Category: Interviews

INTERVIEW – CREJUVENT

A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music:

One of the first examples I can think of that made me go “Damn, THAT’S what I want to do!” is Heartwork by Carcass.

Best Experience While On Tour:

I once saw a GIANT slug that just turned out to be two separate slugs. Also skiing in a banana costume and getting hammered in Slovenian mountains.

Cover you would really like to do?

It’s one I’m actually working on right now: Vesti la Giubba, the famous aria from Leoncavallo’s Pagliacci opera! Otherwise, Skeksis by Strapping Young Lad.

Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features:

Taken straight from Word Vomit off the debut Time EP:

DENTAL PLAN! Lisa needs braces!

DENTAL PLAN! Lisa needs braces!

DENTAL PLAN! Lisa needs braces!

DENTAL PLAN! Lisa needs braces!

Easiest Song You Wrote:

Off the debut EP it would definitely be the title track Time. I remember every single part of that song just came out so naturally as I was dicking around with my old housemate’s amp, it really just wrote itself.

Favourite album/single/EP you have released:

So far it would definitely have to be the debut EP Time! I gave myself so much creative freedom and I tried to really take the time needed to make it as perfect as the vision needed it to be.

Greatest Show/Festival You Have Played:

Metal Days in Slovenia 2017! And subsequently Winter Days of Metal 2018!

Happiest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band:

With this project it would probably have to be playing this year’s Metal To The Masses competition. I was playing with three other full bands (whereas I just play on my own with backing tracks), and considering I only had like 3 friends there I still managed to get in second, losing by only about 4 votes! It showed me that maybe there IS a bit of a market for the stupid shit I’m doing!

Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members:

I have a much cooler alter ego called Ben Hannah. He’s totally not a banana disguised as a human.

Jokes You Have In The Band:

The back cover of the debut EP features an extremely faint picture of me wearing a skinned 6 foot inflatable T-Rex as a costume. So far nobody has commented on it.

Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song:

Fuck This Shit. It prepares you for the rest of the set by punching you straight in the balls and setting the tone for the rest of the nonsense to come.

Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show:

I drove from Manchester to Slovenia last year with one of my other bands. It took us about 30 hours to get there and 24 to get back.

Movie That Best Represents The Band:

A Clockwork Orange. Funnily enough, the plot of that movie is what I based the lyrics of Code Orange on (hence the title)

New Band You’d Recommend:

Gonna give a shout out to my man Joey from Conscript! He released an EP towards the end of 2016 and is also doing a similar thing as me with the whole “one man band” approach but is doing a way better job at it! Go check out his stuff, it’s awesome!

Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal:

Strapping Young Lad. Although given the whole history behind that I’ll settle for Anaal Nathrakh.

Place You’d Most Like To Tour:

One giant European tour would be amazing! I’ve already lived in Italy, the Netherlands, and the UK for most of my life, so all of Europe feels like home to me in a way.

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

Don’t read quotes from strangers online

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Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release:

It made a lot of sense to name it after the track I was most proud of. Time is about a small crisis I had a while back whilst I was in a relationship that wasn’t exactly the healthiest. I started projecting all my negativity towards my misuse of time and I sort of felt I couldn’t think or process my thoughts in time with reality, which lead to a profound feeling of helplessness and introspective confusion that I wasn’t (and still am not to be honest) prepared to handle.

See Us Live At:

Liverpool somewhere probably. I don’t tend to perform too often as I like to focus on my releases. I’ll be looking to do a bit more shows as my schedule clears up though.

The First Song You Ever Played Together As A Band:

The first song I ever wrote for this project can be found in the set of demos I released back in 2015 called Chained in Sleep. Oh how things progress…

Unusual Merchandise:

It’s not advertised or anything, but I’ll pretty much sell whatever disposable body part I have if people want it. Does anybody want to buy a bit of bellybutton fluff or trimmed facial hair?

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

I’d like to add more industrial elements as time goes on and really up the insanity element of the music in some way.

