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 ROZU

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EMQ’s with ROZU

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Denver, Colorado based Post-Hardcore band ROZU! Huge thanks to vocalist Tim Graham 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 my name is Tim Graham and I do all the vocals for Rozu. A brief history of the band is me and guitarist DJ Sundine wanting to write some music and give the whole band thing one last shot. After we had some material we brought in Brian and Henry because they were so extremely like-minded, great at their craft, and just overall great dudes to be around. From there we brought in our producer Tyler Ruehl and just got to work for about a year writing music and getting the whole vision for the branding and overall aspects of the band before finally announcing the band in June of 2018.

How did you come up with your band name?

We wanted something very unique, easy to remember, and short. Rozu was on a list of like 50 names we had and started polling them around to our peers and was an overall favourite. It is a very fitting name being the Japanese word for rose and that fact that this band is like a blooming rose from the ashes of our past endeavours.

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

We are from Denver Colorado, USA. The scene here is very unique and full of talent. In Denver it seems to die off then come back in waves but still a tight knit community.

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

Our latest release was our single ‘Divide’, which we released back in May.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I want to say collectively our biggest influences have been Underoath, Like Moths To Flames, Wage War, and Every Time I Die.

What first got you into music?

Really just kind of grew up loving music, my dad was always a rock guy and introduced me to like Tool, Pearl jam, and Metallica. I always wanted to be in a band but wasn’t ever really successful with it. I started touring with some friends as a tour manager and eventually filled in for a couple tours as a vocalist, and from there I’ve just always been in a band.

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

Being my favourite vocalist of my favourite band, I would love to collaborate with Spencer Chamberlin of Underoath.

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

Reading would be incredible to play. For America having the scene lose the Warped Tour it kind of takes away the smaller milestone and Reading is just such a crazy big music festival that it would be a dream come true to play.

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

From an older band this girl drew me and my guitarist at the time as skeleton people which was just random but also the coolest gift ever. We actually used it as a cover art for a little side project we did.

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

First and foremost, we love you all so much and as we continue to grow it is great meeting new fans and making new friends. Besides that, within our music the message is hope and being comfortable in your own skin. It is ok to not be ok and we want people to always have that hope that things and life will get better.

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

Chester Bennington from Linkin Park!

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

I enjoy the creating of the music and getting to see as much of the world as we can playing our music and sharing the art. Besides from people just wanting to take advantage of you on the industry side I don’t really hate anything about playing music.

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

Weeding the people out that have that mindset I just discussed.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Easy, “Define The Great Line” by Underoath is just a great album front to back and I never get bored of it.

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

I love the convenience of downloads and streaming but there is just something about holding the Vinyl and enjoying the music from a player.

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

We got to do this Pay Per View wrestling event where one of the wrestlers uses our song Anchor as her walkout. That was just such a cool and unique set I’ve ever played.

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

I would for sure still be working on the business side of the industry because I love developing and managing bands.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Spencer Chamberlin, Jared Leto, Dave Grohl, RZA, and Dr. Dre! That would be a wild little party.

What’s next for the band?

We are just finishing our album right now and we are starting to plan some tours for early 2020.

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

Follow us on Instagram
https://www.instagram.com/rozu_official/
Other than Instagram head to:
http://www.rozuband.com
and be fully connected to everything Rozu.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I will for sure let you guys know when I have experienced a Jaffa Cake.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you guys so much for having us.

 

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