EMQ’s with WALKING RUMOR

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EMQ’s with WALKING RUMOR

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Danish Nu-Metal band Walking Rumor. 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?

“My name is Kenneth Gustavsson, people know me as Kenio. I do vocals and some piano parts.
The history of the band began on a bench in the city of Odense, where Andreas and I had just broken off with our current band. I wasn’t much for the idea to start up a new project because of all the effort that it took, but he convinced me to do otherwise and I’m thankful that he did. We found the rest of the members online, mostly through Facebook. It was mostly based on luck. Walking Rumor came to us as an echo of the music we all grew up listening to. It all went so fast after the release of our first single ‘Proud of Me’, which got so much positive feedback we could barely keep up with it. I know that sounds kinda shallow, but that was the reality for us. The band ended up representing Denmark at the Global Battle of the Bands in Berlin back in 2016, that was actually our 4th or 5th show in total, so you can expect how that went. We were so green back then and everything was a party. Eventually we released our EP “The War Within” and signed over to the label Mighty Music, where we released two more singles named ‘Dedicate to This’ and ‘Tears me Apart’. It didn’t take long after that, we got invited along on a European tour with ILL NIÑO in 2017, which definitely was a turning point for the band. From there writing our first full length album just seemed like the right thing to do, and we worked entire 2018 with pre-production and eventually recorded the album at LAK Studios in August 2018. We recently split with our label to go independent and with the album coming out starting June 1st, I personally can’t wait to see what’s next for us.”

How did you come up with your band name?

“It wasn’t an easy process. Coming up with a name for a band, feels harder than writing a song in many ways actually. We went through a lot of names that we sadly discovered to be taken. There was a point in time where people found out that Andreas and I were starting up a new band, and the rumor about it spread quickly outside our circles. I don’t think it was a positive rumor back then, but we kinda took that phenomenon and turned it into a name, which turned out to be Walking Rumor.”

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

“I’m actually from Sweden, but my family moved to Denmark when I was 4.
The metal scene has for a long time been dormant, but recently it has really sparked something at the Danish venues. Denmark even has a festival called Copenhell, that is strictly rock and metal music, which is really awesome to see.”

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

“Our latest release is a single called ‘Wasted Years’ that is supposed to work as a teaser for the album to come. We put it out with a video that I made myself from our time at LAK studios recording the album. It was a fun project to work on and I feel it kinda shows the reality of the work behind creating these songs. It’s more than just 3 minutes on your Spotify playlist you know.”

Who have been your greatest influences?

“I’m confident to say that bands like Linkin Park, Limp Bizkit, Papa Roach and Bring Me The Horizon have been hugely influential.”

What first got you into music?

“I think the interest has always kinda been there, but I remember getting the Linkin Park ‘Live in Texas’ CD/DVD and I watched that DVD for endless hours. Seeing my idols live on the screen for the first time kinda woke a spark in me back then. The way that they addressed the crowd, shared their message and made everyone feel connected. I knew that I wanted to achieve the same.”

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

“Waow, there are so many great artists out there. I know Mike Shinoda is doing his solo thing and rocking out with him, would be a dream come true. Yungblud would be awesome as well, because he has so much to give of himself and I’d love to be in the same room of that type of creativity. If I must choose some of the artist from Denmark, I’d love to do something with Siamese, Lucer, Halycon Hope and Ivy Crown.”

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

“Again, there are so many to choose from, but definitely Rock Am Ring and Download Festival. Those festivals have always been a dream come true for the little boy inside me.”

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

“I don’t remember getting any gifts, but I’ve been sent pictures of a WR tattoo and a Walking Rumor homemade phone case, made from seashells. Very creative and probably the weirdest I’ve seen. But that makes a good standard in my opinion. I love our fans and their dedication to the band.”

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

“That I want them to know I love them very much and that I truly appreciate their amazing support. That sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory.”

