EMQ’s with KIRRA

EMQ’s with KIRRA

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Oklahoma City, OK based Hard Rock band, Kirra. Huge thanks to guitarist Daxton Page 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 Daxton Page, and I’m the guitarist for KIRRA. Originally, I left a camp/school in Oklahoma that got young kids together to learn how to play an instrument, and always play with other musicians to form a band. A couple kids came with me but ended up flaking out. Luckily, I met Zach Stafford, our drummer, through mutual friends of our parents. After, we searched through tons of ‘musicians seeking musicians’ websites, and found our luck with Craigslist when Ryne McNeill answered the ad. He had a friend, Jesse, who could sing and play guitar, so we thought it was a perfect match considered we wanted to be a dual guitar 4-piece band. At our first rehearsal, we wrote a song that would turn into ‘Drown’, off our first LP “Run Away”. Then, we knew we had something we should pursue together. In 2018, Jesse unfortunately passed away in a car accident, and in April of 2018 we found Gabriel Parson to be our permanent new singer, and we’ve since released a couple singles ‘Sixteen Suns’ & ‘Decider’, as well as our new full-length album “Redefine”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Jesse had suggested the name to us, and we thought it sounded short, simple, and catchy so we said “yeah!”. He eventually told us he had a stockpile of cologne that was called Kirra, and that was where he got the name. Turns out, it’s named after a beach in Queensland, Australia!

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

Locally we are from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma in the US, which is smack dab in the middle of the state. The metal/rock scene there is very underground. There’s lots of metal shows, but I think the breakout bands are underground at the moment, which is exciting! More regionally speaking, bands like Blacktop Mojo, Nothing More, Sons of Texas, and Lullwater are starting to get some traction and we are all in the Southwest part of the country. So, it looks like the South is where it’s at for rock/metal at the moment in my opinion.

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

Our first LP with our new singer Gabriel, called “Redefine”, which is an apt name considering this album is a shift stylistically from the past. It’s 17 “songs” in total, and the reason I put songs in quotations is because some of the songs are more like transitional pieces or intros to other songs. We wanted to be able to take our time with a long piece of music so we could get a message across, but we didn’t want the audience to have to sit through a 2 or 3 minute intro if they just want to get to the songs.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I would say the bands biggest influences are artists like: Alter Bridge, Sevendust, Tool, Shinedown, Avenged Sevenfold, and Twelve Foot Ninja. Personally, my biggest influences are people like Mark Tremonti, Steve Vai, Stevie Ray Vaughn, John Mayer, or Tommy Emmanuel.

What first got you into music?

When I was a kid, I grew up in a music-loving family, no one really played an instrument, except for a cousin who showed me my first couple chords, and an uncle who played as well. However, I really fell in love with guitar when I started to hear guitar solos like the one in ‘Like A Stone’ by Audioslave or ‘Open Your Eyes’ by Alter Bridge. I was so drawn to the emotion that could be expressed from a guitar solo; I knew I wanted to do something like that.

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

There are so many it would be difficult to narrow it down to one. If I had to pick one, I’d say work with Nothing More. We toured with them back into 2018, and I really admire their creativity and passion. I’d also like to collaborate with a lot of the bands I listed from our region earlier.

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

Download probably. I’ve seen so many great performances from the festival with awesome crowds it would just be surreal to be a part of.

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

We’ve had lots of great gifts from fans, but we’ve never really been given a weird gift. SO, I guess I don’t have an answer for that one unfortunately! In due time, check back in on that haha!

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

Seek the truth at all costs because the alternative is worse.

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

Probably Jimmy “The Rev” Sullivan. He was an insane talent that left a mark but had a lot more to share I feel.

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

There are no words to describe the connection you have with an audience that is into your music, and just feeling it with everyone else in the room. It’s timeless, almost transcendent or a religious-like state. I hate the downtime in between those moments, I almost wish we could do multiple full shows a day on tour, but that would wear us pretty thin haha.

