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Music Interviews : Heedless Elegance

  1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?
    My name is Samuel Konter, I’m the vocalist of Heedless Elegance.
  2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?
    The idea of creating a band came to our minds around 2015 I think, we were in a rock/metal
    festival in Hungary. Zsolt and I were totally sober and we said to ourselves “lets try it one more
    time, but this time do it for real“. We had projects where we were playing together with Zsolt, but
    something was missing from them, so we decided to follow a path where we’ll be very conscious
    about what we are going to do. Of course we were continuously bumped into problems and
    mistakes, but in a different level. Since the official start of the band which was in 2018, we had
    quite a few band members on each instruments, cause there was always something that came up
    to the surface. Those things were in a scale from ‘problems with the attitude’ to ‘the person literally
    went insane’! But eventually in 2020 the final line up of the band was found and now I can proudly
    say that I’m in a band with amazing musicians and friends: Zsolt Forgó, Mátyás Erős, Dani Varga
    and Albert Csobán. Since than we got into the top 25 “Best Emerging Bands of Hungary” as the
    only metal music group by winning a showcase talent show in Herend and a major governmental
    showcase competition.
  3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?
  • It is a good question, as much as I know our music deeply now I would say it is that kind of music
    which hits you hard with it’s heaviness but in the same time could make you very emotional with
    it’s melodies. We are paying attention on making this two motives balanced in our music.
  1. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?
  • We were lucky to have time to get together for 3 months to complete our newest album called
    “LIBRA”, the best thing about was the living together!
  1. What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?
  • I would choose the entire “LIBRA” album, I’m really proud of this release and all the songs are
    like my children.
  1. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?
  • I started my “career” with Green Day when I was a child, their CD was the first I’ve ever gotten,
    after that step by step I started to fall into the heavier stuffs, first Metallica, than my all time
    favourite band System Of a Down and after all the metalcore deathcore stuffs. I think I can feel the
    impact of these bands in my vision of music, but these days my influences are coming from other
    genres and arts. For example mostly these days I’m only listening to the songs of Twenty One Pilots
    or Ennio Morricone and some electronic musics like Drum and Bass or Goa.
  1. Where can someone looking for your music, find it?
  • You can find us on all of the major social media platforms.
  1. What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?
  • My dream is to travel all around the world, the best thing is that I’m able to see more and more
    places on our globe.
  1. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?
  • To be honest, I hope that if someone is listening to our music, especially the new album “LIBRA”
    they will feel something different when they are hearing it, something that makes them say this
    is not just another metalcore-deathcore something, and they want to listen it again and again,
    and find new moments in it every time they are hearing it, and maybe in the future the name will
    grow on the style and someone will say instead of “This is so metalcore”, but “This is so Heedless”.
    I think the message is depending on the listener, he/she need to figure out what is going on and how
    to transform it into their lives.
  1. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for the band?

-With our new album “LIBRA” we hope that we will find new opportunities to show ourselves to the
world, I really believe it will happen. Our plans are to play as many concerts in as many places to
as many people as possible in the next years, and we will continuously work on to make our shows
bigger, smellier, more colourful and more professional. We hope that the belief what we have in our
music, and the attitude we trying to follow will takes us to where we want to be.

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/7yNr78pUKCO7heCTAoSlF8?si=koEjmcmbT-
6WCNmLhLqFIQ

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJc7CBQEV75-AIWdQl4UuJw
Bandcamp: https://heedlesseleganceofficial.bandcamp.com/releases
If you would like to order merchandise or the albums, you can do it here in the
webshop of metal.hu
https://metal.hu/zenekarok/heedless-elegance/