Worst Experience On Tour:

I stayed in a hotel last week with one of my other bands Novacrow in Nottingham. I’m pretty sure the people in front of us were trying to book a room to cook meth (or whatever other drugs) in, instead of beds they just laid out two mattresses on the floors for us, and in the middle of the night somebody unlocked our door and walked right in, saw that we were sleeping there and walked back out. But at least we didn’t get stabbed so that was nice!

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

I’m usually good with injuries, I tend to bash my knee on my bass quite often but that’s pretty much it. I once ever so slightly pricked one of my fingers on my right hand just before a show, and about halfway through the first song I think to myself “I’m sweating way more than usual, my hand feels soaked!” and when I look down I can just see my bass completely covered in blood. Also the drummer for my other band dislocated his shoulder trying to do a handstand underwater and I had to ride the ambulance with him to the next city over to get him treated. That was pretty dumb.

Your Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played:

I played this small festival many years ago with my old band from the Netherlands and whilst there was virtually nobody there, we got all the free booze we could possibly drink afterwards and we ended up crashing in this massive tent full of couches and chairs and we had an absolute blast!

Zoo Animal That Best Describes The Band:

Hippopotamus. They look all cute and derpy but they will FUCK YOUR SHIT UP. They are the world’s deadliest large land mammal and the kill up to 500 people a year. That’s fucking crazy.

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INTERVIEW – WEESP

A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music: Metallica – Fuel, Iron Maiden – Fear of the dark

Best Experience While On Tour: drugs experience

Cover you would really like to do? Cult of luna – A greater call

Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features: Song from new album, that we have released on 5th april 2018. ‘Red nead glow’ – We believe that in each person there are good and evil. This song is about what happens when we fail to keep the balance. It’s about inspiration, excitement, actions, consequences and guilt. It’s about the demons that live inside of us.

Easiest Song You Wrote: I think we don’t have easy written songs, every song is written with with blood and sweat

Favourite album/single/EP you have released: Definitely it’s new album ‘Black Sails’. Personally i also like ‘Our own gale’ single.

Greatest Show/Festival You Have Played: We all love to play annualy festival in Kherson (Ukraine) called ‘Krock’. For sure – this is one of the greatest festivals we’ve played.

Happiest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band: Every new song, new video, new release and new show makes us very happy.

Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members: We decided to create a Bro Button mobile app. When you fuck a girl and need some help from your bandmate – just press it. No long talks – press a button.

Jokes You Have In The Band: Everybody sings to each other a song – Yooou are faaagoooot and all your friends are bums – in russian.

Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song: We started all of our recent shows with ‘Read Neon Glow’

Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show: I think maybe 1500 kilometers.

Movie That Best Represents The Band: Im thinking about superheroic DC Movie. You know – dark one with tough heroes.

New Band You’d Recommend: Light the Torch!!!

Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal: Light the torch – why not =)

Place You’d Most Like To Tour: Germany. Berlin and Hamburg.

Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers: Don’t let the world break you and you will change it some day.

Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release:

According to the legend of Theseus – he went along with the doomed young men and girls to the island of Crete to the minotaur in the hope of killing the monster.

And the ship were under black sails, symbolizing grief and mourning. But the return should have been under the white, after the victory. So ‘Black Sails’ embodies all our listeners, like-minded people and all those who stand out, dream, love and believe.

See Us Live At:

The First Song You Ever Played Together As A Band:

I think it was Smells like teen Spirit by Nirvana.

Unusual Merchandise: We have big badges like 10cm in diameter,

and two sizes of fridge magnets.

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

We have acoustic versions for some of ours songs, and even performed it few times.

Here is video for acoustic version of one of ours song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LvrHZuYKPg

For the new album we will prepare acoustic version too.

Worst Experience On Tour: When we have great venue, with all the staff and technically brilliant, but no one come to see us, because of some reason. This happens with every single band, and i think – it’s definitely the worst experience.

