interview with Unrest Fatalist
UNREST FATALIST - The Calling Lyric Video
interview with ONICECTOMY
What´s the name of your band? ONICECTOMY - It's not an existing word, we invented it to translate the italian word "onicectomia" which is the name of the surgery done to remove the ingrown toenail.
How was the band formed? Me and Valerio, co-founder member, were friends and we had played a primitive form of death metal for some years together with other friends. When they will not be able to continue, we felt the need to start officially with a band. So we started to search for a bass player and a vocalist to complete the line up.
Can you tell about your band? ONICECTOMY is a 4 pieces BRUTAL DEATH METAL band coming from Bari, so thern Italy.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?
All the members live near the city of Bari, in its metropolitan area, except the singer who live in the metropolitan area of the city of Brindisi, about 100 km away.
So let me introduce the band (line up since 2013)
ME (GIOVANNI SCARNERA) - drums
ANGELO SERGIO - guitar
STEFANO STUFANO - bass
ETTORE PIRO - vocals
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? Just to have fun. We had reharsal almost everyday: reharsal room was like a 2nd home for us. and when someone called yus to propose a gig , we felt like we have reached the top of a mountain. Reharsal was always full of friends and our aim was that to compose music they could appreciate.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? It's difficult with words, but I'll try. It's BRUTAL DEATH Sound, so mostly inspired by american death metal in 90's. Fast riffs, blast beat, abrupt slowdowns, guttural vocals.
Where was your first gig? Target club in Bari - our hometown in 2008 with another local band.
Where was the latest gig? Xtreme Metal Assault fest - Malta
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Music is usually written by Angelo and Stefano and lyrics by Ettore or me.
Who has the best since of humor in the band? It depends from the situations and personal feelings in that moment, but basically we alle have a good sense of humor, uhm, black humor to be precise ahahaha
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? Cause since we were teens it's been the most attractive genre we have ever listened to, and cause it makes us know a loto of good people, good places, nice situation and have fun.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We write our own material, but sometimes in some show we play just a cover from some cool band just to make a gift to our audience.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? We have made a self-produced 6 tracks EP in 2008 called MANIACAL EPIDEMY; Then in 2011 we released our first full-lenght for the Russian Label COYOTE RECORDS, called DROWNING FOR SALVATION, and actually we are working on the last couple of song for our 2nd album who will be released on the first months of 2015.
Do you have any clips on YouTube?
Yeah sure, we have an official YouTube channel full of songs and clips from our livew shows.
Here's the link:
How old are you?/What got you started in music? I'm actually 25 and started with music when i was 15, cause my best friends at that time already played some intruments and I wanted to follow them and try to put up a band. You know, when you are young, you think girls see you so cool if you play in a band :D :D
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? My first live appearence was at 17 at a school show with my first project. Then as ONICECTOMY our first show was in 2008 so we were between 19-and 21 years old.
What year was the band started? ONICECTOMY is officially born in March 2008
Best/worst gig you've played? Our Best show in my opinion were the last one we had @ XMA in Malta and Gotheburg DeathFest on October 2013. The worst are for sure our first shows, cause we haven't already checked the differences between our reharsal room and a stage.
What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? In the imidiate future the only place we'll be at is our Reharsal room: we are closing the tracklist for the second album, then have to do pre-production and then enter the recording studio. For next year we have already booked some good shows, as Nice To Eat You death fest.
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? Personally Cannibal Corpse: they are first music love of my life.
What has been the best/most promising gig so far? The 2 I said before, XMA in Malta and Gothenburg Deathfest
How big crowds do you usually play for? It depends on the situations we have played as well with more then 300 people in front of us and just 5 people enjoying the pit. For us is the same: If you are enjoying the show it doesn't matter how many people we have in front of us.
Where do you usually play? If you mean as shows, Every year we have gigs in Italy.
What are your goals with your music? The most important is to have fun in what we are doing. All other things come after that. Of course if we get the chance to join a big show or sign a deal for a serious label, that would be a big goal for us.
When did you decide to go all in for the music? We all have work/studying project so if you mean "spending all your time and money" for the music I think it will never happen. We are able to dedicate all our spare time to the music, cause we like it, it's our passion and we have fun doing it, but I don't think it will never be our first activity in life.
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Our personal background is full of older bands, we wouldn't be here talking if we haven't take inspiration from older bands. But we also support new acts, so if there are some new elements in their music that can attract our attention, we try to mix them with our music and see if there are some good results.