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Music Interviews : Rozu

  1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?
    Hey guys, this is Tim
    Graham (vocals), DJ Sundine (guitar), Henry Navarre (bass), and Brian Robertson (drums).
  2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band? We all kind of met through different stages
    of life in the Denver music scene where we reside. Tim and DJ were in a previous band together and
    through the process of that band dissolving they started coming up with ideas for this band. Brian was in
    this other band that played with Tim and DJ’s old band and Henry was a mutual friend through Tim’s
    friends and we all kind of got together and wanted to start something special, and sure enough Rozu was
    born.
  3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future? We ride a very fine line of
    metalcore and post hardcore music. So far fans and consumers have only heard our heavy side, but we
    have been writing some really cool classic post hardcore jams throughout the quarantine.
  4. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together? Really when it comes down
    to it, we all have a very similar mindset when it comes to the studio and writing process. We don’t allow
    ourselves to stick to a formula and let the music flow out of us which gives fans something different with
    every song that still has the Rozu sound we have been trying to perfect.
  5. What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music? Lyrically our main themes are
    experiences Tim has gone through or currently going through. We really want to leave that message that
    yes, we all hit low points and go through shit situations but there is always a light or beacon of hope. It’s
    cliché for this genre but we want consumers who are maybe going through the same feelings to know that
    they are not alone.
  6. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work? A lot of
    our influences for this project come from the likes of Underoath, Like Moths to Flames, Wage War, Fit
    For a King, and The Plot in You.
  7. Where can someone looking for your music, find it? We are on every streaming platform, but the
    easiest way to get connected with us is heading to http://www.rozuband.com.
  8. What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances? Well to be completely honest the
    live show is really our payoff or reward for all the work we put into this band. Touring, and studio time,
    and everything that goes into making a band is seriously hard work and can take a huge toll on people.
    It’s fun yes but especially touring is super hard being away from your loved ones for periods of time and
    sacrifices a lot of times missed. Having people give a damn and coming to shows is the payoff for all that
    hard work and tough days.
  9. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music? We touched on it a little
    earlier, but we just want fans to know that they are not alone in their hardships of life. This music for us is
    our therapeutic release and having fans connect with it and feel they are a part of it is the true beauty of
    music across the board. We all have different walks of life, but a live show setting is a place where
    everyone actually comes together for a collective cause and is a beautiful sight.
  10. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for the band? Currently
    we are just waiting patiently for the world to open back up. We have been working tirelessly for so long
    on our debut album and we just can’t wait to release that and be allowed to travel again!
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Music Interviews : Ivy Gold

  1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?
    We are a newly formed contemporary blues rock band called Ivy Gold and my name is
    Manou, I am the singer.
  2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?
    Well, after we were finished with the pre-production, we decided to get in touch with Tal
    Bergman who has worked with Joe Bonamassa and many other awesome artists. He did
    like our music a lot and joined us immediately. Believe me – I was thrilled! From that point
    on we knew we had something special going on – totally out of the blue we had a project
    and we decided to put a great band together, not only for the studio but also for live
    touring. Our friend Kevin Moore joined right after and then I asked my dear friend Sari
    Schorr to help me find a great keyboard player – that’s how we found the awesome Anders
    Olinder from the UK. And then I had put together a very special cosmopolitan band with
    members from the US, the UK and Germany! 
  3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?
    Our style is contemporary blues rock that is full of energy yet very emotional, at times very
    rocky, then melancholic – we try to bring Rock-, Blues-, Funk- and Prog-song material to
    it’s full potential.
  4. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?
    For me it really is the creative process that I really love, it’s creating something out of the
    nothingness. And of course the most important and most fun part is playing live with the
    whole band. That is the gift after the hard work of writing, recording and promoting is done.
  5. What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?
    I explore many different themes when writing songs. I do get a lot of inspiration when I
    travel by interacting with the local people and just talking to them about life. And then also I
    like to write about my personal experiences, things that I think about, fears and of course
    about love and relationships.. my life is packed with adventure and experiences, so there
    are always plenty of things going on … 🙂
  6. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your
    work?
    Oh there are so many great artists and singers that I really love and adore. I have been
    listening to so many great male rock singers such as Richie Kotzen, Steve Lukather,
    Bobby Kimball. Of course Joe Bonamassa but also female singers like Sari Schorr, Beth
    Hart and many more…
  7. Where can someone looking for your music, find it?
    You can find us on all social media channels and all important physical and digital sales
    channels or right here : http://www.linktr.ee/ivygold.net
  8. What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?
    My favourite part is getting in touch with the audience and feeling the vibes from them. I
    love it when people pick up the energy from our music and feel into it. Meeting real people
    who love good hand made music is awesome!
  9. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?
    I am hoping to reach out to the listeners heart and soul when listening to our music. Music
    is the universal language and it builds bridges amongst people, cultures and all races –
    music spreads so much good energy and brings a strong message across – I would love it
    when the fans pick up on the positive emotions and vibes.
  10. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are your future plans for the
    band?
    We are currently still working on the promotion of our debut album “Six Dusty Winds”
    which has been released worldwide in March. As we decided to not sign to any record
    label! So we are doing everything by ourselves: promotion, marketing, management,
    distribution, public relation etc. And of course we really try hard to put a nice tour together
    in these crazy times, so let’s hope that things will get back to normal very soon!
    On top of it all – we are writing new songs, so we are busy but so happy!
    Thanks so much for this interview!! And of course for sharing and supporting Ivy Gold 🙂
    we really appreciate it a lot – it means a lot to us!!
    All the best to all of you!!
    Manou & Ivy Gold
    https://linktr.ee/ivygold.net
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Music Interviews : Bleeding Raven

