EMQ’s with DVL

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EMQ’s with DVL


Hello everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with Scotland, UK based Rock/ Heavy Metal band, DVL. Huge thanks to their vocalist, Ryan, 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’m Ryan and I sing in the band! Alan and I started off in a band called Annihilation when we were about 14/15 years old. When I went to college in 2011 (The Academy of Music and Sound) I met Mark and Kevin and we formed D3VILMAYCRY. Our first album under that name was funded by Creative Scotland in 2013 and we played a ton of shows with bands like In This Moment and Jinjer as well as being nominated for a Scottish Alternative Music Award. Fast forward to 2022 and we’ve evolved into DVL and are currently promoting our upcoming sophomore record! 

How did you come up with your band name? 

Well when we were originally called  D3VILMAYCRY we were named after the video game. We started getting kinda worried that if we were gaining a lot of popularity that people wouldn’t be able to find us over the game. Also we might get sued! So we shortened it down to DVL. 😈 

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

We’re from Glasgow, Scotland. The Metal scene here is pretty small but it’s die hard. It’s a very strong, loyal Metal scene around here. 

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

We just released the first single from our upcoming album. The song is called Eternity and you can check the music video out on YouTube! It’s also been doing rounds on the radio, including Kerrang!, which was a big milestone for us. 

Who have been your greatest influences?

Matt Heafy from Trivium, M. Shadows and Syn Gates from Avenged Sevenfold. I learned pretty much everything I know from those guys. When I was first starting to get good at guitar at around 14 years old, I learned a lot of the more advanced stuff from those bands. In terms of songwriting it was eye opening, just opening up a guitar magazine and figuring out what they were doing and why they would do certain things. Vocally; Axl Rose, David Lee Roth, Eric Adams and David Coverdale have all hugely influenced my style. That powerful 80’s style of singing has always been my favourite way to go about things. 

What first got you into music?

My dad really started me off on the path. He’s a great musician himself and he would be playing guitar and singing every day when I was a wee boy. A lot of Blues stuff and Classic Rock tunes. He was always listening to bands like Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Thin Lizzy. 

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

Twelve Foot Ninja. I think we have similar influences and could come up with something really wacky. Also Tatiana Shmailyuk from Jinjer. She’s an unreal vocalist and it’d be unreal to have her on a song with us. 

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

It has to be Download Festival for me. The Donnington one that is! I think it’s widely regarded among bands and fans alike that it’s the biggest Rock and Metal festival in the world. You’d feel like you’d truly made it if you were invited to play there. I’ve been as a fan a couple times and it’s always been a great atmosphere / vibe.

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

I don’t know that we’ve ever received a weird gift. We’ve been given beers and things like that but never anything weird! Watch this space 😂

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

Thanks for sticking by us while we’ve been quiet for a few years and hopefully this year will be a big one 🙏 

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

Freddie Mercury. I would have a lot of questions about singing techniques and songwriting! I’m sure there were many more great songs yet to come from him that hopefully we’d get to hear. 

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

I enjoy the fact that you never get bored. You always have guitar/vocal things to practice and learn, songs to write etc. etc. I hate that I can never just appreciate my own music. I’m always nit-picking at all the little things in songs I’ve written. It’s a curse in that way! 

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

I would massively increase the amount of money that artists and songwriters earn from streaming services. You’ve got multi-billion dollar companies like Spotify, who literally wouldn’t have a business without the musicians that they exploit. Time to make some changes and do better. 

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

This is difficult because I have 3 all-time favourite albums. I’m gonna say “City of Evil” by Avenged Sevenfold. I learned so much from that album. That level of talent should be illegal. 

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

Don’t get me wrong, I love Vinyl, I have a record player in my house and it gets the best sound by far. But it’s got to be downloads. Music on your person 24/7. You can’t beat that! 

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

November 23rd, 2017. We supported Jinjer at a place called Audio in Glasgow. Capacity for the venue is 300. It’s a small venue but they must have crammed about 600 people into it. It was absolutely mental. Packed from front to back. People could hardly move and yet during our set the crowd still managed to make a pit. Seeing people get lost in your music is a very special feeling that you don’t get anywhere else. The Jinjer set was madness. So great live. 

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

I’m mega into gaming so I’d probably be attempting to become a full time streamer! 

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party? 

Ozzy, Paul Stanley, David Lee Roth, Cristina Scabbia and Amy Lee. I’m sure there would be a lot of good stories at that dinner party! 

What’s next for the band?

At the start of May we’ll be releasing our second single/music video and then on May 27th our new album, “Hush”, comes out! 

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

YouTube https://youtube.com/c/DVLBandUK 
Facebook https://www.facebook.com/DVL.BAND.UK 
Twitterhttps://twitter.com/dvlband 
Instagramhttps://www.instagram.com/vl.band 
TikTokhttps://www.tiktok.com/@dvlband 

We’re especially active on Facebook and Twitter so do keep a close eye on those! 

