Diamond Rexx: Rated Rexx (FULL ALBUM)


interview with Öxxö Xööx

Have any of you played in other bands? I sing in Igorrr and I play guitar in Rïcïnn.
How is it that you started playing music?
I think what made me want to make music that it's the day when I was going (with my parents) to see a concert of a music school in my village (at the time).
They played Bach, when I out I had the throat knotted, and I was thinking "I will be musician".
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Rïcïnn (Laure Le Prunenec) / vocals, bass (live) / 300 years old.
Isarnos (Jacquelin Thomas) / drums / 310 years old.
Öxxö Xööx (Laurent Lunoir) / vocals, guitar, composition / 380 years old.
Have you had other previous members? Yes some people are spent in Öxxö Xööx, we are always in contact.  At the beginning we were two guitarists and I sang, the band evolved since.
Did you make music even when you were Young?
My first instrument was the clarinet.
I was always touched by the music.
At the beginning of my life my means of expression was drawing, I used many years for assert my vocals.
Where are you from?
Like all of us, from the superluminous univers. ;)
What year did the band form? The basic project concept dates back to 2004 now.
What's your style of genre?
It's always difficult and unpleasant to categorize things. Öxxö Xööx it's a mixture between classical, doom, metal, experimental and avant-garde music.
What inspires you? To make vast : The reality and the immateriality.
How often and where do you rehearse? We rehearse at our homes and we rehearse a few days before a gig.
How have you developed since you started with the music? The music helped me tremendously to channel my strong destructices and my dark energy. Over time I have learned to use those emotions of anger and fire to do something constructive. It's far from being the case some years ago.
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? In the disorder. Cosmology, astronomy, galactic physics, exobiology, parallel dimensions, science, para-science, theology, science fiction/ fantastic movies and books, alternative literature, imagination, dream, meditation, hygienism...
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? We start to think at that yes. I think it may be something positive if they are people who loves the project and who want to help him to grow up.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? No, because we work with Blood Music. The man that handles this label isn't an amateur, he gives himself entirely and it's an passionate person, like us.
What made you decide to make this music?

I think that it's the sense of oppression of this material world imposes on us, the extreme difficuly for communicate with his neighbor, on the stuff like spiritual matters that challenge the paradigms of this world.
I often faced with closed doors, and I often had a strong sense of loneliness and incompréhention among people at who I was trying to speak.
This project, the music allows me to express myself fully, without having to take tweezers to avoid shocking the egos of people.
This projet allows me to be myself...
I think that is the goal of art.
It must spawn way despite philosophical or systemic barriers, as would a plant in the concrete, it must be a revolt.
What are your songs about?
All tracks of Öxxö Xööx have the same subject : elevation and evolution.
The desire to get out of darkness, suffering, war in all things, of hatred, of violence to go towards love, light.
Cannot to live in a universe governed by dualistic laws allowing the balance to this world to exist and putting in perpetual conflict.
Life is being exploited for that she devour herself.
I oppose this and I looking for a way to free myself from this paradigm that never not satisfied me.
Vehiculate for by the ego that seeks to survive has any price.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Öxxö Xööx is my personal project, I compose everything and I write the lyrics. The other musician of band help me to arrange all of it.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics?
The two. Sometimes I have an idea for the lyrics, which I translate into my language and sometimes I let myself go completely to the music and I improvise and find words that could stick with the melody.
Do you compose in a certain inviroment?

That depends on the song.
I like don't eat for a few days and focus on my song for some hours.
Same goes for the graphics. I am always more performant artistically when I do not eat.
What language do you sing in? The language is called "Öx" is a language that I have invented, we have more than 400 words now.
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? Human being and not human wishing to return to the light and love. Where just curious.
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary?
For the moment we play always 3 songs of the first album and two from the new album.
Do you have a regular place you play live often? No, we are just beginning to canvass and redo make gigs, there was a change in line up after the release of the first album.
What was your first gig like? The first concert of Öxxö Xööx was in 2006 in a little bar in Paris, we were two guitarists and I was singing.
What was your latest gig? The April 23, 2015.
Have you had to cancel a gig? Never.
Where have you played live this year? In London at "The Underworld Camden" in the first part of Igorrr.
Where do you plan to gig the comming year?
What plans awaiting confirmation, we have a concert confirmed in November in Scey-sur-Saone (event : https://www.facebook.com/events/1616521791914641/)
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? T-shirts,CDs and vinyls (Rëvëürt and Nämïdäë).
Where can people buy your merchandise? Humans.
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days?
I think this is an imperfect response to an imperfect world...
Internet gave music people free, and most people forget that behind an artistic work there are artists who have bills and rent to pay.
I totally understand people who do not have money and who downloaded the albums, I understand a little less those who have money who do not buy albums to support the artists they love so much.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this?
Yes of course, like everything else in this world it must mutate and change.
There are more and more people who can express themselves artistically (which is fine) thanks to technology and internet but I sense that it's much harder to live of music than before.
What do you think of my work? Very good ! I discover.
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? In our music business I really do not know, maybe I hope anyway.
Do you have any role models or idols? The great spirit of life and Peter Steele, Robert Smith, Christian Vander, Mike Patton, Lisa Gerrard, Mylène Farmer, Aaron Stainthorpe, Joseph Duplantier, Dave Brockie, Tomaso Albinoni, Jean de Sainte-Colombe, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven, Vangelis, Clint Mansell etc etc etc.
Why do you think that they exist?
Because we all have a specific role to play in this world.
A great common purpose beyond ourselves completely.
For me there can be no movement without goal.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active to day? Personall, everything can inspire me, in all time.
What have been your biggest obstacles?