Would you please introduce yourself and explain your project—Bleeding Raven?

Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven: “Bleeding Raven” is a very recent project. I have been involved in another project, “Gnostic Gorilla” which has released material that is ‘Gothic’ and ‘industrial’ and generally dark alternative electronic music. I wanted to do an album that was specifically ‘aggrotech’ and so I started “Bleeding Raven” as an experiment in this genre. But, then, after the release of “Darkness Consumed” (Cleopatra Records), the debut album, I began to experiment with more ‘dark ambient’ type music but also some dark techno as well. 

How did you begin your journey in music?

Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven: I started off in music as a kid in school and put out a single with some mates from the area. It was a cross between Maiden and Bauhaus…lol   The tracks were “Dark Hallway/Golgotha” and it was released simply as “Dean Mason”  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p05YqqTOS_M    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=047Pk2GhPnY    and it was released on “Lonely Ghost Productions” indie label. In 2012, I revisited the idea of doing music strictly as a hobby, as I have a ‘career’ and thus was born [initially] “The Lonely Ghost Project”. I recorded a few singles https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YEnSgqaI3JA  and released them, but never really took myself seriously.  (still don’t) In 2016, I decided to release an entire album, but used the name “Gnostic Gorilla” and then that album was rereleased by Cleopatra Records in 2018. I was offered a deal with them (Cleopatra) in January of 2018 and I admit I was immensely surprised. Quite an honor. So…I released a few albums as “Gnostic Gorilla” (with other labels as well) and then finally, in May of 2019, I wanted to do a more aggrotech type project and thus was born “Bleeding Raven” with the debut “Darkness Consumed”. (also released on Cleopatra Records) There have been several releases since “Darkness Consumed”, mostly from February 2020 to September 2020. 

What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?

Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven: Bleeding Raven is more ‘aggrotech’, or at least that’s how I started. But during the Lockdown I did some ‘ambient’. Some would call it ‘black metal ambient’ or just ‘dark ambient’.  Now in September I released “VERRTRANDT” and I can’t even tell you what ‘genre’ that would technically fit in. Who cares right? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hDX10-7cv2c

What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music?

Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven: To be honest, it’s more of a hobby for me. I have a career and music isn’t it. That hobby landed me a label deal with Cleopatra Records and a few other labels, so I guess it’s not so bad. But, for me, recording music is a way to exercise demons…to wrestle with some of the dark shit in life…personal and global. It’s an attempt at art. Emphasis on ‘attempt’. 

What are some of your favorite themes to explore through your music?

Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven: I’ve touched upon a lot of themes. I write a lot about the ‘religious’ questions but not in a way whereby I sort of dictate to anyone what to believe. Many of my songs, believe it or not have a lot to do with the ‘passion of Christ’. Now, I don’t approach that in an overly pious way and I certainly don’t go into the “died for sins” stuff as I think that’s unreal and erroneous. I speak of the ‘passion’ as a symbol of suffering humanity and that this is not just an event of two thousand years ago…but now. Connected in some ways to that is many of my songs are about injustice and persecution and racism and homophobia etc. My EP “Blood of Innocents” is all about these questions. https://bleedingraven.bandcamp.com/album/blood-of-innocents VERRTRANDT, which for me is a very important song is about a young gay man who reaches out for help via a helpline only to be told by the so called counsellor, who was an Evangelical type, that unless he ‘converted’ and stopped being gay, he was doomed. Nice eh? 

Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?

Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven: Well, the list is long. I’m assuming that you’re referring to artists/bands that have inspired me. Some ‘inspire’ and yet others are more influential in my own approach to music. So, I have to start with Gary Numan. God, the more I think of it the more I see how much that man has influenced other artists that today fall under the categories of “Industrial/Goth/Aggrotech/Electronic”. But speaking personally, Numan was a huge part of my life growing up. Before that, of course there was KISS. I look back at the early KISS images and it was just unreal. The ‘masquerade’ was so powerful to me. But as I got older, there were different bands that truly inspired. Now, before going on, I have to mention Elvis. As a really small child, I was absolutely taken in by Elvis and I still am. His voice is like none other. Anyway, eventually I discovered all sorts of music and my taste certainly evolved over time. So, to name a lot of great bands/artists who have had an impact on me: Numan, KISS, Black Sabbath, DIO, Type O Negative, Rammstein, Nash the Slash, Ministry, Culture Club (yup…believe it or not) Japan/David Sylvian, Zardonic, Die Sektor Psyclon Nine, CRIX IIIX, Pandamonium Bureau and Fear Incorporated, Global Citizen, TONTTU, Skinny Puppy, The Cult, Psychedelic Furs, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Iron Butterfly and on and on. But I have to mention at the close of this, THE DOORS. The Doors and Gary Numan will always be the biggest inspirations for me! Couldn’t see myself without either one of them.  

Where can someone looking for your music, find it?

Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven: All my music, or most anyway, is on iTunes and Spotify and YouTube, Amazon etc. All one has to do is Google Bleeding Raven or Gnostic Gorilla (my other project) and you’ll find lots of goodies. See links below as well. 

What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?

Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven: Well, that’s a difficult question because I like people to decide what a song may mean to them. That said, I’d like to say this, and I speak of this often…let’s stop all this fucking hate we are seeing in the world! We can start with our own surroundings. Too many angry and vile people who define themselves in terms of who they hate. It’s stupid and it should stop! 

Where do you see yourself in the future, or what are you future plans for the project? 

Dean Mason of Bleeding Raven: I honestly don’t have a clue right now. I’m not trying to be a goof here…I just don’t know…but I will try like mad to promote what I already have because there is lots and its all waiting to be discovered.

https://bleedingraven.bandcamp.com/

https://www.geishab0yrecords.co.uk/category/gnostic-gorilla

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Music Interviews : Ade Fabola

Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?
a. I’m Ade Fabola, solo singer-songwriter. I write, perform and record my songs together with
the folks at Animal Farm Records.

Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?
a. For the most part my band is just me, I’m mostly a solo act. I do have a few friends that I
get together to jam with, record demos etc. As for my recently released record, and the
ones to come in 2021, the instrumentation features myself and the folks at the Animal
Farm Label.

What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?
a. My music is a blend of folk, blues, Jazz and world music. It’s predominantly acoustic and
driven by warm nylon string guitars that produce intricate melodies. My sound is
predominantly warm and it’s characterized by soft, soulful vocals paired with precise guitar
fingerpicking. My vocal timbre is similar (as I’ve been told) to that of Tracy Chapman and
Jack Johnson, and my guitar style is somewhat evocative of that of Passenger and Tallest
Man on Earth. These are all fairly loose comparisons, of course. They’re influences and
sources of inspiration.

