EMQ’s With Lawrence Wallace
Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with USA Progressive Thrash/ Alt Metal solo artist, Lawrence Wallace. Huge thanks to him 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 Lawrence Wallace. I named my musical project after my name. I started recording this music around 2012 under the name “Lawrence’s Creation”. I then went under the name “Moonlight Prophecy” but decided to stop using those names. I only ever played a few shows by myself at local venues. I recorded so many songs that I can’t even remember them all but I have them all uploaded on band camp.
How did you come up with your band name?
I just use my name now.
What Country / Region are you from and what is the Metal / Rock scene like there?
Philadelphia PA USA. The scene is pretty much dead here. I wish it wasn’t but there isn’t much going on here except rap music and night clubs that play hiphop and dance music. I catch some rock and alternative bands playing locally sometimes, but usually it’s all rap.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
“Event Horizon” is the last song I released, just after my recent compilation that I put together called “shred compilation”.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Probably yngwie malmsteen and Michael Angelo Batio. I do like some guitarists that came later though, like Andy James, and others.
What first got you into music?
Metallica, and Ozzy
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Hard to say, if it is someone famous probably Rusty Cooley or Jeff Loomis, I think that would be very interesting.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I played at NAMM once many years ago, Id like to do it again. There are a lot of great bands that play.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
A guitar. Haha it was a cheap one that didn’t work well but it was interesting. Very nice of them.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
That it is a great pleasure to make music that they enjoy. I hope they keep following me and if they also play an instrument, I encourage them to keep it up and send me some of their music so I can check it out.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
That’s a hard one. There are a lot of them … probably Alexi Laiho
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love recording new music and listening to tracks that I am proud of. I also like getting feedback from people who enjoy my music as well. The things I hate are carrying amps to and from shows that end up not being worth the trip. It’s also sometimes an expensive hobby.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I wish it was easier to get discovered. I dont know how that could change but that would be one thing that would be great.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Souls of Black” – Testament
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?
I dont have much of a preference but I grew up on CDs
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Probably a place that closed in Philadelphia years ago. I honestly forget the damn name of the place. The promoter literally made exactly $666 at that show though. We all thought that was pretty crazy considering it was a death metal show especially.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Maybe designing websites or some form of visual art.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Aside from people that I know? I have no idea. Lets say Paul Gilbert, Yngwie, Michael Angelo Batio, John Petrucci and Marty Freedman. We’ll have a dinner for guitar players haha.
What’s next for the band?
I hope to release another album. I’m going to try putting a little more work into getting it heard more though because I did a poor job on the last one.
What Social Media / Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Time for a very British question now. As an alternative to the humble sandwich, is the correct name for a round piece of bread common in the UK either a Bap, a Barm (or Barm Cake), a Batch, a Bun, a Cob, a Muffin, a Roll or a Tea Cake?
Haha I am not exactly educated on this topic. Is it a roll? We call them rolls here.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you so much for this interview. I enjoyed answering these questions and hope everyone enjoys the music I have been writing. \m/
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