Interview: Nadia Montes and Patrick Shadowland From Desoluna

#1: How did your band get started? 

Patrick: Desoluna started as a solo project by me, Patrick Shadowland, here in Malmö, Sweden and Nadia Montes joined on lead vocals in 2013. We played with several different line-ups, making us a band before we found the last and longest-lasting line-up with Olle Andreasson on drums and Michael Levin on bass. Unfortunately, Michael moved to Spain and since then we are on hold. We have recorded the demo The Desolate Years with songs from my old band in 2013, the full-length album Fortitude in 2015 and have just released the new EP Rejection of Rejoice in 2019, the first recording to feature all members.

#2: What inspired you to go into this genre?

Patrick: For me as a songwriter, I have listened a lot to early 90s gothic and doom, and 80s gothic music. It was interesting to incorporate it to my metal influences.

Nadia: Patrick made me do it. That’s my excuse (laughs).

#3: Who are your inspirations that have shaped the sound of the band and how so?

Patrick: Early 90s gothic and doom metal, 80s thrash metal and 80s/90s gothic rock, Shakespeare and PB Shelley.

Nadia: My personal inspirations are singers like Alanis Morrissette, Linda Perry, Janis Joplin, Bonnie Tyler. Skunk Anansie has had a lot of impact on me as well.

#4: What is the creative process your band takes when making an album?

Patrick: Me,  Patrick writes the songs, record demos with programmed drums in Cubase and then we rehearse them. Nadia has also written lyrics and song melodies for some newer songs that haven’t been released yet.

#5: Lyrically speaking, what inspires the themes that are written about in your music?

Patrick: The darkness embracing us that we call real life, that’s the main inspiration for lyrics.

#6: Competition in any music scene is high, so how does your band stand out compared to other bands?

Patrick: We are simply better…well, we have our own style and we are one of the few band that still are deeply influenced by the early 90s. For example, we use a lot of chorus and delay on the lead guitars.

#7: What is your dream tour? Name however many bands you want to create the perfect tour.

Patrick: Paradise Lost, My Dying Bride, Desoluna.

Nadia: Dir en grey, Deftones, My Dying Bride, Desoluna. I´ve only mentioned bands that I haven´t seen live yet so I guess I would like to at some point.

#8: If you went into a completely different style of music, what would it be?

Patrick: Not completely different since we already have elements of that but more aggressive thrash metal or death metal. Or progressive rock.

Nadia: Rock, acoustic music since I´ve already done it in the past and continue to do so. I recorded a couple of songs with another project called Siamese Butterfly that are more in those genres.

#9: If you can collaborate with anyone, who would it be and why?

Patrick: Elvis Presley’s ghost because he is not real.

Nadia: I hope he doesn´t read this because that would be impossible but Steven Wilson because his music is just fantastic, like his live shows. Maybe any band within J-rock/Visual Kei would be fun to deal with because I´ve been a bit into that lately. Would be a great excuse to learn Japanese.

#10: With all of the downtime you get as a musician, how do you kill time?

Patrick: Work with my real job, so that is really not hard (laughs)…and all other hobbies like photography, web design etc.

#11: Where would you like to travel to that you have never been to?

Patrick: Especially South Korea, Malaysia, Australia, and Brazil.

Nadia: Japan would be really nice. And Cuba.

#12: What is a goal that you would like to see happen in your career?

Patrick: To become rich as hell.

Nadia: To dominate the world.

Thank you to Nadia and Patrick for the interview. Be sure to check out Desoluna. Also, thank you to Rogue PR for setting up the interview,

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Interview: These Fast Times

#1: How did your band get started?

We started circa 2013. Ryan and Jeff were in a band together, after they disbanded jeff put out an ad for a bassist which Jason responded to. soon after that, Thomas answered the ad for a lead guitarist and we’ve been an item ever since!

#2: What inspired you to go into this genre?

Since high school, we all fell in love with pretty much the same bands. from Blink 182,  New Found Glory, Alkaline Trio, Against Me! and Gaslite Anthem. so it was super easy for us to fall into this genre.

#3: Who are your inspirations that have shaped the sound of the band and how so?

We all have a band that shaped our sound.

Ryan: Bouncing Souls

Jason: Amber Pacific

Jeff: Against me!

Thomas: Red Hot Chili Peppers

#4: What is the creative process your band takes when making an album?

We usually write a riff, verse or chorus and hammer it out from there. It comes out more natural and sounds more like “Us.” We also try to make sure that each song sounds different from what we’ve previously written.

#5: Lyrically speaking, what inspires the themes that are written about in your music?

