Interview: Richie Bee of Deitre

  1. Competition is rough in the music industry, what is your band doing to grow and continue to reach for success?

I think that we are lucky in that what we are doing feels different from anything I have ever heard/seen. So I think we stand out in that way, however, we are constantly writing and creating and putting out new stuff.

  1. If someone goes to one of your concerts, what do you think they should know going in?

We can’t give away all of our little secrets. I guess you’ll have to just come and see for yourself.

  1. What is your dream tour or festival?

I would love to see the world. Europe would be sick.

  1. If you could collaborate with any musician, who would you choose?

I don’t think I could choose.

  1. Out of every concert you have been to, who are the best live bands?

Shadow Monster, Cindy Cane, Darkwing

  1. Who are some of your biggest influences?

Whitney Houston & The Dead Weather.

  1. When did you first start playing music and how did that come together to lead you to where you are today?

I realized that music was going to be my whole life when I was around 14 years old. I had just gotten off of a stage where I was asked to sing a cover song with a live band. Afterwards, I broke down crying. My father asked me what was wrong. I said, “This is what I want to do with my life.” I remember that feeling so vividly. It was the most powerful feeling in the world.

  1. What are your plans for the rest of the year for the band?

To keep creating and sharing with the world.

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Thank you to Richie and Rogue PR for the interview.

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Interview: Dawson Kolstad from Good Friday

#1: Competition is rough in the music industry, what is your band doing to grow and continue to reach for success?

We are constantly touring and promoting our music as well as just the band as a whole. That’s what we do for a living now, so we’ve got plenty of opportunities to promote our music to many different groups of people.

#2: If someone goes to one of your concerts, what do you think they should know going in?

We’re very passionate about the messages we are spreading through our music, so to us, lyrics are extremely important, so if people pay attention to the lyrics of our songs, they will get much more out of the experience.

#3: What is your dream tour or festival?

Probably just one of those huge alternative music festivals because then we’d get to perform alongside super different bands, providing lots of variety.

#4: If you could collaborate with any musician, who would you choose?

Twenty One Pilots would probably be quite an interesting collaboration because our music is lyrically similar without even meaning to be, but musically different, so it’d make for an interesting studio session.

#5: Out of every concert you have been to, who are the best live bands?

U2 is great, so are the Foo Fighters, Coldplay, big bands like that have great shows.

#6: Who are some of your biggest influences?

The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, U2, The Police, Coldplay, Nirvana, Foo Fighters, Panic! at the Disco, Twenty One Pilots, Michael Jackson, Mumford and Sons, etc.

#7: When did you first start playing music and how did that come together to lead you to where you are today?

We started playing music in 2008, but formed as Good Friday in 2015 and have gradually gotten to the point where we now do music full time!

#8: What are your plans for the rest of the year for the band?

To continue touring and promoting our most recent, self-titled album Good Friday!

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Interview: Jack Taylor of Bangover

1. Competition is rough in the music industry, what is your band doing to grow and continue to reach for success?

Bangover has always been about a group of friends doing something that they love. The band is our hobby and whilst we take it seriously we all have careers and lives separate to our music. I have always said that the minute you start competing against your fellow musicians is the moment that music loses its magic. Sure, we’ve done battle of the bands before, but in terms of striving for success and beating out the competition, we are pretty chilled. We play our shows, make the music we love, and we have a good time doing it. If something comes from it, then brilliant. If not, then brilliant anyway.

2. If someone goes to one of your concerts, what do you think they should know going in?

Our idea of a dark half-empty room of people gently bobbing their heads in the corner waiting to get the last train home is our idea of hell. High energy and crowd interaction may sound a little cliché in this day and age, but we want people to smile and to laugh during our set, even if it is metal and people like to hail Satan, etc. Having said that, musically we aren’t a joke band and technically there is also something to admire, we hope!

