EMQ’s with THE HALO TREES

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EMQ’s with THE HALO TREES

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Berlin, Germany based Dark/Melancholic Indie Rock band, The Halo Trees. Huge thanks to vocalist, guitarist, songwriter Sascha Blach, 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’re called The Halo Trees. We are a rock band that merges indie rock with darker tones like synths, violin and deep vocals. Thus, there’s a certain melancholy and depth to our music.

How did you come up with your band name?

At this point I always like to tell you something about the meaning, because I like the image of the tree, which is deeply rooted in the earth and stretches its branches high into the sky and thus unites the earthly and the transcendent – that opens up a wide field for us in the lyrics. How did I come up with this name? I don’t know anymore. I just remember that it wasn’t easy, because all the good names seemed already taken.

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

We’re from Berlin, Germany, and the city’s metal scene is thriving, I would say. There are many different types of this music. However, I have to admit that The Halo Trees has little to do with Metal, although Stefan and I both have origins in the Metal world and are still active on other projects. But The Halo Trees is more atmospheric and calmer.

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

In 2018 we released our debut EP “Time And Tide Wait For No Man”, followed by the first album “Antennas To The Sky” a year later and on October 8th, 2021 our second album “Summergloom” was released.

‘Birdsong’ (Official Video)

‘Dark Clouds Over London’ (Official Video)

Who have been your greatest influences?

Hard to say. I wanted to develop a sound that offers a lot of space for the deep voice without playing Gothic Rock. And there aren’t too many rock bands with deep vocals. Madrugada, The National or Nick Cave are definitely the best known and I think we can please fans of these bands. But our spectrum of influence is basically very broad and includes not only rock but also electronic music, singer/songwriter, post-punk, progressive rock – and metal of course. I really like The Doors, The Beatles and Radiohead, for example.

What first got you into music?

I was maybe ten or so. That’s when I persuaded my parents to buy me a drum kit. Then I made a lot of noise that could be heard from the whole neighbourhood. And it was really noise because I didn’t have any lessons. I then “sang” to it and recorded the whole thing with the cassette recorder, thus producing demos on tape early on. In retrospect, it was probably a good thing that these were never made public, haha. I joined my first band as a singer at the age of 14 and since then have worked through a lot of different styles, recorded more than two dozen albums and even set up my own studio – the Winter Solitude Studio. By the way, I haven’t learned to play the drums to this day, so it’s probably better that Stefan play the drums (laughs).

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

I haven’t thought about that yet. Usually you’d name your favourite band, right? But I would actually find one of the big producers more exciting, e.g., to see what Rick Rubin, Nick Raskulinecz or Andy Wallace could get out of our music.

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

I’ve never been there before, but the Burning Man Festival in the Nevada desert seems so extraordinary and exciting that a trip there would certainly be worthwhile. I don’t even know if we would fit in there. Of the European festivals, Roskilde or something like that.

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

We’re still a newcomer band with The Halo Trees and I can’t remember gifts, but in other bands we got pictures painted by fans, bracelets, cakes and local souvenirs from fans. But something really crazy…huh, I guess we’re boring, haha.

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

Look beyond the surface!

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

Jim Morrison. And I would do the back from the dead interview with him, haha.

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

What I enjoy most is sitting in my studio and working on new songs. I could do that all the time. What can be annoying is the long wait on tour and in general business stuff.

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

I would give small bands that are serious a basic state income that allows them to work on their music with the same professionalism as the big bands that can make a living from it.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

One? My collection is full of them, haha. Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side Of The Moon” came first to my mind.

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

That is hard. There is a suitable moment for everything. During the daytime work, I mostly listen to music on my computer. CD’s and Vinyl tend to be in the evening or on the weekend when I want to listen to an album in peace. I also still have a lot of tapes from the past and don’t dare to dispose of them, although I don’t listen to tapes anymore, because many memories are attached to them. And the albums are available on Spotify in most cases. But somehow…

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

Always the next one, haha.

