Category: Interviews

INTERVIEW – NEIL – THREE DAYS GRACE

We had the chance to chat with Neil Sanderson from Three Days Grace about touring, Africa and even chilling with Mick Jagger! Check it out below!

https://youtu.be/-SwQCAjhZPQ

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INTERVIEW – STEPHEN BEERKENS – THE FAIM

Touring with Against The Current, writing with Pete Wentz and their experiences in the UK, we asked Stephen Beerkens (Bass/Keys) from The Faim all about recent experiences in their quickly booming career.

Could you tell us your name, role in the band and favourite album of the year so far?

I’m Stephen Beerkens and I play bass and keys. My favourite album for this year would have to be the new Boston Manor record which was released a few weeks back!


You started off writing demos back home before recording in LA. Are there any unreleased demos we will hear in the future?

There are! Some of the demos that we recorded at the very beginning, before heading to LA for the first time, will be featured on our debut album.


The music you’ve created also ranges in rock sub-genre styles, is this a more natural occurrence or did you strive to have a mix of different tracks?

I would say that the diversity in our music is both something that we strive for and that comes naturally. We’ve grown up listening to so many musical influences and wanted to express all of that in our music in a way that is true to us.


https://youtu.be/7oNcPG_uXWI

You worked with incredibly well-known producer John Feldmann on your last release, what was it like working alongside him?

It was a truly amazing experience that pushed us as both musicians and songwriters. John brought us out of our comfort zones in the best way possible, to tap into parts of ourselves that we’d yet to express until that point. 


Coming from another side of the world, did you find you found new inspirations to incorporate into your music whilst in LA?

Absolutely! We learnt so much about the process of songwriting that we implement in everything we write today. We found inspiration mostly in the events that have made us the people we are today. It’s these experiences and emotions that we tap into in our writing that keeps our songs personal and true to ourselves.


As a band, you have blown up massively in the past few months, with such a fast build-up do you fear anything about the future and coming to terms with your success?

We’re just stoked that people are loving our music and live performances. We want to share our art with people all across the world, so to be able to do that so early in our careers is a real blessing. 


https://youtu.be/H_1pMc9DuUI

Playing Slam Dunk festival and now touring the UK with Against The Current , is there anything you have learnt about performing here that is different to Australia?

The crowds in the UK are definitely the most passionate crowds that we’ve played to so far. They bring a real energy to the show that makes us feel right at home.


Individually, do you feel that different locations have an impact on how you perform through different shows?

Whether I’m performing to 10 people or 1000 people, I’ll always give it my full effort. The same goes for location; it doesn’t matter where we play, putting on the best possible show is the priority.


Have you ever had any experiences where you’ve felt almost ‘starstruck’ when meeting or working with certain artists/producers?

Definitely working with Pete Wentz and learning from the advice that he gave us was a moment that I’ll forever remember.


Have you ever had any embarrassing accidents or experiences while performing or on tour?

I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve tripped over Against The Current’s drum kit during our set!


If ‘Summer Is A Curse’, then what is your favourite season and why?

Definitely Summer! It’s the best time to get outdoors, hit the beach, and see friends.

INTERVIEW – ROTTEN MIND

A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music: Ramones – Oh oh, I Love Her so. Brilliant song writing.

Best Experience While On Tour: Ofcourse when there’s a sick show. I remember playing Munster, Germany the first time, that was amazing.

Cover you would really like to do? We don’t do a lot of covers, but we did Waiting For The Man by the Velvet Underground, so I’ll go with that.

Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features: Hmm, tough one. “Still Searching” is one of the deepest ones so far.

Easiest Song You Wrote: “I don’t wanna be the one”. Wrote that one in 5 minutes and stole lyrics from another song I wrote before.

Favourite album/single/EP you have released: The next one! “Fading Into Oblivion” will be the shit.

Greatest Show/Festival You Have Played: Uppsala shows are always the best.

Happiest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band: When a record is out, it’s all done, and you head out on tour.

Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members: We’re not that interesting.

Jokes You Have In The Band: I did a thing where I tried to look like a lion by just open my mouth and everybody freaks out screaming “there’s a lion in the room”. Everybody thinks we’re the most stupid people in the world.

Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song: We’ve done “Wish You Were Gone” for well over a year now, so I guess it has to be the one.

Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show: Oh, it has to be Sydney – Brisbane last year. At least it felt like it took forever.

Movie That Best Represents The Band: Goonies.

New Band You’d Recommend: Svart Katt from Sweden. Sick band.

Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal: Don’t really get the question here.

Place You’d Most Like To Tour: South east Asia, the US, South America etc. Everywhere!

Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers: “A cancelled gig is also a gig” – Ulf Lundell

Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release: It just fits well with the lyrics. The lyrics are dark and pessimistic so “Fading Into Oblivion” fits well.

See Us Live At: Every show you can.

The First Song You Ever Played Together As A Band: “Damaged State Of Mind” I think. That was the first song we had.

Unusual Merchandise: Don’t have anything strange now, but I wanna make all kinds of things.

Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs: I guess some songs could be done acoustic, but it’s not something we wanna do at the moment.

Worst Experience On Tour: Haha I can’t really say where and when this was, but we played a few shows a couple of years back in another country and everything around it was completely shit.

Xrays Or Any Other Treatments For Band Related Injuries: We’re good people. We take care of ourselves, so no.

Your Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played: First show we did in Uppsala. Sold out house in our home town with all our friends. A special night for sure.

Zoo Animal That Best Describes The Band: I heard something about an immortal jellyfish, so I’ll go with that.

INTERVIEW – STAVROS DZODZOS – DIRTY SOUND MAGNET

Dirty Sound Magnet, the uprising band from the depths of Switzerland are taking over the UK once again this September/October on their 35-date tour across Europe (Dates at end of article). So suddenly accelerating forward with the release of ‘Western Lies’ in 2017, as well as solid touring for the past few years, what do the band have to say about it all? We talked with Stavros Dzodzos from the band to learn a little bit more about the musical groups true perspectives into touring, music and culture.

‘Western Lies’, the band’s latest album, was released to the public in 2017, bringing themes of capitalism, rebellion and a reflection of society together. Through the power of their music, this is where the band believe they can show a true reflection of society. “Being an artist means that, in one way or another, you mirror the society you live in. You’re showcasing what society is and it’s therefor important to be an external actor enabling you to be as neutral as possible. Nowadays, it’s pretty old fashioned to rebel but we do it anyway cause it’s important to us. I will never talk about politics in an interview or so but if I can convey a message which I have thought about, I’m convinced about in a song, why not?” Writing stories of society is important to the group, yet despite being from a small Swiss town, they’re enticed to write their messages in English over their native language. “The great thing about touring in the UK is that for the first time people actually understand what I’m singing about. InSwitzerland, people speak German, French and Italian. My lyrics are not relevant in that context and I know that.” The fact of the matter is, your audience shrinks if you sing in another language than English on an international level and for the band, even the melodies can be altered if written in another language. “The thing is, if you sing in French it automatically becomes French pop, even if you do rock music. In French, the words are more melodic already so you already have a rhythm and a melody in the words. Words take over and become dominant. In English as the language is more neutral, it has a colder rhythm and less melody. Words get into the music instead of over the music and vocals become an instrument.”

Throughout the chaos of constant touring, luckily the band have still found time to devote themselves to recording. “We just recorded a new album over the summer, which we’re going to release single by single to give every song as much exposure as possible. The album’s coming Spring 2019 I hope!” Interestingly, this album, while wanted and anticipated by the group, in the end came as a bit of a surprise. “One month before that we didn’t expect to have an album. It’s like an unanticipated baby that’s just arrived! This new album comes as a blessing because we were like: ‘when are we going to record it we’re touring all the time!’ We were so lucky cause things happened really well and we were able to get a fantastic studio – a really top-notch studio for a month. We’re really Happy about it and yeah looking forward to releasing the tracks.”

