EMQ’s with FORBIDDEN MYTH

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EMQ’s with FORBIDDEN MYTH

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Greek Epic Rock solo project, Forbidden Myth. Huge thanks to main man, Antonis, for taking part.

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

Hello and thanks for the invitation.

I’m Antonis, keyboardist and songwriter of Forbidden Myth. Three years ago, I decided to write an epic rock concept album. So, this is not a full band, for now, but a project of mine…

How did you come up with your band name?

I searched for a name to describe a band that writes material based on epic stories. I believe that “Forbidden Myth” is the perfect name to describe all that I had in my mind…

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

We have a very strong Rock/Metal scene here in Hellas, I suggest every fan check it out!

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

We just released our first concept album, named “Zantea Chronicles: The Dream Dominator” on October 17th 2021 on Bandcamp. Also, we recently uploaded the lyric movie of the album on YouTube!

Who have been your greatest influences?

I like The Beatles, Pink Floyd, WASP, Queensryche, Rainbow, Toto, Aphrodite’s Child and all Rock/Hard Rock/Metal genre from the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Also, electro/pop from the 80’s like Eurythmics, Depeche Mode, Yazzo and Prince. I believe that our music has elements from all this stuff.

What first got you into music?

I started to learn music at quite an older age than the usual, around 20 years old. I always had words and melodies in my mind and I started playing keyboards to express myself.

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

I would choose Neal Morse. He is a great keyboard/guitar player and a fantastic songwriter. I could learn many things from him…

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

I would like to play at the Monsters of Rock/Download festival. The reason is that it is the most legendary Rock/Metal festival of all time!

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

I have not received any gifts from a fan, until now…

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

To support their local bands and artists, that is the reason we continue to write music!

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

I would choose Ray Manzarek from The Doors, he is one of my favourite keyboard players and a great songwriter!

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

I enjoy everything from songwriting to live shows. I hate nothing, I believe all musicians would say the same with me…

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

20 years ago, I would have changed many things, but now, anyone can release an album independently. I believe whatever had to change, has changed…

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Operation Mindcrime” by Queensryche. The best concept album in metal history!

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

Vinyl is the best of them all and I am happy it’s back. I like cassettes too, I like their warm analog sound quality!

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

Unfortunately, I have not played many live shows, I prefer studio work better, for now…

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

When I was a child, I wanted to be a football player, I like sports very much, it’s a way of life for me…

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The only people I would like to invite are my family and friends…

What’s next for the band?

I hope people listen to and love our new album. In the near future we will start writing the story for the next Forbidden Myth album. Also, I hope to do some live shows.

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

https://antonisadelfidis.bandcamp.com/album/zantea-chronicles-the-dream-dominator
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSCuHaUETcxXhdKkukApY5w
https://drooble.com/antonis.adelfidis
https://www.facebook.com/forbiddenmyth
https://soundcloud.com/antonis_adelfidis

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa Cakes are biscuit-sized cakes and one my favourites§!


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

I hope all this madness we have been living the last two years ends in 2022.

I wish you and all of Ever Metal’s readers a happy new year!

Listen to music, stay happy, stay safe!

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EMQ’s with KAS

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EMQs with KAS

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Norwegian solo project, KAS. Huge thanks to the main man, Kåre André Sletteberg, 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 Kåre André Sletteberg, I play guitar, bass and some keyboard/synth on the album. I also play guitar in the Norwegian band In the Woods… The band, or the idea of this project started many years ago, when I first sat down and started writing material that I didn’t use in a band, but I never went through with it until I started the recording and writing for the songs on the album. The band is my solo project, and was made with the help of some of my good friends, and a lot of work. The whole thing is more of a “free-roam” thing for me, I’m the boss, I can do whatever I feel like, and sometimes, it is good to do that!

How did you come up with your band name?

I originally had a longer more complicated name for the project, but it was too long to write every time, and the shortening was not cool at all. So I went very easy with it, KAS is the initials of my own name.

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

I come from a small town in the south of Norway called Tvedestrand. There is no music scene there at all, and the most previous one that was there, was me and the band I played in. I moved to Kristiansand, about an hour south-west, where the scene is bigger. Here we have bands such as In The Woods… (the band I play guitar in), Green Carnation, Blood Red Throne, Arvas, just to name a few. The metal scene here is very good, and was a very good one in the 90s as well. A lot of popular bands in Europe and the rest of the world comes form this Town.

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

“The Problem of Evil” is the latest release, it‘s my debut solo album and was released the 3rd of December 2021.

Who have been your greatest influences?

When I started to play music it was Guns N´ Roses and Uriah Heep. Without those two bands I would never play music or be a guitar player. It was so essential for me.

What first got you into music?

When I first heard the song “Wonderworld” by Uriah Heep, that‘s when I knew I wanted to play music, and when I say Guns N´Roses on YouTube playing the Freddie Mercury tribute, I knew I wanted to play guitar.

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

The whole album is a collaboration with good musicians from Kristiansand. I have the singer and bass player from Green Carnation doing a song, V-Rex from Arvas doing two songs and Jan Åge Lindeland from Blot doing two songs as well. But If I where to choose from the absolute top shelf I would give John Haughm from Agalloch a call. His voice is out of this world!

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

Well, its a hard one. Each festival has their own vibe. We have played some of them with ITW, but I would really like to play Wacken or Hellfest in Europe, and we also had a chance to play 70,000 Tons Of Metal cruise, but due to short notice certain members of the band couldn’t make it. Also Rock in Rio in Brazil, that would be out of this world!!

Whats the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

Usually I don’t receive gifts from fans, but the ones I have gotten have been very cool. A lot of CDs has been handed me after shows. The weirdest, a polaroid photo of a person being completely naked.

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

Thank you all for the support, and I can’t wait to see you all out there soon. Not sure if that’s gonna be KAS or ITW, but I am always open for a good chat!

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

Rory Gallagher with a blink of the eye

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

Making music and seeing people and fans of music react to this in a positive way. Nothing beats that. Right now I hate the fact that I haven’t been on stage in front of an audience in over two years, that’s really hard. Also all the waiting around at airports, venues pre show, and going home after a tour.

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

It is constant move I feel, I think it‘s a good thing that fewer people, at least in Norway, are downloading music illegally. But they stream music, and that’s also a problem. Easy access but poor pay for the artists. Also, we cannot change what the people want, and what the billboard top 200 looks like, we can’t be stuck in the 70,80 and 90s for ever. Other genres has come and made it harder for us, but rock ain’t dead, we are working our asses off and hoping for a great comeback. I‘m not into all this “Black Metal we want to be underground” bullshit, we are in this all, for one reason, to make a living, and you can’t do that if you are too busy with keeping the band or project underground.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Use Your Illusion I & II”

Whats best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs or Downloads?

Depends on what I am doing. I don’t have a cassette player. But if the chance is given, and I have time, I play vinyl. Nothing sounds better through my old analogue stereo.

Whats the best gig that you have played to date?

Athens, April 2018. The atmosphere was amazing.

If you werent a musician, what else would you be doing?

I‘d probably taken a different type of education. I have a degree in History with a depth in Philosophy. I‘d probably be an electrician or something.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Joakim Thåstrøm, Rory Gallagher, Axl Rose, John Bonham and David Hume

Whats next for the band?