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

“Bringing my idol back would be an amazing ability to have, but I don’t think you can get people back without their demons, which is a part of who they were as a person, and I wouldn’t want that for him. So, it’s a tough question to answer.”

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

“The ability to escape from your everyday life for a moment and the connection you’re able to get with your fans. That moment where you see that you’ve influenced somebody in some kind of way is truly magical and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. There are of course downsides to being a musician who wants to shoot for the stars… You rarely have time for those back home who matter. Your friends and family quickly become alienated to the world you are living, and you only have your band mates to share these moments with. It takes a lot of work and a lot of time.”

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

“I think every musician wish their work would be more profitable, because being a musician isn’t cheap. You’ll have to pay for recordings, music video, merch, crew, managers and so on. One of my band members actually phrased it really well the other day by saying ‘You don’t make a living on making music, you make a living on selling t-shirts’.”

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Only one? Now you’re being cruel. I really loved the album from Hoobastank – “The Reason”, named after their single. That album always gets me right in the feels.”

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

“I understand that retro is coming back in the form of Vinyl, a lot of collectors out there. But I’ll always prefer CD’s because you won’t get interrupted by sudden commercials and won’t be forced to have a premium account to listen to it non-stop.”

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

“I think it was one of the last gigs we had in Germany, where the crowd was electric right from the start. A lot of people came to see who this small Danish band no one ever heard of was, and it was such a different feeling from what we’re used to at home.”

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

“I’m still trying to figure that out. I’ve always had an entrepreneurial mindset and I respect our environment a lot. I’m working on a few environmental projects with an entrepreneurial perspective. I wouldn’t be able to see myself stuck in an office or on a construction site. That’s for the braver people.”

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

“I would love to see a discussion between Robert Downey Jr. and Peter Dinklage. I’d love to have a one on one talk with Peter McKinnon as well. My best friend and that special someone to top the party is a must.”

What’s next for the band?

“We are currently in the process of releasing our full-length album “Symbiosis”. We want to be able to constantly release new music, so that every month people will have something to look forward to. But how far we are on that idea I can’t say for sure yet.”

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

“We have our official website called www.walkingrumor.com and our social medias are:
Facebook: facebook.com/walkingrumor
Instagram: Instagram.com/walkingrumor
Twitter: twitter.com/walkingrumor
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4SReRO2yeGmiwygeogDcFJ “

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

“A mixture of chocolate and sponge. Definitely cake.”

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

“Thank you for having me. Make sure to go like Walking Rumor on all social medias, find the band on Spotify and press that follow button before June 1, so that you’ll get the album countdown directly.”

 

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EMQ’s with CRYOSPHERE

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EMQ’s with CRYOSPHERE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Roskilde, Denmark based Melodic Metalcore band CRYOSPHERE. 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?

Our name is CRYOSPHERE. We are a dual fronted mayhem metal band from Denmark. We have a quite distinguished sound due to our diverse backgrounds and both female and male vocalists. The blend between the fragile, hardcore, electronic and the symphonic elements is what makes us special.

How did you come up with your band name?

All of us came up with different names and we had something as democratic as a vote within the band between the names. CRYOSPHERE won because it had so many meanings that appealed to us. We have a deepfelt love for and connection with nature and that attracted us towards a name that could represent both nature and humankind.

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

We are from Denmark. In Denmark the metal scene isn’t very big, but in the last few years a lot of new bands have risen up and we are beginning to see a growth within the scene, which is amazing. The metalcore/melodic metal/post hardcore scene isn’t big still and we really hope that with the growth in the metal genre in general sparks some interest in music that has a closer relation to ours so that we can tour with some local bands.

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

Our latest release is a single is called “Reflections”, which is a song that focuses on people as individuals. We all have the possibility to look inwards and change ourselves if we find ourselves down a path that isn’t the right one for us, but sadly we see many people closing their eyes to the truth. “Reflections” is all about opening those eyes and accepting the truth no matter how difficult that pill is to swallow.
We have some more releases planned later this year, so stay tuned.

