EMQ’s with 13 BURNING
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Oxford, UK based Old-School Metal band 13 Burning. 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?
Dan Abrams on Vocals, Phill Millward on Guitar, Sarah Thompson on Bass and Steve Kearley on the Drums.
Phill: Band formed around 6 years ago out of the ashes of a previous band. I just thought “sod it, I just want to play some proper metal like the bands Tommy Vance used to play on the Friday Rock Show”
Sarah: Myself, Phill and Steve have been playing together in various bands for a good few years now. For me, 13 Burning is the best music we’ve ever produced.
Dan: I have been with the band since 2016
How did you come up with your band name?
Phill: The name comes from reading about the Salem witch trials, of course they weren’t burnt, but hey, poetic licence.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Sarah: UK/Oxfordshire. There are some really amazing bands in Oxford at the moment, but I think the music scene here is unfortunately declining. I blame the blight of the pub/music venue, so many have closed down. It’s such a shame, the city used to be buzzing with music, now there are only a couple of promotors who put on Metal gigs.
Dan: Not much of a scene here really. Better in the Black Country.
Phill: For the country that invented metal, and has produced some of the greatest bands ever to play like Maiden, Sabbath and Priest we now have to have pop bands like Biffy Clyro and Muse to headline our major Metal festivals just to try and sell tickets. The major media is completely anti metal (there’s a major radio station for about every type of music except metal, even jazz! And who the fuck likes jazz!). We were even asked at a gig in Oxford what the type of music was that we were playing because it was really good!
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our EP “Unholy” which was released 14th August 2020.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Phill: Maiden, Sabbath, Priest, The Wildhearts, Zakk Wylde, Gamma Ray, Primal Fear, GnR, Helloween.
Dan: Ronnie James Dio, Russell Allen, Bruce Dickinson, Joe Lynn Turner, Roy Khan, anything Power Metal!
Sarah: There’s loads for me, metal and non-metal! But I’d say Avenged Sevenfold, Guns N’ Roses, Hendrix, Anthrax
Steve: Nicko McBrain from Iron Maiden mainly!
What first got you into music?
Phill: My Brother
Sarah: I grew up always listening to music so can’t remember not being into it. Guns N’ Roses opened my eyes to Heavy Metal though.
Steve: Late 70’s Status Quo to start with, then Iron Maiden in 1983 got me into metal.
Dan: I come from a creative, musical family. Have always been involved in music in some way.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Dan: Brothers of Metal would be fun, Dragonforce too. So many bands, anything epic, theatrical and powerful.
Phill: Larry Paterson formerly of Blaze Bayley
Sarah: Avenged Sevenfold or Slash
Steve: Iron Maiden (obviously!)
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Phill: Rock in Rio, the biggest and best
Sarah: Bloodstock or Download, because they are great UK festivals and I’d get to play alongside some of my favourite bands!
Steve: Any of the big one’s! Download or Wacken, just because!
Dan: Wacken, so many great bands there and awesome crowd.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Phill: A cool breeze
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Phill: Where are you?
Sarah: Er…well, pre & post pandemic – Thanks to everyone who comes out to see us play, it really does mean a lot. If you’re a sofa fan, then please support us by buying our CD & merch instead!
Dan: Keep supporting live music and always have fun!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Phill: Freddie Mercury
Sarah: Yep same!
Steve: Probably The Rev or Neil Peart
Sarah: Oh yeah, The Rev!
Dan: Ronnie James Dio
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Steve: Love playing live but hate lugging the gear around!
Phill: Love just playing and writing songs. Hate travelling half way across the country to play to no one
Sarah: I love the actual playing but hate loading/unloading gear…and travelling home late at night.
Dan: I enjoy the creativity and working together as a band. I hate not getting enough gigs!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Phill: Being payed fairly for all the effort you put in
Dan: More chances for bands.
Sarah: Stop manufacturing bands when there are already loads of talented one’s out there, promote them!
Steve: Ticket touts!
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Dan: “Karma” – Kamelot
Steve: “Powerslave” – Iron Maiden
Phill: “Seventh Son Of A Seventh Son” – Iron Maiden
Sarah: “City Of Evil” – Avenged Sevenfold
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Sarah: Vinyl! You always get the awesome artwork but on a bigger scale!
Steve: Personally, I’d say CD’s.
Dan: I grew up with Vinyl, Cassettes and CD’s so they are the holy trinity for me.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Sarah: We supported Cambion here at the Oxford O2 Academy. I remember that being an awesome gig!
Steve: I’d say Metal to the Masses final at the O2 Academy Oxford.
Dan: Metal to the Masses
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Dan: Creative shit.
Sarah: Unfortunately, I have a day job! Boring office bod!
Steve: I’m an NHS employee.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Dan: Not all music related: Ronnie James Dio, Nikola Tesla, Alvin York, Jackie Chan, Aldous Huxley!
Steve: All of Iron Maiden (if they can have a +1)!
Sarah: Jimi Hendrix, The Rev, Carrie Fisher, Chris Hemsworth dressed as Thor and Villanelle!
What’s next for the band?
Sarah: We’ve just launched our EP “Unholy” so at the moment we’re getting that out there as much as possible. Given the current global situation, we’re itching to get out there and play!
Dan: Hopefully post-COVID gigs, writing new songs and some more recording.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Phill: Cakes, proven by law!
Sarah: Defo a cake
Steve: Jaffa cakes are a bit of both!
Dan: Oh cake for sure, they go hard when stale, like a cake. Biscuits go soft.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Just thanks to everyone who supports 13 Burning and comes to watch us play live, we really appreciate it! Keep coming and please buy our CD and merch, it helps us keep doing what we’re doing! While we’re still in this pandemic, everyone stay safe and we’ll see you out there soon! And a big thanks to Ever Metal for the interview and the support! Cheers guys!
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