EMQ’s with VULGARITHM

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EMQ’s with VULGARITHM

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with East Midlands, UK based Riff-Rave project, Vulgarithm. Huge thanks to main man, Andy McGurk, 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 Andy “Dirt” McGurk, I play and programme every instrument for Vulgarithm, and this outfit has spent all of its life as a Covid band as it’s never had a chance to play live in front of people. Born in early 2020, Vulgarithm have released many videos on youtube plus 2 EP releases.

How did you come up with your band name?

A spark went off in my head whilst driving, I don’t know what I was thinking of at the time but yep, that is how.

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

From the UK, it’s a particularly busy scene even during these unprecedented times, which on one hand is great for the industry in the future but can be difficult to get yourself noticed. That’s why visually and sonically I’m trying to create something completely different to everything else at the moment.

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

The most recent release was the 2nd EP in a trilogy called “Share If You Disagree” with lots of experimentation of genres and themes. The key with this EP trilogy is to find out what is best about Vulgarithm from my point of view and everyone else’s point of view. There will be a 3rd EP coming soon in 2021 called “Share In The 3rd Degree”.

‘Out My Way!’ (Official Video)

‘Gouryella’ (Visualiser)

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a musician who has predominantly been a down tuned riff-based guitarist, my biggest influences have been Nine Inch Nails and Tool, and anything Trent Reznor and Maynard James Keenan have collaborated with. I would like to emphasise however that Vulgarithm as a musical project has been more influenced by 90’s dance artists such as Chemical Brothers, The Prodigy, Faithless, Leftfield, Underworld, Orbital etc. After watching these and other similar acts at Bluedot festival it inspired me to create a more visual musical outfit.

What first got you into music?

I was fairly musically orientated as a small child, started learning the piano aged 6 as my sister was learning and I wanted to copy. It wasn’t until I started listening to Britpop in the 90’s and witnessing someone play the guitar with their teeth live that I wanted to learn the guitar as well. At this point I started taking it seriously, and here I am today.

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

Like before, probably either Trent Reznor or Maynard James Keenan. The layers and details that go into their music has also been another level to most musicians on the planet.

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

There are so many great festivals around the world, however I’m going to be boring and choose Download festival. It’s hallowed ground for any rock and metal band, and it’s also pretty local so I wouldn’t have to drive far.

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

Don’t think I’ve ever had any gifts from fans, maybe they don’t like me hahaha! I do teach the guitar for a living though, and I do get Christmas gifts sometimes. The nicest gift I got I think was a £20 gift voucher for John Lewis, a middle-class shop in the UK.

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

Buy all my music and merch and let me live on Vulgarithm only! Seriously though, all bands and artists are all struggling to stay afloat in these tricky times, and soon British bands will have touring restrictions and streaming services have taken over how we listen to music. It is now more than ever to support your local bands by getting physical copies of their music and buying merch from them. Spread the word about them to your friends and tell them that without normal people helping, music will die off.

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

Oooo that’s a tricky one. So many incredible artists that are sadly no longer with us. You know what, I’m going to go a bit leftfield and say Beethoven, so how he handles the instant demand for music in this day and age. Would be interesting.

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

The music itself is so important in all of our lives whether anyone realises it or not. There are themes for TV and film, Xmas carols, religious services, parties etc. I just happen to enjoy music more than the average person. It is for these reasons why I don’t understand how people view musicians as just a person with a hobby, this is what I hate. We are seen as disposable members of society sometimes and that’s a real shame.

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

More music for independent artists for streaming (as we’re never going back to download buying) and also better algorithms for streaming sites which recommend bands in your local area. People don’t go to gigs that much these days, especially now, so allowing a streaming service to know where your local area is might help expose local bands to new people. e.g., Spotify has a release radar playlist, maybe within that it plays music by 1 or 2 artists who live locally based on the listeners music tastes.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

So many great albums, but I’m going to go with “Lateralus” by Tool. It is one of those albums which I keep hearing new things and enjoy it on a brand-new level each time.

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

I grew up with the boom of the CD, and whilst Vinyl has the best sound, cassettes were convenient and Downloads meant you could listen to anything anywhere, CD’s are the overall winner in my eyes. 2nd to Vinyl for Sound quality and artwork, better than tapes and downloads can either be too compressed, take too much space or make a noise when connected to a phone in the car. Plus, with the CD, listening to an album is just the album, no switching half way through, no accidentally playing a different artist, just the album in its purest form.

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

I’d love to tell you that when lockdown is over, sadly the only gigs so far have been online streams.

