EMQ’s with FATAL SWITCH

EMQ’s with FATAL SWITCH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Montreal, Canada based Rap Metal/Rock band Fatal Switch. Huge thanks to vocalist Steve Tobin for taking part.

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

We are Fatal Switch, a Rap Metal Rock band that plays loud heavy music mixed in with devasting hip hop stories about demons, aliens, war and all-around destruction.

My name is Steve Tobin and I am the founding member and front man of Fatal Switch. My brother Luca Tobin and I formed the band some years ago and shortly after we found our manager Pedro Barbosa and our producer Kevin Jardine through our involvement in the music scene. From that moment the first seeds Fatal Switch were sown, and we created our debut album titled “Doctors & Demons” which was recently released on Aug 7th, 2020.

The instrumentation performed on the album consisted of session musicians and my brother left the band shortly after the album was recorded. So, I was left with an album but no band members to perform it. I quickly had to form a group who would be willing to promote the first album live and continue writing new material as we establish our brand.

I am proud to say that Fatal Switch officially consists of guitarists Ryann Paqueo and Max Rope, bassist David Vigliotti and drummer Ralph A Samah.

How did you come up with your band name?

I wanted to have a name that stood out in peoples mind but that also had a personal meaning to what the band stood for. It wasn’t all that easy to find the perfect name and it all started by putting together (what I thought were) cool word combinations together on a page.

After coming up with close to a hundred I narrowed it down to a few and then started polling family and friends. Time and time again Fatal Switch kept winning out against the rest and to me it made the most sense because there is duality to the words Fatal Switch. It is a representation of something lurking beneath the surface ready to rise with destruction. An inner polarization inside oneself to be channelled as a tool for good or evil.

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

We are from the city of Montreal in Canada and the scene here is heavy!! Of all musical genres I think metal has the largest community in my city. It really is the reason why our style of hybrid rap metal exists. I had a voice and a message I wanted to share with the world and if it wasn’t for metal it would still be undiscovered.

My brother Rodney Ramroop introduced me to metal music, then to the scene taking me to show after show were things really started to take form for my career. There really are some amazing people in the metal universe from fans to industry professionals alike, we are linked by a brother/sister-ship that has made this journey possible.

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

Our latest single is the title track off our album called “Doctors & Demons”. We got a sick video airing on TV and we have been gaining momentum on YouTube. The video stars suicide girl Stiletto Thunder Kiss who did a fantastic job and the visuals were put together by the genius of JD Leblanc of Heymakers video production.

Our 10-track album is also live on all platforms so go check out the video as well as our tunes and let us know what you think!

‘Doctors & Demons’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

That’s a long list. Definitely when looking at our style of music bands like RATM, Beastie Boys, Limp Bizkit and Linkin Park are at the top of the food chain and have paved the way for this type of sound to exist. Also, Crazy Town X is very talented and have some of the best bangers!

On the hip hop side, Eminem, Dr Dre, Busta Ryhmes, NAS and 2Pac immediately spring to mind while Anthrax, Metallica, Megadeth, Tool and Slipknot would be some key metal influences to pair with the hip hop ones. This is a small example as the list can easily fill a page.

What first got you into music?

My uncle is great with a guitar and he taught me my first song at a very young age. I was just 4 years old when I performed my first song in front a crowd of a few hundred people. Since then my life has been all about music and preforming.

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

Most of my band mates would surely say Metallica but let me give that one some thought.

I mean selfishly I would say Eminem because I know he could take my vocals to the next level but…I think we would crush a song with Billie Eilish. Ya… egos aside I would like to work with her on a song because I think we would create something very different and unheard of. Plus, she’s crazy talented and at the end of the day it’s all about creating a masterpiece not trying to become one. So that’s my answer right now.

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

It would have to be Heavy Montreal. I’d love to start there and venture into other ones. Why? Because it’s an amazing festival that all of us have attended for years and to be one of the bands on that stage would absolutely rock and be a tangible mark of success!

