like a good Twix!

Warren: High 5’s are always a scrumptious treat!

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

Liam: The world can be a scary place sometimes. Look out for yourselves and look out for each other.

Warren: Don’t just chase your dreams; chase them and beat the shit out of them.

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

Charlie: Bach.

Warren: Martin Funderud from Kraanium, only if he wanted to return of course.

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

Warren: The cycle of creation within music is my favourite aspect of being a musician. To see a song go from one riff or lyric to being recorded and played on a stage is an astonishing feeling. I certainly do not enjoy the price tag of musicianship; but it is well worth it in the long run.

Charlie: The best bit is gigging, by far, but being a drummer can be difficult. It’s expensive and things break often.

Liam: I love playing shows, writing new music and recording. Being a musician is super expensive and very time consuming, but the positives outweigh the negatives by a mile.

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

Charlie: I’d like to see more people going to local shows and supporting the smaller bands. In some places the scene is fantastic; Bangor is one of those. But elsewhere there’s no hope for the budding musicians. Giving up £3 and 3 hours of your time to attend a gig makes a world of difference for the underground artists.

Warren: An aspect of the music industry that would be rad to see change is the amount of red tape one has to venture through in order to simply have a bands’ music heard, and performances seen. It’s similar for many artforms, but music is very much its own beast.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Liam: “I Loved, I Hated, I Destroyed, I Created” by The Elijah. It is insanely underrated, everything about it is so impactful and beautiful. The Elijah deserved so much more recognition than they received.

Warren: “Eternally Even” by Jim James is an album that captivates my imagination and senses from start to finish. The album, as a whole, is warm and gentle, but also profound and incredibly thought provoking.

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

Warren: Physical copies of any kind for the collection and direct support. Downloads for the accessibility and convenience.

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

Liam: We played a show in Bangor last May that really stands out to me. It wasn’t the biggest crowd we’d played to by a long shot, but it was made up mostly of some of our most dedicated fans who’d been with us since our first show, it was just such a brilliant atmosphere. I’ll never forget it.

Warren: Playing in the second heat of M2TM this March has been one of my favourite performances of ours so far. That show helped to put our journey into perspective a bit more for me. Before I moved here I said to myself that I wanted to be the vocalist for a metal band in the UK, and playing on that stage while having a music video available definitely made me reflect on the initial setting of that goal. It is a trip.

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

Liam: I completed my undergrad degree in Psychology last July, if I wasn’t a musician, I imagine I probably would have gone on to do a Masters.

Warren: I would probably still be washing dishes and studying poetry at university, but with less gutturals.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Liam: I’m going to assume this also includes fictional characters, so I’m inviting Master Chief (from the Halo series), Katy Perry, Tobey Maguire, Joe Lycett, and a pot-bellied pig. I’d serve goats cheese tarts followed by a smashing tiramisu. It would be a brilliant night.

Warren: That is a doozy. I would order several gluttonous double pepperoni pizzas with extra cheese and invite Andrew Reynolds, Shane Koyczan, Sal Rodriguez (Stages Of Decomposition), Ruben Rosas (Devourment) and Leonardo DiCaprio. Yum.

What’s next for the band?

Liam: We have a lot of exciting stuff lined up. As Charlie said earlier, we just dropped out first single & music video – there’s a lot more where this came from. We’ll also be lining up some more shows pretty soon, so keep an eye out.

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

Liam: You can find our band page at

www.facebook.com/WinterHotelband/

Or follow us on instagram @ winterhotelband

www.instagram.com/winterhotelband/

Our music video is available here:

And you can find our single on Spotify, iTunes, Apple music etc. through this link:

https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/winterhotel/lovers-at-bay

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Liam: Jaffa Cakes are absolutely NOT a biscuit. They’re smooth misery discs disguised as confectionery.

Warren: I am not well versed enough in such sorcery to know. But I do enjoy a nice Poptart!

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

Liam: Thanks for the interview! The only thing I’d like to add is just a massive thank you to everyone who’s been listening to our single, has come to a show or supported us in any capacity. Thank you also to Ever Metal and North East Wales Metal Productions. You are all keeping the scene alive and I can’t put into words how much we appreciate that.

Warren: Not to mention Beany and Fozzy as well as the kind dudes, Dani and Joe, at Powerzone radio.show.

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EMQ’s With CHASING EMBERS

EMQ’s With CHASING EMBERS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kyiv, Ukraine based Alternative Metal band, Chasing Embers. Huge thanks to lead vocalist Julia Tallina 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 everyone, Julia Tallina here, lead singer for Chasing Embers – alternative metal band from Kyiv, Ukraine. The band’s story begins in 2016 when former members of thrash metal band Raider were looking for a new singer. When I joined the group, we decided to start everything from scratch, including changing the band’s name and the music style. At the moment we have released a full-length album “Beckoning Call” and several music videos. Now we’re actively working on new material, which already sounds like a huge step forward. Can’t wait to share our new stuff with everybody, it’s gonna be sick, trust me!