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

My job is being a musician, and as I realised that music was the one thing I could excel at I never really tried anything else, or interested in anything else. Maybe a failed actor, because I do enjoy performing but I don’t know how good I am.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Wow, these are not easy questions. I’m going to aim for non-musical people…

Trey Parker (South Park Co-Creator) – Love the show and I’d love to know how his mind works.

Any member of the Red Dwarf crew – again love that show, they may have to flip a coin to see who joins.

Brian Cox – I know technically he is musical, but it would be interesting to hear what he says.

Karl Pilkington – I’d like to hear a back and forth with him and Brian Cox.

Neville Southall – I love my football and a big Everton fan, and this man is not only one of the best goal keepers of all time, but he is a hoot on twitter.

What’s next for the project?

3rd EP release, wait for gigs to happen and start writing a debut album. Once that is achieved then world domination.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.vulgarithm.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/VLGRTM
www.vulgarithm.com/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCVlHfQUmKWjmxgOXIUQRNsQ

You can find our music on Spotify, Apple music, Amazon, Deezer etc.

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake, too spongy for a biscuit and you can’t keep them in a cupboard.

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

Yes.

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EMQ’s with AURAL DECAY

EMQ’s with AURAL DECAY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK based Modern Progressive Metal Project, Aural Decay. Huge thanks to main man Dan Robinson for taking part!

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the project?

My name is Dan Robinson and I handle vocals, guitars, bass and drum programming in Aural Decay. I started the project in June 2020, reviving compositions from my postgraduate portfolio during my time at the University of Huddersfield. My postgraduate research was based around the various compositional approaches to modern Progressive Metal, and my increased knowledge of the genre led me to begin my work as a solo artist. The lockdown really inspired me to take the free time to tap into my creative side.

How did you come up with your project name?

I mainly focused on trying to come up with a name that encapsulated the sound of the music, and the name Aural Decay sprung to mind. It ended up sticking, plus I had a perforated ear drum at the time, so it ended up being kinda fitting!

Where are you from and what is the Metal & Rock scene like there?

I originate from a small town in County Durham called Willington, but have also lived in Huddersfield for several years. The rock and metal scene in Huddersfield is great, the thrash metal band Evile originate from there. It is also home to the Parish pub/venue which has hosted bands such as SikTh and InMe!

What is your latest release?

My debut single ‘Spiralling Down’ was released via all platforms on Friday 24th July, with the follow-up single ‘Facing The Obscure’ released on Friday, 18th September.

‘Spiralling Down’

‘Facing The Obscure’

Who have been your greatest influences?

Metallica were my first big influence within metal. Hetfield played a big part in influencing my rhythm playing when I was growing up. My compositional approach toward Aural Decay comes from bands such as Periphery, TesseracT, Meshuggah and Humanity’s Last Breath. I’m somewhat of a riff fanatic and modern Progressive Metal continues to blow me away with its compositions.

What first got you into music?

When I was really young my mum used to play a mixture of Metallica, Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana and U2 in the car on cassette a lot. I became obsessed with all four very quickly, and while my taste as changed over the years, they are still some of my favourite bands.

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

I would have to say Buster Odeholm from Vildhjarta/Humanity’s Last Breath. His style and sound is so devastatingly heavy that I sometimes think one day his music will swallow us up into a black hole.

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

I would love to play any of the big UK metal festivals such as Download, Bloodstock or Sonisphere. While I love smaller venues, I would relish the opportunity to take to a festival’s main stage and experience walking out in front of a crowd of that magnitude.

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

With the project being relatively new I’m yet to receive any gifts, although they would be extremely welcome. *hint hint*

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

Thank you for your continued support. I know it sounds cliched, but a band/artist is nothing without their fans. They are the people who are with you from the beginning and can have such a big hand in helping you establish yourself further.

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

As a huge Metallica fan, I would have to go with Cliff Burton. There have been some incredible metal bass players over the years, but I really think Cliff set the bar high with his innovative playing.

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

My favourite part would have to be playing live music. There is no greater feeling than getting up on stage and watching a crowd form in front of you in anticipation of your set. The part I hate the most is probably recording. I feel I always undergo an immense level of pressure for some strange reason, I don’t think I’ve ever nailed a take on the first go!

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

It would have to be the removal of streaming services. That sounds a bit hypocritical considering I own a Spotify account and use it for all of my personal listening, but the royalties musicians receive per play is daylight robbery considering the amount of effort that goes into every track.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

A very typical choice but I would have to go with “Dark Side of the Moon”. I don’t think I’ve ever heard an album that flows as seamlessly as that. No matter how many times I listen to it I always feel an overwhelming sense of sadness when it’s over.