Having toured 2017 and the majority of 2018 straight, it’s no surprise that the musical trio have developed themselves not just as a band, but as people through their experiences. “Every conversation revolves around music and how to make it sound better. You go from being a passionate musician to perceiving music almost as a religion. Our principle is simple: ‘Music is our way of life. There’s no plan B’. It’s the only way nowadays.”

Already coming across as a multicultural band, with an Italian bassist (Marco), a Swiss drummer (Maxime) and Greek-Hungarian guitarist (Stavros), the mixed mashup has many varying contributing factors into their music. Speaking on his most memorable moment on tour, Stavros describes how “We played in Budapest and that was a magical place. It was an old ship on the Danube river and they made it into a very nice venue. I was so happy to bring my friends to Hungary, to show them my culture that is so different from the Swiss one.”

Yet, with a music scene so varied across Europe, it’s the UK that stands out the most to Dirty Sound Magnet. Speaking on the topic of Black Sabbath (Who originated from Birmingham) comes a realization that “We don’t have that culture here. To you, Black Sabbath is the band next door. To us they seem unreal, untouchable and therefore the city of Birmingham becomes a romantic place in our fantasies. It’s probably not in real life but to us that’s not important. To us rock music has always been dreamlike and you can here it in our music. When you think about it, Led Zeppelin, Jethro Tull, The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, King Crimson are all bands from the UK. And somehow they are our favorite ones. So you can understand our enthusiasm about the UK. ” The culture around music here to the band is “almost mystical” coming from such a different culture themselves. So what influence do surroundings truly have on their music? “We come from a small city in Switzerland called Fribourg. Before we started exporting our music, we had limited possibilities to develop our careers. It seemed impossible to anyone else but we believed in ourselves. That’s why we practiced in our rehearsal rooms for ten years, every day for 6 hours. The struggles we encountered in our town gave us energy to develop and create our own genre. Surroundings are very important indeed.”

With culture having such an influence on the group, what specifics give them such a psychedelic style? “We’ve got some more exotic influences due to our origins. At home I’ve heard a lot of Greek, Hungarian traditional music and these harmonies are part of our music nowadays. We started with that vision of rock that is raw, just rock and from there we started to get more progressive and psychedelic. We don’t really think about, it just happens.” With so many influences in the mix of Dirty Sound Magnet’s style, to define them as a singular genre is difficult. In a world where new genres and labels are always being created, how can music be defined? “Branding is very hard, you’re calling us psychedelic rock but in a way, I wouldn’t. We call it creative rock because the music can go anywhere. Of course there is a psychedelic tone to our music but to us it goes farther than that. I would prefer if there was no labeling to music, it’s a restriction but you need it from a commercial perspective.”

On the other hand, with the digital age of music evolving so fast, even the blessings of social media promotion have dark undertones. “Sometimes we think that even the blessing part of it is a curse. Thinking about Instagram which is the popular thing right now, it’s actually the worst thing for a musician, you can’t even post your music, you post a minute and you have to sell your image before you sell your music so you end up creating music for your image instead of the opposite.” To release music is so much easier, but with increased ways to share and promote music, it is easier to get lost in the crowd. “If you think about what rock music meant even 20 years ago it was so much more mainstream. Now it’s a very small current of music lost in the immense Spotify!” So, with a new path to quick fame, what happens to those who don’t want to conform to social media promotion? “If you’re not on that path, it’s really taking a long time especially for a band like us from Switzerland. It took us 10 years to get to the UK! As I said, our rule or saying is NO PLAN B, just do it give it everything!’

Dirty Sound Magnet have a very interesting approach to music, as well as the processes behind it. After an hour long interview, Stavros’ final statement to our readers: “Please listen to albums and not just to Spotify playlists. I think that it is where the real art and music is. An album is where you have space to express as an artist. Every song in our catalog is different so if someone only listens to the single Homo Economicus, it won’t represent the band correctly.” The trio are touring across the UK this September/October and this is one interesting band you are not going to want to miss.