How did you come up with your band name?

When we had to change the name one of the first options that I came up with was Chasing Embers. At first we were like: “Noo, it’s too corny and cheesy”. But after two months of struggling and attempts of getting a cool name, we just realized that Chasing Embers wasn’t that bad at all. And the cool part is that this name is quite abstract, and it can be interpreted differently, which very often can be found in our lyrics.

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

For the last years, Ukrainian heavy scene has been rising. During that period, we got a lot of cool bands, which tour not only in Ukraine, but all over the world. I think many have heard of a band called Jinjer – it’s a Ukrainian band, who conquers the world with their infinite tours; or bands like Stoned Jesus and Sinoptik, who had toured both Europe and North America. Honestly we’ve got a lot of cool bands and talented musicians here, but metal is not that popular in Ukraine, so many of them are aiming for other countries.

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

Our debut Album “Beckoning Call” was released last Autumn. We also filmed two outstanding music videos for songs ‘Spiritual’ and ‘Silent House’, and also a tour compilation video for song ‘High Stakes’

Who have been your greatest influences?

The band members have had really different musical influences. For example, I grew up on nu metal of the 2000’s, our drummer Vlad has been influenced by old school thrash metal, guitarist Alex is a big fan of British rock. If you want us to give you a list of the strongest influences, it would be: SOAD, Linkin Park, Muse, Annihilator, Godsmack, Deftones, Mastodon, In Flames, Overkill, Primus, Papa Roach. Such a funny mix J From time to time we also listen to some pop music, there are a lot of good artists out there.

What first got you into music?

It was so long ago I can’t even remember J I used to sing a lot as a child, I loved music lessons in school. Looks like it couldn’t work any other way.

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

Right now I’m a big fan of Shinedown, Brent Smith is just a phenomenal singer, I wish to share a stage with him

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

I think Rock am Ring, it’s a dream for any up-and-coming metal band.

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

Listen to yourself and always do what makes you happy.

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

Chester Bennington, definitely!

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

Writing music, playing live, getting feedback – this is what makes me happy. The thing I dislike the most is that people tend to devalue your efforts.

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

I wish the music industry was more depended on talent and actual efforts, not on connections and amount of money.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Deftones – “White Pony”

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

Downloads! Quick, easy, and always with you!

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

Art, dancing, science, philosophy! I think it’s yet to come.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Simple, my five buddies from Chasing Embers, they are my family.

What’s next for the band?

More gigs, singles and videos, tours, albums. The more the better!

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

www.facebook.com/ChasingEmbersUA
www.instagram.com/chasingembersua
www.youtube.com/c/chasingembers
www.chasingembers.live

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never tried one, but it looks like an ordinary cookie J!

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

Always remember that all bands, especially new ones, really need your support. Don’t forget to support them if you like what they do. Trust me, they are making a huge effort to keep on going with music.

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EMQ’s with Omen Machine

Omen Machine

EMQ’s with Omen Machine

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Nottinghamshire based Alternative Metal band Omen Machine! Huge thanks to vocalist Matthew Nathan 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 Matthew Nathan; I am the vocalist for Omen Machine. My introduction to the band was a strange one. I was singing with a lovely band called Wild Abyss but we were on hiatus for the summer. As such, I got pretty bored not being able to perform or write music. I’d also started getting into metal and back into the hardcore scene when a band message popped up in the Nottingham Live Music scene. A guy named Callum Parkin (that I’d seen perform in his covers band) was looking for a vocalist. Initially he was a bit hesitant because I’m not a typical metal singer but he worked with me over a few months and we found a shout and a scream that we were both happy with. That’s how I was introduced to the band. But Callum and Oliver had known each other for years and they had worked with Ross (our bassist) previously. So the three of them were already solid! Our drummer, Fred, he just dropped out of the sky like an angel who could play drums better than anyone.

How did you come up with your band name?

Callum and Oli thought of the two most metal words they could and threw them together.

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

England. I want to be hopeful and say it’s thriving but the entire underground music scene is struggling. Support your local venues everyone, or else watch live music disappear.

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

We have a single release called ‘Crown Of Thorns’, which you can find on Youtube, Spotify, Amazon, Deezer…

Who have been your greatest influences?

We’re a bit of a melting pot as a band. The guys are influenced by Slipknot, Alter Bridge, Gojira, Lamb of God etc.

Then there’s me who draws from Enter Shikari, King Blues, The Maine, Eminem and Dreamstate!

What first got you into music?

As far as I can remember I’ve always been into it. But my parents made me get piano lessons when I was young and being a spoiled little boy I didn’t appreciate it until I turned 20 and I had quit a few years ago. Now all I want to do is go back to lessons and become a better musician.