3. What is your dream tour or festival?

Our dream was to play Bloodstock festival, and we achieved this with the Metal to the Masses competition in 2017. We would love to go back as it’s our spiritual home. Any of the other major festivals (Download, Wacken, Metaldays) would be amazing, and we are desperate to tour somewhere in the world. Being big in Japan would be very cool.

4. If you could collaborate with any musician, who would you choose?

It’s a tough one, I’m sure we all have different answers, but collectively as a band, it would be Slayer. Another cliché (thrash band loves Slayer, how original), but they’re the ones who started it all for us.

5. Out of every concert you have been to, who are the best live bands?

If you’re looking for a mosh, then Hatebreed are my personal favorite. I’m not even really into hardcore or whatever genre they are but live they are unbelievable. Anthrax always put on a great live show also. Departing from metal, I saw Aerosmith at Download a year or two ago – that was unforgettable.

6. Who are some of your biggest influences?

Slayer, Exodus, Anthrax, Testament, Iron Maiden, Priest, Evile, Gama Bomb, All the German thrash bands, Suicidal Angels…anything thrash/death/power really.

7. When did you first start playing music, and how did that come together to lead you to where you are today?

I started playing guitar when I was 14. As an awkward, chubby nerd at school, I had to find my own entertainment at times, and the guitar provided this. As my ability increased, I moved on from blues and classic rock to metal, and it was at that point, I started searching for a band. In 2011 we all met on the now deceased http://www.ukthrash.co.uk. We spoke for some time and quickly realized we had a shared vision musically. At the time it was a little awkward as I didn’t ask the other guys ages. I was 21, and they were 14 and 15, which was a surprise when we met in person. It all turned out fine though and although we’ve gone through a number of lineup changes since then we are still going strong.

8. What are your plans for the rest of the year for the band?

Promote the album, get new gigs and write new material! If anyone reading this has anything to offer then, please do get in touch at jack_taylor1@hotmail.com. You can also find all of our music and links at www.bangoverthrash.com. It’s really easy to share with others.

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Interview: Tony Pettry from Shattered

1. How did the band come together?

Hello, I’m Tony Pettry the founder and guitar player for Shattered. I was in a great groove metal band and decided that I wanted to play something heavier which comes natural to me. So, I started Shattered and its been quite a ride.

2. What are some of your most memorable moments with the band?

I would say when Shattered went on tour with Fractured Fairytales and got to enjoy so
many great cities and spending time with my brothers.

3. When going to one of your concerts, what should people expect?

When coming to a Shattered concert you better be ready for not only us giving it all we
got on stage but a laser show and many stage props to get the crowd involved.

4. Out of every band you have seen live, who are some of your favorites?

Wow, what a great question! King Diamond, Iron Maiden, Gwar, and Kiss for sure!

5. What are some of your biggest influences that have shaped your music?

My biggest influences are King Diamond, Kiss, Iron Maiden, and I love jamming some
Danzig.

6. Have you met any of your favorite musicians and what were those experiences like? If
you have not met anyone, then who do you want to meet the most?

My biggest influence is Andy La Rocque from King Diamond and John Christ formerly
of Danzig which I’ve never met.

7. What are some long-term goals you have for the band?

We would love to tour and possibly make a living doing what we love.

8. What is the biggest accomplishment you have had so far?

We got an encore opening for Nile and Overkill. It was amazing.

9. What plans do you have for the rest of the year?

Shattered is finishing up our album and planning a tour. Can’t wait!s really easy to share with others.