What are our biggest obstacle. The matter.
We live in a world governed by the banks so inevitably I would say money.
Lack of funds pushes us to do better and to find means to continue making art. This is good in a sense.
What advice would you give other bands or artists?
I don't conciderate myself like an artist who can give advice, because I think we have so much to be done that it would have be indescent to do that.
However if I had to give one, it would be to listen to what your mind tells you to do, only he knows what is good for you. Even if the whole world opposes, this is where you need to go.
And more that will be harder, more that will be beautiful and great.
I think that the human soul must learn to trust the spirit of life and not much use to calculate via the ego, let go. It's the unique and true revolution for me.
Do you have any new material? Yes acutellement I work on the new album, the preproduction is well advanced. It will be an album of fire, I say no more for now.
What are your web sites?
https://oxxo-xoox.bandcamp.com/
Blood Music : https://blood-music.bandcamp.com/album/n-m-d
How can people reach you?
https://www.facebook.com/OxxoXoox69
What are your plans for the future? Music videos, gigs, new album.
Do you have something to add? Let us love. All of us.

Öxxö Xööx - "Lücï" ["Nämïdäë" Premiere - 2015]


interview with Blitzmaschine

Have any of you played in other bands? Yes, A.G.F. Foncier and collapsed system.
How is it that you started playing music? For the first time I saw a EBM Band (Nitzer Ebb) playing live on stage, I was blasted away by the power of this music and had to start making EBM music.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? Holger and Matze. Holger = Voice + Lyrics , Matze =Synthies, Akkordeon.
Have you had other previous members? No, not in BLITZMASCHINE.But we also have an additonal live member on drums : Rudolph Naomi (ex KMFDM)
Did you make music even when you were young? We are young!
Where are you from? Hamburg, Germany
What year did the band form? 2009
What's your style of genre? EBM
What inspires you? Life, love, sex, violence and politics
How often and where do you reherse? Oh, when we have live dates we go in a separate rehearsle room a few times.
How have you developed since you started with the music? That must the listener decide.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? No, we have a brilliant booking agency: Pluswelt Promotion. www.pluswelt.eu Feel free to book us!
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? No, we have a label: Danse Macabre Records.
What are your songs about? It´s about all things that moves us and we hope the people can manage with our themes.
Have you done any covers live? Yes, not only live. We released also a cover of DAF (Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft) – Liebe auf den ersten Blick as our
first single.
What language do you sing in? German, English, Spanish.
What ages are most of your concert attendants? Wow! I think its a good mixture of ages.
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We vary, we try to.
Do you have a regular place you play live often? No, not really. We usually play more often in our hometown, but that´s not surprising.
What was your first gig like? It was on the Pluswelt Festival in Cologne (Germany), ... a first one in 2010...
What was your latest gig? Our last gig was in March 2015, we supported AND ONE in Madrid (Spain). No, in Hamburg in June with SPETSNAZ from Sweden.
Where have you played live this year? In Barcelona, Madrid and Hamburg.
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? Depends on the venue. Besides CD´s, we have T-shirts and stickers.
Where can people buy your merchandise? They can buy it in all known online stores, but specially our merchandise you can order at www.poponaut.de
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? It depends on, if they download them officially (paid) or not...
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? If something catches you, its not important if its old or new.
Do you have any new material? Our current album “Turbine” is still hot!
What are your web sites?
www.BLITZMASCHINE.com
www.facebook.com/blitzmaschine
How can people reach you? Via our website or facebook site.
What are your plans for the future? To work on the third album, collecting new materials now.
Do you have something to add? No, thanks for your request and good luck!

BLITZMASCHINE - Useless pain Videoclip (Useless Pain EP Release 23.03.2012)


interview with Redeemed Chaos

Have any of you played in other bands? yes, we all came from previous bands area known bands. Bud(Vocals) was in Sinful Bliss and Dendera. Outlaw was in so many in a duration of time, to name a few is Self Hatred, Nihilistic Outlaw: Criminal Order, Dragging Misery... list goes on... haha! CJ(Bassist) was in As The Handsome Die. Rob(Drums) was also in Sinful Bliss(Bud and Rob known each other since high school, formed and ended the band in its duration), Saint Solution. We all were in a friendly supportive scene, regardless of different musical styles, we've shared the stage plenty of times in an amount of 5 years with each other.

How is it that you started playing music? I'm sure just as everyone else, given the tools of heavy metal: tapes, cds, vinyls, videos from parents, older siblings, cousins and such. We all just found our spark in such acts that came in periods of time as we grew up since age 10 and became strongly developing. 

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? Bud - Vocals - 27(turns 28 in a few weeks), Outlaw - Guitars - 28(oldest), CJ - Bass - 24, Rob - Drums - 28

Have you had other previous members? In the beginning development, we didn't have a bassist, there was a different singer, drummer and a second guitarist. Bud replaced the singer due to work and other distracting things goin on. Rob replaced Nick due to lack of trying to keep his stamina and attention on the music. Cj was rather needed as a bassist than replacing Chas as a second guitarist. We did have Outlaws brother Tim as a second guitarist, he was second guitarist with Outlaw in Self Hatred and bassist in Within This Hour that had broken up and he went back to W.T.H when reunited half a year later. This all being within a year span of Redeemed Chaos' first year, been a strong 4 piece unit, for almost 4 years now.

