EMQ’s with OCEAN ENCOUNTERS

EMQ’s with OCEAN ENCOUNTERS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Tournai, Belgium Modern Djentcore band, Ocean Encounters. Huge thanks to bass player Pieter, guitarist Nathan, and vocalist Thomas, 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?

Pieter: Hi guys! I’m Pieter the bassist, and I’m here with Nathan (one of the guitarists) and Thomas (the singer). There’s also Quentin (the drummer) and Greg (the other guitarist) but they couldn’t make it today. Together we are Ocean Encounters from Tournai in Belgium. We started back in in 2015. Greg and Quentin got together with our old guitarist and singer and started jamming out. Soon one of my students (I’m a teacher) who knew Greg approached me saying that she knew about a band looking for a bassist. So, I went to a practice session and by the end we had 2 songs ready to go!

Nathan: Then a few years later the first guitarist had to leave because of some differences in the band, and so I was lucky enough to be asked to come on. I’d seen them a few times and really enjoyed the music they were making, so when Greg sent me a message saying they needed a guitarist, I jumped on that chance!

Thomas: Yep and then a similar thing with the original singer. He didn’t want to keep going, and I had just left my band, so the timing was perfect. Although Ocean Encounters was just at the precipice of a huge line-up of shows, so to say that I hit the ground running is an understatement (laughs). I had to learn 8 songs within something like 3 weeks!!

Pieter: Now in the most straight forward terms we play metal. Heavy down-tuned guitars, guttural vocals, big drums, lots of headbanging. But if you’re a fan of niche genres or hyper-classification of the multitude of subgenres that exist in the metal world, we like to throw around the term Modern Djentcore. That’s because if you listen to any of our tracks, there’s moments where you’re nice and comfortable, cruising to a nice little section you might enjoy, and then WHAM, out of nowhere you’ll take a nice rap/trap section to the face, followed by a rumbling breakdown chugging its way straight through your living room, and then WHOOSH you’re on the wings of a fire-tailed nighthawk soaring the notes of an ethereal sweep picking guitar solo taking you way above the clouds and into the upper reaches, where you’re serenaded by an angelic chorus, which then dissolves into fire and ashes, as you tumble back down to this purgatorial speck of dust flying through the cosmos…. too much? (laughs)

How did you come up with your band name?

Thomas: Well, as we were getting started, ocean-themed band names were really up and coming, and we were huge fans of those bands. So, we thought, why not head in that direction?

Pieter: On top of that the Ocean allows for an un-depletable source of song topics. You can talk about the monsters that definitely live in the depths, you can talk about ships, adventure, hope, despair. All of it!

Nathan: Yeah plus the fact that Pieter spoke only English or Dutch in the beginning so the internationality of it was a fun metaphor to play around with.

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

Nathan: We’re all from Belgium, except for Quentin, who is actually French. But he’s lived here for over 15 years so he’s pretty much Belgian, but don’t tell him that (laughs). Belgium actually has a HUGE metal scene. And our festivals are award-winning international insanity. Graspop Metal Meeting is huge! Plus, festivals like Alcatraz that try to give non-megastar bands a chance to play on a huge stage with thousands of people.

Pieter: Even the town we’re from used to be huge in terms of the punk/hardcore scene. You hear stories about how back in the 80’s people would come from the big neighbouring cities just to go to the shows here in town. Our drummer even had a live music bar a few years ago, but the town has gone downhill in terms of cultural or artistic support, so it’s all died out a little bit, which is really sad to see.

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

Thomas: We just came out with our debut album! It’s called “Anchored” and available on all the usual sites and services. We even have them on old-school actual CDs! So those are available for purchase by either sending us a PM, or coming to the shows!!

Nathan: We also have an EP that came out a few years ago, and that has some serious bangers on, that we still play live from time to time. Like ‘Clock’, oh man I love playing that one live.

Who have been your greatest influences?

(everyone laughs)

Pieter: We are so all over the place when it comes to influences. Even though, just like with our genre, you can place an umbrella over all of them and say ‘rock and metal bands’, but we have everything From Jack Johnson and Xavier Rudd, to Blink 182 and The Offspring, to Northlane and Polaris, to Infant Annihilator and Thy Art is Murder. We even have some EDM and rap/trap influences. So that’s a tough question.

Nathan: And you’ll hear some of those throughout our songs. Like on our first single off the album ‘Disappoint’, there’s this really catchy jumpy riff at the beginning, a heavy lumbering rap section in the middle, and the chorus is this bluesy, emotional, epic thing that sits on top of it all. It’s fun taking the listener on an adventure (laughs).

What first got you into music?

Pieter: Pheewww man. I think that’s also gonna really differ from person to person in the band. I know for me performing on stage has been something on my mind since my parents played Paul Simon CD’s in our house growing up. Then picked up a guitar around my early teens, got together with a friend to play some covers and the rest is history!