I‘m currently recording the follow-up for “The Problem of Evil”, so a new record will be out sometime in 22-23. Also, if things change with the pandemic situation on our hands, I wanna collect some musicians and take this on the road.

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

kasofficial.bandcamp.com , instagram.com/kasbandofficial, facebook.com/kasbandofficial

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Come on! They are cakescuits!

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

If you want to buy the CD version of “The Problem of Evil”, you can buy it through Bandcamp or directly from me using one of the links in the previous answer! And thank you guys for the interview! Have a great day!
KAS
Kåre André Sletteberg

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EMQs with DISCONNECTED

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EMQs with DISCONNECTED

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with French Modern New Metal band, Disconnected. Huge thanks to their vocalist, Ivan Pavlakovic, 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 Ivan Pavlakovic and I’m the vocalist of Disconnected. I also write the vocal melodies and lyrics of the band with the help of Adrian. I got contacted by Adrian back at  the end of 2016. Fell in love with his music, and since then Disconnected became my main focus in my artistic life.

How did you come up with your band name?

Adrian is the founder of the band, he really liked the word Disconnected, that sounded perfect to his ear, and as he likes to do things his way which is not always following the trends, he was pretty sure that this would be a perfect name for his own band! In Disconnected we definitely do the music we want to hear, and like, whatever people think about us. We are always 100% honest with what we create.

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

We’re a French band, and the scene here is pretty tricky. I’ll say that there are some opportunities, but more related to the more agressive genres of Metal. However, we can still be very proud of one thing : Hellfest is one of, or even the best festival in the world for Hard Rock and Metal. But as a French band that sings in English we definitely have to succeed outside of France if we wanna make a career with our music.

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

Our latest release is the single ‘Life Will Always Find Its Way’ (19th of November 2021) And I highly recommend to any Metal fan to go and check it out! In my opinion it’s a real banger!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Aouch, there are so many…. Let’s say that, as a singer, my biggest influences fromthe past (but still active nowadays for some of them) would be Metallica, Pantera, and Faith No More. And from nowadays probably Avenged Sevenfold, Killswitch Engage and Five Finger Death Punch, and Stone Sour (can’t forget Corey Taylor! He’s awesome).

What first got you into music?

When I was 13/14, I met a metal head (without knowing what it meant ahahah). We became friends, and he made me a cassette of the album of “Crazy world” from Scorpions and a melting pot of songs from AC/DC, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Megadeth. I fell in love right away and became a metal head myself almost instantly!

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

I would love to do a featuring with Spirit box. I fell in love with the voice of Courtney LaPlante. I haven’t heard such an amazing new vocalist like that in years and years.

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

I would have picked Hellfest in France but we’ve been book on the Main Stage for June 2022 ahahah. Other than that, Rock in Rio would be quite awesome!

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

Nothing weird, always cool stuff and sweet attention. We’ve got awesome and well grounded fans!

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

Stay who you are, don’t ever change, and stay honest with us. It ’s ok not to like something that your favourite band does.

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

Dimebag

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

I love everything about it! I was put on this earth to be a musician! What I hate is the situation of these past two years. Being fucked with Covid and not being able to plan things…. But there’s absolutely nothing that I hate about being a musician.

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

I would stop the buy on system. When you’re an up and coming band and you open for big acts on tour you have to pay a certain amount of money to play before that main act (not all the time, but we’ve experienced it so many times). You’re not paid and you have to pay for your transportation costs, which already represents a big investment in itself, which is often hard to recoup. So on top of that, if there’s a buy on, it can become quite impossible to end up on those tours.

This is definitely something that is burying loads of promising bands, and stopping them from developing like they deserve to.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Vulgar Display of power” (Pantera)

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

Everything is good as long as you listen to good music!

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

Opening for Judas Priest at the Zenith of Paris back in January 2019 was certainly the highlight of our career to this day. But so far as the most energetic, self satisfying gig, I would pick the last gig of the Tremonti tour, Melkweg in Amsterdam, in December 2018. Very particular and intense vibe!

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

Probably managing metal bands!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

If you meant five personalities in the metal industry, it would be Lars Ulrich, Corey Taylor, Robb Flynn, Adam Dutkiewicz, and Dave Grohl!!!! I’m sure we could have such a big fucking party!!!!!

What’s next for the band?

We are going to shoot a new music video in January, as we plan on releasing a new single at the beginning of 2022. We are right now booking gigs to tour and promote our upcoming second album (to be released around April/Mai 2022). We are just very excited to go back on stage, we can’t wait for this spring and Summer 2022 to happen. And of course we pray everyday for Covid not to fuck with our plans for a third year in a row (like probably all artists in the world right now).

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

All of the streaming platforms, and mainly Instagram and Facebook for socials.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Don’t know about this… first time I’ve heard about em!

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

Thank you for having us! It was a pleasure answering those questions!

Stream the fuck out of our music and when we hit the road, make sure you book a ticket to come and see us play! We never disappoint!!!!!

Much love to y’all! Stay safe!

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EMQs With INRETROSPECT

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EMQs With INRETROSPECT

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview with UK based Modern Metalcore band, InRetrospect. Huge thanks to them for taking part.

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

Our name is InRetrospect, and we play a sound that is a collective of all our individual influences to create our take on a Modern Metalcore sound. Our inception into the world was in 2018, releasing a catalogue of singles late 2019 leading us up to the point of where we are now. 

How did you come up with your band name? 

The message we want to convey in our music is based upon the ownership and acknowledgement of the way we carelessly, without thought for others, go through life. We wanted a name that resembles a point of reflection. 

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

We are an inter-county band from the UK, spread across West Yorkshire and Lincolnshire. 

The scene in these areas is on the rise once again and it’s great to see so many bands and projects finding their footing amongst a society of people who care for the music, come out to shows and show support like no other. 

What is your latest release?

Our latest release was our final single from 2020, “Open Eyes” which we released alongside a lyric visualiser. 

Who has been your greatest influence? 

With us sharing such a broad spectrum of musical influences and different musical backgrounds, it’s hard to summarise but to name a few; Architects; Northlane & Crystal Lake from the newer generation of bands and of course all the greats. 

Who first got you into music? 

For me (James) picking up a guitar is down to Jimi Hendrix & Stevie Ray Vaughn. However later down the line, the conversion to 7 strings and drop tunings is all down to James “Munky” Shaffer and Brian “Head” Welch from Korn. 

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

Collaborating with Garrett from Silent Planet would be an absolute dream, his vocal style and lyrical content is phenomenal. Alongside him for joint first place would be Sam Carter of Architects. 

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

Every festival and every show mean equally as much to us, whether it’s a smaller intimate show on tour or a festival the size of Download, they’re all as equally important to us as each other. 

What’s the weirdest gift you’ve ever had from a fan? 

N/A

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

Look after each other, take a moment to think and look around you and at yourself. 

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

Eddie Van Halen, he pushed the boundaries of rock and shred guitar, paving the way for some many in the scene today. 

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

The most enjoyable thing is playing a show and seeing people that have turned out, old and new, to share and experience the music and message we put our heart into. It’s the most humbling thing there is. 