Xrays Or Any Other Treatments For Band Related Injuries: Once we got in traffic crash on tour, but with no Injuries. Lot of hangovers.

Your Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played: There were huge amount of shows and every show was special, so it’s really hard to answer this one.

Zoo Animal That Best Describes The Band: The Lernaean Hydra

INTERVEIW – THE SOURHEADS

A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music:

Ozzy Osbourne – Shot in the dark. I used to tape the Rock Show from the TV that was on in the middle of the night and the video for that song was really cool at the time. Ozzy looks like a drag queen in it. It was amazing and Jake E lee was on guitar.

Best Experience While On Tour:

Any gig where we get a rider is a plus. A nice pizza always goes down well. Apart from that all the gigs are pretty similar we just try and give everything we can in the performance. It’s always nice to get paid.

Cover you would really like to do?

Not really a big fan of covers live as there are plenty of cover bands and tribute bands around I think it’s important to remain original and produce the best music you can as a band. I think in the studio LA Woman by The Doors would be a good song for us to cover as we are all influenced by The Doors.

Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features:

All of our songs have great stories to them the best thing to do would be to listen to the album as Jake writes like a poet. We have songs about demonic possession relationship breakdowns rock and roll swagger and general debauchery. I’m raging mad dog she’s my killer pill. Mad dog is about a relationship where people can’t live with or without each other.

Easiest Song You Wrote:

There is a new song that we have just written called killing machine that’s pretty straightforward it’s a slow stomp type song a bit similar to Adam and the Ants in its rhythm.

Favourite album/single/EP you have released:

Our album Care plan for the soul is a debut release and we are really proud of it. We feel there are plenty of Great lyrics and the music is driving yet subtle in places. We seem to be receiving great reviews so I think we did something right.

Greatest Show/Festival You Have Played:

Camden Town London at the Unicorn. That was a good one. We played there with Red Spektor and The Healthy Junkies….had a nice size crowd.

Happiest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band:

The day we received our limited edition splatter vinyl from our record label. When I was a kid I used to save all my money and buy vinyl from the local record store so to have it go full circle and actually have the Band release a vinyl was pretty impressive. A great feeling of achievement and a middle finger to all the people who doubted us.

Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members:

Jake our singer won Come dine with me on Channel 4. Everytime it is repeated we get an influx of middle age women adding us on social media. So in that respect it’s a really cool thing for the band. It’s got a bit repetitive for Jake now though.

Jokes You Have In The Band:

Not sure about that we are always joking around and playing pranks on each other. We are all pretty funny individuals so there probably too many jokes to mention can’t really think of one in particularly. Two snowmen stood in a field one says to the other can you smell carrots?

Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song:

We start our set with a song called My rock and roll. It builds with a bass and drum groove and the guitars and singer have a question and answer kind of build up. Then all of a sudden it bursts into full on. Jake likes to chant some of his Mojo at the start of the show and set the mood.

Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show:

We are still on our UK tour promoting our debut album South Wales is pretty far away that was a five and a half hour drive there and five and a half hours back. But when you have a bunch of drunk rock and rollers in the car time goes pretty quick.

Movie That Best Represents The Band:

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre because we are all a bunch of freaky individuals. We do draw the line at cannibalism though but Jake is pretty handy with a chainsaw.

New Band You’d Recommend:

Red Spektor are a great band. We tour a lot with them and we are all really good friends.

Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal:

Queens of the Stone Age will be pretty cool Clutch maybe Alice Cooper, ZZTop any bands that has a legacy.

Place You’d Most Like To Tour:

America, it’s huge. California is the same size as the UK and all the states have different weather. I love America I go every year four four weeks if I can.

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

You can take the money take the dog but you will never get your hands on the rock and roll of life.

Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release:

Our drummer lamb is a pretty deep thinker and we thought that the album shows various states of emotion. The news and media is so negative nowadays and the internet has no boundaries of censorship so your soul can get burnt. We just thought take some time out to take a deep breath create a care plan for the soul.

