EMQ’s with KAIMA

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EMQ’s with KAIMA

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK based solo female Rock artist Kaima! Huge thanks to Kaima 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! My name is Kaima – I am a rock/metal vocalist, and I am a female solo rock artist! As a solo artist I have been around for nearly a year, however I was born from my old band, Wild Card. We were around for about a year before we disbanded, and from the ashes I decided to not give up, but face the problems we struggled with – cohesive music direction, the same beliefs, passion and dedication, and come back as a solo artist. This past year has professionally and personally been the hardest in my life, and I’ve been very open about my mental health issues, and experiences with abuse, and so I took that gap to sit down with my guitarist James, and take control of the narrative, instead of letting things defeat me. I wrote, and sang out all of my pain, and turned it into power. It’s the most empowering thing in the world to work through a scarring/negative situation and make something beautiful/positive out of it instead. I also decided to come back as a solo artist because I didn’t want to have to rely on anyone else to get to where I wanted to be – this last year has been full of realisations, and I think my biggest has been this exactly – I don’t need anyone else but myself.

How did you come up with your band name?

It is half of my surname – I am half Cypriot, and my name is very unusual. I am very proud of my heritage, and my family history, and I wanted to keep a part of it with me always, but ‘Kaimakami’ is quite a mouthful, and friends from school used to call me Kaima, so now it is just my preferred name and stage name! My logo, the eye is a variation on the Mediterranean ‘evil eye’ which is tied in heavily with our culture, with crazy eyelashes because I always have makeup or glitter running down my face!

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

I am from England, and the metal/rock scene is… well it depends where you are! Where I grew up in the West Country, you are hard pressed to find any musicians, let alone any rockers, whereas I live closer to London, where the scene is teeming with metalheads.. finding ones that are dedicated, or aren’t already taken is a bit harder though! But never give up. It took me long enough…

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

Liar Liar! My debut single as a solo artist… this song came from a lot of toxic anger toward an individual for infidelity, and lots of other fucked stuff like manipulation and emotional/physical abuse… But instead of letting the toxic anger fester inside me, I used the strength I shared with a close friend of mine who went through this with me, to turn the message into one of solidarity, and made what could have been a potentially quite bitter track, a kick-ass thank-fuck-you-were-the-one-that-got-away anthem! It came out back in February 2019, and I’ve been planning my next single, however I’ve been doing my best to fundraise for this to get into the studio/get it mixed/mastered.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Freddie. Gaga. Lzzy. In that order. They shaped everything I truly love and value about myself. I learned to love singing, appreciate truly special music, and be ok with being a drama queen on stage through Freddie, and Queen… I always knew I was a bit different, but didn’t know why/how, and when I sang their songs I felt ok with it for the first time and pretty fucking fabulous too! I credit Gaga for growing me up and teaching me all the things I should have learned at school/home – to love myself and drop anyone that didn’t by the wayside. She pushed me to push myself, and accept all the parts of me that weren’t ‘normal’ – her popularity just for being her awesome theatrical self when I was a kid was proof that I’d get through all the bullying and horrific experiences, and make it someday, and I could stay true to myself whilst doing it. Halestorm and Lzzy Hale in particular introduced me to slightly heavier music – and it blew my mind. I knew from the moment I heard them that that was what I wanted to do. It was exciting, it was sexy – here was a WOMAN who loved herself, her sex life, and was unapologetic about it.. and my god that VOICE… I was determined to be able to sing like her and it took about a year of training but I got there! All 3 paved the way for other beautiful freaks like them to follow down their paths. Without them, the industry would be a very different place. They didn’t just stand up for their beliefs – they fought like hell for them, and they made you feel like one of their own, whilst also taking you on a beautifully wild ride.

What first got you into music?