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Interview: Tarah Who? (Part 3)

1. Has music always been a big part of your life or did it come later? When was that moment for you?
Joey Southern: I was young. Seeing live music with my parents became normal and I grew a desire to play from seeing bands. Music has always been a big part of my life.
Coralie Herve: My mom took some guitar classes at the music school of my town and I followed shortly after the drums, I was 10 and I never stop hahaha. I have to say that it was only when I was in high school that I wanted to do it professionally.
Tarah G. Carpenter: In a way yes. My mom would play music all the time while cleaning the house, from Pink Floyd, to the Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi… then I started listening to my own music and we shared artists. When I was 14 I remember asking to play the drums but my dad did not want me to because it was not “lady-like”. As a good kid… I obviously went to take drum lessons without telling anyone. The only issue was that I did not have much cash so I took two lessons that I was able to pay for, 2 that I was able to take until they realized that I didn’t have the money! So I taught myself the drums, and the bass by playing in bands, and I taught myself the guitar when I started writing songs.
2. What are some of your favorite albums of all time?
JS: OK Computer – Radiohead
        Grassroots – 311
        Ænima – Tool
CH: Once and Endless Forms Most Beautiful by Nightwish and Amaranthe by Amaranthe.
TGC: I don’t really have anything favorites but I still enjoy listening to JLP – Alanis, Coral Fang The Distillers, Tool, RATM, etc…
3. What are the hardest and easiest parts of making music for you?
JS: The easiest part of making music is just that… playing it. The hard part is finding like-minded musicians who you can make music with. Luckily in Tarah Who? we have great chemistry!
CH: Like Joey said, the easiest part is to just play the songs, the hard part is to give the right feeling for each songs and luckily with Tarah and Joey, we find it quickly and it works!
TGC: I think the hardest part is to let go and be totally open to your emotions, and letting them take over. The hardest part is to find the right sounds that you have in your mind. Transcribing what you hear and then telling it to other people so that they can play it they way that you hear it without offending anyone if they don’t do it right.
4. When making music, what does the creative process look like for you and the band?
JS: Tarah sends the finished songs to Coralie and I, we learn the bones of the track and meet for rehearsal to explore our options for a live performance.
CH: We have the structure and the global idea for the song with the demo that Tarah made, we can add our own style to the music and it’s really great.
TGC: Yeah, pretty much… So because I have had issues in the past, It is easier for us now that I just make the demos of the songs. We actually save a lot of time by doing so. Then I send them the demos, they learn the structure and the intentions. When we meet for rehearsal, We first try to play the songs as they are, Joey or Coralie can suggest ideas, sometimes they work sometimes they don’t. They don’t if they change the intentions and emotions of the song. Also because they have their touch and technique, sometimes I have an idea I was not able to play so I sing it to them and we make it happen. The recordings are very different from the live performances, where I give a lot more freedom to Coralie and Joey to play solos, and really express themselves for the show.
5. What is the biggest dream you have for the band?
JS: Home recording studio!
CH: Be able to play everywhere in the world!
TGC: Yeah both! Just be able to play worldwide and live off of it. Have our own recording studio and rehearsal space, write, record, play non stop!
6. When did you first play music in front of an audience? What was that experience like?
JS: I was roughly 16 playing my first gigs in most likely my high school gym haha. The pressure was intense because I knew everyone in the audience and I was a rookie!!!
CH: I was 10 and it was a concert of my music school. I don’t really remember it but I’m sure that I was stressed, I still am but a lot less, hopefully. (laughs)
TGC: I was playing drums in a rock band and we played shows in bars. I was 14 (laughs). Then I was an exchange student in KY when I was 15 and I was in the PIT for the marching band. I don’t really remember how I felt… I am not really the stressed type of person, or I internalize it so much I don’t even know it myself! (laughs). I don’t know…! In a band you are not really alone.. I guess that is why…  when I started writing songs and singing… that was a different story.. It was just me and my guitar. Everyone could hear everything and every word. I would get very shy and nervous.. until one day, It just clicked and I just got used to it.
 
