EMQ’s with PROCESSOR
Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Swedish Industrial Metal/ Rock project, Processor. Huge thanks to main man Johan Isaksson 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 Johan Isaksson and I am the one called Processor. I produce Industrial Metal and Indie Rock music both to my artist name and for others. I’m really a keyboard dude, but I distort everything I touch so that’s how it became Rock/Metal.
How did you come up with your band name?
You might think that the band name comes from a Processor in a computer but that’s not the story. I saw a wood processor harvesting forest and I thought that would be a cool name, so the absolute first pictures of Processor was taken with logs. (lost now). After that it was just Processor (and I know that it is not google friendly) 😉
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I’m from middle Sweden, and some bands that are close by where I live are The Hives, Millencolin, and Truckfighters.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
What first got you into music?
Movies I guess. “Escape from New York”. John Carpenter made a great movie score that just made me want me to do the same.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician, who would it be?
Health or Mick Gordon
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
100 Swedish kronor back in 1998 in an envelope with the message “send me some music to this address”. It was before the Internet and really nobody knew I existed. Really odd but I burned down some music for the dude and posted it.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
You only have one life – do what you feel and you will not regret it!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Being creative is the most enjoyable thing to be.
The thing I hate is that I have a daytime job, so I can’t put that extra effort to do the best mix in the world.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The royalties should go up so a decent studio dude like me can make a living.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“OK Computer” by Radiohead
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CDs, or Downloads?
Downloads is the best for getting the right foldback for the music.
CDs are naturally equal but messy, I think.
Vinyl is a way of life not quality… vinyl is like an efx band compression on the mix – not natural but I get that people like it.
Cassettes that’s just too much band compression and bad noise.
I prefer Downloads or streams 😊
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
A poet. Or something creative
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Peter Gabriel, Ossy Osbourne, Dave Ghan, John Carpenter and Mick Gordon
What’s next for the band?
New music coming up July 14
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 for sure!!!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for having me!
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