There’s nothing to hate, it’s what we all set out to do. 

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

If we had one wish, we would forever ban exposure as payments for shows. 

Name one of your all time favourite albums? 

“Periphery III” – Select Difficulty or “Crystal Lake” – Helix. 

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

From a listening point of view, it’s definitely Vinyl with a solid sound system. There’s just something about older records that have this shine to it you don’t get with the rest. 

What is the best gig we’ve played to date? 

We recently played at the Key Club and the atmosphere was absolutely incredible. Crowd surfers, mosh pits, you name it. It’s definitely a highlight to date. 

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

Personally (James) studying Nanotechnology Engineering. 

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ozzy Osbourne, Fred Durst, Jonathon Davis, Courtney LaPlante & Andre 3000.

What’s next for the band? 

We have multiple tours lined up next year from January through to April, alongside Spoiler, Majin, Tyrants and Confessions of a Traitor. A brand new image and brand new music to share with the world. 

What social media links do you use to get your music out to people? 

For YouTube we’ve used SpaceUntravel it’s a great platform to get your music on and gain new followers. For everything else we use every platform we can along with advertisements to reach a wider audience as well as those close to home. 

Jaffa Cakes, are they a cake or a biscuit? 

Cake 100%. 

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EMQ’s With COLLECTED

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EMQ’s With COLLECTED

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs, this time with Clacton-On-Sea/ Colchester, UK based Alternative Metal band, Collected. Huge thanks to their Guitarist, Charlie, 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?

I’m Charlie, I play guitar in Collected. Me and H (Guitarist, producer, songwriter, my bestie <3) started the band back in 2008. We both started playing guitar around the same time and would always hang out to show each what we had been learning and have fun, that eventually turned into learning songs together and then deciding to start a band. I met our drummer Artis in my high school music class, we instantly hit it off and I asked if he wanted to join to which he said “Yeah, go on.” He came round for a jam and there was instant chemistry, we all had similar music tastes and jammed Pantera, Metallica, Machine head, Slayer, and Lamb of God for hours. We knew we had found the right person, we hung out all the time after that and regularly practiced together, it was so much fun!

There has been quite a few line-ups, name, and style changes since then, I actually left the band for a while for personal reasons and re-joined in 2015, but it definitely all started with H, Artis and myself having fun jamming in a garage together. It sounds cliché but it honestly happened like that ha-ha.

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted a name that stood for the different backgrounds and influences each member brings to the band, and something that was one word, and easy to remember if someone had never heard of us before. So, after much deliberation, we decided on Collected. It is simple, but we thought it covered everything we were looking for in a name.

Where are you from and what is the Metal & Rock scene like there?

We are from Clacton-on-Sea/Colchester. The scene in Clacton is non-existent at this point, but it is really on the rise in Colchester. Pre pandemic it was absolutely booming, gigs were happening near enough every day, venues like The Bull/Soundhouse, Coda and Three Wise Monkeys always had crowds and great bands on. We were not sure how things would have held up post lockdown, but we recently played our first show back in Colchester at the Soundhouse, opening for Red Method and Ghost of Atlantis, and the show was completely sold out. The scene not only held up, but it is stronger than ever.

What is your latest release?

Our last release was a single Called ‘Phantom’ – you can find it on all major music streaming platforms, as well as a visualiser on YouTube and Facebook.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Wow, that is a loaded question, there is so many, and it is always changing! I would say more recently Sleep Token and Loathe, we went to see Sleep Token together as a band and it absolutely blew our minds. Worship.

Honestly though we have so many, I cannot really pinpoint one specific artist or band. It would range from Meshuggah, Thundercat, Mitch Murder, Coheed and Cambria, Kanye West, Red Sparowes and anything in-between.

What first got you into music?

For me it was watching my older brother play acoustic growing up, but I did not fully start wanting to play music until guitar hero came. It showed me how fun music is and eventually made me want to pick up the real thing, thinking I would have a head start as I was decent at the game… Boy was I wrong lol! Thankfully I stuck with it and have not looked back since.

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

Scary Pool Party, he is an incredible musician, and I get a lot of the same vibes from him that we have in the band, in terms of the variety of styles and genres. He also seems like a super chill guy who would be easy to work with.

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

I would have to say Tech Fest. They have such a variety of bands on the bill, and it is usually bands we all like and are into. I feel like the crowd would get our sound and be down with it more than other festivals as well.

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

I have never received a gift from a fan, but I do remember my mum getting something that made me cringe. I played a Christmas show for the music shop I used to work at, and it went badly, we were playing Imperium by Machine head, but we clearly did not have enough practices together as it fully fell apart on stage. Anyway, someone took a photo of me on stage that night and then got it put onto a canvas for my mum, so for months I would walk into the living room to see me on stage at that horror show and would be reminded of it all over again!

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

Do not be afraid to be you, everyone is different, and no one is perfect. We accept everyone from all walks of life, you’re all welcome. There is something for everyone in our music, but stick around, there is much more to come.

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

Dimebag Darrell, he was my absolute hero growing up. Me and H used to watch the Pantera home videos religiously. I would love to see what he would create with all the new technologies we have now and get to see Pantera live when they inevitably got back together. Also, if he would dabble in 7 or 8 string playing!

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

The feeling of writing something that really resonates with you, then showing that to your band mates and it inspires them to write something, and it then becomes this whole piece with everyone’s input on it. To then play that all live and in front of people showing what we have created together is a very special feeling. I also like that there is never a wrong way to do something, you have total creative freedom.

As a guitarist, changing strings is a pain in the arse. There is all the travelling sometimes as well and lots of expenditure for little reward. Bad promoters and sound engineers are annoying to deal with as well.

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

The rate of pay from music streaming services, it is daylight robbery and needs to change!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Ocean Machine” by Devin Townsend

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

I do really appreciate Vinyl, the artwork and detail on the sleeves are usually awesome, but for accessibility I’d have to say downloads.

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

We competed in the Metal 2 The Masses Essex 2019 competition at the Soundhouse in Colchester and managed to get to the final. I would say the final was the best show we have played so far; the crowd was insane and Liam our vocalist managed to crowd surf to the bar and back. We didn’t end up winning, but I will never forget that night.

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

A tradesman or something to do with football, I am a huge football fan and that is something I could get into.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Will Ferrell, Bill Hader, Steve Carrell, Sean Locke (R.I.P) and Greg Davies. Then attempt to not die of laughter.

What’s next for the band?

We have our debut EP coming out on the 18th of February on all platforms, and then we should be starting the heats for Metal 2 The Masses Essex 2022 (dates to be confirmed). For any other updates keep an eye out on our social media pages.

What social media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people? 

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/collected_uk/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/4ipzBKq8vFSIMbXaTgDLr3
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/COLLECTEDUK/?ref=page_internal
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCmTfayTX7O-ZDpl1jO3tAtw
Twitter: https://twitter.com/collected_uk
Website: https://collecteduk.wixsite.com/collecteduk

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake! Clues in the name.

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

My pleasure, thank you for the questions and taking an interest in the band.

Yeah, I would just like to say to whoever reads this to take care and be safe, this world is so messed up right now and uncertain, but we will get through it if we keep going and look after each other.