What are your sources of inspiration? If you want the name of the bands that give us the wish to write new music after we have listened to them, I can mention for sure Suffocation, Dying fetus, Cannibal corpse, Sinister and most of the 90's death metal scene.
What's the first step when making a new song? Usually Angelo (guitar) or Stefano (bass) have some ideas on new riff so they write it on guitar pro or record it. Then they send it to the others and when we rehearse we try to put drum patterns on it and adjust it as well..The last thing is setting vocals on it. Then we listen to it for a long time and we revise all the details.
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? Buying cd directly from the band or from their label is the ONLY way to keep underground alive. So if you say "I support underground" you MUST buy the cd. By the way in my opinion, since the scene if full of new band and the money is always less, I think it's not a crime downloading the album first, have a listen to it and decide if that band "deserve" to be supported.
I think the bast way is going to the show, listen to the band live, and if you like it, buy their cd or merch.
What would be your dreams for the band? Continuing with Onicectomy activity in the future. We have no wishes about being professional musicians, and live our music as our work. We just want to continue having fun together, visiting new place and knowing always new cool people.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? I'm not a great listener. Except everything concerning metal i listen to hard rock, rock'n'roll, and even 90's eurodance music - it's my secret passion - It depends on my mood and if I'm in the car, on what radio is transmitting (If you are in Italy 95% of the times it's shit).
What would be your greatest fears for the future? I have no great fears concerning music for my future. Onicectomy it's like a 2nd family for me and I think that when there will not be no more conditions, by my side, to continue with this project it will be interrupted.We have been so many troubles during our short carreer so we are used to resolve difficult situations.
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? That I have a sudden and appalling lapse of memory and can't remember some patterns or that sound is not equalized in a good way and i can't hear guitar and bass from my monitor. I think that's the most importat fear for every drummer.
Have you been part of any other projects? I have played with other band in the past years, but nothing have grown up as serious project so I'm still continuing only with Onicectomy.
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? I'm studying to become a Vet, and then I'm also a dog trainer and basketball referee.
What would you do if there was no music? I think I would have spent my time and my money on other passions, at the moment I don't know which would them be. Otherwise I could have had more money in my pocket.
How important are your fans? I don't like to call them "fans" cause I think BIg bands have fans, and we are not a big band. For me they're friends who appreciate our music and they're most important for us. Until there will be a single crazy person banging its head under stage, we'll continue playing.
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? During a show, we had stage invaded by a lot of people dancing and drinking with us. The best gift we have reached from a friend it's for sure our new logo, re-styled from our Friend Luis. I still remember the inbox i received from him :"Hey guys, i like so much your music but thought you deserved a better logo graphics. So I did this one for you. Feel free to use it."
This is a practical example of how to support the underground.
How often do you rehearse? We rehearse every friday. Distances between our hometown make not possible to play together more then once a week.
Where do you rehearse? We have a own rehearsal room near Bari.
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? The last one we finished composing a couple of weeks ago, We haven't still decided its title so I can't reveal it cause it contains all the elements we were supposed to mix in our music.
And the other one is from DROWNING FOR SALVATION and it's VIRGIN WOMAN CANNIBALISTIC RITUAL cause when we play it live people always get mad into the pit and it's our "wall of death" song.
What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? If we are talking about professionalism and ability of being on the stage making people crazy even they only were a 3 pieces band, I can certainly say HATE ETERNAL.
Under a sentimental point of view I think the best show i've seen was my first Cannibal Corpse show, cause I said before, they're my first musical love, and first love could be never forgotten XD
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? For us the only way to go on is getting fun from every situation we are involved in. The aim to visit new places, have fun with new people, meet new musician and have some beer together is the only thing that drive us. We don't want to live with our music, so I can't tell you what makes a band try to live on their music. Maybe music it's the only passion they have in their life so it's fair if they wanted to use it to build up some money.
Do you have any webpages?
yeah sure, we have social network pages.
www.onicectomymech.bigcartel.com - if you want to support us and buy our merch: we have new cool tees, take a look if you want to be the coolest for this summer.
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Live, play and act just following your attitude and you will get more chance to get respect from the people.
Describe your show, visually and musically Visually we don't use any scenography or special effects, just our logo banner behind the drums: You can just see 4 guys having fun on the stage, doing their best on their instruments, banging their head; Musically I can describe our show as a straight punch in the face, some riffs are so groovy and our aim is to create the right atmosphere for circle pits, wall of death, blood and violence under the stage.
