EMQ’s with RIPTIDE

EMQ’s with RIPTIDE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Huddersfield, UK based Thrash Metal band RipTide. Huge thanks to frontman, Adam Smith 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?

RipTide is:
Adam Smith – Lead Vocals // Lead Guitar
Sean Xavier – Bass // Vocals
Will Maskell- Taylor – Guitar // Vocals
Jason Booth – Drums

RipTide formed back in 2018 when Sean and I met in college when we were 16 years old. We started jamming at Sasquatch Music in Huddersfield and became good friends. We then contacted Jason, who went to the same school as I did, but was a couple of years older and was looking for a band. We played shows around the West Yorkshire area, with a number of guitarists, until we found Will who I met at Leeds College of Music. We are now looking to play more shows and festivals all around the UK and get our modern thrash metal out to as many people as possible!!

How did you come up with your band name?

I wanted the band name to stick with me. I knew that I wanted it to be one word and not really mean too much. I went through a large number of band names, but nothing really stuck. I eventually came up with the name ‘RipTide’ and it really stuck with me!

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

RipTide are based in Huddersfield; West Yorkshire and there are some great venues in the area. I would also like to mention Manchester too as it is always fantastic when we play over there.

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

Our latest release was our Promo/Demo CD for our new T-shirt launch! It was released on the day of the show we played with Annihilator in October,

The track listing is:
Cage of Regret [Demo]
Masters of the apocalypse [Demo]
Behind the Killer’s Eyes [Demo]

There are very limited copies left, so if you want one, head over to our web store here 👇

https://bit.ly/38ExATw

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest Influences are frontmen! The likes of Dave Mustaine, James Hetfield and Robb Flynn for their technical ability, Tyler Bryant for the soul and Joel O’Keefe for the Rock n’ Roll attitude! These guys impress me most! There’s not as many Guitarist / Frontmen as there used to be in metal nowadays, and that needs to change!

What first got you into music?

I feel that Music has always been innate for me from when I was really young. I think that what got me into Rock / Metal was when I was younger watching mid 2000’s WWE on TV because of the entrance music… Triple H and Edge’s themes especially!!  And playing Guitar Hero III, I remember being stuck on Slow Ride for years… Haha!

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

Well, before RipTide formed and before I had a band, back in 2016, I collaborated with my good friend Ben Carter of EVILE on the song ‘Behind The Killers Eyes’, which eventually Became a RipTide track!

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

Bloodstock! We want to play Bloodstock! Our fans want us to play Bloodstock!

#RipTide4Bloodstock

Oh, and Vagos Metal Fest in Portugal!

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

Thank you for all of the support you have given us these past couple of years! It means the world to us! 🙏

If you could bring one 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 playing shows and meeting with all of our fans and friends afterwards. It’s one of the best feelings I have. It’s very rewarding to entertain people and enable them to get away from the usual daily stress that we all have. I love it!

I really don’t like recording. It’s just so tedious!! but I’m glad that Sean and Will love it!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Arrgghh…there are so many! But I if I had to pick one, it would have to “Killing is My Business… and Business is Good” – Megadeth. It’s just so aggressive! I feel like I step in Dave’s mind at the time, every time I listen to that album. Incredible!

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

I love streaming, Spotify is awesome! Don’t get me wrong though, I also love physical copies of Music too, both CD’s and Vinyl. I think they are awesome pieces of merch and I almost always grab a CD off a band merch store! But when I’m traveling, Spotify is a lifesaver! All the music you could ever want in your phone!! It’s Crazy! The same with Netflix, its just great! But from an artist point of view, I love to have physical copies of RipTide’s music and we will always sell it on the merch stand, but nowadays, a lot of people don’t have CD Players, and if you want people to hear you music you have to embrace the new technology, because if you don’t, you get left behind.

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

We have loads!! The first time we played in Manchester, we supported our friends in Lost Society at Manchester Academy, that was insane! I remember that show was the first ‘Wall of Death’ we had done! It was surreal!

All of our headline shows we have played have been killer, when we have that extra time on stage, we can have way more fun and put a little bit of a twist on our usual thrashing! E.g. extended sections, more guitar solos and beer drinking / throwing!!

But I would have to say the show we played with Annihilator, that was a dream come true man! There was constantly someone stagediving! It was absolutely mad!

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

I don’t know what the hell I would do if I wasn’t playing guitar! I have always wished I could Skate, but I’m just too scared of breaking my hands. 😅 I just stick to ‘Skate 3’ on my PS3! 😂

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Anyone but Sean!! He will eat all the nice waffles and give the burnt ones to you… #truestory. I would definitely invite Jason as he has a super sleek crockpot slow cooker! But as far as the other four go, I’m not sure!

What’s next for the band?

We have something super special that we can’t wait to show you all, and Its gonna be killer!!!

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

HIT THE LINKS BELOW!!!👇
Facebook: https://bit.ly/335qnKU
Instagram: https://bit.ly/2wMdolh
Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2v5Bc3a
YouTube: https://bit.ly/2IwIakP

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaffa ‘Cakes’? Its in the name… Cake! 😂

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

Thank you man! Keep a look out on our socials for something awesome coming soon!

Peace

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EMQ’s with BEHIND OUR REFLECTIONS

EMQ’s with BEHIND OUR REFLECTIONS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Réunion Island based Metalcore band, Behind Our Reflections. 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 Behind Our Reflections! We make Metalcore! Our history began in 2016 with 6 members. All now changed, except for Fredo Moutoumodely, the main leader of this project. Since 2016, Behind Our Reflections released an Album “Discordance”. But after that a majority of the artists, who took part in this project, left to pursue personal life projects, except Fredo whose objective was to keep goin’ no matter what! And that’s what he did. Now, we are 4 dudes involved at 200%; Brice Ferreo, Main Screamer, Drummer Rémy Ah-koi, Fabrice Fleish on Bass, and of course Fredo Moutoumodely on lead clear vocal and Guitar and he is also the Sample Master!