(I guess the above statement)

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

All of the above musicians – I would be honoured to collaborate with them, and also a band called The Struts. I really like what they’re doing at the moment – the lead singer Luke has a very Freddie attitude and sound which is incredibly sexy, and I feel like they’re kinda bringing their version of rock the mainstream, which is always awesome. I’ve also just discovered this insane fellow female solo artist – Kim Jennett. She was also in a band, and decided to go solo, is massively inspired by Lzzy, has ridiculous gritty vocals that are so rare in this industry nowadays… sounding familiar?! She’s a massive babe with a massive voice, and there are honestly so few of us rock chicks out there, I feel like I’ve struck gold! Society has a tendency to pit women against each other, but I honestly can’t be arsed with that rubbish – we need to stick together. Pulling someone else down doesn’t raise you higher. I supported Hands Off Gretal (another band I’d love to collab with) last week and I was shitting myself because I love their music, but every time I have played with women there has been nothing but love and support. No one is actually alone – we are all shit scared and thinking we aren’t good enough, so why add more stress and negativity to life – it’s hard enough as it is!! Be a damn cheerleader. So yeah – Kim Jennett, Lauren Tate (H.O.G) and 2 other local artists LUNA and Chinchilla – I adore you, lets team up and show the world how badass we are.

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

Glastonbury! It’s my biggest dream to play the pyramid stage at sunset. It’s my hometown, it was my first festival, and I just want a golden sea of people dancing and jumping to my songs whilst the sun goes down… I dream about it every night.

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

I haven’t received anything weird yet! Everything that’s made with love is important to me, but you never know!

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

YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Everyone feels like they are, but they’re not. Reach out. Social media is horrific but it can also be incredible at bringing people together. Facebook forums, Instagram pages, Tumblr, Reddit – there is always someone else that feels the same way you do. Emotions are meant to be felt, but if you struggle with them like I do – find a doctor. It’s free. Ring a helpline. Join a website to start walking dogs. Volunteer at animal shelters. Find something you love, and find a way if pouring your pain into it so there is something constructive to show for it. If your friends aren’t helping – find new ones. ‘we accept the love we think we deserve’ – from the Perks of Being a Wallflower, but it’s true. I’ve stayed in horrific relationships (platonic too) and situations because I haven’t respected myself to go ‘HELL NO.’ There are 7 billion people out there – you will find someone. They might not be n your hometown, but we have social media for a reason.

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

Freddie.

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

As I said earlier, I love being able to take a really shitty situation, turn it into a powerful song, which helps me heal, and then in turn it helps someone else heal. I love when people thank me for my honesty, because it is hard to be vulnerable in such a tough industry, but I think this and admitting flaws is something that is swiftly becoming more applauded. I love being a platform to voice support for those that need it, such as MH, women’s rights, and sex worker rights. And the biggest thing… being able to scream into a microphone and call it my job. Getting sweaty and grimy all half naked on stage, singing about beating my demons?! It’s my dream come true! Fetus Kaima – we did it! I hate rumours. People that shit stir. If you’ve got issues, go and talk it out. You are helping no one here! This industry is hard enough as it is – help each other!

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

Honestly, I would make rock n roll the ‘current’ genre again… a lot of people tell me I won’t get far because it isn’t ‘in’ (but I do it anyway) and I see a lot of amazing musicians get put off or not follow the music they REALLY want to do because it ‘won’t sell’ which sucks, but in this day and age you have to make a killing to be a full time, successful musician. People think they have to go heavier, or rely on tech more. I just think I was born into the wrong era! It’s selfish, but I guess my ultimate wish would be that you could be able to be successful in the genre that you want to pursue. not what society dictates is the new ‘in’ thing. There is so much more rock has to offer, and I hope that movies like Bohemian Rhapsody and the Dirt have brought that kind of music back into a mainstream a bit more, so a wider audience can love and listen to this genre.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Queen – “Night At The Opera”. Or any of Halestorm’s albums because they showed me how to rock and Gaga’s “Fame Monster” because it grew me up!

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

I love vinyl because I’m a very visual person but realistically, downloads.

