EMQ’s with AFTER SMOKE CLEARS

EMQ’s with AFTER SMOKE CLEARS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with London, UK based Groove Metal band After Smoke Clears. Huge thanks to bassist Aaron Dohnt 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 Aaron and I’m the bassist for After Smoke Clears. We play a distinct and unique sub-genre of metal, combining elements of groove, tech, core and aggression. We released our first 3 track EP titled “Disillusion” and two amazing videos in 2019, at this point we were just starting to discover our sound. Shortly after we started toying with the idea of writing new material, this idea became a reality when we arrived at Floodgate Audio Studios in January 2020 and recorded an entire album.

How did you come up with your band name?

The band name is a reminder that change is constant, destruction can lead to new birth, as a metaphor: after fire and flames a new forest can thrive, after smoke clears your vision manifests. The concept that one brings their own reality with them and choose their reaction to positive and negative stimulus, so long as they are mindful and in touch with their spiritual self.

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

As a collective we’re from London, but we hail from Leicester, Australia and Italy. Before the lockdown London was a great location for the Metal scene, an endless bounty of venues and a niche for every genre. We’re very fortunate to be able to exist in this space. Hopefully post-lockdown there will be an explosion of new live shows, and we are ready to ride that wave.

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

In 2020 so far, we’ve released three singles in support of the upcoming album. The latest single release is ‘Beta to Gamma’. Beta to Gamma’s message is simple: the mind is a superb instrument if used rightly, and meditation holds the key. If we stay intensely present, and let the resistance go, we can watch our minds with curiosity instead of being its victim. #FeelTheFire

Beta To Gamma (Official Music Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

We all obviously love anything metal, and the heavier the better. Our favourite bands seem to come and go with each release, but there are some clear major influences such as; Lamb of God, Gojira, Meshuggah, Mudvayne, Tool…we could go on all day.

What first got you into music?

The unparalleled experience and dopamine release we get through listening and performing music. There’s truly nothing like it.

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

There is so much talent in the world at the moment so this would an incredibly difficult decision. But if we had to pick someone at this exact moment, it would be Tatiana Shmaylyuk (Jinjer) as she brings such a versatile and unique vocal style to her music.

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

It would be a dream come true to play one of the major festivals (and hopefully they start back up again in 2021). But if we could pick one, it would probably be Download but there are a hundred we could pick.

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

I’ll let you know when it happens haha

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

Your future is in your hands, don’t fear yourself. Take care of your health, your community and the health of the planet, the rest will take care of itself.

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

Chester Bennington was such an inspiration to all of us as we were young aspiring musicians, gone too soon and too tragically. Hopefully, his passing is not in vain and we begin to take mental health more and more seriously.

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

Undoubtedly the most enjoyable thing is performing, there is absolutely nothing that can compare. The least enjoyable part is the business side of things, social media and money.

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

The disgusting reliance on social media needs to go.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Right now, I’ve been putting Sleep Token – “Sundowning” on an infinite loop, but a classic album that never seems to get old for me is Rage Against the Machine – “Evil Empire”.

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

Whatever works for the listener, so long as the music is killer.

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

We played a club night in London, called Facedown in 2019. The crowd was amazing, the atmosphere was buzzing, and everything just fell into place.

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

Probably practicing to become a musician, none of us could think of anything else we would rather be doing with our time on this earth.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’d need to invite people who have led such a ridiculous and incredible life so far. My choice off the top of my head would start with; Arnold Schwarzenegger, Beyonce, Anthony Kiedis, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Maynard James Keenan.

What’s next for the band?

We are almost at the halfway point in the run up to our album release, we still have 4 more singles and videos planned, so you’re gonna see a lot more of us in the coming months. The next single released drops at the end of July.

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

We use Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube and most streaming sites. Our website contains everything you could possibly need, www.aftersmokeclears.com will set you free

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Is this some kind of British joke that I’m too Australian to understand?

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

We’re extremely grateful for the fantastic reception we’ve had so far, all the new fans we’re speaking with and everyone who has been supporting us mean an incredible amount to us. Subscribe to us everywhere because you’re not gonna want to miss what’s coming next!

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EMQ’s with DEIFIED

EMQ’s with DEIFIED

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Merseyside, UK based Groove Metal band Deified. Huge thanks to all of 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?