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

Get rid of ticket/venue monopolies so artists can sell tickets for the price of THEIR choice.

Name one of your all-time favorite albums?

“Blackbird” by Alter Bridge. I have lyrics from the title-track on my arm for my grandmother. It’s a stellar hard rock album.

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

Whichever is most accessible, so I would say downloads. If “best” means sound quality, then I think it’s pretty subjective.

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

Probably the night we played our hometown with Sevendust and Tremonti at the Diamond Ballroom. It was packed and full of fans and family, it was a special night to say the least. Plus, we got to see spouses after a month away.

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

Probably teaching. Something like Philosophy, Psychology, or Economics. I’d like to think of myself as an informed-amateur in those fields, currently. I know enough to know I need to know more haha, but if I had time to develop my studies, that’s probably where I’d end up.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Probably Jonny Hawkins, Brent Smith, Mark Tremonti, Clint Lowery, and Steve Vai. All differing personalities and perspectives, I think interesting discussions would happen during dinner!

What’s next for the band?

More and more music, and hopefully a tour, once all the COVID stuff dies down. We’ve really been writing a lot during this downtime and we hope to get music out as often as possible in the next few years.

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

We have all our releases on Spotify, Apple Music, and every other digital streaming service. If you want to keep up with us, you can check out our Instagram: @kirra_music, Facebook: Kirra Music, and our website KirraMusic.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit. Though it is cake-like, I would label it a cakey biscuit, as opposed to a biscuity cake haha.

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

Thanks for having us on, hopefully we can do this again! I would just say go check out our new album “Redefine”, and our singles ‘Caving In’ and ‘Free’!

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EMQ’s with KINGS COUNTY

EMQ’s with KINGS COUNTY

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Orlando, Florida based Hard Rock band Kings County. Huge thanks to vocalist/bassist Rob Dexter 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 Rob Dexter and I am the singer & bassist for the hard rock band Kings County. The core of the band began on Long Island, New York back in the 90’s We all were playing in different local bands both original and covers. New York is a sea of talented players and since we all knew each other we decided to put together our own band playing covers strictly to make money. We quickly developed a strong following performing a variety of rock songs throughout the northeast United States. While performing in Vermont at a ski resort, someone from the Disney corporation saw the band live and asked if we’d be interested in playing for Disney. After a brief audition we were offered the house band spot for Disney’s Pleasure Island. We relocated to Orlando, FL in 2000 and this began our 8-year residency at Disney World.

How did you come up with your band name?

When the band first originated, we were under another name. After a few years of playing in Orlando and going thru a couple member changes we decided to change the band name to Kings County. Since we were all from New York we wanted to keep the New York theme in the band name and Kings County being the county of Brooklyn, NY, we decided to go with that.

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

The band is based in Orlando, Florida, USA. The music scene here is pretty extensive. Lots of venues, plenty of clubs and bars with live entertainment. The weather is pretty much great all year round so there’s plenty of outdoor venues to play. The music across the state is fairly eclectic though. There are a lot of rock/ metal bands, but it depends where you live in Florida which dictates the style of music/ bands that are prevalent.

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

The band released an album back in September of 2019, but we currently have been focusing on 2 single releases. The first song/single released was “7 Reasons”. It is a radio remix we did with engineer/ producer and Grammy award winner Chuck Alkazian. The song also features Ted Nugent drummer Jason Hartless. The song and video were released in March.

We have a new song coming out on May 15th called “Bleed These Tears”. Chuck Alkazian also produced this song and drummer Jason Hartless and Ratt guitarist Jordan Ziff (solo) perform on it.  We’ve been getting some great pre release reviews. It’s definitely a rock n roll rollercoaster of a song, seat belts required. The video for “Bleed These Tears” will follow shortly after.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Honestly, I’d have to say my parents. Nothing is more important then having a strong family structure behind you while growing up supporting and helping you develop your passion. This not only pertains to music, but anything you choose to do in life that you are passionate about.