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

Write novels. Whereby making music doesn’t actually keep me from doing that, rather the lack of time.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My five alter egos.

What’s next for the band?

The release of our second album “Summergloom” and we’re also working on the third album, which may be released in 2022. Let’s see. At the moment, we’re recording and mixing in parallel. And well, live shows …hopefully as well one day, but it’s impossible to plan that right now.

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

Well, I guess our Website and the Bandcamp page are the most important ones, but you can also find us on Facebook, Instagram, Spotify etc. And maybe you want to check out our videos at Youtube? There are many since we like to produce videos whenever we can.
www.thehalotrees.com/
www.thehalotrees.bandcamp.com/
www.facebook.com/thehalotrees
www.instagram.com/thehalotrees/
www.open.spotify.com/artist/0vy3ZzfBC5lS3piQqwsokj
www.youtube.com/channel/UCcfxKby3fagCzXya7DctO8Q

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I had to google that. Cake. What have I won, haha?

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

Thanks for the opportunity. And anyone who has read to that point, check out our music and drop us a line in the comments of our videos or wherever you can.

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EMQ’s with CHASING GHOSTS

EMQ’s with CHASING GHOSTS

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Milton Keynes, UK based Dark Rock/Metal band Chasing Ghosts. Huge thanks to guitarist Ashley Clark 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?

I am Ashley and I play Guitar (mainly rhythm) in Chasing Ghosts. The band formed in 2015 and I joined in April 2016. Over the past 4 years we have released our debut album “These Hollow Gods”, released 3 videos and played various prestigious venues and festivals including, headlining at 02 Academy 2 in Liverpool and Nocturnefest in Denmark and we now have our just released EP that has already had incredible feedback!

How did you come up with your band name?

It was taken from a song, which Lee (Bass and songwriter) in Chasing Ghosts wrote back in 2005 in one of his previous bands. At the time it was quite a unique name, but today everyone seems to be using this for books, songs and album titles. We have invested heavily in this name over the years, so too late to change it now, I guess.

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

I am from Luton, North of London, it has a fairly strong rock/metal scene, with Castlefest , Luton/Live Promotions, and various other venues in the area putting on live music every weekend.

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

Bring Me Suffering EP – Three tracks totalling 17 some minutes, released on 12th June 2020.

Who have been your greatest influences?

As a guitarist it would be Jerry Cantrell from Alice In Chains, Adam Jones from Tool, Andy Cairns from Therapy? And Billy Duffy from The Cult. All the previous bands plus A Perfect Circle, Anathema and Metallica.

What first got you into music?

My parents always had music on in the house, either radio or their own collection. I remember many journeys in the car where we had on Status Quo as my dad loved them, we would also see them live every year at Wembley Arena, which made me want to play guitar.

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

I think for us to collaborate with Nick from Paradise Lost would be incredible, or Lee Douglas from Anathema. Our current sound would suit their vocal styles perfectly and would be amazing to hear.

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

Wacken Festival would be amazing, I think because the respect for the type of music we play is very high at this festival. A real diverse mix of different types of metal/hard rock.

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

I was in a band that had a fan make us samosas once, I think food is an odd one really as you really don’t know what has gone into it!

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

We, like so many other unsigned bands, really appreciate every single review, comment, share, like, radio play and all other acts of support . It is so hard these days for an upcoming unsigned band to establish themselves without the support of new and old fans.

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

Selfishly it would have be Pete Steele as he seemed larger than life, plus it would be great to hear new Type O Negative!

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

Getting lost in the performance and letting the creative parts take over, and being loud! I hate guitar strings breaking! It’s always happening to me!

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

It would be for the industry to provide bigger platforms for those unsigned bands that are trying so hard to be original and do everything themselves and that don’t fit within the popular metal/rock genres.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

A Perfect Circle – “Mer de Noms”

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

I’m happy with all of them really, I would love to have more vinyl, but as long as I get the music in my ears, I am happy!

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

I would say the 02 Academy 2 gig in Liverpool as the sound was out of this world and it was a real privilege to play such a prestigious venue, it was incredible!

