EMQ’s with FAITH & SCARS

EMQ’s with FAITH & SCARS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Raleigh, NC based Rock band, Faith & Scars. 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?

We’re Faith & Scars! We’re a modern-day hard-hitting Rock Band based out of North Carolina. We do our best every day to act as a namesake for the code we live by: Faith will see you through, and Scars will make you stronger.

Established in early 2014 by frontman Roger Liverman, the Faith & Scars drive has always been pushed by Faith.

We’ve found that if you hold faith in something, and hold it tight – be it your dreams, Family, a significant other, yourself or God – You’ll find yourself possessing a force that will push you to be the best you possibly can be.

We have a profound love for music, and we find inspiration through many bands & musicians.

We just want to be the best we can be, and have a good time doing it. It’s a lot of hard work, and sometimes heartache to keep a band together, but if we can touch someone with a lyric, or affect anyone in a positive way by doing what we do… Then we’ve done our job. We aim to put on the best show of our lives every time we step onto a stage. Whether it’s 2,000 people, or 2 people and the bartender – we try to play every show like it’s a sold-out stadium.

How did you come up with your band name?

We were heavily influenced by Rock bands of the 80’s, 90’s, and 00’s. Bands that came to mind were Guns N’ Roses, Alice in Chains, Shinedown, Black Stone Cherry, & Art of Dying; most of which shared a common theme: 3 words per name. We took note of this, and set out on our journey to find our name.

Digging deeper we soon realised that we were moulded & driven by 2 things. One was dark & heavy. The battles we’ve been through with ourselves, or oftentimes 3rd parties. The failures we’ve experienced, individually & as a group. Collectively, we summed these experiences into one word: Scars.

Our other motivation was quite the contrast. It was & is what gives us the will to get up & push forward when life knocks us down. Like we said above, our drive has always been pushed by Faith.

We took a hard look at both sides of that coin, and created Faith & Scars.

What we became is much more than a name to us. We created a mantra. The code that we live by: Faith will see you through, and the Scars will make you stronger. Learning from our mistakes, and keeping the Faith in our future.

One thing is for sure, I couldn’t imagine us being anything but Faith & Scars.

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

We were all born & raised in the USA. It goes without saying, but things are tough in 2020, and opportunities are rare in the scene. We’re hanging in there, & hoping things will start to straighten out soon.

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

Our latest release was a Single from our upcoming Album, “Revolver”. The Single is titled ‘Long Way Home’, and is available on YouTube! We had a great time with this song & music video!

Who have been your greatest influences?

We find inspiration through many bands & musicians across many generations & genres. We proudly wear our 90’s/00’s rock influence on our sleeves, while trying to keep classic rock sounds alive in our arrangements. A short list of inspirations would have to include:

Shinedown, Guns N’ Roses, Black Stone Cherry, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Alter Bridge, & Jimi Hendrix.

That being said, inspiration comes from every angle. It’s never ending, and it’s a collective. We strive to find inspiration in everyday life. Whether it’s the sunrise, sunset, the lines of the road blurring by on a cold night, or the roar of the crowd, we find inspiration in it all. It drives us to be better every day.

What first got you into music?

Roger: This isn’t the most ‘Rock & Roll’ story, but it’s true. I remember being 3 or 4 years old & noticing my mother, who was upset on our couch. I remember asking “What’s wrong mommy?” and getting “Nothing baby” in return. I remember running down the hall, throwing on my cowboy hat, cowboy boots, & grabbing my toy guitar from my toy chest. I came sprinting down the hall singing a Tim McGraw song, and watched her mood flip a complete 180°. She was smiling & singing along. It made me feel like I was on top of the world. I’m not sure I understood it that day, but looking back it’s definitely a defining moment for me.

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

We love making music, and would love to collaborate with any bands or musicians that would like to! If we had a choice, we’d be overjoyed at the opportunity to work with Black Stone Cherry, or Shinedown.

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

We’ve always dreamed of following in the footsteps of the greats & playing Download Festival in Donington Park, UK.

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

We’ve received so many cool gifts from our fans, it’s hard to narrow them down to just one. We appreciate all of them! We will say that the greatest gift a fan could give is their continued love & support. That’s what keeps us going!

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

One message we’d like to share with our friends, family, & fans is, even though we’re going through an intense time right now, we can’t afford to lose sight of who we are, and where we plan to be when this is all over. We should rely on each other, & build a support system through social networking to ensure that everyone makes it across the finish line. We were thrown into this situation together and we will finish it together.

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

That’s such a hard question! We’ve lost so many iconic artists over the years. We’d love to bring them all back if we had the power! If we had to narrow it down to one, I’d have to be selfish & say Jimi Hendrix. He was the definition of innovative, an icon, and one of our greatest influences.

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

We all love traveling, meeting new people, and making new friends & memories in the cities where we’re fortunate enough to play. It’s tough being away from our family and friends at home for long periods of time, but as we say in our bio: if we can touch someone with a lyric, or affect anyone in a positive way by doing what we do, then we’ve done our job, and the struggle is worth it.

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

I think we’d all love to wish the Coronavirus away, and get back to playing shows full time!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Roger: I’ve been a huge Guns N’ Roses fan for as long as I can remember! I have to say one of my all-time favourite albums is “Appetite for Destruction”. It’s just so raw & aggressive. It’s hit after hit from start to finish. To me, it’s the best debut record of all time, & the way Rock n’ Roll should sound. Of course, it has just celebrated its 33rd anniversary, and it still continues to inspire to this day!

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

I think they all have their advantages & disadvantages. It’s really a battle of sound quality vs. convenience. For immediate access when you’re on the move, you can’t beat downloads! Of course, when we have the down time, we love listening to vinyl.

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

We’re so grateful for the opportunities we’ve been afforded. In the past few years we’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with many of our heroes. Bands & Artists like: Badflower, Black Stone Cherry, Bret Michaels, Jasin Todd (Shinedown), LA Guns, Puddle of Mudd, Saliva, Saving Abel, Shaman’s Harvest & more!

We’ve loved every gig, but we’d be remiss not to mention: the best show we intend to play is our next one.

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

Roger: I love all aspects of entertainment. If I wasn’t a musician, I’d love to be involved in the industry one way or another. I’ve always gravitated towards art in many forms. Film, Painting, Professional Wrestling, Writing, Music, it’s all a passion to me.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jimi Hendrix, Slash, Zakk Wylde, Jimmy Page, & EVH!

Could you tell? A guitarist answered this question. Haha!

What’s next for the band?

Our next step is to just keep going. It’s an intense time for the world, and things are so uncertain. It’s our job to seek opportunity, and jump on it when we can. We’re going to continue putting out the best music we can, and spreading a positive message along the way.

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

www.faithandscars.com/
www.facebook.com/FaithandScarsOfficial
www.twitter.com/FaithandScars
www.instagram.com/officialfaithandscars/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCpXEeJ77Ry-OwN1Yo_b9R8A

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’ve actually never had the experience of trying a Jaffa Cake. After a quick google, we found that Jaffa Cakes are biscuit sized, but classified as cakes. Of course, my wife & I are playfully arguing about it now, so I will keep you updated on all developments. Haha!

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

Of course! Thank you so much for the interview! We’ve had a blast with y’all!
Peace, Love, & Rock & Roll! Until the next time we meet, y’all Keep the Faith.