Thomas: Yeah for me it was the urge to play in a band. I had a lot of friends that has started different projects, and then one day, while singing along to a song in the car, I realised I could do this whole screaming thing without destroying my voice. So, I practiced a little bit and before I knew it, I was in a band doing it for real!

Nathan: I used to just cover songs in my bedroom. Then bought a 7-string guitar because I wanted to go heavier (now I’m up to 8 strings haha). Then Greg called me saying his band was looking for a guitarist, so I thought why not?! As good a time as any!

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

Pieter: Me personally I’d have to say Lamb of God. These guys have been in the game for so long and keep putting out quality material. Plus, every show is a party. I’d just follow them around and pay attention to every single tiny little detail and soak it all up.

Nathan: It’s gonna sound stupid but I’d love to colab with a Grindcore band. For some reason, their shows pull crowds time and time again. You can have a big-ish metalcore or djent band come in from England, and there’ll be 5 people in the audience. But there was this show by this Austrian grindcore band, (not sure how explicit you guys can print but the band was called Vaginal Penetration of an Amelus with a Musty Carrot!!) and the same place will be PACKED. I don’t know how or why, but it’s something I want to learn.

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

Thomas: Of course, there’s the big ones like Big Day Out or Download. But I think I’m gonna have to go with either Graspop Metal Meeting, or Alcatraz Music Festival. They’re in good ol’ Belgium, so we’ve got the home-crowds, and we can speak all 3 languages of Belgium, plus English, so we can most definitely reach every single f*cking person in that audience. Which is what we aim to do for each show anyway!

Nathan: I’d love to have a Burning Man, but for only metal. Or what was that festival where everyone got stranded because of COVID? Like this island where it was just music and jams for 3-4 days. THAT would be awesome. An island for only metal. Can you imagine? Maybe we should start that…?

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

Pieter: An old, beer soaked, smelly, woven bracelet from a woman easily in her 80s. She threw it on my wrist without a single word or caution, tied it tight and spent the rest of the show in the front row. Moshpits and all. It was wet, it smelled bad, but I couldn’t take it off right away because she seemed so happy to give it to me. It was weird hahaha!

Thomas: I’ve never gotten a present! Now I want one!

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

Nathan: Listen to the whole album. Even if you’re bored, use it as a mental exercise to focus on something, and stick with it for more than half an hour. Some songs fit the ‘single’ profile, so they’re juicy bits come in soon and fast, but we don’t write all our songs with the sole intention of making them big. A lot of songs are written from personal stories and have a lot of work that went into them, but might take more than a minute to really kick it in gear. Sometimes you gotta climb the mountain to see the best views, not all of them have chair lifts or gondolas to take you straight to the top of the mountain, grab a selfie, and go back down.

Pieter: I totally agree. ‘Free Bird’ or ‘Child in Time’ or ‘Stairway’ don’t “kick off” until several minutes in, and those are some of the biggest songs of all time!

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

Pieter: Ronnie James Muthafuckin’ Dio! That guy knew how to get a crowd going. And such a NICE dude. Always humble, always polite, always a winner through and through.

Thomas: I’m a huge Linkin Park fan, so I’m gonna go with Chester.

Nathan: Dimebag, man. Wow could we get any more obvious with our answers? hahaha! We literally just picked the 3 most straightforward answers to that question!

Thomas: Well, yeah, all those guys had huuuge impact on the scene when they passed. Let’s throw some Kurt Cobain in the mix as well!

Pieter: Fine, but then I’m adding Robin Williams. He wasn’t a musician, but when he passed, I literally cried every time I thought about it.

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

Pieter: Playing live shows. There’s nothing better than seeing a few heads bob in the crowd. As soon as heads are bobbing and feetsies are tapping, I consider that success. We’ve had moshpits, and there’s no denying that that is awesome when it happens, but a head bob or a foot tap is instinct when you’re hearing something you enjoy, so that’s the signal I look for.

Nathan: For me it’s funny, because right up until the moment I’m actually on stage, I hate it. I hate it so much. The anxiety of going up in front of a few hundred people is something that I still struggle with. But once the intro kicks in, that IMMEDIATELY goes away and it’s go-time. And then I love it.

Thomas: Yeah definitely love the live shows. What I hate is how nobody prepares you for the very real amount of shit you have to haul from one place to another when you’re in a band. Like, 90% of being in a band that plays live shows, is literally hauling stuff. Amps, guitars, cables, mic stands, the drumkit, merch. All of it. Actually, physically playing a show is MAYBE 5% of what you ACTUALLY do in a band. And while my love for it is a motivator to do it all, it really blows having to do it over and over again. But you just do it because that’s what gets you on stage.

