Interview with All Systems Go

What´s the name of your band? All Systems Go

How was the band formed? Joe Fenech, Andrew Camilleri, and Andrew Laich all went to the same high school and Rico Morris was in a previous band with Andrew Laich. We all loved the same music growing up so playing pop punk music together felt right. 

Can you tell about your band? We are a pop punk band from Detroit, Michigan. 

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? We are all from the Detroit area. Andrew Camilleri plays bass, Andrew Laich plays drums, Rico plays guitar and sings lead vocals, and Joe plays guitar and sings backing vocals.

What was the ambitions of the band when you started?

We never had big ambitions, we just wanted to play music we love and have fun doing it. 

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you?

We play pop-punk music. We draw heavy influence from bands like The Wonder Years, The Story So Far and Four Year Strong.

Where was your first gig? Our first gig was at a music bar call Simon's After Dark in our hometown.

Where was the latest gig? Simon's was also our most recent gig, we play there often because of how close it is to us. 

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? The music writing is usually a team effort. Rico writes the majority of the music and Joe writes a majority of the lyrics. 

Who has the best since of humor in the band? We all have a pretty ridiculous sense of humor, we never take ourselves too seriously.

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? We play pop punk because we all grew up listening to it and it's the happy vibe and high energy feeling that we find appealing about the genre.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We mostly play our own material but we're known for covering Fall Out Boy songs and a few others from time to time. 

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We've recorded 2 EPs. One is a self titled EP and our most recent is called Anywhere But Here.

What year was the band started? The band started during the summer of last year.

Best/worst gig you've played? The best gig we've played was probably our first gig with Andrew Camilleri, we had a crowd of about 60 people which was very exciting.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? We plan on finishing demoing our upcoming album this winter then going into a studio next spring to record it.

What are your sources of inspiration? Life, friends, past experiences and drawing on something we may find inspiring that day.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? (Joe) My personal favorite songs of ours at the moment  are "Strangers" and "Common Courtesy"

What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? If the love of playing music isn't enough for a band then they shouldn't be playing music in the first place.

Do you have any webpages? We have a Facebook page: www.facebook.com/AllSystemsGo

Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? We're playing Simon's on September 14th, it's Joe's 21st birthday show so it's going to be a rager!


All Systems Go - "The Honest Truth" (New Song 2013)


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interview with The Metaphor

What´s the name of your band? The Metaphor

How was the band formed? The band was formed when Tomas decided to turn from playing post-hardcore to post-rock simply because of the heavy influences of Explosions in the Sky, Sigur Ros, 65daysofstatic and etc. It was formed alongside with former post-hardcore band mate, Ling. Kelvin and Sze Yee joined in after hearing our proposal and the tunes Tomas has written. Izzy came in 2 years after the band was formed replacing Omar as our first drummer. 

Can you tell about your band? The band is based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and plays post-rock music in general. The band is about 5 years old now and we've released a 5-track EP and recently, an 8-track LP. 

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? The band members are all based at the same location. All of us pretty much grew up there. Here is the breakdown of who does what; Tomas Tam (guitars, manager), Ling (keyboards), Sze Yee (guitars), Kelvin Hew (bass), Izzy Musa (drums & percussions). 

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? Tomas started out the band with the ambition of touching people's hearts with post-rock music which was pretty insignificant back in Malaysia. Most people in Malaysia were not exposed to that genre as commercial media basically takes the center stage. Listeners here are more exposed now to the indie and underground music genre thanks to the internet (social media/youtube/facebook). One of the main ambition of the band is to tour Europe. Tomas has said before during the emergence of the band that, "if we do tour Europe, I'll come back a retired musician". 

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Yes, we've always explained it as emotional instrumental rock songs. Or, we normally give references as bands like Explosions in the Sky are pretty well known here in Malaysia now. 

Where was your first gig? Our first gig was at this pub/restaurant called "Urbanattics". 

Where was the latest gig? Our latest gig was 7th July. It was a music festival called "Da Ge Hui" organised by the Chinese Music Community in Malaysia.

Who writes your songs?/ who writes the music who writes lyrics? Tomas normally comes out with the basic structure of the songs. Then, the band will further arrange those bits and pieces into complete songs. Nobody wrote any lyrics so far as we're instrumental. Lol. 

Who has the best since of humor in the band? All of us have a great sense of humor! We talk crap rather a lot! Well, the best would be Izzy, the drummer. 

What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? The good thing about the band is that we believe in our music. We have always played and performed our music with full of emotions, giving 110%. The bad thing about the band is, we play post-rock music. Post-rock isn't really a big thing here nor anywhere at all, we believe.  

