EMQ’s with Forged In Black
Hi everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Forged In Black. Huge thanks to vocalist Stoz 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 guys, Stoz here lead singer of Forged in Black. We’ve been forging away creating our style of British Heavy Metal for 10 years now, since schoolboys Kieron Rochester and Andy Songhurst started the band. Our members are Kev on drums, Bone on guitar, Andy on lead guitar and Kieron on bass. We’ve just celebrated our 10th anniversary with a home town show in Southend on sea Essex to finish the decade in style.
How did you come up with your band name?
Originally the band was named “Merciless Fail” by Kieron and Andy. In 2013 we felt the name wasn’t as strong as the band were becoming so we changed it to our most anthemic song title from our first release “Forged In Black”.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are all from Southend-On-Sea in England. Nationally, we believe the metal is strong in the veins of our Country men and women, and there are so many fantastic bands about. With festivals such as Bloodstock giving smaller bands opportunities it is opening the local scenes up to exposure that just wouldn’t be there without them, due to venue closures.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
This year we released our second album “Descent of the Serpent” produced by Romesh Dodangoda (Motörhead, Bring Me The Horizon) and released via Fighter Records. It’s released worldwide via all streaming site and our website. We have a couple of music videos up if you check out our Youtube and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/forgedinblacks
Who have been your greatest influences?
All 5 of us have our own favourite styles, artists and genres. To name a few of them collectively I’d say, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Metallica, Judas Priest, Pantera and some Death metal thrown in there for Bone.
What first got you into music?
My mother has always had love for music, so I grew up with the Beatles, Doors and everyone during 60’s-80’s blasting out on the car radio or on in the house.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
We recently opened up for the Three Tremors at a show in London, so we’d love Tim Ripper Owens to jump on a track in the future. That would work great and he’s such a fantastic singer. I’ve been a big fan for years.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
To be honest we’d like to play them all!! They are great fun and the fans are there for one reason and that’s to bang their heads to Metal.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I can’t think of any weird ones.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
We love you and thank you for supporting us for the last 10 years. See you in 2020 for bigger and better things.
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
For me it would 100% have to be the master, Ronnie James Dio. To talk to him about all his creative and magical ways.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
It has to be playing live, the energy of that and the execution of our performance in front of great people all there to rock. Hate, it would have to be the long drives.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Bigger pay-outs from streaming sites.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Epicus Doomicus Metallicus – Candlemass – I love the doom, the songs and the singing by Johan Langquist. I always have a copy in the car.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I think I prefer CDs. It comes with artwork you can behold and admire, lyrics or information inside. So for me, yes CDs. Until I leave them laying around and break them.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
This year we headlined the Serpents lair VIP stage at Bloodstock, so that’s the best so far and this year. Great fun and a great festival.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
We all have day jobs, so I guess we’d just be doing them with a large Forged in Black hole in our lives.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Kev, Andy, Bone, Kieron and James Hetfield, that would be interesting.
What’s next for the band?
Up next for us as we storm into 2020, is a lot of social media behind the scenes bits and bobs. As we release new gig dates, record more music videos for tracks off “Descent of the Serpent” and continue writing album number 3! So make sure you are on our Facebook, Instagram and twitter pages for great new content.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Clues in the title for me, a cake and not on my shopping list.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for your questions and we hope to speak more in 2020.
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