EMQ’s with GODETH

EMQ’s with GODETH

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Leeds, UK based Metal band, Godeth. Huge thanks to guitarist Dylan for taking part.

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

I’m Dylan, one of two guitarists in Godeth. We formed in 2018, and have been gigging since February 2019 and have played at venues such as The Key Club, 02 Academy Leeds, The Fenton, BOOM, 02 Institute 3 Birmingham, The Mulberry Bar and Venue etc. We also competed in the SoundWaves Music Competition 2019, which we got to the national final of, something we are pretty proud of considering it was a competition mainly focused on finding more “mainstream” acts.

How did you come up with your band name?

The original placeholder name was Snowdeth, but that was a bit shit so our bassist came up with Godeth and so we decided to use that.

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

We are from Leeds, which has a good underground metal scene. Some great venues such as Boom and The Key Club, with some sick bands who in my opinion deserve a lot more attention such as Master the Crown, OND, Anarcadia, Nihilus, and Pariah (although they are technically York but I’m still counting it).

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

Our latest release is our single ‘Blunt’ which came out last month and was written by our singer Eddie. It also marks our first ever lyric video. This was supposed to be a proper music video but then the world went to shit which meant we had to put this idea on hold unfortunately.

Who have been your greatest influences?

For me personally Metallica are the main reason I properly got into metal (even got their Ninja star logo tattooed on the back of my leg), but also bands like Alice in Chains, Pantera, Rage Against The Machine, Death, Sepultura etc. Everyone in the band has a bunch of different influences, so we try and bring as many of them together when writing songs.

What first got you into music?

Err I will thank my Mum, Dad, and Stepdad for that, they would always play me music from a young age, and I can probably thank them for my current tastes.

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

Power Trip, fucking love them!

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

Definitely Download or Bloodstock, I’ve been to both countless times and have met some great people and friends at both, so to play either would be a dream.

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

Can’t say I’ve received a gift unless you count getting flashed at our Key Club gig.

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

BUY OUR MERCH!!! Nah just everyone stay safe and we can’t wait to play to you all once this blows over

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

Either Layne Staley or Peter Steele, but I’m going to go for Peter Steele as I would do anything to have gotten to see Type O Negative live.

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

Most – Coming up with a new song or hearing people sing the lyrics you wrote

Worst – When you have a great riff, but can’t find a way to work it into a song (so frustrating!!)

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

Less false promises.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Alice in Chains – “Dirt”, just such a good, dark feeling album

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

Vinyl’s in terms of the full package, Downloads for the ease

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

Our headline gig at The Key Club. We always dreamed of headlining it, and to do it so early in our “career” is something we are immensely proud of. It is also the place where me and singer Eddie met, as well as basically my entire friendship group, so it is a place that is very dear to my heart!

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

Being bored probably”.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Nikki Sixx, Jim Morrison, Ötzi the Iceman, Louis Theroux, and Robert De Niro

What’s next for the band?

Once the world comes back to some sort of normality, we are going to be recording and releasing an EP which we can’t wait to do, and then hopefully playing some more gigs.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.facebook.com/GodethUK/
www.twitter.com/GodethBand
www.instagram.com/godeth_band/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCCJh6rjLwEXPbmNtTPGP8Sg
www.open.spotify.com/artist/3oeXNRsY37Bq30hwcPi6aG
www.godeth.bandcamp.com/releases

Can also find our music on most major streaming sites and services

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit 100%

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

We have recently released a shit tonne of merch on Teespring, so feel free to check it out and see if there’s anything you like (can be found here: www.teespring.com/stores/godeth), and be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram etc.

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EMQ’s with AMNESIS

EMQ’s with AMNESIS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Asheville, North Carolina based Metal band, Amnesis. Huge thanks to Guitarist ‘Miller’ 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?

Amnesis. Metal! The band is comprised of members from the Asheville metal scene spanning a couple decades worth of stories we could tell or can’t speak of lol. It was formed in 2010 and has gone through a few line-up changes over the years. It is a 4 piece now but used to be 5. We like it fast, heavy and straight forward.

How did you come up with your band name?

It just kind of happened one day. We couldn’t decide and the singer popped off with it. It stuck.

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

United States, Southeast. It depends on where you go. Right now, it’s pretty dead amid the Covid-19 situation, but before that there were some decent shows all over the place. Every kind of band you can think of, you can go see anywhere around the southeast if you do a bit of research and know what you’re looking for.

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

We recently released a “playthrough” video of sorts for ‘Abscession’, the second track title from our newest EP, “We Hate Myself”.

Who have been your greatest influences?

American Headcharge, SOAD, Mushroomhead, Nothingface, Killswitch Engage.

What first got you into music?

Listening to the radio honestly, for me

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

Beni-Hana, Volumes, Issues, Knives Out, Rammstein to name a few.

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

Donauinselfest or Bonnaroo.

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

Masks, and one time a fan decorated a Christmas tree for us lol!

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

Live your dreams and never give up.

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

Jaco Pastorius.

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

Playing. Connecting. As far as the hate goes, the competition aspect. Egos. The dark side of the industry in general.

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

Solicitation to local stations. Abolish the “buy your way to fame” model.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Wall” by Pink Floyd. Cliché, but it has a perfect formula that can’t be explained with words. It changed me and the way I think about playing as well as presentation.

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

All of them. You should have them all and have all of them available to your fans.

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

In this band, Probably Hell Yeah at the Orange Peel in Asheville NC. Don’t want to stop ever. Onward and upward!!

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

Working myself to death at a trade skill to get by in between playing music and adulting etc

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Hunter S. Thompson, Kurt Russell, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Hemingway, Alexander the Great.

What’s next for the band?

Getting through this Covid madness, writing the next EP and getting back out there to play some massive gigs once this is all over with.

