EMQ’s with DELPHI RAVENS

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EMQ’s with DELPHI RAVENS

Hi everyone! Welcome to another EMQs interview, this time with USA Alternative Rock band, Delphi Ravens. Huge thanks to their founder/ bassist /songwriter, Papa B, 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?

The band is called Delphi Ravens.  I am Papa B.™, I founded the band in late 2019 after a year of searching for and auditioning dozens of people. I was even wondering if I would ever get the right group together, but it happened. Then – COVID. UGH! So, we decided to totally focus on writing and recording original songs. By mid-2020 we had our first few songs written and recorded and started to release them in late 2020/early 2021.

Since then, we have written 15 tracks, the unreleased ones will be coming out each month starting in June 2022, through to the year end.

How did you come up with your band name?

I liked the raven image since I knew we would be writing a lot of ‘dark’ songs. Kira (vocalist) and I write all the songs. We both write lyrics and I write all the music, and Kira writes the melodies. We get input from the band as well when we present them a song.

Back to the name. I wanted to combine the idea of the 3-eyed raven who could see possible future events, like in Game of Thrones, with another idea of boundless knowledge. I thought the Greek Oracle at Delphi was the perfect fit. This was who all the great philosophers and scientists would go to for any kind of answer or knowledge they did not know. Delphi Ravens!

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

We are from the west coast of the U.S. – the area called the Pacific Northwest, home of Grunge, with groups like Nirvana. Many great bands are from this area. Our area is not as large as the big cities like Seattle so there are few original music bands, tons of cover bands. But we travel if needed for the right venues.

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

Our latest single is ‘Last Memories’ released a few weeks ago on Spotify. People can hear the unreleased song ‘Take My Hand’ on our ReverbNation account.

Who have been your greatest influences?

I listen to so many different genres that I can’t pick any one person or band. I listen to styles I don’t really like. Why? Because I believe you can get an idea or technique from all kinds of music. Sometimes I listen to classical pipe organ music from Bach or Handel for example. I can get an idea and translate it to our Alternative Rock style and make it work.

What first got you into music?

Always loved music but couldn’t sing so I was just a fan for a long time. Then I decided to just go for it (not the singing but playing). I was hooked and got even more hungry to write songs after I got my playing in decent shape.

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

I have never been able to answer that question. Too many great ones to choose from, I guess. But Silversun Pickups comes to mind. Unique song structures and ideas always intrigue me. Finneas would be another.

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

Coachella for sure. Incredible venue with super artists and rabid fans. Gotta love it!

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

Pair of underwear. So, you ask yourself, I hope this was planned and not a spur of the moment kinda thing?

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

Listen. Listen to the whole song. That’s it. People miss so much when they don’t focus and listen. There are so many nuances in songs of ours (and many artists) and usually only other artists acknowledge them.

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

For me that is easy, bring back Freddie Mercury. Truly one of the best front persons ever and a brilliant song writer as well. One of a kind!

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

I love it all, writing – recording – playing live but if I had to pick it would be playing live. Nothing like having people to share your music with. I hate that so many fabulous artists can’t make a living doing what they love and what they are great at. Especially when there are far less talented people making big money.

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

The lack of payment for streaming. Artists work very hard to create good music and all the money goes elsewhere.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

“Dark Side of the Moon” – Pink Floyd. One of the most creative albums ever made. Ask me next week and I would probably pick another…many great albums.

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

Depends on when you were born. I like the rebirth of vinyl, but downloads are where it is at with most people today. Only problem is you don’t get paid for downloads …really. $40 for 10,000 streams is not pay, it’s grand theft.

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

A private one actually. People were so involved and not one person left even when we ended… they all wanted to meet us and talk about our music.

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

Probably nothing. Sounds strange but I did a lot of things I wanted when I was young and came to music later. Now it’s all I want to do.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

That’s crazy tough to answer. I will pick amongst the living artists and avoid anyone outside of music. So, one legend, Elton John (great performer & great songwriter), Drake, Adele, Ed Sheeran, and Tyler Joseph (Twenty One Pilots). Very diverse group but all at the top of their game.