Did you make music even when you were young? I think we all did experimental writing when we were in our early teens when we first picked up instruments, definitely alot of covering our influences to get the groove in jamming and crafting our ways. We all start somewhere, almost 15-10 years later we know what we love and don't try to be but definitely improving as we go.

Where are you from? All originally from Lubbock TX, Outlaw was born and raised in Lamesa, a very small town but moved to Lubbock after high school graduation.

What year did the band form? October of 2010

What's your style of genre? Thrash Metal as the root of it, we have a deep heaviness that grooves along to it for the most part too. We just simply call it Thrash Groove Metal.

What inspires you? Anything and everything to tell ya the truth... we can't say it comes from one straight source but the 4 of us put all our chips in and make what we love out of it. If it makes us feel good, go for it... if it makes others feel good, great! We know we're not alone in what we feel and what makes us feel good so we share the vibes.

How often and where do you reherse? We can't say we have a definite schedule but we just get together at Robs old job location which used to be an archery shop, It literally looks like a tiny prison compound, haha!... barbed wired fenced in building and parking where no one can harass us but we have throwndown some cool get togethers for sure. Gets the mood up for making awesome jams to say the least.

How have you developed since you started with the music? To be honest, we know we have grown together in writing and its been a good stepping stone into what we wanna do for ourselves and what we do. There's no milestone we set for ourselves but we always do the best we can without stressing ourselves out over making music. 

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Most of us jam with other projects and bands that aren't like Redeemed Chaos, keeps creativity up and alive so when we come back to Redeemed Chaos time, its definitely fresh and rejuvenated. We all also have personal thrives we attend to as well, most of which i'm sure is to each their own and not needed to know about other than we do have lives away from the band for sure. 

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? We handle most of the business aspect ourselves, unless there was someone out there than can help the band in some areas, mainly with other networks and bigger levels we need to put the band on but we also don't want the band in any areas we don't want it in. We like to keep the band on a personal/with the fans level as much as we can, we love showcasing in front music lovers as much as we can. We don't want to be under someones belt that's gonna use it for their benefit levels than our own. But that doesn't keep us from talking to new people about any ideas that come up

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? We are currently with Sik Side Records at the moment, they definitely helped with distributing the band in areas we need to be in to get our music out there, but for the most part we keep the band business to ourselves so its just us the make the final decisions and what we're comfortable with. What we do and how we do it is fine with the guys at Sik Side and if we need any help or advice, we just simply ask and they answer. We both look forward to future releases.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Outlaw and Rob do the basic levels of creating the song, Bud writes the lyrics out himself

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Always start with the music, Bud always has a good turn out on what the mood and writing develops into...

Do you compose in a certain environment? Just the old archery shop set up, nothing crazy.  Just good friends, vibes, maybe some alcohol but nothing out of the ordinary.

Have you done any covers live? We've done quite a bit, crowds favorites have been Motorheads Overkill, Slayer's BloodLine, Motley Crue's Live Wire. We done fun things with White Zombie, Pantera, Deftones, Anthrax, that list goes on...

What language do you sing in? English. Unless Bud brings out the hispanic in him and starts singing in Spanish but we're not stressin it. haha!

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? We've seen from just bar staff to a room full of 600 people. All have been different from home to out of town shows.

What ages are most of your concert attendants? For the most part adults due to age restricted bars and venues. We have been fortune to Bud and Outlaws kids attend when they could, they love seeing their dads onstage. We've been in some outdoor festivals where we invite kids to come up and sing some of the easy known lyrics to songs, its a joy and fun when anyone and everyone joins in, makes the show and great show.

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We do have up to 2 albums of writing, and up to 5 revolving covers we always do upon request. We always keep the crowd guessing on what we do and they love to know their personal favorites are being played too.

What was your first gig like? It was fairly decent, we had 3 full songs written and did 2 covers to get people into what we were doing.

What was your latest gig? At Jakes Backroom in Lubbock TX in January 2015, we been on a break to look for studios to start recording our second album which we have fully written.

Have you had to cancel a gig? Sadly yes, usually its weather that gets us in a slump but we do make it out to every gig 100% as possible. even if it is coming straight from a full days work and loading up straight onstage to do soundcheck and set. Its rough but we still do it at times.

Where have you played live this year? So far just Jakes Backroom in Lubbock.

Where do you plan to gig the comming year? Hopefully some really cool shows, we'll just see when they come up.

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We started in 2011 in the bands first year, it started with stickers, then moved up to shirts our album release, posters, coozies, etc... we keep everything fresh and revolving so its not the same old boring stuff. At the moment we have 2 different designed shirts and our album release, until we have funds to create a new product and then we go until it runs out and then think of something new.

Where can people buy your merchandise? They can go to our page and view our merch at Redeemed Chaos or for our album, they can go to download it at CdBaby, ITunes or for the physical copy for our dedicated fans, just message us on facebook.

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? most of us personally are 50/50 about it, we provide both to cover all areas of it being bought. We understand its a new era of holding and purchasing music but you still have the physical copy which is always a great go to source of it all. Authenticity is always the source and way to go for the most part.

What do you think of my work? its great! its always a joy to know there are others out there like ourselves(the fan), keeps everything on a personal level, thats how we like it anyways. Fuck Rockstar attitudes, we love talking to people and music lovers!

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? alot of people out there like more depth and whats goin on with artist, keeps everything goin and to look forward to. 