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

Youtube Links:

Album Stream:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=bt9EBhXl9W8

Music Video:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=jtAc9gqumow

Social Media Links:
www.facebook.com/hivemindsmedia/ (music video)
www.open.spotify.com/artist/43wuumuah7vfINNmSx4e6c
www.facebook.com/amnesisband/
www.amnesisband.com/
www.amnesisusa.bandcamp.com/
www.twitter.com/amnesisusa
www.tidal.com/browse/album/127617403
www.music.apple.com/us/album/we-hate-myself/1494114170
www.deezer.com/us/album/125895372
http://www.play.google.com/store/music/album/Amnesis_We_Hate_Myself
www.iheart.com/artist/amnesis-32461572/albums/we-hate-myself-87839294/
www.us.napster.com/artist/amnesis/album/we-hate-myself
www.mndigital.com/content-experience/music_content/albums/481653067/Amnesis/We_Hate_Myself/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

The mind doth ponder…

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

Don’t dream it. Scheme it.

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EMQ’s with OND

EMQ’s with OND

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Leeds, UK based Metal band OND Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Joe Cross 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?

Joe, I play guitar and do the vocals. We all met in Leeds a few years ago and wanted to make music together.

How did you come up with your band name?

It translates to “duck” in Icelandic, but also translates to “evil” in Norwegian. I’ll let you decide which you prefer.

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

We are based in Leeds, UK, which as a whole has a great music scene. The metal scene is more underground though with prominent venues like Temple of Boom being a central hub for all the heavier/out-there styles of music.

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

Brutal Skeleton Fistfight (Somewhere between and EP and an album).

Full YouTube Stream.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Each member of OND brings something very different to the table in terms of influences. One band that we all agree on however is Gojira. Personally, I can’t stop listening to bands like King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Tigran Hymasian and Dusty Kid at the moment.

What first got you into music?

A mix of a few things. I’ve always loved scores to films and video games which really set the wheels in motion. In terms of metal though, my first love was Iron Maiden, specifically the Number of the Beast album.

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

If we’re talking local bands, I’d love to do something with Beluga. They’re not metal, but one of the coolest sounding bands around right now. Check them out. If we’re talking literally anyone, I’d love to do something with Tigran Hymasian. Also not metal but an incredible musician.

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

I feel OND would be great at Bloodstock. It’s a great size festival and always a fun time.

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

We’re not that good!

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

Drink lots of milk. You will need strong bones for the skeleton war.

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

Lemmy. Need I explain?

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

Sounds selfish, but I just enjoy bashing out some tunes with some good mates and having a fun time. I hate when people take it too seriously.

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

People being more honest.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Poloygondwanaland” by King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard

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

Aesthetically: Vinyl. Practically: Downloads.

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

I really enjoyed the last gig we played. It was a charity single launch for our single ‘Save The Bees’, where all the money raised went to the BBKA who research protection of the bee population. It was a lot of fun and we raised a lot of money.

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

Something practical. I’d like to think either engineering or blacksmithing.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The rest of OND, Amber Morris, who did the artwork and Jack Murray who produced the album to thank all of them for doing a great job working on the album.

What’s next for the band?

Well, right now we’re in lockdown, so not a lot! However, we want to get writing again as soon as possible. We’re going for something different to what we’ve released before. I’m excited to get to work on it.

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

www.open.spotify.com/album/3oDtACHHMKvfNqxSyK2Iqj
www.youtu.be/IwCiVjpEV7o
www.ondband.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cakes. Obviously.

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

Just to say thanks to Amber Morris for doing a great job on the artwork for the album and all our previous releases and to Jack Murray for producing the album for us.

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EMQ’s with 40,000 LEAGUES

EMQ’s with 40,000 LEAGUES

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Greater Manchester, UK based Metal band 40,000 Leagues. 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?

Hello there, we are 40,000 Leagues. We are a Manchester based metal band that consists of Nathan ‘Nips’ Crossdale on vocals, Joe Leonard on lead guitar, Rick Wiltshire on bass, Paul Beesley on drums and Harry Hulme on rhythm guitar and backing vocals.

40,000 Leagues started in late 2016 in the back room of our former guitarist Andy Davidson’s house, in Macclesfield. Nips and Andy would jam songs together, covering bands such as Alter Bridge, Atreyu, Metallica and many more. From there, Nips brought in Paul – as they had been in a band together previously during their teenage years. Rick joined the band soon afterwards, as he had been looking for a band to join for a while. Finally, Andy revealed the secret weapon, which was Joe. Thus 40,000 Leagues was born!

In January 2019 Andy departed the band, and Harry boldly stepped in!

How did you come up with your band name?

After trialling several names – none of which we liked – we spent an entire band practice trying to come up with a name based off classical literature or film. After what seemed like hours; Nathan suggested 40,000 Leagues – as he had recently watched 20,000 leagues under the sea. Paul then jokingly suggested that our mascot could be a scuba-diving lobster; though we all thought he said hamster. This bizarrely had us in stitches and so we decided to stick with the name – though we never did go for the mascot idea!

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

We are from Manchester (though Joe is from Macclesfield) and while this might sound biased; we do believe that Manchester has the best metal scene in the country! We are thrilled to be part of the 0161 underground metal community and have played with many great bands also from the local area.

All the bands, promoters and fans are part of the community and it feels like one big happy metal family!

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

Our latest single is a cover of ‘Chaka Khan and Rufus – Ain’t Nobody’; for anyone who enjoys a cheesy 80s classic in a metal style.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Nips: My big influences are Avenged Sevenfold; I don’t think I would have started making music if it were not for them! Pantera are up there too; as the first time I heard ‘Cemetery Gates’, I was in awe! Sylosis too, as when I first started in a band ‘Conclusion of an Age’ definitely played a huge part in my song-writing and vocals! Last but not least it has to be Alter Bridge, the vocal ability of Myles Kennedy should be illegal, and I can only hope to one day be half as good as he is!

Paul: I personally really enjoy a lot of different genres and styles of music but would say I’m on the heavy scale of metal.

Harry: Pantera and AC/DC.

Joe: Dream Theater, Metallica, Trivium, Avenged Sevenfold, Opeth, Porcupine Tree.