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

Vinyl will always hold up as the greatest listening experience out there. I believe the digital age has its benefits due to the fact a listener can quickly download your track in the blink of an eye, but Vinyl will always be the best in terms of audio quality.

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

I’m yet to play a gig under the Aural Decay moniker due to it being a recently formed project. My favourite gig I can remember was a gig at the Corner bar in Huddersfield with my old prog metal band Tetra Hydra. We headlined with support from other friends’ bands and it was like a massive party with most of our Huddersfield friends. People were piggybacking each other during our set and just going mental, it was an absolute blast!

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

Not a lot has changed since the project started with it being relatively new. Maybe I would try my hand in magic, I can fold my eyelids inside out and juggle a grand total of three balls (only dropping them now and again) so it wouldn’t be a bad start!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Trent Reznor, Corey Taylor, Frankie Boyle, Robert Smith and Christian Bale

What’s next for you?

Now that ‘Facing The Obscure’ is released, the aim is to have released at least one more single by the end of the year (hopefully more). I reckon providing we’re all still alive in 2021 that an EP will be on the way!

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

Aural Decay is currently active on Facebook and Instagram using the following links:

www.facebook.com/auraldecayproject/
www.instagram.com/auraldecay/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/2EG2ZUHHJuzmpWyjYH3o2Y

I’m definitely missing an opportunity by not being on Twitter. I wish I had a valid reason for that other than the fact that I’m sometimes incredibly lazy…

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Definitely a cake. They’re soft and spongey! Unless they’re stale. If so, then they’re definitely marching on over to biscuit territory.

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

My pleasure, and thank you for yours as well! Don’t forget to keep up with all things in Aural Decay land and keep your eyes peeled and check out ‘Facing the Obscure’, the brand new single available on all platforms!

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EMQ’s with HAIDUK

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EMQ’s with HAIDUK

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Calgary, Canada Death Metal solo project Haiduk! Huge thanks to Luka Milojica 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 am the solo project Haiduk and I play rhythm guitar. I also handle vocals, bass and drum programming. I was disillusioned with the metal scene and wanted to do something different while staying true to fast, dark metal.

How did you come up with your band name?

In Balkan and East European history and folklore, a ‘hajduk’ is a lone warrior who lives in the forest and fights against outsiders. It’s a reflection of my personality and background.

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

Canada has a good metal scene. I don’t focus too much on any scene and it doesn’t affect me. I focus on Haiduk and not on what anyone else is doing.

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

My latest offering is “Exomancer”. On this album I tried to create a dark atmosphere by combining fast riffs with layers of evil melodies.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Slayer, Megadeth, Testament, etc., in the beginning. After that, it was black metal. The first two solo projects I heard about were Burzum and Vintersorg, and they kind of showed that it can be done alone. There’s also some influence from later Swedish thrash/death bands like Carnal Forge and Vomitory.

What first got you into music?

I was fortunate to have an older brother and a cousin who both listened to metal.

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

Haiduk!

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

Preferably some underground death fest that hasn’t been commercialized yet. These major fests that have once respectable black metal bands opening for nu metal and rock are a shame.

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

A wooden block, with the Haiduk logo perfectly cut and carved into it.

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

Thank you for the support.

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

Fuck bringing them back? The scene is crowded with these 50 and 60-year-olds bands. More of them should die. Or at least stop making music.

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

The best part is writing the songs. In composing, you hold all the power, and there are an infinite number of decisions.

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

I don’t think that way. The industry is out of my control. I just look at how it is and the best ways to infiltrate it as much as possible, while staying true to myself and true to metal.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Sepultura – “Arise”

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

CD.

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

The best gigs are usually the album release shows. For the “Spellbook” show I played the whole album front to back. For “Demonicon” in 2016 and for “Exomancer” this year it was total chaos, with huge turnout, fights breaking out and support from the best local black metal bands.

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

Something else creative. Writing books, maybe.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

No idea. Maybe a few influential guitarists. I had a chance to meet Kerry King and Dave Mustaine and they were both cool and down to earth, so maybe them and some others.

What’s next for the band?

More promotion for “Exomancer” through shows and online media.

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

My homepage, Bandcamp, and Youtube!
https://www.haiduk.ca/
https://haiduk.bandcamp.com/
https://www.youtube.com/user/HAIDUKplague

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

They need their own subgenre.

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

Order ‘Exomancer’ at http://www.haiduk.ca or http://haiduk.bandcamp.com.

Haiduk

 

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