How did you come up with your band name?

Fredo: It all started when I was in Paris with my friend Aimane from Chaos band, working on some tracks. Since I wanted to share what we had worked on, I thought why not make a band. After a week of churning upon what could represent us well, I finally chose the name: “Behind Our Reflections”

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

We all come from Réunion Island and the metal scene is good right here. We have a good community, who don’t hesitate to drive a long way to see us performing, even if they’ve already seen us thousand times ahah!

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

Our Latest release is ‘While I Sleep’, available everywhere! Go check it out!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Hard to answer properly, because every single guy in this band is influenced by different kinds of music, from Jazz to Death metal. So, Behind Our Reflections is a mix between all of that!

What first got you into music?

Every single person in this world is passionate for something! For us it was always the music of course!

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

Good Question! Actually, we follow a band that we love called, “Betraying the Martyrs”. They’re a French band that kick ass! To play with them is like a life goal.

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

Haha, there are so many! But of course, the French festival, Hellfest! Hellfest is the Grail for all French artists who want to show their talents, but it’s hard to be part of it, it’s very selective!

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

The only weird gift, and one that we appreciate, is a big sweating hug after one of our show!

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

Guys! A new single is coming, stay tuned!

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

Chester Bennington

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

As musicians we enjoy the fact that whatever we are or whatever we are doin’, the fans are still there, even in the worst conditions! And we hate when the organisation of an event is fucked up haha!

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

Maybe the fact that all the intermediaries take a large amount of profit from the artist. It should be musician to fan. That’s it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Fabrice: Gojira – “From Mars To Sirius”

Rémy: Veil Of Maya – “Id”

Fredo: Betraying The Martyrs – “Breath In Life”

Ferrero Brice: Bring Me The Horizon – “Sempiternal”

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

CD’s! It’s always satisfying to have a physical support!

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

Karbardock “Nuit de Kal” one of our proudest shows! The video clip of the song “While I Sleep” is a large recap of this night, and all our shows of 2019.

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

We would be passionate about something else that provides us the same sensations as the music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Fredo: Me and my boys from Behind Our Reflections!

What’s next for the band?

We’re working on a new EP and maybe a European Tour. But it seems a long way to go before it becomes reality, because being on Réunion Island make even simple things very hard.

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

www.behindourreflections.bandcamp.com
www.twitter.com/BOROfficial
www.facebook.com/behindourreflections
www.instagram.com/behindourreflections

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s a cake in the biscuit!

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EMQ’s with WINTER HOTEL

EMQ’s with WINTER HOTEL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Bangor, North Wales based Alternative Metal band Winter Hotel. Huge thanks to guitarist Liam Osment, vocalist Warren Porter, and drummer Charlie Wignall, 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?

Liam: I’m Liam and I play guitar for Winter Hotel. I guess the band fell into place when Warren and I met at a social event for Bangor University’s Metal Appreciation Society. Once we realised we were both musicians we met for a jam a few days later… It was a little tricky at first trying to combine Warren’s brutal death metal influences with my own lighter taste in the metalcore/post-hardcore spectrum, but we quickly found an interesting halfway point between the two extremes. From there we were able to find some other members to complete our line-up, and we quickly got to gigging, recording, making merch and all that good stuff. Recently, we’ve had a bit of a re-shuffle in our line-up, at which point I brought Charlie on board. Charlie and I had been in a couple of pop-punk/alt rock bands several years ago, and having experience of what he can do, I knew he’d be a perfect fit for Winter Hotel.

Warren: I am Warren, Winter Hotel’s vocalist. Liam pretty much has it covered. When we first started jamming, I was originally going to be the drummer, but after the first practice I was put on vocal duty!

Charlie: I’m Charlie and I’m Winter Hotel’s newest recruit as a drummer. From what I know, the band have been on a strong up-rise in the Bangor and North Wales metal scene since 2017, however myself and Liam have been in bands together since we were 15/16.

How did you come up with your band name?

Liam: Warren and I had bounced around a lot of ideas, but it came together when Warren suggested November Hotel. From there I think we both settled on Winter Hotel. Warren and I are both huge fans of Stephen King’s ‘The Shining’, and when I see ‘Winter Hotel’ it immediately puts me in mind of the hotel from that story. I’ve always thought our name doesn’t really give away much of an idea of what our sound is. It’s vague and plays with people’s expectations. I think that allows our music to speak for itself.

Warren: My personal inspiration for the name stemmed from the poem by Phil Bowen called November Hotel, as well as the Stanley Hotel in Colorado, the hotel in which Stephen King drew inspiration for his novel, The Shining.

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

Charlie: The band was formed in Bangor, North Wales where the Metal scene is a tight-knit community, with strong supporters and great local contacts. Liam and I are originally from Lincolnshire, where the music scene is god awful unless you want to be in a T-Rex covers band!

Warren: Bangor is pretty dang juicy with regards to its love and devotion to rock and metal! That passion came as a very pleasant surprise when I arrived in Wales from St. Johns, Michigan USA, in 2017. Michigan has an incredible plethora of music, but bands such as Throne, The Revenant, Pestilent Age, Boreworm and of course The Black Dahlia Murder have been some of my favourite Michigan based acts.

Liam: Bangor was such an unexpectedly great place for us to start. I had no idea that this small city in Wales would be home to so many passionate folks who want to engage with underground bands! Their support has been nothing short of incredible. As Charlie said, where he and I used to be based was pretty dry for rock and metal.

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

Charlie: On 6th March 2020 we released our debut single and music video, ‘Lovers At Bay’ (available on Spotify, iTunes, apple music and all other major streaming platforms)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Charlie: Reuben, Devin Townsend, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, Primus, Whoopi Goldberg.

Liam: Alesana, Hawthorne Heights, The Elijah, Motion City Soundtrack, Pianos Become the Teeth.

Warren: Korpse, Putrid Pile, Cephalotripsy, Cannibal Corpse, Spilling Entrails, Cerebral Incubation.