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Oh god, are you trying to get me killed? They’re a cake! C’mon, it’s in the name, people! Biscuits have crunch and while you may argue that the chocolate kind of has a crunch when you bite into it, I would argue that you were wrong. Good day, sir. 

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

Thank YOU for having us! Nothing else to add really except please do check out our new album when it drops on May 27th and you can pre-save it here: https://orcd.co/dvlhush 

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EMQ’s With XAVIER BOSCHER

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EMQ’s With Xavier Boscher

Hi everyone. Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with French Multi-instrumentalist, Xavier Boscher. 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?

I’m Xavier Boscher, I play guitar, bass guitar and keyboards. I started working on solo material after my departure from the group Misanthrope in the early 2000’s. Since then I have released many instrumental albums, which are a quite varied mix between Rock and Progressive Metal, with many influences.

How did you come up with your band name?

It’s my own name and I have a logo on all my albums, a XAV symbol 😉

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

I’m from Nice on the French Riviera, there is a little Metal / Rock scene, but with some extraordinary musicians.

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

My latest album is “Cosmic Variations” and was released on the 7th March 2022. I have released many albums and EP’s. Now I am releasing a 3 EP series of Ambient instrumental music “Nankurunaisa”, with the  first part out on 21st of March, the second part on 4th of April and the last part on 18th of April.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Marty Friedman, Plini, Per Nilsson, John Petrucci & Dream Theater, Joe Satriani, Steve Vai, Buckethead, Paul Masvidal, Steve Lukather, Steve Morse, Richard Henshall & Haken, Kiko Loureiro & Angra, Eric Johnson, Scott Henderson & Tribal Tech, Patrick Rondat, Chuck Schuldiner & Death, Andy Larocque, Pierre Bensusan, Neal Schon & many more

What first got you into music?

My mother was a piano teacher, we can say that I bathed in Chopin, Schubert, Beethoven etc. before coming into the world. Then the first contact with the piano very early, then a contact with the guitar at 14 years old with the discovery of the world of Rock and Metal and a fascination for saturated sounds.

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

I would very much like to collaborate with Plini, whom I find particularly brilliant and inspired, he has gone very far.

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

At Hellfest in France, or maybe a guitar festival anywhere.

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

I have a few fans who give me gifts, which in itself is particularly great and rewarding, but nothing in particular.

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

I will tell them that I am so grateful for their support and that I will do my best to bring them new things regularly.

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

Chuck Shuldiner, he was the Death father and his loss was so important for me, he influenced me a lot. And also Prince, he was so awesome and productive, I wonder how many more albums he would have released?

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

I love creating and shaping my universe, I love music itself, a source of well-being and channelling emotions. I hate the music business and the competition. Music is not a competition and I find that many famous musicians lack humility.

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

I’m not against streaming but I would have liked there to be a better redistribution of income, I would have liked the platforms to offer more expensive packages allowing artists to be better remunerated.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Focus” from Cynic, this album changed my life…

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

I like CD’s and of course digital, not a fan of vinyl and Cassettes. Digital is still very practical you can listen to everything easily, it’s a big step forward

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

It was with Misanthrope, in support of Cradle of Filth at Elysée Montmartre in December 1999, an amazing show.

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

I do a lot of other activities like painting or writing, I also have a job besides music, I think I would miss it but I will have plenty to do 😉

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My girlfriend, my best friend and my kids, we’d be a little over five.

What’s next for the band?

I continue to record a lot of albums, I’m so inspired, I have two albums ready to release in May…

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

My official website, and Facebook & Instagram. 
Official Website : www.xavierboscher.com 
Bandcamp : https://xavierboscher.bandcamp.com 
Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/xavierboscher 
Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/xavierboscher

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

A biscuit 😉

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

Thank you for opening your webzine to me and for taking an interest in my music, take care of yourself.

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Ronnie Atkins – Make It Count

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Ronnie Atkins – Make It Count
Frontiers Music s.r.l
Release Date: 18/03/22
Running Time: 54:15
Review by Simon Black
9/10

Ronnie Atkins is one of life’s survivors for sure. A year ago I got to review his last solo release “One Shot”, and was somewhat emotional at what we all thought was the parting shot from one of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s strongest veterans. From the extensive back-catalogue of Pretty Maids to his place as part of the recording and touring backbone of the machine that is Avantasia, Atkins has lived life well, recorded some great records and delivered some fantastic live performances – a few if which I’ve been lucky enough to see. So the news that he has incurable cancer and was living on borrowed time made last year’s album really rather poignant, as it felt like a goodbye. It was also pretty damn good too…

Well fuck you cancer, because he’s still here and a year to the day later has only gone and squeezed out another record.

“One Shot” had material that mainly had been around for a while, whereas I suspect this time the material is much more fresh and recent. This gives it two dimensions that play out on the recording this time round loud and clear. The first is the material isn’t as polished on the song-writing side, as when you’ve got demo tapes recorded over the years you get the chance to refine and rearrange with the benefit of hindsight. The second is it’s a lot more immediate in feeling, focussed on his more recent experiences and was created by a bunch of musicians working together in a studio rather than a remote recording exercise. What this means is what it lacks in polished arrangements it gains in spades by having an energy and freshness that the predecessor lacked, even if some of the songs don’t have the same strength of consistency of the former. 