Rick: I grew up listening to my dad’s rock and metal collection; so bands like Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Dio, Saxon and Rainbow have perhaps had the biggest impact upon my musical tastes and stylings!

What first got you into music?

Paul: Always been into music as long as I can remember but my younger brother was actually the one that got me into rock music to begin with and then he started listening to dubstep funny how life works isn’t it?

Harry: Guitar Hero.

Rick: My family got me my first acoustic guitar at 10 years old; and I vividly remember trying to learn ‘Smoke on the Water’ on it; I was definitely playing it wrong, but from there I have always wanted to play music and be part of a band.

Joe: My friends did it, so I decided to.

Nips: I first got into music when my Mum used to take me to karaoke as a kid! 8-year-old Nips belting out ‘When you’re looking like that’ by Westlife was something to witness I assure you. 25-year-old Nips still does that.

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

Harry: Lamb of God.

Joe: Big JP.

Rick: Avantasia hands down! Tobias Sammet is a musical genius!

Nips: The list of people I would like to collaborate with is endless! Obviously, I would love to collaborate with Avenged Sevenfold; but I would most definitely pass out! I would also love to collaborate with MGK! He’s another big influence of mine.

Paul: Taylor Swift.

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

Nips: I would absolutely love to play Download and I know I’m definitely not alone on that one! I also would love to play Bloodstock!

Harry: Download, it’s a haven for both present and new bands.

Joe: Download – the one I have been to and everyone is always nice.

Paul: Wacken Open Air 100%!

Rick: I would love to play Wacken Open Air as well; I love power metal and folk metal, and that is their home turf.

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

Nips: In terms of weird gifts we have not actually received anything weird that I can remember!

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

Harry: Keep supporting unsigned bands!

Paul: Stop giving a F*** about what people think of you or what you do.

Nips: To the fans, we all cannot thank you enough for the undying support you are truly the most loyal fans and friends! You make us feel like we’re really doing something good here, and none of what we are doing could happen without any of you! We love you and thank you!

Joe: Could do with a higher setting considering the weather we are currently having.

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

Joe: Dio.

Nips: I cannot give one answer for this one; so, I have to go with two! I would definitely bring back Dimebag Darrell; he was taken far too soon and had the filthiest riffs! I would also bring back Freddie Mercury; another one taken far too soon and there will never be another like him.

Rick: A tough question as there are so many who I would want to see live; but I think I also would have to go with Dio!

Paul: Mitch Lucker from Suicide Silence.

Harry: Dimebag Darrell.

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

Harry: You can always learn something new, no matter how long you’ve been playing. I hate the struggle to learn new rhythms but in the end it is rewarding.

Nips: I’ve been in bands since the age of 15 and from the moment I screamed out the first lines of ‘Unholy Confessions’ at my first ever band practice I knew exactly what I wanted to do with my life and music is it. I absolutely love the feeling I get on stage I can’t put it into words I’m just free. The one thing I hate is how much water I have on gig days.

Joe: Being creative. Everything else.

Paul: I just love music and the energy you get when you’re performing; nothing even comes close to that feeling, and the adrenaline is unreal! I could be buzzing for 2-3 days off one amazing show, then I need to get that buzz again.

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

Joe: Allow artists to have more control over their music, reducing the need for high volumes of merchandise sales to keep going.

Rick: The way it is treated as a business venture by so many record labels and managers. In my eyes the excitement and joy that music brings should be front and centre, rather than how much money can be made from it for a small percentage of people.

Harry: More independent labels and a cap on how many labels a corporation can own.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Paul: Mudvayne – “Lost And Found”. I’m pretty sure it was the first ever metal album I bought.

Rick: Meatloaf – “Bat Out Of Hell”.

Joe: Dream Theater – “Scenes From A Memory”.

Nips: Jeff Wayne’s War Of The Worlds… is that allowed? (Absolutely Yes! Superb Album – Rick)

Harry: AC/DC – “If You Want Blood You’ve Got It”.

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

Nips: You can’t beat a classic vinyl!

Rick: I listen to a lot of CD’s while I’m driving; I find it ensures I listen to whole albums rather than just the same few songs on repeat.

Paul: Right now, downloads but I can appreciate all.

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

Paul: M2TM at the Bread Shed in January 2020.

Nips: The best gig for me would have to be Badgerfest 2019! We opened the weekend and the pressure was immense, but we gave it our all! The crowd were ready, they gave us everything! The event was run so smoothly, it was just perfect! Thanks again Badger!

Harry: Badgerfest 2019.

Joe: Manchester M2TM Final 2019.

Rick: I would also say the Manchester M2TM final 2019; playing to our biggest crowd yet was simply sublime!

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

Rick: Well I have wanted to be an actor for almost as long as I have wanted to be a musician; so hopefully that!

Harry: Psychologist.

Paul: Hopefully, actually making some money to live.

Nips: Well I work at Tesco currently so if I wasn’t a musician, I would most probably be the greatest meal deal salesman.

Joe: Much of the same but with a notable lack of stress.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Nips: Ooh a dinner party! M Shadows, Myles Kennedy, Ewan McGregor – in Obi Wan Kenobi attire, Jason Momoa and Chris Hemsworth (partly because my girlfriend loves him, but mostly because I want to be him).

Harry: Gandalf, Michael Starr, Thor, Tony Stark and Luke Skywalker.

Joe: Big JP, Large JP, JP, the Petrooch, Giant JP.

Rick: For me it would have to be Christopher Lee, Andrew WK, Ritchie Blackmore, Stan Lee and Richard Kiel (who played Jaws in the James Bond films). Ooh I forgot Tobias Sammet, can I have him there too?

What’s next for the band?

We had a lot of gigs planned for this year; though sadly with the current world pandemic, they have been postponed or cancelled. Currently we’re all at home writing for our next release.

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

We are quite active on social media with Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! Our music is available on YouTube, Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Bandcamp and many more!