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? Tomas picked that particular style is because of the music he listens to. He claimed them to be "majestic". The songs are mostly about daily experience and even experience from a movie. Tomas writes a lot in his head when he is watching movies. Most of the band members are into film scores and soundtracks. We appreciate beautiful compositions no matter how simple or complicated they sound.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We never covered any songs before. We only write originals.

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We've released a 5-track EP (Preface) and recently, an 8-track LP (self-titled) 

Do you have any clips on YouTube?  Yes, we do but they are mostly recorded live performances.

How old are you?/What got you started in music? Tomas is 27 this year and he started playing music after he witnessed his high school's band rocked out the stage back when he was 14. Kelvin is 32 this year, not sure what got him started though. Ling is 30 this year and she is a professional musician graduated from a music university. Sze Yee is 29 and he started music because of Nirvana. Izzy is the youngest among all of us at the age of 23 and he started music because of a family background that plays music.

At what age did you start playing? Tomas started at age 14 and Sze Yee at age 15. Not really sure about the rest though. 

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? Tomas and Sze Yee stood on stage for the first time playing music at the age of 16. Not really sure about the rest.

What year was the band started? 2009.

Best/worst gig you've played? Best gig we've played was at a big festival in Malaysia called "Urbanscapes". We were nobody at the time and we've caught a lot of people's attention then. Worst gig we've played was a performance at a bar long way back. The sound and equipments provided were horrendous. 

What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? You mean "immediate"? If that is so, then India, Taiwan, Singapore should be the answer. We're planning a tour in Taiwan and we've received invitation to play a festival in India early next year. We're also looking at Philippines at the moment.  

Where have you played from then till now? We've mostly played back in our hometown and some other states in Malaysia. We've also covered Shanghai, Wuhan, Guangzhao and Hong Kong. 

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? Hands down, Sigur Ros and Explosions in the Sky. 

Is it always the same songs live? Depending on the time and duration allocated to our performance slots. But yeah, the songs played live have always been songs from our EP/LP. 

What has been the best/most promising gig so far? To be honest, we've played so many shows that we cannot really keep track on which is the best/promising one. We'd say, Urbanscapes was the best. 

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? Just China. 

How big crowds do you usually play for? Normally it is about from 100 to 300.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? We're planning to play as many shows as possible to sell our CDs and to publicize ourselves. We are also planning to write a new record soon. Probably around end of the year. 

Where do you usually play? We usually play at close venues like pubs/restaurants/live venues. We also do play at outdoor gigs like festivals.

How do you get psyched up for a gig? We don't. We usually just chill around the venues during our shows and if there are alcohol around, we drink. 

What are your goals with your music? We want to tour Europe. 

When did you decide to go all in for the music? We haven't really gone all in for the music as we all have day time jobs. However, we are willing to do a lot compared to some other bands out there to achieve in what we believe in - our music. 

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? We don't think that it matters. We get inspirations more when we watch movies and when we jam in the studio. 

What are your sources of inspiration? Movies. 

What's the first step when making a new song? The first step is always to see and imagine life scenarios. Then use that imagination to get some tunes to start working on them. 

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? We think that downloading music isn't a bad thing at all. It helps the band in publicity and promotions. However, we do hope that people wouldn't just download them for free. Buying albums definitely will make us even happier. Our aim is to sell as much as possible and to make as much money for the band to move forward. 

What would be your dreams for the band? To stick together as always like a family and to tour Europe. 

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? We listen to varieties of music and genres. Some of us listen to post-hardcore, metalcore, punk-rock, jazz, pop, indie and etc. The notable bands/artists that we mutually listen to are Explosions in the Sky, 65daysofstatic, Sigur Ros, Caspian, Maybeshewill, Underoath, Radiohead, Hanz Zimmer, Coldplay, Kasabian, Pg. Lost, and etc. 

What do you hold most dear? Band members. We have this unbreakable chemistry and we hope that it will always be like that. 

What would be your greatest fears for the future? Our greatest fear is if any of us leaves the band or if any of us goes deaf. 

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? We fear most on stage if our equipments don't work as they should work.

What songs and what years were they released? When We Were Once Lost (2011), Panicked Part 1 (2011), Panicked Part 2 (2011), Rebirth (2011), Last Recital (2011), In The Beginning (2014), When We Were Once Lost (2014 - Rearranged), Homecoming (2014),  Those Vague Symptoms (2014), Until We Meet Again (2014), Unity In Separation (2014), Memoirs of an Uncharted Mind (2014), Faith Got Us There (2014)

Have you been part of any other projects? Yeah. Some of us are bits and parts of other musical projects. 

Have you been in any other bands? Yes. Some of us play in other bands in a permanent basis. Tomas plays for a pop-punk band, An Honest Mistake as a bassist while Izzy has his own band called Cocktail Party Effect. 