What first got you into music?

Warren: My mom always played music in the house and car throughout my entire childhood, that constant exposure to music helped inspire me to want to create my own.

Charlie: My older Brother used to pass on his slightly more mature taste in music, but at the time this was stuff like Green Day. I also have family who have had successful careers in music and passed on priceless advice over the years.

Liam: I think I found a few bands I really gelled with from my Sister’s old CD collection when I was around 10 years old. I ended up finding similar artists and it just blossomed from there. My Dad is a guitarist and he taught me how to read tabs, learn songs, and generally encouraged me to pursue music. I was also very fortunate to meet some of my favourite bands who all really inspired me. JT, of Hawthorne Heights, in particular gave me some really useful advice.

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

Liam: There’s a trance artist I really like called BT. I’d just love to see what kind of an insane fusion of genres we’d make.

Warren: On the metal side, I would love to work with Coprocephalic Mutation. It would also be amazing to collaborate with artists such as Clann and Ic3peak to see what waters we can explore.

Charlie: Jools Holland. I’d make him say our band name in his funny voice.

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

Charlie: Primavera Sound in Spain, fantastic line-up every year.

Liam: I would have loved to play Warped Tour. So many of my influences made their name playing it.

Warren: Deathfeast Open Air, Wacken Open Air and the Obscene Extreme Festival would all be mighty delicious. So much girth.

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

Charlie: A satsuma!

Liam: I’ve yet to be given a gift from a fan. But for future reference, I really like a good Twix!

Warren: High 5’s are always a scrumptious treat!

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

Liam: The world can be a scary place sometimes. Look out for yourselves and look out for each other.

Warren: Don’t just chase your dreams; chase them and beat the shit out of them.

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

Charlie: Bach.

Warren: Martin Funderud from Kraanium, only if he wanted to return of course.

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

Warren: The cycle of creation within music is my favourite aspect of being a musician. To see a song go from one riff or lyric to being recorded and played on a stage is an astonishing feeling. I certainly do not enjoy the price tag of musicianship; but it is well worth it in the long run.

Charlie: The best bit is gigging, by far, but being a drummer can be difficult. It’s expensive and things break often.

Liam: I love playing shows, writing new music and recording. Being a musician is super expensive and very time consuming, but the positives outweigh the negatives by a mile.

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

Charlie: I’d like to see more people going to local shows and supporting the smaller bands. In some places the scene is fantastic; Bangor is one of those. But elsewhere there’s no hope for the budding musicians. Giving up £3 and 3 hours of your time to attend a gig makes a world of difference for the underground artists.

Warren: An aspect of the music industry that would be rad to see change is the amount of red tape one has to venture through in order to simply have a bands’ music heard, and performances seen. It’s similar for many artforms, but music is very much its own beast.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Liam: “I Loved, I Hated, I Destroyed, I Created” by The Elijah. It is insanely underrated, everything about it is so impactful and beautiful. The Elijah deserved so much more recognition than they received.

Warren: “Eternally Even” by Jim James is an album that captivates my imagination and senses from start to finish. The album, as a whole, is warm and gentle, but also profound and incredibly thought provoking.

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

Warren: Physical copies of any kind for the collection and direct support. Downloads for the accessibility and convenience.

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

Liam: We played a show in Bangor last May that really stands out to me. It wasn’t the biggest crowd we’d played to by a long shot, but it was made up mostly of some of our most dedicated fans who’d been with us since our first show, it was just such a brilliant atmosphere. I’ll never forget it.

Warren: Playing in the second heat of M2TM this March has been one of my favourite performances of ours so far. That show helped to put our journey into perspective a bit more for me. Before I moved here I said to myself that I wanted to be the vocalist for a metal band in the UK, and playing on that stage while having a music video available definitely made me reflect on the initial setting of that goal. It is a trip.

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

Liam: I completed my undergrad degree in Psychology last July, if I wasn’t a musician, I imagine I probably would have gone on to do a Masters.

Warren: I would probably still be washing dishes and studying poetry at university, but with less gutturals.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Liam: I’m going to assume this also includes fictional characters, so I’m inviting Master Chief (from the Halo series), Katy Perry, Tobey Maguire, Joe Lycett, and a pot-bellied pig. I’d serve goats cheese tarts followed by a smashing tiramisu. It would be a brilliant night.

Warren: That is a doozy. I would order several gluttonous double pepperoni pizzas with extra cheese and invite Andrew Reynolds, Shane Koyczan, Sal Rodriguez (Stages Of Decomposition), Ruben Rosas (Devourment) and Leonardo DiCaprio. Yum.

What’s next for the band?

Liam: We have a lot of exciting stuff lined up. As Charlie said earlier, we just dropped out first single & music video – there’s a lot more where this came from. We’ll also be lining up some more shows pretty soon, so keep an eye out.

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

Liam: You can find our band page at

www.facebook.com/WinterHotelband/

Or follow us on instagram @ winterhotelband

www.instagram.com/winterhotelband/

Our music video is available here:

And you can find our single on Spotify, iTunes, Apple music etc. through this link:

https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/winterhotel/lovers-at-bay

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Liam: Jaffa Cakes are absolutely NOT a biscuit. They’re smooth misery discs disguised as confectionery.

Warren: I am not well versed enough in such sorcery to know. But I do enjoy a nice Poptart!

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

Liam: Thanks for the interview! The only thing I’d like to add is just a massive thank you to everyone who’s been listening to our single, has come to a show or supported us in any capacity. Thank you also to Ever Metal and North East Wales Metal Productions. You are all keeping the scene alive and I can’t put into words how much we appreciate that.

Warren: Not to mention Beany and Fozzy as well as the kind dudes, Dani and Joe, at Powerzone radio.show.

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EMQ’s With REALMS

EMQ’s With REALMS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Doncaster, UK based Post Hardcore / Metalcore band Realms. Huge thanks to vocalist Karl Lauder and guitarist Matt Shore 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?

