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?

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: 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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