How do you view the musicindurty of today? Talking about underground music industry, in my opinion it's an hard and dark period for it. People does not support anymore in the right way, digital devices have substituted cd, so it's hard for the labels to sell their productions, often they can't recover the costs and they have no incentives to spend their money on new bands.
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Maybe it's getting the chance to play good live shows, in cool venue, receiving what they deserve, I'm talking mainly about what happen in Italy. Venue owners are not interested into organizing metal gigs, and if they do it, at last they can't/want to pay the bands cause expenses are greater then benefits. I think an importat role in this situation is represented by metalheads, who likes so much filling their mouth with the word "SUPPORT" but then prefer see live shows on YouTube sitting their ass on a comfortable sofa or spend a lot of money for big festivals, - spending almost all the time having beers, taking photos to post on their FB page and complaining on hot temperature, beer and food that cost to much and so on...
What is best/worst with playing the clubs? I prefer playing in small clubs cause there's a more familiar atmosphere and no barriers between musician and audience. The worst is then usually the sound is very bad and no one can understand what you're playing, but that's not a big problem if you can deal it with groovy and powerful sound.
Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? We have no gigs scheduled for next months until 2015 cause we are busy with finishing the songwriting, pre production and recording of the new album. By the way you should come to our next show first of all to have a beer all together, then you can get the chance to listen to our new songs, if you want to break some bones or need to vent anger against someone our pit is the right place, and our music the best soundtrack for it.
How would you describe your sound in one sentence Get away from railway, high speed train is passing by!!!
What was one of the most quarrelsome times for you in the band? Sometimes there are misunderstandings, due to musical reasons or cause someone it's not giving his best or cannot accept criticism or advices. Fortunately we have been able to solve any situations and we are still doing everything together. Then tons of beers is the best way to forget every problem.
Whats your Pre-show ritual? WE have a warm up into the backstage expecially for me on the drums, setting all the cymbals on the stands, everybody take his personal setlist copy, tuning guitar and bass. Then revise all the show details, taking beers and bottles of water to bring on the stage.
Would you like to add anything else? Thank you so much for giving me the chance to have some words with you and with all the friends that will read this intervew on your blog. If I've been able to intrigue your attention, you're welcome on our official pages..Feel free to visit and contact us. Thanks to everyone for the precious support.
Onicectomy - Merciless Carnal Redemption (Live @ XMA 2014)
interview with OUTERNATIONAL
How was the band formed? WE STARTED IN NEW YORK CITY WITH A MISSION TO CREATE REVOLUTION ROCK FOR THE 21ST CENTURY. MILES (SINGER) AND JESSE (BASSIST) MET JOE STRUMMER BACK IN 2003 AND HE TOLD THEM TO "START A BAND!"
Can you tell about your band? WE TAKE THINGS VERY SERIOUSLY. LIFE IS NOT A GAME.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? MILES (SINGER) IS FROM MANHATTAN NEW YORK. JESSE (BASSIST) IS FROM NEW JERSEY. LEO (GUITARIST) IS FROM SEATTLE. NATE (DRUMMER) IS FROM FLORIDA
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? THE AMBITION WAS TO BE SOMEWHERE NEAR AS GOOD AND IMPORTANT AS BANDS LIKE THE CLASH, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, THE DEAD KENNEDYS, OPERATION IVY, BOB DYLAN
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? WE PLAY ROCK MUSIC, BUT WE ALSO LISTEN TO A LOT OF LATINO MUSIC AND HIP HOP AND REGGAE. WE LOVE TO DANCE AND WE HATE POLITE SMOOTH MUSIC. WE LIKE TO SING BUT WE ARE NOT TRAINED SINGERS. WILL YOU JOIN US?
Where was your first gig? AT THE ARAB-AMERICAN ART SPACE CALLED "ALWAN" IN MANHATTAN NEW YORK. IT WAS A BENEFIT TO HELP PALESTINIAN ACTIVISTS
Where was the latest gig? WE PLAYED AN ACOUSTIC SHOW IN A NOT TRENDY PART OF BERLIN CALLED SPANDAU. IT WAS A TURKISH BAR AND WE SANG ACOUSTIC WITH NO MICORPHONES. TOMORROW WE PLAY A BIG ELECTRIC SHOW IN BERLIN, IT WILL BE VERY DIFFERENT
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? THE MUSIC IS 100% COLLABORATION. MILES WRITES 80% OF THE LYRICS, BUT WE DISCUSS ALL THE CONCEPTS TOGETHER
Who has the best since of humor in the band? THE DRUMMER. ITS ALWAYS THE DRUMMER. HAHA
What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are? WE PLAY A STYLE OF MUSIC WE INVENTED CALLED "FUTURE ROCK" ITS A MIX OF DIFFERENT OLD STYLES WITH A NEW PURPOSE. THAT'S WHAT IS BOTH GOOD AND BAD ABOUT OUTERNATIONAL. ITS OLD BUT ITS NEW.
