EMQ’s with A PERMANENT SHADOW

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EMQ’s with A PERMANENT SHADOW

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Barcelona, Spain based Electronic Rock project, A Permanent Shadow. Huge thanks to main man/vocalist CP 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?

My name is CP Fletcher and I am the singer in A Permanent Shadow. I am actually the only fixture in this project. For recordings and live work, I surround myself with different musicians and producers. A Permanent Shadow came to life in 2016, since then we released one album, “Songs of Loss”, and have a second one ready for release in early 2022.

How did you come up with your band name?

I read about permanent shadows on the moon and then found out that the same expression can also refer to a human skin condition as well as the after effects of a nuclear disaster. I thought it’s quite an apt name for a band project, and that aside it sounds really good.

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

I am of Austrian origin but have lived in Barcelona most of my life. It’s fair to say that the Spanish metal scene is very vibrant, though stylistically A Permanent Shadow is very far removed from Metal.

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

We have a new single out on September 24th, it’s called ‘Shining Star’ and you can pre-save the song and register for the video premiere via this link: https://hypeddit.com/link/037tml

‘Radical Change’ (Official Video) (2020)

‘Empty’ (Official Video) (2019)

Who have been your greatest influences?

David Bowie. I got into his music at a very early age and he still is my undisputed musical hero. I wept a lot the day he died, and on our debut album we included a song about his passing, called ‘Sailor’.

What first got you into music?

Again, David Bowie. My sister bought the album “Let’s Dance” when I was little and it was a real eye opener for me. I knew from early on that I wanted to be involved in making music one way or another.

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

I would like to work with The Anchoress. I think her music is very original and she’s an extremely talented vocalist and piano player. Her new album “The Art of Losing” got great reviews and quite rightly so.

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

Primavera Sound in Barcelona because afterwards I could go home by bike. And usually, it’s quite a cool festival with an amazing line-up.

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

I don’t receive gifts usually, mainly abuse. We recorded a cover of a Simple Minds song on our first album and Simple Minds themselves shared our version on their social media. You wouldn’t believe what kind of comments some of their more over-zealous fans are capable of.

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

Give the songs a few spins and let me take you for a ride!

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

That would, without any doubt, be David Bowie, closely followed by Lou Reed.

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

I love the creative process: writing, arranging, recording, even the audio visual aspect of it like photo sessions, video shoots etc. It’s all great fun. What I don’t like so much is the hassle you have to go through for media attention and getting gigs.

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

I don’t know. It is what it is and as a musician you have to adjust to today’s reality. I rarely think about what could’ve been. Was it easier in the past? I don’t think so, it was just different.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“The Idiot” by Iggy Pop. It’s an astonishing record and in my opinion the blueprint for everything from Goth to Post Punk. I’ll never grow tired of it.

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

For me, downloads these days. I used to buy lots of CD’s until recently, but then I would rip them and play the MP3 on my player or on the PC, so what’s the point. After many years in music, my hearing is not good enough anymore to appreciate the much-cited “warmth” of vinyl.

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

Our album presentation in March 2020 was a great experience. Big crowd, good response, a fun night. Looking back though I have some bitter-sweet memories as a week later we went into lockdown.

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

I trained as a grief counsellor, so I guess I would help people get over traumatic events in their lives. Now I hope our music does the job, at least to a small extent.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Some ex-girlfriends and their current partners. It would make for an awkward social experiment.

What’s next for the band?

After ‘Shining Star’ we plan to release another single and then our second album “Humdrum” in March 2022. We are also working on some live-in-studio stuff and the videos for future singles.

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

Our website is www.apermanentshadow.com

From there you can access all social media channels and digital platforms where we distribute our music.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Good one! I used to love them as a child but I’ve never ever wasted a thought on what they actually are. I’ll have to think about it a bit.

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

Don’t expect a song about Jaffa Cakes anytime soon!

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EMQ’s with TOOTHDRINKER

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EMQ’s with TOOTHDRINKER

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Cardiff, Wales based Hard Rock/Metal/Pop project, Toothdrinker. 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?

Hi! We’re Toothdrinker and we play a weird mix of hard rock, metal and pop – got to have a variety when you’re making a rock opera!

At this stage, Toothdrinker is more of a project than a traditional band. I started it at the beginning of 2020 as a side-project, while trying to get my then-main band ready for gigging. I had an idea for a rock opera based around the Resident Evil series and thought it’d be fun to write and demo a few songs as proof of concept.

When the pandemic happened, my main band fell apart due to totally understandable shifts in everybody’s lives. I decided to keep writing beyond my proof of concept, and it shortly spiralled in to me deciding I’d write and record a whole album as a DIY project. Being a backing vocalist at best though, I needed to get some singers on board – fortunately, my partner Elly (of Hubert’s Friend) has an amazing set of pipes and was very up for being involved. Then, over time a range of other great singers joined such as Kyle from Seven Sisters and Helgi from Ring of Gyges. I also managed to enlist the help of a couple of friends to contribute some additional lead guitars and voila, our album “Last Escape” is ready!

How did you come up with your band name?

There is a term for a half-vampire, half-human called a ‘dhampir’. Apparently, this literally translates to ‘toothdrinker’ in Albanian. I’m not sure how accurate that is or if it’s just one of those things bandied around the internet, but I thought ‘toothdrinker’ sounded great and was suitably horror-themed.

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

When I started the album, I was living in London, England where I’ve spent most of my life. Against all odds, London’s metal scene still seems to thrive which is great.

Around 9 months ago, I moved to Cardiff, Wales. Moving in the thick of pandemic, obviously live music has been on a bit of a pause. However, Cardiff has a very strong rock and metal scene with local acts galore – I’m excited to start experiencing it first-hand.

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

On 24th September, we’ll release the first single from the album – ‘Valentine’s Day’. The album itself, “Last Escape”, will come out 19th November.

“Last Escape” Album Teaser

https://www.facebook.com/Toothdrinker/videos/168730205263618

Who have been your greatest influences?

There are too many to list, but with this project specifically, a lot of the concept is informed by my love of Savatage. Their melding of pseudo-Broadway songs and heavy metal on ‘Gutter Ballet’ and ‘Streets’ has always stuck with me. I love all eras of the band, but those two albums have a particular place in my heart.

Stylistically though, I’m not sure Toothdrinker sounds much like Savatage. Song-writing-wise, I’ve always been hugely inspired by Ginger from The Wildhearts – his ability to cram riff after riff after riff in to a song and punctuate it with catchy choruses is definitely what I attempt to do!

What first got you into music?

Probably my mum playing “Led Zeppelin IV” on repeat during childhood car journeys.

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

Oof, there are an absolute ton. Ginger Wildheart would obviously be great, as I know he’d write something incredibly catchy. It’d also be amazing to work with a band like Svalbard and learn how they make their music so incredibly atmospheric.