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EMQ’s With PRONOGRAPHIC SUNSET

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EMQ’s With PRONOGRAPHIC SUNSET

Hi everyone. Welcome to another EMQs, this time with Leeds UK based Experimental/Avant-Garde/Progressive Rock/Metal band, Pornographic Sunset. 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?

We are Pornographic Sunset, we play Experimental/Avant-Garde/Progressive Rock/Metal.

The unholy stars that brought us together aligned in December 2018 and we began taking our demented show to the stages of Leeds in April 2019.  In November 2019 we released our first EP, “The Bastard Shows His True Colours”, and after a pandemic slumber we re-emerged in December 2021 with our second EP, “Gold; Flesh; Dirt”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Beauty is a complex topic, intellectualised throughout the millennia by manyfold thought currents and yet deeply connected to our most basic instincts. We had a long debate regarding the soothing allure of natural, simple, recurring celestial events and their relationship with the erotic power of fabricated visual stimulation. Eventually, we agreed that the name “Pornographic Sunset” best encapsulated a philosophical complexity that runs parallel to the band’s ethos.

We also drank a lot of whiskey that night.

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

We are from Leeds (UK), a city that we love for its thriving music scene. Great bands like Catchfire Barons, Helve, Knim, Kitsch and Brasshand keep us out late at night having a great time, but it’s important to recognise that the scene owes a lot to the availability of welcoming rehearsal spaces, such as the Rock’n’Roll Circus, and a range of live music venues, from the Primrose Inn to larger spaces.

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

We just released the EP “Gold; Flesh; Dirt”, it’s the second chapter in a planned four-parts storyline.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We would probably not exist without Mr. Bungle, Frank Zappa, Devo, Sleepytime Gorilla Museum, Soundgarden, Primus and the Butthole Surfers.

What first got you into music?              

We all have a Rock and Metal background, which probably means Satan was involved in getting us into music in one way or another.

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

We would be intrigued to enter a room with someone with a completely different approach from us, for example a talented electronic musician such as Squarepusher.

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

We feel that ArcTanGent would be the best fit for us: it’s a smaller festival with a very diverse line up of bands that push the boundaries and seek innovative musical solutions. We are also quite fond of trigonometry.

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

We received a very pure and completely undeserved form of love.

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

We believe live music is one of the best experiences we can have in our lives: it brings together artistic expression, community, and fun. Support your local music scene, go out to see small unsigned bands playing in small, run-down pubs at the end of the road. Enjoy the music, connect with the people, have a great time. We believe there is a lot to gain for everybody.

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

Frank Zappa kept on pushing the boundaries of music until the very end of his life. What could he do if he came back, even if just for a few years, in modern times?

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

We love writing, recording and, above all else, playing live shows.

We hate never having enough time and money to write more, record more, and play more live shows.

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

We don’t care much about the music industry; it does not affect us.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Miles Davis – “Bitches Brew”. It is an incredible blend of Jazz and Rock, breaking the mould from the point of view of composition, recording and post-production.

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

USB drives freely distributed at live shows – we don’t put all our music online, picking up USB drives from us is the only way to obtain our full EPs.

We want as many people as possible to experience the (old-fashioned) ritual of inserting the (modern) USB drive in a music-playing device, making the act of listening to music more wholistic, bringing the body and tactile sensations to the audience.

This is also a way for us to emphasise the importance of live music, we absolutely love playing live and we want our local music community to know we care about them, that they are special to us and that this USB drive is for them. Technology is beautiful, we love what the internet has given us and all the music we can access. But there is more out there, and it is worth the effort. We don’t care about streams/views/likes, we want to look in someone’s eyes as we hand over a USB drive and make a true connection.

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

Each show we play is unique: we never play the same setlist twice and we try to debut at least one new song every time we go on stage.

We have played to full rooms and to empty rooms, to people who liked us and to people who hated us. Sometimes we played perfectly and other times we stumbled. It doesn’t matter, every experience was meaningful, and we can’t pick one over the others.

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

Very hard to tell, but our guess is that we would be a manager, a bin man, an analyst, and a bartender.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The Beer Snobs (like God, they are three but one), legends from the Leeds music community.

Steve Greekshire, a legend from the Leeds music community.

Phil Stiles from Final Coil, a legend from the UK music community.

Homeless Jim, a mysterious figure who guides lost musicians with his wisdom.

Taylor Swift to bring us all together, help us reflect upon our lives, and guide us towards the rapture.

What’s next for the band?

Writing a lot of Metal, Rock, Reggae, Jazz, Bossa Nova, Funk, Folk and possibly Hip-Hop music.

Playing gigs around the theme of how we have been tempted by gold, flesh, and dirt during our debauched lives.

Recording our upcoming third EP, “Death to the Poet”.

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

Facebook is our primary channel for interaction: https://www.facebook.com/PGSunsetBand/

Our website is worth exploring: http://pgsunsetband.co.uk/

We also have some content on our Youtube channel, including the video for our track “Self in Solution”: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WCA56xTFaj8

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

If you really believe it, they can even be pies.

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

We are Pornographic Sunset, and we are fucking with you.

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EMQ’s With TOXICON

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EMQ’s With TOXICON

Hi Everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Australian Hybrid Metal band, Toxicon. Huge thanks to their drummer, Tom, 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, my name is Tom and I’m the drummer for Australian hybrid metal band Toxicon.  It started with my best friend, Paul, and his friend from high school, Adam, sharing a love for old school thrash and 8 years later and 100+ shows later we’re on the verge of releasing our second studio album!

 How did you come up with your band name?

The name of the band is actually a combination of the two words “Toxic” and “Icon” which is what our original guitarist had in mind when he started the band. We slapped the two together and BAM, Toxicon was the name.

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

We hail from Australia, and the Metal scene here is a little up and down. We have a few of the older genres that thrive in certain areas, Thrash, Death and Metalcore all do quite well. There’s a bit of a void for much else though, Traditional Heavy Metal or people blending styles don’t have as many bands to play with these days, and the crowd for it definitely isn’t here.

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

Our latest release is called “Parallelysis” and it’s about the struggles musicians experience every day while trying to maintain their relationships and a high level of commitment and creativity to their bands.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We all have various different influences as we all contribute to the song writing. The band’s main influences in the past have been Metallica, Megadeth, Trivium, Pantera, Black Label Society, Mastodon etc, but for the more recent stuff we’ve shifted to more Progressive Metal and Rock bands like Symphony X, Unleash The Archers, Alter Bridge, Coheed And Cambria, Opeth and the like.

What first got you into music?

I started playing drums when I was about 8, because my dad had some friends who played music, and he was always playing as well, and drums just came naturally. As I’ve grown older, I’ve learnt other instruments and I think it’s a great way to express inner feeling.

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

Snoop Dogg. Because who the hell doesn’t want to do a song with the D O Double G

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

Wacken. I’ve been watching those concerts online for years now and it just seems like the most accepting crowd, and I think we would really be able to put on our best shows to those fans.

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

A 12” vinyl of the Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack. And a table runner… Shout out to Stevie.