Matt: Hi, my name is Matt and I play guitar in Realms. Realms started back in 2016ish after we all finished university. Me and Karl knew each other from uni and had been trying to get a project started for ages. We forced Jed to play drums with us and we found Ford through an ad online.

Karl: Hey, I’m Karl. Matt and I met at Uni where we both wanted to make a band for a few years but never got round to it. Afterwards I knew Jed from a previous band and we attempted to demo some songs when we conned him to do the drums and said he may as well join, he wasn’t doing anything else. Ford we got super lucky on ‘joinmyband’.

How did you come up with your band name?

Matt: We had absolutely no idea what to call the band. We had been struggling with names for months and eventually settled on Realms. I can’t remember why but I think it had something to do with Yu-Gi-Oh..!

Karl: We always wanted a one word Band Name. We really liked Nirvana and Placebo. Matt mentioned if he could own a nightclub he would call it Realms and it kinda stuck.

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

We’re from Yorkshire. The scene here is pretty good, there’s a lot of great bands from Leeds and Sheffield and some great venues! Shout outs to our boys in Dislocator and Mulberry Tavern!

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

Our latest release is our single ‘Original Sin’. It came out on 13th March. It’s on all streaming services and has a video on YouTube too

Who have been your greatest influences?

Matt: Funeral for a Friend without a doubt. They’re the only band we all agree on and yet we still constantly argue about how their albums should be ranked (“Casually Dressed” is number 1, obviously)!

Karl: As Matt said FFAF are the band we all vibed with when we met. But for me personally Letlive, Underoath and Glassjaw are my main influences vocally for sure.

What first got you into music?

Matt: Accidentally stumbling onto Kerrang! music channel back in 2006 or something and hearing ‘Before I Forget’ by Slipknot for the first time.

Karl: Music in general? My grandad used to mega vibe with Abba and played it when I was kid! I won’t lie man used to love singing that. When I was like 9 years old my old man taped ’Wait And Bleed’ by Slipknot that was my first exposure to that kinda music.

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

Matt: I’d love to collaborate with Kanye West. This might be a controversial opinion in the metal world but I love his production and it’d be fun to see him chop up some metal tracks.

Karl: I think Keith Buckley or Jason Butler would be super interesting. They tend to stand out so much on any songs they collab on and I would love to see their writing processes.

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

Slam Dunk festival I reckon. It’s such a good vibe there and the line-up is always sick.

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

What fans?

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

Thanks for listening to our music when you could literally be listening to millions of other (better) songs.

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

Matt: Not a rock star but a musician I’d bring back is Mac Miller. He left us too soon. “Circles” was dope. I miss Mac.

Karl: I agree I would love to see Mac Miller back but to play devil’s advocate I’d go with someone like Paul Grey from Slipknot because I feel like they lost a lot of their soul when he went or MJ tbf.

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

Matt: I enjoy getting to play shows in random cities and using them as an excuse to have a sesh with the boys. I hate carrying gear and paying for parking.

Karl: I both love and hate writing music. When I come up with a catchy chorus or an interesting lyric/melody I absolutely adore it but when I sat for ages on my keyboard and made absolutely nothing, it’s definitely frustrating.

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

Matt: There are some people out there who are in the ‘industry’ for the wrong reasons. I’d have them gone. Just have fun with it man.

Karl: Pay to play is the dumbest concept ever and promoters/bands just use it as an excuse to dick over smaller and more naive bands I feel. We are all on the grind, there’s no need for that kind of predatory behaviour.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Matt: “Grand Unification” by Fightstar. Man that band is incredible. I hope they drop new music this year. That album is definitely a desert island kind of album for me.

Karl: I was legit expecting Matt to say “My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy” by Kanye West. My choices would be between that or “Blonde” by Frank Ocean. Both albums I can spin every day and never get bored of them.

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

Matt: Err it depends. I like vinyl because they look cool and I like supporting artists. But I can’t take a vinyl onto a plane or listen to it when I’m out and about so purely for convenience it’s got to be downloads.

Karl: Matt definitely saw my answers before because I reckon Vinyl for sound and Aesthetics. Downloads for versatility.

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

Matt: We played a semi-final heat for Metal 2 The Masses in Sheffield last year. In our qualifying heat we played terribly, like, the worst we’ve ever played and somehow we got through. It pushed us to sort ourselves out and get tight for the next heat and I think we smashed it (even though we didn’t get through)!

Karl: My proudest gig was probably when we played with Cavekiller at Rotherham because I nailed my vocal parts and I was happy with how my voice held up live.

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

Matt: Playing Halo probably.

Karl: Schooling Matt at Halo and Magic The Gathering.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Matt: Louis Theroux, David Attenborough, Seth Rogen, Tyler the Creator and Danny Devito

Karl: Jason Butler, Keith Buckley, Daryl Palumbo, Ozzy Osbourne and Jurgen Klopp

What’s next for the band?

We have an EP dropping on 27th March called “Burn The Orchard” and we’re playing Eat You Alive Fest in Leeds on 11th April!

(Rick Here: In the current climate please double check on all gig dates to make sure they are still going ahead).

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

We are @realmstheband on everything! Facebook, Insta, Twitter. So hit us up if you want to keep up with what we’re doing or if you like dumb memes.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Definitely a cake! The clue is in the name. Also it’s soft, you don’t want a soft biscuit do you? Cracked it!

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

Matt: Thanks for having us!

Karl: Cheers for the opportunity.

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EMQ’s with INME

EMQ’s with INME

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with British Progressive Heavy Rock band, InMe. Huge thanks to bassist Greg McPherson 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 Greg McPherson, bass guitarist for InMe. I joined the band in 2006 just before we recorded the 3rd album Daydream Anonymous. John O’Keeffe has recently joined us on guitar and Tom Dalton on drums. The dynamic of the band is completely new, and how we write songs has changed so much, that this feels like a new band! Jumpstart Hope is InMe’s 7th studio album, but it feels like the start of a new chapter, very fresh and we are proud of it.