Who have been your greatest influences?

This is a very difficult question since we all have different tastes in music and therefore also influences. Some would say that they hear some Evanescence, Periphery, Architects, Bring Me The Horizon, In This Moment and Jinjer in our music. We let that be up to our fans, since our work really is a collaboration between all of us. Each of us have a big say in how the final song ends up.

What first got you into music?

For most of us it comes from our family in some way. Some inspired with their taste in music, some were inspired by musicians in the family. Anders(vocals) was inspired by his childhood friend Emil, who’s the guitar player in our band.

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

Anders: Dead by April. Jimmy is a beast and I would like to sing the song “Two Faced” with them at some point.
Sirene: Jared Leto. He’s such a talented musician. I think I could learn a lot from him.

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

Sirene: Rock Am Ring, because it’s been a dream since I watched a live video of HIM on YouTube.
Anders: I would love to go to the UK and play at DOWNLOAD, or ROCK AM RING in Germany, cuz I’ve seen so many great shows on Youtube with insane crowds!

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

We’re still very new and don’t have that big a following yet, but Sirene’s received a drawing of her made by a fan from one scene in our “Wolves & Kings” video. That was pretty sweet.

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

We might not have many fans yet, but the ones we have are very dedicated and supportive. We are so amazed by the dedication and we feel truly lucky to have this special connection with you. So thank you from the bottom our hearts!

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

There are so many we’ve lost too soon, but Chester Bennington. He was a great artist and talented musician and we draw a lot of inspiration from him, both as vocalists and as a businessman, who stopped at nothing to break through with his music.

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

Sirene: We enjoy the fact that we are on this journey together. Being able to create something with your great friends is the best feeling.
Anders: Well I enjoy being 100% dedicated to something that means the world to me. And the worst part of being a musician is that time flies like crazy, and that can be stressful

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

The fact that there are so many that profit off the artist and because of that the artist gets so little out of what they’ve made. Hopefully this business model will change soon.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Anders: Metallica – “And Justice For All”
Sirene: Bring Me The Horizon – ”Sempiternal”

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

Anders: I like the physical parts to some extent, but I use download like 99% of the time.
Sirene: I used to buy CD’s and I have a lot of Vinyls, but I don’t really listen to them anymore. It’s so much easier to stream.

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

Sirene: I would actually say the first concert we had. And not because the rest were bad, but because the first concert was for teenagers, and they don’t shy away from having a good time. We never would have imagined that our first concert would involve wall of death and circle pits, but it did and it was amazing. The crowd was really into us.

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

Anders: I am studying to become a teacher, and I will be done in summer 2020, so i would teach.
Sirene: I still havn’t figured that out. I work night and day for this band to work out, so that I don’t have to settle for less.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

We’re like the band of introverts. So if we’re talking about having the best time, we’d invite our bandmates in a heartbeat. But if we’re talking about people who could have interesting conversations perhaps Jared Dines, Matt Heafy, Winston McCall, Sam Carter and Oli Sykes.

What’s next for the band?

At this moment we’re concentrating on rewriting some material and getting all set up for our summer concerts. We made it to the finals in Emergenza Festival and we’re preparing for our show in June. After that we’re heading back into the studio to finish up some material before we go for a fall tour around Denmark.

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

We’re big fans of Instagram, Facebook & Twitter. We try to keep them as updated as possible, since we’ve got a lot of fans outside of Denmark. They really love to interact with us on social media and we enjoy speaking with them.
https://www.facebook.com/cryosphereband
https://twitter.com/CRYOSPHEREBAND
https://www.instagram.com/cryosphereband/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We don’t have that here. It’s probably not a cake even though it’s got “cake” in its name. It’s a trick question! Maybe.

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

The cryosphere is the portion of the earth where water is in its solid form.

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