EMQ’s with BANE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Black/Death Metal band Bane, originally from Serbia. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Branislav 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?
Hello! My name is Branislav, I am the vocalist/guitarist of Blackened Death Metal band BANE. Pretty standard as far as band history goes – I started this band as a teenager based on my love for blast beats and Extreme Metal. Here we are, almost 15 years later…well, nothing’s changed!
How did you come up with your band name?
BANE, by definition is a source of harm, ruin or death. It somewhat defines the music we play, at least to a certain extent.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Originally the band was formed in Serbia, a Slavic country in the Balkans (Europe). The scene is rather small, but there are a few hidden gems that make up for it. It’s a shame Serbian bands do not get any spotlight on the scene, as it’s impossible to compete with bigger markets such as the USA, or Germany for example.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We released our third full-length album called “Esoteric Formulae” on CD/Digital in November of 2018. The following year, Vinyl and Tape versions of the album were released, and just recently we re-released the CD version since the first press was sold out. You can stream the album at this location:
Who have been your greatest influences?
Dissection, Rotting Christ, Dark Funeral and just about any other Metal band that does not suck.
What first got you into music?
From an early age I’ve developed an interest for guitar-driven music. It’s tough to remember exactly what band or song did so more specifically, but anything that had a ”Rock & Roll” attitude would intrigue me, regardless if it was Rock, Heavy Metal or Hardcore/Punk.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Probably Bjork or Jonas Renkse.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I’ll go with Exit Fest, which is located in my hometown – Novi Sad, Serbia. We’ve actually already played that Festival twice but would definitely go at it again! It’s just a fun Festival to be at.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Hmmm…I don’t remember at the moment if I’ve ever received something weird enough worth mentioning.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Don’t do drugs.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Wow, that’s a tough one. A five-way tie between Dimebag Darrell, Jon Nodtveidt, Chuck Schuldiner, Peter Steele and Ronnie James Dio.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
The journey and the people involved in it is what makes it all worth it. Be it in Oklahoma or Macedonia, Metal heads are really some of the most amazing people one can ever meet. What I hate about it – the financial instability. The ‘gambling’ and risks you have to take in order to make all of this happen can be very stressful.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I’d cut out all that streaming bullshit and bring back record sales. It used to be so cool to read stories about Heavy Metal artists being able to afford buying houses after they’ve had a successful album and touring cycle. Unfortunately, that ain’t coming back.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Oh man, can’t decide between Whitesnake’s “1987” album and Skid Row’s “Slave To The Grind”.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I actually like and collect all of them, each for their own reasons. From a more objective point of view, I’d say Vinyl is the best (both for audio quality and visually). Personally, I’ll typically opt for a CD because it’s more compact and affordable, although Tapes will always have a special place in my heart. However, Digital downloads are perhaps the most convenient now days.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
One of my favourites was opening for Malevolent Creation in Bulgaria back in 2011, with Brett Hoffmann on vocals. So many good memories from that entire trip!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Not entirely sure, but definitely something that would involve helping animals on a more pro-active level. Either dogs or sloths. Or both.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
The band members of Metallica and Dave Mustaine, to witness the pinnacle of awkwardness. Would probably get a nice laugh out of that one.
What’s next for the band?
A 4th full-length album, at some point.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Bandcamp, Facebook and Youtube.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Man, I love Jaffa Cakes. Definitely a biscuit though if you ask me.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks for the support! Feel free to follow our Facebook page for semi-regular updates: https://www.facebook.com/baneband/
Branislav / BANE
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