EMQ’s with BLACK VATICAN

EMQ’s with BLACK VATICAN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Kansas City based Gothic Rock/Metal band Black Vatican. 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 Black Vatican. We began in early 2014, with co-founders Erick Ramos and former member Jose Hernandez. Together they made our first EP. Over the years, we had several members come and go, all talented with their preferred instruments. Until, finally, we solidified our line-up with Count Searos (Cole) as the lead guitarist and Erick as the bassist and vocalist.

How did you come up with your band name?

Erick and Jose came up with the name. We wanted a name that would represent the kind of people we grew up with, witches, Satanists, the suppressed, the poor, minorities in general. Not only that, but we also wanted a name that would represent the suppressors themselves. So, the name Black Vatican arose. “Vatican” represents what all modern societies claim to be divine, just, peaceful, correct, and perfect. While “Black” represents the shadows of those societies; everything and everyone they hide, destroy, discard, rape, and demonize for being or thinking differently. This isn’t just a reference of the Vatican itself, but all dominant religions, political parties, social groups,  and all those with enough power that belittle others for personal gain. Black Vatican is the name we wanted in order to speak up for those without a voice while identifying the suppressors in return.

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

We live in Kansas City, the Midwest region of the United States. Specifically, the metal scene here is still pretty underground with mostly core, industrial and some black metal bands playing weekday shows. The rock scene is much stronger though. Kansas City hosts the annual Rock Fest which is one of the biggest music festivals in the country. We would have to say that the U.S. lacks diversity with its metal scene here.

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

Our latest release is the witchcraft- and alchemy-inspired album “Arcana Lament”. This album utilizes both raw and equalized sounds and tones. It is Gothic metal with blackened riff in its purest form.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our greatest influences, at least for “Arcana Lament”, were old-school Cradle of Filth, Abyssos, and  Eluveitie. They are elegant but still have a brute force behind them. Be believe them to be true products of the night and have inspired many of our songs, like Vampiric Combat.

What first got you into music?

It has always been a beautiful way of releasing emotion and expressing one’s self. Erick started playing the keyboard at a young age, while Searos started becoming intrigued when he first picked up an album from The Ramones.

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

We would love to collaborate with similar bands like Cradle of Filth or slightly different bands like Alcest.

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

Bloodstock, for sure! A European tour, because the crowds there are huge, and it would be a great opportunity for us.

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

No weird gifts really, rather we sent one to a loyal fan from France. He contacted us politely asked for a signed autographed picture of us. He seemed very pleased and we are happy to have given it to him.

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

Thank you so much for supporting us. You are our life line, our blood, our motivation to keep going! It’s amazing to see how our music influences others.

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

We would bring back Black Moon, also known as David Parland. David was a guitarist in Dark Funeral, Necrophobic and Infernal and had an extremely unique way of playing guitar. We’d also like to bring back Chester Bennington. His lyrics helped so many people accept and surpass their inner demons.

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

We love the adventures and the people we meet along the way. The creative process of writing music, and giving the night a voice! But its down side would have to be the finances; thousands of dollars spent on equipment only to be paid a small fraction still baffles us. Also promoting on social media feels a bit tedious. Filling out any kind of forms or spaces can get annoying and it’s typically very time consuming.

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

A few things. Have it be less centred on pop music, have artists actually write their own music and not autotune their voices. Make actual good music that has some kind of personality behind it. Also, record labels. They get paid too much for the little they do. These days many musicians can become financially stable without a label’s help, so we suggest they become more affordable in reflection to the economy if they want to stay in business.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Would have to be “The Somberlain” from Dissection and “Together We Summon The Dark” from Abyssos.

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

CD’s for certain. They carry entire stories and artwork felt by the band while making the album. But for really raw black metal bands, cassettes work a lot better.

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

We’ve only played in small venues. It was in a small place that’s no longer open, deep in Lawrence , KS. Not sure how many people actually showed up since the stage was in the centre of the crowd and there was fog everywhere. Out of the five bands who played there, we were told our performance overpowered them.

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

Currently we have our own jobs  since being a musician doesn’t cover all the bills. If it wasn’t for the Covid epidemic, we might even go back to school to study radiology or so, or even open up a music venue of our own. We’re ambitious and we like to stay busy.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Would have to be all our friends in our inner circle. We always have a good time drinking, playing games and embarrassing ourselves.

What’s next for the band?

We plan on creating more social media content such as behind the scenes looks and music videos. Also, we are currently in the middle of creating another album. We wish to become gods and won’t stop until we reached a throne amongst the zodiac.

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

We prefer to use our Instagram account, Vatican.black676, and Facebook page. We’re always active there and love engaging with our fans all the time.

www.instagram.com/vatican.black676/
www.facebook.com/blackvatican6/
www.blackvatican1.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

We’re not sure honestly. Maybe the answer is culturally based; some countries call them biscuits or cakes, while other call them cookies. Whoever made them first should declare the proper title.

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

Black Vatican has always been a voice for the night and all its creatures. It is our archetype; we strive to be one with the night. Without darkness, there is no light; that below is what came from above.

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EMQ’s with HER DESPAIR

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EMQ’s with HER DESPAIR

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London based Gothic Rock band Her Despair! Huge thanks to Vocalist ‘J’ 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 HER DESPAIR – a six piece gothic rock band based near London UK, formed 2015. We comprise of myself, J, singing, Dan and Jord playing guitars, Vikki on bass, Lee behind the drums and Toby on keyboards. In 2015 we released our debut album “Hymns For the Hopeless,” followed by 2018’s “Mournography” EP. November 22nd of this year saw our most exciting release yet – “Exorcisms of Eroticism.”

How did you come up with your band name?