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

Wacken’s got to be the dream, right?

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

We’ve only just started out, so nothing!

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

Seeing as this is our first release, I doubt we have fans yet – but thank you for listening!

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

I’m not sure I want the power of necromancy, but Peter Steele would definitely suit being undead.

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

Writing songs and writing songs, ha!

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

More diversity, less discrimination.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Just one?! “Prince Of The Poverty Line” by Skyclad is always near the top.

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

You do you. I like physical media, but my house is also filled with lots of plastic!

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

None yet.

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

My day job, which I am still doing!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

It’d be the other contributors to Toothdrinker – I’ve not met all of them in real life, and it’d be amazing to get them all together.

What’s next for the band?

With the first album just about to go out, that’s the big focus for us. I’ve got ideas for other things down the line, but that’ll be a way off.

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

www.facebook.com/Toothdrinker
www.instagram.com/toothdrinker/
www.twitter.com/ToothdrinkerInc

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Now this is the hard-hitting stuff. My view is that they are technically a cake, but function as a biscuit – like a tomato is a fruit you treat like a vegetable.

I’m sure this is deeply controversial, so please send all Jaffa Cake related hate-mail to our socials.

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

We hope you enjoy the album and thank you for taking the time to read this!

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EMQ’s with HOLLIN KINGS

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EMQ’s with HOLLIN KINGS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Cleveland, Ohio based Rock band, Hollin Kings. Huge thanks to guitarist, Brandon Kendig, 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?

Brandon Kendig, I play guitar in Hollin Kings. The four of us (Max Ostrowski: Lead Singer, Guitar, Nathan Lapuh: Drums , Dave Royer: Bass) grew up in the same town outside Cleveland, Ohio and started playing together as a cover band under a different name in 2017 then we decided to start writing our own material in 2019.

How did you come up with your band name?

We had about 40 band names written down, Hollin Kings was the only one we didn’t hate and wasn’t already taken. Band names are the hardest thing to come up with.

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

We’re from Cleveland, Ohio. The rock scene here is fantastic, there are tons of excellent local bands playing shows every weekend.

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

Our latest release is our single “Wicked Love” (September 10th)!

‘Wicked Love’ (Teaser)

‘Hold On’ (Audio)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Scott Holiday, John Mayer, Jimi Hendrix, Jimmy Page.

What first got you into music?

I was 19 when I started playing guitar and I heard ‘Slow Dancing in a Burning Room’ by John Mayer for the first time. After that I was hooked on playing guitar.

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

Rival Sons.

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

Bonnaroo would be awesome to play because the line-up is always so diverse and it looks like 4 days of craziness in the best possible way!

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

Can’t say…haha!

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

Thank you for checking out our music and supporting us!

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

Jimi Hendrix.

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

Creating and recording songs with three of my friends. Loading in gear for shows!

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

Streaming services should pay artists more per stream.

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?

I enjoy Vinyl but downloads are just so convenient.

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

Whiskey Myers’ Firewater Music Festival.

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

Construction.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

What’s next for the band?

Write and record album number two.

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

All of them!
www.hollinkings.com/
www.facebook.com/HollinKings
www.instagram.com/hollinkings/
www.twitter.com/hollin_kings
www.soundcloud.com/hollinkings1
www.open.spotify.com/artist/760oNkGqKbQfbTSJrpQhGt
www.youtube.com/channel/UCGANiQ7eXfnPcye0vu1bOUw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I honestly don’t know what a Jaffa Cake is hahaha. Google says it’s a biscuit sized cake…sooo a mini cake?

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

Thanks for having me and go check out our new record!!

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Interview with Robby J. Fonts of SICKSENSE

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Interview with Robby J. Fonts of SICKSENSE
By Stephanie Stevens

I have followed Robby J Fonts career in the music industry. He took to some of the biggest stages with his band Stuck Mojo, he has had numerous projects that have helped him grow and showcase some of his vocal capacities from one spectrum to another. He has followed his dreams in the wrestling world and married one of the baddest women in the metal scene, Vicky Psarakis of the band “The Agonist”! Now this duo is forging into the latter half of 2021 with a brand new band called SICKSENSE. A band that is ready to break down barriers with their touch of pissed off groove, hard hitting and melodic tones and a raw sense of reality given to you in the lyrics. The band’s first single, ‘MAKE BELIEVE’ is catchy as fuck, brutal in parts and an all-out addicting song that you will have on repeat for days to come.

The band is based out of Chicago, IL & Montreal, QC, and consist of Vicky Psarakis aka “Killer V” (Vocals/Synths), Robby J. Fonts aka “Rob The Ripper” (Vocals), Branislav Panic aka “Breakdown Bran” (Guitars), Samuel Bedard aka “Spot-On Sam/SOS” (Bass) and Cody Taylor aka “The Trve Cody Taylor” (Drums). Knowing the background of Robby and Vicky the rest of the band have had some quality time in the world of music as bassist, Sam is also in the metalcore band, “Day Of Change” and guitarist Bran is from the black metal band, “Bane [Serbia]”. Both Bran and drummer Cody are formerly from the rap rock band, “Keychain”.

So, this band has an alluring diversity in the music community which brings to life a whole new refreshing, exciting and vibrant atmosphere when you hit play to a SICKSENSE track. I can’t wait to hear more of what this band has to offer. But for now, get your ears all up into the newest single ‘MAKE BELIEV’. It is a very solid and intriguing Platform track and I think it’s going to solidify that this band is here to break the mould and show that diversity is something we all need in our music lives.

I had the pleasure chatting with Robby to find out about the new band, creating music from a distance with his bandmates, and what the future holds for SICKSENSE with touring and releases! Plus, a look into his life with Stuck Mojo and his love for wrestling.

Q: Since you guys are very new to the scene how can you describe the style you have put together for SICKSENSE?

A: I’d say we are a hard rock band, with hip-hop, R&B, heavy metal & hardcore influences. There’s something for everybody.

Q: I got to check out the song ‘MAKE BELIEVE’ and the first thing that came to mind is the diversity in the song, it seems like all your past chapters have been intertwined into this band. When you were putting this band together was that a goal you had for the music?

A: I think because I was always “joining” other bands, only after the music was already written and the instrumental songwriters already had their ideas and “vision” in mind,  including what they wanted the vocals to do and be. I was only able to add parts of what I was capable of doing vocally, but when I began working with Bran and Sicksense, we came up with all of our ideas from the “ground up”. I finally felt like I was actually part of the group and making the exact kind of music that I want to be doing.

Q: How are you guys taking the lyrical content, are you focusing on certain themes & elements or are you trying to diversify the topics like you are with the music?

A: Just as Sicksense creates the kind of music I want to be creating, I’m also free to write lyrics as I please as well. Topics may range from societal critiques and personal issues. Nothing is off the table here. Our lyrics are just as diverse as our music itself. In previous bands, I either had to write with certain guidelines in place or had to write about specific topics in mind. With Sicksense, I’m truly free to simply write as myself and how I see fit. I don’t feel like I’m being put into a box with this band.