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

Buy your music. The music industry has been going downhill for a long time and the only way to save it is to start working together to get off the streaming and back onto the charts. Music is art worth paying the price for.

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

Eddie Van Halen. They were a band I never got to see live and truly appreciate them for the powerhouse they were. I’ve played full Van Halen cover shows before and that dude deserved to live forever for what he gave music.

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

Love – I love being on stage. Drums are so much fun to play and when you’re firing on all cylinders with your friends it’s a really wonderful thing.

Hate – Streaming. Spotify is almost single handedly killing the music by being the most popular service and paying its artists the least. If the trend continues bands won’t be able to afford to put out quality music anymore.

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

Streaming. I’ve downloaded songs plenty of times before, but it’s never stopped me from actually going out and buying my music. I think most people are under the impression that the artists they listen to are getting the money from their subs which just ain’t the case. Support your local scene. Buy music from the bands you like.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Coheed and Cambria – “Good Apollo I’m Burning Star IV – From Fear Through The Eyes Of Madness”. Long title, long songs, pure brilliance. This thing is masterful Progressive Rock song writing. And I got to discover it more than once. You can’t say that about many albums.

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

All have their place. I’m still a CD guy myself, but with technology moving forward they are pretty much only good to play in your car. Vinyl and Cassette are great collectors’ items (Keep an eye out for some of those on our merch page) and digital downloads are great for the modern music listener.

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

We opened a show in Sydney for Prog/Fusion band Twelve Foot Ninja a few years ago. Really shouldn’t have been on the bill, but due to scheduling problems our organised show got canned for the ninja one, and we played to a crowd that was very much not ours. Blew everyone out of the water that night and won the whole crowd over! Funny what a bit of adversity does to a band.

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

I ask myself this question almost every day. School teacher? Electrician? Retail Worker? I’ve had a few jobs in my time but none as fulfilling as being in a band.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Arnold Shwarzenegger, Hangman Adam Page, Claudio Sanchez, Thomas Lang & Dave Filoni.

What’s next for the band?

We’ve got several more singles to release and then a whole album, as well as countless other supporting content, videos, playthroughs, covers and host of other stuff in the works. So I’m probably not gonna stop working hard for 2 years!

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

Our main platform is the YouTube Channel and generally we contact people on our Facebook but that’s been trash for us for a while so feel free to hit us up on whatever platform you like most cause we’re on em all.
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdIa6fhwCOUzvPyGndw-vLg
Facebook –  https://www.facebook.com/Toxiconband
Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/toxiconau
Twitter –  https://twitter.com/ToxiconAU
TikTok – https://www.tiktok.com/@tiktoxiconau
Website – http://www.toxicon.com.au

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are actually a bizkit

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

Thanks for the time. Nice to see people are still happy to spread the word about new music with good intentions. Hope you like the songs (Horns Up)

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EMQ’s With SEEK HARBOUR

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EMQ’s With SEEK HARBOUR

Hi Everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Kent, UK based Post-Hardcore band, Seek Harbour. Huge thanks to their Frontman/Clean Vocalist, Edwin, 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 Ever Metal! We are Seek Harbour, I’m Edwin, I am one of the frontmen of the band. I am what is referred to in the industry as the “clean” vocalist, who does all the whiny high bits. Hah.

History of the band! An interesting story that sort of spans a few years of us knowing each other which started as a running joke to be in a band together. We have all grown up in the same town together over the years and have been in several other bands over time as well. Some of us go further back than others in the band as we have worked together as well as drank together and hung out together in the past.

It got to a point around 3 years ago I started joking around with CeeJay (Chris) each time I saw him that we should be in a band together as I was aware of his talents as a musician, so playing along, we thought of other friends who we knew and mentioned Simon, our drummer, and then we mentioned Loz, our other vocalist, as we all thought we could bring a bit to the band, and the joke for us four to become a band began.

CeeJay did originally say no from the get-go when I mentioned it with less jest, but nevertheless this reverted to a joke that must’ve lasted a long while. He then started bringing it up whenever he saw me play in pubs (as I used to play acoustic guitar and sing in a few local restaurants/bars) until one day a random WhatsApp group started with CeeJay stating something along the lines of “Okay guys. Let’s give this a shot, anyone game?” which happened after he saw Being As An Ocean at the Impericon ‘Never Say Die’ tour. That inspired him into wanting to re-create music within that genre we’ve always liked!

How did you come up with your band name?

Oh wow we had no idea for such a long time! We kept bringing the idea back into the WhatsApp group every so often, and tried our best to send ideas we might randomly think of throughout the day or every so often, but to no avail. Then the release of the first single was fast approaching and we needed to sort it!

I remember CeeJay, again, wrote a list he had of a collection of ideas and shared it and I randomly saw Seek Harbour in the middle of it and sort of went BAM – it had a great ring to it. The idea of the name derives from the fact we are by the sea, the name could suggest being lost at sea and in searching(seeking) for Harbour you find home – comfort. I tried to entice the guys by saying “whenever a band has their name a while it sort of becomes forgotten as to what the name means, it’s more about the ring to it and all you need is for fans to picture you when they hear it, not the original meaning of the name” – perfect example here is the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. I don’t think of a vegetable!

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

We are all from the South-East of England, Kent, in a little seaside town called Deal. There used to be a bigger music scene in our hometown and surrounding areas, it’s still going but it’s very much more relaxed genres. I haven’t seen Metal or Rock for a while now. We all sort of met around the pub that did the only metal and rock we had, old bands that some of us were in have even played there.

If you venture further out from Deal though up to 30-40 minute drives in different directions you will hit towns such as Folkestone, Margate, and Broadstairs, to mention a few, and the city of Canterbury where, again back in the day, was much bigger on Metal and Rock, but still definitely has those places you can go to find it. I always find it’s better to venture out of Kent nowadays, to London and beyond, but I don’t search for gigs and things much myself now, it’s more the other guys – they’ll know! I’m normally the one that tags along.

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

Our latest release just came out actually! ‘Dagger Like Eyes’ a song essentially about vices, but with a twist, it focuses on an inability to overcome the final hurdle of abstinence, or being fearful of re-lapse and being dragged back into a negative situation.

It came out on the 17th of December, it’s the start of our debut EP and is available everywhere on all major streaming platforms, including an official music video on YouTube via Dreambound!

Who have been your greatest influences?

I have my own influences – where I have shaped my own voice from, and also looked up to, which would be Hayley Williams, Josh Franceschi, and Johnny Craig as some of the top few, but, as influential bands for us and our sound they would have to be thecityisours, Alazka, Alexisonfire, Being As An Ocean, Deaf Havana and Slaves- but again, our influences also vary from person to person within in band too.

What first got you into music?

Oh, good question! I haven’t thought about this for years but it has to be around year 5 or 6 in school, (not sure what Grade that is in America etc?) when a ‘music man’ visited our school with a load of instruments from the brass/woodwind section of an orchestra, everyone queued for trumpets and trombones alike and I was one of few queueing for the Saxophone, which I then went onto play for 6 years in a street band and various places. I have an alto sax to this day! I almost convinced CeeJay to let me sneak it into one of our EP songs, but I’m a bit out of practice.