Though the busiest sites for us are probably Spotify, Facebook and Instagram pages.
www.facebook.com/40kLeagues/
www.instagram.com/40000leagues/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Joe: It’s a cake and anyone who says it’s a biscuit needs to sort themselves out.

Harry: Cakes go hard when they are stale, biscuits go soft.

Nips: Jaffa cakes! I think they are so nice they can tell me whatever they want, and I will believe them.

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

Thank you for the interview and for anyone who hasn’t yet checked out our music, make sure you do!

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EMQ’s with THE SULLEN

EMQ’s with THE SULLEN

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Greek Metal project The Sullen. Huge thanks to Petros Petalas 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 am Petros, I write, play and record all the instruments and vocals for The Sullen. The band was formed in 2018, right after we split up Final Words of Sorrow, my previous band, for a variety of reasons, mostly of a personal nature.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s a description of the faces I’d come across outside on a daily basis. It resembles that aspect of the big city: millions of people going about their lives, bottling up their emotions behind an emotionless and kinda melancholic face.

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

I am from Athens, Greece, currently residing in Trikala. The Metal and Rock scene here has a lot to offer, both in terms of quantity as well as quality, but it’s really rare for a band to “stick to it” and break through. There’s a lot of reasons for that though, and it’s not entirely the fault of one single factor. Corruption, poverty, the problematic mindset around the distribution of music, the fact that music has to, more often than not, take the back seat in a person’s priorities -since it’s unlikely it will pay the bills- are all factors that hinder a band’s ability to put in the effort needed to “make it”.

That said, there are these few bands that make it despite all of that, and it’s something that fills me and most musicians with hope.

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

It’s the “Rituals of Death” EP, which came out on May 25th, 2020. It consists of 3 tracks: ‘Crimson’, ‘Earthen Sky’ and ‘Rituals of Death’. You can watch our lyric video for “Crimson” here:

Who have been your greatest influences?

Mainly Melodic Black Metal and Doom/Gothic bands like Tribulation, Dissection, Primordial, Paradise Lost, Opeth, but I’d also like to explore adding elements of pop-punk and metalcore into the mix, like sum41, A Day to Remember and others.

What first got you into music?

Well, listening to it, haha. I’ve always been keen on music, since 5th grade or so, be it videogame soundtracks, music videos on TV or Radio songs. And it was always the “darker”, or rather “sadder” stuff that got my attention, even at that age.

How I got into metal though is funnier: when I first got my internet connection, I’d heard about “Limewire”, where I could find any song (and virus) out there! So, I was browsing the genre tags at some point and the label “Death Metal” caught my eye. Subsequently we can say that my transition into Metal was pretty unorthodox, with bands like Cannibal Corpse, Lamb of God, Arch Enemy and Children of Bodom.

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

You know, collaborations are a weird thing, you never know beforehand if it’s going to go good or sour, so I wouldn’t like to prejudge anything. If the question refers to any collaboration that would be sort of a dream-come-true though, then that would be Tobias Forge, Ghost.

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

In terms of “Oh my God, we played there!!” then Wacken, because it’s the oldest (and biggest?) European festival that hosts extreme metal music.

In practical terms, any festival that’s held in a good closed venue, with similar-vibe bands. I am not well aware of such fests though.

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

Can’t think of any really weird ones, it’s been mostly drinks, CD’s and books. What a boring answer, haha.

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

Be true to yourselves and what you want. Not to what your peers want of you.

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

That would be Freddie Mercury. Even though I am not the biggest Queen fan out there, I think the world of music lost a lot with his death.

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

I enjoy being able to express abstractions in sound, to manifest physically that melody that’s been stuck in my head. I enjoy the process of writing music, start to finish. It’s a really unique kind of fulfilment.

I hate the industry part of it. Especially the marketing. I’m not saying that it’s bad that it is there, it’s more of a necessary evil, but I really hate that I have to do it. Maybe because I’m bad at it? Sure. But I thoroughly dislike it.

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

The “pay to play” deals. Be it for concerts, “record labels” or magazine reviews. I find it unethical; I find that it puts musician in the place of the customer rather than that of the creator. I’m all for a scene that’s harder to get into rather than that. We have the tools to change these things, it’s time we put them in good use.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Funeral Album” by Sentenced. It’s kept me company countless times.

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

Cassettes I find to be good exclusively for nostalgia purposes, so they’re a no-go.

Vinyl gives the best medium to enjoy the art of an album, and it’s also the most show-off-ish medium. I don’t own Vinyl records, but I get the appeal and I do enjoy looking at them. Sound-wise they are not the more accurate in the era of digital recording. Maybe it was back in day where music was recorded in analog gear. Vinyl adds its own “colour” to the sound which might be preferable to some, but not to others.

CD’s are kind of a baby Vinyl: smaller, more convenient but they don’t decorate the walls as good as Vinyl.

Digital mediums are by far the most convenient. I’d like to see anyone make a Vinyl playlist. Or even skip 7 songs on an album. Or better yet listen to them on the road. Sound-wise it can be 100% accurate, but it can also be of the absolute worst quality.

So, verdict: Downloads/Streaming for listening to the music, Vinyl for showing off your collection.

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

As “The Sullen”, we haven’t played any. We aren’t even “we” as of yet.

As Petros, it has to be supporting Septic Flesh with W.E.B., in 2016.

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

I mean, I have a vast variety of interests, ranging from arts like photography and cinematography, to philosophy and politics, to programming and “hardcore science”… So probably something out of these.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The Pope, Till Lindemann, Kim Kardashian, Gary Holt and Her Majesty the Queen of England.

What’s next for the band?

Full length album and becoming a band. Both are currently in the process.

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

You can find us on:
www.facebook.com/thesullenband/
www.instagram.com/thesullenband/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCWQPzWr6-1_OvgI3WzKTJiw (subscribe guys, this URL is ugly)
thesullenband.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’ve always considered them a biscuit, but then why are they called Cakes? Really makes you think.