What’s next for the band?

Continue to write and record. Live gigs starting end of summer and on. EP out later this year and first album in 2023…. Who knows after that?

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

We use Facebook, ReverbNation, Soundcloud, Instagram and Twitter (a little).

Our website is our name – DelphiRavens.

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Cake as proven in court. Little cakes that people mistake for biscuits…and chocolate on them, yummmmm! People in the states would call them cookies.

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

Everyone should check out a couple of our songs…at least. If you like them then connect with us on your favourite social media.

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EMQ’s with GLASS ALICE

EMQ’s with GLASS ALICE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Youngstown, Ohio based Alternative Rock/Post-Grunge band Glass Alice. Huge thanks to Mike Hermensky & Eric Albenze 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?

Mike Hermensky (MH): I’m Mike Hermensky. I play guitar and vocals.

Eric Albenze (EA): Lead Guitar/Producer/Mixer/Digital Art/Video/Animation/Co-Founder Glass Alice. Our history – We started in 2000 under the name Facepunch, which lasted about five years. I then quit music entirely. Six years went by and I hated every minute of it, so I built a home recording studio, learned Cubase and called Mike. I was in Tampa, Florida and he was in Youngstown, Ohio, so we would both write songs on our own and then email the songs to each other, and then continue to work on them. I would fly into Youngstown for a week at a time and we would record all the tracks we could, and I’d take them back home to Tampa and mix them. We uploaded our first round of songs to iTunes, Spotify and all that and about three months later I got a call from producer Jim Wirt (Incubus, Hoobastank) out of Cleveland, Ohio. He said he’d heard us on Spotify and really liked the sound asked to produce our first LP. So, we found Howie (Burns – Drums) and Anthony (Village – Bass) – Mike and Howie had worked together before. In our first session with Jim we recorded “Gravity, Oh Boy and Bitten”. We’ve now just wrapped up another recording session with Jim and we are excited to be signed with Super Delicious Records and everything they are doing as we get ready to drop our first international album “Bitten” on Sept. 14th

How did you come up with your band name?

EA: Mike got this one, and we both hate trying to think of a band name. It’s literally impossible for me to decide, so I’m good when someone else does that. I have a hard-enough time keeping the logo the same, for branding and all that jazz.

MH: We were thinking of changing our band name because we got away from the type of music we previously played under that name (Facepunch). We had a few ideas we kicked around for a while. I was driving and thinking about the movie Alice in Wonderland with Johnny Depp. I was thinking about the scene with the porcelain doll and Glass Alice popped into my head. I liked the way it sounded and so did the rest of the band members, so it stuck.

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

EA: Youngstown, Ohio, in North-eastern, Ohio. There’s a ton of metal bands up here, almost too many. Not a lot of Rock Bands, and seems a lot of alternative bands, so a good variety, but definitely a ton of metal bands, but seems like that everywhere.

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

MH: Our album “Bitten” drops September 14th and our first single of the same name will be released the same date.

EA: It’s our first time working with a label, so it’s been interesting to see that side of the business.

Who have been your greatest influences?

MH: Silverchair, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, you can probably hear that in our songwriting!

EA: Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Metallica, Soundgarden. There was some really great music that came out of the 90’s and I feel that’s definitely been an influence.

What first got you into music?

EA: I heard Metallica’s “…And Justice For All” album and it changed me, I was obsessed with fast riffs and fast solos, I would play every day before and after school. I was really taken with that loud emotional sound, and I was always going to the smoke shop to get guitar tab magazines. I loved that, trying to learn the songs before my friends did!

MH: I was about 16 and my buddy Brian gave me a bass. I started messing around with it and taught myself how to play. My other buddy Tommy would help me practice by playing drums on the couch cushions. Eventually I traded my bass in for a guitar, Tommy bought a drum set, and we started our first band.

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

MH: I’ve always liked Dave Grohl. He seems like a real down to earth kind of guy, a great musician, and someone I could learn from.

