EMQ’s with KOLLAPS\E
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Helsingborg, Sweden based Post-Metal/Sludge band, Kollaps\e. Huge thanks to Daniel Wallenborg & Peter Walefors, 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?
Daniel Wallenborg, Guitar/Vocals
Peter Walefors, Guitar.
How did you come up with your band name?
Daniel: Well, one of my all-time favourite bands are Breach. And they released an album called “Kollapse” some years ago. The title has stuck with me since, maybe because of the fused Swedish and English in one word. So, when we talked about band names this one came up. I added “\” to separate the “Swedish” and “English”. And the idea is also to have songs sung in Swedish. But that is still a work in progress.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Peter: We are from and around, Helsingborg, Sweden.
Daniel: There used to be a lot of bands from this area. Most noticeable SOILWORK, Darkane, Humanity’s Last Breath. And the scene was pretty good! A few places to play and a decent amount of people showing up. Nowadays it’s pretty thin, I think. Hopefully, it will pick back up!
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Peter: “The Pandemic Sessions”, two song single.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Peter: Cult of Luna, Breach, Norma Jean, Amenra, P.G Lost, Architects, Neurosis and so on…
Daniel: Knut, Isis, Deadguy, Vision of Disorder, Sick of it All, Refused, Machine Head, Type O Negative, Converge, Turmoil, Breach, and a whole lot more…
What first got you into music?
Peter: First time listening to “…And Justice For All” and “Master Of Puppets” got me into playing guitar.
Daniel: I’ve been around music for as long as I can remember. Having two big brothers, I was around their record collections. Everything from Punk to Synth. Either one played any instrument, but I got interested in playing in high school. Bought a bass guitar and 3 weeks later we started a band…
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Daniel: That’s a good question? Tomas from Breach, Tim Singer from Deadguy/Kiss it Goodbye. Kurt Ballou of Converge. Steve Albini. Those are some I can think of right now!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Peter: Big stage at Hellfest, I won’t say no to that.
Daniel: Loudpark, Japan. Japan has always been a dream country to play in.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Daniel: Hmm. don’t know if I’ve been in a band where we received anything what so ever. ☹
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Peter: Get vaccinated and let’s get this show on the road.
Daniel: I’ll second that!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Peter: Tom Searle of Architects, left us way too soon.
Daniel: Probably Kurt Cobain, would have been interesting to see the direction Nirvana would have taken…
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Peter: Playing together with other people, playing live, writing songs. don’t really hate anything about it.
Daniel: Being able to create something. The thrill of sharing your stuff. The dread when its available. Hoping people will like what you do. Hate that I don’t have enough time for music. And I hate writers block.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Daniel: Wow, how to respond to that!? Hehe. I don’t really know! I think it’s too big to break it down to one thing. A lot of moving parts. But maybe less people that will “fuck” you over for a payday. But is that the industry or just the idiocy of humans?!
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Peter: Metallica – “…And Justice For All”.
Daniel: Turmoil – “The Process Of”.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Peter: Doesn’t really matter as long as you support the bands you like and buy the music.
Daniel: Dunno, whatever your preference is, I guess. I like all of it.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Peter: Helltown Festival, 4 crazy 10-year-olds moshing in the front row.
Daniel: Maybe not the best but playing at DOUR Festival, Belgium in 98 in front of 7,000 people.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Peter: You get paid as a musician?
Daniel: Probably doing designs, videos or something like that!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Daniel: Donald Trump, Dalai Lama, Rasputin, Charles Manson, Steve Jobs.
What’s next for the band?
Peter: Full length album in 2021, and hopefully play some shows!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Peter: Never tried them, but I’ll say biscuit anyway.
Daniel: A cake that looks like a biscuit?!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Both: Thank you for taking an interest in our band and spreading the word. We are humbled and forever grateful! If you want to follow us on social media, please feel free!
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