How did you come up with your band name?

Joe Morgan, the bassist for the first two albums, came up with the name – the band was called ‘Drowned’ at the time, and I think there was another band with the same name, so they wanted to change it before the first album “Overgrown Eden”. The name really works, we all love it, so credit to Joe for that one!

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

We are all British, the metal scene here is strong with legends like Sikth reforming and making the best music they have made, Tesseract are another good example of metal pioneers making some outstanding music right now. For rock, my go to at the moment is Black Peaks – it’s very gritty and very British.

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

“Jumpstart Hope”, our brand new, full length album, was released on January 17th 2020, with Killing Moon records.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I grew up with Queen and Pink Floyd, especially Gilmour’s Floyd. Maiden are a big part of our musical background too. I am influenced musically by everything I like, and that’s a lot, so to say biggest influences would be doing a dis-service, since I could name a hundred artists that have shaped how I write music without taking too much time to pause. I’ll list 10 why not, Vision of Disorder, Bjork, Reuben, Sepultura, Meshuggah, Philip Glass, Glassjaw, Silverchair, Korn, Nirvana, Deftones.

What first got you into music?

Growing up, there was always Queen and Floyd on our traditional vinyl player. I was taught to play the piano from a young age and performed to some crazy large crowds as a choir singer before I was even a teenager. That’s when I started learning guitar and bass – I had a few bands here and there back then and we all thought we were the best band there had ever been. In hindsight we were terrible!

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

Black Peaks. I’m a big fan of their music so that would be an honour.

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

Sonisphere at Knebworth! Only problem is it doesn’t exist anymore! Some of my best gigs have been there. We aren’t the coolest band so it’s nice when a festival backs you like that, and you get to play to thousands year after year. It was very disappointing for everyone InMe when the UK leg stopped.

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

Knickers! Bit weird and they don’t fit!

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

Thank you.

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

Freddie Mercury.

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

Playing to live audiences, it’s the buzz. I Hate the financial side and the ‘scene’.

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

This is a loaded question. I would encourage the press to lift up more young bands and keep them there. For me, too much column space is focussed on established bands.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Periphery: “Juggernaut”. Probably cheating since it’s a double album 😉 Some amazing musicianship and the songwriting is massive with running themes throughout both albums.

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

Vinyl for nostalgia, it feels like an experience listening to an album that way plus you are likely to listen to an album through.

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

Scarborough Beach Fest in 2007 was special – the front of house rig was in the sea! So were half the audience, at dusk, it was darkening by the time we finished. That was special.

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

We all have careers outside of music. Music is our passion but we most certainly don’t earn a living from it, in fact it often costs money to be part of a band like InMe. I couldn’t imagine a life without music, if I wasn’t in InMe I would be in another band for sure.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Stephen Hawking, Brian Cox, Michael Stevens, Freddie Mercury, Jamie Oliver as chef 😉

What’s next for the band?

We are on tour promoting the release of “Jumpstart Hope” – it’s a dark and honest album and we can’t wait for people to listen to it in its entirety.

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

Patreon is the main platform we use to help pay for things like music videos and studio time. It lets the fans know they are directly contributing to the longevity and sustainability of the band. Then Facebook and Instagram for the rest – and our website!

https://www.patreon.com/inmeofficial/
https://www.facebook.com/inmeofficial/
https://www.instagram.com/inmeofficial/
www.inmeofficial.co.uk

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake.

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

Vote green, save the planet, be kind. Thank you.

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EMQ’s with WORMWOOD

EMQ’s with WORMWOOD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Stockholm, Sweden based Melodic Black Metal band Wormwood. Huge thanks to Vocalist ‘Nine’ 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 go by the name ‘Nine’ and I am the main lyricist and vocalist in Wormwood.

Not to go too in-depth about the history, I can tell you that we started out in 2014 with a different line-up and a different musical genre, but after a year we had found a pretty solid line-up and started to refine our sound. After our debut EP, “The Void – Stories From The Whispering” well, we started right away to write our full-length album “Ghostlands – Wounds From A Bleeding Earth” which was a pretty huge success. That’s was when we had found a sound we were happy with, for the time being. And as many other bands, we started to write the album “Nattarvet” shortly after which even more refined our sound, and here we are. I think we now have found a solid ground on our genre. People label us as Melodic Black Metal, and we won’t argue with that, but we are too many layers to be really encapsulated into one genre.

How did you come up with your band name?

Wormwood comes from the bible and goes by the Apsinthos. It was a star which fell from the heavens and made the rivers sour so man became sick. Wormwood for us is both the biblical meaning and our own personal meaning. It’s a force which lurks deep within the nature here in Scandinavia and us.

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

We are from Sweden and you could say that Sweden is the epicentre of many metal genres.

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

“Nattarvet” which got released via Black Lodge Records on 2019-07-26! We also released two music videos from the album, ‘The Isolationist’ and ‘Av Lie och Börda’ (Of Scythe And Burden).

Who have been your greatest influences?

I can’t talk too much what the composers of the band got their influences from except what you can easily hear, but for me as a vocalist and lyricist there are a few. Warrel Dane from Nevermore has been immensely influential for me, not only with his very different voice but for the pure poetry he writes in his lyrics. I wholeheartedly recommend, both from a lyrical and musically viewpoint to listen to “Dead Heart in a Dead World” and “This Godless Endeavour” with Nevermore.

Also the deep and profound lyrics of Patrick Walker from Warning, the amazing musical compositions of Christofer Johnsson from Therion and the roaring vocals from Ihsahn!

What first got you into music?

I guess that would be my older brother when he showed me Metallica, Megadeth and Iron Maiden in the early 90’s. But what formed me as an extreme music listener was “Beauty in Darkness Vol1” (Nuclear Blast) from ‘96 where I first heard Dissection, Therion, Crematory, In Flames, Sentenced, Cradle of Filth, Theatre of Tragedy, and so on and so forth.

