EMQ’s with OVERTOUN

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EMQ’s with OVERTOUN

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Santiago, Chile/Boston, USA based Thrash/Groove/Death Metal band Overtoun! Huge thanks to guitarist Matias 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 Rick and friends of Ever Metal, thanks a lot for having us here. This is Matias, guitarist from Overtoun.

We are a Death/Thrash Metal band formed in 2014. The group started in high school as a cover band, when Agustin (drummer) and I met. Both of us wanted to play songs from the 80’s thrash metal era, signing up in a lot of ‘battle of the bands’ competitions and stuff like that. We didn’t have a full time vocalist at the time but a couple of friends that could sing helped us out. I would say that the first official line-up was Agustin, me and Cristobal (bass), a friend of ours that we met from another school. The three of us started to write our first songs and original music.

After high school all of us went to college, and I went to study to Berklee in Boston in 2017. That’s when I met the missing ingredient, Yoav, who is a bass player that was in my same Metal ensemble. Yoav knows a bunch of people in the metal scene, so I asked him to recommend me a death metal singer for the band, and he told me that he could do the job. That’s when we started to record our debut album “Centuries Of Lies”, that was released in 2018.

Early this year we parted ways with Cristobal, and then our new bass player Guillermo joined the band. With him we did our first tour and right now we are in the middle of the recordings of our second album. It has been quite a ride ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s kind of funny how we came up with the name. One day we were hanging out in my house, it was one of the first rehearsals we had. Obviously we needed a name, something creepy and catchy that had a concept we could work on. We started looking online for the weirdest places in the world, and that’s when the Overtoun Bridge came out. It is a bridge from Scotland where dogs commit suicide. We liked the mystery of the place and how the name sounded, so we took it from there.

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

The three of us (Agustin, Guillermo and me) are from Santiago, capital city of Chile. Although Yoav lives in Boston, he is from Mexico City. I would say that the Chilean Metal scene is complicated, right now there are a lot of new and interesting groups that try to do things professionally, however the audience is not really that supportive of local bands. It is quite hard to get noticed and make people come to the shows. There are not big record labels or promoters that get interested in smaller bands. Nevertheless, we know that we have to work harder and harder to get our name out there, and keep improving our art and music, building a fan base and so on. We hope that Chilean Metal also gets recognized abroad, so everyone from the scene gets better opportunities to develop their careers.

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

Our latest release is the video of ‘Aftermath’, a song from our first album “Centuries Of Lies”, that came up in December last year.

‘Centuries’ was a hard album to make, we had a lot of differences in the creative process that extended the production time, however we moved forward and I think we ended up with a good product, obviously there are a lot of things to improve, but we learned a lot from the process.

I’m glad that people liked the album, we’ve had nothing but great comments and support from international media and local press.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think that our greatest influence will always be Metallica, Agustin and I have been Metallica fans since middle school and every time they come to Chile we try and go see them live. Also Pantera is a big influence for us, it was very painful to say goodbye to Dime and Vinnie. Death is another influence for the band, and now Guillermo got us into the music of Mudvayne, Jinjer, Arch Enemy, Epica and stuff like that. Yoav also showed us music of Power Trip, Blotted Science, Atheist, etc. I’m really happy for him that he got to be the new bassist for Atheist, he really deserves that gig.

What first got you into music?

For me personally what got me into music was my dad’s CD collection. He had a couple of records from Metallica, Guns ‘n Roses, Pearl Jam and such, and watching their videos online made me pick up the guitar. They all looked so cool and I could feel the connection that the artist had with the audience.

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

We’d be down to collaborate with Jinjer or Gojira, those two are the bands that are kind of spreading Metal all over the world, it would be really nice to do something with them.

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

It would be great to play Wacken Open Air. I think that ever since I started getting into Metal, Wacken was one of those festivals that always came to the picture as the biggest reunion of metalheads. That would be great for us, to share our music for fans from all over the world.

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

Once when we were on tour, a strange looking man gave us an unpacked bar of chocolate that was melted. It was gross, but we laughed so hard and made up a lot of funny stories from that situation.

