EMQ’s with RIPTIDE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Huddersfield, UK based Thrash Metal band RipTide. Huge thanks to frontman, Adam Smith 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?
Adam Smith – Lead Vocals // Lead Guitar
Sean Xavier – Bass // Vocals
Will Maskell- Taylor – Guitar // Vocals
Jason Booth – Drums
RipTide formed back in 2018 when Sean and I met in college when we were 16 years old. We started jamming at Sasquatch Music in Huddersfield and became good friends. We then contacted Jason, who went to the same school as I did, but was a couple of years older and was looking for a band. We played shows around the West Yorkshire area, with a number of guitarists, until we found Will who I met at Leeds College of Music. We are now looking to play more shows and festivals all around the UK and get our modern thrash metal out to as many people as possible!!
How did you come up with your band name?
I wanted the band name to stick with me. I knew that I wanted it to be one word and not really mean too much. I went through a large number of band names, but nothing really stuck. I eventually came up with the name ‘RipTide’ and it really stuck with me!
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
RipTide are based in Huddersfield; West Yorkshire and there are some great venues in the area. I would also like to mention Manchester too as it is always fantastic when we play over there.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release was our Promo/Demo CD for our new T-shirt launch! It was released on the day of the show we played with Annihilator in October,
The track listing is:
Cage of Regret [Demo]
Masters of the apocalypse [Demo]
Behind the Killer’s Eyes [Demo]
There are very limited copies left, so if you want one, head over to our web store here 👇
Who have been your greatest influences?
My greatest Influences are frontmen! The likes of Dave Mustaine, James Hetfield and Robb Flynn for their technical ability, Tyler Bryant for the soul and Joel O’Keefe for the Rock n’ Roll attitude! These guys impress me most! There’s not as many Guitarist / Frontmen as there used to be in metal nowadays, and that needs to change!
What first got you into music?
I feel that Music has always been innate for me from when I was really young. I think that what got me into Rock / Metal was when I was younger watching mid 2000’s WWE on TV because of the entrance music… Triple H and Edge’s themes especially!! And playing Guitar Hero III, I remember being stuck on Slow Ride for years… Haha!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Well, before RipTide formed and before I had a band, back in 2016, I collaborated with my good friend Ben Carter of EVILE on the song ‘Behind The Killers Eyes’, which eventually Became a RipTide track!
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Bloodstock! We want to play Bloodstock! Our fans want us to play Bloodstock!
Oh, and Vagos Metal Fest in Portugal!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you for all of the support you have given us these past couple of years! It means the world to us! 🙏
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love playing shows and meeting with all of our fans and friends afterwards. It’s one of the best feelings I have. It’s very rewarding to entertain people and enable them to get away from the usual daily stress that we all have. I love it!
I really don’t like recording. It’s just so tedious!! but I’m glad that Sean and Will love it!
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Arrgghh…there are so many! But I if I had to pick one, it would have to “Killing is My Business… and Business is Good” – Megadeth. It’s just so aggressive! I feel like I step in Dave’s mind at the time, every time I listen to that album. Incredible!
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I love streaming, Spotify is awesome! Don’t get me wrong though, I also love physical copies of Music too, both CD’s and Vinyl. I think they are awesome pieces of merch and I almost always grab a CD off a band merch store! But when I’m traveling, Spotify is a lifesaver! All the music you could ever want in your phone!! It’s Crazy! The same with Netflix, its just great! But from an artist point of view, I love to have physical copies of RipTide’s music and we will always sell it on the merch stand, but nowadays, a lot of people don’t have CD Players, and if you want people to hear you music you have to embrace the new technology, because if you don’t, you get left behind.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We have loads!! The first time we played in Manchester, we supported our friends in Lost Society at Manchester Academy, that was insane! I remember that show was the first ‘Wall of Death’ we had done! It was surreal!
All of our headline shows we have played have been killer, when we have that extra time on stage, we can have way more fun and put a little bit of a twist on our usual thrashing! E.g. extended sections, more guitar solos and beer drinking / throwing!!
But I would have to say the show we played with Annihilator, that was a dream come true man! There was constantly someone stagediving! It was absolutely mad!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I don’t know what the hell I would do if I wasn’t playing guitar! I have always wished I could Skate, but I’m just too scared of breaking my hands. 😅 I just stick to ‘Skate 3’ on my PS3! 😂
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Anyone but Sean!! He will eat all the nice waffles and give the burnt ones to you… #truestory. I would definitely invite Jason as he has a super sleek crockpot slow cooker! But as far as the other four go, I’m not sure!
What’s next for the band?
We have something super special that we can’t wait to show you all, and Its gonna be killer!!!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Jaffa ‘Cakes’? Its in the name… Cake! 😂
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you man! Keep a look out on our socials for something awesome coming soon!
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