interview with Hollow Nothing

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How is it that you started playing music? We all grew up with a mutual appreciation of music. It was an avenue for us to explore a more creative side of ourselves and also an outlet for a lot of what we each were feeling growing up. All the normal things a greasy teenager goes through. As confused as were about ourselves and what we wanted to achieve with our lives at one point, we can honestly say that it was music that helped direct our focus and help us strive for something more. Learning our instruments and attending singing lessons or whatever else just happened as a result of loving and being influenced so heavily by music in general. 

What are your names? / Who plays what? Hollow Nothing are; Jordan Leatherland - Vocals, Aswhin Singh - Lead guitar, Ben Young - Bass guitar and Matt Jones - Drums. 

Did you make music even when you were young? All of us has created music at different stages of our lives. It started at a young age yeah then kinda blossomed the older we would get. We’ve all dabbled in music making software and obviously have all smashed around on our instruments in the hopes of creating the next worldwide hit. 

Where are you from? So Jordan, Ashwin and Ben are all living in London at the moment whilst Matt travels up for Wales to practice. The Megabus profits have skyrocketed since the formation of this band to say the least. 

What's your style of genre? Our style is actually quite difficult to place. Not to sound like we’re this genre so diverse and different that we can’t decide what it is, it’s just that we draw from so many other genres that we kind of float between the lines of a few. So we’d say somewhere between Indie and New Rock at a guess.  

What inspires you? Our want to bring guitar based music back to the forefront is a big inspiration. The scene has shifted to a more commercial and pop backdrop. Which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, it’s just we think it’s time band music made it’s triumphant return. There are a lot of new and unsigned bands that are soo good and talented and their voices need to be heard. 

How have you developed since you started with the music? We have all grown a lot as people and as a band since our formation. Each of us has come from a hugely different musical background. When we first started it was a mish mash of different sounds being forced together in honesty. But as we’ve learned more about each other and played more as a band, the music has come such a long way. We have developed into a pyramid type structure whereby the base is the width of our styles all leading to the point at the top where it all comes together.  

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? The goal is to get signed sure. That’s probably the goal of most bands as they start out. We’ll keep doing what we do and try to create awesome tunes. If that gets noticed at some point down the line then great. For now though, the plan is to just get as good as we can.

What are your songs about? Our songs vary a little about what they are about. The underlying story to our music though is that we are trying to be a real as we can. We write music about what it’s like to be a certain age living in a world as mad as ours. That feeling of euphoria when you finish work on a Friday and race out to smash the night with your mates. Familiar things you know. Relatable things. The highs and lows of just being who you are, whether it's good or bad. 

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Depends on what gets written first. The way it is at the moment the music generally gets written first then Jordy will get to work with the melody and lyrics. It’s normally a group decision on what the song should be about though and we like it this way. Everyone has their say and we won’t go ahead with something we are not all 100% on. 

What language do you sing in? English. That’s the language we speak. 

What ages are most of your concert attendants? To be fair we’ve gotten kind of a mixed bag. People of all ages have been in the crowds and have been throwing shapes of all sorts it’s epic. I’m sure the longer we play and the more established we get we’ll start to pin down our demographic. Anyone of any age is welcome to come see us!

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? Our set list has actually evolved in the last year. We’ve had songs and played them live but later decided that new, better ones should take their place. It's a constant carousel of songs but it’s a great way of keeping things fresh. 

Do you have a regular place you play live often? Yeah we practice mostly in Old Street, London. The owner is a sound guy and the room suits us a lot right now. 

What was your first gig like? Amazing. Nerve-racking. Surreal. There were loads of our friends there and family also. Just people we wanted to surround ourselves with to make sure we smashed our first gig as a band. It went down without a hitch thankfully. 

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We haven’t started with merchandise yet. As a new band we are taking everything in our stride and focussing on refining our sound at the moment. Look out for wicked Hollow Nothing shirts, hoodies and all that other good stuff a bit later down the line. 