The emotional punch is still there though, with belters like the opener ‘I’ve Hurt Myself (By Hurting You)’ is a song by a man looking back on his life with regrets for the wildness of youth. It’s powerful, honest and well-crafted and a highlight of the record. As indeed is the title track that closes the record, which like the title track of the previous record feels relevant to his current situation as his time on this earth runs through the hourglass adorning the cover.

‘Rising Tide’ is very much of the political moment, and a warning of where we are heading as a species if we continue to allow a culture of denial and fake news, which as I listen to this nearly a month into the Russian invasion of Ukraine seems painfully prescient. It’s also a blisteringly well-crafted slab of Hard Rock of the kind that Atkins does best. And that’s another reason why this record kicks, is that it’s pertinent and relevant, but delivered with Atkins trademark gravelly panache, although he can absolutely scale the higher notes effortlessly as and when required.

Is this his final offering? I hope not, as if this record of fresh and new material says anything it is that he’s far from being done and going to make every moment count.

‘I’ve Hurt Myself (By Hurting You) – Official Audio

TRACKLISTING:
01. I’ve Hurt Myself (By Hurting You)
02. Unsung Heroes
03. Rising Tide
04. Remain To Remind Me
05. The Tracks We Leave Behind
06. All I Ask Of You
07. Grace
08. Let Love Lead The Way
09. Blood Cries Out
10. Easier To Leave (Than Being Left Behind)
11. Fallen
12. Make It Count

LINE-UP:
Ronnie Atkins – Lead and backing vocals
Chris Laney – Rhythm guitar, keyboards
Alla Sørensen – Drums
Pontus Egberg – Bass
Morten Sandager – Keyboards
Linnea Vikström Egg – Backing vocals
John Berg – Guitars
Olliver Hartmann: -Guitars
Pontus Norgren – Guitars
Anders Ringman – Acoustic guitars

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EMQ’s With FORTUNE CHILD

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EMQ’s With FORTUNE CHILD

Hello everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with USA Rockers, Fortune Child. Huge thanks to their bassist, Jon Ward, 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 Jon Ward. I am the bassist of the band. Our drummer Mel and our guitarist Buddy originally got this project started between the two of them. They spent a while jamming and working out riffs together. When they decided to expand to a four piece, they met Christian (vocals) and myself through the Jacksonville, FL music scene and brought us in to round out the group. Things clicked and we went from there.

How did you come up with your band name?

The name Fortune Child started as kind of a joke, poking fun at people who got whatever they wanted without having to work for it. But one day we saw the phrase a bit differently – it seemed to have more of a spiritual meaning to us, and referred to a kind of universal “fortune” that everyone had access to as a soul in the world. After that, the original joke meaning kind of fell away and we don’t think of it like that anymore. It took on that more spiritual meaning and that’s when we decided to use it as the band’s name.

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

We live in Jacksonville, FL. The rock scene is alive and well around here. The southern half of Florida (especially Orlando and Tampa) are somewhat bigger for Metal, while north Florida, being close to Georgia, has a bigger scene for Southern Rock, Blues, and jam music. But throughout Florida there is kind of a cross pollination of those two threads.

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

Our newest single, ‘Tie The Line,’ came out on Feb 18, and is the third single from our album “Close To The Sun,” which came out in full on March 1st. We are very excited to share that the song is available in Dolby Atmos on Apple Music and Tidal, in addition to the standard version, available on all streaming platforms. The first two singles, ‘Far’ and ‘Slow Down’ are available now.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I think all of us in Fortune Child grew up with two big musical influences in common – the vintage, classic rock of Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Free, and so on, and the beloved 90’s and 2000’s rock that was big when we were growing up – Soundgarden, Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave, Tool, The Mars Volta, etc. Those two threads guided all of us coming up, and merge in a unique way in the Fortune Child sound.

What first got you into music?

I can’t speak for the whole group, but as for me personally, I was put in piano lessons at a very young age (four or five) and took up guitar a couple years after that. It was pretty clear to me even since then that music was the only future career I had much interest in. As I grew up and learned more, my dedication to music grew simultaneously.

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

As a group, we are fans of some of the modern-vintage Rock bands out there right now, like Rival Sons or Dirty Honey. We also are big fans of modern Blues artists like Gary Clark, Jr.

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

Welcome To Rockville in Florida. It’s one of the biggest rock festivals in America and happens every year right here in our backyard. We’d love to get an inside perspective on the event and play to a great crowd alongside some of our own favorite bands in the business.

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

Rock fans in Florida tend to be pretty reasonable. Can’t say I’ve received anything too weird. Some cash tips or a round of drinks usually does the trick around here!