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

Pieter: It’s easy to put this responsibility on the shoulders of the music industry because they’re the ones catering to it, but I’d have to say the formula of “success”. It’s leading to simplification of music as a whole. The need to bang out hit after hit after hit is causing the music to simplify, and musicians to run out of ideas (why on EARTH do you need 10+ producers on a single track?!). But I think that responsibility also lies with the audience. Try treading into genres you never listened to before, listen to an entire song start to finish, start listening for, and appreciating diversity in your taste.

Nathan: Yeah, I’ll step in that same boat. I don’t have any idea of how to fix it, but making money from album sales again would be awesome. You really have to understand and exploit the algorithms Spotify and Facebook use before they can be used to an advantage, and by then they’ve run off with such a large chunk of the cut that you’re starting from behind once you get popular enough to actually start drawing money from those streams.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Pieter: “Enema of the State” by Blink 182

Thomas: “Hybrid Theory” by Linkin Park

Nathan: “Miasma” by Black Dahlia Murder. I love the song too because it’s in ¾ measure, so you can Waltz to it hahaha!

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

Pieter: Urgh I’m gonna have to be a dick and break the question down into what it is you’re looking for. I know it breaks the rules a little but there really are 3 different answers for me. If you’re looking for quality of sound and dynamic in your tracks, you gotta go vinyl. But do a bit of research and make sure it’s been mastered for vinyl. It makes a serious difference, and once you hear it, you can’t go back. CD’s for in the car 100%. AUX cable is good, but a CD gets that little extra bit of volume and crunch you just can’t get anywhere else. Then download for ease of access. There’s no denying the convenience of Spotify on a phone during a road trip. Thousands of songs, poof, just like that.

Honestly can’t think of a reason for cassettes to be better than any of those 3 options. Plus, they deteriorate and you gotta rewind it every time and yeah, no, CD’s, Vinyl’s and downloads depending on what you need.

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

Thomas: Gotta say Durbuy Rock Festival 2019. We opened the festival with big big names like Napalm Death and Black Dahlia Murder, we had a solid moshpit, strangers coming up to us afterwards and praising our music, it was just so awesome.

Nathan: Yeah and our shitty little van was parked right next to Black Dahlia Murder’s tour bus, so it was this first moment where we were like “oh sh*t, we’re in it now!”

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

Pieter: I’m already doing the other thing! Teaching and history tours of the battlefields around Ypres. I love history. If you don’t like history then you had a shitty teacher. It’s fascinating!

Nathan: Honestly, no idea. I’ve got a job on the side, but there’s nothing that gets me going like playing music with these guys.

Thomas: I’m with Nathan, I do a job to pay the bills and survive, but it’s the music that I really WANT to do all day, every day.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Pieter: Oh man, so many options. But I’ll stick to the question this time hahaha! And just for the sake of making the conversation at that party as interesting as possible: Robin Williams, Jesus, Hitler, Alexander the Great and a Neanderthal.

Nathan: There is nobody I would add or remove from that list. Why a Neanderthal though?

Pieter: We all have a bit of Neanderthal in us, but we don’t know a lot about them. Could they talk? Did they make music? Did they procreate with Homo Sapiens? Was it awkward introducing your Homo Sapien girlfriend to your Neanderthal parents? You know, the questions that matter.

Thomas: You guys are weird. But yes, that list seems perfectly fine.

What’s next for the band?

All collectively: TOUR!

Pieter: Yes, most definitely. That’s a collective goal of ours. Short term is just getting a tour on its feet. A few weeks, a few countries, either with a few bands or by ourselves. We just want to drive to the location, set up, play, break down, load the van, drive, set up, play, repeat for a few weeks. Dirty, tired, craving healthy food and a good bed, yeah that’s the stuff.

Thomas: Definitely. And then long-term the dream is really to get just big enough that we can make a living off of this stuff. The BIG goal is to write an album for a year, then tour for a year, then write an album, then tour. And do that until our bodies give out, or we can’t financially do it anymore.

Nathan: Yeah, we have a few small differences of opinion in the band sometimes. but I think we can all agree that touring is both a short- and a long-term goal.

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

Pieter: All the classics and the competition of the classics. Spotify, Facebook, Apple music, Google Play, Amazon, Youtube, Groover etc.

Nathan: Yep but all the important information is on Facebook, I think that’s the easiest one.

www.facebook.com/OceanEncountersBand/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Pieter: A cake cut to the size and shape of a biscuit. Kind like mini muffins. Muffins are ALREADY small cakes, why you gotta go and make them even smaller!?

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

Thomas: Good questions! A little bit more than the standard! Nice!

Nathan: I love lamp.

Pieter: Nothing for me. Thanks guys!