EA: Jerry Cantrell – the dude’s a great songwriter! I’m actually really excited to work on some of the new songs that Mike, and I are working on; some of them are really heavy. I’m excited to get back to work on them.

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

EA: I was a big fan of the Warped Tour when that was around. Reading and/or Leeds would be amazing.

MH: Lollapalooza – I went to the 92’ show and it had a kick ass line-up – Ministry, Jesus and Mary Chain, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, etc. It was one of the best shows I’ve ever been to in my life.

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

EA: Homemade stuffed olives, LOL! I don’t like olives, but I heard they were really good!

MH: What!? You got a gift? I’m still waiting for that one to happen!

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

MH: We really appreciate their support and when they listen to our music, we hope they walk away with an emotion, a connection, and a feeling to the songs that they can relate to their own lives.

EA: I would just say thank you for listening and I hope it brings you some form of comfort and happiness.

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

EA: I would want to see what else Kurt Cobain or Layne Staley would have done. I guarantee either of these guys would have made a ton more songs, and man, I would love to hear that!

MH: That’s a tough one, because there are way too many, but for me personally it would probably be Kurt Cobain. He had a big influence on me musically.

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

EA: I love the creating process and hearing it take form and come to life. I also really like the recording process and going back to fundamentals and the long hours of recording and mixing. I love that stuff, it’s the best feeling in the world! I don’t hate anything about being a musician, but I would say it’s HARD! It’s so easy to give up, or say “nah, I can’t do it, or I’m too old, or too… whatever”, but music has no boundaries, a good song speaks for itself. But trying to beat the fear in your head is not easy.

MH: I most enjoy creating something from nothing which is always a satisfying feeling. I hate the pressure and stress I put upon myself.

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

MH: I wish the music industry would take more chances on new bands. It seemed like in the 90’s there were tons of bands being signed, even if they only had one hit, at least they got a chance.

EA: I would get rid of streaming media. Artists work hard we all know that, and it’s insane how effortless it is to get music now. It’s so easy, and so inexpensive, that it gets taken for granted.  Worse yet, it enables people to skip from one song to the next without giving the song a chance to develop. I’d like to see album sales return, not just a single song. A lot of artists I know are barely hanging on and some have already quit. If all the real artists disappear everyone’s going to wonder why all the new music sucks.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums.

EA: Metallica’s “Ride The Lightening”, fast and heavy!

MH: There’s just so many! Mötley Crüe – “Shout At The Devil”, Skid Row’s – “Skid Row£, and Def Leppard – “Hysteria”.

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

MH: Vinyl – there’s a sound that you can get from vinyl that you can’t get from any other platform.

EA: I like Vinyl, I see it’s making somewhat of a comeback but seems really expensive to do right now, it was for us anyway.

What’s the best gig you played to date?

EA: The OutPost in Kent, Ohio. It was a great show!

MH: Stella’s in Downtown Cleveland – it was a good atmosphere, great crowd, and lots of friends and family were able to come.

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

MH: Probably tattooing – When I took a hiatus from music, I took a tattoo apprenticeship and did that for a couple years, but it didn’t give me the fulfilment that music does.

EA: I have a degree in Computer Animation and Multimedia. So, I’m still doing a lot of that for Glass Alice. The artist has to do so much more than just make music. You also have to be a graphic artist, web, social media, YouTube, video. I’ve been lucky to have a background in all of this, and it’s still not enough time in the day to get everything done.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

EA: Jerry Cantrell, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammet, Lars, Axl, Slash

MH: Jesus, Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain (if they were alive), Post Malone, and Dave Grohl

What’s next for the band?

EA: We just signed with Super Delicious Records, and “Bitten” drops September 14th. And then touring, once that’s a thing again.

MH: Promoting our new album, touring, writing and getting back in the studio to record.

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

www.glassalicemusic.com/
www.facebook.com/glassaliceband/
www.twitter.com/glassalicemusic
www.instagram.com/glassalicemusic/
www.youtube.com/channel/UC-AmSGIpbdGR7v57xWCSIQg

Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or biscuit?