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? OUR SONGS ARE ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY FOR REVOLUTION ON PLANET EARTH. SOMETIMES WE WRITE ABOUT THE WHOLE THING, SOMETIMES WE WRITE ABOUT SMALL EXAMPLES OR SMALLER FEELINGS. WE PLAY THE SOUNDS WE PLAY TO REFERENCE A MILLION THINGS FROM THE PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE. MUSIC IS DIRECT EMOTIONAL COMMUNICATION.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? MOSTLY ORIGINAL, BUT WE LIKE PLAYING COVERS. ITS A GOOD CHALLENGE TO TAKE A GREAT SONG AND DO SOMETHING DIFFERENT WITH IT.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? WE HAVE 4 ALBUMS: TODOS SOMOS ILEGALES, FUTURE ROCK, HERE IS THE ROSE, AND EYES ON FIRE
Do you have any clips on YouTube? OF COURSE! YOUTUBE.COM/OUTERNATIONAL
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? I WAS 21 YEARS OLD. I WAS SO NERVOUS I FORGOT TO PLUG IN MY GUITAR AND I THOUGHT MY AMPLIFIER WAS BROKEN.
What year was the band started? ITS A SECRET
Best/worst gig you've played?
WORST GIG OF THIS TOUR WAS A SHOW IN FRANCE WHERE THE SOUNDMAN WAS SO DRUNK ALL WE COULD HEAR WAS FEEDBACK. THE AUDIENCE WAS SO DRUNK THEY DIDN'T NOTICE WHEN WE STOPPED PLAYING
BEST GIG WAS WHEN WE PLAYED IN BOGOTA COLOMBIA FOR THE FIRST TIME AND 1000 PEOPLE WERE SINGING ALONG WITH US. IT WAS THE FIRST WEEK OF MAY AND THE POLITICAL SPIRIT IN THE AIR WAS INCREDIBLE.
What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? BERLIN AND OTHER CITIES IN GERMANY. BELGIUM. FRANCE. NEW YORK. BOGOTA COLOMBIA
Where have you played from then till now? FRANCE, GERMANY, CZECH REPUBLIC, USA, CANADA, MEXICO, COLOMBIA, ARGENTINA
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? GOGOL BORDELLO, RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE, MANU CHAO
Is it always the same songs live? EVERY NIGHT IS DIFFERENT. ACCIDENTS ARE EXCITING. INSPIRATION MOVES LIKE WIND.
How do you get psyched up for a gig? LISTEN TO MUSIC, READ THE NEWS, THINK ABOUT THE WORLD
What are your goals with your music? WORLDWIDE REVOLUTION
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? OLDER BANDS. I HOPE TO DISCOVER MORE INSPIRING NEW BANDS
What are your sources of inspiration? CHILDREN. THE POTENTIAL OF HUMANITY. WOMEN WHO BREAK RULES. JIMI HENDRIX.
What's the first step when making a new song? PLAY SOMETHING! HAVE AN IDEA!
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? GO AHEAD AND DOWNLOAD I DO IT ALL THE TIME
What would be your dreams for the band? HAVE OUR OWN REHEARSAL SPACE THAT IS ALSO A CONCERT HALL. BE A PART OF A GLOBAL SCENE OF RADICAL BANDS WHO PLAY MANY STYLES OF MUSIC. HELP RAISE A NEW GENERATION OF REVOLUTIONARIES.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? SALSA, CUMBIA, PUNK, METAL, PSYCHEDELIC ROCK, AFROBEAT, REGGAE, SOUL, BLUES, RAP, TROPICAL BASS, BACHATA, 60'S JAZZ, SO MUCH MORE
What would you do if there was no music? PAINT, DRAW AND BE A TEACHER
How important are your fans? THEY ARE THE REASON. EVEN IF THEY DON'T KNOW IT YET
How often do you rehearse? NOT ENOUGH
Where do you rehearse? ON STAGE IN FRONT OF THE AUDIENCE
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment? TODOS SOMOS ILEGALES, FIRST AMONG EQUALS
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? THE DREAM OF WORLDWIDE REVOLUTION AND THE CULTURE WE NEED NOW TO GET THERE
Do you have any webpages? OUTERNATIONAL.NET
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there?DONT TRY TO MAKE A GREAT WORK OF ART. TRY TO FULFILL A GREAT NEED
OUTERNATIONAL / FOR IT ALL NOW (subtítulos español) [1080 HD]
interview with Valonkantajat
How was the band formed? Somewhere around 2010 I (Jaake Nikkilä) got really fed up playing Bon Jovi etc. overs in a coverband. I wanted to play again my own songs - much heavier stuff - so I asked the drummer Juha Korpinen and basist Ari Vilkman if they would like to start playing in a new band. They did. We asked local talented solo guitarist Ville Saloranta to join the band, and there we were.