Jeff says the angels hand it to him on a stone tablet. Our songs mostly talk about being in a toxic relationship, to falling in or out of love, and sometimes about the first world problems of being in a band.

#6: Competition in any music scene is high, so how does your band stand out compare to other bands?

We make sure we play our hearts out at each show and we do our best to get the crowd involved by singing or telling them jokes that we think are funny, and hope they remember us.

#7: What is your dream tour? Name however many bands you want to create the perfect tour.

There’s so many great band wed love to play with.

Jason would love to do a tour Blink 182, All Time Low, and/or Walk The Moon.

Ryan would be Bouncing Souls, Living with Lions, and MXPX

Jeff would love for it to be Against me!, Gaslite Anthem, and Bad Religion.

Thomas would love for it to be Foo Fighters, RHCP, and PUP

#8: If you went into a completely different style of music, what would it be?

Probably like a bluesy, rock Gaslite Anthem kinda style. maybe something like a “slower” pop-punk.

#9: If you can collaborate with anyone, who would it be and why?

We’d love to do a collab with pitbull just to have that one-hit-wonder song lol. but in all seriousness. maybe Tom Delong, he’s written some really catchy riffs, John Feldmann he did a great job on the songs from the new blink album or Tim McIlrath from Rise Against we love his writing style, it’s very wordy but it almost paints a picture.

#10: With all of the downtime you get as a musician, how do you kill time?

We sadly don’t get much downtime. we try to jam 1-2 times a week every week. if we’re not jamming we’re working, or trying to catching up with friends, family or trying to sleep.

#11: Where would you like to travel to that you have never been?

We pretty much are willing to go anywhere that will have us, We’re trying to finish a cross Canada tour, while trying plan out a European tour, and hopefully do a South American tour at some point.

Thank you to These Fast Times and Rogue PR for the interview.

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Interview: JP Vanilla of Vanilla Sugar

#1: Has music always been a big part of your life or did it come later? When was that moment for you?

Music has always been a huge part of my life. My dad is a drummer / piano / player / singer and introduced me to piano at the age of four. My mom said I used to bang on pots and pans when I was younger!

#2: What are some of your favorite albums of all time?

My favorite album is The End of all Things to Come by Mudvayne. I can listen to the album from first song to last song without skipping a track.

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#3: What are the hardest and easiest parts of making music for you?

The easiest part of making music is the instrumental part. You can add whatever you want and make it work almost 98 percent of the time. The hardest part is writing lyrics. You have to make sure the content works, the syllables all have to fit, and the melody has to be spot on.

#4: When making music, what does the creative process look like for you and the band?

First thing created is the instrumental. Super fun, just vibing out. Then comes lyric writing and melody planning which is the most time-consuming – it has to be perfect!

#5: What is the biggest dream you have for the band?

I would like to be able to tour the entire world and sell out House of Blues sized venues.

#6: When did you first play music in front of an audience? What was that experience like?

My first show ever was when I was 12 years old. I played in my junior high talent show. I was pretty nervous because a lot of people were watching and it was my first time. We won the talent show so I am guessing we did well (laughs) I was a nervous wreck. To this day I get incredibly nervous before every show. My first Vanilla Sugar show was also nerve-wracking because the music is so different – it’s just me on stage. It was also good. I was happy to get the first one under my belt.

#7: Out of every show you have played, what are some experiences that stick out the most to you?

One show that always stays fresh in my mind is Warped Tour in Anchorage, Alaska. I played for thousands of people and watched them jam out to my songs. It was amazing! The merch line was 2 hours long after the show.

#8: What is the dream tour or festival that you would love to be a part of?

I would absolutely love to play Download Fest and Voodoo Fest.

#9: For the rest of the year, what plans does the band have?

I am currently in the studio working on finishing my debut album, She. She will be released in Jan. 2020, along with two music videos to follow. I have a couple shows left this year – Sept 13 at Area 51 in Los Angeles, CA, and Sept 28 at For The Community Fest in Houston, TX. These shows are to be followed by a US tour in Jan. to promote the new album!

Keep up with Vanilla Sugar for her upcoming album on her Facebook.

Thank you for this interview and thank you to Rogue PR for helping set everything up.

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Interview: Andrew Wilmot of Vital Noise

#1: Has music always been a big part of your life or did it come later? When was that moment for you?  

Music has always been a huge part of my life. The moment came when I was only 2 years old. My mom would always play different rock records when we were driving around in the car, and even back then, I knew that I wanted music to be a huge part of my life.  

#2: What are some of your favorite albums of all time?  