7. Out of every show, you have played, what are some experiences that stick out the most to you?
JS: I would say overall my best experiences are meeting new fans on the road. Living in the bubble of LA it can be very discouraging. But fans on the road are very responsive and excited to rock out!
TGC: I like going on tour, and to of the tours we have done with our friends were very memorable. One of the best experiences was playing in a strip club, that I had no idea I had booked. One of my best nights, and that one time in London when we played in front of hardcore punk people and I told my bandmates at the time to just play all the songs really fast. Totally worked! The one girl broke her arm and did not want to leave! She got escorted because she was really hurt.
8. What is the dream tour or festival that you would love to be a part of?
JS: Tool world tour 2020!!!
CH: The Hellfest in France,  it will be amazing !!!
TGC: Hmmm… I would love to tour with the Kills or the Distillers. Festivals… Any big festival would be fun to be a part of.
9. For the rest of the year, what plans does the band have?
JS: Practicing and conditioning for the upcoming tours!
CH: Practicing,  playing, recording … A lot of fun! (laughs)
TGC: I am working on some new songs for a new ep next year, and I am also preparing the release of the docu-series that I am working on with Aidan Grimm. Our music video for ‘Hurt’ will be released soon. Our Friend Maria Quintana was the DP and Javier Arcelus and Benny the Jet co-directed it.
Tarah Who? will be releasing a documentary series soon and you can check out the trailer below:

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Interview: Avalanche

1. How did the band come together?

Steven Campbell: We formed in early 2018, we used to jam in Ryan; our drummer’s dad’s steel factory late at night after work, writing and working on original material. He and Veronica, our lead guitarist, had known each other for sometime before I came into the mix. Went through a few bass players and shitty rhythm guitarists before I took over on bass as well as lead vocals and eventually we found Arthur to take over rhythm guitar from V.

We rehearsed for a few months and from October last year started playing the local pubs and music venues around Sydney and a few out of town shows as well. Between gigs we spent a lot of time in this very well set up home recording studio, recording a total of 4 songs for our debut EP, SENT FROM HELL, which just came out on May 1st. We got a shit ton of shows lined up to promote the EP all over Sydney and are really going all out with promotion on this one.

2. What are some of your most memorable moments with the band?

Steven: We’ve had a few but there was a clear one for me, during our first ever performance in front of a live audience, we played an open mic at the Hard Rock Cafe in Sydney. There was a point where I did a high pitched elongated scream and legit afterwards I lost consciousness for about 2-3 seconds almost fell straight over and then had to come back to reality and keep playing, it was a wild experience.

3. When going to one of your concerts, what should people expect?

Steven: We’ve been told we’re very loud haha. But you can expect to just have a good time and maybe go a little deaf. We always look out into the crowd and see both younger people and older people dancing around and getting into to our music, the audience often goes as hard as we do. A lot of people tend to think that rock is dead, or that only older people are into it or that it only appeals to a small group of people, but if you actually go out to gigs, its amazing the mix of people and ages you see there. If you come to an Avalanche gig, just expect to have a good time with some good people.

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4. Out of every band you have seen live, who are some of your favorites?

Veronica: AC/DC will definitely be #1, no one can quite compare to Angus Young and everything that AC/DC have accomplished. We also saw Airbourne at Download festival this year and they’re up there with AC/DC, they’re live show is crazy and Joel is really one of a kind. We were at the front and he drenched in beer, it was awesome. The Screaming Jets are another great Aussie band with a magnetic frontman in Dave Gleeson, who always put on an awesome show. A local band from Wollongong called the Pinheads are pretty hectic live as well, I think the singer broke his nose at the gig I saw.

5. What are some of your biggest influences that have shaped your music?

Steven: As a band, it’s definitely 70s/80s Aussie rock bands like AC/DC, Rose Tattoo, the Angels, Stevie Wright, the Easybeats, and my dad’s band Avalanche. We’re also inspired by all the big rock and metal bands like Guns n Roses, Led Zep, Metallica, Sabbath, Motörhead, as well as the Rolling Stones, The Who, Chuck Berry, and we also have a lot of blues influences as well.