Can you tell about your band? Valonkantajat plays unconventional metal rock. Lyrics are in Finnish. Our current line-up is: Jaake Nikkilä - vocals and guitar Ville Saloranta - guitar Juha Korpinen - drums Jukka Hjelm - bass
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band? All the players are from Southern Finland, living in 40-70 km distance from Helsinki.
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? To make good music.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? Our goal is to make big melodies with harsh backroud. In other words to combine something beautiful with something harsh or even ugly. We sing in Finnish since no other language describes better the Finnish melancholic atmosphere.
Where was your first gig? In Riihimäki, on July 2011 (if I remember right).
Where was the latest gig? June 14th 2014, in Oulu at bar Hevimesta.
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? I do all the music and lyrics except guitar solos, which are usually composed by Ville Saloranta.
What's good/bad with the band?
Good: The feeling you get when playing the music.
Bad: The feeling you get when losing all your savings in order to get your music puplished.
What genre do you feel you are? Somewhere between rock and metal.
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? This style just "comes with the music": Heavy sounds with melodic, rather clean singing.
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? We have sometimes played a cover song in our live set, but many times all the songs in the set are our own material. Our albums include only own material.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? "Tuomittu elämään" 2012, and "Pimentola" 2014. Both of them were released by Violent Journey Records.
Do you have any clips on YouTube?
Yes, clips and whole songs. For instance:
Valonkantajat - Tuomittu elämään:http://youtu.be/1Qls303WuP4
What got you started in music? I started with classical music (flute) when I was about 8 years old. Later on I wanted to change to classic guitar and soon after that came electric guitar and thrashmetal (which, surprise, I could not study in music college).
At what age did you start playing? Flute 8, guitar 12, electrc guitar 13 years old.
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? I don't know about the rest of the band, but I played my fist gig with a band (thrashmetal band called Damage) when I was 15.
What year was the band started? 2010.
What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? I guess it will be a mini tour, 3-4 gigs in Finland next fall. Nothing confirmed yet.
Where have you played from then till now? Most of the gigs have so far been in rock clubs in southern Finland, but we have played also couple of festival gigs and one gig in Tallinn, Estonia.
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? There are many great gigs but Type O Negative on November Rust tour with Moonspell 1996, at Pakkahuone, Tampere is one to remember.
Is it always the same songs live? No. Usually we change at least one song in the set.
What has been the best/most promising gig so far? Riihimäki Rock festival 2013. We had a chance to play with big Finnish artists at the same stage.
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? No. We are looking forward having some day a proper management and gig booking.
How big crowds do you usually play for? 30-150.
What are the plans for the rest of the year? We will record couple of new songs for pre-production and hopefully play some gigs.
Where do you usually play? At rock clubs.
How do you get psyched up for a gig? Good food, some beers and feeling of good gig ahead.
What are your goals with your music? To make so goddamn good songs that we will be remembered.
When did you decide to go all in for the music? We can't go all in for the music: thanks to electronic revolution in music business (and rare gigs), it does not pay off. Fortunately all players have jobs, so we are able to finance this utterly expensive hobby.
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? Hard to say. I get inspiration from many kinds of music I listen to.
What are your sources of inspiration? All sorts of music. Usually my thoughts go like this: "No, that melody should not go like that. I could do it better."
What's the first step when making a new song? Usually the first step is the melody for chorus. Then verses, C-part etc. possible extra parts for the song. I write the lyrics last.
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums?
It's ok as long as the artists get proper payment for their work. Illegal ripping of albums might promote bands, but if artists do not get back any or very little of the money they invested to the the album, eventually the money will run out and there will be NO new albums.