If we’re talking about this genre (and just for interest) then I started on bass, moved to guitar and then I went to college. That’s where the magic happens! You get into all kinds, and I found a love of Pop-Punk, Metal and Post-Hardcore. The scene in Canterbury back then was big on Hard Rock music and nights out. I even formed a band similar to us now!

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

Me personally? As the melodic vocalist I’d love the opportunity to sing with Yours Truly. I discovered them when one of our songs featured as one of those what are they called… ‘next videos to click’ that appear at the end of a YouTube video basically? From there I have gone onto liking (almost) every single song they’ve released (apart from one, sorry!) that is absolutely gold-mine rare for me. It’s never happened. I just really idolize Mikaila’s vocals, and love their whole sound, it reminds me of being in back in college.

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

Considering we’re from the UK, and we all follow the heavy music scene it would probably HAVE to be Download Festival, although, there would be a bitter-sweet irony in getting to play one of the ‘Impericon’ shows, because that’s where our guitar player hacked the idea to start the band as I mentioned!

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

Okay this is an interesting one as we have only done a couple of shows to date, and I haven’t met any in person yet, but, when we first started releasing music a person I met in a pub one night said they liked our band and said after a few that they “wouldn’t mind getting a Seek Harbour tattoo” so that’s as close as I’ve gotten so far, ha!

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

We really appreciate people that have supported us from the beginning, and everyone with us up until now. All of you are still on the road to helping us build our dream, thank you for digging our tunes and taking the time to interact with us, even if that’s coming up to us in person, Instagram-story-tagging, or just simply saying they like the new tunes whenever we release them. It really helps when people follow, like and share with their friends & family, and we are really thankful for everyone who’s been with us in the journey thus far. We hope you come and see us when you get your first chance if & when we get the chance to play near you!

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

This is a great question but as my music taste is so broad, I haven’t delved into the “rock star” repertoire as much as others, but, am I allowed to say Freddie Mercury? Does that count? (Beth here – absolutely counts – the best frontman to ever grace this earth in my humble opinion) I just reckon he’d still keep on giving us absolute bangers!

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

What I enjoy most is touring/gigging because I like the social side, the travelling, the laughs, hanging out with the boys, the other bands and the fans, the venues, loud music, and even the food!

The reason being is that this falls under why I like the touring as it sorta branches out; someone having a connection to the songs we play and finding a personal feeling to it. I’ve always wanted to write music that helps people through tough times, or even a song for them to just have a little moment to themselves, so I really enjoy helping the fans out through music as other artists songs have helped me out, so again, I do like hearing from them and them reaching out to say they like our music.

What I hate most? Can I hate on myself? Hah! I hate that I’m lazy. I never learned my vocal scales, I never learn to use my music programs, and I never finish my own songs. This is all fixable and part of growing and learning, I guess!

From the real-world I would probably have to say it’s the costs. It costs a hell of a lot to get up and going, and even more to stay running. Most the time you don’t see anything back for months or even years. That’s why musicians continue doing it for the love. The love and the passion of the music, and the love of spreading it.

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

I would definitely change the fact that there are tons of unknown artists out there with huge talents and amazingly different-sounding music that will never make it because all the talent scouts/labels/big guys do is pick the boring 4 chord one-hit wonders (as an example), boost them to the top and let that take centre stage because of some unbeknownst reason to us. Could be entertainment value or the fact that they sold a few records. There is always a certain way this type of music “sells” by the way it’s written, and the fact that the majority of listeners lap it up is quite disheartening for the future of music.

So, it’s a goodbye X Factor and all others from me I’m afraid!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

ONE of my all-time favourites?! Oof that’s a hard one, this means I can’t pick one that’s taken my interest recently, hmm. It’s probably going to have to be Paramore’s “Riot”. Classic.

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

I do like a nice Vinyl, I really do. There’s something about playing music from Vinyl that’s taken it from ‘play a CD and carry on with what you’re doing’ to now the experience of sitting and just, listening. It’s reading that pristine shiny cover and having it in hand and listening from start to finish. I used to work in a Vinyl shop so I had the experience but I don’t own any myself, my flatmate does so it’s not out of sight, I’m all Spotify now but I do prefer Vinyl!

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

We’ve only played a couple as a band so far, as I mentioned, but it probably has to be the first show we did, a big stage with 4 bands for a big charity event, great turn-out, and just a good old fashioned night of beer, sweat, rock music and dancing. The atmosphere was everything.

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

I am a barman/waiter by trade so I would probably be going further afield into this, I wouldn’t mind even doing some sort of food truck/food stall with someone, but, although I have been on holiday a fair few times, I’ve never actually done that “I’m young let’s travel and work” thing yet, and I really feel the pull on it still… I’d probably be doing my bar work so I could globetrot. Yeah.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Oh, can they be celebrities? I suppose that makes this more fun as people reading this won’t know my friends haha! I’m going to have to think who would work well together…

Jack Black – for the jokes/vibe/random songs

Ricky Gervais – for stupidity, mocking people in jest and that infectious laugh

Johnny Depp – for a bit of an alternative/weird/serious/fun person thrown in there

Russell Brand – let’s make this more fun and weird- weird, funny and intelligent guy

Noel Fielding – I’ve seen enough ‘Big Fat Quiz of the Year’ to know how funny this’ll be now

What’s next for the band?

We have a big year coming up we hope! We had a show on the 23rd of December for the end of theyear in our hometown at The Lighthouse Music & Arts Pub, the guys that own this place are musicians themselves with contacts all over so they put on 3-4 shows a week with the most wonderful diverse music and they asked if we’d want a slot with two other great bands ‘We Struck Gold’ and ‘Sky Cassettes’.

For next year, we’re starting to book anything we can! We firstly have the slow release of our EP to start the year off along with shows and touring around the final song of the EP dropping and I even heard CeeJay mutter the word “album…?” at one point!

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

The classics, no Twitter unfortunately.

https://www.facebook.com/seekharbour/

https://www.instagram.com/seekharbour/

https://www.tiktok.com/@seekharbour?lang=en

https://soundcloud.com/seekharbour/

And all other major streaming platforms for the music.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’d say they’re a cake that are able to be eaten by the many just like a biscuit; without the guilt nor judgement!

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

Thank you for taking the interest and time to get hold of us for this interview! I had fun reminiscing and answering these and I hope you enjoyed reading through!

As I said earlier it means a lot when we get follows/shares/likes so it’d be great if people can just carry on doing what they do and check our new tune I mentioned!

Oh, and keep an eye out for our tour. 😉

Much love all x

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EMQ’s With IMMATERIUM

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EMQ’s With IMMATERIUM

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Polish Epic Symphonic Metal solo project, Immaterium. Huge thanks to main lady, Ma’ar Gareth, 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 real name is Małgorzata but it’s too hard to write or pronounce for foreigners, so I use the  English version, Margaret. My music is influenced by many bands because I like almost all kinds of metal, and I’m a fan of soundtracks too. So, I would just call it ‘Epic Symphonic Metal’. Still better than calling it ‘Epic Symphonic Melodic Progressive Metal with Djent and Opera influences”.