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

Well thank you for hosting us and supporting musicians! Stay safe, stay strong!

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EMQ’s with Catalysis

EMQ’s with Catalysis

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Dundee, Scotland based Metal band Catalysis. Huge thanks to drummer Calum Rennie 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’s Calum, and I play drums in the band Catalysis. We formed in late 2016 as a five-piece band and released our debut EP in December of 2017, following some line-up changes. These changes continued and in 2018 we became a four-piece band with Col, our bassist at the time, stepping up to vocal duties as well. Since then we’ve released another EP, we’ve done a small tour through Europe, recorded our debut album and gone back to being a five-piece band!

How did you come up with your band name?

I remember it being a pain because no one could make a decision on anything that was suggested, I think it took us a couple of months. Drew, one of the bands guitarists, decided that every member should pick one name they like, and then we would make a decision out of the five that were suggested. Catalysis was his suggestion, and it was the least rubbish one.

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

We’re from Dundee in Scotland, and the metal scene here is a strange one in that there’s not that many metal bands left in Dundee, so it means that you’re often playing with the same bands when you’re playing a local show. I think that kind of helps to develop better connections with the people in those bands. It’s quite often the same people that you see showing up to shows as well, which is nice because it shows that even though there’s not many metal gigs happening in Dundee, there are people who still want to go to them and show their support whenever there is.

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

We’re releasing our debut album, Connection Lost, on July 24th, so even though it’s not out yet it probably counts right? It’s the follow up to our two EPs, and I think it’s been great for the band having more songs to be able to show what we’re about, rather than being restricted to just a few songs on an EP.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think the biggest influences on the band have been bands like Machine Head, Chimaira and Sylosis where you’ve got groove, you’ve got big slabs of aggression, but you’ve also got interesting songwriting with a lot more to offer than just being heavy, and that’s what we sort of strive for in our sound as well.

What first got you into music?

I’d always had a massive interest in music, because in my family home everyone loved music of a lot of different styles. My brother played guitar and liked heavy music, so I wanted to play guitar and be in a heavy band, but guitar wasn’t for me. The two albums that really got me interested in drums were “Shogun” by Trivium and “Octavarium” by Dream Theater. I remember hearing both of those albums back in 2008 when I was 12 and just going “Cool, I guess I like drums now”.

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

Well the band recently collaborated with Phil Demmel for a guest guitar solo on our album and he would’ve probably been my number one choice because myself and Drew had spoken before about how great that would be. If a tour with someone would count as collaborating, then I think if we could tour with Dyscarnate then that would be sick, cause I think they’re one of the only bands that everyone in Catalysis actually likes.

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

It would probably be Hellfest, because it would be amazing to play such a huge festival, and it’s also really diverse in what bands play, so I think we’d be welcome there. It’s not just extreme metal, or just folk metal, that kind of thing, there’s something for everyone, no matter that kind of heavy music you’re into.

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

I can’t think of any weird gifts that we’ve ever gotten, weirdest experience I ever had from a fan though was someone wanting one of my drumsticks and wanting me to sign it. By no means is it weird in a bad way, it was just weird for me because of how surreal it was, I felt like a rock star haha!

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

Just a message of the massive amount of appreciation we have for anyone who has been to any of our shows, bought a CD or a t-shirt, streamed any of our music online, or has even just spoken to us at a gig and had a nice wee chinwag. We’re a pretty small band so the fact that people even care about what we do means so much to us, and we’re all very grateful for that.

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

For me it would have to be David Gold from Woods of Ypres. They’re one of my all-time favourite bands, and I only got into them around the time of his passing, so I’d love to bring him back so that they could have continued making more music, and I could’ve seen them.

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

Playing shows will always be my favourite thing about being a musician, cause if you’re on stage and you see even just a few people really enjoying what you’re doing, it feels great and makes you want to put in a better performance. The thing I hate the most is how expensive music gear is, it’s a pain in the arse.

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

I think if I could change one thing, I’d want it to be a kinder industry, I suppose. I mean this band is by no means a way of making a living for any of us, but you hear all the horror stories from folk in bands where that is their sole source of income and it is their living, and how the industry ruined being in a band for some people, which I’ve always thought is a real shame.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Wishmaster” by Nightwish. I could pick any of their albums for this question, but that album will always be special to me because of songs like ‘Dead Boys Poem’, ‘Two For Tragedy’ and ‘Deep Silent Complete’.

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

I’d say CD’s because that’s what I collect the most of at the moment.

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

I think I speak for the whole band in saying either supporting Sacred Reich in Glasgow last year, or our first show in Belgium on our European tour last summer, at MCP Apache in Charleroi. Sacred Reich was amazing because of supporting such a great band, and for me a personal highlight was getting to support Dave McClain, who is my drumming idol. The MCP Apache show though, is where we saw the best reception at any show we’ve ever played. Like I’ve just never felt such a good response from a crowd, and it was such an amazing introduction to shows in mainland Europe.

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

I’ve always loved history, so if I hadn’t taken such a big interest in music then I probably would’ve tried to do something with history instead.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Stephen Fry, Tuomas Holopainen, Winona Ryder, Li Ziqi and Sean Reinert, were he still alive. An interesting bunch.

What’s next for the band?

Main thing for us is releasing this album and playing our launch show on July 24th, but after that we’ll probably go back to writing more new songs for whatever the next release may be and trying to get as many gigs as we can, given that at the moment playing gigs isn’t possible.

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

We mostly use Facebook for getting actual interactions with people, and as well as having physical copies of all of our music, we have it all on Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, all of the big streaming services so that folk can listen any way they want to.
www.facebook.com/catalysismetal/
www.catalysis.bigcartel.com/
www.instagram.com/catalysisband/
www.youtube.com/catalysisofficial
www.spotify.com/artist/7deNcZfj1U9r6VXJyVijdB

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re a cake because it starts off soft but goes hard if it gets aerated.

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

I don’t think so, it’s been great doing this though so thank you to you guys for that!