What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?
a. I love it when everything in a song – lyrics, melodies, instrumentation ideas – comes
rushing altogether, all at once. Like one moment you have an idea in your head and the
next you can hear it out in the open with other people. I feel like we underestimate how
cool it is to make an inanimate object sing, and to do so in such a way that it all gels
together is really cool.

What are some of your favorite themes to explore through your music?
a. My music tends to explore themes around love, kindness, gratitude and socio-political
happenings. For the most part I like to keep things light-hearted, as it’s a key ingredient in
making music that’s suitable for easy listening. That said, music, and art generally is so
powerful in effecting change and spreading messages so if I have a message burning on
my heart, I have to get it out there.

Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?
a. I love Passenger, Tallest Man on Earth, Jack Johnson, Tracy Chapman, and Jason Mraz.
These are some of my favorite artists that have influenced my musical style over the
years. Bob Dylan’s music is also a big one for me; in fact, Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright is
probably the song that made me want to learn fingerstyle guitar.

Where can someone looking for your music, find it?
a. My music is available on all the streaming platforms – Spotify, Apple Music, YouTube,
Bandcamp and so on. Listeners can also keep in touch and stay up to date with my
socials; I’m @DrFabola on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

What’s your favorite part about touring/ doing live performances?
a. I love being able to connect with the crowd; there’s something about being on stage that
makes me vulnerable and strong at the same time, it truly is my happy place.

What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?
a. I’d like to thank new listeners for taking the time to listen, for taking a chance on new
artists like me. I hope that my music makes them feel good. I hope that listening to my
music will give folks a warm, fuzzy feeling in their core, a feeling that reminds us of what it
means to be human, to take pleasure in the little things and to be kind to each other.

Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for the band?
a. The plan is to make and release more music and keep enjoying the process. I wrote a lot
in 2020 and was fortunate to record a bunch of songs which will be coming out this year.
Something Good is just the start, the first of those songs, so there’s a lot more coming
later in the year (the next one will be announced real soon :)).
b. I’ve been writing away in lockdown and I’m looking forward to when we can get back in
the studio to record more. When things get better, it would be nice to go out and play
these songs live, maybe even go on tour when the logistics allow, but for now I’m focused
on making music and building my online following.

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Music Interviews : Steve, Alicja and Nelson from Evereal

Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?
Steve: I kinda play everything….Guitar, keys, orchestration. I write drums, bass and
whatever needs to be done.
Nelson: I’m the drummer. I contribute to some of the lyric writing but Alicja writes most of
the lyrics.
Alicja: Hey there I’m Alicja and I do the singing around here, little acoustic guitar as well!

Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?
Steve: I met Gord when I joined a Rush tribute band called “Moving Pictures”. We had a
great time and that was one killer band. So when I was looking for a bass player Gord and
I already had a strong musical history together. I met nelson when he auditioned for the
drumming job but had other commitments which meant we went with another drummer on
the first album. When we were ready to retool for a new release Nelson became available
and jumped on board.
Nelson: I actually joined Steve and Gord when Evereal was kind of on pause and they
were putting together an Evanescence tribute band called Foreverescence. We needed a
singer and I had been in a band with Alicja. When Steve asked if she might consider
singing for us I knew she would because when she was in high school she had actually
done an Evanescence tribute. She’s a huge Amy Lee fan. She wasn’t in Foreverescence
for long before Steve realized that Alicja would also be a good fit for Evereal because he
needed a singer who could also write lyrics and Alicja is actually a very good songwriter
herself. It was just a perfect fit.
Alicja: Yes needles to say I was obsessed with Evanescence in high school and I believed
I actually “was” her hahaha! When I was asked to partake in the tribute I did not even have
to think about it, it was soooo much fun.

What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?
Steve: While I like what we do i would love to branch out a bit and add more heavy
electronica. I think that mixed with strings and piano would be an interesting sound.
Nelson: I just go with whatever Steve wants to do. He’s very much influenced by
progressive rock which I really enjoy playing. I know whatever he decides to do it’s going
to be challenging and interesting.