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? That’s just the way things are headed. We are very much in the age of information and social media. So it’s different to how it used to be. There was nothing quite like savings up to buy your first CD back in the day. But digital downloads are a thing of beauty in their own right. A lot of people, ourselves included, enjoy compiling playlists so will pack them full of singles or albums they love. It’s just like collecting Cds or Vinyl but much more space saving!

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? Things are more download orientated for sure and we’re at the point now where online plays count towards an artists chart success. It’s good for music labels and productions to move with the times though so changes were bound to happen. It’s the right step even though a lot of people would probably disagree.

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? Haha interviews such as this provide more insight as to what we are about as a band. It gives people the chance who perhaps haven’t heard too much of us to do just that. You gotta put yourself out there to be heard! 

What advice would you give other bands or artists? Just keep at it. This path, albeit very intriguing, was never going to be easy. There’s a lot of work that goes into making a band functional and successful. Lot’s of days worrying about things that are beyond your control. Tight budgets and lots of travel take their toll too. But at the end of the day if this is what you want to do with your life then you need to fight for it. To give it everything you’ve got and once that’s done, whatever happens, you know you’ve attacked it with all you’ve got. Hard work doesn’t go unnoticed :)

Do you have any new material? We are constantly creating new music and jazzing up our setlist and so on. It’s what you have to do! 

What are your web sites? www.facebook.com/hollownothinguk/ https://twitter.com/hollownothinguk/ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCLPVw2aoxb9ckkTwx3kBJYg