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EMQ’s with CHANGING TYMZ

EMQ’s with CHANGING TYMZ

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Pittsburgh, PA based Metal/Hard Rock band Changing Tymz. 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?

Tony Rossi: I Play the drums! In 2016, I wanted to work with original music and decided I’m not doing the cover/club scene. It took over 3 years to put this together. Guitarist Timmy Wysong was looking for a drummer and I was looking for musicians, we added vocalist Matt Martin to the group, Matt’s voice and unique style allowed us to dig deeper in the roots of true metal to create a mix of modern and classical metal. All the while, bass player Bryan McQuade was also looking for a change and placed an ad on Craigslist. Seeing the posting, the band reached out and asked him to submit an original bassline for the song ‘Stand Up’. Taking his chances, Bryan sat down to write, submitted a piece…and a bass player was found. To complete the band we finally welcomed Eric Fenton in November of 2019. Five talented musicians, having never met before, all from different backgrounds, cemented by desire and passion for the music is what makes this band work so well.

Matt Martin: Lead Vocals and Keys

Timmy Wysong: I play rhythm and lead guitar, and sing backup vocals. Well, it all kinda started with me looking for a drummer, for the band I had put together (Hate Remains), back in 2016, I believe. Once Tony Rossi and I started writing, everything clicked just right, and we took a different direction altogether, and here we are.

Bryan McQuade: Bass Guitar/Backing Vocals & Mixing Engineer.

Eric Fenton: Guitar. I’ve been with the band 6 months now learning, writing & recording

How did you come up with your band name?

Tony: We all picked a bunch of names and started voting to find the one we could agree on, CHANGING TIMES but thought we could try and spell (times) using letters from our names  T = Tony, Y = Timmy W(Y)song, M was for Matt and the Z…that was for Zack who left shortly after we had our name.

Timmy: We each put in an X amount of name ideas out, and went through the process of elimination, by means of voting. Each time, narrowing it down to eventually one name. We also would look at the name, as to what it reflects. Obviously, we are now in some Changing Tymz!

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

Tony: North East United States. Hard to get out there and a lot of bands trying…tough scene!

Bryan: Columbus, Ohio. It has a very strong metal/rock scene. Unfortunately, it is the city that Dimebag was killed in. The venue has had so many metal bands over the years that it has a very diverse history.

Eric: Pittsburgh, PA. Lots of competition.

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

Tony: Self-titled EP

Timmy: Digital version of our self-titled EP, “Changing Tymz”, which was released Feb. 29th this year, and we are gonna be offering up a special limited edition run, with a hard case and insert, and pre-orders will be available, as well. There will only be 1000 copies available of the limited edition EP. Although still available after that run, they will only come in a soft case. We are currently in pre-production of our full album,

‘Stand Up’ Lockdown Video

Who have been your greatest influences?

Tony: Buddy Rich, Alan White, Steve Smith, Neil Peart, Mike Portnoy

Matt: Bruce Dickinson, Dio, Geoff Tate, Ozzy, Ray Alder

Timmy: I have so many, lol. Well, Carlos Santana, Boston, Frank Zappa, Black Sabbath, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Randy Rhoads, David Gilmour, Dimebag Darrell, Shawn Lane, Dan Donegan, Paul Gilbert, George Lynch, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Chuck Berry, Muddy Waters, Dave Mustaine, Sepultura, Marty Friedman, Eric Johnson, Greg Howe, Jeff Loomis, Andy James and even more, lol.

Bryan: I am really a child of 80’s music so it has had a great influence in my style and writing. I must say though. I am a huge fan of Steve Harris and his style among others such as Les Claypool, Billy Sheehan, Donald “Duck” Dunn and of course Geddy Lee.

Eric: Clapton, Hendrix, Van Halen, Stevie Ray Vaughn…on and on!

What first got you into music?

Tony: My Father, he was a music teacher with his own successful music centre’s.

Matt: My good friend Gary Cogley happened to say “Dude, you should try singing for a band, shortly after I did and the rest is history…Love it!

Timmy: Pretty much my whole family. It runs in my family.

Bryan: I began playing saxophone in grade school and always loved singing. It continued from there whether it was concert band, jazz band or singing in the choir.  The next step was live music in my very first rock band. Shortly after joining as the lead singer I had a bug to begin to play bass guitar so rented an amp, bought a used bass and I was off.

Eric: Broken leg from High School. Football and Listening to Beatles, Stones & Skynyrd at 14 yrs old.

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

Tony: Would love to do one song with Dream Theater.

Matt: I already am!

Timmy: Hmmmm, would have to say Dan Donegan.

Bryan: Myles Kennedy and well, I guess the rest of Alter Bridge. I love his vocals and it would be awesome to work with Mark Tremonti.

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

Tony: OZZFEST, it’s the biggest and best and I would have the chance to meet so many of the musicians i respect based on their accomplishments.

Matt: Any Metal fest…love them all!

Timmy: Monsters Of Rock, Rock On The Range and, at least once, at the Whiskey A Go Go!

Bryan: The main stage of what used to be “Rock on the Range” which is now called Sonic Temple. I have been to the festival so many times and would love the opportunity to play the main stage.

Eric: Ozzfest. Biggest Metal acts.

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

Tony: A blank CD…lol. He asked me to listen to it…probably meant to hand me one of his band to check out.

Matt: I got laid lol…It was out of the blue!

Timmy: Haven’t yet, but I’m sure I’ll have a story to tell in the future, lol!

Bryan: I was in an 80’s cover band and someone gave me a pair of checkered Vans that matched the ones I was wearing although they were well worn.

Eric: Acoustic guitar.

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

Tony: Follow your dreams, Follow God, and dont take bullshit from no-one.

Matt: Never give up no matter how much time goes by or what happens…go with the flow and ride it back to your dreams!

Timmy: There is always someone, or something, that you can turn to for love and hope, when times are tough. Believe in yourself and follow your dreams!

Bryan: Live life to the fullest and be kind to others.

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

Tony: John Bonham, left us too early and it would have been awesome to see where his style took him as he kept growing in his craft.

Matt: Ronnie James Dio of course!

Timmy: Tough one. I know what I want to say, but I will just say Shawn Lane.

Bryan: Ronnie James Dio. He died way too young.

Eric: Jim Morrison

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

Tony: It’s great to see people smile and know I gave them my all, and having the chance to spread a little positive in a world that needs it… and Hate… that’s pretty strong… but I’ll say I’m glad there are roadies to haul and set up my gear. Lol!

Matt: Creating, writing music and melodies…lyrics are fun tool…maybe even the whole band collaboration! Hmmmm, hard to say really, music being controlled by corporate rock and money!

Timmy: I can express myself much more freely in my music and writing. A reality, within a reality. I can’t say I hate anything in that regard, but something I’m not too crazy about, is manually tabbing out riffs, lol!

Bryan: I love the writing process and especially love playing live. The old days of setting up and tearing down has never been fun.

Eric: Always something to learn…I hate nothing.

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

Tony: I think videos are cool for bands but when the focus becomes the video bands forget that music is an art for listening not watching. Too many bands worry about the look and not the quality of writing and music. I would make videos more about the music and performance rather than what is being seen with a lot of mainstream.

Matt: Giving more control to musicians for writing and producing their own sound and music!