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

Fans give gifts? Why have I not been told about this? I’ve gotten compliments and stuff but I’m still waiting for my box with a bow on top.

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

That nothing is as it seems and to question everything! I mean, can evil not disguise itself under a warm smile bearing a cloak of nobility? Or is it not possible to demonize good people who only want to bring about positive change? These kinds of questions are riddled underneath the stories of our songs so hopefully the whisper of that message can be heard throughout the album and leave our listeners asking themselves a question or two.

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

Kurt Cobain man…Huge Nirvana fan over here. I feel as though he had so much more music to give. He went way to soon. Same could be said about Bradley Nowell though… I hope they are making some crazy songs together in another universe and that I’ll get to hear them one day.

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

Having cool chats like this is definitely one of the better parts about being a musician. Specifically, because it gives us a chance to reach new listeners. And when someone comments or reaches out to us online or at a show, expressing that they are connecting with the music… wow that is one of the best feelings in the world. We don’t make music for ourselves we create it for the audience, so to be told that you’ve been heard means the world to me.

I hate how much everything costs. I could spend millions of dollars on music and barely make a dent. Everything else is gravy though.

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

Wealth distribution. Like our current economy we all suffer by financial means because the wealth gap is too large, and the music industry is no different. The major labels have way too much money (therefore power) and stifle creativity. If governments limit how much a label can earn in a year then smaller labels would suddenly have bigger budgets, drive more competition and give everyone a more equal opportunity to succeed. There would be fewer backhanded deals and this whole nonsense of paying an artist less than a penny for a stream would cease to exist because more influential bodies would be advocating for fair compensation. It’s one simple thing our governments refuse to do that would take down the house of cards, but no. Instead they continue to steal our money through taxation while cutting deals with all the major criminals. I mean just think about it. If labels were financially limited, they would have to make deals with fewer artists, treat the ones they own with more respect and make sure the quality and calibre of what they produce is beyond amazing. Plus, they wouldn’t have a million artists sit on a shelf just so they can hedge their bets on what might sell. But that’s just my cynical view, doesn’t mean I am right. I would love to see how it would change things though.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Sure, I’ll name one. It in no way means that it is my favourite album of all time because I don’t think I have just one. But looking back into my current song writing process I am having more and more respect for the early years of Korn and I think “Follow The Leader” truly stands the test of time.

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

Gotta be Vinyl all the way! I don’t currently own any at the moment, but man do I ever have fond memories of those things. As a kid my dad had a nice collection and I remember him playing classics like Pink Floyd for me. Definitely looking to start building a collection in the near future.

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

Indie Week 2019 was our last show (thanks COVID!) and our best to date. The guys crushed it on stage, and we had an amazing time.

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

I really don’t know to be honest. I do have some skillsets that I am trying to integrate within the music because music is my life. Music is my religion and when you are so devoted to something you tend to attribute everything you are good at to your cause. Just take a look at Bruce Dickinson, the guy fly’s an airplane but it’s the maiden airplane. As a musician everything you learn tends to lend itself back into the craft in some form or another.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d love to say Joe Rogan, Eminem, Dave Mustaine, Mike Tyson and Russell Simmons. But in these dark times if I truly had a shot at anyone it would be the five richest people in the world right now. I’d sit them down and either try and make a small change in the world through healthy debate or… ask them to fund my next album.

What’s next for the band?

Well we just dropped Doctors & Demons so we will be promoting our first album as we get ready to head back into the studio early next year for our second record. I’d love to say shows and touring but that huge pause button has hit the industry pretty hard right now.

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

You can find us over here:
www.fatalswitch.fanlink.to/doctors-and-demons
www.facebook.com/fatalswitch/
www.instagram.com/fatal.switch/
www.twitter.com/FatalSwitch

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Let’s be honest and call it for what it is. A biscuit cake.