What have been your biggest obstacles? I guess keeping things going forward, people love merch and music, it takes fans to keep that going. The biggest obstacle is to get people to come out and support, stick around for the performing acts, not just us. keeps everything we do and work for a future to rely on and see it grow. we love going out to shows and seeing our favorites and catching new ones too, so we pay cover, buy merch, support the venue by buying their product, we know everyone has priorities as ourselves but when you can make it out, its an awesome feeling and we always enjoy the company! keep it going and alive!

How do you get psyched for a gig? its just seeing and meeting new people, anywhere we've been, we've always look forward to a great time, playing onstage is the plus!

Do you have any new material? At the moment, we don't. Mainly because we are looking forward to recording our second album, but that usually doesn't stop us from writing. we have the songs to our follow up and ready to record them for our Chaos Crew(Redeemed Chaos Fans)

What are your web sites? www.facebook.com/redeemedchaostx Redeemed Chaos | Metal from Lubbock, TX

How can people reach you? We personally run the websites, we always make it accessible for fans and friends to reach us.

What are your plans for the future? Just keep moving forward for sure, there's no end in sight as long as we keep jamming and making music and people keep coming out and supporting us. Thanks to all those that have been there from almost day one, its the endless support we receive that keeps us going. Without them, we wouldn't be pushing ourselves to the standard we go by, if not, we'd just be doin this within the 4 ways we practice in. From The Chaos Boys to the Chaos Crew, Thanks to you, we keep moving and push on!

I will send you a copy of our debut, a signed poster soon! Thanx for the interview Robex!

Redeemed Chaos


REDEEMED CHAOS - 'Talk To Me' (07/16/2011)


interview with Oxcross

Have any of you played in other bands? We all have played in many bands. Currently Jeff and Andy play in Top Dead Celebrity. Andy is in a rad band called SubRosa on Profound Lore, and another awesome band called Done. Andy has been in so many bands I don’t even know where to start, he’s fucking prolific.  Dave currently plays in Dwellers and Old Timer (mabye they are still active?) right now. One of my more well known bands was called Black Sleep of Kali and I used to play in a band called Glacial with Andy as well. I've played in various other bands no one has ever heard of

How is it that you started playing music? I started playing music when I was like 8 or 9. Started Violin lessons, then got interested in the guitar in my teens. My Dad is a musician, and was always super supportive. He bought me a guitar, and I started to teach myself how to play by listening to Black Sabbath records and trying to figure out the songs. As soon as I got old enough to tell my parents I though the violin wasn't cool enough, I focused on guitar fully. But I am super glad I had violin lessons, because it gave me a foundation to play guitar and study music. I’m not sure about the other band mates, I am pretty sure Andy came out of the womb playing drums on the operating table, Jeff exploded into the world shredding Steve Vai licks and Dave came out with a full head of long, luxurious hair, and he was headbanging furiously until his umbilical cord exploded.

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?

Taylor Williams: Guitar and Vocals and i’m old, barely alive really.

Andy Patterson: Drums, engineer and he’s older than me, so he’s on deaths door right now.

Jeff Anderson: Guitars, he’s younger than me, so he’s got at least 2 or 3 years left in him.

Dave Jones: Bass, he’s a baby. I’m not sure it’s legal for me to even hang out with him.

Have you had other previous members? When we started we were working with our friend Joey Toscano from Iota/Dwellers, but it just didn’t work out. Our friend Oz was on bass for a hot minute...but neither of them played a show or recorded with us. Both of them are totally rad dudes and musicians though.

Did you make music even when you were young? Yes. I’ve been writing music since I was about 13 or 14. As soon as I started playing guitar, I started writing riffs, mostly trying to sound like Black Sabbath and zeppelin. Then I got into hardcore and punk, started my first band, and started ripping of Sepultura in my teens.

Where are you from? We all hail from the wasteland known as Salt Lake City, Utah in the USA. Actually, it’s a totally awesome place, and I love it. Pretty sure everyone in the band would agree with me.

What year did the band form? I believe we formed about 4 years ago? So maybe the summer of 2011?

What's your style of genre? I’d say it’s melodic DOOOOOOOOM! Or Dad rock.

What inspires you? Mostly music. But I think we get inspiration for our music through art, literature, movies, and just living life.

How often and where do you rehearse? Well, Andy Patterson is a bus- ass man. He is a recording engineer,he is in SubRosa who tour a lot, so we basically rehearse around his schedule. So sometimes we get regular practices, and sometimes not. It’s ok, we’re professionals dammit. Who needs to rehearse?

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Well, the band is something that we do for fun. Jeff and I are both Dads and we each have two kids. So that keeps us pretty busy. I have a daughter who is almost turning 1, and a 6 year old son, and that alone is a time consumer, although a pretty awesome one. But we all love music, and movies. I love the outdoors, so I try to get out hiking and camping as much as I can. Andy, as I mentioned, is a really talented recording engineer. He’s made records with bands like Call Of The Void, Cult Leader, SubRosa, Reproacher, Of Feather and Bone, and like a gazillion more, so that takes up a ton of his time. Jeff is way into collecting beanie babies, so he travels to beanie baby conventions around the country in his spare time. Dave, Dave is a fucking mystery man. We don’t know what he does in his spare time, other than be a total badass and cruise around Salt Lake on his chopper searching for tail.