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

We want to recapture the spirit of a time when rock and roll (and music in general) was more straightforward and punchy and music wasn’t filled with production, electronics, overdubs and synths. Not that there’s anything wrong with that (I personally like to make electronic music as a side hobby), but as a band we really resonate with the simplicity of pure walls of sound coming straight out of the amps and drums. So our message might be to remind people to experience music viscerally in the present moment. To feel the physical sound waves move through them instead of overthinking and over-digitalizing things.

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

To sneak my own individual answer in there – Jerry Garcia! But as a group, we’d have to say maybe Jimi Hendrix or John Bonham.

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

We all really enjoy the expression and catharsis of what we get to do together every day. Playing music for a living ensures you always have a way to express yourself and get in touch with your center. We also love the community we are in and all the friends we get to make through playing and recording. What I do hate sometimes are the long drives and weird hours the job sometimes requires – lots of nights driving between cities between midnight and 4am! But it’s always worth it.

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

I would love to see an environment in which artists received a lot more revenue from streaming. In the current climate, even huge artists with millions of streams still get pretty insignificant amounts of revenue from it. I’m not an economist, and I’m sure it’s complicated. But we feel like there must be a way to balance out the scales a bit – maybe it will happen in the future.

Name one of your all-time favorite albums?

Two of my personal favorites are “Lateralus” by Tool and Deloused “In The Comatorium” by The Mars Volta. If we had a collective favorite album as a group, it’s hard to pick anything besides “Led Zeppelin IV”.

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

I’m a huge fan of vinyl. I think vinyl offers the most lifelike sound and fullest experience, while downloads offer the most flexibility and convenience. Cassettes and CDs fall somewhere in the middle on that spectrum, but they all have their place.

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

The first time we played in Orlando last year turned into a really magical experience. We opened for Blacktop Mojo at Soundbar (formerly called Backbooth). It’s not an enormous venue, but there was a full crowd and great energy. We’ve all been in a lot of bands and played a lot of enjoyable shows, but this one was the first show with Fortune Child where everything REALLY clicked. We were revved up to show a new out of town crowd what we could do, and caught some kind of wave that gave us a special, electrifying energy. I think ever since that show we’ve known that we could do something special with this band if we work hard and play our cards right.

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

Personally I’d love to be a graphic designer, or maybe a video game developer. I can’t speak for the rest of the group – I think we all see music as our only path!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jimmy Page, Jimi Hendrix, Jerry Garcia, Chris Cornell, Justin Chancellor.

What’s next for the band?

We have several shows and festivals coming up in the next couple months. Our main goals at this time are growing our following in the southeast and worldwide, performing as much as we can, and getting the album to as many ears as we can. We’d like to work towards doing more extensive tours in the next year or two, and have plans for another album down the road.

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

You can find Fortune Child on Instagram, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Tiktok, Spotify, Apple Music, all other streaming platforms, and at our own official website: 
http://www.fortunechildmusic.com
https://www.facebook.com/fortunechildmusic
https://twitter.com/fortunechild
https://www.instagram.com/fortunechildmusic/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’m ashamed to admit that I had to look them up… They look more biscuit-like to me though!

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

We want to mention how excited we are to have the new album mixed and produced by Kevin Elson, former producer for Lynyrd Skynyrd, Journey, Europe, Mr. Big, and a whole host of other amazing bands. Having him on board has been a huge honor and helped us get a great sound on the record. We also had a team of other great engineers working on it – Jim DeVito at Retrophonics Studios in St. Augustine, FL (where we recorded the record), David Frangioni (CEO of Modern Drummer magazine), and Carlos “El Loco” Bedoya all had a hand in bringing the tracks to life, and the record was mastered by the legendary Rodney Mills. We want to say thank you to all of these world class engineers for putting their stamp on the album, and thank you to everyone that has supported us so far along the way! We are just getting started and are excited to create a lot more music going forward into the future. Please follow us on whatever social media platforms you prefer, listen to the singles and the new album, and share it with your friends! Your support means the world to us.

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EMQ’s With FUTURE RADIO

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EMQ’s With FUTURE RADIO

Hello everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with South African Rockers, Future Radio. 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 Future Radio and we mainly play rock music. Johnny (J): Vocal and lead guitar, Drikus (D): Rhythm guitar.

In the autumn of 2018, Future Radio was born in the imagination of its frontman, Johnny Future. Up until this point, he had predominantly worked as a full-time music teacher and a session guitarist.

Johnny; “I knew that the visual element was still lacking in order to tell the whole story, but I have absolutely no talent in this department. I, however, had a guitar student who went on to study design and for some reason, he came to mind so I called him up!

Drikus Roets, now the other half of Future Radio, completed his design studies in 2019 just before he received the call from Johnny. They met up and the rest is history.  

How did you come up with your band name?