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

Probably the last 2 shows I’ve played – I headlined the Backroom Bar at the Hard Rock Café in London earlier this year, and there pictures of me as a kid at the Hard Rock café in Florida, and I still have hard rock merch up in my old bedroom. It was just a childhood dream fully realised. They all but rolled out red carpet for me, and I had massive imposter syndrome (and tonsillitis!). I was so humbled and honoured to have been given the opportunity, let alone treated like fucking royalty! So many people turned up, and the room just heaved with people living and breathing the same good rock n roll energy. I am grateful for that experience every day. My most recent show with Hands Off Gretal was a near topper for that though – despite having tonsil issues again, my voice held out for our nearly hour long set. To be able to support HOG made it an incredible night anyway, but playing to a packed crowd, seeing Lauren Tate in the front loving every second, being confident enough to incorporate a fully realised burlesque element into it, and having people stop me to tell me how much my music meant to them, it was just bliss. You can’t make this shit up. And I fully let go of absolutely everything – all of those fears and anxieties – for the whole set. I always snap out and over analyse and worry, but this time I was just totally lost in the moment. I’ve tried to make a conscious effort to do that when I am enjoying myself now – to snapshot that moment in my mind, so I can look back on that, and not the mountains of stress accompanying it.

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

Helping animals, kids, or being a Disney princess. Or makeup artistry!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Freddie Mercury, Brian May, Roger Taylor, Lady Gaga, Marilyn Monroe

What’s next for the band?

Getting the funds to go into the studio and release these tracks I’ve been saving up for you all! Then gig, gig, gig. Being on stage is my obsession, feeling the reaction from people who have their own personal connection to the songs I’ve written. I just want more! I’d like to work with some mental health charities, support women’s rights, and sex worker rights. As a provocative performer and a burlesque performer, the sex work industry is looked down upon, but there’s nothing shameful about our bodies! We love them, and we get that other people love them too. Being able to incorporate burlesque into my performance is something I haven’t had the confidence to do until recently but I’m over the moon that I did. We are such a large, loving community, and we don’t have time for hate.

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

https://www.facebook.com/kaimaofficial
https://www.instagram.com/kaimaofficial
and ‘Liar Liar’ is available on all streaming platforms to buy and download!

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A cake?! They’re soft and called cakes…

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

… Uhhhh I’m sorry for rambling! I have a lot to say… but I always do! Thank you for having me… and just keep an open mind, and an open heart! It’s much better to add love in a world full of hate.
KAIMA <3 x

 

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EMQ’s with KAT

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EMQ’s with KAT

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Legendary Polish, UK based Metal band KAT. If you’ve not heard of them before then you should definitely read on and get acquainted! Huge thanks to Piotr Luczyk 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 Piotr Luczyk. I founded the KAT band at the turn of 1979/80, and I play guitars in the band. I am also a music producer and composer of most of KAT’s music. At the beginning of KAT, we played Hard Rock. Later it evolved by stages into Thrash Metal. We released 11 original albums, several concerts, DVDs and compilations. There are several dozen pirate releases of our records on the market. We played tours with Metallica, Helloween, Six Feet Under and many more. We have also played with Iron Maiden, Motörhead & Pretty Maids. In addition I am the originator of the Metalmania Festival and Cover Festival. I say, perhaps immodestly, that in Eastern Europe they call us a legendary band! That’s for starters.
All details can be found at www.kat-band.com

How did you come up with your band name?

I came up with the name in primary school when I was 12 years old. The literal translation is simply Executioner. It was about someone who seeks justice. Ah, such children’s visions. At the time, I could not yet play. Subsequently it turned out that KAT became, in addition to my family, the most important thing in my life.

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

I come from Poland but currently I live in Manchester GB. In Poland, the metal scene is mainly extreme. Vader and Behemoth are the best known Polish bands around the world. Both of these bands recorded the album “W homage to KAT” which I think shows our position. Of course, there are also hard and heavy bands in Poland, but not many. It’s difficult to find good singers who can sing in English. Also, in Poland, the Catholic Church predominates in society and condemns metal music as satanic. But crowds come to concerts of foreign stars.

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

In 2014 we released the album “Acoustic 8 Filmow” with acoustic versions of our most famous ballads. Earlier, we released the metal album “Mind Cannibals”. On Jun 14th 2019 we will release our latest KAT album “Without Looking Back”. This is our newest work with premiere songs. One of the songs is a soundtrack to the movie “Squadron 303”. Here is the video from the new album;
‘Flying Fire’:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oou2WgKhzDU

Who have been your greatest influences?

