EMQ’s with FREIGHTER

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EMQ’s with FREIGHTER

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Madison, WI. Metal/Rock band Freighter! Huge thanks to bassist Jason Braatz 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?

Jason and I play bass in Freighter. Travis (guitar) and I have known each other since we were little kids. We grew up together, played in bands together, and then started this band while we were in another band. Moved from Madison, WI to SF one at a time, picked up Guggy (drums), and here we are!

How did you come up with your band name?

Travis and I were sitting next to Lake Superior while we were talking about the new band and one of those giant ore ships went past, we thought it looked appropriately heavy.

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

The US, and the metal scene here is pretty large and varied!

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

Our new album “The Den” came out on digital and vinyl July 12th!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Dillinger Escape Plan, Meshuggah, Converge, Weather Report, Prince

What first got you into music?

I joined the elementary school orchestra in 5th grade and got an electric bass that Christmas.

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

I’d love for Adam Neely to write us something weird.

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

Wacken Open Air would be amazing!

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

Their attention!

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

Tell your friends!

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

Prince!

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

I love rehearsal, weirdly enough. The building process is really enjoyable.

I don’t like the notion that it is noble to starve in service of art. That’s something put on artists by those who want to exploit them.

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

Liveable salaries for musicians!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Queens of the Stone Age – “Songs For The Deaf”

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

Digital is great obviously for convenience and being able to pull up every song ever made instantly, but vinyl is the “best”. Being able to hold that big platter in your hands is unmatched. I typically get all the albums that I really love on vinyl.

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

Freighter’s best gig? Probably opening up for Dub Trio in Madison, WI!

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

Probably something dumb like healthcare IT

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

If it’s dead or alive? Duke Ellington, Barbara Lee, Aaron Rodgers, @dril, and Prince

What’s next for the band?

Get the album out and play some shows!

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

Facebook is probably the thing we operate best through;

https://www.facebook.com/freighterband/

We have Instagram and Twitter but don’t post there as much;

https://twitter.com/freighterband

https://www.instagram.com/freighterband/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

No idea what that is!

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

RIP Prince.

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EMQ’s with MarysCreek

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EMQ’s with MarysCreek

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Swedish Rock/Metal band MarysCreek! Huge thanks to vocalist Mats Nilsson 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 is Mats Nilsson and I’m the singer in MarysCreek.
The story of MarysCreek started back in 2004 when I and our former drummer Stefan Halldin started the band together.
In 2007 we released our debut album “Some Kind Of Hate”.
MarysCreek current line-up is Mats Nilsson (vocals), Alexander Ericsson (guitar/vocals), Jonas Hallberg (lead guitar/vocals), Roger Blomberg (bass) and Hugo Kristiansson (drums)

How did you come up with your band name?

The name MarysCreek came to me and our former drummer Stefan’s minds when we were browsing the internet for a unique name to get a .com address. We found a track with Nightwish called ‘Creek Mary’s Blood”, remove the word blood and turn the words around and there you have it!

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

MarysCreek is a Swedish band and in our home town Linköping the music scene is pretty good, we have a couple of really good venues and I also have to name Hell Yeah Rock Club that brings many good Hardrock/Metal bands to Linköping.
Generally in Sweden the hardrock/Metal scene is really, really good, there are so many good new and old bands so the scene in Sweden is very healthy.

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

Our latest album is “Infinity” that was released 2016 (Escape Music).

Who have been your greatest influences?

Oh, that´s a hard question. If I speak for myself I listen a lot to bands like like Motley Crue, Deep Purple, Van Halen, Whitesnake, Toto…a lot of bands from the 80’s but I guess you can´t hear that in MarysCreek music…or?

What first got you into music?

My mom came home from a business trip in 1982 and she had bought a gift to me, it was Motley Crue´s “Too Fast For Love” and it blew me away totally, I never heard or seen anything that cool. And from that day I knew exactly what I wanted to be :-).

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

It would be interesting to sit down with Sir Paul McCartney and write some music, he´s really a master of melodies.

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

We still haven´t played Sweden Rock Festival so that´s a festival I would love to play.
I’ve been to Sweden Rock Festival as a visitor for 18 years so it would be such an honour to play in the fields of Norje, so I cross my fingers.
Also the MO/RC (Monster Of Rock Cruise) is at the top of my list.

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

…the best is yet to come!

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

I think it would be Ronnie James Dio! I would love to see Rainbow with Dio behind
the mic.

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

The best is to write music and have the possibility to play the song you wrote live and see the react of the crowed, that´s a kind of magic.

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

I would turn back the clock to the 80’s, I really miss all the record stores, I could stand for hours and browse records and go from record store to record store.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Oh, I can´t pick just one, that´s impossible, I have so many records that I´m in love with…to here are a few of them:
Motley Crue – “Shout At The Devil, ToTo – “The Seventh One” & Dream Theater – “Octavarium”

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

Without any doubt Vinyl records!

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

I think our European tour with S.O.T.O had some of the best gigs MarysCreek ever did.

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

I am besides being a musician a Cad/BIM Engineer so that´s what I do beside music.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My family are always invited but I know if I want a good party I would invite the members of MarysCreek…they know how to party ;-).

What’s next for the band?

I’m right now writing new songs for the forth coming MarysCreek album and I really hope it will be released in 2020.

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

We´re on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and our website
http://maryscreek.com/
https://www.facebook.com/maryscreek/
https://twitter.com/MarysCreek
https://www.instagram.com/MarysCreekofficial/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Sounds like a cake but looks like a biscuit, so I go for the look, it´s a biscuit.

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

Keep your eyes open for some great MarysCreek news to come!
Over and out
Cheers!

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