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EMQ’s with GROOM LAKE

EMQ’s with GROOM LAKE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK based Metalcore band Groom Lake. Huge thanks to vocalist Will Mortimer 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 Will, the lead vocalist for Groom Lake. We got together at the end of 2018, after I met Ben (guitar) and Josh (bass) at an Alexisonfire show. Ciaran (guitar/vocals) played in a previous band with Ben, and had been working on material for a while, and I grew up playing in countless bands with Alex (drums), so everything fell into place perfectly. We spent most of 2019 writing and rehearsing our debut EP “Fallen Earth”, which we recorded last year with Johnny Renshaw at Bandit Studios, and started playing shows in November 2019.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name comes from the official name for the U.S government facility Area 51. We’re all Sci-Fi fans, so the alien connection was something that really appealed to us.

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

We’re pretty spread out, but our two main hubs are Ipswich and Brighton, both of which have great scenes, with tons of great bands.

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

Our debut EP “Fallen Earth” is coming out 26/06/2020.

We’ve just released a video for our newest single ‘Leech’, which you can see here

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a collective, Architects and Northlane are probably our biggest influences, and are the common ground between us all musically. Individually we all have a wide range of influences, from 90’s boom bap Hip Hop to UK Post-Hardcore and everything in between.

What first got you into music?

I’ve been obsessed with music for as long as I can remember, but I think hearing ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ when watching Wayne’s World as a 6-year-old is really what made me fall in love with guitar-based music.

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

There’s a Brighton based Electronic-Pop artist called Maida Vorn who I would love to feature on a track, I think she could really add something unique to our sound.

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

We’re a Metal band, it has to be Download! The pedigree of the bands, the history of Donington, it’s really the pinnacle for anyone in our world.

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

Nothing weird as of yet, but we’re still only new. If people like our music and want to give us weird shit, we’re totally cool with that!

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

Take a stand against hate, persevere through adversity, and buy our T-shirts because we’re all broke.

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

I think it would have to be Lemmy, no one has ever been as cool as him.

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

Enjoy the most- playing shows

Enjoy the least – loading in for shows

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

At the moment it seems that everything is constantly in a state of change, and we have to spend so much of our time adapting that we don’t really have time to think about what we’d change.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The one that has really been getting me through the lockdown is “Madvillainy” by Madvillain. It’s perfect East coast hip hop.

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

The cool answer might be vinyl, but I pretty much exclusively stream and download.

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

It’s gonna be hard to top our first hometown headline show in Ipswich. Sharing the music we’d worked so hard to create with some of our best friends was such a special experience for us all.

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

I’ve always been really into acting and film, so it would be something to with that. In reality though I’d probably just play more video games.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Stanley Kubrick, Ghostface Killah, Leonarda Da Vinci, Janice Joplin and Michael Jordan. I feel the list pretty much speaks for itself.

What’s next for the band?

We’ve got our debut EP “Fallen Earth” coming out on all streaming platforms on 26/06/2020. You can pre-order physical copies of the record at.

www.welcometogroomlake.bigcartel.com/

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

We’re mostly active on Instagram and Facebook (both @welcometogroomlake).

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They’re cakes dude, it says it in the name!

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

You can pre-order physical copies of “Fallen Earth” at.

www.welcometogroomlake.bigcartel.com/

Thanks for reading!

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EMQ’s with AVARUS

EMQ’s with AVARUS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Blackpool, UK based Metalcore band Avarus. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Lucas Fletcher 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?

Hey! I’m Lucas, I’m the lead vocalist of the band Avarus, we’ve been around now since about 2018 which is when we decided to start taking the band seriously and decided it was a career path we all wanted to take! We are a 4-piece metalcore band from Blackpool, UK and currently have released 5 singles.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name is a funny story, years ago when the idea of a band first came about between myself and bassist Mikey, we had an EP currently recorded from a previous band we had been in but hadn’t been released, we did a promo video for that but didn’t have a band name and the videographer turned around and said ‘ I used to work with a band called Avarus but they’ve split up now ‘ and we were like well yeah sure that works hahaha.

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

We’re from Blackpool UK, well. 3 of us, our guitarist Jay actually grew up in Australia for 15 years of his life (hence the blonde hair and shell necklaces ) but recently moved back around 2 years ago and that’s when he met me in a rock club in Blackpool! The metal scene in Blackpool is pretty dead, it’s there but it’s not huge, I’d say the UK has a decent metal scene but it’s not something special, we can’t wait to get out to Europe after the things I’ve heard about it!

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

Our latest release is ‘In Disbelief’ which wasn’t planned at all, but due to coronavirus we had to put a hold on the video of the other release, so we thought fuck it! Let’s just release a different one and get a lyric video done! We don’t like to keep the fans waiting for new music.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I’d say the greatest influences so far from what you hear on our music leans towards Bullet For My Valentine, Trivium and As I Lay Dying. At the moment we’ve all really been into Polaris, Wage War, Northlane and a lot of lore modern bands like that, I’m now starting to write more towards that era of metal rather than old-school as I enjoy it more! So, keep an eye out for new stuff!

What first got you into music?

Haha that’s a funny story! I was sat in my dad’s van when I was about 3/4 years old, he left me alone in there and when he came back I was head banging away to the AC/DC “Back In Black” album! I grew up around my dad always playing rock or metal so that’s how I got into it!