Like many guitarists of my generation, Ritchie Blackmore, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and a little later, Judas Priest, Van Halen, AC / DC. The compositions of these stars will never be forgotten. It’s a living rock story.

What first got you into music?

In 1975 I heard a Led Zeppelin concert; it was a shock for me. Later I heard Deep Purple in Rock and I knew then what I wanted to do with my life. Now I am much older and wiser in the ways of the world of music. I live in Manchester and I begin to understand why British music leads the world.

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

AC / DC, maybe it’s strange but when I listen to AC / DC it seems to me that everything is achievable. It’s damn positive energy! I am the creator of the Cover Festival where we play AC / DC with various musicians. Everyone thinks that their songs are easy to play. However, in rehearsal it turns out that this simplicity is only superficial. During the concerts, I watch how audiences respond to AC / DC songs. Their music works for everyone.

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

Wacken Festival!

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

One of the fans (a girl) gave me the PRS guitar which I play regularly.

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

Don’t limit yourself to one genre of music. To find out what you like, you have to know what is going on around you. It’s a bit like beer. Isn’t it better to check out several species?

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

Randy Rhoads

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

I like it most playing in the moment, listening to the fans .You connect with them, share a common world and you don’t need alcohol, drugs or money, just the ability to listen.
I hate anonymous assholes who have never achieved anything in their lives and assess others. This destroys many young musicians and the effects of hating are irreversible and often tragic. Unfortunately, the Internet has contributed to this. Nowadays, instead of showing art, it is mainly used to criticise and fight others.

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

I would change the money division between artists and Google, Youtube, Spotify, Tidal etc. The current situation causes the artists to focus on concerts to such an extent that they do not record music like they used to. Such a situation will lead to the collapse of entire genres of music.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Deep Purple – “Machine Head”

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

Currently Downloads but, for sound, vinyl.

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

I played with Iron Maiden, Motörhead and Metallica. They were great experiences and outstanding stars from whom I learned a lot. But the best gigs have been with in my friend Radek’s, small private club, on the mini Cover Festival. This is a regular gig to which we invite about 50-100 guests and friends from various bands. We play the finest songs from the history of rock.

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

I like DIY and I do various home renovation works. I even designed and made furniture once. I also designed album covers. But honestly, I don’t know what I would do.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ritchie Blackmore, David Gilmour, Jimmy Page, Eddie Van Halen and Gary Moore.

What’s next for the band?

Concerts, new records and new music.

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

www.youtube.com/channel/UCaA8ivCm9uTyaGtKGVV61sA
www.soundcloud.com/kat-band
www.facebook.com/KATofficialprofile/
www.kat-band.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I like Jaffa Cakes no matter who thinks they’re a cake or a biscuit! I would still like them, even if I had to pay more VAT on them. And actually, whether they’re a cake or a biscuit, I’ll still eat them all!

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

Thank you for the interview and I would also to thank GB Metal Hammer for placing our album, “Metal and Hell” as among the 40 best ever Black Metal albums in history!
Regards, Piotr Luczyk – KAT
www.kat-band.com

 

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EMQ’s with Crejuvent

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EMQ’s with Crejuvent

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Liverpool, UK based Extreme Metal solo act Crejuvent. Huge thanks to Freddy 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 Freddy and I play metal music. I’m a musician based in Liverpool UK, I’ve been playing and producing bands for many years and Crejuvent is my main solo project so to speak. I had the idea for it a while back, releasing a set of demos in 2015 and my debut EP in 2017. I’m now gearing up for the release of a new single titled Vesti La Giubba coming out on May 18th.

How did you come up with your band name?

It came to me in a dream. In it I was fighting off giant flies with a huge sword in an apocalyptic like scenario, and once I had beaten them all a local village offered me the services of all their women as a thank you. As I was gearing up for the inevitable month long orgy that would ensue by renovating my golden palace, I found in the foundations a stone tablet that read Crejuvent.
Oh wait that wasn’t a dream, that was my 19th birthday. Ah well.

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

I’m half Italian and half Brazilian, although I grew up in the US, in Italy, in the Netherlands, and have been based in the UK for the past 7 years. So I don’t know how to answer your question really. The fact that I’m not rolling in cash on a daily basis leads me to believe that the metal scene in all of these countries is terrible, but that can’t be accurate.