I formed this project because I couldn’t deal with the amount of ideas that I had in my head. I could create a whole fantasy universe during a boring lesson or write lyrics for a concept album when I had a few free days. When I had a lot of song lyrics, I decided to learn music theory. I never believed I could to that, but after about ten months I wrote the orchestral parts for my first real song (Hymn of The Warmaster). The songs I wrote before? Well, let’s pretend they never existed.

Then came the worst part. Finding band members. Where I live, I have only a few friends, and they aren’t interested in music, especially in my genre. I browsed the internet but everyone was like: ‘new project? Wow, great, I want to join!’ Then there were two weeks of silence and a response: ‘Sorry, I can’t write anything and I quit.” Finally, I just found musicians for hire. I asked if they are interested in music like this, they wrote the rest of the song, and we all were happy.

How did you come up with your band name?

I knew it had to be some kind of reference related to science, sci-fi or fantasy. I had a few options: Exocortex (brain-computer interface), TechMage (as the name says, the magician dedicated to technology), Mechanomachia (Titanomachia was a mythical ancient Greek war with titans but make the titans mechanical), CyberSkull (can’t imagine how cheesy that would be), Kyber (crystals used in Lightsabers in Star Wars universe), Korriban (a sinister planet in Star Wars), Katana (sorry, taken!), a bunch of technobabble like ‘quantum/cyber/space + random word’ names (bonus points if they were in Latin), and then the final choice: The Eye of Terror, Warp Storm, or Immaterium. All of them are related to a fictional realm from the Warhammer Universe that could be called ‘the opposite of reality’. Think about hyperspace in Star Wars but with monsters, demons and suffering souls that drive people into insanity.

My stage name is just my English name with more letters. Margaret sounds like a normal girl, while Ma’ar Gareth sounds like some kind of ancient magician or goblin warlock or whatever like this.

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

I’m from Southern Poland, also called ‘Bieszczady’, and we’re the home of the legendary Tech-Death band Decapitated. I’m not very much into the local scene, but the bands that I can recommend are: Kalt Vindur (Atmospheric Black/Doom Metal), Hermetic Evolution (Djent/Industrial Metal), Diaboł Boruta (Folk Metal) and Neolith (Death Metal).

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

The latest, and also the first release is the EP called ‘The Primal Evil’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

The first two bands that gave me the idea were Nightwish and Epica. If they can play metal with orchestral music influences, why can’t I? Then I dived deeper and found many Symphonic Death Metal Bands: Ex Deo, Septicflesh, Fleshgod Apocalypse, Shade Empire and Wintersun. But the band that helped me make the final decision was the band that I love with my whole heart: Mechina.

What first got you into music?

Weird story. When I was a kid, I absolutely hated music. The thing I disliked the most was lyrics. Love, broken hearts, romances… boooring. Then, when I was 14, my classmate started listening to Rammstein in front of the whole class. That was it. Raw, heavy, and catchy. I fell in love with that band (now I like still like them, just not that fanatically). This led me to the whole big, vast realm of Metal. The beginnings weren’t so easy. It was very hard for me to find something more impressive than Metallica, Slipknot or Nirvana. When I thought I almost lost my interest, I accidentally saw a Facebook ad about Behemoth. That was a revelation. Finally, I found what I was looking for and with all those years I was discovering more and more interesting music, not only Metal.

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

Brittney Slayes, the vocalist of Unleash The Archers. No one can change my mind that she is the best vocalist in Modern Metal, and one of the greatest vocalists in the whole Metal history. She can do pretty low and deep cleans, high Power Metal screams, and even opera, that is all I need in my music. But that’s just a dream, too perfect to be real.

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

ProgPower. I like Prog and Power, I play Prog and a bit of Power, do I need more?

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

Someone paid $4 on Bandcamp, when my price was $0.90. I had only one song, I could give up at any moment, but someone trusted me that much. That person believed I can do more. That was heartwarming.

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

Not only my fans, but fans of any underground band: if you can’t or don’t want to spend money and buy my things or donate to my Ko-Fi page, you can always help me in many other simple ways. Share my music or posts, tag your friends, tag me under other people’s posts, recommend me to other people. It costs nothing, takes only a few minutes or even less, but it helps a lot.

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

Probably Alexi from Children of Bodom. I wasn’t a big CoB fan, but they influenced many bands that I love: Kalmah, Skyfire or Norhter. Without him, the Melodic Death Metal scene would feel empty and ordinary. He and his band have many worthy successors, but those bands wouldn’t be the same without his influence.

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

Storytelling. I love telling or retelling stories. Writing music lets me unleash my imagination, it’s like creating fantastic events and universes, or travelling through places that no one else could think about.

And the thing I hate is music promotion, marketing, and social media. Wake up, send messages to bloggers, add posts on Instagram or you will lose all your reach and engagement, then browse through playlists and submit your music, then go back to Instagram and look for followers. Earlier I posted only when I had something to say. Now, after the Instagram change, I need to do it three, four times per week or their damned algorithms will bury my account.

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

I would grab all those scammers, lock them in a big underground cage and throw a bunch of spiders or cockroaches on their heads. Why? I’m frequently looking for a new ways of music promotion and the amount of scammers is unbelievable. All this ‘5k Spotify streams in 2 days, 10k likes on Facebook, you will go viral and be the next Lady Gaga, and every time you tag #music, don’t forget to DM us for promo!’ gives me a gag reflex. Someone should take care of those scammers and bots. I heard about way too many artists who get scammed by very believable and professional looking morons. Before you pay for any promo, do research. Don’t trust anyone who promises you too much in too short time for too little money or who got hundreds of five-star reviews from fake accounts.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Mechina – “Progenitor”.

(Beware, spoilers!) Every time I promise myself I won’t cry during  the lines ‘At any moment this will end, my final breath, like embers turning to dust’ or ‘The price we pay begins with boundless pain. Awaken, only to die’. And I fail. The goosebumps I get during the orchestral parts feel like some kind of frozen mist. The beautiful and powerful voice of Mel Rose plays with my feellings. It can make me feel like I was one of the characters from the story: depressed like I was the one who got betrayed by her own sister, lost like the character who got deprived of memory in order to survive or awed like the creators of godlike machines. Enough spoilers, go and listen to this band (in chronological order of the story!) and visit their Wiki to understand the awesome lore. Seriously, this could be the sci-fi series in history! 

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

Of course, the feeling of holding a vinyl or CD in your hands is a special kind of experience but not everyone can buy them. I don’t have enough space to hoard hundreds of CDs, ordering CDs from more underground bands in other countries is expensive, and sometimes I just like a few songs from the album. My personal choice is to buy music from Bandcamp.

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

I never played a gig because I’m in an international project and the whole logistics would be too complicated and expensive. I only took part in a few gigs as a fan and the best one was a Vader live show (the scene was very low, someone pushed me and I fell on the scene. Fun times.)

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

Now I’m studying photography and that’s what I’m going to do in my life. Aside from that, I would be a writer if I were smarter and better at marketing. I hope I will be able to go back to writing one day.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Thomas (ex Gloryhammer), Christopher (Alestorm), Jonne (Korpiklaani), Michalina (Eluveitie) and Arjen (Ayreon). Let’s order a big pizza and a lot of beer and we can party long after the dinner!

What’s next for the band?