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

My highest privilege would be to do a collaboration with Akira Yamaoka, the man who did most of the Silent Hill soundtracks. His way of finding a soundscape devoid of hope and a happy ending is just perfect. Dark ambient sounds, melancholic acoustic strings and deep foreboding bass! Yeah, that’s my dream.

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

[Insert the biggest metal festival in the world here]. That one!

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

This one isn’t that weird, well depending on who you are, but when I did a tour in 2009 with my old band Withershin, we were somewhere in Russia and a fan made a pentagram neckless to me which he had performed a ritual in the forest to enchant it somehow. I still have it and wear it occasionally till this day.

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

Always except the unexpected when it comes to Wormwood’s new releases.

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

Warrel Dane from Nevermore! Beyond a shadow of a doubt! His untimely death was a hard blow to the metal scene and for me personally, it was devastating.

Nevermore is the biggest underground band people don’t know about. If you haven’t heard about Nevermore, as I wrote on a previous question, go and listen to those albums or any by them for that matter. Lest we forget…!

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

Expressing your art to people who loved it is a very humbling and great feeling. I am pretty sure that there are people who work who do things which others enjoy, but there is something magical about doing it when it comes to music. You put down your brittle soul and tainted blood into it, and then many people understand it, love it and even want to support you. That is really something else.

The struggles of being an up-and-coming musician are real.

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

Stop. Being. So. Fucking. Offended.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Iron Maiden – “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son”, without competition.

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

Vinyl is the best buy, streaming is the easiest way to find new music.

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

That´s hard to say! Is the biggest the best? I don´t know, every gig is special in some kind of way.

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

Probably making videos full time, or graphic stuff!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Five people that are easy going and they will come with a big bag of beer to share. I guess it would be the band.

What’s next for the band?

We´re attending to one of the biggest music awards here in Sweden which we are nominated for in the Best Rock/Metal Category.

We are going out playing at festivals this spring/summer and we are writing on new material at the moment.

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

http://www.wormwood-official.com
http://wormwood-official.bandcamp.com/
https://www.instagram.com/wormwoodofficial/
https://www.facebook.com/WormwoodSWE
https://twitter.com/WormwoodSWE
https://www.youtube.com/c/officialwormwood

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never heard about them, but after some googling it looks lite biscuits to me.

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

Well, check us out! See you on tour!

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EMQs with Blame The Sacred

EMQ’s with BLAME THE SACRED

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK Rock band, Blame The Sacred. Huge thanks to guitarist Kriss Rayner 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?

Kriss Rayner, guitarist of Blame the Sacred. The band, in its current form, is around 10 months old. I’ve known Scott a while and was aware he had this band going, and kind of worked my way in! At that time, I’d been scorned too many times by bands I’ve been in, so I had no intention of anything other than jamming and just having a social thing to do each week. Funny how, when you stop looking for something, it finds you. They instantly liked the idea of having two guitars when me and Andy started adding layers to their existing material. Bassists were a bit of an issue at the time, commitment wise. At that point, Wez’s band were on a bit of a hiatus, and I knew he was missing performing. I had a chat with him on a few occasions and when things were right for him, he came down. Instant chemistry. Wez liked the music, and the direction we wanted to go, so everything came together. Material ideas and concepts just came really quickly and easily.

How did you come up with your band name?

There’s no elaborate story behind it, I’m told Scott, Andy and Danny just sat down and threw some words about and that stuck!

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

We’re from Doncaster, South Yorkshire. Donny has always had a decent scene and has always had small venues to support this (The leopard, Hallcross, Vintage rockbar etc), but I always felt like the bands kinda ride the coattails of bands from Sheffield. I look at Sheffield bands and there’s a lot of pioneer bands or innovators from there, and those new genres filter to the surrounding areas like Doncaster. That’s not to say I think we’re pioneers of a new genre.

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

Our latest EP “The Path” is due for release on 27th March on all formats. There will be a new music video to accompany one of the tracks from it. However, you can still find our previous single, ‘Edge of Tomorrow’, on all music download platforms, as well as the music video for it either on YouTube or Facebook.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I grew up on bands like Queen, Free and Dire Straits, but didn’t really understand or find “rock music” until I was about 12. My tastes over the past 20 years have fluctuated and, although I’ve always leant towards bluesy styles, at the minute I’m more on the heavier side. What draws me to a band is if they’re serious about what they’re playing, and that the music is real and not pretentious in anyway. What influences me in what I do with Blame are artists like Alice in Chains, Stone Sour, Alter Bridge and While She Sleeps.

What first got you into music?

It’s always been there from what my parents used to listen to but, when I started skate boarding, it was the music in the videos that made me start exploring bands. My best friend back then would download all these different bands, (as I didn’t have the internet) and we’d just listen to all sorts. I remember hearing ‘All the Small Things’ by Blink 182 on the radio, and it just had that real Americana feel. Then there was Limp Bizkit, who I still love today.

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

Personally, I’d love to do something with Eminem or Jerry Cantrell, they’re the dream. But more realistically I’d love to have the guys in While She Sleeps produce a record. We’ve also briefly mentioned the idea of doing something with the guys in (fellow forged band) Shadow Smile. I’d love to co-write a song with another band that we’d perform together.

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

Tough one! I’m not really a festival person, it’d have to be something in the UK though. I guess Download.

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

I don’t think I’ve ever received a gift from a fan. I don’t think I’ve ever had a fan 😂!

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

Stick with us! The chemistry is established now and the material is coming fast and is great.

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

For one concert it’d be Freddie Mercury, to have his time again it’d be Chris Cornell, that one really sucked when he went. And I’d love to know what Alice in Chains would be like if Layne was still here.

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

I love the creative process, writing and structuring a song. And recording, I love the studio and putting something down that’s forever.

What I hate is packing up after a gig and driving back late at night!