Timmy: These days, I would say mandatory security should be required by the venue owners, and safety regulations strictly enforced. Not to be confused by suppression. So the masses can let loose, rock it out, and feel safe.

Bryan: The difficulty of breaking into the mainstream

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Tony: YES – “RELAYER” and RUSH – “2112”

Matt: Iron Maiden – “Piece Of Mind”

Timmy: Only way I can put it is, the first half of my life, it was Boston’s debut, self-titled album. The second half of my life (today), would be Disturbed’s album “Ten Thousand Fist’s”.

Bryan: Metallica – “Ride The Lightning”

Eric: Ozzy Osbourne – “Blizzard Of Ozz”, Metallica – “Kill ‘Em All”, Van Halen – “Van Halen II”

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

Tony: Vinyl has the warmth that nothing else does, but downloads are easy access to music.

Matt: Downloads cuz CD’s warp, records scratch and tapes stretch!

Timmy: I like the sound of vinyl, but the convenience of a download.

Bryan: I still own a lot of Vinyl. The sound is like no other.

Eric: Downloads.

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

Tony: The benefit gig for my late brother Pete, just meant a lot.

Matt: Thunder In The Valley – Johnston, PA

Timmy: Personally, back in the day, The Battle of the Bands in Nashville, TN.

Bryan: A block party for about 3000 people for Halloween.

Eric: Ripley, Ohio.

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

Tony: Probably catching up on some sleep lol! I would have probably got into making instruments.

Matt: Landscaping

Timmy: I would be involved in the music industry somewhere, regardless, lol.

Bryan: I think I would still be mixing and producing. I love music way too much.

Eric: Engineering/Design.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Tony: Do they have to be alive? lol I would love to see my brother n dad again, I would also say Jesus…wow to hang at dinner with Him…but he’s not people he’s God…so out of those still with us. My Wife, Mother, Alan White, Mike Mangini and Nicko McBrain!

Matt: The band and our Manager.

Timmy: Buckethead, Paul Gilbert, Jeff Loomis, Andy James and Betty White.

Bryan: Jesus, Ronnie James Dio, Geddy Lee, Myles Kennedy & Freddie Mercury.

Eric: Myself, Timmy, Bryan, Matt & Tony.

What’s next for the band?

Tony: An endless list lol…but the big ones would be finishing the full-length album then seeing about some live shows!

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

Timmy: All major streaming platforms, Youtube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, our official website and stations that air us.
www.changingtymz.com/
www.facebook.com/ChangingTymz/
www.twitter.com/ChangingTymz
www.instagram.com/changingtymz/
www.youtube.com/channel/UCMFiRA3mviWLulvJFstyPnA

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Tony: I’d say a cookie…not too fond of them but scrape the chocolate off cause it’s a shame to let any chocolate go to waste!

Matt: Biscuits!

Timmy: Well, I think the title says it all. I love cake, lol.

Bryan: I guess they would be more like a biscuit of course, if that is what you call a cookie.

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

Tony: Never give up on your dreams and talents for that’s what separates us and always strive to find the good for that brings us together.

Matt: Thanks for the opportunity to be heard, we greatly appreciate it!

Timmy: Thank you, and thanks to all our fans and supporters for everything!!!

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EMQ’s with FIORE

EMQ’s with FIORE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Seattle, Washington based EMO/Alternative Rock band, Fiore. Huge thanks to 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?

We’re a band called Fiore from Seattle, Washington. Zach (guitar/vocals), Kelsey (keys/vocals), Mario (guitar), Parker (bass/backup vocals), and Davis (drums). We formed in the summer of 2018, and have been really grinding and making a ton of progress just in the last 9 months.

How did you come up with your band name?

There isn’t a super special story behind our name. It means “flower” in Italian, and we’re a pretty soft group of people who like flowers.

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

We’re from the Pacific Northwest in the United States. We aren’t too involved in the metal scene here directly, but we do have a few friends in some really impressive metal and post-hardcore bands. The metal scene here is solid and pretty good.

What is your latest release?

Our most recent release is our single “It’s Fine, I’m Okay (Spring),” with a music video available on BVTV Music on YouTube. It’s also available on Spotify, Bandcamp, Apple Music, and any other services you may use.

Who have been your greatest influences?

We all draw influence from a lot of different sounds, personally and musically. We each find inspiration in My Chemical Romance, No Doubt, The Wonder Years, Animals As Leaders, and Slipknot.

What first got you into music?

We all found our way to music at a pretty young age. For some of us, it was through curiosity. Others were influenced by family members who were into music. It’s more what we found that got us to stay; a medium for the voiceless to be heard and to truly express themselves in a unique and powerful way.

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

We would love to work with Hayley Williams or Brendon Urie, for sure.

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

Of course, we have to say Warped Tour (rest in peace). Current festivals we’d love to play would be Riot Fest and SXSW. Each of these is so important to the scene, especially in the US, and it would be an incredible opportunity to share the stage with some of the greatest artists in alternative music, whether known or up and coming.

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

An OnlyFans subscription.

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

Love yourself, forgive others, and keep kindness and empathy in mind.

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

Lil Peep. An icon gone too soon.

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

We absolutely love playing shows. We’re on stage with our best friends playing music we love. The worst part is definitely the lulls between shows, especially during this pandemic we’ve been facing this year.

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

More inclusion! The alternative audience is so diverse.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums.

We couldn’t all agree on something that was a collective number one, so we each picked our own. “Tell All Your Friends” by Taking Back Sunday (Zach), “Okay”. by As It Is (Parker), “Ego Death” by The Internet (Kelsey), “Selfish Machines” by Pierce The Veil (Mario), and “Black Clouds & Silver Linings” by Dream Theater (Davis).

What’s best? Vinyl, cassettes, CDs, or downloads?

For physical release, vinyl takes the cake. In terms of accessibility, it’s gotta be downloads. Digital media is the future.

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

We played a super intimate floor show in Medford, Oregon, back in November. It was full of amazing energy from the bands and the audience. If every night could feel like that night, we’d be more than content.

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

Zach would definitely be working in film or digital media. Kelsey would be a preschool teacher. Parker would work in theatre tech or social work. Davis and Mario would definitely be professional wrestlers.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Sylvia Plath, Jesus, Morgan Freeman, Theodore Roosevelt, and Owen Gray.

What’s next for the band?

We have an upcoming EP we’re releasing this summer! We’re super excited for everyone to hear it!

What social media links do you use to get your music out to people?

You can find us online @fiorepnw on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook
www.twitter.com/fiorepnw
www.instagram.com/fiorepnw
www.facebook.com/fiorepnw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Parker is the only member of Fiore who has ever had Jaffa Cakes before, and all he says is that they’re tasty. But, according to Wikipedia, Jaffa Cakes are a biscuit-sized cake, so that’s up to you.

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

Black Lives Matter. Today and every day. Full stop.

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EMQ’s with DOWN FOR DAYS

EMQ’s with DOWN FOR DAYS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Houston, Texas based Hard Rock band, Down For Days. Huge thanks to drummer, Paul ‘Sandy’ Sanderfur, vocalist Jeff Alberti, and bassist Jordan Goldman 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?

Hey guys, my name is Paul ‘Sandy’ Sandefur and I am the Drummer for the rock band Down For Days. We’re based out of Houston, Texas and have been around since late 2015, early 2016. We are currently; Jeff Alberti – vocals, Dustin Newbold – guitars, Jordan Goldman – bass and myself on the drums.