A full-length album. I will be back even stronger with even better music. Trust me.

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

Instagram was my favourite site ever but after the algorithm changes, I hate it, but I still need to use it because it gets a lot of attention (comparing to other sites). This platform is still pretty easy to get reach (use hashtags, comment, follow people and they will come to you). The engagement is pretty high too (30 likes with less than 300 followers, while on Facebook where I have over 150 likes, I barely get one like per post.)

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Both. Biscuit is a subtype of cake. Trust me, I’m a certified baker (seriously).

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

Three things:

Thank you for responding to my message and I wish you a nice day.

Remember people, a healthy dose of sleep is very important in your life.

And the last thing: support the underground because a long time ago, all the legends were small bands.

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EMQ’s with FIRE THE HUMANS

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EMQ’s with FIRE THE HUMANS

Hi Everyone! Welcome to another EMQs, this time with St Louis, Missouri based Melodic solo project, Fire The Humans. 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?

Fire the Humans is a solo project I started Jan 1 of 2021. With it being a solo project, there are no members, only myself. I write and sing but do however surround myself with incredible people to do things I cannot. I have one of the best producers in the game and ask other talented musicians I know to participate in any live performances, or studio sessions. Whether that’s in a video, acoustic performance, live show and whatever else is needed. I have always sung in rock bands but had a dream to release a different sound and fly independently. I love playing with a group, but Fire the Humans allows me the ability to pivot quickly. It eliminates too many cooks in the kitchen. Things get done faster and I’m also in control of the pulse. When the pandemic brought everything to a crawl in the industry, that allowed me time to focus on writing, timelines, the sound, production and launching. Everything timed out great, and I haven’t looked back.

How did you come up with your band name?

Fire the Humans is ultimately a “tongue in cheek” reference to how poorly we’re managing ourselves as the human race. From ocean depletion, pollution, crime, greed, hunger, the most recent global pandemic. We as humans are even working on tasks like leaving this planet because we’ve destroyed it so much. I could go on.

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

Born and raised just outside of my hometown of St. Louis, Missouri in the United States. I have always lived here. The rock scene is fantastic in St. Louis. It is home to one of the great rock bands, Story of the Year. We have many others, but they are a true global success. I don’t know them well, but we have met a few times and they have always been very kind to me. Others like Outrun the Fall, Cavo, Discrepancies, Brookroyal, and Greek Fire all come from our hometown. Incredible people and I’m a fan of them all.

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

‘Can’t Stop’ was released on 26th November 2021 and I’m really proud of this single. Although this project sound is not anything in the realm of hard rock or metal, it is still a wonderfully written song. I loved it so much and believe it will bring commercial success, that I rerecorded it to release as a “stripped version” with only piano, vocals, and orchestra pieces. That version came out mid-December.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I love bands and artists that write great songs, have catchy hooks, and are fearless in their pursuit of being themselves. Social media has watered down “identity” to some degree, so I appreciate when someone is 100% completely comfortable in their own skin. For example, Rival Sons, or Prince. Opposite ends of the spectrum musically, but both are completely at home doing what they do best. Knowing their strengths and delivering that to the fullest. Like them or hate them, they move forward. That’s influencing to me.

What first got you into music?

My parents were both musicians, so I was raised in a home surrounded by music and instruments. I learned to play drums at an early age, then began singing. My parents bought my sister and I a drum set when I was in 7th or 8th grade. By the time freshman year came along, I met other guys that were learning their instruments as well, formed bands, and went from there.

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

I would like ILLENIUM to put one of my songs in his catalogue of production. To record a song with Oli from Bring Me The Horizon would be pretty rad too.

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

Wow, there are so many I would love to play someday. Creamfields, Glastonbury, Isle of Wight, Dekmantel Festival would be awesome, ADE: Amsterdam Dance Event… all of these because of the energy, ambiance, and people that show up. They are all there for the same reason. To unplug from the “real-world” and connect with music. What a dream.

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

Not sure how weird this is, but had a fan send a roadie of ours backstage to see if I would sell her my pants after a show.

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

I appreciate your support. Truly. I believe the right people come into my life to hear my art and stay to see more. The wrong people leave that don’t feel it, get it, understand it, or whatever. For those of you that stay for the journey, it doesn’t go unnoticed. It’s very appreciated and I can’t wait for you to see what is coming…

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

Prince. He just did things right in my book musically. Gave all of his soul to music for us to enjoy. So many use the word “genius” when describing people, but he’s the only one I have ever called a “genius”. Writing, playing, producing, performing, marketing, his look, on and on and on, all while keeping his privacy, which in turn made fans want more. He nailed it.

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

Being a musician is a blessing and a curse. I tell my family this. I love that God gave me a gift where I’m able to see and hear things in my mind and imagination, and do my best to put it out for others to see and feel. Sometimes, as a musician our minds aren’t wired like others. We think differently. See differently. That can either work to our advantage or in some environments, work against us. Not fitting in is a normal feeling for musicians. We have seen this through history with musicians battling drug addictions, alcoholism, and many other vices to escape the baggage we carry as unwanted people. The flip side to that coin is that sometimes as a musician we are ONLY wanted for what we can do with music, which leads to loneliness as well. It’s a cycle.  

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

I would do away with awards and award shows for musicians. That is counteractive to why we create art. I see many artists blinded by their own fame and success. I laugh when I see people accepting awards. What a comical human ritual we’ve created. Get over yourself.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Far Beyond Driven” by Pantera is an album I have listened to 75,000 times. Amongst all of their others, but that record was a game changer.

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

I don’t mind downloads, because it quick and instant. I’m impatient so I like that. However, the romance of an artist is now gone because of that disconnect. Saving your money, going to a music store, buying a CD or record, looking at the cover art, reading the lyrics, staring at the pictures, praying they come to your town to go see them made a vested connection. Those days are different now. There is no waiting, no mystery, no skin in the game.

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

In 2017, a sold-out show in my hometown at a place called The Duck Room at Blueberry Hill. Small and intimate venue, but signified with a band I was in that people were connecting with us and our sound.

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

An artist. Creating something out of nothing most likely. Trying to get these sounds and images out for people to experience with me.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My amazing wife Meg, my beautiful twin daughters Page and Ella, my best friend son, Jackson and Will Ferrell to make us all laugh at dinner.

What’s next for the band?

I have a couple more singles I’m working on that I’d like to share with the world in Q1 of 2022. Live shows for 2022 are being booked, schedules coordinated and hopefully continuing to spread Fire the Humans to every home.

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

I actually stay away from some, but I do use a Fire the Humans YouTube page, a brand new Instagram page, and of course all digital media platforms like Spotify. I truly appreciate all of the support and look forward to meeting you all one day (hopefully soon). Click follow, subscribe and be sure to share this music with all of your friends.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCsHkfEq7x3eyAXMM3YYbVoA
https://www.instagram.com/firethehumans/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/2CxL4IbzKJa7ym8eBpmL7M

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are most certainly a cake. Although “biscuit-sized”, they are a cake.

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

Thank you for having me! Share Fire the Humans with a friend today and let me know a place you’d like to see me play around you! Tag Fire the Humans on a cool venue you suggest. Thanks!

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