6. Have you met any of your favorite musicians and what were those experiences like? If you have not met anyone, then who do you want to meet the most?

Veronica: Me and Ryan actually met the Angels and Dave Gleeson from the Screaming Jets, who’s now fronting them. It was awesome shaking the hands of the Brewster brothers, legends of Aussie rock, and Dave was such an awesome dude he talked to us for like half an hour. I would love more than anything to meet Angus Young, we’ve actually met Ross Young, Malcolm Young’s son a few times before at some of our gigs, he’s pretty involved in the music scene in Sydney and always comes out to gigs, he gave me a Malcolm Young guitar pick which I will always keep.

Steven: I gave weed to The Animals once.

7. What are some long-term goals you have for the band?

Steven: I think the biggest long term goal we’ve had from day one, is playing a festival. We’ve always said that’s our goal and once we get there we can start applying ourselves to another but until then we’re trying to play a festival!

8. What is the biggest accomplishment you have had so far?

Steven: Well it’s not really one particular thing, but I think it’s a pretty big accomplishment that when we play a show, we’ll get asked to come back and do another, or the other bands we played with will ask us to do another show with them or a band we’ve never even heard off will ask us to play with them saying that someone else recommended us. It just really means a lot to us because we put a lot of work into rehearsals and writing and our live shows and it shows that people seem to really enjoy it and that we’re doing a good enough job to be asked back for more.

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9. What plans do you have for the rest of the year?

Steven: We’ll be gigging non-stop all over Sydney and maybe a bit out of town as well over the next few months to promote the EP, we’re already booked out until the end of July and are constantly booking more shows and working as hard as possible to make em our best shows yet. We’re working very hard with several promotion companies and advertisers as well to just push this EP as far as it can go. Veronica just bought a beautiful new Gibson SG as well, she has 2 now, as well as a Marshall JCM2000 stack that she got last year that she can wait to play the shit out off live. Arthur had to buy a stack as well just to compete with her! So if you’re in Sydney anytime soon, be sure to come along! Apart from that, we’re already working on a new release for towards the end of the year, stay tuned!

Keep up with Avalanche by following their Facebook, Twitter, and Bandcamp

Buy their album: Buy: Avalanche – Sent From Hell

Special thanks to Rogue PR for setting up the interview.

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Interview: SUE

#1: Competition is rough in the music industry, what is your band doing to grow and continue to reach for success?

We self-released our debut album on the 1st May, I’ve (Elliot here) been trying to promote that as much as I can. We’re hoping the album can get us some more fans, as well as some more opportunities. 

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#2: If someone goes to one of your concerts, what do you think they should know going in?

We’re loud, chaotic and if you stand too close the stage something might fall on you. 

#3: What is your dream tour or festival? 

I’d love to do a tour of the USA, it’s such a diverse land I imagine it would be quite a surreal experience.

#4: If you could collaborate with any musician, who would you choose?

If he was still alive, Johnny Cash. He’s the guy that got me into writing music, I named this band after one of his songs.

#5: Out of every concert you have been to, who are the best live bands?

Iceage are a great live band, I saw them at the Hare and Hounds in Birmingham last year. Fucking incredible show.

$6: Who are some of your biggest influences?

Metz, Fugazi, Nirvana, Black Flag, Leathermouth. Their music is all rough and raw; the best kind of stuff in my opinion.

#7: When did you first start playing music and how did that come together to lead you to where you are today?

I started play recorder when I was 5, moved onto violin when I was 7, then my Dad bought me a guitar when I was 9. I did a lot of acoustic stuff when I first started out, then when I was 16, I started a band called Salad Days. We were together for a couple years, but it fell apart when we were trying to get our first EP together. After Salad Days died, I was looking to do something new, so I started SUE. 

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#8: What are your plans for the rest of the year for the band? 

Some shows across the UK would be ideal, along with writing some more material and promoting the album.

Special thanks to SUE and Rogue PR for the interview.

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