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? We would love to work with a label on our next record. Actually, we self-released Tree and Stone ourselves initially, and then later a small label out of Denver called Crown and Throne release Tree and Stone on tape for us. A friend of mine named Garth McKee runs it by himself. I think if we were a big seller for him, he would have put out the vinyl, but alas, we are old dudes with jobs and kids who don’t tour or play a ton. Still, he’s fucking rad, runs a really cool label, and was nice enough to put it out, because he rules like that.

What made you decide to make this music? A lion appeared to me in a dream and told me to make this music. Who am I to deny this C.S Lewis type character? Really though, we just love heavy music. So I sat down, Jeff sat down, we wrote some riffs we liked.

What are your songs about? Well, on Tree and Stone a lot of the lyrics focus on the Myth of Sisyphus by Albert Camus. If you aren’t familiar, Sisyphus was damned by the gods to roll a giant rock up a hill, only to have it roll back again over and over and over, for the rest of time. Basically Camus said that it represents man’s futile search for meaning, but that the struggle of life, or the struggle that Sisyphus has to undertake every day, is enough to fill a person's heart with purpose and meaning. The songs that aren’t about the Myth of Sisyphus , are usually about nature or about wizards. So, some are super deep and philosophical , and others are just about shit that sounds cool. Don’t judge me, it’s my band, I’ll do what I want.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? I (Taylor) write the bulk of the riffs. Jeff wrote Rivers on Tree and Stone, which is a totally rad song. But, I come with the general idea most of the time, and then the whole band has a hand in shaping it. The songs always evolve and change, based on everyones input. I write all the lyrics. Since I sing and play guitar (which is hard to do at the same time dammit) I need to tailor the lyrics to my particular style of playing and singing, so I generally don’t like singing other people’s lyrics.

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? We start with the music, and the lyrics always come last. Like dead last. I dread writing lyrics, even though I write for a living. Lyrics are a hard thing to do well, and I always feel like they will just suck. So I wait until we are going to actually play a new song live, or right before we are recording it to actually put pen to paper. I’m lazy like that.

Have you done any covers live? Not yet. But I do want to do a cover of the Bee Gees song Stayin Alive, but make it super heavy and slow. If we practice more regularly, I think we would actually get around to some covers.

What language do you sing in? English. I wish I could sing in a foreign language, but alas I am a product of the American educational system and can only fluently speak in English.Thanks a lot America. I do know some German and Spanish. I’ll work on it.

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? Least? Ummmm. I erased that sad memory from my brain, so thanks for reopening the wound. We will say, no more than 10 but less than 5. The most? I don’t know that either. A few hundred? Andy played for like 7,000 people once in SubRosa, so I vicariously did too...through him. So we will say 7,000. We are huge in Europe, and by we I mean Andy.

What ages are most of your concert attendants? Beardos and dads...sometimes our wives come and watch us play too if we guilt them into it enough. Cindi, Andy's wife says she is going to show up, but then never does. Jerk.

What was your first gig like? Our first Gig was at a local record shop called Raunch here in SLC, UT, with our good friends in Dwellers and INVDRS. It was awesome. When INVDRS played it was so loud, the cops showed up and shut us down. I felt like a teen again, the cops ruining our good time. Stupid pigs.

What was your latest gig? We played CrucialFest which was really cool. Played with some awesome bands including the Ditch and The Delta, Cult Leader, Norska and a lot more. A good time was had by all.

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? What an odd question. Umm. When we started doesn’t really matter, but if you want to support us and buy some t-shirts or music you can go here:  https://oxcross.bandcamp.com. With each dollar you spend on Oxcross merch, Jeff gets closer to completing his prized Beanie Baby collection.

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? I’m fine with downloading music. I download music all the time, but with artists I really want to support, I make an effort to purchase something from them whether it be vinyl, or a shirt, or actually going to check them out live (which happens a lot less these days. Dad life and shit). But downloading is fine. It's convenient, in fact, everyone go download our record RIGHT NOW!

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? I don't really care about the music industry. Hopefully it dies a horrible death. Talented artist will hopefully rise to the top, and people will discover them because they are awesome. My boss Paul has a saying that you should never phone in it in, and try to strive to do your best with every project you complete. I think that's true to music and life. If you do great work, you'll eventually get recognized.

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? I hope it propels us to Nirvana-esque heights. But I wouldn’t even say we are really in the “music business” but rather we are in the business of making music. None of us give a shit about making a bunch of money or living off of Oxcross. Rather, we really just like doing it. It’s a great creative outlet, it’s the perfect excuse to hang out with some people I truly enjoy interacting with, and it’s just a ton of fun. If it stops being fun, we won’t do it anymore. If we make some money, then that’s just tasty gravy on top of an already delicious endeavor.

Do you have any role models or idols? Ian Mackaye. He is just an uncompromising, intelligent, and amazing artist and musician. He is totally awesome. Fugazi is one of my all time faves. Ian is everything that’s great about underground music, and the DIY ethos.

My other role model? My wife is a good role model for me personally. She calls me out on my shit, and puts up with my madness. I really respect her and what she does for a living and how she is puts herself out into the world as a person and mother. She rules and is a great role model for me.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Good music is good music. If you seek it out, you will find inspiration. People who say that there isn’t any good music today are just being fucking lazy. Just start poking around the internet and you can find all sorts of amazing music old and new. That being said, we find inspiration from both.

What have been your biggest obstacles? Time, jobs, work, kids. Normal everyday shit. Just finding the time to play with four different people who all have jobs, or kids, or other bands or wives or girlfriends. Life gets in the way, but we still find the time between it all.