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

I’d like to thank you and your readers for spending a bit of time to get to know us. It truly makes all the hard work and effort worth it when we get a chance to share our musical creations. Loved all the questions! I had great time doing this! We’d love to keep in touch with all of you so please drop us a line on social media so we can get to know YOU a bit better. Much love and noise – Fatal Switch!

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Two Car Train – The Roxy Cabaret, Vancouver, BC, Canada 14-03-2020

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Celestial Ruin – The Roxy Cabaret, Vancouver, BC, Canada 14-03-2020

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EMQ’s with LINDSAY SCHOOLCRAFT

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EMQ’s with LINDSAY SCHOOLCRAFT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Canadian Ethereal Gothic Rock Artist & member of Cradle Of Filth, Lindsay Schoolcraft! Huge thanks to Lindsay for taking part!

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

Hey there! My name is Lindsay Schoolcraft and I’m a singer, songwriter, and electric harpist from Oshawa, Canada who mainly writes and performs ethereal gothic rock. I’ve been doing this since 2010.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s my own name and I took the last name of the First Nations people in my family.

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

I’m from Canada and the Metal scene here is really amazing, especially in Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City.

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

I just released my debut solo album “Martyr” that I co-wrote with Rocky Gray (ex-Evanescence)!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Definitely bands and acts like Evanescence, The Birthday Massacre, Dimmu Borgir, VAST, Bjork, and LEAH.

What first got you into music?

Disney movies in my youth! But I started taking music seriously in high school during the early twenties alternative scene.

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

Still really wanna song a duet with Jonathan Davis.

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

I would love to play Wacken as a solo artist.

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

Animal bones!

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

They already know how much I love them.

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

Not sure I would enjoy the smell of their decaying body. But I do have to say I am sad I never saw Michael Jackson or Freddie Mercury live.

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

I love being able to sing and write and express my creativity that way. I hate that I had to become my own record label, but anything to make it happen and work.

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

Less people who don’t care enough and only want to make money and more people who are genuine, work hard, and you can rely on.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Open Door” by Evanescence

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

I’m still a CD collector myself.

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

Opening for Evanescence and Lindsey Stirling last summer!

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

Probably a zoologist, tattoo artist, or makeup artist!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

None! Maybe just my partner! The idea of a dinner party right now sounds exhausting.

What’s next for the band?

Playing a few shows this winter and then onto writing the next album.

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

http://www.schoolcraftshop.com
https://www.facebook.com/schoolcraftofficial/
https://www.instagram.com/lindzriot/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6ZLcdPSxw1fTYJlz3DLrSZ
https://www.youtube.com/user/schoolcraftofficial

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Can’t say I’ve ever even heard of them… are they vegan?

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

Thanks for having me

 

 

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EMQ’s with A PRIMITIVE EVOLUTION (A.P.E.)

A Primitive Evolution

EMQ’s with A PRIMITIVE EVOLUTION (A.P.E.)

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Toronto based Dark Alternative Rock band A Primitive Evolution! Huge thanks to Vocalist/Guitarist/Synths man Brett Carruthers 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 Brett Carruthers and I play guitar and sing in the band A Primitive Evolution. We started this group a while back and finally realized our sound with our new album “Becoming.” It takes everything we’ve all been influenced by and ever wanted to create and wraps it all up in an auralgasm for you.

How did you come up with your band name?

I think it came to Stu in a moment of clarity. He saw the letters A.P.E. he saw an ape become a man. It was A Primitive Evolution you see.

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

We’re from Canada. The Metal/Rock is alright here. There’s definitely an active engagement in Metal in the big cities and people come out to big shows so that’s good, but it feels like there’s something missing in some ways to me often. Can’t quite put my finger on it… The giant distances between cities make it really hard to tour, so maybe that contributes. Easier to go to the States or Europe really!

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

Our latest release is the album “Becoming.” We’ve released a bunch of videos for this album which are up on our YouTube channel which you should probably head on over to and check out.
https://www.youtube.com/APrimitiveEvolution

Who have been your greatest influences?

Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Nirvana, Marilyn Manson, Orgy, Smashing Pumpkins, Faith No More, Alice In Chains, Queens of the Stone Age, Ministry, Aldous Huxley, Philip K Dick, Guillermo del Toro, Tim Burton, Danny Elfman, Stephen King, HR Geiger, Alex Grey, my family and friends.

What first got you into music?

I feel like as soon as I was born I was into music. I just feel it. Everywhere I go. It’s inside me.

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

Probably Chelsea Wolfe, Youth Code, 3Teeth.

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

Always thought that Rock Am Ring was the pinnacle of festivals! The people, the stages, the bands you’re playing with. Just magical!

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

Well, I didn’t receive it but a female fan once gave Stephany a bunny vibrator… Hehe, that was odd, and fun and sweet all at the same time.

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

Engage with us, we enjoy it. Sharing helps more than you could ever imagine as well for bands in this stage and this market. We love you.

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

There’s too many to choose from at this point.
But ya know… I wouldn’t bring anyone back. It all happens for a reason.
Unrealistic me would bring back anyone who was murdered, so John Lennon or Dimebag.
Their careers were cut short. That’s a tragedy.

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

Well I love playing music, that’s what drives this whole thing. I love creating and writing songs, making new sounds in production.
If I hate anything it’s streaming services and how they’re literally just fucking us all in the ass with how little their royalty rates are compared to how much money the companies are making off that music. It’s ridiculous.

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

Hahaha, what I just said essentially. It would be nice if we could make a fair, profit sharing business where people take care of the artists again.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Siamese Dream” by Smashing Pumpkins

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

Really whatever you like best is best. To me Downloads work great if they’re high quality. If I really love a band I’ll buy the Vinyl or CD to have the artwork and the packaging to check out.

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

We’ve done a lot of great shows in Toronto with friend’s bands. Playing with The Birthday Massacre is always a pleasure here. We also often play a party called Krampus Ball put on by our friends in Squid Lid. It’s probably my favourite show to be a part of.

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

Probably off in the desert somewhere in search of other worlds.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Me, you, him, her and them!

What’s next for the band?

Tour!! We’re heading out next week with Pig and Cyanotic so that’s super exciting. Then more videos are on the fall horizon as well as getting back into the studio this winter to start work on the next album!

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

https://aprimitiveevolution.com/
https://www.facebook.com/APEdestroys/
https://www.facebook.com/groups/286052358875743/
https://twitter.com/APEdestroys
https://www.instagram.com/apedestroys/
https://aprimitiveevolution.bandcamp.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/1yrkth0uppjyrUaHDqr0qM
https://www.youtube.com/APrimitiveEvolution

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea hahaha; I’ve never had this creation.

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

Thanks for doing this. It’s a wonderful time to be creating.
Hopefully we can all work to making this fucked up planet a beautiful place to live again.

 

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EMQ’s with AUTOPILOT

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EMQ’s with AUTOPILOT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Canadian Indie Rock band Autopilot! Huge thanks to Guitarist/Vocalist Marlon 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 Marlon. I play guitar and sing in Autopilot. My drummer Jose and I have been playing together for years. We have a revolving line up on bass and sometimes a second guitar. We have 3 Albums out and 2 EP’s. We are constantly touring and playing with some of the best musicians.

How did you come up with your band name?

It was a while ago we came up with the name. If I remember correctly, it was describing the sound of when I play the bow on the guitar and the spacey sound I get from that.

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

We are from Canada. The music scene in general is really great. There’s a lot of support for independent artists in Saskatchewan including funding programs to write, record and market new music.

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

Our latest album is called “Afterglow”. We’ve released several videos from this record. Our latest was for our track ‘Undisguised’. We have a few in the works for the songs ‘Modern Age’, the title track ‘Afterglow’, and ‘Domino’. They’ll be released throughout the year.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Modest Mouse has been my biggest influence but also Bear Hands’ older stuff and The Killers.

