EMQ’s with Rick Eaglestone

EMQ’s with Rick Eaglestone

What is your name, what do you do, and can you tell us a little bit about how you ended up doing it?

I’m Rick – I now mostly write reviews and host radio shows. I started off doing shows/podcasts over a decade ago which due to ill health I stopped. I then met my wife who convinced me to start a blog which, in its infancy, was just book related as I am a huge bookworm and former bookseller. Whilst doing this I was contacted by someone who knew my previous work and asked me if I wanted to start doing shows again and as the time was right, I said yes and then also started focusing on music-based reviews too – so it’s come full circle really.

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

I am originally from London but now live in Leicestershire and have only really started dipping my toes into the local scene but have found it very welcoming, I previously lived in Cardiff and absolutely adored it – Womanby Street is a fabulous place.

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

At this moment in time, it has to be “Galdrum” by Stormkeep

Who have been your greatest influences, in music or in life?

It would have to be my Mum as she gave me a strong sense of who I am as a person and instilled in me a never give up attitude even though I was a very poorly kid who was always in hospital and also trying to navigate a lifelong Disability alongside everything else. When I discovered Metal, my Mum would bring my Walkman into hospital, so I didn’t have to endure hospital radio. Either that or it was to stop me requesting Iron Maiden so frequently on it, and I also found solace in the storytelling aspect of the songs.

What first got you into music?

I think it was TV shows and films, mainly the 1986 Transformers Movie which I had for my birthday the following year, it has the most fantastic soundtrack and is something I still listen to.

Which current bands or musicians would you like to see collaborate on a record?

I would like to see Pemphigoid do something with Kieran Scott.

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

I think it would have to be Hellfest. The line-up is always really good and everybody I know who has been says it’s a great weekend.

What’s the weirdest music related thing you own?

It may not be the weirdest but it’s something that I have an emotional connection with, which is a 1977 Muppets Album, which I still have. It actually won a Grammy in the same year I was born, 1979.

If you had one message for your Ever Metal readers, what would it be?

Don’t be apprehensive about trying new ventures.

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

Lemmy.

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

I would like to see people not be so dismissive of bands or a particular style just because it’s either not their thing or they just don’t want to admit that they actually like the bands /singers because it seems to be the cool thing to say you don’t like a certain band or act. I know a lot of bands are like Marmite but do what you want? I bloody love Marmite!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Paradise Lost – “Draconian Times”

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

I enjoy the physical format and most of my purchases this year have been cassettes, but I have also bought some Vinyl and CD’s from listening to downloads/streaming.

What’s the best gig that you have been to, and why?

My most emotional was Iron Maiden at Twickenham in 2008. I am big rugby fan and also the set list was full of tracks that took me back to the first metal album I ever bought aged 8 or 9, which was “Live After Death”. Another, just for the line-up, was BST in 2014 which had Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Faith No More, Motorhead & Soulfly.

What do you get up to when you’re not writing/taking photos?

I try to read whenever possible, watch action films from the late 80’s early 90’s and go to the gym, health permitting.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Rhod Gilbert, David Attenborough, James Earl Jones, Rob Zombie and Kate Beckinsale.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

100% Cake, Custard Cream is the supreme rule of biscuits.

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

It’s a been a strange year, enjoy the parts you can & look forward to the future.

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EMQ’s With Emma Torkington

EMQ’s With Emma Torkington

What is your name, what do you do, and can you tell us a little bit about how you ended up doing it?

My name is Emma Torkington, I am a reviewer/music listener person. I kinda fell into writing about music, in fairness. A good friend wanted to start a music part in his magazine. My husband put me forward as I had written stories, etc, in the past… And it has gone from there really.

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

I live in Blackpool, moved here from Manchester, but I was born in Cornwall. We have only moved here recently, and I have been told there is a great metal club here. But, due to Covid, I haven’t been able to experience it all yet 😭

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

I am currently really loving Corey Taylor ‘CMFT’ video and song. It just makes me so happy. I am also loving Cory Marks, ‘Drive’.

Who have been your greatest influences, in music or in life?

Music wise, so many bands have spoken to me. The stand outs are Linkin Park, P!nk (don’t judge me, I adore her), and Wardruna. In life, my greatest influences have been family and the friends I have. I love to learn what people listen to, and I feel that listening to their tastes gives you a deeper understanding of them as people.

What first got you into music?

Listening to my mum and dad’s music as a kid, and then watching music channels. Going “ooooh” at anything with a hard and heavy drumbeat.

Which current bands or musicians would you like to see collaborate on a record?

Wardruna and Corey Taylor.

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

Knotfest in the States. It seems to have everything that I want at a festival. Though, at the moment, I would be happy with any live music!

What’s the weirdest music related thing you own?

It’s not weird, but I have a drumstick from Shinedown. I have picks from Motley Crue, Matalica, Slipknot and Def Leppard. I also have a Foo Fighters crew T-shirt.

If you had one message for your Ever Metal readers, what would it be?

Don’t let yourself stand in your own way.

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

I can’t just pick just one, but if pushed, I would go with Wayne Static or Layne Stanley.

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

That the music is for the fans, not the money.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Black Stone Cherry – “Kentucky” or Linkin Park – “Hybrid Theory”

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

Vinyl is a beautiful sound, but for me, ease of access is key. So streaming services.

What’s the best gig that you have been to, and why?

One that always stands out in my mind is Black Stone Cherry, Shinedown, Halestorm with support from Highly Suspect. It was just an incredible line-up, and to hear the MEN Arena silent for ‘Things my father said’ made every hair stand up on end. It was a beautiful gig, and sharing that moment with my now husband, will always be a special one.

What do you get up to when you’re not writing/taking photos?

When I am not writing, I am either modelling or watching Drag – from Ru Paul’s drag race to Dragula!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My five people would be Corey Taylor, Lzzy Hale, P!nk, Gabriel Iglesias, and Trixie Mattel.

Jaffa Cakes. Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t like Jaffa Cakes! Though I would say they are a cake more than a biscuit.

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

I’ve got a plan so cunning that you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel.

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