Q: You’re working with your wife Vicky Psarakis, how is that going? Is it easier to work with a partner in that capacity and what are the struggles?

A: Working alongside my wife is awesome. I’ve been helping her behind the scenes with her work in other projects, including her features for other bands. When we work on her stuff, she takes charge of the lyrics and I simply provide suggestions or place minor input, at the end. In Sicksense however, I tend to take the lead for the majority of the lyrical direction on our songs. In general, I don’t mind working alongside other vocalists or lyricists though. I had a great time collaborating with Rich Ward for the record I did with Stuck Mojo as well.

Q: Other than Vicky, who else is working with you on SICKSENSE and why did you choose these particular people to take part in this project?

A: Sicksense is actually the successor band to our guitarist, Bran and our drummer, Cody’s previous project, “Keychain”. The duo were holding auditions online to find a new “singer” for their band back in late 2017. I hit them up and worked on three demos (one of those three ended up becoming ‘Make Believe’) for them. Bran liked what he heard from them and he introduced the idea of possibly working with a second “frontman”. Since Vicky had worked on the backing vocals for the demos I sent him, I suggested we get Vicky to join the band as this second “front-person” and we adjusted the demo songs to include what ended up becoming her main vocal parts for those songs. We wrote the remainder of our songs with both of our vocal abilities in mind. So, the band was started by Bran and Cody, Vicky and I ended up joining them, then Bran discovered our bassist, Sam from the local Quebec metal scene. Bran “tried him out” with his other band, “Bane”, got good vibes from him and asked him to join Sicksense, completing our line-up.

Q: For people who may be living under a rock Vicky is the front woman for “The Agonist”! Once this band gets off the ground have you thought ahead about touring and how will that unfold with her having that commitment also? And will other band members be in the same boat?

A: When touring and live show opportunities present themselves, we’ll fit in dates to work with everyone’s schedules and prior engagements. Every member in this band has something else going on outside of Sicksense, be it other bands, businesses or endeavours. Vicky’s in “The Agonist” and she does a bunch of solo work including her weekly Twitch stream segments. I’m in “Stuck Mojo” and I also do professional wrestling on the indie scene. Bran is in a black metal band called, “Bane”. Sam is in the metalcore band, “Day Of Change” and he’s also in “Bane” alongside Bran. When he’s not drumming for us, Cody does heating & cooling system repair work in his hometown. If things start picking up for the band, it might end up being the top priority for all involved, but we can’t compete against existing projects that have so much tenure over us. We’re still young and fresh as a project. Only time will tell where we end up.

Q: I’m sure it’s normal now to create and make music via the internet and I see your other band’s members live in other areas than you. What are the main struggles when putting music together and what is the positive about being able to create over internet world?

A:The biggest struggle is probably just the traveling distance and money spent in order to get everyone in the same place at the same time. But other than that, it’s awesome being able to create music over the internet. I personally prefer to receive tracks/demos online from the instrumental songwriters that I work with. It allows me to sit down on my own time and focus in my own world on what to write about and how to present my vocals. Long distance songwriting is no trouble at all. As long as everyone’s practicing their instruments and know their parts, we’d just need a few days of rehearsals and we would be good to start playing live shows. That’s how I’d do things with Stuck Mojo and it’s how Vicky does things with The Agonist.

However, we actually suffered delay after delay with this band. I’m actually an immigrant from Canada. Early during my immigration process is when I first joined Sicksense in late 2017. It took me until the end of 2018/early 2019 to actually get my Permanent Residency here in the States, allowing me to be able to travel outside of the country again and return to Canada (where the rest of our bandmates live). So, Vicky and I ended up going back to Canada to finally meet the rest of our band mates in person and we jammed our songs in person, fine-tuning the little details together, before we entered the studio with our producer, Christian Donaldson (who also works with The Agonist on their records). We recorded a full-album’s worth of material in early 2020, right before the pandemic happened…but because of the pandemic, that again delayed us once more by yet another year! We hadn’t had the easiest time putting ourselves out there, but here we are. Finally!

Q: You put together a very unique video for the song ‘MAKE BELIEVE’! In your own words what does the vibe of the video mean to you?

A: The concept of the video was to partly pay homage to Limp Bizkit’s ‘Break Stuff’ video (during our verses), but to also add our own spin to it, by including the two dancers who represented our clashing styles of sound that is found present in our music. There’s elements of calmness and serenity in our music, but then there’s also this “in-your-face”, loud and pissed off element to our sound as well. We wanted to portray an obvious clashing of styles through not only our sound, but with our visuals as well. It kind of symbolizes what we’re living through here in the States as well. I feel like there’s just so much division and a lack of understanding between different groups of people, so we’re trying to open up that discussion and bring people together here through our music. I’m not concerned about what people believe in or how they live their lives. I personally judge people by the content of their characters, after I’ve actually met them. Music’s an excellent way of bringing people together: 1) you find others who have the same tastes in music as you. 2) going to live concerts and festivals is one of the best social experiences you can have with others. It truly brings people together and allows everyone to forget about their troubles and just have an awesome time.

Q: Are you working on an album or EP to come out and if so when and, as of now, how many songs have you finished or are in the process of finishing off?

A: We actually recorded a full-length album’s worth of material back in early 2020. Because of the pandemic, all these delays and being completely independent with no record label, we have decided to split the recorded songs into two separate EP’s. So, we’ve launched the band with our ‘Make Believe’ single and we’re planning on releasing our debut EP in early 2022. We have plans to release the follow-up EP later in 2022 (around autumn time). We’ve noticed that people have such short attention spans and lack enough patience to pay attention for much time nowadays. So, we decided we’re going to slowly release music over time to help us maintain our hype and relevance. We’ll see how successful this release plan ends up being for us, and that will help us decide how to release more music in the future.

Q: Also, do you feel the way to go in the music world these days is the single release, what is your opinion on album releases vs going with numerous single releases?

A: To break into music nowadays, I believe it’s best to start off with a single release first. We’re going to try the EP release route for Sicksense, but new artists should definitely start off with a single to “test the waters”. Like I mentioned earlier, I just think fans of today are living through this “immediate gratification culture”, where they are swiping up and down so quickly, it’s becoming so difficult to catch people’s attention long enough for them to focus or actually sit down and listen through an entire 40+ minute album. I think more and more bands will stick to releasing singles or at the most EPs moving forward. I LOVE listening to full-length albums, but they’ve become somewhat archaic during today’s times and aren’t really getting the attention that they truly deserve.

Q: I think, way back in the day, the EAST COAST ROMPER interviewed you in the band STUCK MOJO! Now that we can look back on that era, what did it mean to be in a band like that and what is your best memory of those days?