Our band name is Deified – We have Jamie Hughes (Vox), Matt Pike(Guitar), Alistair Blackhall (Guitar), Tom Simm (Bass) & Jordan Stanley-Jones (Drums).

As a band we’ve been playing together for 7 years now, but as of 2019, we’ve had a new drummer in the form of Jordan-Stanley Jones. We all knew each other from a wider group of friends, but came together to form a band in late 2013 when Alistair put a post out on Facebook, and the metal cogs of fate seemed to fall in place. Matt was DJing at a local event and started the band that very night. Straight out of the door, our sound was described as ‘a ballroom brawl between DevilDriver and Sylosis’ by Burn Fist webzine at our first gig. Our lyrics started out as scenarios, ideas, dreams but as we’ve got older, we’ve wanted to relay the problems going on in our lives, the people around us, the politics, the issues in our society and the world. We are pointing out issues and imbalances in a positive way – We all should be talking about how certain facets of social media / ads are feeding us shit, how global warming is killing our planet and a lack of proper discourse around issues that affect us all.

How did you come up with your band name?

Deified to us means family, friends & some f**king amazing fans, but the actual meaning of the name is to make someone or something into a god. We’ve now got USA Deified and Greece Deified to compete under the Deified name, but at the end of the day we’re all spreading metal around the world! #OGDeified 😉

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

We’re located in St. Helens, so we’re classed as a Merseyside Metal Band, but have members from Wigan / Lancaster so we’re also involved with the Greater Manchester Scene! Both scenes are insane, amazing bands, amazing fans, & we’ve made so many friends over the years.

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

We’ve got an 8-track mini album coming, “Anthrobscene” out 29th May 2020. “Anthrobscene” means a number of things to us. But at its core, it’s an attempt to get people talking about certain issues that surround us every day and how these issues affect us (or will affect us), rather than just ignoring them and leaving future generations with the burden of our ignorance. It’s a call to arms and wants to encourage people to believe in a more conscious world. This concept mini album has an overriding theme, but that theme overarches into the many issues that surround us in the current climate and how they affect us all. From governmental to technological issues, each song vents our own and others frustration with a world that everyday seems increasingly self-destructive, underhanded and untruthful.

We’ve release two videos that you can find on our Youtube:

And potentially more coming on release…

Who have been your greatest influences?

Our influences all differ but range from DevilDriver, Black Dahlia Murder, Sylosis, Trivium, Lamb of God, Metallica, Threat Signal, Machine Head, Parkway Drive & many, many more

What first got you into music?

Jordan: Weirdly, it was Guitar Hero 3. I got it for Christmas when I was about 10 or 11 and through playing the game and asking my mum who the guy on the cover was, I discovered Guns N’ Roses. The guy on the cover was obviously slash and it all took off from there for me.

Matt: I picked up the “Significant Other” album by Limp Bizkit when I was 9, because I had seen them on Top of the Pops when I was a kid. It was just so different to the other rubbish that was on the mainstream charts. I then had my first glimpse of screaming after picking up the “Alive or Just Breathing” album by Killswitch Engage from a local music shop. The cogs started to flow from there.

Jamie: When I was a kid, my stepdad and my uncle were very music orientated and I guess it kinda rubbed off onto me. But, as I became older and craved something fresh, I started to branch out into other genres and that’s when I discovered a deep love for the metal scene.

Tom: I got my first electric guitar when I was around 3 or 4, this changed into Classical Acoustic for a while. Played Bass Trombone around the world in Jazz / Brass Band / Orchestras but stringed metal always grounded me. The best next place to Guitar was Bass, after playing the Bass Trombone for so long. Here I am playing dirty Bass riffs for Deified now!

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

Our lists are endless, but on our next feature-length record, we may be looking at collaborating with some bands in the scene on certain aspects of some songs. It would be cool to collaborate with Jinjer, as we think Jamie and Tatiana’s vocal style are quite similar (minus the singing).

We are always looking to evolve our sound, so it would also be cool to collaborate with a band that use synths and samples.

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

Easy! Bloodstock, the fans are amazing, beer is flowing, sun is shining (hopefully), absolutely insane line ups, guaranteed a great time! We played there once in 2015 and we may play again sometime in the future…

It would also be fantastic to play at Graspop or Download festival, as there are always an eclectic mix of bands on and they are both great festivals to attend.