• 16.08.2018  Rock Oz’Arènes Festival– Avenches , CH

• 25.08.2018  Openair Zamba Loca– Wohlen , CH

• 14.09.2018  Sunset Bar– Martigny , CH

• 20.09.2018  The Underworld– London , UK

• 21.09.2018  Stramash– Edinburgh , UK

• 22.09.2018  Nice n Sleazy– Glasgow , UK

• 23.09.2018  Stereo– Glasgow , UK

• 25.09.2018  The Bowery– Dublin , IRL

• 26.09.2018  Crane Lane Theater– Cork , IRL

• 27.09.2018  The Jacaranda– Liverpool, UK

• 28.09.2018  Bad Apple– Leeds , UK

• 29.09.2018  Independent– Sunderland , UK

• 30.09.2018  The Cluny– Newcastle , UK

• 01.10.2018  Westgarth Social Club– Middlesbrough , UK

• 02.10.2018  The Maze– Nottingham , UK

• 03.10.2018  Alexander’s Live– Chester , UK

• 04.10.2018  Fuel– Manchester , UK

• 05.10.2018  Zephyr Lounge– Leamington Spa , UK

• 06.10.2018  Ships and Giggles– Preston , UK

• 07.10.2018  Cafe Jazz– Cardiff , UK

• 08.10.2018  The Black Heart– London , UK

• 09.10.2018  The Latest Music– Brighton , UK

• 10.10.2018  Phoenix Bar– High Wycombe , UK

• 11.10.2018  The Smokehouse– Ipswich , UK

• 13.10.2018  Spinnerei– Bern , CH

• 19.10.2018  Le Port Franc– Sion , CH

• 20.10.2018  Sommercasino– Basel , CH

• 21.10.2018  Coq d’Or– Olten , CH

• 24.10.2018  Bastard Club – Osnabrück , GER

• 25.10.2018  Lila Eule – Bremen , GER

• 26.10.2018  Molotow– Hamburg , GER

• 27.10.2018  Bollwerk – Mörs , GER

• 29.10.2018  Musik & Frieden – Berlin , GER

• 30.10.2018  Museumskeller – Erfurt , GER

• 31.10.2018  Factory– Magdeburg , GER

• 02.11.2018  Lux– Hanover , GER

• 03.11.2018  Festival Rare Guitars– Münster , GER

• 15.11.2018  Dynamo– Zürich , CH

• 07.12.2018  Case à Choc– Neuchâtel , CH

• 08.12.2018  Nouveau Monde– Fribourg , CH

• 14.12.2018  Gare de Lion– Wil , CH

• 15.12.2018  BFM– Saignelégier , CH

• 22.12.2018  Kulturfabrik KUFA– Lyss , CH

INTERVIEW – DIE SO FLUID

Read below as Die So Fluid attempt our A-Z interview…

A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music:

Adam and the Ants singles Ant Music, Stand and Deliver and Prince Charming definitely

triggered something.

Best Experience While On Tour:

Besides the great experience of playing live shows it’s really cool when crazy stuff happens like chatting to Gene Simmons in the entrance to Hooters, visiting Graceland on a day off in Memphis, voodoo houses in New Orleans, having Bernie Shaw from Uriah Heep come to your show, exploring and hanging out with friends we’ve made around the world in their home towns…

Cover you would really like to do?

Manic Depression rocks hard and is full of soulful yearning.

Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features:

Drew and I worked together on the lyrics to the title track of our album:

“How many versions of the truth

demand faith without proof

and murder unity

before it bears its fruit.”

Easiest Song You Wrote:

Some songs kind of write themselves, Happy Halloween did that.

Favourite album/single/EP you have released:

One Bullet From Paradise. https://diesofluid.bandcamp.com/music I like the single Bittersweet cus it’s so fun and sassy.