What advice would you give other bands or artists? Just play what you want to play, and don’t worry about anything else. If you like what you are doing, that's what matters in the end. Maybe one day you'll be huge, maybe no one ever hears a note, but as long as you create something and you enjoy it, then it's worth it.

Do you have any new material? We are working slowly on a new record. Have 3 or so songs worked out, but we will keep banging away at it until we have enough for a new record in the next year or so.

What are your web sites?

https://oxcross.bandcamp.com/

https://www.facebook.com/Oxcross

Do you have something to add? Sometimes you eat the bear, and sometimes, well, he eats you.


Dagens skivor


interview with Raum Kingdom

Have any of you played in other bands? Hey, Yep we've all been part of other bands.
How is it that you started playing music? I'm sure we'd all have different stories as to why we started but for me i've had a solid interest in music since i was a kid and always wanted to contribute something to that world.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Vocals - Dave Lee
Guitars - Andrew Colohan
Bass - Ronan Connor
Drums - Mark Gilchrist
and we're all in our thirties 
Have you had other previous members? Nope.
Did you make music even when you were young? We tried.
Where are you from? We're all from Ireland.
What year did the band form? 2013/2014
What's your style of genre? I'm not 100% sure in some reviews we've picked up for the EP we've been labeled post metal, sludge, post rock, doom and most recently grunge so take your pick ;)
What inspires you? Other music, movies, books and an unhealthy hatred for alot of people.
How often and where do you reherse? Often.
How have you developed since you started with the music? I think we've come along way since we started and we're still developing.
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Yep we all have are own shit going on.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? Nope and i don't really have any thoughts on it.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? We aren't really looking as such we're happy doing it on our own but if one was to apporch us we'd be open to talks.
What made you decide to make this music? I'm not to sure we decided to write music like this exactly it just grew into what it is and it's still growing.
What are your songs about? Pain. Loss. Inner demons and  Fairies.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? We all contribute in our own ways.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Music.
Do you compose in a certain inviroment? Generally a sweaty one.
Have you done any covers live? Not with this band.
What language do you sing in? English.
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? 15.
What ages are most of your concert attendants? 20-50
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We vary.
Do you have a regular place you play live often? We've played in fibber mcgees in Dublin alot so yeah there i guess.
What was your first gig like? It was a surprise birthday/gig for our drummer and it was FUN!
What was your latest gig? We played Fibbers 2 weeks ago.
Where have you played live this year? We've played 2 dates in Belgium, alot of gigs in dublin, Belfast, Drogheda and Limerick.
Where do you plan to gig the comming year?
We have a gig this thursday supporting Headless Kross in Drogheda and after that we play a dublin festival in September called perverting the inocent then another festival in Limerick called the siege of limerick.
https://www.facebook.com/events/471266816378471/
https://www.facebook.com/events/358996287632974/
https://www.facebook.com/events/709170949209083/
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale?
Pretty soon after our first gig, So far we have 2 different designs of tees, CDS and cassettes of our EP, patches, stickers and on the 14th of september we release a split vinyl and cd with a Belgian band called All We Expected.
https://raumkingdom.bandcamp.com/merch
https://raumkingdom.bandcamp.com/album/all-we-expected-raum-kingdom-split
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? I think it has done irreversible damage to the bigger bands and labels but it's a way of being heard for everyone else and i for one have no problem with that.
What do you think of my work? It's pretty interesting a lot of good bands on the blog.
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? I don't but i'm a gambling man.
Do you have any role models or idols? My parents.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? A bit of both I suppose but the more active bands come out stronger.
What have been your biggest obstacles? Real life.
What advice would you give other bands or artists? Keep going and remember your doing it for you if you pick up followers along the way it's only a bonus.
How do you get psyched for a gig? Drugs, Alcohol and lots of water.
Do you have any new material? We have a split release coming out in September with a Belgian band called All We Expected and are in the process of writing for our debut album.
What are your web sites?
https://raumkingdom.bandcamp.com/
https://www.facebook.com/Raum.Kingdom.ie
https://twitter.com/raumkingdom
https://instagram.com/raumkingdom/
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3W-CtyTLKmJu-iOMZ72KEQ
How can people reach you? Through facebook or raumkingdom@hotmail.com
What are your plans for the future? Finish writing, record and gig along the way, and at some point a Europe tour.
Do you have something to add?
“What is to give light must first endure burning”
Thanks for the interview.
Dave Lee.