How did you come up with your band name?

Down For Days is a bit of a word play that we see fit for several reasons. Our original lead singer battled bouts of depression and would literally be down/missing/unresponsive for days on end while he regrouped. We also like to think positive on occasion and correlate ‘Days’ with good, ‘Nights’ with darkness and to long for the good, well is a good thing. lol

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

We are based out of Houston Texas! We are blessed to be in such a large city because that offers you more venues, more opportunities, more people and more contacts to interact with. If you look hard enough, you can find whatever you are looking for. However, on the flip side, Houston is so large that there’s always something people can go do, so a rock concert may not be the bright shining moment that catches a new fan’s attention when they’re looking for entertainment. The talent here is phenomenal, and there are venues that cater to whatever type of music you like to listen to, so if people search for it, they will be able to find it.

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

Our latest release was our second EP, “Lost In The Grey”, which we put out in 2019. It’s a very cool EP that we are proud of. We have our material on most of the common social media and digital distribution sites. https://music.apple.com/us/album/lost-in-the-grey-ep/1464218946

Who have been your greatest influences?

Man, I’m gonna have to get some input from the fellas on this one. I’d say for me personally my greatest influence was my Pops. He was a life-long musician who exposed me to the dig of music. The constant revolving door of musicians and band practices he had at our home while growing up seemed normal at the time, but it built that love of creation and individuality that is still with me to this day.

Jeff: Elvis, Guns-N-Roses, Metallica, Staind, Hank Williams Jr. Megadeth & Slayer!

Jordan: Rush, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles & Billy Joel

What first got you into music?

Me personally it was a combination of growing up and a musical environment at home AND discovering KISS as a kid. Was my first band that I gravitated to and fell in love with. But, who my age didn’t. lol

Jeff: Sitting in front of the stereo singing with my dad when I was a kid.

Jordan: As a child The Beatles and Billy Joel were playing constantly in my house. I always had music in my head and heart.

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

That’s a tough one, so many people I could learn from. I have a lot of respect for Dave Grohl and would love to pick his brain. The dude is a master at making simplicity sound epic.

Jeff: 5 Finger Death Punch

Jordan: The Black Crowes

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

Well, playing a festival would mean the most to us if we were eventually festival headliner worthy! Just being there would be an honour, but if we’re dreaming big here then I’m wanting us as headliners! lol That being said, send us to Europe and lets headline the infamous Wacken Open Air Festival over in Germany.

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

Don’t get too many gifts from fans these days, they’re gonna have to up their game a bit. I remember in some prior bands we would get things being thrown up onstage while we played like a bag of weed, or some girls panties. Good times.

Jeff: compliments spit and screamed in my face by a really messed up fan. LOL

Jordan: was paid an extra $600 to play Red Barchetta!!!!

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

We are definitely not the type of band to preach or try to influence the way someone thinks. However, we do want to offer an escape from the everyday. That’s what is great about music. We try to write material that is moving, so that it takes you away from the daily grind even if for just a few minutes, and lets you enjoy your own little world for a bit. So, I guess our message would be to open yourself up to new things, new bands, new people and new ideas. Life is about living, and you can’t find something new if you’re too scared to open up. Hopefully, new people will enjoy our stuff, but we encourage people to test drive as many new bands as possible. The world is full of killer bands just waiting for people to find them.

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

Well, as a drummer my choice would be Neil Peart. The ultimate writer/drummer. So much we could learn from this man.

Jeff: Elvis, because he’s Elvis!

Jordan: Neil Peart for me as well. I’m heartbroken he’s gone, and I wish my young son, also a drummer, would have had the opportunity to meet Neil and jam.

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

We enjoy the camaraderie within this band as well as with other bands. When you’re playing something that you’ve written, and people are digging it, there’s really no better feeling. The gift of give and take between you and the crowd that you are delivering with your bandmates (which is like family) is second to none.

The hate . . . none. I dislike some things, but I don’t think I truly hate anything about music. Difficulties and setbacks are a part of what defines you and you learn how to overcome those obstacles. I think if I ever truly felt some hate within music, then it is probably time to hang it up. It would no longer be giving you the joy that music and all that comes with it is created to do.

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

The business side of it. It is necessary to promote, work with venues, promoters etc but it becomes like a job and takes away from the actual reason you joined a band in the first place. The bad thing is, for us DIY bands, I don’t know of an answer on how the business side could become less chaotic. Open to all ideas! lol

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Gonna include all my guys on this one. For me, Pink Floyd’s Dark Side Of The Moon.

Jeff: Guns N’ Roses “Appetite For Destruction”

Jordan: Rush “Moving Pictures”

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

All are good, use what you like, and enjoy as much as possible.

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

All of them, some are better than others, but we simply love to play. It’s what keeps us motivated and improving.

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

I seem to break things around the house pretty easy. Maybe some sort of toy tester or demolition man?! lol

Jeff: Making movies

Jordan: Smashing windows! hehe

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

I’m going with a wish list here of all time so . . .
1. Neil Peart
2. John Paul Jones
3. Axl Rose
4. Jimmy Page
5. John Bonham

What’s next for the band?

We have recently added Jeff Alberti to our DFD family, and he’s got some great pipes! Going to take a few weeks to get our sound how we like it and then it’s back out playing shows, writing new material and eventually getting us back into the studio.

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

We have all of the usual ones.
ReverbNation – www.reverbnaOon.com/downfordays
Facebook – www.facebook.com/DownForDays/
Instagram – www.instagram.com/downfordays/
Twitter – www.twitter.com/DownForDays_DFD

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

??? Have no idea??? But they sound delicious! hehe

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

Thanks for the interview!

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EMQ’s with RADIANT KNIFE

EMQ’s with RADIANT KNIFE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Lafayette, LA based Experimental Rock/Metal band Radiant Knife. Huge thanks to Greg Travasos and Stephen Sheppert 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?

Radiant Knife – Members – Greg Travasos – Drums, Stephen Sheppert – Guitar, Vocals, Synth.  We began playing early 2016’ish. Greg had just moved back from Portland OR to Lafayette La. in early 2012. Greg, at the time, and still today does session drumming with local artists and touring with Brother Dege (International Touring local musician) from Lafayette La. The band I was in at the time (Raedon Kong) was coming to an end. We both come from a metal/rock experimental background and know each other from playing shows with our past bands. Greg was in (The Object at the End of History) and I in (Collapsar) both early mid 2000’s Lafayette bands. We both like doing something different and experimental so it just felt natural. Once we began jamming together, we never looked back.

How did you come up with your band name?

We had a running list of close to 20 possible band names, which was eventually paired down to 2-3 options. Radiant Knife kinda stuck out and had a nice ring to it, with no rhyme or reason behind the name.

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

We’re from Lafayette, La USA, about 2 hours from New Orleans.  Lafayette has birthed some great metal/rock bands over the past 30 years.  I can’t say the metal scene is as strong as New Orleans or Baton Rouge, but that’s to be expected from a smaller city. Still, I’d say it’s thriving, and a lot of touring bands have been coming through here (thanks to our local metal bar the Freetown Boom Boom Room).

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

We have two releases this year. One EP titled “The Body” to be released 28th August and one LP titled “The Ghost” to be released 10th October. The albums are very different but also very connected. We recommend listening to one after the other.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Stephen – For me I’d have to say Mahavishnu Orchestra, King Crimson, Zeni Geva, King Crimson, really too many to list.