See Us Live At:

A venue near you and if we aren’t there give us their details and we will try to get there.

The First Song You Ever Played Together As A Band:

The song that is the oldest is Don’t get caught I am the Lotus. The band has been playing that for around 7 years I only joined in 2016 and we got the record deal the same year but that song goes way back. It’s a strong song and one of our best. It gets the greatest response from the fans live

Unusual Merchandise:

We don’t have any unusual merchandise just the standard stuff although I did make a mistake and got some window stickers made. I thought the order said 100cm it was actually 100mm. And I made them black so nobody can see them anyway. Felt like banging my head against a brick wall

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

We already did that. Our song Demon was remixed in a drum and bass style by Ben our bass players brother Simon who was the drummer of Inme. We are open to other people remixing our songs in different genres. We like to think of our band as a multi genre act.

Worst Experience On Tour:

I once played with a band that was supporting Wrinkle. Wrinkle went on to become The Cribs. The whole gig started late and they over played so we ended up not playing at all as there was an early curfew because of sound levels. So pretty much a waste of time as been there at all.

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

Luckily we haven’t had any broken bones yet we do Jump Around quite a bit though. A nice packet of Alka-Seltzer and antacid tablets is about as medical as we get.

Your Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played:

All our shows are our favorites as long as there are people there and they respond to the music it’s hard to pinpoint any single one. The London ones are always good and Stoke-on-Trent has a cracking scene. Newcastle-under-Lyme has a great little venue called the Free Bird everyone is so friendly and into music.

Zoo Animal That Best Describes The Band:

A tiger because they are pretty cool. I love the colours and they can pounce at any time. Suppose it’s better to be a tiger than something like a baboon or an anteater.

INTERVIEW – SUE – THE HELLFREAKS

Can you please introduce yourself, your role in the band and your favourite album to this date?

Hello there, here is Sue – singer & only former band member of The Hellfreaks. Music and especially underground punk, hardcore, psycho – scene life has always been big part of my life, so it’s hard to pick out one album. So my choice might surprise you even more as I pick a hardrock band & hardrock is by far not my favorite genre – but this piece just packed me in so unexpectedly.  I guess the album that I have listened to more than anything else is Going To Hell from The Pretty Reckless. Despite that I could mention any Distillers album.

The new generation of The Hellfreaks came to life in 2015 after the band split in 2014. What was the decision behind the comeback?

I moved away from my hometown Budapest to Germany, Berlin at that time of the split up, and was struggling really hard with accepting my new situation without music, with building up a new life without having a band. It was more or less like a very heavy break up, that dragged me shockingly deep down.  It was a heavy period for me and right when I started to accept the situation we got the invitation to the Ink ‘n’ Iron Festival, a legendary festival in Long Beach, California. It literally brought the band back to life: but we had to leave the old weights behind. That’s why we came back with new members, a new spirit and new energy – I think this email changed my life more than any other lines so far. This invitation meant the rebirth of The Hellfreaks. When we saw this invitation, me & our old drummer Rico knew that we just have to figure out a way to make it back with The Hellfreaks on stage, as it is really rare to face this possibility as a group from Hungary.

Your latest album Astoria was released at the beginning of 2016. Are there any plans for a new album?

Plans are not enough to write a new longplayer!
We are already working on it. Honestly, we have been working on it for a pretty long time now; we’ve been in the songwriting process for quite a year. It takes us much longer than ever before, but not because of lack of inspiration, way more because we’ve changed the whole concept of our songwriting. The new songs are not born in the rehearsal room anymore.
It had been a long way till we were able to manage possibilities at home to work and record on demos – so now we’re going much more into details, concepts and selecting with an ice cold heart to put the right pieces, ideas and songs together for the upcoming album.
Our fans are used to getting a different sound with each album, and we’re still far from the end, but it is out of question that this album will for sure be the next step in the right direction for us. Or at least “right” in our point of view, but we are happy to see the development of our work. Everyone who liked Astoria, will for sure LOVE the upcoming one.