Alicja:I love that idea Stephen, let’s do it!

What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?
Steve: I enjoy the process of making something complete and polished from nothing or
from a rough idea… I like to call it “polishing the Turd”. It great to send an idea off the
Alicja and receive her ideas and see where those ideas take the music.
Nelson: He’s not kidding. Steve likes to polish and rewrite. When he gives me a rough
song to start learning I often end up having to learn many versions because he is
constantly reworking songs. The core melody and structure is still there but he will add or substract a lot of embellishments. I sometimes think he should be a producer because he
puts in a ton of work on the production side of things.
Alicja: Working together is a lot of fun, Stephen and I have a lot of funny moments when
we are working on vocals and we can be so insync sometimes and we both hear the same
harmony or something. I like hearing the idea in my head come to life.

What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?
Steve: I tend to gravitate towards more social and current news events. I also tend to write
alot in minor keys which tend to sound more mystic and darker.
Alicja: I tend to write from a darker, more moody place. I like using imagery, metaphors, rhyming…and
sometimes I do not know what the lyrics truly mean until I go through something and then I listen back and
I go “Ooooohhh, yes that’s what that means”.

Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on
your work?

Steve: So many….Where to start? some of the artists I really love don’t reflect what I write.
Bands such as Yes, King Crimson, Saga are all huge influences bit don’t reflect directly in
my sound.as far a guitar players I would say, Lifeson, Rhoads, Howe, Holdsworth, Vai they
all floor me and I love their styles.
Alicja: For me Amy Lee from Evanescence is a heavy influence as well as Christina
Aguilera in my early days.
Nelson: My early influences were Rush, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Rainbow, Ronnie
James Dio. More recently, Nightwish has been an influence since I played in a band
before this one that did a lot of Nightwish. I also really like Mike Portnoy’s various projects,
like Sons of Apollo and Winery Dogs.

Where can someone looking for your music, find it?
Steve: All the regular spots.
https://www.evereal.org/
https://www.facebook.com/everealband
https://www.instagram.com/everealofficial/?hl=en
https://www.youtube.com/c/EverealBand
https://open.spotify.com/artist/17mUVDdPEzybiGUGJ0zmBI?si=L0MQyJCvRpmHHYilmp9vNQ
https://nelsonbennett.wixsite.com/evereal-epk

What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?
Steve: The people. It really is about the fans. They are the singular reason you get
onstage. The energy they bring and give to you makes all the hard work worthwhile.
Meeting people and hearing their stories is strangely satisfying too.

Alicja: Yes it is the people and their energy for me as well. There is nothing like it, it’s
magic.

What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?
Steve: On the last release there are some socially conscious messages related to
addiction, abuse and mental health that are all relevant. while they may not scream
socially aware in your face, if you read the lyrics a little deeper the messages are there.
Alicja: I hope the music inspires people in some way and maybe they find it helpful or healing or just plain
fun to rock out to.

Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are your future plans
for the band?

Steve: Continue to write and release music. Live shows and see where this journey takes
us. It’s really difficult with the current situation to tell what might happen in the near future
but we would like to be part of it.
Alicja: Yes we have been working on new music and we are trying to have a larger collaboration
with the entire band as well in our writing process.

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Music Interviews : Mindwake

1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band? Hi, my name’s Dorian and I’m guitarist for the band Mindwake. 

2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band? 

I’ve been in the band since 2020 but the band is 7 years old. I’ve been recruited lately but the guys and I are all long time friends. This band is all about friendship above it all. 

3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?

Mindwake ! With all of its power and its strength. 

4. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together? 

It’s like talking about music with your friends at a party but with some music you like and a bit of professionalism. 

5. What are some of your favorite themes to explore through your music?

Feelings in general, but with a secret love for hate, anger and violence ❤ 

6. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work? 

Periphery ! All of it ! But also Architects, August Burns Red, Slipknot, Otep, Thy Art Is Murder, And so on… To me every artist in these bands is talented ! 