What would be your dreams for the band? More gigs, proper management and gig booking, record company that can share the costs and risks.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Lots of different kinds of music, but at the end mainly heavy sounding melodic music: Tool, Death, Fair to Midland, Gojira, Muse, Coroner, Stam1na, Type O Negative, etc.
What do you hold most dear? My wife and kids.
What would be your greatest fears for the future? To lose my loved ones.
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? I don't feel fear while being at the stage.
Have you been in any other bands? I played in a thrash metal band called "Damage" 1989-1996. After that I had a band called "Fleam" for couple of years (1999-2001). Then I played some years in a cover band.
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? I'm a teacher of biology and geography for Middle School students.
What would you do if there was no music? All the other stuff in my life.
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? Some fans have tried and also succeeded to book a gig for us to a venue close them, just to see us live.
How often do you rehearse? Once a week when there's a gig ahead.
Where do you rehearse? At Riihimäki, some 70 km northwest from Helsinki.
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment. "Tuomittu elämään" has become a long time favorite. Another one might be a new song and yet unpuplished "Vastavirtaan".
What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? Muse.
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? This is one fucking expensive "work" for us and we are fortunate to be in position where we don't HAVE to make living out of music. We, or at least I as a financer would be broke.
So what is the sense in throwing thousands and thousands of euros down the drain again and again? The answer is that at the end we are not doing this for money but because we love making music.
Do you have any webpages?
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? Make and play music that you like playing, not the music people like and ask for. That is because most of people want to hear meaningless mainstream crap.
How do you view the musicindurty of today? Sick. Autotuned, over-produced posers are pushed to the front and the genuine talented and independent artists drown to the mass.
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? Hard competition that comes from surplus of bands/artists. At the same time rock clubs, rock medias and record labels are struggling to survive. It shows as difficulties in getting gigs, media space and recording deals.
What is best/worst with playing the clubs? Best are the clubs that appreciate artists. Worst are clubs that don't, plus have crappy facilities or no facilities at all for artists.
Tell us about upcomming gigs and why we should be at them? Hopefully there will be some gigs at next fall. Many fans have told us that Valonkantajat is better live than in studio album. Maybe the secret is in our stunning looks.
Valonkantajat - Voimasäkeet
interview with Mos Generator
How was the band formed? the three of us played together in another band when we were younger and we decided to form another band in 2000.
Can you tell about your band? We are a three piece heavy rock band from Port Orchard, Washington (USA). we formed in 2000 and have been making records and touring for 14 years.
Where are all band members from?/Who does what in the band?
Tony Reed: guitar, vocals (Treepeople, blood of the Sun)
Shawn Johnson: drum (mindfunk)
Scooter Haslip: bass (voodoo gearshift)
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? We really just wanted to play the kind of music we grew up listening to. we had already played music together for many years before mos generator so it was easy for us to play well together.
Could you explain your music to someone that haven't heard you? i usually say 1970s influenced heavy rock like black sabbath or led zeppelin
Where was your first gig? it was in our hometown of Port Orchard april 21st of 2001
Where was the latest gig? Hellfest in France
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? I write most of the song and there are contributions from the other members
Who has the best since of humor in the band? i guess it depends on what you find funny. each of is funny in our own way
What's good/bad with the band?/What genre do you feel you are?
good is that we play together very well and can improvise on stage. we can read each others minds and anticipate what the other person is going to do or play off the feeling the one musician is projecting.
bad is that we can't tour very much.
i would say that we fit well in heavy rock or stoner rock
Why did you pick that particular style?/What are your songs about? the style we write in is very natural to us. it is music like we grew up listening to and have been playing since we were teenagers. our older songs had more science fiction themes to them but our newer material has more human and personal lyrics
Do you write your own material or mainly covers? we have done some covers ocer the year but it's almost all originals
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they?