You’ve also had the chance to tour across parts of Europe and America, do you prefer to tour in the US or Europe?

There are no preferences. US & Europe are two totally different worlds for us, however, they have the same feeling on the stage. Of course there are pros and cons on both sides. We’ve toured way more in Europe, so there are clubs all across the continent we play regularly at, and where we feel like home after all these years. Compared to the US, it’s small, so the distances are manageable.
US is still a new world for us. It gave us way much more stories to tell and there is so much we still haven’t seen. So we really hope that we will make it back soon. But there are also other places on our bucket lists, like Japan or Australia, that we really want to, but couldn’t make it so far.

What was one of your favourite shows and why?

After hundreds and hundreds of shows its impossible to answer.
There are some special shows that left some bigger footprints in my mind. For example our gig at the Wave Gothik Treffen, where we played in front of a couple of thousands of people for the first time. Or our gig at Force Attack, where the organizer of the festival just left with all the money in his pocket, and literally left anarchy behind. I’d never seen a festival so much out of control, but we didn’t hesitate to do the concert anyway. Or the gig at Ink’n Iron – maybe not because it was as special a gig, but it was a special feeling. A feeling of “I’m back again.”.

You describe your genre as modern punk-rock- riot, what influences your genre style?

We started as a psychobilly influenced band, which is a very strict genre. Music & lyrics-wise it has its magical world, but is also has its boundaries. So after the rebirth of The Hellfreaks, the biggest issue was to leave all these boundaries behind. But there wasn’t really a fixed concept. We all come from different  genres – all kids of rock music, but I guess I don’t have to describe how wide this genre still is. So it was much more like that: we put all together what we had and just let ourselves be surprised by the outcome.
Our very first song of the new line up was “Back To My Planet” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qr7CvojaliA) Personally, I think that this is the only new generation song where you can still hear some of the old rock’n roll feeling. After that we dared to make the second step of finding our own new sound and that was the flow how Astoria came alive.
We learned a lot during the recording process – we learned the strengths and weaknesses of each other and based on that, we are just trying to do and create everything in a way where each of us can shine with their best side.

What is next on the list for The Hellfreaks?

Writing and recording the best album ever in our history. We already have a videorecording planned for this summer and of course we’re having a couple a of clubshows and also some major festivals around Europe this summer. Come and join us!
05.05 – Hungary, Székesfehér at Nyolcas Műhely
01.06 – Romania, Revolution Festival 13.07 – Serbia, EXIT Festival 16.08 – Czech Republic, Pod Parou Festival 03.10 – Germany, München at Bürgerhaus Glockenbachwerkstatt04.10 – Germany, Ludwigsburg at Rocknrollbar Ludwigsburg05.10 – Switzerland, Meyrin at Undertown06.10 – Italy, Treviso at Nasty Boys01.11 – Germany, Hannover at SubKultur 02.11 – Germany, Erfurt at Ilvers Musikbar03.11 – Germany, Berlin at Wild At Heart16.11 – Hungary, Budapest at Robot

Which of your tracks describes The Hellfreaks the best?

“I’m Away” is pretty much the best to summarize The Hellfreaks.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=guaEK62mxno

INTERVIEW – THE LOTUS

From recording with Paul Reeve (MUSE) to travelling 650 miles for a show, The Lotus have achieved rather a lot in their time as a band. Want to learn more? Check out our A-Z interview with them below!

A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music: Queen- Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Experience While On Tour: Being on tour: when you’re touring there’s no moment better than another, everything’s just great! You have fun, you play and stay with your friends. It’s one of the greatest experience you have in your life.