MH: I had to look it up, but I would say it is a cake.

EA: Cake!

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EMQ’s with THE STONE EYE

EMQ’s with THE STONE EYE

Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Philadelphia, PA based Alternative Rock band The Stone Eye. Huge thanks to vocalist/guitarist Stephen Burdick 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 Stephen Burdick and I play guitar and sing lead vocals. The Stone Eye was formed back in 2014, after Jeremiah and I met and jammed in a previous band of mine. The Stone Eye came about as we set out on expanding our sound and taking it in new directions which we hadn’t explored before. Five studio LP’s, a handful of EPs, and a handful of Live Session later, and we are back in the saddle preparing for our next few releases.

How did you come up with your band name?

Honestly, it was mostly a play on words. It sounded cool to me at the time (well, still does) and it wasn’t (as far as I can tell) being used by anyone, so I was just like ‘bingo!’ I just wanted something that stood out as being unique – something that was easy to remember and something people could scribble down in a notebook when they’re bored.

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

Philadelphia, PA. East coast USA. The Metal/Rock scene is tremendous over here – Philadelphia especially. There is no shortage of great, occasionally heavy (but not always) Philly bands coming out, and whenever you get bored just drive a couple hours up 95 and you’re in NYC- another Rock n’ Roll hotspot.

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

Our latest LP is “Ventura”, which came out back in February 2020. Our latest proper release was back in May when we released ‘The Quarantine Sessions: Volume 1’, a 27 song live in-studio project we did following the live music industries shutdown from Corona. Volume 2 also just came out July 17th!

Who have been your greatest influences?

Without a doubt both Alice in Chains and Jimi Hendrix were the reason I picked up the guitar and started taking it seriously. There are a lot of others, but those are the primary two.

What first got you into music?

That’s a tough one. One distinct memory I have was when I was a kid. I remember watching Hendrix’s performance of ‘Hey Joe’ at the Monterey Pop Festival, and it blew my mind and I had to pick up guitar after that. So yeah, Probably that.

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

A hard tie between both Jerry Cantrell and Josh Homme. Very hard tie.

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

Glastonbury. So many great acts whom I admire have gone through there.

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

Ha, gifts? We don’t receive gifts! A year ago, we were playing in Pittsburgh and a man walked in with a bunch of custom wood-carved magnets with our name on them and gave them to us. That was really cool.

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

Thank you for the support, and for keeping the dream alive. We’ll be out on the road once all this Corona nonsense is over, guaranteed!

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

Probably Kurt Cobain. To be on top of your game like he was when he passed, both musically and fame wise, leaves a lot of wonder in terms of where he would have gone next musically. His last few demo tapes were fantastic.

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

I love playing shows, the wonderful people you meet, and the joy of writing, when something finally clicks and you’re like “Wow, did I really write that?”. Things I hate- the long hours with little pay, the non-creative side of music in terms of planning and scheduling, and the momentary lapses of writer’s block which you think will last a lifetime.

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

Probably the “big business” nature of the business. It’s not as much about what you put out, as much as it is who you know.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

Alice in Chains – “Dirt”

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

Honestly, probably downloads. You just can’t beat how accessible things are with the internet.

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

We’ve played a lot of fun gigs – but one that sticks out to me is the New England Doomed & Stoned Fest. We played it back in 2019.

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

I have no idea. Probably fucking around with computers.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

Rock, Napkin, Chip, Air, and Michael Buble. In that order.

What’s next for the band?

Given the lack of anything live, we currently are primarily focusing on completing the follow-up to “Ventura”, which is deep in the mixing stages at this moment.

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

Bookmark em:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheStoneEye
Twitter: www.twitter.com/thestoneeye
Instagram: www.instagram.com/thestoneeyeband/
Bandcamp: www.thestonedeye.bandcamp.com/

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

I don’t even know what a Jaffa Cake is!

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

Thank you for taking time out of your day for the interview. Cheers!

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