What would you do if there was no music? We would be geeks. All of us are pretty well to do with computers. Tomas and Sze Yee are IT geeks while Kelvin is a graphic designer. 

How important are your fans? - Very! We treat our fans like our friends! We hang out together and we also credit / thank them from time to time for coming to our shows. 

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? Funniest thing a fan ever done for us was following us around being shy to actually take pictures with us. They followed us for quite some time too! Most memorable ones would be fans sending emails/messages thanking us for the music we've made. We usually thank them back because it's because of them, we still continue on doing what we do. 

How often do you rehearse? We rehearse about 2 weeks once. Sometimes even once a month. But when there is a show nearby, we rehearse maybe 2 times in a week before show. 

Where do you rehearse? We usually rehearse in our good friend's studio called Studiohive. He also helps us on stages and he was the tour manager when we toured China.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Homecoming and In The Beginning.

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? Sigur Ros. 

What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? Passion definitely. If it wasn't for the passion in music, perhaps more than half of the bands here in Malaysia would have done something else. 

Do you have any webpages? Nope! We started using Facebook as the base of our online page.

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Always try writing your own materials, not covering other people's songs and contribute as much as possible to the society because someday when you die, you should die being known of doing something good. 

Describe your show, visually and musically Lights, Ambient, Delays, Reverbs, Melodies, Loud, Emotional, Showmanship. 

How do you view the musicindurty of today? With the emergence of EDM (electronic dance music), we think that the music industry is focusing a lot more into rave parties/concerts. The radio plays those kinda music way too much that they have gotten pretty annoying. 

What advice would you like to give other bands? Always be humble and support other local acts as well. 

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Financial. 

What is best/worst with playing the clubs? We hardly play at clubs.

Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? 22nd August @ Penang, Malaysia. 23rd August @ KL, Malaysia. 6th September @ KL, Malaysia. 13 & 14th September at KL, Malaysia. Well, why people should go to those gigs is simply because Malaysia have a lot of awesome and talented bands. Some of us are very unique and are able to deliver a different set of music experience altogether. 

How would you describe your sound in one sentence Imaginative, emotional, and epic.

What is your favorite crappy instrument? Glockenspiel 

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? When it comes to pushing each other to get things completed before they are too late. 

Whats your Pre-show ritual? Stretches and prayers. 


The Metaphor - Faith


interview with CARDINALS FOLLY

What´s the name of your band? CARDINALS FOLLY.

How was the band formed? I started jamming doom metal riffs with a couple friends all the way back in 2004. For the first few years, we want under the moniker of THE COVEN and did couple of demos. Then became CARDINALS FOLLY in early 2007, and that´s basically the road we´re on.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? We take our influence from our own metal masters. They are bands like BLACK SABBATH, BATHORY, PENTAGRAM, SAINT VITUS, ELECTRIC WIZARD, BURZUM, REVEREND BIZARRE, BEHERIT, IRON MAIDEN, VENOM... yes, it runs that wide. We also dwell deep in occultism and in many otherworldly topics. The actual goal is to create a believable and true atmosphere using these influences, mixing our own witches´ brew out of those. Of course we also use many personal maneuvers in the matter, forging our own style in the end. 

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? Playing DOOM METAL felt like a path that would be interesting enough to walk. I think it also helped a bit, that there weren´t too many bands of this style around back then - especially not in Finland. So we kinda formed like a coven of our own. Not many people really got us back then. Our songs are mostly about morbid things, death and mysticism. Mysteries of life and death, weird tales, strange cults, hidden world of the occult...

Is it always the same songs live? Definitely not. We like to mix as much as possible, without changing the entire set. "Blood Axis Raiders" is the hardest of the old tracks to leave out. I like playing many songs though, and we already have dozens to choose from.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Things were a bit more interesting and reckless back in the good old days, this I know even as a young guy born in mid-80´s. But we have that spirit, and if you look at the leading bands of our styles, I think NOT that much has changed. Now we just have way more mediocre bands formed simply due to habit of playing. But I think this current-day society just makes it more interesting, ´cause now we see which bands are actually serious and can still evoke the true spirit of the golden age of metal. Separates the men from the boys.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I think this correlates with the previous answer. If a person is satisfied by mere downloading and does not care for CD or vinyl, let him stand in his mediocre world of shit. Once again, this separates the wolves from the sheep. We don´t need fake people or idiots anyway, so let them live in their own way.

What would be your dreams for the band? To reach the point where EVERYBODY who takes interest (I mean theoretically) could have heard our sinister work.

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? When it comes to metal, I like black metal and classic metal/NWOBHM aside from doom. Outside metal, I like some post-punk, neofolk, martial/atmospheric stuff.