Cover you would really like to do: We’re not very good at choosing cover songs: recently we were just thinking to cover Declare Independence of Bjork and you know, that’s a very weird song but who knows…

Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features: Don’t Be Surprised from our first album ‘Forgotten Silence’ (2011):
‘…Hands of gold touch the sacred breast tonight
the ghosts in your mind wake up and die
I can give you my eyes but you must look inside
And later you can hear my complaint
But you, don’t be surprised, if you fall down…’

Easiest Song You Wrote: Scar, which has not been released yet (it will be in our next album though!)

Favourite album/single/EP you have released: Our latest EP ‘Awakening’ is one of our most complex and introspective work and for this reason is one our favourite. However, we definitely recommend to wait for our new album to be released: that is going to be THE album!

Greatest Show/Festival You Have Played: We’ve played a lot of shows in Italy, UK and US: one of our recent gig in Manchester at Rebellion was absolutely great though!

Happiest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Band: When we received the reply from Paul Reeve (Muse) which eventually became our producer.

Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members: Luca is a great photographer, and that’s quite boring, but at least he’s mainly doing soft-porn!

Jokes You Have In The Band: ‘Non ti dico chi mi pari’ (English translation: I can’t tell you who you look like). One day we’re going to explain that, but not now.

Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song: Tomorrow which is also our favourite song to close the set! When we close with Tomorrow we normally open with Mars-X or Andromeda’s Mother.

Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show: Around 6500 miles (10500km) from our town in Italy to L.A., in 2007.

Movie That Best Represents The Band: Interstellar.

New Band You’d Recommend: All the bands we’re playing with apart from The Lotus, which are (in no particular order) Elvenking, Innershine, Prospket, Lost Resonance Found, Hell In The Club, Sukh, Diggin’ For Apples.

Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal: Muse or even Lady Gaga!

Place You’d Most Like To Tour: Everywhere!

Quote That You’d Like To Pass On To Readers: Where there’s fish, there’s water. (cit, Worms Battlegrounds)

Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release:Our new album doesn’t have a name yet, but we will probably call it ‘ The Great Illusion’.
‘The great illusion’ is an idea, it’s the meaning of life itself.
It’s like God’s splendour, that doesn’t exist, but it’s everything for the worshipper.
The Great Illusion is the point of view which can turn itself into a path towards the Truth.

‘This calls for wisdom. Let the person who has insight calculate the number of the Great Pyramid, for it is the number of a man. That number is 777.’

See Us Live At: No gigs for now. We’re writing our new album and we’ll go back to the studio in May!

The First Song You Ever Played Together As A Band: We don’t remember exactly which was the first song we’ve played together but one of the few covers we did was The Man Who Sold The World by David Bowie. We actually played the Nirvana version.

Unusual Merchandise: Still thinking about it but we will certainly have some after the new album release.

Variations You’d Like To Do On Any Of Your Songs: Normally we don’t change our songs live but we tend to add some extra riffs at the beginning or the end of them.

Worst Experience On Tour: When we’ve been hit by a car, or when we risked our lives doing an about-turn on the motorway in Italy!

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

Your Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played: Maremoto Festival in Italy. It was really a good festival and one of our greatest shows ever.

Zoo Animal That Best Describes The Band: The elephant: he’s clever but he can be aggressive. And he’s big as all the equipment we bring for every concert!

INTERVIEW – S. PEACE NISTADES

S. Peace Nistades is a composer for film and fashion, having scored films in 6 countries and for 30 film festivals. Below, we gave him the A-Z interview to learn more about him, his work and how he sees himself and his work.

A Song Which Made You Want To Make Music:

The Ludlows (from Legends of the Fall), James Horner

Best Experience While In the Studio:

My best experience in the studio is always when I record a live group of musicians on my scores or whatever project it is. As much as I do love tinkering with recording techniques and manipulating my own audio, I love working with other musicians. Casting a musician is very much like casting an actor for a role and over the years I’ve come to have my own extended ‘band’ so to speak and I constantly find myself writing certain parts for certain people. That’s one of the gifts of creative collaboration. You are the captain of the ship, but you’re also able to hand over the best you’ve done to someone who can bring a whole new perspective to it and who can make it come alive with their own creative energy.