What first got you into music?

I started a love for music at a very early age. From my father playing albums on this turntable to going to my first “so called” concert at a young age. A lot of musicians say their turning point came when they saw the Beatles on television but mine was completely different. My parents took me to see the band The Carpenters. Not the most rocking band out there but for a young inspiring musician I was drawn in by the lights, smoke and the reaction from the audience. At that moment I knew I wanted to do that, I wanted to be up there performing and from that moment on I never looked back.

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

Hands down it would be with Trent Reznor from the band Nine Inch Nails. He is by far the most innovative rock artist and visually before his time.

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

There’s a bunch of festivals in Europe that would be awesome to be apart of. They’ve created such a huge following over the years with rock fans and rock/metal artists. It’s great how they mix newer rock artists with many of the huge rock/metal staples to make for an epic show, something we’d love to experience one day.

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

This wasn’t a gift per se, but I had a fan write a note to me and tape it to my car windshield with bandaids, creative yet creepy at the same time.

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

A message to our fans would be thanks for the continued and unconditional support throughout the years. Our core fans are amazing at spreading the name of the band and recruiting potential new fans. That’s so important, so to all of them, a simple. Thank You.

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

That would be easy, Freddie Mercury. Not only an amazing voice and songwriter, but I believe he’d be overwhelmed by how his band and music has stood the test of time and quite possibly be more relevant now then when they first became popular.

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

I really enjoy the creative part of being a musician and the interaction with a live audience. Recording music is a great way to express your personal thoughts and feelings to the masses. We tend to write songs about real situations and real-life interactions that the listener can connect to.

I’m not a fan of the business side of music. Unfortunately, there are a lot of “undesirables” in this business who are basically there with their hands out. You have to wear many hats, the more you know the more you can cover your ass from being taken advantage of, but with anything you do in life these things are part of the territory, just take it head on and forge ahead.

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

The one thing I’d change about the music industry is the politics that is associated with it. There’re so many layers of the industry you have to go through to get your music heard. Unfortunately, there are great bands with great music out there that will never be acknowledged due to the politics of the business. Like with most businesses, it comes down to dollars and cents, money drives it all.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One of my all-time favourite albums is from a band from England called UFO. Their album “Obsession” was an incredible collection of great writing, great musicianship and catchy rock songs. Such an underrated band. They have over the years created a strong loyal following but never to the success of other bands from that era.

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

Funny that you ask this question because we constantly talk about this within the band. Personally, I was never a fan of cassettes, they always sounded muffled (to you) and your favourite tape would break, and you’d be out of luck. I’m gonna have to go with the CD. They are fairly indestructible and the sound quality is great and it’s something tangible you can hold and read liner notes. Albums were like that but I always scratched my albums, so my choice is CD’s.

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

By far our best gig to date was opening for Bon Jovi at the Amway Center here in Orlando, Florida in 2018. We had entered a contest thru iHeart radio and Live Nation. They were looking for an opening act by having bands submit original music videos. We submitted our song “Take It or Leave It” and we won the contest. Such an amazing experience to perform for 20,000 people in a sold-out arena.

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

That’s a really hard question. Music has been such an important part of my life since I was a child. Maybe I would have followed in my Father’s footsteps and been a civil engineer. I was always good with math in school, but wow, never really thought about that until now. Great question.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My Father
Keith Richards
Clint Eastwood
Herb Alpert
Ozzy Osbourne

What’s next for the band?

The band continues to write and create new music. Developing your sound doesn’t happen over night so we look to bring as many new song ideas to the table while strengthening our writing skills. We also look to jumping on some opening slots for bigger bands and tours throughout the months ahead hopefully drawing in some new fans along the way. The current world situation will dictate how we proceed in the near future, let’s hope for the positive.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.kingscountyofficial.com
www.facebook.com/kingscountyband
www.instagram.com/kingscountyofficial/
www.twitter.com/KingsCounty3

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I had to Google Jaffa Cakes, lol. Never heard of them but after some researching, I’m gonna have to go with biscuits. Now I wanna try one.