Appetite For Destruction by Guns ‘N Roses, Iowa by Slipknot, Sempiternal by Bring Me The Horizon, and Beauty Behind The Madness by The Weekend 

#3: What are the hardest and easiest parts of making music for you?  

Coming up with melodies and hooks is probably the easiest part of making music for me. The hardest part would probably be actually recording the music as it can be a very long process, but I still absolutely love it nonetheless.  

#4: When making music, what does the creative process look like for you and the band?  

Usually one of us will come up with a riff or some sort of hook, and then as a band will come together and figure out the music. Once that’s done, I will write the lyrics.  

#5: What is the biggest dream you have for the band?  

The ultimate dream I have would be to be able to play huge arenas like Madison Square Garden.  

#6: When did you first play music in front of an audience? What was that experience like?  

I first played music in front of an audience when I was like 5 years old. My parents got me in piano lessons and my teacher had a little recital for all of her students. I don’t remember much, but I do remember being incredibly nervous.  

#7: Out of every show you have played, what are some experiences that stick out the most to you?  

There have been a couple. About 3 years ago, we got to play at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles, which is the biggest venue we have played to date. The audience was super into it that night and it was just an incredible show. The other one that really stands out was about 2 years ago. We got to open up for Buckcherry, a band we have looked up to for a very long time at a private event for the NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. That was an amazing show and one that I’ll remember for the rest of my life.  

#8: What is the dream tour or festival that you would love to be a part of?  

It would be incredible to play some of the huge European festivals, like Rock Am Ring or Download Festival.  

#9: For the rest of the year, what plans does the band have?  

We are currently working on some new music and have a series of shows coming up, which we are very excited about. 

Keep up with Vital Noise here.

Thanks to Rogue PR and Andrew Wilmot for the interview.

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Interview: Sebastian of Stereo Off

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

Indeed, it’s easier for bands to get seen, thanks to ease of access to music, but it also means it’s a more crowded marketplace. Most of our growth outside our hometown has of course been online and images, videos, and shows are more important than just shoving some logo at people. It’s a lot of work but also just making art and music is an excuse to reach out and connect with fans or even those that just like the same art we appreciate.  

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

Be ready to dance, be ready to have a great time. Some bands are more chill when playing live, we are the opposite.  Not really ones to play songs as you hear them on the EP’s for instance, we’ll have guest musicians or alternate live versions on some songs.   

What is your dream tour or festival?  

One that would take our music to audiences new and eager to hear it.  Remote parts of the world.  Sure one of the big-name festivals would be nice too, but the dream would be to take it to a different level than that.  Soundtrack for space exploration perhaps. 

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

We think the best album we could make right now would be produced by a duo of Lifelike, one of our favorite DJs/remixers, and… Ric Ocasek, from The Cars. Instant classic and we love their sounds.  

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

Survey of the band says top 5 are Camper Van Bethoven, Mogwai, Muse, Leo Coltrane and Roosevelt. 

Who are some of your biggest influences? 

People out at night. Hot summers. All the 80s and 90s bands you can tell we love, our previous bass player was trained by Chris from Blondie. We mean like, going to Don Hills downtown and just dancing, and then all the cinema and film worlds we watch and inhabit.  

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

We’ve all been in a few bands prior, separately but have been friends for a long time. Niall was on the UK rock scene while Sebastian made hiphop for years, and Bridget was playing classical on the Lincoln Center circuit. When we got together, Sebastian started some electro-rock tunes and was looking for a guitar player. Niall was into it and collaborated to add riffs and songs, so Bridget jumped in on keys and added violin. Early on, we were a 5 piece band with other players but we paired it down to us three, who really have the passion for this band. 

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

New LP out by 2020 

Keep up with the band to catch their upcoming full-length album on their website.

Thank you to Sebastian for his time and Rogue PR for setting up the interview.

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Interview: Dark Serenity

  1. Has music has always been a big part of your life or did it come later? When was that moment for you? 

Music has always been an important part of our lives. Our upbringings all had very important musical experiences that influenced us to pick up our instruments of choice.  

Kate’s parents met in music school and played a lot of the artists that inspired her to pick up a guitar and start singing, including Fleetwood Mac, the Foo Fighters, Rush, Stevie  Ray Vaughn, and Jimi Hendrix. She started playing at six years old.  