What do you hold most dear? Inspiration towards life and making music. Inspiration derived from darkness, but to let it flourish in the broad daylight. So that they become together.

Have you been in any other bands? Some projects, but I don´t really ever think about playing in some other band. It´s more practical to focus on something you want to push forward. I wouldn´t care for playing in a 3 or 4 bands on a passive basis. I prefer doing one thing with dedication.

What would you do if there was no music? Probably write some sleazy tales combining D&D, mushrooms, vampires and occultism. Right? Haha! Or perhaps try to become the Jess Franco or Jean Rollin of Finland, by introducing a domestic cult movie phenomena. 

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? Our loyal fan NIUVIS MARTIN from Florida, US has painted us the cover arts of the next EP. Out of sheer friendship towards the band. I think that was pretty remarkable, and I owe her one. It´s sometimes people like this, who keep the scene worth being in!

How often do you rehearse? About once per week. Rehersing must not become some boring sport or casual routine. But with the current line-up, rehearsing is always fun and guys are motivated enough to always play well. So it´s fun.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Heh... kinda difficult. I haven´t been into listening lately, as we´ve worked them so much during the last 2 years. From the new album that´s out this month, I´m most into WALVATER UNVEILED and THE LOVER´S CRYPT at the moment. But this changes all the time.

What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? Well, aside from the obvious reasons I´d say it´s also because we have so much to do. The line-up changes have always taken the band to better direction, and now I feel our coven is finally complete. So things remain interesting. And we showed with the album, that despite of our controversiality we have the guts to make the music we really want. So there ain´t too much limiting us.

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Develop your own style within your genre. Do not listen to anyone but your inner desires. People always think they know better, but...

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? Maybe we haven´t actually had "quarrelsome" times, but I sometimes wonder how I got this far. All the other members have changed in the band, but it was mandatory in this case. Our first guitarist just kinda faded out of the picture, the next one had no time for a band, and our previous drummer was never ready for the band to actually be active. Now our line-up feels perfect, so I guess the hardest times have been seen.

Do you have anything to add?

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Cardinals Folly - The Spear of Destiny (Black Magic in Kalot Enbolot)


interview with Ashby

What´s the name of your band? Ashby
How was the band formed? Founded in 2011, but the drummer and me know each other for 7 years now since we met at music school
Can you tell about your band? Focused and determined, we are stickler for details
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?
All from Germany:
Sabina Moser  - vocal
Rik Schindler – Drums
Christopher Streidt – Bass
Joel von der Heiden – Keys
Jan Göpelt - Guitar
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? We are idealists and dreamers, maybe become one of the biggest bands in history but mostly to live from the music we do
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Progressive Rock/Metal, complex, detailed and music for closing the eyes and dream up (One thing does not rule out the other)
Where was your first gig? At the Colosseum Theatre in Essen, Germany. Very nice Location
Where was the latest gig? At the “Halle9” in Meerbusch
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? We write them together, takes some time but everyone is into it
Who has the best since of humor in the band? there is no one with a good since of humor haha
What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? Its good to have people, best friends, which share their dreams and spend their whole time to make them happen
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? We didn’t really choose, we just came up with Progressive Rock because we totally free in our songwriting, no real genre boundaries
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We write only our own material
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We released an EP back in 2013 but actually we’re working on our first album
Do you have any clips on YouTube?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdEVegd0O1o & https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvYrkIwiu9A
How old are you?/What got you started in music? Early twenties, self-fulfillment
At what age did you start playing? Personally at the age of 14
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? Like 16?
What year was the band started? End of 2011
Best/worst gig you've played? The best was definitely – for me – the Eier mit Speck Festival in 2014, the worst… I don’t really remember, maybe suppressed haha
What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? Locations in Germany of course and in Italy
Where have you played from then till now? In a whole bunch of German cities
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? There are a lot of good bands out there.. best in the past time.. I would say Haken
Is it always the same songs live? Mostly yes, just lame to put your 10+ min Songs in a 45 min concert.. (problems of a prog-rock band…)
What has been the best/most promising gig so far? Hells Kitchen Fest, 2013 and Eier mit Speck Festival 2014
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? This question makes me sad but this is called reality so no…
How big crowds do you usually play for? 50-500
What are the plans for the rest of the year? Recording, mixing and songwriting
Where do you usually play? Clubs, Festivals
How do you get psyched up for a gig? Isolated warming up with the drummer           
What are your goals with your music? Personally.... that people are enjoying our music, just by sitting and listening, maybe with eyes closed and creating their own world in their mind, that the music guides them away from reality. That would be really awesome in my opinion
When did you decide to go all in for the music? When we formed the band
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Their good older and good modern bands, but I also prefer classic stuff.. but if I really had to choose I would take the older stuff
What are your sources of inspiration? feelings and experiences, music, literature, films, and of course contemplating
What's the first step when making a new song? It starts with a worthy melody or chord progression and this will progress to a bunch of new ideas and associations
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? I think it is the spirit of time (Zeitgeist) but would a workman or office girlie will work without getting paid?
What would be your dreams for the band?  To make music with my friends till the end of time and getting paid for that, so that we can just survive in a small flat… that would be enough for me, anything bigger is luxury
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Progressive Rock/Metal, Post Rock, Classic, Fusion, Soundtracks
What do you hold most dear? The Band and my guitar
What would be your greatest fears for the future? Someone will broke up and that our dreams are just naive spinning
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? On stage there are no fears, just satisfaction
What songs and what years were they released? We released an EP in 2013 called “A Question Never Heard” with the 10 min title track “A Question Never Heard”
Have you been part of any other projects? No
Have you been in any other bands? No, I just want to spent my whole time on Ashby
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Studying Music and Media at a Music Conservatorium in Düsseldorf
What would you do if there was no music? I’ll become a schizoid and depressed author
How important are your fans? As important as our enjoyment – you’re doing music for your own and music that wants to be heard
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? Ashby painted at Fingernails
How often do you rehearse? Every Day, we love it.
Where do you rehearse? At a broken, lonesome House haha
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? Aether and Colossus
What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? A boundless will, big dreams and goals
Do you have any webpages? www.ashbyofficial.de , www.facebook.com/ashbyofficial
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Be yourself and do what you want and not what others aspect from you
Describe your show, visually and musically: emotional, more listening than partying (sounds kind of boring? :D), lightshow and mist, atmospheric
What advice would you like to give other bands? Hmm, I think I should get much older and be more successful to be allowed to give an advice
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? In my opinion it’s Promotion
What is best/worst with playing the clubs? I like it when it is dark and the music combines with the light show… but it is
Whats your Pre-show ritual? Warming up and hugs