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EMQ’s with DEEM INDEX

EMQ’s with DEEM INDEX

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Netherlands based Metal band Deem Index. Huge thanks to guitarist Lars for taking part.

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

Hi, my name is Lars and I am one of the two guitar players and composers in DEEM INDEX. Our band started out of the remains of some local metal and hardcore bands. After a couple of line-up changes we’ve been together in this line-up since 2011 and going strong since.

How did you come up with your band name?

Ah yes, this is the question that gets asked the most. DEEM INDEX is about the order you see things or how you deem to see them, as everyone views things in a different way.

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

We are from eastern part of the Netherlands, the Arnhem and Nijmegen region to be precise. The metal scene is pretty cool in our area. There are some awesome underground bands and a couple of annual festivals. Looking at the Dutch metal scene I’d have to say it’s pretty amazing what’s happening throughout the country, there are some cool up and coming bands!

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

We recently (March 2020) released our second EP “MASS//MINUS”.

Check it out here:

We’ve accompanied the release of our EP with a lyric video for the song HALO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzXRkJljA4Y

Who have been your greatest influences?

The five of us all have different influences from different genres. I can’t speak for all of the band members, but riff wise I’m influenced by bands like The Haunted and In Flames. Structure and feeling wise I take influence from Killswitch Engage. But when I’m writing new music I’m not listening to anything else, because it will only distract me.

What first got you into music?

A teacher in upper elementary school recognized a bit of musical talent I guess. I started out playing piano. But when you hit puberty that’s not cool anymore. In the meantime I was already discovering rock and metal music and I started learning myself to play guitar. My introductory albums were “Appetite For Destruction” and the “Black” Album.

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

I would love to work with Adam D. from Killswitch Engage. He’s an awesome musician and a great producer and he seems like a nice dude. I’d love to pick his brain and learn from him.

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

For nostalgic reasons I’d pick Dynamo Open Air, here in the Netherlands. Other than that I really wouldn’t know. There are so many festivals. I guess I’d pick a southern European or Latin American festival. From what I’ve seen and from what we’ve experienced with the band, the people in southern European countries are so dedicated. That’s really awesome to experience!

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

I know our drummer Elwin once got used boxers (yes, from a dude) thrown his way during a show. Personally, I never had a weird gift.

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

At this moment: stay healthy, stay safe, stay metal!

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

Phew, hard question. I think I have to go with Chuck Schuldiner. I don’t need to explain this one right?

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

I love the creative process of it. And obviously I love playing shows! The Netherlands is not that big, so the travelling to shows doesn’t take that much time. Also, when we are with our regular travel company (band, driver, roadie, a fan or 2) the drives to a venue are always fun! We travel in this 70’s Ford Galaxy van with hippy decoration!

I hate it that the pay in metal music sucks!

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

Mo’ money, less problems 😊 It’s probably a cliché but as said above, the pay sucks. I don’t know where to change that in the Dutch music industry…but there’s a whole lot of things going wrong when a cover or tribute band makes more money than a band who play actual original music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Dude, really? I really can’t name one, that’s impossible. It’s a different album every day. But since you insist: “Rust In Peace” by Megadeth. That album blew my mind. I started out with “Countdown To Extinction”, which I love. But hearing Rust for the first time? The technical skills, the speed, Friedman’s soloing. Wow. Just wow.

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

Never cared much for vinyl. I grew up with cassettes and CD’s, but only have a handful of them. The last CD I bought was “Prequelle” by Ghost. But I use Spotify most of the time.

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

Oh wow. I’d have to dig deep. There are a couple of them, for different reasons. The second time we play Patronaat in Haarlem; we shared the bill with some cool bands and the staff took great care of us. The show also kicked ass! We also played a headline show on a 2-day metal festival on the Azores, which is like halfway to the USA. As a band we combined it with a short holiday as it was our first show abroad. It was AWESOME! We were treated like rock stars. We had our own apartment, our own driver who’d take us across the island. And then there was the show. The crowd was SICK! So passionate, so awesome. We never experienced something like that in our own country.

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

I’m not a full-time musician, so I have a regular day job. I’m responsible for the online marketing and communications at a temporary work agency. We specialize in construction workers.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My wife and the rest of the band. Have some beers, chuck some meat on the barbecue and have a nice evening!

What’s next for the band?

We’re still waiting to play our release show. A week before we were to play that show the Corona hell broke loose. It’s been postponed twice since. Last week we set the new date at the 16th of October. And I’ve been writing some new music for the band. I’ll have a sit down with Jelmer, our other guitar player, soon, to compare and exchange music.

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

www.deemindex.com/
www.facebook.com/deemindex/
www.deemindex.bandcamp.com/
www.spotify.com/artist/0hPQIYQSCDzCpI47GVkVFg
www.amazon.com/s?k=DEEM+INDEX&i=digital-music
www.deezer.com/nl/artist/6445042
www.play.google.com/store/music/artist/DEEM_INDEX?id=Ahjhvywaof4ot7lmlm22q33zny4
www.itunes.apple.com/nl/artist/deem-index/id910619315
www.youtube.com/channel/UCbYiKZjzHCZFkIM1CVJln8w

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’d say mix of both, like a Jaffa cayscuit? They’re way too soft to be a proper biscuit, but they’re too small to be cake. Then again, the bottom of the Jaffa is made of sponge cake. So yeah. I love ‘em though!

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

Thanks for having us! Be sure to check us out on our social media channels and give us a like!

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EMQ’s with ESPIRAL

EMQ’s with ESPIRAL

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Ceuta, North African based Rock/Metal band Espiral. 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?

Alberto Mateos Miranda: – Singer

Luis Zapater Orti: – I am a guitarist

Antonio Jurado García: – I am the drummer. Espiral started when my friend Pita (Rogelio) and I, after years without playing to consolidate our work, decided to start again. We located Luis Zapater and after several component transformations Espiral was formed.

José Luis Corrales Silva “pepe”: – I play the guitar, I entered shortly after the album “CICATRICES” in the summer of 2014. Before I was a friend of the group.