What first got you into music?

My brother was a musician when I was a kid. I saw him write songs. When he released an album, I knew it was something I wanted to do.

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

This changes every time I’m asked but I think it would be awesome to collaborate with Billy Corgan. I think he has a lot to offer still in the current music scene.

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

Coachella or maybe Summer Fest! I’m not too sure. There are hundreds of awesome festivals we’d love to play. Coachella just to experience playing would be crazy. Summer Fest seems to be an under-rated festival for its size. They have lots of independent bands alongside massive mainstream artists. We’re still bugging them to book us.

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

A full thanksgiving dinner! A full turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and a lot more! We couldn’t eat it all as we were in a hotel for one night and then on to the next city. We also couldn’t refrigerate it. We were in New Jersey somewhere and it was Canadian Thanksgiving. It was a crazy thing to get this on the road.

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

Buy music. Get a record player and spin some records. Also support artists by following them on streaming services. Go see live music and support the bands you love. Spread the word when you hear something you like.

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

Kurt Cobain. I think he would have a lot to say and it might not be what you think in this time.

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

I really love to write, record, and hear the final product. Touring new music is always really interesting too. Sometimes we’re surprised to see what songs catch different people. There’s not much I hate about it, but I really don’t like being away from my wife sometimes for months at a time and then only home for a few weeks before going back on the road. Also, being an independent artist consumes most of my time. Even when I’m home, we’re working on the next move as a band.

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

Everything…!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Lonesome Crowed West” by Modest Mouse.

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

Vinyl for sure! We have our album “Afterglow” on all those formats, but vinyl is something that when you take it home you can sit down and spin the record. You have to flip it. It’s not like streaming where the next artist might start playing right after. I also love the way it sounds. For “Afterglow”, we have 5 different colours of records with glow in the dark and artwork that is hand screen printed by Saskatchewan artist, Chris Morin. He even did a limited run of 20 gold printed covers for this tour. We were able to get really creative with it.

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

There have been quite a few great gigs. We had some really rad shows at Mesa Music Festival, Jersey Shore Festival, and in Seattle. The shows where people are really into the music and want to hang out are always the best.

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

I would probably own a record store. Listen to music all day and have bands play all the time.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ashlee Hogan
Jesus Christ
Isaac Brock
Bill Murray
Mac DeMarco

What’s next for the band?

We have some videos in the works for some upcoming singles off “Afterglow”, as well as more touring. When we get back from our summer tour, the next album process starts! We are stoked to be releasing more new music next year.

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

http://smarturl.it/k0kpmb
https://www.youtube.com/user/autopilotmusic
https://www.facebook.com/autopilotmusic/
https://www.instagram.com/autopilotband/
https://twitter.com/bandautopilot

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I had to Google that. I don’t think we get them in Canada. Google tells me biscuits, but what do I know.

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

Someone send us Jaffa Cakes!

 

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EMQ’s with IAN BLURTON’S FUTURE NOW

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EMQ’s with IAN BLURTON’S FUTURE NOW

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Canadian Rock band Ian Blurton’s Future Now. Huge thanks to Ian for taking part!

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

My name is Ian Blurton, guitarist/singer for Future Now. We started playing together roughly a year ago. I made a solo record called “Signals Through The Flames” using some of my favourite Toronto musicians and needed a band to play the songs so I called on 2 guests from that record (Anna/Glenn) and added guitarist Aaron Goldstein to help me with the many guitar parts.

How did you come up with your band name?

Future Now is a song by The MC5 (one of my fav bands of all time).

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

I’m from Canada and while I’m not a full-on metalhead (I say that out of respect to my friends who are) I can tell you we have a very vibrant scene here with originators ala Voivod still releasing incredible records and newer bands like Tomb Mold (who blew me away live), Cauldron etc. keeping it alive.