7. Where can someone looking for your music, find it? 

On the socials ! Youtube, facebook, bandcamp… 

8. What’s your favorite part about touring/ doing live performances?

It’s like living a kid’s dream, with the adrenaline added and my brothers by my side.

9. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music? 

Music is a language everyone understands its own way. If you feel anything while listening to our music it’s already a victory. 

10. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are your future plans for the band? 

There where life and our will lead us. With a little luck it will be on the roads to promote our album and the next ones to come.

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Music Interviews : Belau

  1. Where did you guys meet and what’s the story behind your band?

We know each other from age 10, both of us big music fans, as friends we definetely would like to have a band together.

  1. What kind of music inspires you and how would like to contribute to it through your music?

Inspired primarly by downtempo, electronica music, but we like many artist from other genres from r&b to folk.

3. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?

The best part of making music when you realize that this song will be a good one. 😊

  1. What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?

Travel, but not just physical way.

  1. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?

Bonobo,Zero 7, Odesza, and many more. 😊

  1. Where can someone looking for your music, find it?

Everywhere on classic online stores from Spotify to Apple, our vinyl is on bandcamp.

  1. What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?

Meet with new people, visit some new places for first time, about shows, when we feel people get and give some energies to/from us.

8.Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for the band?

In April we’ll release our new album which is the Deluxe version of Colourwave, hopefully, if covid situation will be better, we can tour again

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Music Interviews : Flush

  1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?

Hey, we are Flush from Finland. Members are Lasse (vocals, guitars, songs), Janne (guitars), Eero (bass) and Börje (Drums). This is Lasse responding to the questions.


2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?

The original core of the band met in the Helsinki suburbs when we were kids. Back then, kids wore cowboy outfits and played with toy guns, so that’s how we got started. After a few band iterations we formed Flush, mostly inspired by punk and various forms of alternative rock. The current line-up was established in 2018 and it is when things really started taking off again.


3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?

We are typically described as either punk rock or some form of alternative rock. These genre categories are quite difficult, as we don’t directly fit into one specific bucket. We like to explore various shapes and sounds. In the near future, I think we might explore slightly heavier and edgier sounds. Time will tell though…


4. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?

As the songwriter I am always fascinated by how the song ideas, riffs and melodies I have, change and take shape once the band starts arranging it. The songs always end up sounding like Flush, regardless of different I sometimes think they are. For me, music is my most important form of therapy and it helps dealing with my struggles and anxieties. Writing music is not a choice but a must for me.


5. What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?

I write about real things that I see or experience. Some songs are relationships songs, some about fears and anxieties, some about the society and politics… all the real stuff. Recently I have been exploring more third-person story-based writing, where fiction meets reality.


6. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?
Usually we mention bands like Bad Religion and Pavement, who are great examples of integrity and authenticity. In terms of song writing and creating musical art, the two big names are Tom Waits and Nick Cave. Extremely creative, bold, authentic, and inspirational music.

7. Where can someone looking for your music, find it?

We are available on all digital platforms. Easiest way to find is to go to our website https://flush.rocks to find the links, or then search for the band Flush and album name ‘It Began as a Mistake’ (released October 2020).


8. What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?

Playing live is the best part of being in a band. It is where all the hard work comes together and we get to share it with people. Studio work and practicing is great, but the real thing is live shows. It’s why we do this.


9. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?

Our lyrics deal with the darker side of life, but our point is to give people glimpses of hope in the despair that surround us. When we support each other, we can get through the hardest of times, together.


10. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are you future plans for the band?The first and most pressing thing is for the world to return to some form of normalcy so that live music can return again. We haven’t gotten to celebrate and promote our new album, so we hope to be able to play some shows sometime in 2021. We have some new material in the works as well, so maybe we will record something in the new year too. Look us up on Facebook (https://facebook.com/flushmusic) or check our website at https://flush.rocks to stay updated on our plans.