Rogelio Mateo Pitalua: – I am the bassist. Espiral was born in the summer of 2005 with the entry of what was our previous vocalist, Jorge. At that time, La Taberna de Moe became Espiral and after several line-up changes, we reached this moment in which the band will release their fourth album “Cuando Vuelve El Sol”.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band’s name was decided at the rehearsal room. Several proposals were considered and none with a special meaning. Just the premise of finding a short and direct name. Espiral emerged.

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

We are from Ceuta, a Spanish city in North Africa. Here in our land there is a lot of movement of bands that practice different styles related to heavy metal and its variants. We have always had very good bands.

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

Our last release will be next June 1, in the form of a disc that contains an unpublished song, a version of Tharna, a former local band and of which Alberto was their vocalist, and eight songs from the previous discs, which were newly recorded and with some adaptations to the new musical orientation of the band. There will also be a video clip of the song that gives the album its title, which will be released in the first week of June.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Alberto: Beatles, Iron Maiden, Red Baron, Scorpions.

Luis: Deep Purple, What In, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Scorpions.

Jurado: Twisted Sister, Stryper, Metallica, Scorpions, Guns N’ Roses, Sober

Pepe: My biggest influences are Metallica, Extremoduro, Wasp, In Flames, Slipknot, Tool

Rogelio: Stryper, TNT, White Lion, Savatage, Crimson Glory, Whitesnake

What first got you into music?

Alberto: Listening to and meeting The Beatles

Luis: Listening to Deep Purple’s “Made In Japan”.

Jurado: Surely my Uncle. He played drums and when I was little boy, I would come to his house so he would give me a drumstick, then I would break the detergent cans for my mother imitating timpani, and with brushes like drumsticks

Pepe: I have always liked music from a young age with Bob Marley and shortly after with Aerosmith’s “Get A Grip”. When it came out, that was the moment when it became clear.

Rogelio: I was always attracted to music on the radio, from a very young age I felt a great attraction for it. The orientation towards hard rock came from my group of friends at school with whom I shared the first cassettes of Judas, Scorpions and Baron Rojo.

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

It would be difficult to choose one, we are five musicians and three musical generations, but one that we could agree with would be Scorpions. A collaboration on any of its classic themes would be unforgettable.

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

I would choose the Download Festival in the UK for being today one of the top five in hard rock and heavy metal festivals in the world. There all the best meets…even if we could not play, if I can be an assistant, I would not mind hahahaha!

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

Alberto: A music box.

Luis: I don’t remember.

Jurado: I have not received any especially strange, but one that I really loved, some personalized drumsticks.

Pepe: a skull bracelet, but I do not consider it to be strange, but one of the details that I liked the most.

Rogelio: I have never received, but I must highlight for the part that touches me, the gift of some personal guitar picks with the logo of the band and the flag of our city. It was really amazing.

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

That they enjoy the music, of their favourite bands, but above all that they give themselves to the bands with less media impact, those without big record companies and push them, since the musical life of an underground band will be shorter, but much more intense.

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

Alberto: Freddie Mercury and Ronnie James Dio.

Luis: Ronnie James Dio or Freddy Mercury.

Jurado: Clearly Dio and Freddy Mercury!

Pepe: Surely Cliff Burton?

Rogelio: Without hesitation, for the magic that he transmits to me in his solo work and with Crimson Glory, to John Patrick McDonald, Midnight.

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

Alberto: I enjoy making songs. I hate envy.

Luis: I enjoy the rehearsals and the conversations with the band, as well as the live shows …I hate the time before the concert.

Jurado: Rehearsals and hanging out with my friends. I hate sound that lasts longer and pick up after each concert.

Pepe: Enjoying music with my brothers from Espiral and with the people who come to support us in the live shows, what I hate most is having to pick up the instruments after the live show

Rogelio: The direct ones, the rehearsals are very enriching. Especially beautiful is the compositional coexistence of the new creations of the band. In music that word should not exist and for my part it has been banished forever.

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

It is a natural selection, and little can be done to avoid it. The big bands will continue to generate trends and accumulate followers, and those of us who move on a small scale will continue to climb the slope of anonymity.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Alberto: Tharna – “The Invasion”.

Luis: Deep Purple – “Made In Japan”.

Jurado: Scorpions – “Love At First Sting”

Pepe: Extremoduro – “Ágila” and Metallica – “Ride The Lightning”.

Rogelio: TNT – “Intuition”.

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

Alberto: CD’s

Luis: Vinyl

Jurado: Vinyl

Pepe: To me personally the charm that vinyl has…but I also usually consume CD’s.

Rogelio: For durability the CD, for the enjoyment of a great cover, Vinyl. The downloads are a necessary and useful tool for all bands.

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

They are all special, but if we have to choose one, we choose the concert of the last Festival ‘Va por ti Agus’. There was chemistry, very good sound connection and very good attendance.

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

Alberto: Writer.

Luis: Sports hobbies. Soccer and Sports Shooting.

Jurado: Sport.

Pepe: Dedicate myself more to sports (Muay Thai) for example.

Rogelio: I would dedicate more time to sports and my academic training.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Alberto: My band and a good friend

Luis: My band and Eddie Van Halen

Jurado: My band

Pepe: My Espiral brothers.

Rogelio: If you want to talk about music, if you want to have a funny time, if you want to smile, don’t hesitate, I am clear: Espiral.

What’s next for the band?

We are currently preparing to send the pre-order packs to coincide with the album’s release date. We have also designed with a company to send a review of the band and the release that will be disseminated to a large number of specialized press. We also work in local radio stations, as well as all those that we have access to broadcast our album. As for the live shows, at the moment the concerts are blocked by the pandemic, but we continue working to be able to present our album at the end of the year and continue in 2021 taking “Cuando Vuelve El Sol” wherever we can.