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

Well the lads would choose someone different but if I could work with Enter Shikari or Eminem, my life would be complete. Slipknot wouldn’t be a bad shout. Corey Taylor is one of my many spirit animals.

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

Download. I’ve been going since I was old enough and my goodness, it would be incredible. Is there a more prestigious festival in the UK?

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

Well we’re a bit small and new to be given gifts. It’s a gift just to perform for people who know the words.

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

Speak truth to power. Stand up to bullies. It’s ok to not be alright. (That last one is a lyric from one of Dreamstate’s songs but it’s one of the kindest lyrics I’ve ever heard).

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

David Bowie. Maybe that’s not really Rock but there’s no other musician for me.

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

I love performing, and being able to express myself in such a specific way. But it is a struggle to get people to give you an opportunity sometimes. Thankfully we have been asked back every time we have been given a chance but just getting your foot in the door is really tricky.

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

Same problem I have with the film industry. Companies watch their bottom line instead of taking a punt on some new ideas.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Spark” by Enter Shikari. The best music makes you feel strong feelings and that album blew me away. It’s funny because I didn’t like it at first. It was so different from their previous work but when I was in the right mood, it deeply touched me. Converted me back to a fan for life!

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

Ugh, I don’t wanna say downloads but they are definitely the most convenient.

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

We are playing in Liverpool soon and that’s a personal dream right there.

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

Writing! I’m writing a book at the moment and have been distracted by some short stories that I needed to get out of my head. I’m actually starting to write a very young children’s book currently.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ah my band members obviously, and then probably my mate Leia from my old band.

What’s next for the band?

Gigs! Plenty of them! We are working on releasing another song by November and as the resident video editor that means a lot more work for me. We’re also working on a music video for ‘Crown Of Thorns’!

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

https://www.facebook.com/omenmachineuk/
Facebook is our main source but you can find us on Twitter and Instagram as well.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I asked the rest of the band but they’re not filling this in. I say they’re a biscuit.

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

I just want people out there to listen to our music and maybe get inspired. There are a lot of horrible things going on at the moment and part of my mission is to draw attention to it and hopefully inspire someone much cleverer than me to think of a better solution.

 

 

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EMQ’s with THE MARIANA HOLLOW

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EMQ’s with THE MARIANA HOLLOW

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London based Alternative Metal band The Mariana Hollow! Huge thanks to them for taking part!

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

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

How did you come up with your band name?

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

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

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

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

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

Who have been your greatest influences?

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

What first got you into music?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Gabriel – Alice In Chains – Facelift

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

Spinky – I love my CD collection and always will!

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

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

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

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

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

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

What’s next for the band?

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

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

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

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

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

 

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EMQ’s with Heretic’s Dream

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EMQ’s with Heretic’s Dream

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Rome, Italy based Alternative Metal band Heretic’s Dream. Huge thanks to them for taking part!

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

Hello there, my name is Francesca and I am Heretic’s Dream vocalist. The band was formed in 2010, while my husband (the guitarist Andrej Surace) and I were living in the UK.

How did you come up with your band name?

I was trying to find a name for this project my husband and I had in mind, and eventually came up with this idea, to stress dichotomy between my music world (mainly pop and dark electronic) and Andrej’s (mainly metal/thrash). Actually, putting the two of us in the same music project sounded like a heresy, and at the same time a beautiful dream.

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

Though Andrej and I gave life to the band while we were based in the UK, after 4 years we had to go back to Italy, our origin Country. Underground metal scene here is quite vivid, though competition among bands ruins everything.

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

“Resilience”, full length album released in November, 2018.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We are 5 different people with very different music background, thanks God. This allows us to be influenced by practically all genres.

What first got you into music?

My Mother’s death. If it wasn’t for this tragic event, I would have probably never met my husband and never started singing.

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

If I had to choose a metal band, I would say Hacken.

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

Maybe Rock in Rio, it would be great to be in South America.

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

Russians are the best: the came to us with Vodka bottles, boxes of chocolate, and Lego toys looking like us.

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

Listen to any kind of music, free your mind.

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

Frank Zappa. A real genius.

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

Best part is being on stage. Worst art is social activity: I hate all kind of social networks.

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

Today it’s all about the money. Even signing with big labels. So sad!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

10000 days by Tool.

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

I like listening to music when I’m in the car, so actually CD is the best mean for me.

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

That at the Izvestia HALL in Moscow.

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

What I am, an electronic engineer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Madonna, Dave Gahan, Sharon den Adel, my son and my husband.

What’s next for the band?

We are about to shoot a video for a single.

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

I am pretty sure we had a Facebook page and an Instagram page too, as well as YouTube and all the rest. As said, I do not take care of this aspect.
https://www.facebook.com/Heretics-Dream-229362950413489/
https://www.instagram.com/hereticsdreamofficial/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCx8wnBbkIsO3jUxLk1I-dBg

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuits?

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

Thank you for this interview, I enjoyed it a lot.

 

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