The name’s meaning is twofold. “Future” pretty much speaks for itself but it is the radio part that brings context and meaning. Radio is mostly associated with music and therefore could imply the “Future of music”. However, ‘Radio’ can also be associated with something that’s old and in the past. It is in the contradiction that we find the nucleus of Future Radio. Throughout our art lies traces of the past interacting seamlessly with the future and it’s within this combination that we find ourselves, in the here and now.  

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

We are based in Pretoria, South Africa. Here, there is very little rock talent around us and therefore we mainly take our inspiration from international bands.  

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

‘Something To Believe In’ is our latest release and the first single for this year (2022).  

Who have been your greatest influences?

J: I think it’s a combination of close friends, family and my music heroes like Noel Gallagher.

D: Currently one of my biggest influences is Johnny, mainly because of his spirit and strong work ethic. Every day I strive to be more like him. 

What first got you into music?

J: I loved music from a young age and I knew from the first time that I picked up a guitar that that’s what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. 

D: I have had a passion for the art and music industry since I can remember, and have always dreamt of becoming a part of it.  

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

We would love to collaborate with the Foo Fighters.

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

Glastonbury! It’s one of our biggest dreams, if you get to play there you know you’ve made it. 

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

It’s weird that we have not received a weird gift from a fan; yet.  

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

Thank you to each one of you, without you none of this would be possible.

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

J: Freddie Mercury

D: Jimi Hendrix

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

J: I love everything about it, it’s literally the best job in the world. If I have to single out something specific, it’s the creative part of it. I love being creative, I love writing, I love thinking of new concepts. Anything that has to do with creativity is what I enjoy the most. 

What I dislike is: Nowadays you have to be very active on social media, for obvious reasons. Although it’s part of the game and I’m taking my stride, it’s not necessarily something I enjoy.  

D: To me, it’s also the creative part – thinking of new ideas and seeing them come to life.

I dislike having to deal with the unpredictable part of technology, like my computer lagging or software just crashing on me.

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

We want to communicate the idea that we as artists should support each other more. We are all in this together and there is enough room for everybody in this industry.  

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

J: Damien Rice – “O” 

D: Aking  – “Morning after”

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

J: Nothing beats the sound of a needle on a record a.k.a Vinyl.

D: Download; mainly because you can reach a huge amount of people faster.

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

We started the band just before the Covid pandemic hit, so thus far we have only played online shows. We are planning a big tour this year. 

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

J: I always joke about it, but I actually have no other hobbies or interests apart from music. I’ve recently started exercising and I quite enjoy jogging but besides that, it’s just music for me and I love it! 

D: I would most likely be a nature photographer.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party? 

J: Bob Dylan, Vincent van Gogh, Carl Jung, Winston Churchill and Jesus.

D: Jimi Hendrix, John Mayer, Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet and John Paul Sartre

What’s next for the band?

We hope to drop our second album at the beginning of next year, as well as the upcoming tour of course.

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

Website: https://futureradioband.co.za/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/futureradioband/
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/futureradioband/
Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/072SqMAxf3dxwWoa2aTTH7
TikTok: https://www.tiktok.com/@futureradio 

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

In South Africa we don’t really have Jaffa Cakes. After a google search we’re guessing it is the best of both worlds. It’s a cake in a biscuit. 

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

This was one of the most interesting interviews that we have done and thank you for the opportunity for being featured on your platform.  

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EMQ’S With SEVEN YEAR WITCH

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EMQ’S With SEVEN YEAR WITCH

Hello everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with USA Rock ‘n’ Rollers, Seven Year Witch. Huge thanks to their Bassist, Spencer Burden, 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 Spencer Burden. I’m the Bass Guitarist! My brother Seth Burden is the drummer of the band. We’ve been making music together our whole lives. When we started this band we recruited our highschool classmate Aaron Langford for vocals. Eventually, we stole guitarist Beau Anderson from another band. He’s also been playing music and in bands since childhood!

How did you come up with your band name?

When trying to come up with a band name, I put my iTunes library on shuffle. The first song that came up was “Seven Year Ache” by Roseanne Cash. I thought it would be an excellent band name but obviously her song would come up first on a google search. The next song to play was “Witches’ Dance” by Mercyful Fate. After combining them together, I had “Seven Year Witch.”

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

We are from the U.S.A. and the state of South Carolina. The music scene is great here! We’re close to many major cities that are great for music such as Atlanta, Greenville, Charlotte, and Asheville. We can’t wait to play on the west coast this summer!

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

Our latest release is our single ‘Cyanide’. It was paired with an awesome music video. Check it out here!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Anything with Chris Cornell (SoundGarden / AudioSlave etc.), Led Zeppelin, Mercyful Fate just to name a few!

What first got you into music?

As a young child I sang at church. We had a drum set at our house when we were kids. I’d play it all the time. My great uncle started teaching me guitar when I was young. In school I joined band class and marching band. As soon as elementary school I started to grow an obsession with Rock music. In high-school I started playing in my own Rock bands. Around junior or senior year, that’s when this band formed!

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

If we’re thinking on a large scale, collaborating with Jack White would be a dream come true. Other amazing bands we’d love to collaborate with would be Crobot, Nonpoint, The Parlor Mob etc.