Zach was introduced to music at a young age with classical music. Later on, Zach discovered rock and metal in middle school. He was interested in bass from his biggest early influence Geezer Butler. By the time he was in high school he was listening to and playing more progressive music such as Rush, Dream Theater and Yes. Now at 21, he enjoys many genres from classical to metal and almost everything in between. Zach is also a bass collector and currently performs with 4 primary basses, two fender P basses, Geddy Lee signature jazz bass and a Rickenbacker 4003. 

 Mike: Music has always been a huge part of my life, I don’t believe there’s been a single moment, but more of a collection of moments that cultivated into the love that I have now. 

  1. What are some of your favorite albums of all time?

Led Zeppelin OneMachine Head by Deep Purple, Moving Pictures and 2112 by Rush, Rainbow Rising by Rainbow, and Master of Reality by Black Sabbath are some of our very favorites. 

  1. What are the hardest and easiest parts of making music for you?

The hardest part of making music is creating new material that isn’t too reflective of your old material. Making sure every song sounds unique, yet authentic to your sound is where a lot of difficulty lies. The easiest for us is improvisation. We all have natural rhythms and creative styles that work well as a team in that application.  

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  1. When making music, what does the creative process look like for you and the band?

Typically when writing, we either bring parts that we have written ready to the table, or we generate them by doing a group improv session. We generally agree or disagree unanimously on whether we or not we should use said part.

  1. What is the biggest dream you have for the band?

We want to redefine the standard of modern rock music from the ground up. We feel that the current infrastructure of the industry stifles a lot of creativity in an effort to generate more revenue with a ‘cookie-cutter’ radio sound. That’s not what music is about to us though. It’s about self-expression, and the freedom to carve one’s own path.  

  1. When did you first play music in front of an audience? What was that experience like? 

We first played music in front of an audience back in high school. The experience was pretty laid back compared to current day, given that when you’re just starting as young as we did, a lot of the time there’s not as much of a strict time frame with the bill that you’re on and not as much of a concise promotional guideline for the event.  

  1. Out of every show, you have played, what are some experiences that stick out the most to you? 

All of the experiences that stand out are our experiences with our fans. Whenever a fan tells us that our music has impacted their lives in any way, it’s a profound experience.  

  1. What is the dream tour or festival that you would love to be a part of?

We would love to set up a festival with Rival Sons, Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown, and Goodbye June. It would be a fantastic show.  

  1. For the rest of the year, what plans does the band have?

We will be finishing up our summer tour, then returning home for a bit to finish writing and recording our second album. We’re very excited to unveil this project, we think it’ll push the boundaries of what we are as a band. 

Keep up to date with Dark Serenity on their website.

Special thanks to the band and Rogue PR for the interview.

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Interview: Robert Wagner of High Moonlight

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

Yes, really the competition in the musical environment is very difficult. To promote our music we are investing a lot in better recordings and dissemination on streaming platforms. It is also important to find good partners to be able to further expand the horizons of our career and a good press office is very important for this purpose.

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

That we are there to play the highest and best possible independently of having two people or a thousand people because our energy will be the same.

3. What is your dream tour or festival?

It would tour the world’s biggest heavy music festivals alongside bands like Judas, Manowar, Megadeth, Accept and AC / DC. I would love to play alongside Dio as well, but unfortunately, that will not be possible anymore.

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

With Tony Iommi and Eric Adams. I’d love to record something with these two sacred metal monsters.

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

No doubt there are bands like AC / DC, Manowar and Judas priest. These guys know how to make a real rock show even though the age of the musicians of each of these bands is a bit advanced.

6. Who are some of your biggest influences?

My main musical influences are bands like Black Sabbath, AC / DC, Megadeth, Rainbow and Dio.

I really like guitarists with Ritchie Blackmore, Jason Becker, Ross the Boss and Tony Iommi.

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

Music has always been present in my life from an early age. My mother listened to a lot of rock ’60s and’ 70s and it was from there that I came into contact with this heavier music style. I started to study music early, around my 14 years of age, I started playing guitar so I soon went on to the electric guitar and I did not stop. I do not know exactly what I would do if I had not followed the music. Maybe I tried the luck in the sports area but I’m not sure if it would go very far. I honestly do not see myself away from the music completely, even though I was an attendant of some store I would certainly have some involvement with the music scene as well.

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

We will be part of another official compilation this year that will be released on the Roadie Metal label on various streaming platforms. Soon after we will have an EP released in the same format and by the same musical label later this year as well. In the other is only what I can advance for now, other news I still can not speak because there are still some details to be able to state about, but I can say that with each passing day our music has reached as many people as possible and it only motivates us more and more.

Keep up with Robert’s group through their SoundCloud, YouTube, and Facebook.

Thank you to Rogue PR for helping set up the interview.

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