interview with Outlying

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Have any of you played in other bands? Yes! I played in a band called Strigampire (they are still active), our bass player played in Ancestral Curse and another called End Is Near (both no longer exist), and our drummer played in various bands in France. 
How is it that you started playing music? I started playing music very young, I was 6 or 7 years old. When I was a kid, I watched people playing guitar on TV and thought it was really cool, so I wanted to play guitar too. My parents got me a couple of toy guitars until they gave in, and bought me a real one hahaha!
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? My name is Fred A. Dubeau, I do vocals and play guitar and I'm 30 years old. Our bass player is J-D Poirier, and I believe he's 33 years old, and our drummer is Martin Reithler and he's 30 years old. 
Have you had other previous members? Yes, many! I'm the only remaining member of the original line-up, but we've had a stable line-up for 5 years now. 
Did you make music even when you were young? I do, but I'm not sure about the other guys, I think they started playing music when they were teenagers… 
Where are you from? I'm from Trois-Rivieres, Quebec, Canada, and so is J-D. Martin is from suburban Paris in France, but has been living in Quebec for the last five years on work/study visas. He's trying to get permanent residency and citizenship right now. 
What year did the band form? We started around 2003-2004, when I was in high school!
What's your style of genre? We are usually considered to be a melodic death metal band. 
What inspires you? For the lyrics, most of the times, it's about personal struggles and social issues. Lyrics are pretty important to me, and I like to base the vibe of the music around what the lyrics are about. Musically wise, I like a lot of stuff. A good part of the musical influences is metal, but I also get a lot of influences from rock (70s 80s, prog, alternative...), pop, film scores and other stuff. 
How often and where do you reherse? We don't rehearse together as much as we should unfortunately, but when we have a show coming, we try to rehearse once or twice a week. We rent a place here in downtown Trois-Rivieres close to my apartment. 
How have you developed since you started with the music? We have definitely sticked to what the original sound was about, but we definitely expanded beyond that. We try to bring more impact and to be more effective with our songwriting. 
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Well, to a great degree it has something to do with music, so it has an impact on the band because of it, but I'm an audio tech, and I work with graphic design. The other guys are into gaming, which I used to be into as well! 
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? A booking agency helping us would be cool, because musicians are not necessarily the best bookers. I think people specialized in booking are great because of that. 
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? We are not actively looking for a label, but like I said about booking agencies, it's great to have people specialized in booking, promoting, financing and all that stuff, because we are not that good at it, but also we have to be careful at the deals labels might be wanting us to sign, because you want a fair deal. 
What made you decide to make this music? Well I guess we got into metal in our teenage years, so we got hooked by that style and wanted to play it! 
What are your songs about? Like I said it's mostly about personal and social issues, and we try to base our music around that. 
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? I do most of the songwriting, but the other guys are contributing with riffs and arrangements. I also write most of the lyrics, but our drummer Martin also writes some of them. 
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Unlike a lot of metal bands, most of the times I write the lyrics before the instrumental is finished. This is because, like I said, I like to compose the music around what the lyrics are about, and get the atmosphere of the song supporting them. 
Do you compose in a certain inviroment? I like to have a cozy place to write, so I decorated our rehearsal room and my living room with big drapes and carpets to get me in the mood. 
Have you done any covers live? Back in our high school days, we played many covers, but in recent years, we made a Rihanna cover just for fun! There is a video of it on Youtube. 
What language do you sing in? Pretty much all of our lyrics are in English. 
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? On very bad gigs we had like 2-3 people there haha! Then we had a hundred or so on a music festival. To be honest, some of the most fun gigs are when there are like 40-60 people in a small bar, there is a unique energy about these shows. 
What ages are most of your concert attendants? Well it's been from people in their teenage years to people over 50! But I guess most of them are like between 20 and 40. 
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We try to vary, but some songs are staples of our set, and we play them most of time. 
Do you have a regular place you play live often? Yeah! There is a venue here in Trois-Rivieres where we play pretty regularly. 
What was your first gig like? Oh boy, it was probably a high school talent show, where we had some of our friends there watching us. 
What was your latest gig? It was here in Trois-Rivieres, with one of the major Quebec metal band, a band named The Agonist! 
Have you had to cancel a gig? Yes, sometimes a band member was not available at the last minute, but we try to do everything we can to not cancel gigs. 
Where have you played live this year? We did not play live a lot this year, and we played pretty much only gigs that were close to our city. 
Where do you plan to gig the comming year? Well, we are busy writing some new stuff again, but it would be cool to travel a little, and play in many places in Quebec and further away. 
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We started selling merch around 2008-2009, and we have CDs, T-shirts and stickers for sale.  
Where can people buy your merchandise? You can buy our merch on www.outlying.ca, but our new album is not there yet, but you can still order it if you e-mail us on outlying.band@gmail.com. 
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? Well, we have fans from pretty poor countries, so I don't mind if people download instead of buying, because the word still gets spread. 
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? Digital technology definitely devalued music, but it also made it a lot cheaper to create. I record my band, and some other bands, with my relatively cheap setup, which was not possible decades ago. 
What do you think of my work? It's great really! It's good to see people interested in underground bands and asking for interviews!
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? Every interview is good, that is why I want to do it, and why I want to answer every question of it! 
Do you have any role models or idols? Of course! Many musicians, producers and people that have nothing to do with music. 
Why do you think that they exist? Because we need people to look up to! We should learn from people who are better than we are.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? I find inspiration from both really. It's good to hear what's new and what has been done. 
What have been your biggest obstacles? There are a lot of metal bands around here and around the world, some good, some bad, so it's hard to promote our stuff and to shine through. We also had problems with line-up changes, and with Canada Immigration Dept. to get our new drummer into the country. 
What advice would you give other bands or artists? Being in a band takes a lot of time and money, so if you don't feel the need to create, if you don't get a great buzz from playing with loud amps and playing live, even in front of few people in a crappy bar, it's probably not for you. If you're always thinking about getting money, fame, women or whatnot, you should find something else to do with your life. 
How do you get psyched for a gig? I jump around a little, do push-ups, drink a beer or two, and get warmed up on guitar. 
Do you have any new material? We released an album called 'Frameworks For Repression' last year. We are working on a third album right now. 
What are your web sites? Our website is www.outlying.ca.
How can people reach you? On outlying.band@gmail.com or our Facebook page. 
What are your plans for the future? Keep on doing what we do! Playing shows, releasing records and videos… 
Do you have something to add? Not really! Thanks for the interview!
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