Greatest Show/Festival You Have Played:

One time we played Hard Rock Hell and we were having a tough time touring in heavy snow, but we made it, played a phenomenal set, and a fan who became a great friend brought all his ingredients with him and made us curry in his cabin that night. It’s a great memory of a fun night, great festival, great friends, great times.

Happiest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band:

My happiest band moments are always when I’m lost in the music and I’m deeply connected to everything and everyone.

Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members:

I’m a certified yoga instructor and reiki practitioner.

Jokes You Have In The Band:

We have a lot of stoopid in- jokes that would make no sense unless you were there at their birth. We shared a bunch of silly music references especially Al who would throw in comedy backing vocals and song lyrics. It’s one of the things I miss most about him, he was a very funny man. I should add that he tragically passed away when we were about to record our latest album. Our friend Justin from Skinny Puppy stepped in and played on some tracks and mixed some too.

Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song:

Bitterness by Discipline

Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show:

I guess 6000 miles to play the US starting in AZ, but I live in LA now so it’s all relative.

Movie That Best Represents The Band:

Lost Boys? Vampire films have the best symbolism and hey we’re a gang that will live forever in our music.

New Band You’d Recommend:

Ultraphonix- George Lynch’s new thing with Corey from Living Color.

Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal:

Deftones

Place You’d Most Like To Tour:

Australia and Japan.

Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers:

Remember, true strength is not found in the stone, but in the water that shapes the stone”

Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release:

The album is called ‘One Bullet From Paradise’ and the title questions the dogma that has been warped into a tool to embolden soldiers. It was inspired by an essay from a journalist embedded in the wars in Daesh.

See Us Live At:

The Lexington, London UK, November 11.

The First Song You Ever Played Together As A Band:

Something off the first album – we really only play originals.

Unusual Merchandise:

We have a cool baseball shirt available at https://diesofluid.bandcamp.com/merch featuring the unusually brilliant artwork of Dan Schaffer, creator of Dogwitch.

Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs:

A lounge version of Kiss The Floor. We heard something in the background of an old Bettie Page burlesque dvd that sounded just like it!

Worst Experience On Tour:

Take you pick between getting electrocuted by a mic with ungrounded wiring, sleeping in a rat infested backstage bunker or on the floor of an airport with delayed flights…it’s all part of the rich tapestry of tour life.

X -rays Or Any Other Treatments For Band Related Injuries:.

I had to have a hip X-ray after falling down a 6 ft hole at the back of the stage in the dark. It was the end of the set in Leeds, I managed to clamber out to play the encore with tears in my eyes. Adrenalin is an amazing thing.

Your Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played:

Sold out hometown London show at Dingwalls. Amazing energy and atmosphere.

Zoo Animal That Best Describes The Band:

Rhino! They’re built so fierce but beautiful and unique. Please check out my friend’s cause, there’s some awesome photos there too. http://www.pedalingagainstpoaching.com

INTERVIEW – CRYPITUS

Check out CRYPITUS as they take on the A-Z interview below…

A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music:

Pete: When I was a really young kid I loved doo-wop music so probably Rockin’ Robin.

Zach: Metallica’s master of puppies and Pantera’s Cowboys from Hell.

Joe: Frayed ends of Sanity by Metallica.

Doug: 99 Ways to Die – Megadeth

Best Experience While On Tour:

Pete: Crowd surfing at the Psychostick show we played.

Zach: Our airbnb in Baltimore. I felt really pampered

Joe: Canada is cool.

Doug: We had some amazing beach time in Quincy on this last tour!

Cover you would really like to do?

Pete: Good Mourning/Black Friday by Megadeth

Zach: Toto – Africa

Joe: I don’t like covers that much.

Doug: The Ultra-Violence – Death Angel

Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features:

Pete: “Now we all live in a world with danger”

Zach: Check out Symphony #1

Doug: “In the dark of the world where they all lay, broken matter, dreams are shatters such disarray.”

Easiest Song You Wrote:

Pete: Symphony #1 because Doug already had it written.

Zach: No such thing

Joe: Doug writes most stuff. Breakdown is easy though.