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Music Interviews : Simple Radicals

1. Would you guys please introduce yourselves and explain your role in the band?

The Simple Radicals is a retro-rock band from Chicago that consists of John Malkin (vocals/guitar), John Griffin (lead guitar), Griff Johnson (drums) and James Page (bass).

2. Where did you guys meet and how did you form this band?

I (John Malkin) developed the concept and wrote the songs last year for the “New Revolution” album and began laying down the construct of the songs in the studio such as the rhythms, lead beds, drums and vocal tracks. I reached out to my fellow Radical John Griffin who I played in a band with a few years ago and asked if he would listen to the tracks and consider laying down the leads. He loved the tracks and laid down some incredible shreds and the rest is history. We brought in Griff and James and The Simple Radicals was formed.

3. What kind of music do you make or would like to make in the future?

We combine the sounds and styles from some of our favorite classic/alt-rock bands like Pink Floyd, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Green Day and Cheap Trick. If you like any of those bands then I think you’ll like our sound.

4. What do you enjoy the most about the process of making music together?

There really is nothing more gratifying than getting a group of musicians together to collaborate on a song or an album, laying the track down and then performing live.

5. What are some of your favourite themes to explore through your music?

I hate to sound so cliché, but I really explore the things and issues that are near and dear to my heart or affecting those that are close to me. “New Revolution” is our most personal and poignant project we’ve ever done. These are such deep-hearted issues in my life and for many others that the words and music came to me literally in the form of pictures and images. I just needed to figure out how to best express them and put them down on paper and then on an album.

6. Who are some artists that you love or who you’d say has had a huge influence on your work?

Eddie Vedder is my musical hero. I’m mesmerized with his writing and try to capture the messaging, passion and energy that he does in his songs. If I can even come within a million miles of that I’d consider it a success. Pearl Jam’s “Ten” album was life changing. Probably the most talented, electrifying and inspiring band in the last 30 years. Other bands that have influenced include Foo Fighters, Tom Petty, Pink Floyd, Green Day and Cheap Trick.

7. Where can someone looking for your music, find it?

You can check us out on:

Spotify:      https://open.spotify.com/album/4rgBmqnv7h3p5gYPGjiXfU

YouTube:   https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2rmuHn02XI1CIphHvmh-Vg

Facebook:  http://facebook.com/thesimpleradicals

Twitter:    http://twitter.com/simpleradicals

Instagram:  http://instagram.com/simpleradicals.

8. What’s your favourite part about touring/ doing live performances?

We love to perform live and our fans know that. We feed off their energy and passion and try to give it right back to them in the way we play our music. We also try to interact with the audience as much as we can since our songs are so personal to many. There is nothing more rewarding than watching people lose themselves in your music. It’s intoxicating.

9. What kind of message would you like to give your fans, through your music?

Ultimately, we’re trying to convey a refreshing change from the clichés that currently permeates rock with music and lyrics that aim to both observe and reimagine the current state of affairs in the world today. We try to capture through our music and convey to our fans what’s really going on in society with poignant lyrics and straight-from-the-heart energy.

10. Where do you guys see yourselves in the future, or what are your future plans for the band?

Our goal is to play live as soon as the apocalypse is over. But until then, we have a lot going on and coming up. We continue to push our album, “New Revolution”. We just released a song and video called “Rich Man Wanna Be King” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehjT9RZdpe4) which provides a scathing lampoon of President Trump. It was just released on YouTube and it’s already racked up 200,000 views and climbing. Our video “New Revolution” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KY7cm3-1m7E) has already racked up over 60,000 views and climbing.  We’re about to release a wicked cover version of Jefferson Airplane’s “White Rabbit” where we collaborated with an incredible husband/wife team called Che-Val. We’ll be releasing a quarantine video to our song “The Optimist”. And we’re about to release a podcast called “Music & A Brew” where we crack open a cold one with musical artists including Kenny Aronoff (drummer for John Mellencamp and tons of others), Todd Sucherman (Styx), Vernon Reid (Living Colour), Daxx Nielsen (Cheap Trick), and Jackie “the Joke Man” Martling from the Howard Stern Show.