A: Working with Stuck Mojo was awesome. Rich’s bands Fozzy and Stuck Mojo are two of the early bands that really got me into “my own music” and helped me figure out the kind of bands that I liked as a kid/teenager. My favourite memories were recording the “Here Come The Infidels” album at Rich’s buddy’s Chris Chandler’s farm, with legendary producer, Andy Sneap. Chris is unfortunately no longer with us as he passed away, due to cancer, in June 2016. I had a great time recording there. Chris was an amazing and humble human being who offered us his beautiful studio to record in with Andy. It was great taking breaks and hanging with the animals out in the fresh air in between song recordings. Chilling with cows and horses was sweet.

Most people don’t know this, but pretty much all my first ever live shows were with Stuck Mojo too. Most people’s first shows are at their high school talent shows, mine were headliner sets and international main stage festival appearances, doing vocals for one of my favourite bands! It was wild. I played on stage only twice prior to joining Stuck Mojo. I had truly been “thrown in the deep end” when I joined the band with such little live experience. No better way to learn than to open up on the main stage for “Twisted Sister” during your first time in the UK, right?!?

Q: What has it meant to you being able to perform, inspire, influence and really create your passions for the world to hear?

A: I believe that life is supposed to be about giving back and creating things for others to enjoy and appreciate. I’m just playing my part and it’s my pleasure to know that I’ve entertained someone or somehow got them thinking in a different way, thanks to my music. The work I’ve done so far in music hasn’t gotten too much attention or exposure, so I’m always humbled to hear someone else has heard and appreciates any of my work-past or present.

Q: I see you are also into wrestling, what is your background with that and will SICKSENSE dabble in possible projects with wrestling organizations?

A: I got trained by WWE Superstar Seth Rollins, Marek Brave and Krotch at Black & Brave Wrestling Academy in Davenport, Iowa back in early 2019. I made my in-ring debut and had my first match in August of that year and have been wrestling regularly on the independent circuit ever since. I mostly wrestle under my “Renegade” gimmick alongside my tag team partner, “Sabotage”, as the team, “Collateral Damage”.

I think our music fits really well for the wrestling world. I’d love for one of our songs to end up becoming the theme song for a major professional wrestling company’s PPV or have something featured in a video game or used as another wrestler’s theme song. You never know what can happen, so if an opportunity presents itself, I’d be open to weighing our options.

Q: Other than music, what is one thing that inspires you in this world to keep creating and why does that impact you so much?

A: I’m motivated to do my part and help out as much as I possibly can. I believe people should do what they can to keep themselves healthy and take care of themselves first, then work on getting the means to take care of the rest of their family, and if they’re lucky, put themselves in a position where they can comfortably help out others. You can’t truly help anyone if you keep yourself in the same boat that everyone else is in. I strive to be a person who creates opportunities for myself and the people around me. Simply being the best I can be and helping to build up my communities each day. These are the things that inspire me the most.

Q: If you could collaborate with anyone alive or dead, who would it be and what kind of song would you want to do with them or maybe even remake with them?

I would love to work on a straight-up hip-hop song alongside rapper, “Yelawolf”. To me he’s one of the mainstream rappers who has consistently released great songs over the years that are “true” to hop-hop as an artform and I respect him. There are so many great artists, groups and bands out there killing it though. I’d love to work with plenty of people out there. So many creative possibilities that can potentially come to life. We’re living through incredible times. So, we’ll see what happens.

Q: How long has it been since you fully toured and, with this band, are you looking into touring or waiting till you have a secured EP out? And what do you miss most about the road life?

A: I actually have yet to do a “proper” tour! Unfortunately, none of my prior projects ever picked up enough momentum for us to hit the road for a proper month-long tour.

The last time I had a “string of shows” in a row was over a period of 2 weeks, doing 4 shows with “Stuck Mojo”, shortly after our album release in the summer of 2016. We did 2 headline club shows in Georgia and North Carolina, respectively. Then the following week we had 2 festival dates on the main stages at “Bloodstock” in Derbyshire, UK and “Brutal Assault” in Czech Republic.

The last time I played music live, was with my former band, “Repentance” .We played an outdoor festival show, playing right before “Product Of Hate”, hit the stage at R’Noggin Fest in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August 2020.

Once our Sicksense EP comes out in early 2022, we’ll definitely start looking to play live shows.

Realistically, with all these prior tours from other bands being postponed and happening in 2022 instead, I can only see Sicksense playing live shows in the fall time of 2022, the earliest.

I do enjoy and appreciate my time at home, so the only thing I really miss most about playing live shows is the opportunity to meet and hang with fans/friends who enjoy my music. Aside from that, traveling can be rough: we don’t get much sleep, food options aren’t the greatest and everything is constantly “go, go, go ” while we’re on the road.

Q: Anything I missed you want to let fans know and any parting words to the music world?

A: I’m super stoked for the future with Sicksense! Truly feels like I found my “home” here and it’s nice to be creating music alongside a group of people who are all 110% on the same page. We’re all friends and the band feels like a family. Can’t wait for our new music to come out. We’ll be working hard in the meanwhile and I promise it’ll be worth the wait for anyone excited to hear more.

Thanks for having me, Stephanie! Cheers.

CONNECT WITH THE BAND:

‘Make Believe’ (Official Video)

Sicksense Promo Pic (Credit Eric Sanchez Photography)
Photo by Eric Sanchez Photography

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EMQ’s with ANDY ROCKS

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EMQ’s with ANDY ROCKS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Bavaria, Germany based Rock band, Andy Rocks. 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?

Andrea: We are Andy Rocks from Germany and we play Rock Music. We started in 2018 and our first EP “Porcelain Heart” was released in 2019.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our singer is called Andrea and her nickname is Andy. Since we play rock the name Andy Rocks was chosen. The name of our guitarist is Andre and the one of our bass player is Andreas – so we got three Andy’s.

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

Andrea: We are from the north of Bavaria, Germany. The Metal and Rocks scene is not too big here, but there are many cool bands.

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

Andrea: We have released our first full album this July which has the title “Look At What We’ve Done” and we also released a new video of the song ‘Get Me A Drink’.

‘Get Me A Drink’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Andrea: To name some: Bon Jovi, AC/DC, Mötley Crüe, Guns ‘n’ Roses, …Scandal Rockband

What first got you into music?

Stoney Dee: Cocaine

Andreas: Guitars, whiskey, women

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

Andrea: Black Stone Cherry would be cool!

Markus: Scandal Rockband

Andreas: Aerosmith

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

Markus: Scandal Musicfest

Andreas: Sweden Rock Festival … If you want to see nearly every current band in hard rock, you have to go there…

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

Stoney Dee: (laughing): A huge dick in the butt – ouch!

Andreas: sex, just sex…

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

Andrea: Go to live shows and support new bands! Keep Rock and Roll alive!