Ashby - Aether (live at Festhalle Viersen)


interview with Colossal Corporation

What´s the name of your band? Colossal Corporation (Corp.)

Can you tell about your band? We play hard rock, glam rock, funk, progressive rock ,well anything that rock, there is no particular piece of music we concentrate , but yeah we play exactly what strikes us and make r heart fast…our band is more emotion driven rather then trend.

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? Our bands members all hail from Guwahati city in Assam, India.. We have got Farhad doing the vocals, Santu on lead guitars, Ranjan on Bass, Sunny on Drums and me(Sarfaraj) on rhythm guitars and vocals.

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? Basically we first created this band to have fun! Then we decided why not we share our idea of fun with others? So we set up an acoustic mini group with Farhad, me and Santu on it…..then soon are band turned big after gathering impressive response from the people.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? We do covers …but are originals when you hear let you feel an unique way of story telling.

Where was your first gig? There was one pub named Blues which was also the first music pub in the city..we played there as a three piece band.

Where was the latest gig? Café Hendrix ,Guwahati last week

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Basically the lyrics are written by me. The songs are arranged by me and Santu.

What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? We are highly compatible; there is a sense of being in a family, as we look after each other like brothers. Bad I guess we are not that technically profound and are knowledge regarding stage presence and sound has to keep on improving. We feel hard rock and glam rock best suits us.

What are your songs about? Well, we haven’t limited our writing skills with one-dimensional topics. As a matter of fact we take in all topics. However, our favourite genre is story-telling with fictional characters. Our first OC “The adventure of Mike O’ Bryan” tells the story of highly clumsy and absent minded person with whom our fans and every listener can somehow relate with. We have the OC “Questions” that’s about the social and environmental disturbance in our state. Our successful OC “My nights are sleeping” is a love song that has a power ballad feel to it. Our next single will be a wacky one! Watch out for it! We think the people here can be divided into two sections. One that enjoys the music, who scans and identifies the technicalities and musical prowess in a song, while the other who makes an effort to listen to English songs and they are the ones who are critical about the lyrics and the cause.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We do both

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Not till yet. We have released two singles.

Do you have any clips on YouTube? Yes

How old are you?/What got you started in music? I am 28. I was into backstreet boys and westlife till the 7th standard..found them so cool (Haha), then one close friend of mine gave me Bryan Adams MTV Unplugged, that albums changed my life ,completely turned me on, then I realized whats live music is all about and got bitten by the rock bug!

At what age did you start playing? From the age of 18

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? We finished are schooling and entered college as far as I know..Farhad was hardly 13 yrs that time.