Greg – Lately for me has been 70’s prog and Hard Rock. Some drummers like Matt Cameron, David Garibaldi and Bill Bruford lately too have had influence on my playing and style.

What first got you into music?

Stephen – My dad mostly. He had a listening room full of records and was also a guitar player. I always had access to guitars and there was always music playing in the background. It was a natural progression to start playing in a band.

Greg – By age 11 I started to listen to music more seriously. A relative played “…And Justice for All” for the first time, and I was floored by how heavy it was. It of course musically changed for me over the years, but I never looked back and listened to music the same since then and have been playing in bands since.

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

Stephen – That’s a tough one. Maybe Mike Scheidt? I feel like he could make a great acoustic album that I could get into.

Greg – Kim Thayil and Robert Fripp

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

Stephen – Maybe Psychofest or Hellfest? Both seem like they’d be a killer way to spend a weekend.

Greg – Wacken or Pink Pop. Great bands have played that, and it looks really fun.

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

Stephen – Ha I can’t say I’ve ever received anything but a beer, shot, some smoke or a place to crash after the show.

Greg – A Bible, some smoked pork and cheese with a cutting board and knife.

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

Stephen – Really just thanks for listening, it helps us keep momentum.

Greg – Yes, thanks for listening to our weirdness and being supportive.

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

Stephen – Jimi Hendrix or Stevie Ray Vaughan. I’d love to see them live.

Greg – Neil Peart

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

Stephen – I really enjoy just creating art. Bringing it to fruition with a show or an album is just icing on the cake. As far as what I hate, not much really.

Greg – Playing my instrument. Being creative, experimenting and constantly learning. Nothing really to hate.

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

Stephen – Man we pretty much do everything ourselves, so we don’t get exposed too much to the “industry” side. I guess one change would be giving more back to the artist from streams. It’s pretty wild how little is kicked back to the artist when it comes to streaming royalties even though some gains have been made.

Greg -Agreed, giving more back to the artist. A lot of blood and sweat go into doing what we do. We love doing it and doing it on our own budget can put limitations on things we would pursue more of. To have something to keep the engine moving is always a plus of course, but all we know is the way we have been doing it, so no complaints…

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Stephen – King Crimson “USA”

Greg – Soundgarden “Superuknown”

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

Stephen – Honestly, I mostly listen to music in the car or while running so typically I listen to downloads from bandcamp.  That being said, when it comes to sound quality vinyl has that 3D vibe that you don’t hear from other media. 

Greg – I do downloads, mostly because I’m running around a lot. But I do enjoy vinyl and cassettes when I’m sitting still.

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

Stephen – Hmmm we had a pretty good gig in Nola at circle bar a few years ago. We need to get back there soon.

Greg – Same

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

Stephen – Music is only part time for me and I have to keep a day job as a mechanical integrity project manager to keep the cash flowing. If I could make a living doing music fulltime I’d do it in a heartbeat.

Greg – Probably running sound or studio engineer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Stephen – My closest family and friends. Can’t go wrong there.

Greg – Robin Williams, James Gandolphini, Neal Peart, Miles Davis and George Harrison

What’s next for the band?

Stephen – Continue writing, wait for this Covid shit to die down and see where we land after these two upcoming albums are released.

Greg – Writing, playing shows when the pandemic is done and releasing more albums.

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

www.radiantknife.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/radiant_knife/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Stephen – I don’t have a clue but they look like a Pepperidge Farm cookie to me. The fancy kind my grandma used to buy.

Greg – Well I haven’t had one of these tasty looking treats, so I haven’t the clue dear sir…

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

Stephen – Just thanks for the interview and helping us get the word out. Cheers!

Greg – Thanks for the interview and everyone taking the time to read the interview.

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EMQ’s with KING GORM

EMQ’s with KING GORM

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with San Diego, CA based Rock band King Gorm. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Francis Roberts 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 Francis Roberts. I play guitar and sing in King Gorm. I started the band as a recording project that I wanted live drums for, and the drummer I asked about it ended up wanting to play bass guitar. We decided we’d try to put a full band together so we could play the songs live, and ended up with the line-up that recorded the album.

How did you come up with your band name?

“Gorm” is a character from a Robert Howard story. I keep a list of short words that are both pronounceable and uncommon, which I draw from to name projects and songs. The band was originally called Gorm, but another band appeared in Europe is using that name and a promoter confused the two, so the project was renamed “King Gorm”.

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

San Diego, CA! The metal/rock scene here is really good. There are excellent bands at every level and every sub-genre, since it’s quite a large metropolitan area. As far as rock music goes, I think the strongest points in the scene right now are the heavy psych bands and the death metal bands.

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

The first full length is self-titled and will be out on July 31! We’ll have a music video out pretty soon and right now the only released song is called “Beyond Black Rainbow”. That’s available as part of the album pre-orders at:

https://kinggorm.bandcamp.com/

Who have been your greatest influences?

For this project, I’d say that I’ve wanted an organ rock band since I first heard Hammers of Misfortune. This album has a lot of stuff inspired by Rainbow, Deep Purple, King Diamond, Opeth, Yes, Iron Maiden. I know Dylan Marks was really inspired by Billy Cobham in his drumming on this, too.

What first got you into music?

My older brother haha! He used to buy albums a lot, so I just listened to whatever he did. I think some of our favourites were Metallica, Blink-182, and The Offspring. Metallica’s “Garage, Inc” album was probably the first thing that got me to dig a little deeper than the mainstream for new music. When I was a little older, we went to Ozzfest and saw Judas Priest and Black Sabbath, and I think that was the first time live music really clicked for me. When I was about 19, I saw a band called Leather Nun play at a bar and I think that was the first time I realized that a band that wasn’t famous could actually sound and look cool live. Later on, I actually got to join that band, which was cool. John from Leather Nun showed me his friend’s band Slough Feg, and it was through them that I first heard Hammers of Misfortune.

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

As far as really famous people go, I think Daft Punk would be an excellent group to collaborate with. They seem to bring the best out of their collaborators, and vice versa. I’d love to know what it’s like working with someone like Max Martin, too. I’d also want to collaborate with someone in film like Hans Zimmer or Tom Holkenborg, or whoever is doing the next James Bond theme song haha.

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

I don’t think I’d enjoy a really enormous festival too much unless I was a headliner and got a big soundcheck and stage show, so I think I’d love to play something small and fiercely specific like Roadburn.

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

I think it’s gotta be an anonymous fan letter in my mailbox, not postmarked or anything, so it was dropped off by hand by someone who knew where I lived. If you’ve ever thought about doing this, please just don’t. It’s creepy.

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

Thank you all so much! And please continue supporting your favourite artists any way you can. Someone told me once that I wrote their favourite song, and that kind of stuff really keeps me creating.

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

You know, I thought about this for a bit and really think it’s more important to focus on living artists, and also on making sure we work towards providing mental health services to those who need it all over the globe. I’d way rather have all the living talent stay alive than reminisce about all the incredible talent we’ve lost to addiction, mental health, and other tragedies.

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

It’s more of a compulsion than anything. I’d usually rather be playing videogames, but every time I do, I have this weird urge to create something instead. Anyway, my absolute FAVOURITE thing is knowing myself well enough to create recordings that give me chills. That’s my favourite thing about music, and I’ve learned how to cause that reaction in myself, so it’s become more of an addiction than anything. That’s also the thing I hate the most about it.