Raum Kingdom - Wounds - Live Kinky Star Ghent


interview with Rifftera

Have any of you played in other bands? Everyone of us has previous experience in bands / projects, but Rifftera is the first one that has actually officially released something.
How is it that you started playing music? It has probably something to do with some musical background from the families and falling love to metal music in preteen / teen -era.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?J anne Hietala - Guitar & harsh vocalsMikko Kuoppamaa - Guitar & clean vocalsAntti Pöntinen - KeyboardsJupe Karhu - Bass
Our ages differ between 29-34.
Have you had other previous members? Not actual members, but Thomas Tunkkari plays drums on our upcoming debut album.
Did you make music even when you were young? Janne and Antti did start playing their instruments more seriously at the same time by forming a band with a couple of friends back in the year 2000. A song called “Pimputus”, which is Finnish for “Tinkle”, was a first song played by the band. It was composed by Antti and Janne. And it was pretty bad.
Where are you from? Now a days all of us live in Vaasa, which is a city of 66 000 people, located in western Finland.
What year did the band form? Janne founded the band in 2010. Antti and Jupe joined in right away and Mikko joined in 2012.
What's your style of genre? This has always been a bit hard question. Our influences come especially from melodic death metal and thrash metal, but you can hear stuff influenced by other genres also. If one genre needs to be chosen, then it's probably melodic death metal.
What inspires you? Good music, atmospheric movies, life in general; including depressing news and stupidity of human beings.
How often and where do you rehearse? We are trying to keep up with pace of one rehearsals per week (in our spacious rehearsal place).
How have you developed since you started with the music? None of us were born with instrument in our hands, but if we look back to time when Rifftera was formed, the most significant improvement has happened in the vocal department. Actually Janne has not been in a front of a microphone before Rifftera and Mikko had only experience in backup vocals. Improvement from the first demo recordings to our debut album is huge.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? At the moment we are not capable of doing live shows because we are missing a permanent drummer. So we’ll have to fix this problem first, before we can really start to make things happen in the live-department.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? We are just about to release our debut album. “Pitch Black” was recorded in our own expense with our own production and will be released through release agency company called Inverse Records at 28th of August 2015. We haven't really thought about the future after that.
What made you decide to make this music? Cliché, but this is the kind of music that we want to listen. Well, at least the kind of music that Janne wants to listen, since he writes most of it.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Janne writes all the lyrics and most of the music. Other guys contribute by making some riffs / melodies and everyone spices up their own parts with their own style.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? 99,99% of the times music comes first.
Do you compose in a certain environment? Usually it's just Janne sitting in the front of his computer and writing stuff down. Not really that exciting. For some reason shower and sauna seem to be good places to come up with song ideas and melodies. And then it’s a challenge to get to the computer before those ideas are forgotten.
What language do you sing in? English.
Where have you played live this year? We are pretty weird band due to the fact that recording music has always been our top priority over live performances. This is a result of the fact mentioned earlier, that our previous bands haven’t released anything official, although gigs have been played and some demos made. So this time we aimed for the releases right from the beginning. We have also been having problems with finding a suitable drummer, which of course causes a bit of an issue with gigs.
Since we did record an album with session drummer, our priority no 1 has been filled. Now we’ll try to get live-things happening, which means finding permanent line-up addition.
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? The only thing we have for sale at the moment is our upcoming debut album, “Pitch Black”.
Where can people buy your merchandise? For example: http://www.inverse.fi/shop/catalog/product_info.php?products_id=515
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? Not liking it. If you love listen to music of some band, it’s not really much to ask from you to go and buy their album. Music can mean so much to people that it’s sad how little they appreciate artists who made it.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? Bands make all of their money with gigs and albums are pretty much just the necessary evil that needs to be done now and then, so that new songs can be added to the setlist... So Rifftera's operating philosophy kinda sucks big time!
Maybe that was a little bit exaggerated about the albums, but at least the fact is that all of the money seems to be made with gigs nowadays... Unless you manage to do a hit song that gets tens of millions of views on the YouTube and plays all over the radios and dance floors. But that's maybe not happening with Rifftera's music.
What do you think of my work? You are doing valuable work by giving some visibility to unknown bands that need all the publicity that they can get.
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? Publicity is always a good thing. Maybe someone will read this, ends up listening to our music, likes it and starts to follow our band... And maybe, just maybe, even buys our album!
Do you have any role models or idols? Everyone has their idols, when you play in a band. There's always some reason why you have picked up your instrument. Well ok, you could have also done that just to get girls.
One really big influence in Rifftera's music has been Soilwork, so it's truly strange that we got their singer, our idol Björn “Speed” Strid, to do guest vocals for one of our songs. Pretty nice extra for the album!
What have been your biggest obstacles? In the past, time before Rifftera, biggest obstacle in band stuff seemed always to be finding a suitable vocalist. After Rifftera was formed, that obstacle was surprisingly solved out from within the band. Now we have the drummer-dilemma. And of course it's a huge challenge to get people know about you. There are so many bands putting out their music all the time, that as a new unknown band it's really hard to get anyone listen to your song, no matter how good it is.
Do you have any new material? Since “Pitch Black” hasn't even been released yet, it's all new material. But it doesn’t end to that; new songs for the future are already been composed.
What are your web sites? https://www.facebook.com/rifftera http://www.youtube.com/user/rifftera
How can people reach you? Through Facebook or by mail: rifftera @ gmail.com.
What are your plans for the future? We are curious to see how people will react to our debut album. After that we'll decide our next moves. The drummer issue can hopefully be solved in the near future so we could start planning our live performances.
Do you have something to add? If combination of melodic death metal and thrash metal with harsh and clean vocals doesn’t sound scary, go check our first single “Rotten To The Core”. You'll be positively surprised. Guaranteed.

Rifftera - Rotten To The Core (feat. Björn "Speed" Strid)


interview with Perpetual rage‏

Have any of you played in other bands? Yeah, all we have played, and actually the lead singer Tomi have two different active bands now a days also (Ultimatium, Viilto, and different projects) And nowadays I have different projects also and another band (Under The Blade) where i play guitar too and genre is old school thrash/death metal

How is it that you started playing music? We all started playing music when we were teenage metal maniacs, haha! Each one by their own way. Personally i started playing guitar when i was 14, at that time i got my first guitar. Before that i was very interested to playing guitar , and a little bit bass and drums.

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?

Tomi Viiltola, Lead Vocals, age 39.

Petri Hallikainen, Guitar, age 37

Ari Helin, Bass&Backing Vocals, age 44

Kari Hyvärinen, Drums, age 34 

Have you had other previous members?