Originally it was going to be Tears of Heaven, then As She Drowns in Her Despair, but that felt quite lengthy. It was shortened to HER DESPAIR, and that felt right as an overall title for what I was attempting to achieve.

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

We’re from the UK and there’s a great scene here, with plenty of bands on both an underground and “mainstream” level. We’ve found that people in the North respond to us particularly well, where there’s a very strong Goth scene.

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

“Exorcisms of Eroticism” was released on 22nd November, and we’re really looking forward to sharing it with the assembled congregation. The release is the dark and dramatic collection of six new gothic rock anthems from HER DESPAIR. Designed to unravel the mysteries of the theologic and the erotic, each song is set to a storm of symphonic instrumentation; providing the perfect soundtrack for your sorrows.

There are two songs available online now entitled ‘Pandaemonium’ and ‘The Exorcism’ (which includes a superb accompanying music video directed and filmed by Scott Chalmers), both of which came as instant downloads upon pre-ordering the release from our Bandcamp.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Clqrj6rftJA

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our greatest influence are the Sisters of Mercy, with other particularly inspirational artists being Rammstein, HIM, My Dying Bride, Staind and so on.

What first got you into music?

I grew up listening to my parents vinyl collection so I’ve always been surrounded by music. Many of those artists I still listen to frequently today – Elvis, Meat Loaf, Led Zeppelin, Abba and many more. I began to discover my own taste in music from the age of about 12, first getting into 2000’s metal and then branching off into far darker territories after I discovered Goth music.

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

It would have to be Andrew Eldritch from the Sisters of Mercy. Always the inspiration!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
There are some amazing goth festivals within Europe that we would love the opportunity to play, such as M’era Luna or Wave-Gotik-Treffen. We’re very much looking to branch out in 2020, so performances such as those would be very high on our wish list.

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

We love you eternally – the best is soon to come…

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

Pete Steele from Type O Negative or David Gold from Woods of Ypres!

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

I love the songwriting process, and hearing the idea gradually become the reality in the form of a full song. It’s cathartic, and also very exciting to compose new material and see where the creativity takes you. I can’t necessarily think of much that I hate, but sometimes the long journeys can test my sense of humour.

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

The fairly limited experience I’ve had of it so far hasn’t been so bad. Having said that, the individuals who seem to care nothing of the art but only the money could take themselves elsewhere, and that might be a good change.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Floodland” by the Sisters of Mercy

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

Vinyl for the art and crackle, CD’s for a simpler collection, streaming for convenience.

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

Personally, I think our best show was Darker Days Festival earlier this year. A fantastic event all round, and we got an incredible response from the audience.

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

I like to think something creative still, maybe writing a book.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Andrew Eldritch, Jim Morrison, Pierce Brosnan, Bram Stoker, Jesus Christ

What’s next for the band?

Our main focus right now is the release of “Exorcisms of Eroticism.” The plan for 2020 has yet to be revealed, but all will become clear soon. I’ve started putting a few ideas together for some more new songs, so who knows what may come.

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

Our main website is Bandcamp, where we sell our music in both physical and digital formats, plus our merchandise. Socially we use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and YouTube, plus a few others such as Soundcloud. We love interacting with fans online, their messages of support are always appreciated.
https://herdespair.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/herdespair/
https://twitter.com/herdespairband
https://www.instagram.com/herdespairband/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCVZhKFjVsq1Wpbruy-dryuw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit!

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

Thanks for the questions and the coverage!! “Exorcisms of Eroticism” is out NOW and is our best release yet. We thoroughly hope you enjoy how dramatic it is.

 

 

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EMQ’s with LINDSAY SCHOOLCRAFT

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EMQ’s with LINDSAY SCHOOLCRAFT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Canadian Ethereal Gothic Rock Artist & member of Cradle Of Filth, Lindsay Schoolcraft! Huge thanks to Lindsay for taking part!

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

Hey there! My name is Lindsay Schoolcraft and I’m a singer, songwriter, and electric harpist from Oshawa, Canada who mainly writes and performs ethereal gothic rock. I’ve been doing this since 2010.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s my own name and I took the last name of the First Nations people in my family.

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

I’m from Canada and the Metal scene here is really amazing, especially in Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City.

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

I just released my debut solo album “Martyr” that I co-wrote with Rocky Gray (ex-Evanescence)!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Definitely bands and acts like Evanescence, The Birthday Massacre, Dimmu Borgir, VAST, Bjork, and LEAH.

What first got you into music?

Disney movies in my youth! But I started taking music seriously in high school during the early twenties alternative scene.

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

Still really wanna song a duet with Jonathan Davis.

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

I would love to play Wacken as a solo artist.

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

Animal bones!

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

They already know how much I love them.

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

Not sure I would enjoy the smell of their decaying body. But I do have to say I am sad I never saw Michael Jackson or Freddie Mercury live.

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

I love being able to sing and write and express my creativity that way. I hate that I had to become my own record label, but anything to make it happen and work.

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

Less people who don’t care enough and only want to make money and more people who are genuine, work hard, and you can rely on.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Open Door” by Evanescence

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

I’m still a CD collector myself.

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

Opening for Evanescence and Lindsey Stirling last summer!

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

Probably a zoologist, tattoo artist, or makeup artist!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

None! Maybe just my partner! The idea of a dinner party right now sounds exhausting.

What’s next for the band?

Playing a few shows this winter and then onto writing the next album.

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

http://www.schoolcraftshop.com
https://www.facebook.com/schoolcraftofficial/
https://www.instagram.com/lindzriot/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6ZLcdPSxw1fTYJlz3DLrSZ
https://www.youtube.com/user/schoolcraftofficial

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Can’t say I’ve ever even heard of them… are they vegan?

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

Thanks for having me

 

 

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