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

I’m not too familiar with festivals! But doesn’t Slipknot have a “Knotfest”? I’d love to do that one! I’m a huge Slipknot fan.

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

A stack of fake money!!

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

This sounds so generic but it’s so true; Thank each and every one of you.

For an independent band we would have nothing without each individual fan. We’re not on the radio, we’re not on television, there is no movement or trend that makes you popular to like us. You made a conscious decision to support us despite all that. We don’t take it for granted and we love you all!!!

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

Cliff Burton. He passed away at 24 years old. His life was just getting started, but it wasn’t in vain. He inspired me and so many others for generations to come! Rest in peace!!

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

I love doing this. It gives my life meaning and it makes me happy.

My favourite thing is playing live and touring! The thing I “hate” is probably the politics that go into it. Some bands have an unfair advantage and can skip in line with money. But coming from the bottom will make our success story that much more rewarding!

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

Nationally syndicated radio shouldn’t play the same songs / bands over and over and over. They could find a few minutes each day to give some upcoming bands a play. But they won’t unless it makes them money or benefits them.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Don’t Break The Oath” – Mercyful Fate, “BadMotorFinger” – SoundGarden, “Dogs” – The Parlor Mob

(I can’t name just one!!)

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

Vinyl for the true experience and album art. Downloads/Streaming for convenience. CD’s are cool to me because that’s what I had growing up. And Cassettes just cause my van has a cassette player ha ha!.

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

Opening for Pop Evil was cool because it was probably the biggest crowd we’ve played to.

Touring with Adelitas Way was such an amazing memory. They were like the first big band to take us on the road with them and believe in us.

Also touring with The Lonely Ones was an amazing experience. They are one of those bands that have done it all and there was so much to learn from them!

It’s so hard to pick one show!!

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

Probably delivering a pizza and being lost in life to be completely honest ha ha!!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Jerry Seinfeld, Brann Dailor, Mike Portnoy, Tony Hawk and Danny Antonucci

What’s next for the band?

A West Coast tour with Buckcherry in June!

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

www.facebook.com/sevenyearwitch
www.instagram.com/sevenyearwitch
www.tiktok.com/@sevenyearwitch
www.youtube.com/channel/UCAyAr1Lyq2gSWVDCc2ZXLJw

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I’ve never heard of those! I just googled them and they look kinda gross to me. Looks like a cake to me though!

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

Thank you as well! Subscribe to our YouTube! We’re focusing extra hard on building it!

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EMQ’s With PHARMACOSE

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EMQ’s With PHARMACOSE

Hello everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with USA Hard Rock project, Pharmacies. Huge thanks to main man Wes Jones 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’m Wes Jones, and I am the singer/guitarist for Pharmacose. It’s a project that was born in 2017 after I met producer Lu Rubino through a mutual friend. I had some songs I wanted to record, and my friend recommended Lu Rubino to me. We recorded those songs under the name Digital Array. We ended up pulling that record and reworking the songs, as well as writing new ones. I thought we could use a name change, so Pharmacose was officially born. At this point, it’s become more of a collaborative project since COVID hit. We haven’t been playing any shows and while we’re all still working together, I’ve become the primary producer. It was necessary due to the lockdowns, but I’ve really fallen in love with it. I’d love for us to start playing live again at some point, but that might not be possible for the time being due to another related project I’m working on, but more on that later.

How did you come up with your band name?

Pharmacose is a combination of the words “pharmaceutical” and “comatose.” When I came up with the name, I had been thinking about antidepressants and mood stabilizers and how they affect those of us with mental illness.

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

We are in the US. I think people always say that Rock is dead, but they’ve been saying that for decades now. There is still plenty of great new Rock and Metal. Pop and Hip Hop are dominant right now, and I have absolutely no problem with that, but music is a cycle. Rock and Metal will be on top again at some point.

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

We just released a single called ‘Smash’ and our album called “Prescription Fiction”, which came out 18th February. 

Who have been your greatest influences?

I listened to mostly Alternative and Hard Rock growing up, so that’s probably my biggest influence. Bands like Alice in Chains, TOOL, Queens of the Stone Age, Failure, At the Drive-In and The Mars Volta. Nine Inch Nails might be the biggest, though, because I love the combination of synths and rock.

What first got you into music?

I started playing the violin when I was about 6, and played it up through college. I kind of let it lapse, though, in favour of guitar. I taught myself to play guitar when I was 17 or so, and have been playing and writing music ever since.

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

Jerry Cantrell. The guy can do it all. I love the vocal harmonies he used to create with Layne Staley.

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

I lived in New Orleans for a few years and always had a blast at Voodoo, so probably that one.

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

I haven’t gotten any gifts from fans!

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

“Prescription Fiction” is sort of a timeline of my mental health over almost a decade. I went through some pretty bad times, and the one thing I wish I had done sooner was ask for help. I think that’s the message. We’re never alone, even though it feels that way at times. Depression and other forms of mental illness have a way of warping our sense of reality. Please reach out. We lose too many people to suicide.