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

Thanks for all the support you’ve been giving us; without them nothing would be possible, at the end of the day all the music we create belongs to them! See you on the mosh pit!

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

I would bring back Dimebag or Cliff Burton. Both of them made a huge influence in my music, and to see them perform only once would be priceless.

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

The thing I enjoy the most is playing live, there is nothing better than going up to the stage and headbang over the songs. What I hate is the feeling of self doubt that a lot of us have to deal with, it is a hard business so we have to keep our minds clear and do our best.

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

Negativity and bringing down the work of other musicians; if we are collaborative and support the work of our colleagues the scene will grow, and that will benefit us all.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pantera – “Vulgar Display Of Power”

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

I’m a vinyl and CD lover, I think there is nothing better than the physical format. I’m a vinyl collector too, at home I have lots of albums from my favourite bands.

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

I guess it was the last gig of our first tour, we were performing really good and the sound was badass, every now and then we watch videos from that performance, we hope to do that again in the future.

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

Maybe astrophysics or geology, I like science a lot. Also I love cooking, maybe something like that would be cool. By the way Agustin cooks really good American-style burgers, haha.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would invite the guys in the band and our producer Pancho. We always have fun together and every time we hang out there is good food on the table.

What’s next for the band?

At the moment we are planning live shows for 2020 and the release of our second album titled “This Darkness Feels Alive”. This new album is great, we all loved the process and how the songs turned out. We were recording in Estudio del Sur, the best studio in the country, it was really beautiful and inspiring. I hope you guys can have the new music soon!

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

http://www.overtoun.com
https://www.facebook.com/OvertounOfficial/
https://www.instagram.com/overtounofficial/?hl=en
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QLi-joj2KFw
https://open.spotify.com/album/5jS0LFRA9jSubanKjZ4EZZ?si=HCqPHhK9Q9Wad8qWB6Yx9g

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m not from the UK so I had to look it up online, haha. It looks like a biscuit but they say it’s a cake so I’ll go for cake.

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

Thanks a lot for the interview! We are really glad to be here and thank you for sharing our music!!

 

 

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EMQ’s with TARGET

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EMQ’s with TARGET

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Santiago, Chile based Experimental/Death Metal band Target! Huge thanks to Vocalist Andrés Piña 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 Andrés, but everyone who knows me in my family, work or the music industry, calls me Andy.

I’ve been singing at Target since the band was formed in 2004 in Santiago, Chile. Over time the band has been mutating in search of its own style. This year 2019, we have just released the “Deep Water Flames” album that has opened us many doors in the world.

How did you come up with your band name?

Very naively, many years ago we looked for something short, effective and easy to be remembered, and I think we got it. Now, in recent years we have deciphered a concept based on our desire to show our music to the world in a professional way. Basically that is our Target.

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

We are from Chile, South America. Our scene is a diamond in the rough. There are many good bands but only some have plans to go international. It is a scene that lives to be validated internally, without causing a side effect of border expansion. It is something in which as a Chilean musical culture we have to work, since there is a lot of potential.

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

Our Latest release is “Deep Water Flames” LP 2019 available in our Social Media platforms and via Australis Records.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mainly the music of the world, but with the unconscious tendency to be sad and melancholic! Happy music definitely doesn’t go with me. Metal, Trip hop, doom jazz, experimental music, OST are my favourites. In these moments of my life strongly influenced by bands like Bohren & der club of gore, The Killimanjaro Jazz Ensemble, Radiohead, Black Chamber, Deaf Center, Ulver, Ion Dissonance, Daylight Dies, DSO, Subheim, Klone and obviously the classic pillars of metal world.

What first got you into music?

I remember when I was a child I listened a lot of rock with my dad; Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Ten Years After, Credence, also abounded a lot of classical music in my house. But what really marked me was without a doubt; Soda Stereo (Argentinian Iconic Rock Band) and later thanks to a friend from the school, Sepultura; the band that changed my life forever.