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

That a band has to be already established before any record company will entertain them. I understand it’s all a business machine, but wouldn’t it be great if you could just send them a cd and they judge you solely on your ability to write music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

My top go to album is probably the first Audioslave album, for me it’s perfect. It takes me away to somewhere else when I listen to it. It’s like it was written for a film that’s yet to be made.

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

I like CD because you get a quality product as well as getting the sleeve and artwork, and they’re easily transportable.

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

Our opening slot for Blackwater Conspiracy, at Sheffield Corporation last November. I think it was our fourth gig, and it’s the one where we settled the most, and played the best as a band. And the crowd were great, as were the Blackwater boys. Top lads!

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

It’d be something creative and artsy. Some form of design, maybe photography or videography.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Slash, Jerry Cantrell, Barack Obama, Eminem and Dick Strawbridge.

What’s next for the band?

Writing is ongoing, being with four other likeminded people makes it hard to not come up with material. There’s talk on maybe another recording before the year’s out, and then doing more of the right gigs for us and just keep growing.

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

Just all the usual Facebook Instagram iTunes Spotify etc. But I have to say Scott deals with most of this I’m not great with the technology side of things!

https://www.facebook.com/blamethesacred/
https://www.instagram.com/blamethesacredofficial https://twitter.com/blamethesacred https://open.spotify.com/artist/2sPzAQme1p2wiLbuPOx7SQ
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw2MLmw2a_llQsRBQQ9UWBQ

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Me and Danny say, and rightly so, biscuit, because they’re in the biscuit aisle, and for some other legitimate chef reason Danny has. The other lads say cake, but they’re frequently wrong about most things!

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

If you like what we do, please support us by buying our music and merch. Unfortunately for most bands, revenue from merch and music sales is their biggest source of income. Without it, we can’t release more, so it really does go a long way and is massively appreciated ✌🏻

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EMQs with Barbe-Q-Barbies

EMQ’s with BARBE-Q-BARBIES

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Helsinki based Rock band Barbe-Q-Barbies. Huge thanks to vocalist Niki 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 Niki and I am the singer in Barbe-Q-Barbies.
I joined the band in 2006 after Niina the drummer asked me to join.

How did you come up with your band name?

One of the founders of the band is Niina who plays the drums! She made up the name after watching Soundgarden’s music video ‘Black Hole Sun’ where they are grilling Barbie dolls!

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

We are all from Finland and we live in Helsinki. The Rock/Metal scene is very popular around here as you can tell because most bands from Finland that made it big are either rock or metal!

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

We released our 4th album called “Borrowed Time in 2019, with one single/music video ‘Dis-funk-tional’.

Who have been your greatest influences?

This is always a hard question as through the years I’ve listened to so much music, different artists and different genres like Pop, R´n´B, Hip-Hop and, of course, Rock music. But to name a few I listened to when growing up I would say Queen, Guns ‘n Roses, Metallica, Skunk Anansie, Soundgarden, Nirvana etc…the list goes on!

What first got you into music?

I used to love to dance so I listened to lots of music and of course sang along all the time, MTV back in the days when they still played music videos was really inspiring. Also my brother used to listen really loud to Alice Cooper everyday so I guess that might have inspired me to!

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

I would love to work with Dave Grohl, I met him once and he was so down to earth and I love the Foo Fighters.

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

Download Festival would be cool but let’s say any festival in the world because we love to play at festivals, like all bands do!

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

Probably old, used men’s underwear!!

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

A Big Thank You and lots of love and hope to see you at the shows!

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

Tough one! I would say Freddie Mercury because he would have written so many more killer songs! But…I was really upset hearing about Chris Cornell’s death as well because he was such a brilliant artist, singer and songwriter and he left way too early!

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

I love writing music and preforming! There’s nothing really I hate about it, maybe lack of sleep when touring because I’m always scared to lose my voice!

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

Probably to make a law against using autotune!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Audioslave – “Audioslave”.

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

I should probably say vinyl but I don’t have a vinyl player at the moment. I do have between 500-1000 CD’s but usually I listen to iTunes or Spotify on my phone because that’s the easiest 😄!

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

Last summer we played many festivals but my favourite was probably Provinssi/Finland.

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

When I was a kid I dreamed of becoming a firefighter but that wouldn’t have worked cause I’m too short! I guess I would’ve become a dancer because I used to dance a lot when I was younger.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Well that’s a tricky question, should it be people I know or wish I knew lol! Me and my Fiance love throwing dinner parties at our house and we made our basement into a band rehearsal place so we usually have dinner and then go downstairs jamming.

So a good group that have already been at our parties would be Andy & Angela Mccoy, Esa Holopainen (Amorphis) Niclas Etelävuori (Flat Earth) and our former Guitar player from BQB Kaisa Karjalainen (Fox Confession)! She is a dear friend and she could play the electric violin with my fiance on the drums then we would have lots of fun and an interesting jam night lol!

What’s next for the band?

We just signed a management deal so let’s see what that will bring us in the near future!

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

Mostly Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!
www.instagram.com/barbeqbarbies/
www.facebook.com/barbeqbarbies/
www.twitter.com/BarbeQBarbies

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A biscuit cake lol!

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

Happy 2020 everyone!
Hope you enjoy our music and hope to see you at the shows!
Niki

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EMQs with Hi/Jack

EMQ’s with HI/JACK

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Milwaukee based Punk/Rock/Alternative band Hi/Jack. Huge thanks to guitarist & vocalist Max Liam 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 Max Liam. I am the guitarist and lead vocalist. The band came together as a result of both our bands falling apart, but we had been unknowingly sharing a bassist. We ended up doing a one-off show with said bassist, and Ron (Terrell, Drummer) and I decided to keep in touch after. One thing led to another.

How did you come up with your band name?

The idea was to come up with an attention grabbing name. Hi/Jack seemed to fit the bill and the backslash was my little tip of the hat to AC/DC, who got me into Rock n Roll.

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

We are from the US. Specifically, Milwaukee! The metal scene here is weird. Lots of bands, not a lot of collaboration, and the idea of competition over camaraderie is pretty heavily present.