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

Layne Staley

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

I love writing, producing, and recording, but I hate the self-doubt that comes with it.

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

Streaming needs to pay more. I understand that companies want to keep subscription costs down.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“De-Loused in the Comatorium” by The Mars Volta

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

I listen to music on the go, so downloads. Vinyl, cassettes and CDs take up a lot of space, and I need that space to produce! 

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

A couple years ago we played a benefit in St. Augustine, FL, for a local musician that died a few years prior. It was to benefit his family. It felt good to do our part.

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

Well, I am still a practicing medical doctor, so I would be doing that!

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Ricky Gervais, Trent Reznor, Bill Burr, Dave Chapelle & John Danaher.

What’s next for the band?

We’re releasing Prescription Fiction on 18th February. After that I have a related project that I’m going to talk more about in March. It’s probably my biggest undertaking yet, and I can’t wait to talk about it more. 

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

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/pharmacose_band/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Pharmacoseband/
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Pharmacose_Band
website: www.pharmacose.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuits!

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

Nothing that hasn’t been covered.

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EMQ’s With WASTELAND VALLEY

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EMQ’s With WASTELAND VALLEY

Hi everyone. Welcome to another EMQs, this time with Norwegian Rock band, Wasteland Valley. Huge thanks to their drummer, Espen Gotvasli, 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 Espen Gotvasli, and I play the drums in Wasteland Valley. The band was formed in 2015, and it all just started with four of us jamming just to have some fun. But we soon realised that there was a real good chemistry there and decided to find a vocalist and make a real band out of it. And so we did and we recorded and released our first album “Break the Ice” in 2016. Then in 2017, our vocalist at that time Espen Elden Olsen decided to quit the band. But luckily, we quickly found a new one in Tor Erik Simensen and made a new album. That second album was called “Pantheon” and was released in 2018. After a period of trying to do as many gigs as possible, the world went crazy because of the pandemic and we got a lot of time and inspiration to write new music again like every other band in the world, I guess. And of course, we just couldn’t resist making a concept album about the whole craziness going on with this virus. So our new album that will be released February 25th, will simply be called “The Pandemic”.

How did you come up with your band name?

Coming up with a band name these days is always a challenge because almost every cool name is taken from before. But we talked about finding a name that kind of described our little hometown, Steinkjer in the middle of Norway. Then the word wasteland came up during a game of the board game “Risk”, and I liked it a lot. And our hometown is kind of a valley, so that’s why we chose to combine those two words.

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

We’re from the middle of Norway, and the Metal / Rock scene here is actually pretty good. There are a lot of great local bands and a good community for music generally. We’re also lucky enough to have a very good local pub with a nice stage and lots of cool concerts here in Steinkjer. And most importantly, we have a big festival during the summer called “Steinkjerfestivalen” that is kind of a big deal here.

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

Our latest release at this point is the single “Lockdown” that was released January 7th. It’s from our upcoming album “The Pandemic” that will be released February 25th and also we will release another single from the new album with the song “Flatten the Curve” on February 11th.

Who have been your greatest influences?

Personally, my three big ones have always been Dream Theater, Guns’n’Roses and Metallica. But there’s a lot of other great bands breaking their necks and I constantly discover new ones. And within the band our taste is both similar and different and everybody listens to a wide variety of bands. And this you can absolutely hear in our music – there’s a lot of different inspirations put in there. Everything from good old giants like Iron Maiden, Ozzy Osbourne and Judas Priest, to newer bands like Eclipse, Bokassa and Seventh Wonder.

What first got you into music?

I remember a childhood friend of mine giving me a mixtape containing Guns’n’Roses, Alice Cooper and Metallica songs. And I was sold when listening to songs like ‘Paradise City’ and ‘House of Fire’ for the very first time. I knew right away that I had to start playing an instrument myself and after a short period as a 11-year-old bad vocalist I started learning to play the guitar. Then a couple of years later, I discovered I was far more talented on the drums and chose to make that my main instrument.

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

Erik Mårtensson from Eclipse and W.E.T is probably at the very top of that list. Love all of his work, and he’s an extremely talented songwriter. Also, a virtuoso guitarist like John Petrucci would be epic.

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

Sweden Rock Festival for sure. I have attended that festival 10 times and I think it’s the greatest festival in the world. Always a great line-up, always a nice audience and a very good vibe overall.

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

We haven’t received that many fan gifts yet, but we got these very cool “scull chocolates” when playing Totsås Rock Festival in 2017. It’s the only gift that comes to mind.

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

It would be to spread the word about our band!

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

Difficult one these days, when they’re sadly dropping like flies. But I guess it would have to be Ronnie James Dio. Miss hearing his voice live.

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

I enjoy playing live in front of a great and loud audience the most. I hate the part of rigging and setting the stage the most. We’re not big enough for having techs and roadies doing the dirty work, so we’re stuck doing that ourselves.