What year was the band started? 2010

Where have you played from then till now? We have played all across the city till yet and had a gig outside state (in Meghalaya too)

Witch band is the best you´ve seen? There are many, cant name a few

Is it always the same songs live? No ,we prepare different songs, according to venues and audience.

What has been the best/most promising gig so far? We did the opening act for the legendary Lou Majaw in Guwahati…that was a big achievement, besides the gig at Metropolis2013 was memorable as well.

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? no

How big crowds do you usually play for? Few hundreds

What are the plans for the rest of the year? We will like to release our albums so we are working on it.

How do you get psyched up for a gig? JUST KEEP THE MUSIC IN OUR HEARTS! THAT’S IT!

What are your goals with your music? Let people enjoy and we merge ourselves with them too

When did you decide to go all in for the music? By the next year , since the inception of our band

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Older bands always!!

What's the first step when making a new song? We created our first song “The adventure of Mike O Bryan” accidently

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? Feel handicapped

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Many bands: Whitesnake, Mr,Big, extreme, Journey,Dream theatre, Tool, and many more etc.

What do you hold most dear? My guitars!!
What songs and what years were they released? The adventure of Mike O Bryan was released last year, and My nights are sleeping this year in May

Have you been part of any other projects? Not till yet

Have you been in any other bands? Was in a band called Stigmata, then worked freelancing.

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? I am a biotech teacher at a school

What would you do if there was no music? I would have been a cartoonist

How important are your fans? The fans give us the joy of performing  lets be honest with that. Its great to mingle with people who share the passion of music like us
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? It’s the adventure of Mike O Bryan and My nights are sleeping

What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? Mr.Big for sure, Bobby Cash to name a few

What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? In India its really difficult specially if you don’t play Bollywood… for genuine rock musician its hard as they don’t get that huge fan base and support. I am afraid to say any form independent music is still in the underachieving category.

Do you have any webpages?

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Colossal-Corp/173853149307211

http://artisteunited.com/artiste_profile.php?id=17&fd=058e5dab73b3a4ae356440ae197c80

http://bangindiabands.com/bands/colossalcorp/

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Play your heart out, you don’t have to follow any trend. Rock music was always about swimming against the current.

Describe your show, visually and musically Our shows are musically very intense, we don’t really see ourself so visually attractive or even we don’t try to be.

How do you view the music industy of today? On the global market , you can take the example of London and other British cities, it was the mecca of rock n roll once, great legends came out from that country whom we all idolized ,but nowadays the upcoming generation is hardly interested in them, music forms like acid, house ,trance, electronic are taking their places. Our Indian scenario is all dominated by Bollywood which gets the lion share in everything, right from the fans to the money.

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Local support and opportunities

What is best/worst with playing the clubs? Best thing is if you play in the right club with the right audience, worst is that if the audience don’t care a damn!, to sum up everything depends on the audience.

Tell us about upcoming gigs and why we should be at them? If you love great hard rock bands as well the new genre called ROCKGRASS be there at Café Henrix for Colossal Corp!!

How would you describe your sound in one sentence Innovative, as well stricking to the roots with  great vocals!!

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? When my bandmates don’t come on time for jamming!(hahaha)

Whats your Pre-show ritual? Guitar and Bass tuning!

Do you have anything to add?We shall present u wid one of r songs


goin where the wind blows by colossal corp.


Interview with Casti'El

What´s the name of your band? Casti'El

How was the band formed? The band was initially a project with no fixed members. After some time we saw the need to become a real band, and throw some stuff. The band came from friends who had the same goal: to convey a message of reflection with the songs.

Can you tell about your band? Well ... lol ... I can say many things. The Casti'El is a band here in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, which had promising growth since its inception. Today we are one of the fastest growing bands in the underground scene carioca and with so much effort and work. I can say that we are workers in search of a dream.

Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? We are all Brazilians, reside in Rio de Janeiro. We're practically neighbors. The living farther is our other guitarist, Dime Santos, who lives in the neighborhood Irajá here in Rio de Janeiro. I (Jason Menezes) I'm a guitarist and Vocal Scream, John Santos - Vocals, Santos Dime guitar Bruno Matileti, Bass, and Rodrigo Diniz, Drums.

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? The idea was to protest in the neighborhood where we live, raising the question of moral and ethical people. We used music as a vehicle of transmission this message. But do not stop! When we stop being just design, we now get a message that all will be to account for his actions some day. What goes around comes around. We are a band with Christian ideals. So take a message of peace and love as well. That was just the beginning. Then we see that music could turn our profession, or rather the dream of our lives. So we started to fight for it.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Our music is nothing so complex, though well poetic. We like to make a heavy sound, but at the same time with variations of melodies to be accessible to all people. I compose most of their songs. I like to use cryptic language to awaken curiosity in people and they can reflect a little in their lives with our songs.