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

Eating a lot. Music is such a part of me that I don’t really know anything else. I think it would be something creative like painting or writing.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

The band Therapy? so I can ask all the questions about my favourite band, so that’s three, and then James Hetfield from Metallica so I can steal his technique, finally I would have to say Billy Connolly as you need a comedian!

What’s next for the band?

After COVID-19 we want to get out and play as many venues and festivals across the UK and Europe, continue to collaborate with other musicians and hopefully return to the studio and work with Jaime Gomez Arellano once again, as we are always working on new material.

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
www.facebook.com/chasingghostsuk/
www.youtube.com/chasingghostsuk
www.open.spotify.com/artist/1vKRNt6i78mYclDrF3BlWo
www.chasingghostsuk.bandcamp.com
www.instagram.com/chasingghosts_uk/
www.twitter.com/ChasingGhosts_

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake. It’s in the name. If it is left out it goes soft. Cake.

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

Just to say a big thank you to everyone who has listened to our music and supports us, it doesn’t go unnoticed and it really makes us move forward!

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EMQ’s with SHARONE

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EMQ’s with SHARONE

Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Denver, Colorado Dark Rock Artist Sharone! Huge thanks to her 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 Sharone, I am a dark rock singer and piano player from Denver, CO. I started playing shows as a solo artist back in 2014, and put together my rock ensemble in 2016.
How did you come up with your band name?
I never really thought about a “project name” when I started playing shows. I just introduced myself by my name, and it worked.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I live in the United States. Certain parts of the country have really wonderful rock scenes with an abundance of bands, as well as performance venues. Other parts are more geared towards different styles of music.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
‘Cold’, the single from my new album “Reflection”!
Who have been your greatest influences?
Evanescence, Deftones, Meg Myers, Black Sabbath, and Paramore!
What first got you into music?
I started playing the piano when I was about six years old and completely fell in love with it.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I’d love to collaborate with Meg Myers. She blends so many different styles together so flawlessly.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
If I could play Ozzfest and open for Ozzy Osbourne I could probably die the next day and be fine.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
A necklace with a vial of blood!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Follow your passion to the fullest extent.
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
David Bowie.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love being on stage more than anything. That’s when I’m reminded that all of the hard work I put in is worth it. I don’t love some of the type of attention I get from certain men simply because I’m a woman in music. I know men in bands don’t receive comments like some of the one’s I’ve gotten. I hope this changes one day.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I would wish for an equal platform and treatment for men and for women.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Either “Led Zeppelin IV” or “Purple Rain”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
CD’s! I love having a physical piece of merchandise along with the music. CD cases will often have photographs, credits, lyrics, maybe even fold out posters. I’m not a big fan of downloads because they take away from the artist. I know that when I buy a CD directly from an artist, that money is going right back into their art.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
May 24th of this year opening for Stitched Up Heart.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Trying to figure out what I need to do to become a musician.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
This is a fantasy dinner party, right? They don’t have to be alive, do they? I’d invite David Bowie, Amy Winehouse, Prince, Tom Petty, and Freddie Mercury.
What’s next for you?
I’m gearing up to release my new album “Reflection” on December 7th. The next single from the album, ‘Turn Back Time’, will be released on October 25th (Out Now). In the meantime, I’m working with my team on taking my live shows to a whole new level.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Follow me on:
https://www.facebook.com/sharone.official/
https://www.instagram.com/sharone_official/
https://twitter.com/sharone_music
https://open.spotify.com/artist/3AmKAuGRZ8Ir8XTRl2IlXp
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCktZmmoL02gcXcfAVJp-N1A
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
They’re called Jaffa Cakes, aren’t they?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Please give a listen to my singles ‘Cold’ and ‘Turn Back Time’, available on any major streaming platform, and please check out the music videos here:
‘Cold’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6jJY7pEOws
‘Turn Back Time’
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jS75wdr3ocs
My new album “Reflection” will be available everywhere on December 7th. Be on the lookout!
 
 
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