DISCOGRAPHY ~ ELECTRIC MOUNTAIN MAJESTY ~ CD/LP (Listenable Records April 2014) MOS GENERATOR / TEEPEE CREEPER ~ split 7" (Music Abuse April 2014) MOS GENERATOR ~ Live In Europe 2013 ~ Cassette(Lame Is Me August 2013) MOS GENERATOR ~ ON STAGE ~ LP(Lay Bare Recordings-July 2013) MOS GENERATOR/ANCIENT WARLOCKS ~ Split 7" (April 2013) MOS GENERATOR/SEEDY JEEZUS ~ Split 7" (April 2013) NOMADS ~ CD/LP (Ripple Music - Oct. 2012) MOS GENERATOR ~ Self Titled 10 years anniversary deluxe LP/cd/dowload (Ripple Music - November 2011) DESTROY! THE MOS GENERATOR ~ CD/Double LP (RxEvolution Recordings - sept. 2008) THE LATE GREAT PLANET EARTH ~ Vinyl Re-issue (Nasoni records - August 2008) STEP UP/GODHAND IOMMI ~ 7" (RxEvolution Recordings - April 2008) SONGS FOR FUTURE GODS ~ LP (Roadburn Records - nov. 2007) SONGS FOR FUTURE GODS ~ CD (Small Stone recordings - Sept. 2007) MOS GENERATOR/THE HITCH ~ Split 7" (Flotation records – May 2007) TALES FROM THE VAULT ~ 10" Picture disc (Flotation Records - may 2007) THE VAULT SESSIONS ~ CD (Music abuse records – December 2006) THE LATE GREAT PLANET EARTH ~ *LP - Undersea/Music abuse records – Oct. 2005 *CD – South Spit Records(usa) – March 2006 *CD – Nasoni records(germany)digipack w/poster – April 2006 LIVE AT THE MANETTE ~ CD (Music Abuse Records - March 2004 Limited pressing 100 hand numbered.) MOS GENERATOR ~ Self Titled CD (Music abuse records – April 2002)
Do you have any clips on YouTube? yes and on our reverbnation page
How old are you?/What got you started in music? i am 45. my parents were really into listening to music so it was all around me growing up
At what age did you start playing? 13
How old were you guys when you first stood on stage? the first time we were on stage together was when we were around the age of 20
What year was the band started? 2000
Best/worst gig you've played? best/biggest was Hellfest in france 2014 there are so many bad ones that i can't remember :)
What places will you be playing in in the imidate future? just local show. seattle no real tour plans until 2015
Where have you played from then till now? europe and the united states. mostly europe though
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? black sabbath 1982
Is it always the same songs live? no. we don't use a set list so they just wait for me to call out what song i want to play next
What has been the best/most promising gig so far? Hellfest 2014
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? last year we did 26 shows through europe with saint vitus. that was our biggest tour
How big crowds do you usually play for? a few hundred
What are the plans for the rest of the year? write songs for the next record
Where do you usually play? either around our area or in europe
How do you get psyched up for a gig? i watch the bands before and get a feel for the room and then about half way through the band before us i go stretch and play guitar
What are your goals with your music? to be well respected and recognized for the hard work i put into music
When did you decide to go all in for the music? when i was 18
Is it easier to get your inspiration from older bands or from bands more modern? for me it is easier to get into older bands but there are some great bands around now as well
What are your sources of inspiration? usually it just sitting around playing guitar really load. or black sabbath :)
What's the first step when making a new song? just playing guitar and having a good riff to build on
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? it doesn't bother me at the level we are at. i am just happy that people want to listen to us
What would be your dreams for the band? make enough money from touring to make a living at it and make records all of the time
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? i try not to listen to my own music :) i listen to 70s country rock and alternative rock of the 80s and 90s. old hardcore and punk and goth. also avant garde composers like edgard varese. also funk and sould of the 70s. pretty much everything from the 70s is cool
What would be your greatest fears for the future? losing my ability to play music
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? technical difficulties
Have you been part of any other projects?
yes, i have many other bands.
blood of the sun
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? i own a recording studio and i record bands for a living. i have travelled all over the world to record bands
What would you do if there was no music? i can't even imagine that
How important are your fans? they are VERY important and i try to stay in contact with them as directly as i can
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? sent me an 8 track player
How often do you rehearse? 2 days a week
Where do you rehearse? at our drummer's house
Name 2 of your own songs you like at the moment?
this is the gift of nature
What do you feel is the best live band you've seen? big star
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? the love of doing it and the need to do it.
Do you have any webpages? just facebook and reverb nation
Describe your show, visually and musically high energy and very interactive with the audience
How do you view the musicindurty of today? there really isn't one. it's all run by music lovers
What are the biggest obstacles for a band? touring
What is best/worst with playing the clubs?
best is a small dark venue is good to be close with the audience
bad is sometimes the sound systems are not adequate
How would you describe your sound in one sentence organic heavy rock
Do you have anything to add? if you like us please spread the word. it's the best way to help bands out there that are working hard. cheers tony.
MOS GENERATOR "Breaker" live @ SLABTOWN
interview with Vetten Äpärät
How was the band formed? Anton and Sami started jamming formed the band during high school back in 2007. The other members were found from the Helsinki metal music scene after that.