Andreas: Kill Spotify …burn those motherfuckers to the ground!

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

Andrea: Freddie Mercury – there is no one like him!

Andreas: Steve Lee…he still had his legendary voice.

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

Andrea: Playing your songs in front of a great audience and feeling the energy is the best. But we also like the recordings and the creative process of songwriting.

Andreas: What I love: letting my guitar scream…What I hate: tidy up after the gig!

Andrea: What we don’t like is the business part.

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

Andrea: The whole Pay-to-play- thing, that you have to buy yourself in to become a support band for some other band and pay for that. Most bands cannot afford that and so they don’t get chances to play such shows.

Andreas: Capitalism kills the music industry…we need more creativity and supporting major labels.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Andrea: Bon Jovi – “These Days”

Andreas: Guns n’ Roses – “Appetite For Destruction”

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

Andrea: CD’s and Vinyl – you got something in your hand.

Andreas: Vinyl…I can see the advantage of downloads…you have access to everything, but it’s too much and in the end new music is something in the background you don’t really listen to!

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

Andrea: After our first gig with Andy Rocks at Yourstage Festival in Hof the lockdowns in Germany started. So that was the best so far, hahaha!

Andreas: Some of the last Adrenalize shows…

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

Stoney Dee: Doing loads of cocaine off of stripers’ butts – oh wait, that’s what musicians do…What was the question again?

Andreas: maybe drinking too much!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Stoney Dee: My Mom, my dealer, and the rest of the band.

Andreas: Mötley Crüe and Ozzy.

What’s next for the band?

Andrea: We hope that we can do more live shows again when the corona crisis calms down.

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

Andrea: We have a homepage, of course and we mainly use Facebook and YouTube.
www.andy-rocks.jimdosite.com/
www.facebook.com/AndyRocksBand
www.instagram.com/andyrocks4u/
www.andyrocks.bandcamp.com/releases
www.soundcloud.com/user-470300324
www.open.spotify.com/artist/44zC9TzSx7Ihyygl5ahPlG
www.youtube.com/channel/UCNqp9m7EUyzcL7A-BV03zAw

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuits.

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

Andrea: Thank you for the interview and the Jaffa Cakes!

‘Regret’ (Official Video)

‘Look At What We’ve Done’ (Lyric Video)

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EMQ’s with BRIAN DALTON

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EMQ’s with BRIAN DALTON

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with Missouri, US based Rock Singer/Songwriter Brian Dalton. Huge thanks to Brian 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 Brian Dalton. I’m a singer/songwriter. I play a little rhythm guitar as well, usually when I do acoustic sets. I’ve been singing/playing for about 20 years but it wasn’t until about 7 years ago that I started to take it seriously and start my solo career.

How did you come up with your band name?

My mother and father gave it to me when I was born. They named me after Harrison (my middle name) Ford as well and were supposedly sober when they decided this. I have my doubts.

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

I’m from Missouri. The metal/rock scene is actually pretty poppin’ around here. There are some really talented bands where I’m from with a variety of styles.

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

My latest release is a stripped version of my song ‘Love These Scars’ written about anxiety and mental health.

‘Love These Scars’ Stripped (Official Video)

‘The Follower’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Over the years that list has changed quite a bit. It started out being bands like Metallica, KoRn, Breaking Benjamin, Trivium and has grown to include groups like Architects all the way to synth pop groups like Gunship.

What first got you into music?

My family first got me into music. They’re very gifted on my mom’s side and she has been singing locally for the majority of my life. She bought me my first guitar and her and my dad both have been very supportive along the way.

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

That’s tough. I write in several different genres but speaking Metal/Rock? I’d have to say Architects. I love the way they blend metal with electronic elements.

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

Austin City Limits. I was there a few years back watching some amazing acts play live and just thought it would be a really fun festival to play.

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

I’ve been fortunate to not receive a weird gift. I’ve been told some weird things. Scary enough for me.

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

Get back up. No matter how hard you’re hit in life, always get back up. They help me do that on a daily basis and I’m forever grateful for every single one of them.

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

My Stepfather. He was a rockstar to me.

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

I love being able to create something beautiful (hopefully) out of nothing. It’s as healing as going to the gym for me. I don’t know that I hate any part of it but I don’t like how it’s so easy to be labelled one style or another.

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

Artist royalties. Without a doubt.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Metallica – “…And Justice For All”

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

I love the passion involved with vinyl the most.

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

Little Eddie’s bat mitzvah. It was liiiiiit.

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

If I weren’t a musician, I would probably be flying planes or fighting pirates.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Hmm. That’s a good question. I’d say James Hetfield, Matt Heafy, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, and Betty White.

What’s next for the band?

I have a music documentary coming out this summer and will be back in the studio very soon recording my next EP.

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

I have my website, my YouTube Channel, my Facebook music page and I have my Instagram. Outside of these, my music is available on every major streaming platform.
www.briandaltonmusic.com/
www.facebook.com/briandaltonmusic
www.instagram.com/brian_dalton_music/
www.soundcloud.com/user-410493292
www.open.spotify.com/artist/04zBcnoPvgI18ke2VEoFqr
www.youtube.com/channel/UCnmhlL933_1YE1uDcHt5gMg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Using sound scientific reasoning, I’ve come to the conclusion that I’ve never heard of a Jaffa Cake. But it sure does look like a biscuit…

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

I appreciate your time as well. Thank you so much for allowing me your platform and audience. It means a great deal to me. Keep rocking my friends and may it be Ever Metal!

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The Quireboys – A Bit Of What You Fancy (30th Anniversary Edition, Totally Re-Recorded)

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The Quireboys – A Bit Of What You Fancy (30th Anniversary Edition, Totally Re-Recorded)
Off Yer Rocka Recordings
Release Date: 30/07/2021
Running Time: 48:04
Review by Simon Black
9/10

Indulge me if you will… Way back in 1989 when I was a bright, young and ridiculously curly-haired thing, I spent a number of months backpacking across the States just prior to going to university. The end point of my lengthy pilgrimage was L.A. and in particular the Sunset Strip – foolishly dazzled as I was by the images glimpsed on screen and the hype coming mainly via Mick Wall’s regular flow of copy in Kerrang! of a glamorous music scene blown wide open by the likes of Guns ’N’ Roses or Poison. The reality of the Strip was a bit of a let-down really, as by the time I got there the whole L.A. bubble was on the point of bursting, the sleazy Rock’n’roll underground scene that had made it famous had gone mainstream leaving behind largely shallow impersonators, Grunge was looming on the horizon and I was by then too skint to go to any of the clubs (not to mention too young to actually buy a drink there being under 21 at the time).