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

Latest release is our compilation EP “Rank And File” which came out on the 6th December!

Who have been your greatest influences?

AC/DC, Led Zeppelin, Green Day, The Clash and Metallica are definitely there. Early Van Halen too!

What first got you into music?

AC/DC’s Back in Black! It started everything for me.

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

Foo Fighters/Dave Grohl!

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

Any? I’ll say Glastonbury or maybe Wacken.

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

Nothing too weird! We got a big stuffed Batman once. That was cool.

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

Honestly, just the biggest thank you and all the love I can give.

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

That’s a hard question. But today I’ll say Malcolm Young. I know AC/DC seem to have confirmed a new album with tracks Malcolm recorded, but I think having him actually there would be much cooler. No disrespect to Stevie Young!

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

Best thing is getting out there and playing for people. Worst thing, I guess, is when you end up playing to an empty room. But, that’s part of it, man. Gotta pay your dues!

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

I wish labels would go back to signing bands and then “developing” them. Allowing them to grow and mature with a guiding hand. Not just signing bands that make a quick buck and disappear after a few years.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Besides Back in Black? I’ll say Led Zeppelin IV.

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

In my opinion, any of the actual physical options if better than downloads. But, out of the three, I really like how vinyl sounds. There is a difference, just like there’s a difference between a bit-crushed Mp3 and a CD.

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

I think overall the best gig would either be when we opened for Saving Abel a few months ago, or the second time we played with One-Eyed Doll.

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

I have no idea. Before music, I was way into Science, until I discovered I was terrible at Algebra, which can be integral to most sciences!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Living: Dave Grohl, Angus Young, Eddie Van Halen, Billie Joe Armstrong and Jimmy Page.

Dead: Bon Scott, Kurt Cobain, Joe Strummer, David Bowie and Muddy Waters.

What’s next for the band?

We will be putting out a full length LP in 2020 via Blue Collar Records. Then, of course, we plan to do a tour and play more shows than we did this past year. Really rev it up!

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

www.hijackmke.com
www.facebook.com/hijackmke
www.twitter.com/hijackmke
www.instagram.com/hijackmke

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m more of a Tunnock’s man myself. But my co-worker insists it’s a biscuit!

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

Thank you for taking the time to speak with us. We are super grateful for how much we’ve progressed this year. Also a huge thank you to our wives, Kendel and Kris, for all your love and support these last 6 years! See ya’ll in 2020!

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EMQs with Firing All Cylinders

EMQ’s with FIRING ALL CYLINDERS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with California based Metal/Hard Rock band Firing All Cylinders. Huge thanks to vocalist Rix Boker 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 Rix; my role in the band is lead vocals and acting like a Maniac. Firing All Cylinders started by complete accident honestly. Just started as a few angry teenagers that wanted to be heard and make a difference in the world making noise. We played a few shows and after we had our first pit it kind of just snowballed from there. A new twist on old school rock n roll has been the goal ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

I’ve been around race cars my whole life, even raced for a season at Irwindale speedway. So when we were searching for a name to call the group I was watching Death Race and one of the main characters just said the line “Firing all cylinders”. I jumped on the phone with everyone and the rest is history.

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

Born and raised in Southern California, United States. We have always had a very diverse scene because we are right out side of LA/Hollywood. Seems the best shows happen on the outskirts of LA for us.

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

We just released our new record “WEAPONIZED”. We are very proud of it. Jeremy Valentyne and Brandon Wolfe at Wolfe Studios did an amazing job producing it. The lyrics, riffs, beats, etc, just feel right with us.

Weaponized Spotify Link:

Here We Go Music Video:

Who have been your greatest influences?

Oh god, where do I start. We are all over the place. We love the old rock/metal the new rock/metal and everything in-between. If I had to name drop a few I’d say Ozzy, Rob Zombie, Mötley Crüe, Marilyn Manson, Primus, Metallica, Parkway Drive, Static X, ADRD, A7X and so many more!!!

What first got you into music?

Just the heavy drive and power that only rock and metal can do! It just grabbed my soul.

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

Rammstein or Mötley Crüe for sure!

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

That’s hard one. Probably somewhere south of the United States or Germany! Rock n Rio, Rock AM Ring, Graspop, Rock on the Range, all good ones. Definitely love playing any festival.

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

I have not come across too many weird gifts besides sexual offers from a fan but I’ve come across some thoughtful ones. Most gifts are baked goods or home cooked meals that we are extremely appreciative of, especially when on tour. One thing that stands out is somebody drew a picture of me while we were on stage and I’ll cherish that forever.

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

Stay strong, even when the world seems to be against you. Just keeping pushing forward!

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

Lemmy, singer of Motörhead!

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

The creative freedom, there are no rules. Starting from a blank page and creating something from nothing is a beautiful thing. What I hate is the constant battle of the time crunches and deadlines. Art cannot be rushed.

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

I’m not sure what I would change about it but I feel social media has a huge impact and that has its pros and cons. Having the ability to directly reach fans is great. If we didn’t have social media most of the bands would have to personally reach out to them rather than a click of a button.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Rust In Peace”, “Appetite For Destruction”, “Astro Creep 2000”… I cannot choose just one. There have been so many great ones.

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

Personally, I like CD’s and Vinyl but whatever gets the music to the fans ear’s works for me.

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

Rock the Boat Festival at the Queen Mary in Southern California. It was out of control!

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

Building Haunted Houses, which I do now and have been doing since I was 6 years old!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Marilyn Manson, Ozzy, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper and a Southern Preacher!

What’s next for the band?

Just going to be pushing the new record, shows and videos!

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

You can find physical copies on:
www.firingallcylinders.com
www.awfulygoodrecords.com

It’s also available for streaming on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/2KBcZACP390CeqIWBr6PbH

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit but dryer and not so tasteful!

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

Just want to thank my fans for the continuous support. It really means the world to us.

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