Cover you would really like to do?

One of my favorite musical endeavors has been working with my close friend, director Benjamin Gabriel on a score for a project of his that infuses Wagner’s Tannhaüser or rather, grows out of that. The moment he mentioned it to me over the phone when we first started talking about it was very special because the Tannhaüser overture has been a big part of my life ever since I first heard it back in school. I’d listen to it on my first generation iPod each morning on the school bus (the Karajan recording of course, from his Wagner Karajan CD) and it would help prepare me to face the day. So getting to work with the material years later, getting to study the piece deeply, the opera, the orchestration, was a joy and an honor and I’m still very proud of it (though the project itself is not complete yet). In a way I’ve gotten to ‘cover’ a piece that I’ve always loved and admired.

Deepest Lyrics One Of Your Songs Features:

Most of my favorite music doesn’t have lyrics but I can tell you my most personal piece of music is the Adaghietto from Mahler’s Fifth Symphony. I’d say that sums up in many ways the core of who I am.

Easiest Song You Wrote:

The Adventures of Iris Lily was a quick one but mainly because I had two days to write it for my friend, director André Hedetoft’s daughter’s ceremony. It was a great honor for me, and was the only time I’ve written a piece directly for someone. Knowing André’s tastes and passions made it rather simple to slip into his world and create this gift for his first daughter.

Favourite album/single/EP you have released:

This current one, Los Angeles Pieces (2007-2017) because it’s the first and most personal album I’ve released.

Greatest Show/Festival You Have Played:

The last concert I performed as a concert pianist was memorable. I performed Rachmaninov’s Prelude in D Op. 23, No. 4. I’ve always loved the longing and romanticism of the Russian composers so this was a good way to go out.

Happiest Moment You’ve Experienced In The Project:

Generally during the recording of the project, hearing it all come alive. That’s the happiest moment. Right before the abyss of editing and mixing and getting close to deadlines and feeling that it really isn’t all that good really but you’ve got to keep trying to make it better. The recording is really the summit.

Interesting Fact About One Of Your Members:

Though we’re not officially members of a band, they are both a big part of my team: my mixing/mastering engineer Gerhard Westphalen and my orchestrator and former assistant Ian Chen both share the fact that they are Canadian educated and play both violin and orchestral percussion. Maybe it’s a Canadian thing!

Jokes You Have In The Band:

I’m often teased for my love of French and foreign films. More like an inside joke when the name of a foreign filmmaker pops up in conversations.

Kicking Off Your Set Is Best With Which Song:

Probably The Adventures of Iris Lily.

Longest Distance You’ve Travelled To Play A Show/Score A Project:

Not very far. I’ve done everything from my home-base in Los Angeles though the farthest country I may have worked with filmmakers from is perhaps Sweden and Norway?

Movie That Best Represents The Project:

Well a recent favorite of mine is Paul Thomas Anderson’s Phantom Thread last year.

New Band/Composer You’d Recommend:

Max Richter, Johann Johannsson. Not ‘new’ per se, but greats that are relatively newer in the world of film music.

Opening For This Band Would Be Ideal:

Max Richter. Jonny Greenwood.

Place You’d Most Like To Tour:

The Weiner Musikverein in Vienna for new year’s eve? I grew up watching their new year’s eve concerts on new year’s eve all the way from Thailand with my family. Ending the year with the Radetzky March has become a bit of a tradition for me.

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

The quote I live by and remind myself constantly is the last three lines of Samuel Beckett’s The Unnamable: you must go on, I can’t go on, I’ll go on.

Reason For The Title Of Your Recent/Forthcoming Release:

Los Angeles Pieces (2007-2017). I see it as a collection of pieces, like a photo album from a certain period in your life.

See Us Live At:

Don’t have any current plans for a live performance but I’d like to get back to it at some point perhaps with the release of my collaboration with concert pianist Christopher McKiggan.