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

I am not sure if this counts, but a friend of ours called John Matthews got our tattoo on his leg and a girl we once knew got one on her wrist!

Jamie: A prostitute once deepthroated my beer bottle, right in front of me whilst we were playing a show. Does that count?

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

Don’t be afraid to challenge others!

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

Jordan: I would have to choose The Rev from A7X he’s what got me into drums and playing with precision.

Matt: Lemmy!

Jamie: Chris Cornell

Tom: I’ve always wondered what kind of music Nirvana would be making right now if Kurt was still here…

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

Jordan: I love smashing huge breakdowns and how much of a laugh we all have together while practicing, writing or recording. I absolutely hate how much crap I have to lug about. Perks of being a drummer.

Matt: I enjoy recording riffs and songwriting. Being out on the road, meeting new people, giving people music that helps the soul.

Jamie: I love the comradery and the passion of the scene. But the venue’s and the people who operate them definitely need more protection. Especially now.

Tom: Making music, meeting people, playing our music to 100’s of people. I hate the situation right now, music has a healing property to it (especially live), it would be great to be back on the road.

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

How much control music streaming services have over musicians and their art.

Also, it would be nice if the government would invest in the music business by funding bands to be able to afford what they want to put out.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Jordan: “Death Magnetic” by Metallica because of all the memories it brings back. Also, the riffs on that album are some of their best ones to date. ‘All Nightmare Long’ is a classic and I could listen to that song all day.

Matt: “Shogun” by Trivium. It ticks all the boxes!

Jamie: Slipknot’s “Iowa” is definitely up there. There’s so much power and aggression in one album.

Tom: “Era” by Bleed From Within – I’ve got it on constantly at the moment, absolutely vibing with my isolation feels.

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

Do you even need to ask?!! VINYL!!!!!!! It’s the way music was intended to be consumed. There’s something about physically putting the record on and placing the needle that really makes us feel more connected to the artist and their music.

Unfortunately, it’s something we’re yet to utilise due to the sheer cost of production.

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

Jordan: For me, it was Grand Central in Manchester. There were so many pits that night it went off! But I’ve only been in the band for the last 20 gigs. The guys have told me about some classics which I’m sure they’ll share.

Matt: The first Badgerfest held by John Badger in Manchester in the Star and Garter (when Krysthla were headlining). It was crammed and everyone was just pitting. Bloodstock was good, but we were a very fresh-faced band at the time. This resulted in not having much of a crowd…

Jamie: Definitely the Cattle Decapitation show, in Liverpool. Beer, titties, inflatables, brutal music and probably the best pit I’ve ever been in at a small venue. What more do you want?

Tom: There’s been a few but the Exodus gig was unreal, I couldn’t exactly believe what was going on! Cattle Decapitation was another, and of course Bloodstock. We were much smaller then though, young, naive and it would be an honour to hear our rumbling sounds again on those hallowed grounds. We’re older, bigger tunes, a bigger following – Cannot wait for the future.

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

Jordan: I’d probably have a go at basketball seen as I’m the tallest member of the band 😉

Matt: I would probably live in London attempting to make it in post-production.

Jamie: Probably something still music related. Maybe sound-tech.

Tom: Brewing Beer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jordan: Axel Rose, Corey Taylor, James Hetfield, Slash and Lars Ulrich. I think that would be really interesting. I just hope Axel actually turns up…

Matt: All of Metallica and Dave Mustaine. If Lemmy was still alive…I’m sure I would sub one of them.

Jamie: Jacque Fresco, Mike Patton, Daron Malakian, Brian Cox, Joe Rogan.

What’s next for the band?

Hopefully, once venues re-open we can get back to gigging. We want to gig as much as possible with the new stuff in the set. We also need to invest in the future of the band by doing tours and writing more.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.deified.uk/
www.facebook.com/deified/
www.instagram.com/deifieduk/
www.youtube.com/c/Deified
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0khlvR8NfZ3lYll9q7Zu2C

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Jordan: I’m saying cake because Jaffa’s consist of 3 layers.

Matt: Cake!

Jamie: Cake!

Tom: Cake!

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

Stay true to yourself, do what makes you happy and go to as many gigs as you can when lockdown is over! Support our bands & venues!

Massive thanks for having us Ever Metal as ever, it’s been an absolute pleasure!

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