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

Thank you for inviting Kings County to be apart of this interview for Ever Metal. Hopefully your readers will take the time to check out our music and maybe we’ll pick up some new fans along the way.

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EMQs with Firing All Cylinders

EMQ’s with FIRING ALL CYLINDERS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with California based Metal/Hard Rock band Firing All Cylinders. Huge thanks to vocalist Rix Boker 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 Rix; my role in the band is lead vocals and acting like a Maniac. Firing All Cylinders started by complete accident honestly. Just started as a few angry teenagers that wanted to be heard and make a difference in the world making noise. We played a few shows and after we had our first pit it kind of just snowballed from there. A new twist on old school rock n roll has been the goal ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

I’ve been around race cars my whole life, even raced for a season at Irwindale speedway. So when we were searching for a name to call the group I was watching Death Race and one of the main characters just said the line “Firing all cylinders”. I jumped on the phone with everyone and the rest is history.

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

Born and raised in Southern California, United States. We have always had a very diverse scene because we are right out side of LA/Hollywood. Seems the best shows happen on the outskirts of LA for us.

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

We just released our new record “WEAPONIZED”. We are very proud of it. Jeremy Valentyne and Brandon Wolfe at Wolfe Studios did an amazing job producing it. The lyrics, riffs, beats, etc, just feel right with us.

Weaponized Spotify Link:

Here We Go Music Video:

Who have been your greatest influences?

Oh god, where do I start. We are all over the place. We love the old rock/metal the new rock/metal and everything in-between. If I had to name drop a few I’d say Ozzy, Rob Zombie, Mötley Crüe, Marilyn Manson, Primus, Metallica, Parkway Drive, Static X, ADRD, A7X and so many more!!!

What first got you into music?

Just the heavy drive and power that only rock and metal can do! It just grabbed my soul.

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

Rammstein or Mötley Crüe for sure!

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

That’s hard one. Probably somewhere south of the United States or Germany! Rock n Rio, Rock AM Ring, Graspop, Rock on the Range, all good ones. Definitely love playing any festival.

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

I have not come across too many weird gifts besides sexual offers from a fan but I’ve come across some thoughtful ones. Most gifts are baked goods or home cooked meals that we are extremely appreciative of, especially when on tour. One thing that stands out is somebody drew a picture of me while we were on stage and I’ll cherish that forever.

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

Stay strong, even when the world seems to be against you. Just keeping pushing forward!

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

Lemmy, singer of Motörhead!

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

The creative freedom, there are no rules. Starting from a blank page and creating something from nothing is a beautiful thing. What I hate is the constant battle of the time crunches and deadlines. Art cannot be rushed.

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

I’m not sure what I would change about it but I feel social media has a huge impact and that has its pros and cons. Having the ability to directly reach fans is great. If we didn’t have social media most of the bands would have to personally reach out to them rather than a click of a button.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Rust In Peace”, “Appetite For Destruction”, “Astro Creep 2000”… I cannot choose just one. There have been so many great ones.

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

Personally, I like CD’s and Vinyl but whatever gets the music to the fans ear’s works for me.

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

Rock the Boat Festival at the Queen Mary in Southern California. It was out of control!

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

Building Haunted Houses, which I do now and have been doing since I was 6 years old!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Marilyn Manson, Ozzy, Rob Zombie, Alice Cooper and a Southern Preacher!

What’s next for the band?

Just going to be pushing the new record, shows and videos!

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

You can find physical copies on:
www.firingallcylinders.com
www.awfulygoodrecords.com

It’s also available for streaming on Spotify https://open.spotify.com/artist/2KBcZACP390CeqIWBr6PbH

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit but dryer and not so tasteful!

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

Just want to thank my fans for the continuous support. It really means the world to us.

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