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

Hands down Polaris, I personally think they are one of the best bands out there at the moment and I can’t get enough of their music.

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

Download festival, I’ve been going every year since I was 7 and it’s always been my dream to stand on that main stage.

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

At Christmas we all received a Christmas card off a fan with £20 in each, the strangest gift but we also weren’t complaining! Haha, I’d like to shoutout and thank Rihanna Riley for the gifts!

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

One message for the fans? F**k what everyone else thinks, be yourself and do what you want, you only get one shot at this so don’t be a sheep and follow the crowd if that’s not who you are.

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

For me personally it would be Randy Rhoads, he’s my all-time favourite guitar player.

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

I enjoy getting up on stage and playing to people, that’s what I live for. The adrenaline, the rush, there’s nothing like that feeling. I also love writing music as well, I do it all day every day if we’re not out on the road. What do I hate? Personally, I wouldn’t say I hate anything! Touring isn’t that fun when you’ve not got a shower, or I have to fly because I HATE planes haha, but other than that there’s nothing!

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

The way musicians are paid and looked upon by society, the pay for being a musician as we all know is sh*t every 150,000 streams on Spotify we get £200 which isn’t great. Remember what would the world be without any music at all? Imagine a film with no music, no radio, silent restaurants, not being able to work out with music, it would just be horrible. I think musicians are very under appreciated by society, I think anyone in the arts industry is to be honest. I just wish we could get more for the amount of work we put in, but when you love something money doesn’t matter as much, that’s why we’re still here doing it, that’s why most bands are.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

All time fave has to be “The Poison” by Bullet For My Valentine.

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

I’m gonna say CD’s I still go out and buy them because my car does not have Bluetooth haha. But I think it’s good to support the bands by still buying hard physical copies too.

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

HRH Metal at Birmingham 02 for sure.

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

Honestly, I have no idea.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d invite. Ozzy Osborne, Jamie Hails of Polaris, Oli Sykes of BMTH, My girlfriend and probably Gandhi.

What’s next for the band?

We’ve got LOADS. First off we’re planning another single drop very soon, after that we want to get back into the studio to record the album before corona is over and then come next year we want to release the album and are planning numerous UK and EU tours around that!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.instagram.com/avarus_official/
www.facebook.com/avarusofficial/
twitter.com/avarus_official

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

It’s a CAKE.

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

Thank you for interviewing me! It was great talking to you guys! Peace out.

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EMQ’s with LAST EXISTENCE

EMQ’s with LAST EXISTENCE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, UK based Metalcore/Technical Metal band Last Existence. Huge thanks to guitarist James 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?

Hey guys! I’m James and I play guitar in ‘Last Existence’. Myself and Burton (The drummer who is also called James – it’s easier this way) have been in a few bands together over the years. When our last one fell apart, we just decided to keep writing together and write the material that we would want to hear from some of our favourite bands. Our bassist Dave was a good friend of ours and we kept sending him our demos as we wrote them. He loved the stuff and kept pushing us to keep going with it, so we just had to get him on board. He heard that our singer Jo was looking for a new project after leaving his previous band ‘High Rise’ and he approached him with the new material. It’s safe to say that he couldn’t get enough of what we were writing, and we have had our heads buried in the studio together ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

Burton came up with the name. We were in the gym at the time and he just turns to me and goes “How about ‘Last Existence’? That sounds pretty cool and no one else has taken it!” and that was that.

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

We are all dotted around London. Burton and myself are in Buckinghamshire, Dave is based in Wembley and Jo is in Kingston (the trains are a nightmare). There are a LOT of bands in the big smoke. It’s great because the metal scene is really thriving, but competition is fierce. You really have to know your sh*t to get noticed.

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

We have just released our debut single ‘Plume’ and it seems to be turning heads. We couldn’t have asked for a better release! We gained 800 likes on Facebook in the first week of release alone. It’s a very exciting time for us. Hopefully, we will get used to the constant notifications blowing up our phones and all of the friend requests.

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a band we listen to a huge array of music, from John Mayer to Thy Art Is Murder. I think we can all agree that; Currents, Architects, Northlane and Novelists are some firm favourites of ours.

What first got you into music?

I started playing guitar when I was 14. I had a lot of friends in school that played and I just wanted to join in and hang. My Dad got me into the old school rock stuff, but it wasn’t until some mates forced me to listen to Tool that I start getting into metal. Fast-forward 13 years and I am now a full-time composer for film and TV.

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

Oh man that’s a tough question! Mick Gordon, the guy behind the Doom soundtrack would be awesome! I think we would make something really cool as we both love heavy amounts of electronic production and sound design. That would be sick!

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

Tech fest would be fantastic. We would fit right in with the other super ‘drop tuned’ bands. Maybe next year we can try and sort something out.