The First Song You Ever Played Together As A Band:

One of the first songs I learnt on piano was James Horner’s If We Hold On Together from The Land Before Time.

Unusual Merchandise:

I don’t have any other than the usual music releases but I should think of something!

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

There are always an almost infinite number of ways I’d like to try re-envisioning any given song or piece of mine. And they can be mostly valid depending on what you’re going for. I once did seven or eight variations on one song until I gave it all up. What anchors me is the story, the characters. It gives me a sense of direction and you know when it’s right.

Worst Experience In The Studio:

Generally that involves dealing with the politics of the room. I certainly think of myself as an open person and I do love collaboration, but it’s when I sense there is no honesty and it’s just a lot of offense and defense and protecting various interests etc. that really hits a nerve in me. I’ve always felt that any form of art is an attempt to find truth, whether it is social truth, emotional truth, cultural truth, and for that to even be a remote possibility in one’s work, it has to come out of a process which is honest and open. And that doesn’t mean rude, but it also doesn’t mean playing ‘politics’. To work creatively well with others requires trust which for me comes out of a mutual respect in one another’s ability and taste. My best experiences working with filmmakers or any other collaborator has been when there is that complete trust and therefore openness and honesty. It really is the only way I’ve found to be able to have a shot at creating something that at least has some decency to it.

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

As I’ve grown older, I’ve had to take care of myself more and learn to manage stress and sleep more carefully. I do feel I’ve been able to work smarter and not necessarily harder, though still quite hard.

Your Favourite Show You’ve Ever Played:

I performed a show in Houston a few years back with concert pianist Christopher McKiggan which was a lot of fun. It was fun to take material I’d written and created in the studio (a combination of writing and manipulating recordings of a piano with Chris) onto the stage. This has grown into the album we are collaborating on right now.

Zoo Animal That Best Describes The Band:

Snake?

BEHIND THE ARTWORK OF LAYOVER’S ‘YOUR LAUGHTER NEVER LEAVES’

Emo Pop-Punk band Layover are returning after their 2016 hiatus, bringing forward a clean slate with their new release ‘Your Laughter Never Leaves’. Founded in 2014 and previously releasing “very DIY” material that is misaligned with their renewed energy and considered aesthetic, Rainsford explains: “The sound of our old music does not represent us, and we have matured as musicians and people since then. We come with a new direction to start in a genre we are more passionate about.” As release day approaches, the band reveal how the EP’s artwork was created and what it signifies…

When approaching the artwork we wanted to using a photograph and not a graphic. We were trying to achieve a “sentimental” vibe, with an image that appeared that someone was reflecting on a memory within a nice backdrop.

 

Initially we were inspired by Real Friends – Put Yourself Back Together, by creating a pile of items that held sentimental value to each of us, however we struggled to think of what we would put in the photograph.

 

We saw then saw this image that our friend and photographer Nathan Heffernan had taken in the Lake District on Twitter. It captured the kind of vibe we wanted perfectly, so we approached him, asking him to take an additional photo for us, using the same technique as on the original.

 

When we approached him, we wanted his input with ideas and approach that he would take on it. He then told us how he had an image similar to what we were trying to achieve – his girlfriend at the Lake District a few months prior. He took this with a unique lens that he was playing around with at the time. Editing the photograph into black and white for us, we were then able to create a flowing image from the vinyl front cover to the back cover, and edit the female out of the image. We thought this created a really interesting design as the flow of the mountains made it look like one single image.

 

We think the image captured the vibe of what we wanted perfectly. An image that looks like a person is reflecting on a series of memories, fitting with the idea of one of our leading lyrics – “who would ever guess that I would end up sentimental?”

Layover Release EP ‘Your Laughter Never Leaves’ Via Fox Records On 04/05/18. Pre-Order:

Digital: https://foxrecords.bandcamp.com/album/your-laughter-never-leaves