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

We have 2 releases upcoming. Our 1st 7″ (Yeah Right Records) comes out on May 4 and our LP will be released by Pajama Party on June 7.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Jimi Hendrix is probably my all-time fav but there have been many. I have always loved Mountain, Black Sabbath, Budgie, Blue Cheer..!

What first got you into music?

I’d say probably seeing The Monkees on TV as a young kid.

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

Motorpsycho for sure. I love how adventurous/prolific they are.

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

Woodstock right before Hendrix so I could see his set. Currently I’d say Roadburn, it seems like such a great community.

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

Nothing super weird, mostly just awesome things including paintings, homemade chocolates etc.

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

Live your life by your own rules.

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

Jimi Hendrix so I could see him live once!

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

Music is my life so I try to enjoy all the aspects of it and let the positive outweigh the negative.
I get to play with incredible musicians and am honoured they are willing to give up their time to do so.
I’m not crazy about loading 4x12s into 3rd floor venues.

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

I think it would be more than one thing but I think streaming not paying enough would be a good start.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Damned – “The Black Album”

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

I like them all but prefer vinyl as I grew up with it.

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

I’ve been playing live since 1982 so I’ve been very lucky to play a lot of great shows. Recently I’d say the 2nd Future Now show with Biblical/Whoop-szo. It was good vibes and killer bands and everyone played great.

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

Working with animals.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Salvador Dali, Hunter S Thompson, Robert Anton Wilson, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Robt Williams

What’s next for the band?

Our 7″ and LP release parties and then we are doing a Canadian tour out to Sled island Festival (one of the best in Canada).and back.

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

https://twitter.com/ianblurton
https://www.facebook.com/ianblurton.futurenow/
https://ianblurton.bandcamp.com/

 

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EMQ’s with VAYA

Vaya

EMQ’s with VAYA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Canadian Ameridian Rock band VAYA. 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?

Phil: My name’s Phil, I play the guitar and the band started more than 2 years ago. Vaya created the band then Raph’ joined her and then I joined them too. The band is based on the Indians of North America, so we play Ameridian Rock and it’s influenced by the legend of the white wolf.

VAYA: Hey there. Yes, VAYA is the voice of the elders. I am playing everything that can be an expression of music. Basically I am the lead singer and composer.

How did you come up with your band name?

VAYA: As said before. We just answered to the call of the white wolf and are now dancing around the sacred fire 😉

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

Phil: I’m from Switzerland and yes there are a few metal scenes there but I don’t know much about that.

VAYA: Where am I from? You mean in this actual life? 😀 (Laugh) I can’t answer that question; I am still working on it to have the real truth 😉

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

VAYA: A first double album called VAYA. A limited edition of 1,000 copies numbered by hand, so let’s choose your favourite number 😉
You can discover some of our songs on videos and more on wwww.vaya-official.com

Who have been your greatest influences?

Phil: The guitarist of “Extreme” Nuno Bettencourt is my greatest guitar hero and I’m very influenced by Joe Satriani, Steve Vai and the guitarists of “Iron Maiden” too!

VAYA: Jim Morrison, Native Indians of North America and classical music!

What first got you into music?

Phil: When I was a kid, my mom played a lot of piano and my dad the guitar. First, I started learning the piano with my mom and then, the guitar with my dad. Later, I started taking guitar lessons with a teacher and that’s where I started playing the guitar seriously!

VAYA: I did not have the choice. Music chose me “officially” since I was 3 years old.

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

VAYA: Jack White.

Phil: I’d choose “Extreme”!

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

VAYA: I love to be on scene so every festival in the world!

Phil: I’d choose Wembley, lol coz it must be so amazing and so awesome too!!!!

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

Phil: Oh, I never received any gift from a fan, lol!

VAYA: a kiss? ;-P

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

VAYA: WE LOVE YOU!

Phil: Have fun, enjoy and keep on rocking!

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

VAYA: my Jim M.

Phil: I’d say Bon Scott, former singer from AC/DC.