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

Hahaha, I mean…being kissed on stage by a complete stranger is a weird one. Like thanks for the beer breath…, I’m sure that was nicer for you than it was for me.

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

WE HAVE MORE! KEEP LISTENING! THE NEXT TRACK IS GOING TO BE CRAP I PROMISE!

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

Diego from Volumes. That guy’s production is unreal! All of their stuff is utterly fantastic and 100% still holds up today.

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

For me it’s a full-time job as well as having the band. I absolutely love being a musician, but you have to keep your motivation up. Sometimes you go to bed late and don’t have the energy the next day, you just have to open up the laptop and make a start. The hardest bit is always starting the writing process, but when you get going and you make something truly special – the best bit is seeing people’s reactions when you play it to them.

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

Honestly, I think the industry is in a really interesting place right now. Everyone has the opportunity to create music, everyone can be a bedroom producer and everyone can make a living off of it. Several years ago it used to be reserved for the elite with the big studios and big budgets, but now there is more music out there than ever. I think there are a lot of great opportunities right now for musicians, but with everyone able to create music easily at home – the market is heavily saturated with mediocre stuff. Your sh*t really has to stand out to make an impact. I’m not sure I would change any one thing in particular about the industry as it’s far too complex an issue for that. It would just be nice to know for sure that X amount of time invested into the music = Y amount of fans. We just have to do what we do as best we can and hope it makes it through to the people who really love it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Northlanes – “Node” is a banger!

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

Haha this is a baited question! I believe mixing was created because vinyl hid a lot of problems with dodgy engineering. When you put those old recordings onto CD you can finally hear all of the engineering mistakes that they made. However, there is something cool and nostalgic about a big vinyl player and a spinning dustbin lid sitting on top of it. I’m just more of a high-fidelity guy and will be sticking to my Grace m900 DAC and Burtons Mytek 8×192 Converter for our recording and productions.

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

I did the Britain’s Got Talent thing a while ago as a session guitarist which was pretty cool. It was fun being fussed over and being streamed to millions of people all over the U.K. I was supposed to be suspended from the ceiling in a harness and lowered onto the stage whilst busting out a guitar solo – that idea got scrapped on the day because they couldn’t hide my legs and leave me hanging up there all evening until the performance (not to mention the major blue balls).

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

I might have gone into engineering or business or something like that. Gotta make money somehow and hopefully not completely hate your job. I would like to think I would still have some kind of creative outlet on the side as I just love making things. I’ve been doing the music thing for so long now it’s hard to imagine doing anything else. I’ll take it tinnitus and all!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Probs the Last Existence lads and my girlfriend. That was pretty much what we did for new years and it was a RIOT. Although to be honest I haven’t even seen a human being that I knew since we have gone into lockdown, so I’ll take anyone! Even you Burton you sack of sh*t ❤.

What’s next for the band?

We have several other releases scheduled throughout the year. Hopefully, we will get to gig at some point and see the lovely faces of all the fans that have been liking our pages. Maybe we will record a couple more music videos as well, you will have to follow us and see.

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

We are on everything! Spotify, Youtube, Facebook, Instagram, Apple music, Pornhub etc etc. Just type in ‘Last Existence Plume’ into whatever you want, and we will come up. It’s the pic of Jo where he looks like we set him on fire. Maybe for the next vid we will do that for real.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Mate I don’t even know I ate them already.

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

Sorry for writing so much. Listen to ‘P L U M E’! It’s Dope!

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EMQ’s with MIND TERRORIST

EMQ’s with MIND TERRORIST

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Larissa, Greece based Modern Metal/Metalcore band Mind Terrorist. 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 Mind Terrorist; we play modern metal with influences of metalcore and crossover music and we were formed in 2012. We have released three full length albums, the fourth one is expected to be out in May 2020. We have played numerous gigs around the world. At the moment we are focusing on promoting our upcoming release “Spiritual Revolution”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Well, we wanted that our band name reflects our lyrics direction. In that sense, Mind Terrorist is our statement in an era of lies, distorted realities and moral decay. It’s a statement of freedom of thought.

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

We come from Greece, however during the last couple of years the band members live in three different countries. The metal scene is quite strong in Greece, we are very well known of our underground black metal scene, however after the 90’s we started to produce really good power and thrash metal. Nowadays, the scene is getting even stronger, with many bands touring around the world and releasing good stuff.

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

As mentioned above, we are now waiting for our new album to be released. It contains 9 tracks, mixing and mastering were done in Greece, USA, Netherlands and Germany. It will be out from OPOS Records, in two different CD editions.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We are influenced from various artists and bands all over the metal spectrum, to name few of them: In Flames, Pantera, Slayer, Machine Head, Sepultura, As I Lay Dying and more.

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

My personal wish goes for In Flames.

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

It was a CD of a fan’s band, but when I opened it at home the disc was missing, in the CD case there was a condom…No comments…

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

Stay heavy. Metal music is our remedy against the sick times we are in.