Can you tell about your band? Folk metal. Based on the strong roots of our finnish folk predecessors.
Who does what in the band? Sami Ferm - Vocals / Flutes /ComposingAleksi Kulmala - Lead Guitar Leo Lemmetty - Rhythm Guitar / Backing vocals Jarmo Luopa - Bass / Backing vocals Irene Penttonen - Keyboard Anton Nisonen - Drums
What was the ambitions of the band when you started? To rock the fuck out.
Where was your first gig? At Gloria, Helsinki 2009
Where was the latest gig? At Bakkanaalit festival/farm party, Tammela this summer.
Who writes your songs?/Who writes the music who writes lyrics? Mostly Sami.
Who has the best sense of humor in the band? Leo. Quality of humor not included.
What are your songs about? Sami's relationship problems :'( and the cold darkness of nordic life and its beautiful rugged nature.
Have you made any albums?/If yes what are they? A few demos and we just released our debut single "Sydäntalven Viha"
Do you have any clips on YouTube? All you need is here: www.youtube.com/user/VettenAparat
How old are you? We're all in our early twenties.
Best/worst gig you've played?
Best: Nosturi, Helsinki. The Emergenza festival band contest. Got to the Finland's semi-finals. Shit was so cash, huge audience, great vibe, good afterparty.
Worst: We never play a bad gig.
What places will you be playing in in the near future? At Club PRKL, Helsinki 31.7 and somewhere else in Finland this fall...
Where have you played from then till now? http://www.vettenaparat.com/live
Witch band is the best you´ve seen? Turisas way back in 2007 at Gloria. One of the best folk metal shows ever. An epic party with everything from accordion battles to violin solos. An incredible vibe in the audience, everyone was your friend. Most of our members were at that gig before we even knew each other.
Is it always the same songs live? We try to have versatility in our set list. If we're playing at a party we like to spice it up with a few epic covers.
Have you had any bigger tours from start to now? In the fall of 2012 we had a mini-tour around the clubs in southern Finland. It was humorously called Piekana Piekana Tön Tön Tön - tour 2012. Every night ended in a booze-fest.
How big crowds do you usually play for? ~50-200
What are the plans for the rest of the year? Heavy online promotion and gigs.
How do you get psyched up for a gig? A few beers and just chatting with people around the venue. Nothing that special. Gotta make sure not to be too drunk when we hit the stage.
What are your goals with your music? To take finnish folk metal further. Also to get booze and chairs.
When did you decide to go all in for the music? Almost right when started as we realised that playing music is the best hobby and an epic way of life.
What's the first step when making a new song? You can't start writing a new song just like that or else the song ends up stale or boring, soulless. One needs an emotion of some sort to make good material. When you get the first spark, it lights up the fire and the rest just comes naturally. The greater the emotion the stronger the song, it doesn't matter whether positive or negative.
How do you feel about the downloading of music instead of buying albums? At this digital age we have a high interest in online streaming of music. Bands can utilize their own preferred channels to broadcast their work. We feel that drives people away from piracy and if the songs are good enough the online sales will follow.
What would be your dreams for the band? Getting a record deal and just progressing as a band, touring, the usual.
Besides your own music, what genres and bands do you listen to? Although our occupation is to play folk metal, that's only a small portion of the music we're into. We actually like to listen to a lot of electronic music for example.
What would be your greatest fears for the future? For this way of life to come to its end or becoming so stale and full of routine that it would feel like dead end job.
When you are on stage, what do you fear most then? For the alien life to take over the planet but that usually never happens. Unless they would make good dubstep remixes of our songs, that would be legit.
Have you been part of any other projects?
Halo of Dreams
What do you work with outside of the band and the music? Basic ghetto shit. Hustling and trying to stay alive.
How important are your fans? Well, they become extremely handful when it's too hot on the stage.
What's the funniest/most memorable thing a fan has done for you? One of our fans actually decided to take matters into his own hands and introduce us to some members of Ensiferum in a very drunk condition a few years ago. The moment was extremely awkward for all of us. Petri, their vocalist was not very pleased by that :D
How often do you rehearse? Once every week.
Do you have any webpages?
Any pearls of wisdom for all other bands out there? When picking a drummer, make sure he learns your songs instead of just trying to jam Pantera :D
What is best/worst with playing the clubs? Good vibes but a bad payday.
What is your favorite crappy instrument? Sami's flutes, when he tried to bend some notes and them for kung-fu panda fighting
Do you have anything to add? A shout-out to black metal and other forms of humor music.