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

VAYA: feeling full of life and creativity unlimited.

Phil: I love playing on stage in front of an enthusiastic audience and going on tour! I hate when we have bad conditions in the places where we play and when people aren’t friendly with us!

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

Phil: I don’t know, better promote new bands!

VAYA: More focus on authenticity.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

VAYA: The Doors – ‘Crystal Ships’

Phil: The album of “Extreme” called “Pornograffitti” is really great and I’m very inspired by it!!!!

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

VAYA: Vinyl

Phil: I prefer CD’s!

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

VAYA: still waiting for it 

Phil: It was at “The Dukes” bar last year coz there were so many people and they were so amazing and unbelievable!

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

VAYA: What I am doing today, painting, writing, healing and taking care of my family and friends.

Phil: Oh I really don’t know what else I could be doing honestly, lol!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Phil: Oh maybe my family or other friends.

VAYA:  My kids, my partner and my pets 😉

What’s next for the band?

VAYA: So actually in Toronto on process for the second album that will be burn on vinyl. It’s a long process. We are finishing the master of one piece of it and I was in Japan to do the video clip. We hope it will be out this Autumn it depends on the festival in Fukuoka (Japan). And in 2020 a new Canadian tour and working on a South America tour + UK (2020).

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

VAYA: http://www.vaya-official.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

VAYA: I don’t know, do you?

Phil: Oh I really don’t know but I’d say biscuit, lol!

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

Phil: Yeah, just take care, have fun, enjoy and keep on rocking!

VAYA: Thank you for your questions. Have a lovely one and keep the sacred fire everywhere in the world!
VAYA!

 

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Silverstein + Hawthorne Heights & Guests – Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ – 12/01/2019

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Silverstein – When Broken Is Easily Fixed; 15 Year Anniversary Tour
Silverstein + Hawthorne Heights & Guests
Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
12/01/2019
Review and Pictures by Andy Jansons

At the end of last year Canadian Rock band Silverstein, from Burlington, Ontario, embarked on their 15th Anniversary tour of their debut album “When Broken Is Easily Fixed” together with special guests Hawthorne Heights, As Cities Burn and Capstan. On January 12th they made a stop in the state of New Jersey to play a show at the Starland Ballroom where we were able to see them live!

Capstan and As Cities Burn both gave the anxious crowd a good amount of energy with their terrific and loud performances. After them came Dayton, Ohio Rock band Hawthorne Heights. For them this tour is about supporting their new album that was released in 2018 entitled “Bad Frequencies”. Their performance was amazing. Their songs touched all painful elements of our times like addiction, depression and suicide. Their long-time vocalist and bands founding member JT Woodruff took his time to introduce each song and what issues it touched. Their set included songs Just Another Ghost, Bad Frequencies, Bring You Back and Crimson Sand, just to mention few!

When Canadian rockers Silverstein took to the stage the place exploded. Their set was divided in two. The First half included their debut album “When Broken Is Easily Fixed” played in its entirety and the second half was filled with their greatest hits. Their music was heavy and the singing and screaming by the bands vocalist Shane Told coupled by a spectacular light show was thrilling. This was a fine example of the Post-Hardcore genre. On their last song of the debut album set, whilst performing the title track ‘When Broken Is Easily Fixed’ they were joined on stage by Capstan vocalist Anthony DeMario who supplied deafening unclean vocals. After a short break Silverstein returned to play their hits, including ‘The Afterglow’, ‘Lost Positives’, ‘Retrograde’ and ‘Smile in Your Sleep’. They closed out the show by playing ‘My Heroine’.

Links:
Silverstein:
http://www.silversteinmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/silversteinmusic/

Hawthorne Heights:
https://hawthorneheights.com/
https://www.facebook.com/HawthorneHeights/

As Cities Burn:
http://www.ascitiesburn.net/
https://www.facebook.com/ascitiesburn/

Capstan:
http://capstanband.com/
https://www.facebook.com/capstanband/

 

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