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

Good question since here I appeal directly to utopia! Haha! There are many people that I admire for their artistic ability to convey ideas, thoughts, feelings; Maynard from Tool, Yorke from Radiohead, Reznor from NIN. But realistically, the dream would be to do something with Cult of Luna, the people of Converge, Carl Michael of Ved Buens Ende, Garm & Ulver or definitely talk with people from Bohren & der club of Gore, my greatest influence these days.

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

I think the obvious answer would be great metal festivals like; Wacken, Hellfest, etc …, but multi stylistic festivals have always attracted my attention. Massive events where many styles, cultures converge! Places where respect is the fundamental thing.

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

Mmm, nothing fancy, beers, weed and a lot of alcohol which is always a good gift. Haha!

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

Now I sound like my dad haha. Daring to do different things, trying to innovate, abandoning comfort zones is part of self-knowledge as human beings. Be very professional, responsible and punctual. Always with your feet on the ground, keep things good, eliminate what hurts. Do not stay in the past, evolve. Never give up! Only hard work will lead you to fulfil your dreams.

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

Steve Hurdle from Gorguts/Negativa without a doubt! We talked several times, and in addition to his enormous musical influence, as a person he gave me some advice that I will keep in a very special place in my heart.

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

What I love; the creativity definitely. To create something from nothing and transform it into sounds, music, a concept. Share with friends, camaraderie and respect. Meet people, talk to them. Listen to what they feel when they discover your music, many times on the other side of the world, and How you affect their lives, that is priceless. What I hate; Envy and ignorance.

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

I know it’s impossible, but clearly the business itself. Money and profits are above creativity in many cases. That’s sad. In Chile, closed circles are a way in which you can access to be visible. Be a cocksucker to get benefits over the work. It is very common these days!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

This is difficult! Just one! I have many! Mmm, not in the exact order and maybe I forget some, but here I go;

Sepultura – “Arise”

Opeth – “My Arms Your Hearse”

Radiohead – “Amnesiac”

Ulver – “Perdition City” & “Shadows Of The Sun”.

Death – “Symbolic”

Soda Stereo – “Sueño Stereo” & “Confort y música para volar”.

Bohren & der club of Gore – “Sunset Mission”

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

It depends a lot on the context, but I am definitely a CD and vinyl collector. I see it as a way to transfer culture to my children. A legacy! Downloads are for times when quality is not something important.

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

I remember several. Outside Santiago de Chile, it’s always the best. People approach without ego to hear from you. They buy your merch and connect with a show you prepared for them. They give it the value it deserves.

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

I would probably be training UFC, or dedicating all the time I dedicate to Target, to my family.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Maynard James Keenan, David Fincher, Alejandro Jodorowsky, Viggo Mortensen, Carl Michael Eide. A Chilean barbecue would be great!

What’s next for the band?

We continue working to bring our music to the world, because with “Deep Water Flames” and its results we are convinced that it can be done. Compose new music and why not; Take an international tour in 2020.

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

https://targetchile.bandcamp.com

https://www.facebook.com/targetfromchile/

http://www.instagram.com/target_chile/

“Deep Water Flames” – Streaming Platforms;

https://www.deezer.com/sv/album/85574852

https://play.google.com/store/music/album?id=Btcdk2w6sebxvn6wobrnohl32oy

https://music.apple.com/mx/album/deep-water-flames/1450614259

Contact; targetblast@gmail.com

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are not sold in Chile. I recommend the “negritas”, the best chocolate cookie in Chile, by far.

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

Thank you very much for this great interview! And we invite you to discover Target and our new album “Deep Water Flames”, where we fuse death metal with the atmospheric and cinematic climate of a trip without return.

 

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EMQ’s with NUCLEAR

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EMQ’s with NUCLEAR

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Santiago, Chile Thrash/Death/Punk Metal band Nuclear 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?

Hey, thanks for this interview. My name is Francisco Haussmann, I play guitars in Nuclear. To make the long story short, Nuclear was born from the ashes of another band called Escoria back in 2003. After a few line-up changes and 5 albums in the bag, the band is writing music for the 6th album. In 2014 we got signed by Candlelight Records, UK (now Spinefarm Records/Universal Music) and we released one album under that label.