Where was your first gig? Wow! It's been awhile! Believe it was in Studio B, a concert hall in the neighborhood of Nova Iguaçu.

Where was the latest gig? Not yet ended our tour. How much pro ainda..lol end of year

Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? I write most of the lyrics and music. But Bruno helps me with ideas. Some things we wrote together. Other behind him an idea or theme and we develop letter. After we took for the whole group idea and started developing instrumental.

Who has the best since of humor in the band? Complicated to answer. We are so silly lol

What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? I think being good and bad is something that happens all the time. We are not good at all, not bad at all. Seriously seek to do our best. In life there are things that go wrong by many factors. Depends what you define as a genre. Musical genre? We are an Alternative Metal band.

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about?

Good. Distinct musical styles We are here. We have almost the same age, but different creations in music. I, when I founded the band, 

had the goal of doing something good Nu Metal. We have a lot of influences from bands of the 90s At the same time we enjoyed alternative music, metal, Hard Core and NY 

forth. We chose this style cuz like many different styles, and at the same time like to combine these aspects with Metal. 

Our music talks about the self, the inner attitudes and differences that revolves around the human being, and how divine assistance can help shape these atitutes. 

Write what I live, and do critical starting from the standpoint of what we live.

Do you write your own material or mainly covers? Só compomos músicas autorais. Covers só são para complementar nosso repertório.

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? Yes. We have two albums. An EP called "Quebra - Cabeça" which launched on the web in 2010, and the album "Enquanto Você Dorme" which launched in April this year (2014).

Do you have any clips on YouTube? We have a lively Lyric Video for the track "Bruxismo". We are working on the next webclipe.

How old are you?/What got you started in music? I have 27 years. Started on new music well. Was singing in churches as a boy.

At what age did you start playing? I started playing drums when I was about 5 years. Then I went to the bass, and finally guitar.

How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? I do not remember. I think in 2006.

What year was the band started? In 2008.

Best/worst gig you've played? Do not think I have touched on a worse show. In fact even! We took advantage of all !!

What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? We're still not a great band. We played in the cities and neighboring states. But we have much bigger ambitions. Maybe in Sweden? lol

Where have you played from then till now? In all holes and places you can imagine. Beautiful places and ugly places, small places and big places. With small bands and big bands.

Is it always the same songs live? Not. We played with a varied repertoire. Currently we do some covers like Killswitch Engage, 36 Crazyfist, and we're playing the songs on the album that launched recently.

What has been the best/most promising gig so far? We played on the tour in support of the band Close Your Eyes here in Rio de Janeiro. This event was very good for the band and for the city.

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? Now we are slowly because we are organizing some internal affairs, has the hard to press, but our schedule is very good.

How big crowds do you usually play for? Do not usually play to crowds.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? Launch our Webclipe and start recording an Official Clip.

How do you get psyched up for a gig? I'm always quiet. I think I've gotten used to the routine of the show. Unless you have a special moment.

What are your goals with your music? Reaching the hearts and minds of people who hear us, and somehow contribute to their lives.

When did you decide to go all in for the music? When she became stronger than me.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? I hear everything. The two actually. And many different styles of music. Even the noise of traffic or the train inspires me.

What are your sources of inspiration? The Eternal above all, the life, the people who constitute it, the losses that taught me to start over, the wounds that taught me to forgive.

What's the first step when making a new song?

I like to make the arrangement first. After I do the letter. Sometimes I write little snippets of ideas that I have. Everything together in a melody. 

I like to compose a disc from a theme, or point of view. Talk at random and meaningless, is not my profile.

How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? Democratized music. Took some of the domain of major labels. But it made ? the job much more arduous. But at the same time brought back the personality of artist. About low, hear, and if you like, buy. 

What would be your dreams for the band? Be internationally recognized would be cool. I think taking that love to do the full support, since it would be a good start.

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? I am a metamorphosis. I like Nu Metal, Hardcore, Metalcore, Post Hardcore, Death Metal, like classic 80s and 90s, like electronic music, folk. 

When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? Missing light, they step in my cables. lol

Have you been part of any other projects? Wow! Already touched so many. Today I have the Haven, a part of Casti'El.

Have you been in any other bands? Yes.is the start of everything.

What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Currently working on Art Master Tattoo, as Administrative Assistant and am learning to tattoo.

What would you do if there was no music? I do not know! Life would be very boring!

How important are your fans? Without them my job would not exist. I work for them, for the sake of doing something for them.

What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? The affection for me, already counts as memorable forever.

How often do you rehearse? Today the shows became our routine. But when large vacant spaces between shows, we rehearsed.

Where do you rehearse? In some studios here in our city. We're building a studio.

Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? "Um Passo de Cada Vez" and "Bruxismo".

What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? I think the love for what you do! Money is a result of that love, that will. Or to keep what you love doing.

Do you have any webpages? Yes. Use facebook. We have a website for the band, and use other social media. Leave at the end of the interviews the links.

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Study! Use your time well. Invest in knowing how the world of music and its elements works.

Describe your show, visually and musically Our show begins with a nice introduction, lights out. But not always in that order. We make a visceral and tranquil at the same time show.

How do you view the musicindurty of today? I do not know the term "musicindurty" ..... lol

What advice would you like to give other bands? Dream with your feet on the ground. Be willing to suffer and fight for what they love!

What are the biggest obstacles for a band? The biggest obstacles vary from place to place. In Europe and the USA, it is easier to live music than in Brazil. Especially when it comes to Metal.

What is best/worst with playing the clubs? Only circumstances will tell. It's just a moment.

Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? Increasingly our shows are becoming better. Always try to do a different show. We are a band from Brazil, and it certainly makes our music different.

How would you describe your sound in one sentence Heavy, Redemption and Glory.

What is your favorite crappy instrument? I'm not one ... lol ... I always try to change things cheap and turn them into interesting things.

What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? This moment is simple. Just take 5 different minds thinking he comes up. But with the former guitarist, was taut. But we like him. Has passed!............

Whats your Pre-show ritual? We always do everything running. But I like to stay quiet, talking with the guys, having a drink and eating something.

Do you have anything to add? Just wanted to thank you for the interview, and say that we are very happy because it is a way to disseminate our work also in Sweden and readers of your blog from other countries. Congratulations on your work, which is very important for the music and the heavy sound is even more widespread throughout the world!


Casti'El - Show Completo


interview with Black Svan

What´s the name of your band? Black Svan

What year was the band started? 2009

How was the band formed? Jagger and Keith met while Keith was managing a video game store called Gamestop in our hometown. They naturally started discussing their love of all things Metal. Jagger mentioned that he played guitar and Keith said that he sings, the rest as they say is history. Shortly after Mo joined following a drunken conversation in the local Bar with Jagger. After a couple of lineup changes Kenn and Joey became the rock solid rhythm section that we were looking for.

What was the ambitions of the band when you started? Basically the main ambition was to write and gig original metal music. Most local bands were either Death Metal or Thrash Metal bands and we wanted to do something different, something more melodic. Recording an album was also an obvious next step.

Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Rich Ward of Fozzy/Stuck Mojo described us best, “They're a mixture of things, the best bits of Grunge, the best of Southern Rock and also a twist of Metal”. I think that just about covers it!

Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? We all listen to a wide variety of music and naturally the different influences have made their way into the music but all with our own little twist. Our songs are about various different things, life and life experiences, death, immortality, revenge and many other things, all set to a heavy groove!

Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We are just about to release our debut album titled “16 Minutes” Worldwide via M&O Music. It has been mixed and mastered by Danish Producer Jacob Hansen, who has worked with the likes of Volbeat and Xerath.

Do you have any clips on YouTube? We currently have a trailer for the album on our YouTube channel but soon we shall have a promo video for our song Sickness and hopefully a follow-up shortly after.

Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? We previously toured Europe with Fozzy and Stuck Mojo. It was our first introduction to “touring” life and we grabbed it with both hands and ran with it, loving every minute of it. We can’t wait to get back out there and play for some new people.

What are the plans for the rest of the year? The album is scheduled for release in October so we will have a couple of gigs before Christmas in support of that and then hopefully in the New Year we will hit the ground running and get some tours scheduled.

Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Seeing as all of the modern bands are inspired by the older generation of bands in one way or another, we would have to say both. The likes of StoneSour wouldn’t be heavy without the Metallica influence and likewise Metallica wouldn’t have been as heavy without Black Sabbath.

What would be your dreams for the band? It would be amazing to be headlining World tours and also the bigger Summer festivals such as Download, Wacken and Sonisphere.

Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Between us we listen to artists as varied as the likes of Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Kerbdog, Pantera,  Slipknot, Carcass, Mastodon, Rush and everywhere in between!

How important are your fans? Obviously fans mean everything to us, without fans we are just five guys in a rehearsal room, playing to ourselves!

What drives a band that isn't all that famous and renowned to try to make a living on their music and to keep playing? We just want to get our music out to as wide an audience as possible. If we can see some of the world and make a living while we’re at it, all the better!

Do you have any webpages? Our official website is www.blacksvan.com . We can also be found on www.facebook.com/blacksvan and www.twitter.com/blacksvan

Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Work your ass off and never settle or be complacent! Only hard work will breed success. Also enjoy yourself as much as possible.


Black Svan "16 Minutes" 2014


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