EMQ’s With Otherworldly Entity
Hi Everyone. Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with New York, USA Nu-Metal band, Otherworldly Entity. 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 are Otherworldly Entity, and we’re a Nu-Metal / Alt Rock band from Central NY. We started playing together in 2018 as John Harris and the Otherworldly Entities, but changed the name when we started writing material specifically for the band in 2019.
How did you come up with your band name?
Zlatko and I went out to New Hampshire to see our friends in Enter the Haggis play, and as we were enjoying what would be an incredibly romantic trip in another context through the New England country side, we were discussing band names. Zlatko, being English as a second language, was not a fan of Otherworldly Entity at first. It was a reference to my experience as a paranormal investigator. But as the trip progressed, he started to like the name more and more.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We’re in Central NY, and while the Metal scene can be great at times, the music scene in general tends to be somewhat toxic here. But it forces us to branch out more, and we tend to play in Western NY more.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We recently released our new single and music video ‘Monster Inside You’. It’s a song about haters trying to bring you down, and the need to rise above it and be the bigger person.
Who have been your greatest influences?
We’ve been lucky enough to play with one of my favourite bands and biggest influences, Cold. They’ve become a big influence on the entire band. But we also have a lot of outside influence from Folk music to Pop.
What first got you into music?
I started playing guitar when I was 10 thanks to my guitar teacher Mike VanCott. But what really pushed me to become who I am today was the movie Queen of the Dammed. I would say that was the biggest influence on me at a young age.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Ice Nine Kills. They have this amazing theatrical ability.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Blue Ridge Rock Festival. Their line-up is always so good.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Polaroids of their cats. I love cats, so it was appreciated. But it was weird.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Keep being you! Seriously, the wide range of diversity we see in our fans is so incredible to me. I went to school for Anthropology, and seeing how many backgrounds and differences come together with our music, I appreciate it so much.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Chester Bennington. I don’t even need to delve into that answer.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I enjoy how much genuine human reaction our music brings out of people. I enjoy being in a room and feeling all of that energy that people feel during our sets. But I absolutely hate load-out when we’re done playing.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I feel like I don’t know enough to be able to say that. There’s so much more for me to learn.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Blue October’s “I Hope You’re Happy”. That whole album is just a masterpiece.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Personally, anything is better than silence
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Last year we played with Cold at The Rapids Theater in Niagara Falls, NY. That was such an amazing experience to be playing in such a deeply historical and deeply haunted venue with legends like that. Last year, we also played Metal in the Mountains in Pipestem, WV. That was life-changing. If you like festivals, give that one a go.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I’m also a fashion and jewellery designer as well as a paranormal investigator. I feel like I would still be doing those things.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
I think there are so many possible answers to this, but if I’m being totally honest, it would probably be my bandmates and friends. Seriously. I’m so appreciative of the people in my life, I wouldn’t trade it for anything.
What’s next for the band?
We’re going to be releasing a new EP this fall and I’m very excited for it. We have some big shows coming up as well.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Biscuit. But that might be because I’m American and our cakes are large, diabetic disasters.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Make sure you check out the ‘Monster Inside You’ music video!
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