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

I’d love to see the music industry (and entertainment industry as a whole) to stop fetishizing the starving artist and come to terms with the fact that many of these “starving artists” who become famous have rich parents who will bail them out in a second if things get too bad. We end up with so much incredible art and music that gets lost because there’s no money behind it. I think that’s really sad and I’d like to see more people (who can afford to) become meaningful patrons of the arts.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

That’s a hard question haha. Since it’s relevant to some of my answers in this article, let’s go with “The Locust Years” by Hammers of Misfortune.

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

I like vinyl, but I’ve been getting into cassettes lately. I’m listening to streaming audio while I type this though haha

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

I think Quebec City when my old band was support for Alestorm was probably the most incredible crowd reaction I’ve ever had. Hundreds of people who hadn’t heard us before doing their best to sing along to songs that weren’t written in their first language! It felt great.

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

I’d probably be an architect, graphic designer, or a computer programmer. I find myself drawing and coding as a hobby, and I’ve always thought it’d be cool to be an architect, but it’s a lot easier to be a professional architect/hobbyist musician than it is to be a professional musician/hobbyist architect haha!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Five close friends. I don’t really have that much fun at dinner parties where I don’t know people really well.

What’s next for the band?

I have no idea. Covid-19 is taking its toll on the USA, and our police brutality problem makes me want to be an activist or a hermit instead of a musician. We’ll see what happens. My next release will likely be solo or with Old Man Wizard.

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

Bandcamp, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook.
www.kinggorm.bandcamp.com/
www.instagram.com/king.gorm/
www.facebook.com/king.gorm.usa/
www.twitter.com/f_c_r_

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Haha I’ve never heard of those! I looked them up and I think if I have to judge on appearance alone, I’d call them a cookie.

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

I’d love to see anyone who likes this album supporting the musicians who recorded it! Here’s a short list of other projects we’re involved with:

www.oldmanwizard.com/
www.beekeepermetal.bandcamp.com/
www.grimluck.bandcamp.com/
www.francisroberts.bandcamp.com/
www.fermentor.bandcamp.com/
www.kirbysdreamband.bandcamp.com/
www.erichwk.bandcamp.com/
www.yagashura.bandcamp.com/
www.birthvvaters.bandcamp.com/releases

Thank you for your time!

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EMQ’s with BOB DEE WITH PETRO

EMQ’s with BOB DEE WITH PETRO

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with New York, NY based Rock band Bob Dee With Petro. Huge thanks to singer/songwriter Bob Dee 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 this is “Bob Dee” Singer songwriter with Bob Dee with Petro We are signed through AMG to SONY Records. I had a series of record deals with female singers that didn’t work out and the final straw was when I had all the labels coming to see my band and the singer called in sick, so I lost a thousand dollars, so I decided I was going to sing! No More lead singers! So, I hooked up with a guy named Brian Bauers who saved my career he was the only studio owner that took me on and let me record and try to sing. It took me a year to finally come up with the sound I have now. Trust me, at first, I wanted to play acoustic and sounded like John Mayer then I had the Pearl Jam sound and finally one day there was an acoustic guitar in the studio tuned down and I started singing. We both knew that was the key for my voice and the sound we were looking for! I have released many albums and singles through the years and my biggest selling album so far is “Pretty Things” it has the hit single ‘Socially Awkward’ and an awesome video we made for it plus we toured the UK a few times, after that album we released “Killstar”, toured the West Coast, USA as support for “EnuffZ’Nuff, now our New EP “Stun Gun” just released this year.

How did you come up with your band name?

I was on tour in the UK and I saw that the gas over their is called Petrol so I took off the “L” and came up with Petro, but then I couldn’t get the rights to Bob Dee or Petro for my company but I was able to get the name and rights to “Bob Dee with Petro”.

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

I am in the USA in New York City. The rock scene is alive and well we are able to have an awesome following, until the virus hit the world and we have all been on lockdown for over 2 months, we are all waiting to see when we can get back out and play again.

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

Our latest release is Bob Dee with Petro “Stun Gun” EP.

6 songs of riff laden singles a piano ballad and a few pop rock singles.

Who have been your greatest influences?

My Favourite guitar player is Gary Moore RIP, always loved his style and I had a Jimi Hendrix poster in my room growing up. I always thought he was the coolest. I read that he poked holes in his speakers to get his distorted sound. I thought that was so cool.

What first got you into music?

I had a rock n roll cousin named Danny Harrigan he played all the shows in my hometown and I used to go see him play. He was a real cool cousin and helped me play guitar.

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

I always loved the band “HIM” If I could write with Ville Valo that would be awesome and his guitar player. I love their drummer Gas too, awesome feel!

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

I always wanted to play “Download” festival but during my UK tour last time we played an outdoor festival down the road from Glastonbury festival. I remember driving home from our show and we saw the whole concert going on. I thought to myself I want to play there someday.

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

Wow, well it’s not the weirdest but it’s the coolest. I had a Japanese fan make me a full comic book Manga in my likeness. It is totally cool, so happy and thankful. As far as weird I do receive some wild fan mail and panties in the mail.

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

Thank you for supporting me and my music all these years! Sending Love and Light.

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

I would say Jimi Hendrix. It would be wild to see him at this day and age! He would be rockin’ now.

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

I enjoy talking with my fans and getting fan mail, they are all so supportive. I mean I wake up every morning and go to my inbox and there is email after email of love and support from fans around the world, it makes me happy. What do I hate? Hmmm I guess I can’t really think of anything because so far, I have been lucky to have amazing friends and support.

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

The one thing I could change is the pay to play tours, it’s a joke that some bands are charging others. There is a famous band in Europe that wanted us to Buy on their tour a large sum of money then wanted part of our sales and merch plus 100 dollars a man for the tour bus a night. It was crazy, so yes, end that.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

I love the first “HIM” album “Razorblade Romance”, my fav of all time.

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

It’s funny you should say that, we are working on releasing a vinyl this summer, a colour version for the first time. I am excited to make this happen and see what the sales will be. I always loved Vinyl.

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

There are a few that come to mind. Our show in Los Angeles at The Whisky A Go Go was amazing I loved playing that show with Liza, Ronny and Jason they kicked ass. Our show in London was amazing too. It was during a heat wave and we went on at 1 am in the morning, we were rockin so hard sweat was just dripping off my guitar. My UK bandmates Ade, Paul and Norm rocked that show and my NYC band at The Gramercy Theatre, TJ, Scott and Vlad, awesome show memorable.

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

I would be working in the art world painting pictures and taking photos, I have a degree in Art and design.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jimmy Page, Ville Valo, Ozzy, Paul Stanley, Ace Frehley.

What’s next for the band?

Well, we just released our video and had planned to make a new music video and tour but because of the worldwide virus that is all on hold. But we do have songs we have recorded that we will release as singles, vinyl coming out, and in the Fall hoodies!

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.bobdeewithpetro.com
www.youtube.com/bobdeewithpetro

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I know those, I eat those. We can say Jaffa Cakes are biscuit sized cakes!!

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

Thank you to all my fans around the world Thank you for supporting me all these years!