Doug: Seriously, what are easy songs to write.

Favourite album/single/EP you have released:

Pete: Our demo still kicks some ass.

Zach: Our full length… Not released yet

Joe:  We have a demo and a single that are cool.

Doug: Danger is the best yet!

Greatest Show/Festival You Have Played:

Pete: The Psychostick show

Zach: The first time we went to Lewiston Maine. It was fucking nuts.

Joe: I don’t know about greatest but sammys patio in revere beach is cool.

Doug: Im gunna second Zach on this one.

Happiest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band:

Pete: Getting to make music with my best friends.

Zach: The moment we realized Joe Minard II was in it for the long haul

Joe: Just hanging with friends makes me happy.

Doug: First successful tour!

Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members:

Pete: I was born in Texas.

Zach: Dougles Friends pronounced dug-els friend, and it’s really his real name.

Joe: Zach has lots of puppies

Doug: Zach is the master of most reality.

Jokes You Have In The Band:

Pete: Our song Out of Line is really called Apple Pie

Zach: The cumming of the whale snake… Cumming soon

Doug: Our members hahahah

Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song:

Pete: Breakdown or Danger

Zach: Danger

Joe: Danger

Doug: Ash

Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show:

Pete: 5+ hours to Maine or Connecticut

Zach: Richmond VA. It’s a few hours away

Joe: I can’t remember 5+ hours to a few places.

Doug: Richmond was ten hour hours from home atleast.

Movie That Best Represents The Band:

Pete: Fear and Loathing

Zach: Don’t mess with the Zohan

Doug: Bill and Ted

New Band You’d Recommend:

Pete: Epicenter

Zach: Obtusum

Joe: An Unction in Braille

Doug: Xenophile.

Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal:

Pete: Exmortus or Between the Buried and me

Zach: Blotted science

Doug: Vovoid

Place You’d Most Like To Tour:

Pete: Australia

Zach: Singapore…. Hong Kong…. Seoul Sydney

Doug: Scandinavia

Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers:

Pete: “Never half-ass two things. Whole-ass one thing.”

Zach: Always keep a jar of marbles. Don’t lose them

Doug: Be the creator of your own fate.

Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release:

Pete: Our latest single was just the song name “Danger”

Zach: I have no idea

Doug: Our forthcoming is nameless at the moment.

See Us Live At:

Florence Ma 7-19

Wallingford Ct 7-20

Mechanicville Ny 7-21

Auburn Me 7-22

Revere Me 8-24

Rutland Vt 8-25

Richmond Me 9-1

Wallingford Ct 9-7

Burlington Vt 9-29

The First Song You Ever Played Together As A Band:

Pete: Breakdown, I think

Zach: No idea. It was 1 of 5

Joe: I think when I joined we played breakdown first.

Doug: It was one of the songs off the demo.

Unusual Merchandise:

Pete: We have T-shirts, patches, and stickers. Not that unusual.

Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs:

Pete: We’re always making changes or variations to our songs.

Doug: I’m always down for autobles

Worst Experience On Tour:

Pete: Doug being really hungover.

Zach: Having the owner tell us to leave before the shooting.

Doug: This fucking parking garage in Montreal that were being super shitty to me and ended like taking 30 CAD from me and I never even got a parking spot.

X-rays Or Any Other Treatments For Band Related Injuries:.

Pete: I broke my knee in a mosh pit with Doug and had to get it x-rayed, CT scanned, and drained of 100 ccs of blood. Still played our set that night too.

Doug: I broke Pete’s knee.

Your Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played:

Pete: Psychostick.

Zach: Psychostick.

Joe: Too many to name.

Doug: We had a basement show for my 21st Birthday that was pretty wild.

Zoo Animal That Best Describes The Band:

Pete: Chimpanzee

Zach: The duck billed platypus. We’re really unique and we have venomous spurs on our heels

Joe: giraffe.

Doug: Monkeys; better keep an eye out for all the shit we are throwing your way!