Lauri Koslonen, Bass (2009-2010)

Jake Kokkonen, Drums (2010-2013)

Erkka Närhi, Drums (2013-2014)

Oskari Kuokkanen, Guitar (2009-2014)

Henri Strömberg as gig guitarist (spring 2015)

Did you make music even when you were young? Of course! Although songs were typical beginner stuff, ya know, fumbling and unclear etc. But hey, somehow you gotta start anyway! Haha.

Where are you from? Me , Ari and Kari were born in Kuopio. Tomi in Raahe.

What year did the band form? It was August 2009 in Kuopio.

What's your style of genre? Heavy Metal. We have influences from hard rock, power metal, progressive metal and thrash metal styles, more or less.

What inspires you? Scifi, fantasy, horror and history books & movies and also real life drama/melancholy.

How often and where do you reherse? It depends do we have a gig ahead or new songs etc, but it seems it goes like 2-5 times in a month nowadays. we also practice in our homes as much we can.

How have you developed since you started with the music? Now a days we have more understanding how to do different songs, as how to compose and arrange it all etc.  And of course personal skills have developed.

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Vocalist and bassist have their day jobs. Freetime includes video games, movies , books, different fitness exercise. Sometimes beer and drinks, but only for me and Tomi, haha And other bands / projects keeps more or less busy.

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? Actually we are in one called Rytmiputki agency. Yet there are not gigs through this agency, but maybe in the future. Of course we want to get gigs as much it´s possible all around Finland and all around the world.

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that?Yeah, we are looking for a label which is good and working in every way, and which can release and spread the album etc. to everywhere and all around etc. Big or small label, it doesn´t matter.

What made you decide to make this music? Well, we love rock and metal music!

What are your songs about? Scifi, fantasy, horror tales and true tales or deliberation from the real life.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Me and Tomi, together and apart.

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Mainly we start with the music, lyrics we arrange later.

Do you compose in a certain inviroment? Yeah, usually in my home and sometimes in rehearsal room.

Have you done any covers live? Yeah, many covers from 1970´s and 1980´s rock/metal bands.

What language do you sing in? English.

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? Can´t remember exactly, we don´t count people there, haha! On some gigs there´s been a lot of people and and on some gigs not, haha!

What ages are most of your concert attendants? It´s usually between 18-50 age.

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We vary the setlist. We have very rarely played exactly the same setlist on the next gig.  At least one song change there almost always.

Do you have a regular place you play live often?

Yeah, Henry´s Pub here in Kuopio, it´s so goddamn good place to play.

Lets see if we can get another one or more places too.

What was your first gig like? Our first gig was here in Kuopio, at small club called Resistori, four years ago (2011)  It was very exciting moment, haha! If i remember right, all went fine.

What was your latest gig? It was at Vesanto, a village about 80km to east from Kuopio.The gig was great, haha!

Have you had to cancel a gig? Well, yeah. We were booked to a certain gig, but we had to cancelled it early because the drummer we had that time was booked just before to another gig  lame time.  But it doesn´t matter anyway, gigs comes and goes.

Where have you played live this year? Here in Kuopio three times and then once in Kajaani and once in Vesanto.

Where do you plan to gig the comming year? Yet on this year we will do gigs at least at Pielavesi, Joensuu and Kuopio, maybe more if it´s possible.   Next year is open at this moment, when and where will be the gigs.

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We are planning at first as t-shirts for merchandise. I don´t know yet when it all gonna happen, but for example, there will be information in our facebook site, in time.

Where can people buy your merchandise? Then when we will get the merchandise, you can buy it through our facebook, and maybe different shops.

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? Of course it´s not good for the artists, they loose money from the products they´ve invest money etc. Internet did it possible. Now it seems it´s goddamn unstoppable thing. But people do what they want to do, someone wanna buy records and stuff, someone doesn´t. If you have no money to buy record you want at one time, save the money and buy later.

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? It is changed to deep smelling shit.... Everyone who look to the state of music industry today, can see it.

What do you think of my work?

It´s just great and awesome!!

It´s good to see there´s people who want to and be able to drive n´roll this kind of media!

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? I hope it could bring good possibilities for us and reach more people all around the world.

Do you have any role models or idols?

Knight Rider and Macgyver!! Hahaha!! Ron Jeremy! Hahah!

Well, not exactly.

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today?

I think from older bands, ya know bands like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Dio, King Diamond, Mötley Crue, Dokken, Tarot etc..

They´ve been in my life since i was kid.

But i have to say there are some good new or not so old bands too that i like a lot and i can find inspiration.

What have been your biggest obstacles? Nothing big yet.

What advice would you give other bands or artists? Find right guys to play with, respect your bandmates, believe yourself, be patiet, dont give up if there´s problems and enjoy and love  what you do!

How do you get psyched for a gig? Calm down and concentrate. Sometimes beer or two helps.

Do you have any new material? Yeah, we are currently working with new songs. The album will be out 2016 if all will go on correctly. We don´t have any time schedule or deadline anyway.

What are your web sites? Facebook:  www.facebook.com/PerpetualRage 

How can people reach you? For example through our facebook.

What are your plans for the future? Gigs, Album, more gigs, more albums! Haha! This is a lifestyle, can´t stop until the grave is calling!

Do you have something to add? Thank you for your time and interest for reading this! And big thanx to everyone who have supported us! Rock on all metal brothers!


Perpetual Rage Desert of Dreams


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