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EMQ’s with HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD

EMQ’s with HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Houston, Texas based Rock band Hold On Hollywood. Huge thanks to Nick Dees and Ian Dartez 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?
HOLD ON HOLLYWOOD IS:
IAN DARTEZ – LEAD SINGER/GUITARIST
NICK DEES – LEAD GUITARIST
COREY MORGAN – BASSIST
DEVIN HOLDEN – DRUMMER

Nick: Hey, my name is Nick and I play lead guitar in the band and sing a bit of back-ups.

Ian: I’m Ian and I sing and play rhythm guitar.

Nick: The band started back at the very end of 2014 when we all got together and saw that we had similar interests musically and were all looking for a new serious project. Our drummer Devin and I had been playing together since we started being in bands back in 2009. We started our first one together, and happened to be between bands when we met Ian and Corey. Things just seemed to make sense and fell together when the 4 of us came together. We played our first show opening for Drowning Pool in April of 2015 and have been at it ever since.

How did you come up with your band name?

Ian: Some story about me running my mouth, or something like that. It’s a bit of a mystery, no one REALLY knows.

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

Nick: We are from the USA, particularly Houston, Texas. It’s definitely alive. There’s a lot of metal bands around our area. Not as many just rock/hard rock groups I feel like, but it is a big city so there is definitely lots of music everywhere of all kinds. Our city is very well known for its Rap and Hip-Hop stars that have come from it.

Ian: Music is definitely thriving all around the country though, with cities like LA, Nashville, Austin, NYC, etc all being big hotspots for musicians and being so spread out around the country.

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

Nick: We just dropped our second EP back in February on Valentine’s Day. It’s called “Love Stories” and has our single ‘Movies’ that we just dropped the music video for everywhere on April 15th.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Ian: I’m a big fan of so many different types of music, it’s really hard for me to nail it down. I like everything from stuff way back to the 50’s to 70’s up until now. Obscure to mainstream artists.

Nick: I’m big on things like early 2000’s emo/pop-punk groups like Taking Back Sunday, Brand New, Say Anything, etc and also the 80’s rock bands like Crüe and GnR. Of course, these aren’t my only influences, but probably have the biggest impact on me.

What first got you into music?

Nick: My Dad played guitar and always had them around the house, so I started playing at a very, very young age. Started taking it more seriously when I was almost a teen, around 11-13 years old. My Dad also worked with bands a lot, particularly one called the Velcro Pygmies and I went around with him a lot on the road being the eldest son and having an interest in it. I got to see first-hand what the business was like and I was hooked.

Ian: I actually spent about 10 years or so in the Caribbean on St. Croix. My Dad also was a musician. He played in bands himself as a singing drummer. I originally learned drums as a result, but then wanted to play guitar so I could jam with my Dad, which I did. We played shows around the island together and I was out gigging before I was even in the double digits. This then led to me wanting to learn to sing. I kind of jumped all around and learned a bit of everything, but really took to singing and playing guitar.

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

Nick: There’s honestly so many I would like to collab with, idols of mine. I would just be down to jam with anyone who’s down to jam with us.

Ian: Probably the same for me. Anyone who just understands our direction and sound and wants to be involved in that for a bit, I’m down to give a shot to.

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

Nick: I would have loved to have been on a full cross-country Vans Warped Tour at least once. Sad to see that it’s gone.

Ian: Yeah, fun fact. Before HOH got going, Devin and I played together for a short period of time in a band called Strength in Shadows. We needed a drummer and he joined in for a few months before we both ultimately ended up parting ways from the project and starting up HOH. We played the Houston date of the Vans Warped Tour in 2014 and it was a lot of fun, really cool experience. A full run would have been a dream, especially with Hold On Hollywood.

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

Ian: Are we even able to disclose that information publicly? Probably best we don’t.

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

Nick: We absolutely love you guys. You’ve given us so many of our wildest dreams through your love and support, and we could never repay you all for it. Can’t wait to see where else we can go together on this musical journey!

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

Nick: This is a tough one. We have lost SO many great artists and musicians in recent years especially. Maybe Prince.

Ian: I agree, it’s a tough call. I’ve been really big on 90’s grunge stuff most of my life though. Chris Cornell maybe, I think that would be great.

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

Nick: My favourite thing is the shows. The big performances. We’ve been able to grow enough now to a point where we put on our own headlining performances even in our hometown and they’re just like dreams come true every time with all of our friends and fans, the big family we’ve all become. Getting to choose who shares the stage with us, our good friends in other bands. It’s like one big party the whole time. I could live in those nights forever.

Ian: Just being able to create such cool things from scratch, these songs that connect with people on so many different levels. I love music through and through and being able to create it and express myself through it is something I can’t imagine being without.

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

Nick: Hear me out, because I don’t want this to be taken the wrong way, but honestly, the money. Because you hear a lot of these horror stories these days of artists having to sign these 360 deals and they lose so much of their ownership over their music and material that THEY are making. The reason things are like this though is because there is less money in music than there used to be overall. Labels would hand out million dollar deals all the time back in the day, 80’s and 90’s. Artists could live GREAT lives and the labels made great livings too, everyone was happy. These days, you’re lucky to scrape by. Less money is generated in the industry off record sales, so labels had to turn to everything else to make up for it, and that hurts the artist and their crews. It sucks all around. I love music, and I wish I could make a living off of it and just do what I love, that’s why I say this. But, it’s much harder these days, even as a notable and famous artist.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Ian: Fuel – “Sunburn”.

Nick: Going to deep cut here and say Dear & The Headlights’ debut album “Small Steps, Heavy Hooves”.

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

Nick: Whatever you want to listen on honestly. I don’t have a favourite.

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

Ian: Opening for Bon Jovi at Houston’s Toyota Center and The Roast were our first 2 “big” gigs and they were both just absolutely unreal. With Bon Jovi, there were close to 15,000 people in the audience and right after we finished our set, Bon Jovi takes the stage. It’s really hard to top an experience like that. The Roast was our second truly “big” show. It’s a festival put on by 94.5 The Buzz in Houston and we shared the stage with Blue October and Theory of a Deadman. We got to know the guys in Blue October at that show, and that led to playing more shows with them and their bassist Matt Noveskey producing our new EP “Love Stories”. If I had to pick a favourite show though, I’d say Buzzfest in 2018. By then, we had a popular song on radio and people were really starting to know who we were. We got a better slot, people sang along to our songs, the staff at this huge venue knew who we were, and so many awesome things. Plus, it was the biggest festival we ever played, and the line-up was stacked. A Perfect Circle, Chevelle, Mike Shinoda of Linkin Park, The Struts, Badflower, and so many others. We got to add a lot of idols to our resume of artists we’ve played with.

Nick: My favourite so far was our 5th Anniversary show on December 28th of 2019 at Warehouse Live in our hometown of Houston. Warehouse has been there for a while and I’ve grown up seeing some of my favourite bands there. We came in and headlined the main room and it was our biggest headliner to date. We made it a little festival with 2 stages and so many of our good friend’s bands sharing those stages with us. There were so many people in attendance, and it was just OUR night and that made it so great. Don’t get me wrong, the big shows were awesome like Ian said, and they did so much for our career. I am beyond thankful and blessed they happened. Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to do this show in the first place. But since we HAVE done it, it’s definitely my favourite show to date.