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

I will be releasing a new single on May 18th titled Vesti La Giubba along with a video. It’s a cover of the famous aria from Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci opera. It’s a piece about love, betrayal, and insanity. It’s also the first time I sing in Italian so I’m quite excited to release it. With the single, I’ll be releasing a B-side called Blue Spirit. It’s a 8 and a half minute epic and it’s one of my more intricate songs and I feel it really showcases my songwriting as its strongest.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Devin Townsend has been my biggest influence by far, and I think it shows. But I talk about him loads already so I’ll mention a few others. Fleshgod Apocalypse have been a huge influence too, as is probably obvious from the fact that I’m doing a metal cover of an opera piece. I’m big into my technical death metal so bands like Obscura, Cynic, Beyond Creation, amongst others, have been a crucial factor in my musical development. I’ve been really getting into Leprous lately as well and have been incorporating some of those elements into my songwriting lately.

What first got you into music?

Teenage angst coupled with social rejection. Or were those a result of me getting into metal? Either ways, I needed an outlet when I was a young person and music was the safest one. Why go around smashing shit when you can listen to music that’s ABOUT smashing shit?

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

I hate working with other musicians – they only hold me back…!

Nah I kid. I collaborate lots with other people, and if there’s one thing I’ve learned is that everyone has a different way of working on music and collaborating. Whilst I could SAY that I want to work with some of my biggest influences, truth is our way of working on music might not yield fruitful. So I don’t know who I’d like to work with – I’d have to know more about how they go about their business.

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

I played Metal Days a in 2017 and that was so much fun – it’s already my favourite festival ever and the fact that I got to play it was amazing and would love to do it again. Otherwise, one of those cruise ship type festivals look like they’d be fun!

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

In one of my other bands (which I think you guys are also featuring funnily enough) we got given a book by a fan that they wrote. It was…quite the read if I say so myself.

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

I’m glad y’all like the music. It pleases me to hear so thanks.

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

Hmm I don’t know, maybe Peter Steele as I’d really like to see Type O Negative live. But only if he comes back EXACTLY the way he is right now, half decayed and everything.

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

I love performing and writing stuff, it’s the biggest high for me. I also get to see a lot of the country while touring and I get to meet so many awesome people. Unfortunately, that means I get to meet a lot of un-awesome people too. It can also take quite a toll on you as a person, both physically and emotionally.

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

This isn’t exclusive to the music industry, unfortunately it’s how a lot of things work in this world, but I hate all the blatant ass kissing that needs to be done to get anywhere and the “networking” for the sake of networking. I suck at socializing and talking to people and I’d like to just let the music do the talking. But unfortunately the band that can barely string more than 3 chords together to write mediocre music will get further than I can because their singer knows how to be “friends” with the right people.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Alien by Strapping Young Lad.

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

I like CD’s, I find vinyls to be a bit of a novelty but people like them so that’s cool. And why download these days when you can just stream?

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

Playing at Metal Days and Winter Days of Metal last year was pretty cool, it’s definitely high up there on the list. Everything about it was great, the atmosphere, the bands, the weather, even our drummer dislocating his shoulder.

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

I’d be the village idiot.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I would invite John Mulaney five times.

What’s next for the band?

As I mentioned before, I got a single coming out on May 18th, and it’s gonna kick ass! After that I’m in talks with some people to potentially get a full band together for this project but that’s still all just in the works. In the meantime I’ll keep on writing more material and see where it all goes!

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

Crejuvent is on Facebook primarily, but I have my own personal Instagram and Youtube channel that I use for Crejuvent as well. I’m also on Bandcamp where you can check out all of my releases, at least the ones that aren’t on Spotify and stuff.
https://www.facebook.com/Crejuvent/
https://crejuvent.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

As a non British person, I don’t understand why they are even called cakes. Were they giant at one point? That shit is clearly a biscuit of some variety.

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

Thank you! Be sure to follow Crejuvent on Facebook, Instagram, and Youtube and keep an eye out for Vesti La Giubba coming out on May 18th!! Byeeeeee!

 

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