One night myself and the gang from my youth hostel did actually make it to a Girlschool show up there. Whilst leaning up against the bar trying to order an overpriced coke, I heard a distinctly Geordie accent ordering a drink next to me and realised to my surprise that I was standing next to Spike from The Quireboys, whom I recognised from a support slot show at Nottingham’s fabled Rock City a few months before my travels and because no-one else wore a bandana quite as well as he did (or indeed still does). Conversation started up with a fellow expat Brit, although I ended up spending more time talking to new boy guitarist Guy Griffin, who having barely had time to register that he had replaced Ginger in the band, had found himself on a plane to L.A. and recording the original version of this debut album for EMI, which was quite a big thing back then. It was a fantastic night made doubly great by being able to sneak on the coat tails of these chaps and Girlschool to somewhere that would actually serve me alcohol, until getting rumbled by the bar staff that I was underage for drinking in that part of the USA – so I met two lots of rock stars andgot thrown out of the Rainbow Bar and Grill on the same night. A few months later I saw them again as the band headlined a show at Nottingham Rock City, with this album riding high in the charts and playing a venue that was already way too small for them.

More than thirty years has passed since those heady days and for me this band had somewhat faded into the background, as musical tastes shifted and The Quireboys spent a very long time on hiatus for the best part of two decades before, relatively recently, reforming (and very prolifically in terms of new material). So, I was very curious and not a little nostalgic when this came across my bows – after all, a lot has changed.

So, this is track for track a complete remake of that storming classic disk with the current line-up, of which Guy and Spike are the only remaining members. Now that original album is full of the sparkle and glamour of the period with its birth in L.A. (no doubt with a firm eye on the American Radio market of the period) overseen by the watchful gaze of erstwhile manager Sharon Osborne, but I remember feeling at the time that it was perhaps a little too slick and polished for their Rock’n’roll Gypsy look and feel. It also clashed with their more edgy live performances – although who cares when it spawned five hit singles and saw the band supporting G’N’R in Europe and a slot on the fabled Donington Monsters of Rock line up not long after, when both of those things really meant something.

This incarnation has not changed the arrangements at all, but the songs all have a much richer and edgy timbre than the originals. Add to that there is a distinctly un-polished feel to them which is truer to the bands Rock’N’Roll roots and, despite the massive improvements in Production technology since then, has a more honest feel that fits the band so much better. No overdubs on bum notes here…even though it’s a million times easier on ProTools. Add to that Spike’s grating Bluesy ‘Rod Stewart snorting razor blades’ voice has got so very much more soulful over the years, that I suspect I may never bother listening to the 1989 version ever again. This evokes a sense that if the band stood up tomorrow and ran through the entire thing on a live stream, it would sound just like this (hint). Because the songs on here are largely classics, many of which are still a feature of their live set, they have not aged badly either (although I suspect that to attend their ‘Sex Party’ in this day and age you will probably need to bring proof of vaccination and a recent negative lateral flow test). A fantastic job on a fantastic classic and one that has made me fall in love with them all over again.

‘Man On The Loose’ (30th Anniversary Edition Audio)

TRACKLISTING:
01. 7 O’Clock
02. Man on the Loose
03. Whippin’ Boy
04. Sex Party
05. Sweet Mary Ann
06. I Don’t Love You Anymore
07. Hey You
08. Misled
09. Long Time Comin’
10. Roses & Rings
11. There She Goes Again
12. Take Me Home

LINE-UP:
Spike – Vocals
Guy Griffin – Guitar
Keith Weir – Keyboards, Piano
Paul Guerin – Guitar

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EMQ’s with ZUMBI

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EMQ’s with ZUMBI

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, L.A., California based Alternative Trip-Hop/Rock band, Zumbi. Huge thanks to vocalist Dimitri Craven, 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 Dimitri Craven and I am the singer. We started around 20 years ago and broke up after 5. I decided to start the band up again because I was bored with Covid, I started praying and said ” I want to play again, I want to release our album”

How did you come up with your band name?

The guitarist was into African art, so I asked the guitar player did he have any names and he said “Zumbi”

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

We are from L.A.; California and we don’t have a Metal/Rock scene here. People in L.A. are into indie and the EDM scene.

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

Our Latest release is our Album “Ahead Of Time” newest single/video is ‘Desert Flower’

‘Desert Flower’

Who have been your greatest influences?

My greatest influence is Prince, The Clash and New Order. But we like all types of music.

What first got you into music?

I first got into music at around 12 and I got my first starting playing bass at 15. I got into music because it was my way of expressing my thoughts.

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

I would love to collaborate with New Order, they are my favourite band.

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

I would love to play Coachella music festival.

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

I think someone wanted to buy me dinner LOL.

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

Please never give up on your dreams.

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

The Clash

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

The freedom that we have, it turning into a socialist country.

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

I hate social media, it sucks.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Clash – “Greatest Hits”.

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

Vinyl, then CD, I still love to read lyrics.

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

The Key Club in L.A., there where so many people and we gave a great performance.

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

I know, a politician or writer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Mather Luther King, Jesus, Mother Theresa, Donner Summer and Prince.

What’s next for the band?

We plan on releasing a couple more videos, making the second album and touring.

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

I think Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
www.facebook.com/Zumbiband-105015961567402
www.instagram.com/zumbivibes/
www.twitter.com/zumbiband
www.open.spotify.com/album/5Ajs4WjmtPMoseUtwLuFyy

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I have no idea, LOL!

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

I want to say take care, Love God and please buy our album LOL.

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INTERVIEW WITH RAESHWAN GREENE aka ‘AWESOME RAY RAY’

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INTERVIEW WITH RAESHWAN GREENE aka ‘AWESOME RAY RAY’
BY STEPHANIE STEVENS

Raeshwan Greene is an artist and a drummer I met years ago when he was drumming for a band called YEAR OF THE LOCUST. I was honoured and able to meet this gentleman and his band when they toured with Starset. A rock n roll band that captured and moved you on record and onstage. Greene’s drumming was so fun to watch and his humbleness to his craft was noteworthy when meeting the band.

As our friendship grew throughout the years and I learnt he was more than an artist, he was a father, a goal setter, he ran with his passions and he was so diverse in the music world as the world is finding out in 2021 as he is bringing forth his solo work as ‘AWESOME RAY RAY’. Not just a drummer he is a songwriter, a singer, a spoken word and rap influencer. He is bringing raw truth about himself and the world to the forefront of his new music. So many avenues in the music world that he has a talent in and that, right there, is going to bring a special diversity to his solo work! If I could sum up in one word what this new chapter of his life will bring it would be the word adventure: for the listeners and for himself.

Just go listen to a track like ‘ON THE RUN’ and then skip to a track like ‘THERAPY’ so different but such epicness in their own genres; and that is where he stands out! He is giving you all that is in his heart n soul and he is portraying it in music, in a raw authentic way which leads to him traveling down different genres. That just shows that he is a lover of music, he is not fearful of change and putting himself out there in a variety of elements to do the best he can and right now from what I have heard he is killing it! Right there is RESPECT for anyone that is giving their all for the passion they have!