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

Nick: I’d still be in entertainment of some sort I think. I’ve always just been an entertainer at my core, I think. I’ve always kind of dreamed of being a sort of “renaissance man” if the band is ever able to “make it” or whatever that means. Do comedy, act, music, magic, create art, etc. I just like to perform and be good at something.

Ian: I couldn’t imagine my life without music, it’s so engrained in my existence. I don’t think I could see myself doing something else, so I can’t ever really answer this question.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Nick: Nikki Sixx, Elon Musk, Theo Von, Josh Gates and David Blaine. That sounds like an interesting dinner party.

What’s next for the band?

Nick: Right now, we are just playing everything by ear. The coronavirus thing has definitely thrown a wrench in a lot of stuff for everyone. We had to cancel our shows and basically just hunker down. When things get back to normal, we are looking forward to writing more music, playing more shows, and just trying to grow more and more.

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

Ian: We use all the major social media outlets, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Just type in Hold On Hollywood and there we are. Our music is on all major online streaming platforms and more, and we have physical CD’s/merch available as well on our website. That also links you to all those other outlets, so if you want one simple place to go to, just head to…
www.holdonhollywood.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Nick: I don’t even know what they are, but I wanna try one now!

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

Nick: If you’ve got a dream, chase it. We’ve come farther than we could have ever dreamed in these 5 years, and who knows what could happen next! Thanks for taking some time to learn more about us today, it’s been awesome giving you a bit more insight into our lives. We hope to keep growing more and more with you guys in the years to come. Hope you’re all staying safe with everything that’s going on in the world right now, and if you’re bored at home, or on your way to your essential job, whatever it may be, stream our new EP “Love Stories” wherever you like to listen to music! The new video for our single “Movies” is on YouTube if you’ve got a few minutes! We put a lot of time into it and are really proud of how awesome it came out. See you guys next time.

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EMQs with Filmspeed

EMQ’s with FILMSPEED

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with California based Rock band Filmspeed. Huge thanks to bassist/backing vocalist Nick Stout 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 Inigo Montoya, you killed my father, prepare to die.’ Always wanted to do that!

(This has gone down extremely well at Ever Metal Headquarters as ‘The Princess Bride’ is one of Beth’s favourite films!!)

My name is Nick Stout, and I play the bass/back-up vox for the band Filmspeed. Filmspeed is: Two parts Motown, one part Tinseltown, all parts moving. The power trio of Filmspeed is comprised of two lifelong friends and a born music machine. From humble beginnings in 2004 outside Detroit, MI and thru the gamut of the independent music industry, unyielding passion always precedes the sound. Combining blood pumping anthems, melodic hooks, and soulful grooves, Filmspeed thrives on the live music experience. Every minute of every album is written, recorded, and produced by the band themselves.

How did you come up with your band name?

The concept of the band names comes from your memories. While recollecting on things that have happened to you throughout your life, you tend to only remember fragments of the whole event. Kind of like how a film only has time to show you key parts of the narrative. You rarely remember what mug you used for your coffee this morning or the number of cups, but you do remember that you had coffee. These fragmented memories feel like you are living life at the speed of film, hence, FILMSPEED!

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

We hail from Murrica’. As far as the Rock scene out here…………that’s a tricky question. The shows are booming, with tons of availability to play with other killer acts. BUT that doesn’t mean that anyone is going to show up. We live in tricky times where kids much rather sit at home, on their iPad, and watch tiny desk concerts of their favourite bands rather than go see them live. So like I said shows are boooooming. Attendance is not. You could always say well you aren’t doing enough, yada yada yada, but I haven’t been to a sold out local show in years.

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

Our latest single release was ‘Need A Rush’ and came out late October. You can find that on any and all platforms. If we aren’t on your favorite platform, send us a DM, and we will get it there. The upcoming release, slated for January 24th, is “Braindead”. You can currently pre-save it on Spotify / Apple Music / Deezer/ TuneIn and/or add it to your playlist right now depending on when this interview comes out.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think we can all collectively say our parents and significant others. My parents have always pushed me to follow my dreams since I was a child. Whether it be listening to me practicing flute in my basement as a talentless child or calling me while listening to one of our songs at 100 and yelling “I love this track”. They have and always will be my support group.

What first got you into music?

My parents! Since a young age my dad would play guitar while a record was playing or hear a song on a radio and explain to me what the song meant. I remember being 10ish in my dad’s truck and ‘Centerfold’ by The J. Geils Band came on. After listening my dad explained to me what it meant. I had no clue what a nudie mag was, but looking back on that memory all I can do is chuckle. That was so my dad, informational, yet inappropriate.

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

I usually go with Butch Walker. He to me is the gold standard for producers and continually produces songs that I can listen all the way through, even if they aren’t my taste. But if I had to pick someone else I would go with “The Black Crowes”. Anytime their songs come on I feel like putting on headphones, jumping in a giant water fountain, and kicking water at the bystanders.

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

Easy for me………Glastonbury! I want a giant crowd of music loving fans waving flags in front of me. Plus I feel like you could be a no name band in front of that crowd and as long as you put on a killer performance they would be a part of it. America has too many arm crossing weirdos writing blogs while you play in front of them.

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

I think the weirdest gift we have ever received from a fan was a hamster. It was an earlier iteration of Filmspeed but I’m pretty sure some fan just gave us this overweight, half blind, huge testicled hamster. Captain Sergeant Brandon America was his name.

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

Support your local musicians. Add them to your playlists. Come to shows. Pre-save their links. Like their posts. Forrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr fucks sake. People scroll social media endlessly consuming useless memes but can’t like a bands photo or show post.

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

Stevie Ray Vaughn. The man could set a fret board on fire with his hands back then, just imagine what he would be doing today? Maybe setting your fret board on fire while playing his own guitar.

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

I love the music part and hate all the side jobs that come along with being a DIY band. There are probably 7 full time jobs in our band and only 3 of us. For example: We just shot a music video last night. It took us hours to get set up because we are the director, lighting guy, set designer, producer, dp, mp, rp, lp, kp, etc etc. We’d much rather just show up, kill the performance, and leave.

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

Nepotism! I can’t tell you how many shitty musicians get signed just because their cousin is some executive.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Rolling Stones – “Sticky Fingers”

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

Overall Vinyl sounds the best but it really depends on how the music is recorded. You are going to have a really hard time making something sound great on vinyl if it isn’t recorded for vinyl. But if you record for vinyl it’s going to have a warmth and power that is irreplaceable on any other media.

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

I would probably be the president or something less important than being a musician.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

That one’s kind of easy for me Craig, Oliver, Megan, Nickii, and Norman. Those are my ride or dies.

What’s next for the band?

Releasing our latest single “Braindead” January 24th!! Pre-save/add it/buy it/put it in your earsssssssss.

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

http://www.filmspeedband.com/
https://open.spotify.com/artist/74yONhOvOpeKFJXALWRL6k
https://soundcloud.com/filmspeedmusic
https://music.apple.com/us/artist/filmspeed/305162258
https://www.youtube.com/user/FILMSPEEDMUSIC
https://twitter.com/FilmspeedMusic
https://www.instagram.com/filmspeedmusic/
https://www.facebook.com/Filmspeed/

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

This is easy, it is a Cake. The name is “Jaffa Cakes!”, therefore if it was a biscuit it would be called “Jaffa Biscuits”! If you think otherwise…you’re just like…..wrong…..man!

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

Life rips, gang gang!

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