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

I would change the main priority of sales from digital to physical formats somehow and focus more on albums than singles.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Guns’n’Roses – “Appetite for Destruction”

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

Vinyl for sure, visually nothing can compare to it.

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

Steinkjerfestivalen 2019, in front of an amazing hometown audience.

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

I love making videos, as I have made most of our band’s music videos. So probably something within movie / video making.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Mike Portnoy, Lars Ulrich, Slash, Nikki Sixx and Steve Harris. That would be an interesting one.

What’s next for the band?

Next for the band are the release of the new album and hopefully a proper release party if national restrictions allow it. Then we hopefully will play some cool gigs the rest of the year, before we start working on the next album.

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

Facebook: www.facebook.com/wastelandvalley 
Instagram: www.instagram.com/wastelandvalley/
Twitter: www.twitter.com/wastelandvalley/
Webpage: www.wastelandvalley.com

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Biscuit!

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

Thank you for taking interest. I would just like to add a word for the physical album format, if you discover a band or song you like then buy and listen to the whole album!

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Hearts & Hand Grenades – Between The Lines

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Hearts & Hand Grenades – Between The Lines
Eclipse Records
Release Date: 19/11/21
Running Time: 40:52
Review by Simon Black
9/10

Hearts & Hand Grenades started life in New York as a covers act and, thanks to the support of Goo Goo Dolls’ Robby Tabak, were persuaded to record some of their original material … once they had got around to writing some that is! The ‘Wait’ EP was released independently in 2019 (some tracks from which also appear here) and then their full length debut ‘Turning To Ashes’ earlier this year, so a second full length album following on so quickly implies that they have taken to this original music lark like a duck to the proverbial water, even if some material released on earlier EP’s is being reconstituted and given the benefit of a better studio experience. You get the sense that this is a band with the song-writing bit well and truly between their teeth now and that there’s a lot more where this came from just waiting to happen. Releasing anything new in time for a global pandemic when you can’t get out there and tour every toilet and support slot going means getting a wider audience right now is a challenge, but perhaps some good old-fashioned word of mouth can do the trick here, because these folks really deserve it.

Musically this is full on rawking stuff, with a deep vein of that 70’s East Coast Punk attitude of the part of the world that gave us The Ramones, and won’t let us forget it any time soon. The songs are all slightly longer than that kind of classic stuff, but it’s obviously an influence. Musically, these guys have a lot going on for them, so alongside the down tuning and aggression, there’s some subtle technical twists in there to make the anthemic song-writing just that little more well-rounded, as a good catchy riff with a few twists always guarantees. They tend to be lumped into the broad church becoming known as New Wave Of Classic Rock (NWOCR), which is a catch all for anything more Hard or Melodic Rock orientated, that’s likely to appeal to the Metal market whilst not entirely fitting in with it. Let’s face it, that’s a good, broad audience base that means you may actually sell some records – which is just as well, because those crazy overlong journalist acronyms like NWOBHM are a bit of a turn off for ordinary folk…

And I think Hearts & Hand Grenades most likely will sell a fair few …

This is cracking stuff, with a down tuned but melodic sound, some blasting instrumental performances and a vocalist in Stephanie Wlosinski with attitude, range, and enough gutsiness to grab you by the throat, but who knows how to turn on the softer side and show her range when it’s needed. Check out the heavy ballad ‘Moonlight’ if you are in doubt, which borrows a heavy as hell riff from Beethoven’s ‘Moonlight Sonata’, allows Stephanie Wlosinski to show power through a heart-rending, emotive vocal delivery, whilst still bashing your brains out with the heaviness of the overall musical framework. This is fantastic stuff.

TRACKLISTING:
01. Scream It Out
02. Black Sunset
03. Between The Lines
04. Secret
05. Tragedy
06. Beautiful Pain
07. Bad Medicine
08. Illogical
09. Wait
10. Moonlight

LINE-UP:
Stephanie Wlosinski – Lead Vocals / Bass
Mike Bress – Guitar / Keyboards
Kenny Blesy – Lead Guitar
Tom Lafferty – Drums

LINKS:

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Video Interview with PRESSURE

Video Interview with PRESSURE
Interviewed and recorded by Sheri Bicheno

Hailing from Stockholm, Sweden, Pressure are an eclectic flavour of Rock that combines the concepts of dealing with everyday pressures and hurdles that go hand in hand with uplifting and positive messages to keep pushing forward!

They are a breath of fresh air and fantastic to talk to. I caught up with them ahead of the release of their new single, ‘Pressure’, to talk about what drives their visions and passions for this new offering and beyond. They give me an insight into the heart of Pressure, and talk about their story that keeps us in constant anticipation to where the next chapter may lead…

Exclusive Video Interview:

LINE-UP:
Guitars, drums, backing vocals–Simon Forsell
Lead vocals–Olof Jönsson
Guitar–Emil Salling
Vocals – Olli Violet
Bass – Ignacio Arrúa

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