I finally got to chat with Ray, one on one, to find out more about his chapter in Year Of The Locust, his background in music and what he hopes to do with the music he is making now.

Q: I met you when you were in a band called Year Of the Locust, can you talk about how being in that band made you grow as a musician, how being able to tour changed your life for the better or worse and what being in a band meant to you?

A: I love those guys so much. Being in Year Of The Locust taught me so much. They taught me the true grind and hustle of the music industry especially in the rock world as it relates to being in bands. I learned so much about being on the road; how to work on a bus, and how to make the best out of even the worst of situations. It Definitely made me a better musician and It took me from drumming in the gospel, hip-hop/ R&B world, to the rock world as a drummer. Which was a totally different world then I was accustomed to. So, all in all it really helped sharpen all of my skills musically and as a person in all areas. What it meant to me was a level of brotherhood and friendship, Unlike I’ve ever experienced before. Those fellas are still my brothers and we definitely still keep in touch and still work on music together.

Q: How did you get into drumming and do you still play?

A: I’ve always been a drummer. I started banging on pots and pans around three years old. Then joined bands in elementary school, middle school and then went on to be the drum major of my marching band in high school. I’ve also played for multiple churches and other community entities and functions. I absolutely still play drums. I did the drums on my songs ‘My Way Home’, ‘No Regrets’, and a new song that I’ll be releasing here shortly in about a month.

Q: If you could take one song you wrote with YOTL that means the most to you which one would it be and why?

A: I would definitely have to say ‘Movin On’. It’s such an amazing song and it means so much for so many different reasons. Things are always moving and changing in life. In fact, that’s the only constant, and it’s sad that focus on the song but it is life and it does move on. Be it relationships, friendships, bands or anything else, everything has a season. I also directed and filmed that music video so there’s really a special place there for me with that song. And I absolutely have to give credit to Scot when it comes down to his delivery in the vocals it just touches your soul in such an amazing way.

Q: You have taken vocal duties in a diverse way so when did you decide you wanted to make your voice known and tell the stories you have created?

A: Before Year Of The Locust, I actually rapped for a pop punk band out of Virginia called “Escape The Armada”. So, I had a little bit of experience with being on the microphone and upfront for sure. But honestly, I’ve always been writing songs and producing/writing my own stuff with all the bands I’ve been in. Ultimately, I knew there was going to come a point where I had to do something with it on a solo front. I just had to figure out my identity. It’s always been building in me even since I was a little kid.

Q: Earlier this year you went through a real hard time mentally and emotionally and tracked a song about it, I felt everything you wrote about and your story you told because I have the same thoughts, for people struggling how did you get through it and how do you deal with it on the daily and what would be your best advice?

A: My faith, music, and my daughters. I would definitely advise others to lean on your close inner circle and find your faith if you already don’t have it. There’s no possible way any of us can get through some of the worst times of our life alone. Even though I wanted to be alone, I had to recognize that I was not alone.

Q: Do you feel you found god then? I have come into contact with a lot of people who have had breakdowns and god came to them in the past year, do you feel this was what happened to you or have you been with him for a bit?

A: I wouldn’t say that I’ve been with him. He’s been with me. I’ve always had faith and God in my heart and life, but there are times where we all stray away and I believe during the last year and a half I was made heavily aware of that. I was reminded that he is the ultimate healer, and comforter no matter what we face. And that is the storms as I like to call them, or dark times calm, they don’t last forever and the sun will absolutely shine again.

Q: One of my favourites is ‘NO REGRETS’, did you do all the music and the lyrics etc and how is it being in control of everything these days?

A: I wrote the concept for ‘No Regrets’, and some of the generic guitar sounds then with help from my buddy Scot from Year Of The Locust he took the guitar sound to the next level and I’m so appreciative of his help. He also helped out on the vocals on the choruses and throws on some screams. I did pretty much everything else 😊. It’s a double edge sword being in control of everything as a solo artist because you get to reap all the benefits when things are going great, but when things aren’t going so great and you realize you’re responsible for everything it can be a little bit over bearing but I do love it. I trust the process.

Q: ‘ON THE RUN’ is totally a 180 of other stuff you write. How was putting this track together and did you have any help in getting the right vibe for this track and how do you feel about the overall finished product of this song?

A: ‘On The Run’ came out first. That is the first solo song that I’ve ever done as Awesome Ray Ray. But yes, it is totally different from most of my other stuff. Just like my other tracks, I wrote it and made demos then took it to a studio out in LA and had professionals clean it up for me a little bit. You know things that I’m not too great with, guitars and other production. I also took it down to Nashville and had a very good friend of mine Brian Bonds who is in the video, (formally of Florida Georgia Line and Tantric) help me out with additional production and sweet guitar riffs layered on top. I’m so in love with the final product. That song and video will always have a special place in my heart for more reasons than I have time to explain right now.

Q: What are your plans now with your music and the songs you have been promoting and tracking? do you want to take this on the road?

A: I absolutely want to take those songs on the road for sure. I did an audit the other day, I have 29 unfinished songs. Things are about to get real LOL.

Q: A lot of people are going the route of self-employment in the music world and no labels. Are you one of them also and what are your views about it and the near future?

A: I totally understand that. For right now I’m independent and unsigned and definitely respect all the other underdogs out there. I also understand the function of a label and how it could absolutely be beneficial. For me? We will have to see. I’m not knocking it but I’m not exactly gunning for it. There’s a purpose and a plan for my music career even if I don’t know what all of it entails. I can say whatever happens I’m excited, thankful and blessed to be a part of the ride.

Q: Where do you find inspiration to write, it seems you look inside of yourself but there has to be more to this creativeness then just that?

A: I absolutely do look inward for inspiration. But I also look outward. I have a very overactive imagination, and I also have the ability to be able to listen to somebody else’s story and tell that story. So, I gather a bunch of different things when it comes down to songwriting, production and music videos.

Q: Who inspires you in the spoken word community and why do they, if you have someone that does?

A: There’s a lot of folks that inspire me. I would definitely say a lot of the southern hip-hop artist, and a few from out west. Rappers, singers and bands that I grew up on. To name a few, Kendrick Lamar, Lil Wayne, YelaWolf, jelly roll, Lecrae, Timbaland, Common, Jurassic 5, Cypress Hill, Black Thought (from the roots),Drake, Gary Clark Jr. Jill Scott, The entire Dc go-go scene. This list could go on for about another 20 or 30 pages.

Q: Vocally, what do you hope to improve on or learn throughout this new chapter in your life?

A: I hope to get better at my actual singing, and be able to increase my range, and harmonize better. I truly believe this is a journey not a destination, so there’s always room to improve and get better.

Q: Would you consider ever getting a band back into the works if the music called for it?