How did you come up with your band name?

To be honest, I don’t recall exactly how, but we did want to have a powerful name representing our music and live performances. We thought of the nuclear power and how uncontrollable and potentially dangerous is.

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

Chile, South America. I’d say metal scene here is like any other. You can find an excellent feedback and support for foreign acts but not that much for local bands. I think it is constantly growing for the better though. People understand the importance of the local scene and how difficult it is for a band to build a fan base. Our geography does not help much either as it becomes pretty difficult for bands to visit other countries in South America and vice versa (quite the opposite as Europe for instance).

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

Our latest album is called “Formula For Anarchy” from 2015. However, we released a single in 2016 called “Libertad Condicionada”. It is a cover song from Chilean punk rock band.

Who have been your greatest influences?

There are too many to write, but I’d say Old School Thrash and Death metal were the first influences we had. Sepultura, Kreator, Dismember, Benediction, Entombed, Slayer, Exodus, Unleashed. In time, we have been widening our taste of music and a lot of Punk, Hardcore and Grindcore have given us pretty rad ideas for our music.

What first got you into music?

I’d say something happened when I first watched Live Corruption VHS from Napalm Death back in the day. It was so intense, so brutal and I instantly knew that I wanted to have a band. I was perhaps 12 years old and did not have any instruments at home so I asked some friends to lend me theirs and that’s how it started.

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

I would love to have LG Petrov or Alex Camargo from Krisiun singing one of our songs. Both are big influences on Nuclear’s work and how we see metal music nowadays.

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

For some reason, I have always wanted to play Bloodstock Festival in UK. I think that festival has a really good vibe and the line-ups over the years have been brutal AF!

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

We’ve received a lot of gifts from fans and nothing really weird to be honest. We’ve got flags, CDs, tees, beers, etc. We did receive a very cool gift once. It was a hand-painted very detailed and dedicated portrait of us as a band. We have it in our rehearsal room.

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

Many thanks for these years of constant support. Underground music is difficult in every sense of the word and it would be ever more difficult if we hadn’t got our fans supporting us at every show. We are lucky to have a very strong and loyal fanbase backing us up from many countries around the world.

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

That’s a tough one. I don’t know about rock star but I’d say Chuck Schuldiner. He was one of a kind and he left us way too early.

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

I rarely think of this. I enjoy pretty much everything about being a musician. Playing music gives you something only musicians know how to describe it. Those goosebumps you get when you play live or when you finish a new song, It’s something unique. I don’t think I hate anything about this. Maybe the lack of support between bands or the constant hatred in social media.

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

I don’t think there’s commitment from labels towards new bands. I understand that this is a business but it looks like A&Rs are not getting out as much as they are supposed to. There are tons of bands out there that don’t stand a chance. I believe it is very short-term thinking if you consider that many of the big bands are about to finish their careers.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Benediction – “Subconscious Terror”.

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

I collect vinyl. I love the way they sound and everything about the package.

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

That’s a really tough one. We’ve had many memorable gigs in the past!

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

I am actually also a Chemical Engineer, so I’d say that I would be working full time as one.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My band. Besides being band mates, we are also best friends and I believe that’s why we have stayed strong as long as we have. You can have a discussion or fight from time to time but in the end, everything comes back to normal and keep having a good time. This might sound as a cliché, but metal music is not about money and if you’re not making tons of it, what’s the point of staying together if you don’t remain friends and have a good time?

What’s next for the band?

We are right in the middle of a new album recording. As soon as we finish it, we will start touring everywhere we can to support it. Stay tuned for upcoming news!

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

https://www.facebook.com/nuclearcl/
https://www.instagram.com/nuclearthrash/
https://nuclear.bandcamp.com
You can actually visit http://www.nuclear.cl and find pretty much anything you want.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake definitely.

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

Many thanks for the interview! We cannot wait to have the new stuff ready to show everyone! Stay tuned!

 

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