EMQ’s with DEATH PLAGUE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Queensland, Australian based Extreme Black/Death Metal band, Death Plague. Huge thanks to vocalist, Dam Kel 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?
Dam Kel, I’m the vocalist of extreme metal band Death Plague, from the Sunshine coast of Australia. The band formed in 2017 and we’re a 5-piece act. In these early years we have already done a demo/EP called “Smear Your Blood”, we have a new album coming out this year, and we have played many shows and mini fests , as well as organising and running our own shows and mini fest.
How did you come up with your band name?
At the time we wrote our first lot of songs, we felt plagued by our own creation. And for myself personally, the band had become my reason to die, so if this is the last project I do then I’m taking it to the end. Death Plague is who we are, it’s our way of life and we are in it until the end.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are Australian based band and Brisbane is the main city near us. The scene is ok but can be fairly hard to judge as to how gigs will plan out. There is a solid following, but with the way the restrictions are with licenced venues it makes it very hard to get people motivated to come out and make a night of it.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
So, the last release we did, the ‘Parasitic Homicide’ music video, was a while ago, however, stay tuned for our upcoming tracks. It’s heavier then before and really showcases us as a full-on machine.
Who have been your greatest influences?
My greatest influences have been Wednesday 13 (not just the music but the amount of work he puts in, the guys a freak) Satyricon, Soulfly, Psyclon Nine, basically anything that’s creative and catchy.
What first got you into music?
Oh man, just the feeling of being able to express yourself on that kind of a platform! It’s absolutely awesome being able to make a connection with people live or even through recording.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Locally (Australia underground wise) I’m currently collaborating with members of both Awful Noise and Terra Mortem. I think international it’s a massive playing field and hopefully we can collaborate with many different bands out there.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Definitely would have to say Wacken. I know, reach for the sky’s, but that place is just a freak of the best talent the world has to offer in metal, it’s my Graceland.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
A hug (laugh) ok back story… At a show, some member of the crowd went to knuckles me, I did and said into the mic “is that how humans connect?” then another member from down the back ran up and said “no this is how we connect!” and gave me a hug. Very weird moment but hey, if that’s not metal…. I don’t know what is!!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Album is almost finished, not too much longer! We will be seeing you all very soon and the party will be massive!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
I don’t think I’d bring one back to be honest… they would be cranky, pissed off and smell really fucking bad. I think we should let their legacy live on. They were who they were and that’s what makes them special in almost every way.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love being creative and connecting with people and crowds. I don’t think I hate anything… oh… I stand corrected, I hate having to wait for our own stuff to be ready to showcase. I just wanna get it out there and have some fun.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Downloads. All the way, they should not be allowed. Yes, it’s convenience but it’s worth nothing to the eyes on the computer screen. The physical copy always has cool designs and a booklet and is just… so much more worth it. Can’t sign a computer screen for someone. Think about it…
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Soulfly “Dark Ages”. So many great tracks, never gets boring.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Yea… I’d say CDs, unless it’s great vinyl. Cassette tape was never really a great idea. I think it was good for the time but yet it was never timeless.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
By far it would be an interstate show in a place called Newcastle! Best crowd, shot them beers (like a whole fucking keg), it was incredible just how much love we got from that place.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I think Marketing. I’m creative and always trying to do some weird stuff with posters and designs and how to reach people. It’s all really fun to me.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
My band members, they are the best mates and the strongest team I’ve ever had in my life.
What’s next for the band?
Studio time, upcoming shows, and focusing on where we go next and how we achieve that. It’s always good to have goals and accomplish them.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
They are clearly biscuits, although, maybe we are wrong about that as well. Maybe the are not either cake or biscuits, one of those questions that will keep you up at night that’s for sure.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Stay tuned, some awesome stuff coming, support your local scene and help the bands make your life a little bit less sucky It’s ok to escape and shut off the world while listening to music. Stay safe.
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