A: Absolutely. I have a very short tour and a major music festival coming up in the fall, and I definitely have a backing band for it.

Q: I feel like you’re a reader of books, if you are, do you have a go to book that you love if so, what is it and why do you love it?

A: Believe it or not, I’m actually not a big book person. I am intrigued though and would like to dive into some books. I’m more of a writer and watcher.

Q: What or who has inspired you to keep the passion you have for music and for people who give up on their dreams what would you want to tell them to stay the course and if they have given up do you feel they can get back on it and re build and re start?

A: My circle, my kids, my true friends, and the Fanbase that I’m building up. They love me and support me even on my darker days. I absolutely would encourage those who have quit to jump back into it. My biggest thing is following dreams. I whole heartedly believe when you give up on your dreams, you give up on life. it’s definitely not easy, but you got a hang in there. You have to keep pushing and believing. So, I wanna encourage others to follow their dreams, much as I can. Rather it be through my music or anything else that I can contribute.

Q:What does it mean to have people supporting you through all your music career paths and how it feels to know you have a special effect on people’s lives?

A: For me it means the absolute world. It’s the reason why I started, and why I keep going. Rather it be people in my DM‘s, telling me about their day, or people commenting about how cool my mohawk looks, or about how my music help them through a tough time. I’m thankful and grateful that I’m in a position to affect people’s lives in a positive way. I wasn’t always a positive person, and still have some negative moments of days. But I recognize that and I am ever trying to improve to be better today than I was yesterday, and hopefully that spreads.

Q: Anything else you want to add or I missed that you’re currently working on? Also, how people can keep up to date with your music?

A: I think you covered at all. I want to thank you and East Coast Romper so much for taking the time. I’m super thankful and grateful. I’m on all socials, and streaming on all music platforms, Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube, Amazon Music, Tidal and, most recently, I am now on iHeartRadio.

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‘On The Run’ (Official Video)

‘Therapy’ (Lyric Video)

Awesome Ray Ray Promo Pic 2

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EMQ’s with DEATH INGLORIA

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EMQ’s with DEATH INGLORIA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview, with London, England based Multimedia Rock band, Death Ingloria. Huge thanks to Galina Rin 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 Galina Rin. Supreme being of the band Death Ingloria creating rock music, comic art and animation about the end of Humanity. Each album is a complete Sci Fi story accompanied by a comic and I’m not saying I’m psychic but my first comic was about a designer virus that was purposefully let loose on the population. Don’t worry I kill us off a lot faster in our upcoming album “Death Ingloria II: Death by Admin”.😊

I was trying to start a band for more years than I care to admit. I went through 5 bass players and 12 drummers only to decide to go it alone. So, for the first 3 years of this project, I was a one human show. Now I have a band. Co-Conspirators. Space Travellers that accompany me on this journey. It’s nice to have company as this life, it ain’t right for everybody. Everyone would do it now if it was easy.

How did you come up with your band name?

I tell stories about Humanity’s Inglorious Death. So, Death Ingloria seemed the right choice.

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

We’re from London, UK and it’s hard to say what the scene will be like when it opens up. Before Lockdown I would say that there is room for everyone in our scene but you need to be very specific about your audience. Some genres do better than others and middle of the road dies a death here.

We find our tribe within comic cons and other geek based conventions but we also play rock festivals and venues.

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

Our latest release is ‘Battle Stations’, the 2nd single of our upcoming album “Death Ingloria II: Death by Admin”. Of all of our videos this one means the most to us. It depicts true, lived through events and ones that could very easily be repeated. By normalising public violence, we cause it to seep and stain our collective identity until it becomes so ingrained in who we are that we give it its own annual celebration.

‘Battle Stations’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Coheed and Cambria are pretty much responsible for the creation of Death Ingloria. I’ve seen them 19 times, managed to watch from the side of stage both at Glastonbury and Reading Festival and even owned the handbag at one point. We are similar and yet different enough to make a great support band for C&C. You know…just in case The Universe is one of your readers.

What first got you into music?

My parents are folk and rock musicians. My Dad played drums for a band that supported Jimi Hendrix, back in the day. It’s cliche to say but it’s always been that way.

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

Maybe I’m soft in the head, but I don’t dream of collabs. I wouldn’t turn them down but I don’t have anyone in mind. It’s just not something I think about.

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

Now this is something I dream about! Download, Fuji Rock, San Diego Comic Con! I have to give you three because they are all very different.

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

I did an acoustic show in London and after the show a fan handed me a pen drawn picture, he had drawn of me while performing at that show. It was really cool and looked just like me 😊

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

Everything moves towards its end.

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

My first thought is for Kurt Cobain but would he want to come back? Maybe not so let’s bring back someone who died by accident or illness. Randy Rhoads seems the obvious choice, Chuck Schuldiner also.

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

First off, I don’t hate anything about being a musician. I’ve done all the crap jobs to get here and I can tell from experience there is nothing to complain about.

Being in charge of your own art and how you spend your time is the thing I enjoy the most.

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

If I’ve learned anything on this journey it is this. If you move/change something, something else must move into its space. An equivalent exchange if you like. I’d have a good old look before wishing things away.

Things are generally the way they are for a reason and only through gradual change can they evolve.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Machina – “Progenitor”. Just amazing Symphonic Sci Fi Metal greatness. I have no idea how they make half their sounds.

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

Download, Comic and ID Card. The three formats our new album comes in.

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

Opening The Cyberdrone at BoomTown Fair in 2019 was pretty epic. A 15 metre 360 project Dome with a stage in the middle. Anime Epic Overload!

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

Nothing. I’d be dust in the wind, dude. I did all the crap jobs to land here and now I’m not going anywhere.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’m a reformed alcoholic l so I don’t like dinner parties as it will make me want to drink. However, I love to go dancing at metal clubs. So, for that, actively I wouldn’t take anyone famous. We’re there to dance not schmooze.

What’s next for the band?

Gig, gig, gig, tour, tour, tour and then write some more! Seriously though, We’re playing a lot of online festivals for the foreseeable, but we will be on the road for a load of dates at Comic Cons through the rest of the year, check out the events on deathingloria.com. We also have our Live Listening Party (IRL & Livestream) on Friday 30th July 19:00 – 21:00 at The Electrowerkz in London. We’ll be playing the new album and animation in full at this show and attendees, either in the room or on stream will be able to get the album 2 weeks before it’s general release. Exciting.

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

www.deathingloria.com/
www.deathingloria.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/deathingloria/
www.twitter.com/death_ingloria
www.instagram.com/death_ingloria/
www.soundcloud.com/deathingloria
www.twitch.tv/death_ingloria
www.open.spotify.com/artist/6mD6khAn5xTH4hUYkAXJZW
www.youtube.com/channel/UCKtaPIpqYbIFjN4DI7sxsrg

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They are a cake in bite size form

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

Thank you kindly for having me and we’ll see you all soon.

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