Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with UK Art-Rock / Melodic Prog band, Warmrain. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist, Leon Joel Russell 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 Leon Joel Russell and I am the vocalist and rhythm guitar player of Warmrain. We are a UK Art-Rock / Melodic Prog band who have released two EP’s and one double concept album (so far). We came back on the radar in 2019 and have been receiving rave reviews and radio plays all over the world for our new material.

How did you come up with your band name?

Our original Drummer saw a song title I had for a track called ‘Warm Rain’ and he said, ‘That’s the name of the band!’I renamed the track and we made warm rain into one word!

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

We are from and based in England, our scene is very healthy – especially since festivals became such an integral part of the calendar year.

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

A lyric video of ‘Running Out Of Time’ which is a track off our debut album.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Musically, probably the Waters/Gilmour era of Pink Floyd! In terms of composition, The Who!

What first got you into music?

Living with my parents got me into music. Neither of them are musical, my dad was (by his own admission) ‘Tone deaf’, but I saw first-hand/ up close and personal how they both interacted with music. I could see how knowing the words and melodies to songs got them involved, and heightened the immersion within the music they experienced as they both sung along. Yes, my dad would attract most of the female cats on heat in the neighbourhood with his wailing, but they were clearly both transported to another spacetime by music! This became the norm for me too, and I always learn the words and melodies to songs I like and sing along too.

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

Pete Townshend

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

Something at ‘Red Rocks Amphitheatre’ so I could see the stars after all the lights went out.

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

Not sure I’d describe it as ‘weird’ but certainly ‘Unique’ – the blueprints for a roller-skating routine that a Warmrain track is being used for!

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

Don’t feel alone.

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

Chris Cornell.

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

Being able to express thoughts and feelings – I don’t hate.

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

Bringing back the importance of fans interacting with physical copies of releases!

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

The Who – “Quadrophenia”.

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

Vinyl beyond question or debate!

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

High Voltage Festival – Victoria Park, London, England!

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

Circumnavigating metaphysical musings!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Bill Hicks, Bruce Lee, Keith Moon, Albert Einstein, and Frank Zappa!

What’s next for the band?

Concerts, concerts, concerts, concerts…

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


Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A Cakescuit!!!

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

I would like to add a big thank you to Ever Metal for the interview and a big thank you to everyone who is on board with Warmrain.

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