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

Espiral can be found on Facebook, Instagram, Bandcamp and YouTube.
www.facebook.com/espiral.ceuta
www.espiralband.bandcamp.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCzkEHof0vWa9e3qyCICfNkQ
www.instagram.com/espiral.ceuta/

VIDEO LINKS:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=NE9PcSBhCzQ
www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNdp5cluEYQ
www.youtube.com/watch?v=KPfIJ3_BkSk
www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLjfgkjv4tw

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?

No but thanks to Ever Metal for this opportunity.

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EMQ’s with STONE MACHINE ELECTRIC

EMQ’s with STONE MACHINE ELECTRIC

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Fort Worth, TX based Stoner Rock/Doom Jazz duo Stone Machine Electric. Huge thanks to Dub and Kitchens 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?

Kitchens: I’m Kitchens, I play drums, keyboard, theremin, and I also sing. We’ve been a band for 10 years now, but Dub and I have been in other bands together throughout the years and have known each other since I was in high school.

Dub: My name is Dub, and I play guitar and vocalize.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were listening to a lot of Electric Wizard and Black Pyramid back then. It was hard trying to find a name that sounded original and wasn’t already used. Stone Machine was taken, so we added the Electric to make it ours. Sounds weird to me sometimes still!

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

We’re in the United States. In Texas, specifically the Dallas/Fort Worth area, there’s a pretty rich metal scene for all different genres. It’s actually a bit saturated with bands, so it’s a bit hard to stand out.

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

We released our last album “Darkness Dimensions Disillusion” last year on Sludgelord Records. We put it out on CD and cassette, as well as on all the digital platforms. It has got all the stoner, doom, and jazzy psychedelic metal sounds you need.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Kitchens: My personal influences range a great bit. I’m a big fan of Frank Zappa and the many drummers he’s used over the years. I’m also a big Dave Lombardo fan, even though I pretty much suck at anything fast, ha!

Dub: Whatever I hear is going to influence me in some way, but going back it started with The Allman Brothers and recording them off the radio.

What first got you into music?

Kitchens: I grew up with MTV, and the biggest thing I remember from being a kid is Van Halen’s Jump video. I was so stoked when I was able to get this short sleeve Van Halen shirt from K-Mart. It was all music from that point.

Dub: It’s just in my blood, and it’s always been there since I was a kid.

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

Kitchens: That’s a tough one. We’ve done some collab shows and jams with Wo Fat in the past. I’d love to do something with Here Lies Man or Elder. Would love to get some heavy funky weird psych shit going for hours and put on some weird shows!

Dub: I’d like to do some collaboration with Michael Walter of Wo Fat on some original material not necessarily in the heavy realm of music.

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

That’s another tough one. There are so many, and we’re starting to get some really good ones in the States. I’d have to go with Roadburn just because they always seem to have a good eclectic mix of music that just makes sense together. And I’ve never been; it just always looks epic.

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

Can’t say we’ve ever received anything weird. I guess we’ve failed as musicians.

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

Kitchens: Explore, open your mind, discover as much as you can and enjoy it.

Dub: Thank you so much, we wouldn’t exist without you all supporting us.

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

Kitchens: Frank Zappa, because I want to see him perform his music because I missed out, dammit!

Dub: Agreed! On top of being a musical genius, he’s a smart Mother!

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

Kitchens: I love creating and performing, it is just so satisfying. I want to do it all the time, and it would be cool to make a living doing only that. Moving gear around and the business side aren’t fun, but I wouldn’t say I hate any of it.

Dub: It’s a creative outlet. I hate that bands don’t really get paid anymore. It’s the difference in cost to perform (gear, practice, time, and travel) versus what is provided in return.

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

Kitchens: Not sure it is the industry, but it would be nice if more people liked listening to new music or discovering new music. There’s so much out there that people don’t know about. People and the music industry need to be more adventurous.

Dub: See my last answer.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Kitchens: Firehose – “If’n”. That album has it all for me. I could listen to that non-stop. Mike Watt is awesome, and I recently got to see him live and fall down on stage. Dude got right back up and didn’t stop.

Dub: It’s hard to narrow it down to one album, but I can narrow it down to Led Zeppelin.

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

Kitchens: I don’t think it matters as long as you support what you like. I do all of the above in some form or fashion. Unfortunately I end up downloading a lot of music from bands that are outside of the country because shipping gets expensive!

Dub: I prefer vinyl for the sound and experience, but I do CDs for the convenience. Downloads sound like shit and aren’t convenient for me personally.

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

Kitchens: We recently played the Lost Well in Austin, TX. It was awesome to actually play there on a night that didn’t have a bigger show going on that sucked up the crowd. They had a great crowd and staff. It was also awesome to play with our friends in Temptress from Dallas and our buds in Abject Terror made up of dudes from Destroyer of Light and Monte Luna. Gravitoyd Presents puts on some good heavy shows in Austin.

Dub: I agree. But I also dug our show in 2015 with Wo Fat where we all got on stage together and jammed as Whoa! Fat Machine. It was completely improvised, and that is always cool!

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

Kitchens: By day I’m an architect, but I’d probably be doing art more if I wasn’t playing music. I love messing with watercolours and markers and drawing weird shit.

Dub: I’d probably be dead, or living in a van down by the river. Except for the fact the river is dried up too.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Kitchens: Sam Adams, Colonel Sanders, Little Debbie, and Ben & Jerry. Every party needs food and drink.

Dub: Uh….. That’s a private affair!

What’s next for the band?

We’re working on something special for the 10th anniversary of our first show in March. Other than that, we’re working on booking shows regionally around Texas, Louisiana, and Oklahoma.

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

https://stonemachineelectric.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/StoneMachineElectric
https://www.instagram.com/stonemachineelectric/ https://twitter.com/SME_band
https://www.youtube.com/user/StoneMachineElectric

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Kitchens: Can it be a biscuit cake or a cake biscuit? A biscake?

Dub: What’s a Jaffa cake?

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

Thank you for the opportunity to be heard on your platform, we appreciate it very much! We hope you and everyone reading really dig this and our music

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