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

It’s not really about a star, I would bring Ingo from Helloween. I am currently listening to “Keeper I”, that’s why I remembered of him.

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

I enjoy the moment when I receive the physical copy of our album in my hands. It is a deep feeling that it’s hard to describe. All the effort, numerous hours of preparation, recordings, writing music and lyrics, captured in a moment. On the other hand, it’s not something that I hate, let’s say it better that I dislike, it’s the recordings process that from a point and on might take a lot of energy and time and require patience that I hardly have 😊

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

Censorship. Music is freedom of thought and speech, it is ridiculous that bands are censored because of religious, political or other reasons.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Iron Maiden – “Somewhere In Time”

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

I would say that my preference goes for CD, probably because I was raised during the CD times. Although I need to admit that Vinyl is getting lately my attention a lot more than before.

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

It was a gig we played in Rome, Italy. Best performed one and with great feedback.

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

I would devote 100% of my time to graphic designing.

What’s next for the band?

Promotion of our new album and as soon as we get out of this Corona pandemic, gigs.

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

Our webpage www.mindterrorist.org.
Apart from that, we are active on Facebook, Spotify, YouTube, Instagram and Telegram.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are biscuit sized cakes 😊

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

Thank you for this interview and greetings to your readers!

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Levania – Episode 0 Mini-EP

Levania – Episode 0 Mini-EP
Sliptrick Records
Release Date: 02/08/2019
Running Time: 08:38
Review By Mark Pritchard
9/10

With the country amidst the current coronavirus pandemic and with the weather, lately, being bright and warm we had one day (like a needle in a haystack) which was very cold and gloomy where it was raining on and off (normal West Midlands weather) and I thought to myself ‘this is the perfect time to listen to Levania’s recent mini-EP “Episode 0”. So, I put the heating on, switched the bedroom light on because it was so dark and wrapped up warm with my quilt and headphones on. Listening to this EP on such a horrid, boring day was an absolute godsend, it allowed me to forget about the cold weather outside and helped me warm up much more quickly.

Levania are a Gothic Metalcore band, formed in Ferrara, Italy in 2009 and were founded by ‘Still’ (keyboard and vocals) and ‘Fade’ (bass). After a fairly active period of time, where they recorded two albums, EP and various singles they went on a short hiatus  and have now returned with this three track EP

When I listen to “Episode 0”, it instantly makes me want to headbang, in fact I nearly dropped my phone in the bath and also, when I needed to go the shops, almost made me fall over when listening to it, so I can definitely say that headbanging when walking to the shops is a very bad idea. However, the main thing this EP does is put a huge smile on my face and just makes me want to raise my fist to the sky like at the end of one of my favourite films “The Breakfast Club”! It combines Gothic Rock/Metal (great keyboards/samples and excellent choruses) with clean female & harsh male vocals and really could only have been made in Mainland Europe “Episode 0” is an absolutely fabulous EP, although a little short, and one that I will surely listen to over and over again.

I cannot wait until Levania release their next album!

TRACKLISTING:
01. Abyss.
02. Reflections.
03. Reckoning.

LINE-UP:
Fade – Bass
Still –  Keyboards/Vocals
Ligeia – Lead Vocals
Richie – Guitars
Markus – Drums

LINKS:
www.levania.bandcamp.com
www.facebook.com/LevaniaOfficial/
www.levania.net
www.twitter.com/Levania_
www.spotify.com/artist/7InW8C2DP3Ey8T38Mp8HAw
www.youtube.com/user/Levaniaband

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EMQ’s with DIG TWO GRAVES

EMQ’s with DIG TWO GRAVES

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Central New Jersey based, Progressive Metalcore band Dig Two Graves. Huge thanks to guitarist Jaybee and drummer Kenny 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?

Jaybee: I’m Jaybee and I play guitar and write everything and am the cutest. Also, Kenny’s here and answering stuff, he plays drums. We started the band maybe 2 years ago now, we’ve been playing a bunch, recording a bunch of music, and just trying to have a good time.

How did you come up with your band name?

Jaybee: I came up with it and I thought it sounded cool and edgy.

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

Kenny: United States

Jaybee: The scene kinda sucks. I see crazy crowds in Europe or South America where people turn up and go wild for shows. Shows here are cool but it’s a little harder to get everyone out and get them into it.

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

Kenny: We released an EP entitled “Deathwish” last year.

Jaybee: We’re currently working on our first full-length album; it’s coming out extra thick.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Kenny: Make Them Suffer, Veil of Maya, Fall out Boy, Asking Alexandria, Avenged Sevenfold

Jaybee: Kero Kero Bonito, 100gecs, Dir En Grey, Luna Sea, Death Grips, and The Gazette.

What first got you into music?

Kenny: I had a drum set as a kid and got back into it around the age of 15/16 because two of my friends played guitar.

