EMQs with BLACK RABBIT
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Apeldoorn, Netherlands based Thrash/Death Metal band, Black Rabbit. Huge thanks to drummer, Max Hendriks 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?
Max Hendriks – Drums
Black Rabbit started back in 2014, when Jelle and Hidde started playing guitar together. They found their own riffs and started to get the hang of it more and more. They figured it would be nice to have a complete band and teamed up with a bassist and after some time a drummer as well. After some time, a vocalist was added too, and we started playing our first few gigs. After some line-up changes, I joined the band as their drummer. Since I have a big influence on the Dutch metal-scene, I gave them the input they’d wanted all this time. Black Rabbit finally took off, and now we are starting to make a name for ourselves.
How did you come up with your band name?
Well I didn’t but Jelle and Hidde did. The band name already existed before the band. During a barbeque, Jelle and Hidde were making parodies on famous metal band. When they bumped on Black Sabbath, it immediately became Black Rabbit. The whole idea of ‘rabbit’ comes from the fact that Jelle had a black rabbit as a pet. They kept the name as a sort of screw you to the people who think that metal bands should always have brutal names.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Netherlands, and the scene is alive, but let’s say that the average Dutch metalhead is static. We have a small scene with lovely people. Like everywhere, the big shows are always busy, but the small bands do not get the venue full.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single or Video)
“Warren of Necrosis” EP, January 9th, 2020
Who have been your greatest influences?
Kreator and Carcass
What first got you into music?
My parents. They made music before I was born.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Randy Blythe of Lamb of God, Mille Petrozza of Kreator or Chuck Billy of Testament
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Definitely Hellfest. If you love music, you go to Hellfest. They never disappoint in their line-up and give opportunities to smaller bands.
What is the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
An Alice Cooper Funko
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thank you so much for your support, I know its a cliché, but I play my music because I love it and it is always amazing to see other people like it.
If you could bring one Metal/Rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
The Rev of Avenged Sevenfold
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Being free and doing the stuff you love. I hate setting up the whole drums!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Make CD’s more important again and improve the pay rate on digital streams.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“The Outer Ones” – Revocation
What is best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s, or Downloads?
What is the best gig that you have played to date?
Our release show in Gigant on 9th of January 2020
If you were not a musician, what else would you be doing?
Probably something with making instruments!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
What is next for the band?
We are aiming to release a single before the end of October, and somewhere in the middle of next year, our debut album!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
It says cake, so I would say biscuit because it is too obvious!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for the interview, check us out to those who do not know us, and check out our Spotify playlist with our friends!
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