Jaybee: That was me, I was one of the friends.

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

Kenny: Kero Kero Bonito.

Jaybee: Agreed.

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

Jaybee: Coachella yuhhh.

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

Jaybee: Not really a gift but one time I signed a fan’s cheese omelette with a sharpie, and they ate it.

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

Kenny: Hold tight for our debut LP. We’re very happy with how it is coming out so far.

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

Kenny: The Rev (Avenged Sevenfold)

Jaybee: K (Pay Money to My Pain) or Hide (X Japan)

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

Kenny: Playing shows with a crowd that is really into it.

Jaybee: I like playing the lowest note on my guitar and making it sound all gross. I don’t like recording albums, it’s annoying, I like writing and playing.

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

Jaybee: I wish it was slightly more merit based as opposed to popularity based but I guess that’s part of running a business.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Kenny: “Infinity On High” – Fall Out Boy.

Jaybee: “Bonito Generation” – Kero Kero Bonito is the best album ever made.

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

Kenny: Downloads for convenience, Vinyl for quality.

Jaybee: Same.

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

Kenny: Not sure.

Jaybee: I enjoyed college a lot, I’d probably be studying something, I don’t know what though.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jaybee: Sarah Bonito, Dustie Waring, Yvette Young, Tim Henson, and Ricky Berwick.

What’s next for the band?

Kenny: We are currently working on our debut full length album.

Jaybee: I wanna make a couple stupid music videos for it too, so I’ve been planning that out.

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

Kenny: We mostly promote through Instagram and Facebook and most of our listeners are on Spotify and Youtube.
www.facebook.com/DigTwoGravesBand/
www.instagram.com/digtwogravesband/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCcYNM3dVVn1QREyZbCB164Q
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6NSEOKLBYxDo6YYlL4cMPI

Jaybee: I don’t really like computer garbage or modernity in general, so I let Kenny do most of that.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jaybee: Never had one, but I Googled it and they look like a COOKIE to me. That’s right, a COOKIE.

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

Jaybee: Thanks for reaching out for the interview, I’d love to do it again. Big shoutout to Ever Metal. Big shoutout to Seth Lugo. 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 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 DISPOSITIONS

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EMQ’s with DISPOSITIONS

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Fort Worth, Texas based Deathcore / Metalcore band Dispositions! Huge thanks to Ethan Massey 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?

Dispositions started out in 2015 as an internet project by guitarist, Ethan Massey. Soon after finding band members, Dispositions entered the studio to record their debut EP “Dead Era” which released in January 2017.Dispositions then began playing local shows around the Dallas/Fort Worth area. They then hit the studio in late 2017 to record with producer, Cory Brunnemann in San Antonio, TX to record two singles. One being a Linkin Park cover called ‘QWERTY’ and the other called ‘Imitator’, which Dispositions shot a music video for. With the momentum of those singles Dispositions started playing shows and going on runs with bands such as DevilDriver, Jinjer, Upon a Burning Body, Bury Your Dead, Drowning Pool, Attila and MANY more! Adding a second guitarist in the mix in 2018, Dispositions hit the studio again with Cory to record two more songs later that year. One being the song ‘Pitiful’ and the other being ‘For You’.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s from a Tool song.

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

We are from the US, specifically, Texas. The music scene here in Dallas/Fort Worth is extremely active with lots of local bands of all genres and a good amount of venues that allow big tours to come through.

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

Our latest release is our song called ‘Pitiful’. We have a new song/video coming out.

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

We’d like to eventually work with Landon Tewers from The Plot in You.

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

Rock AM Ring would be pretty insane. Some of our favourite bands have played that one.

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

#spreadthehate

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

Dimebag Darrel or Chester Bennington

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

The shows and travel are by far the most fun part. Being a local band all this mostly come out of our pockets to fund at the moment so that’s probably the part we hate.

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

I’d personally love for it to go back to the 80’s style and you were signed based off your talent and showmanship other than social media numbers and streams.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“10,000 Days” by TOOL

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

Downloads are the most convenient but CD’s were the coolest in the early 2000’s when they’d actually come with cool behind the scene booklets about the album.

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

There’s a few that come to mind but I think when we played with DevilDriver at Gas Monkey Live or playing to a totally sold out crowd with Upon a Burning Body in Dallas.

What’s next for the band?

Next for us is to release our song, ‘For You’ on 11/15 as well as playing a few shows with Bury Your Dead, Fit for an Autopsy and more.

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

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, distrokid, Spotify, Apple Music, google play, etc.
https://www.facebook.com/dispositionstx%20/
https://twitter.com/dispositionstx
https://www.instagram.com/dispositionstx/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Honestly have no idea what those are. Lol!

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

Hit our website up, DISPOSITIONSTX.COM to get your merch and tickets!
https://dispositionstx.com/
Ethan Massey
Facebook.com/dispositionstx

 

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