interview with auraelis

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Have any of you played in other bands? Yes! Our guitarist Dan Robins and our bassist Jan Pataj also play in an instrumental metal band called Altitudes.
How is it that you started playing music? The band began in 2013, It was started by Dan Robins, Jan Pataj and Tom Gough who were in college and met as they were all doing a music technology course.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
The current lineup is:
Jamie Moran - Vocals
Dan Robins - Guitar 
Dan Budsworth - Guitar 
Jan Pataj - Bass 
Tom Gough - Drums
Our youngest member is 19 and the oldest is 29 so there is quite an age gap in the band!
Have you had other previous members? No, we started with just one guitarist (Dan Robins) and Dan Budsworth joined in 2016. 
Did you make music even when you were young? We all come from different musical backgrounds but several our members played in bands from a young age in school.
Where are you from? Bristol, United Kingdom.
What year did the band form? The band formed in late 2013.
What's your style of genre? We would describe it as technical thrash metal
What inspires you? Some of the biggest influences on our music are Megadeth, Testament, Iron Maiden, Vektor, In Flames, Hexen, Revocation and Pantera. 
How often and where do you rehearse? We usually rehearse once a week or as close to possible to our next gig to make sure our playing and performance is up to scratch!
How have you developed since you started with the music? Our goal from the beginning was to make metal music that was melodic, heavy, technical and progressive while also retaining the old school style. We are always trying to develop in this way.
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Three of our members have full time jobs and two are in university.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? Our guitarist Dan Budsworth has recently started a booking agency called Ascension Promotions. He has already put on a string of successful shows and has done a good job of booking us shows that are further afield. We also have contacts with other great agencies, especially Eradication Agency from Wales. 
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? We are looking for a label at the moment as it would be great to be able to work with someone when we release our new E.P. It's something that we would definetly like to do !
What made you decide to make this music? We are fortunate enough to have an excellent metal scene with many great bands here in Bristol. I think this inspired us to get out there and start our own metal band!
What are your songs about? Our vocalist Jamie is a big fan of progressive metal such as Opeth, Porcupine Tree and Dream Theater. Many of his lyrics are based on concepts/stories similar to the ones written by those artists.  
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? The music on our EP "Colours of Impurity" was composed by our guitarist Dan Robins. The lyrics were written by our vocalist, Jamie Moran.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Usually we start with the music and send it to Jamie so that he can add lyrics that fit the mood of the track.
Do you compose in a certain inviroment? Not really, just at home with a guitar!
Have you done any covers live? Yes! We have played Napalm Death's seconds long song "You Suffer" just for a laugh!
What language do you sing in? English.
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? Not sure about the least, but the most would be about a hundred.
What ages are most of your concert attendants? Anything from the age of 15 to the age of 50! (although most are probably in their 20s like us)
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? At the moment, we have been playing the same songs for too long. We can't wait to get some new ones written and perform them live.
Do you have a regular place you play live often? Yes, we have played at The Gryphon in Bristol many, many times. It is a small venue but is much loved by the local metal fans.
What was your first gig like? Our first gig was at the aforementioned Gryphon. We were very nervous! There were quite a few people there, including a dog that was wearing a backpack!
What was your latest gig? Our latest gig was at The Fuel Rock Club in Cardiff, Wales.
Have you had to cancel a gig? Yes, only once luckily !
Where have you played live this year? We have played in various venues in Bristol, Neath and Cardiff
Where do you plan to gig the coming year? We have a tour coming up in May. We will be going to London, Manchester and Neath. Alongside appearances in multiple other cities including Weymouth and Cardiff. We're hoping to gig in as many different cities as possible.
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We have been selling physical copies of the EP since we recorded it. Also, we have recently started selling t shirts and patches. 
Where can people buy your merchandise?
It can all be purchased from Facebook page which can be found at:
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? Although it is a shame that music is devalued in the modern age, there is nothing that we can do about it so we are happy for people to listen to our music for free or buy a physical CD if they would like to.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? Because so much music is available for free, or can be illegally downloaded just as easily, perhaps musical albums are not as appreciated as they once were. 
What do you think of my work? It seems like your site is a great place for any metalhead to discover new bands and learn more about them. It's awesome!
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? We are hoping that people in countries outside of the UK may read it and decide to check out or music. 
Do you have any role models or idols?
Here are some of our individual influences for our instruments:
Dan Robins - Jason Becker 
Jamie Moran - Mikael Akerfeldt
Dan Budsworth - Muhammed Suicmez
Jan Pataj - Steve Harris 
Tom Gough - Mike Portnoy
Why do you think that they exist? Because they needed to make music and were prepared to work as hard as they needed to to make it happen.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? For us, it's an equal mix between the two, but perhaps you can't beat the classics.
What have been your biggest obstacles? Writing and recording the EP was a long and arduous process. 
What advice would you give other bands or artists? Play for fun and because you love music and remember it's about the journey, not the destination.
How do you get psyched for a gig? Most of us like to have a beer before the show. We also love to listen to cheesy classic rock songs in the car while driving to the show.
Do you have any new material? We are planning to begin writing and recording a new EP in the next few months. Watch our Facebook page for further news on this!
What are your web sites?
Our Facebook page can be found at: 
Our Instagram can be found at:
Our merchandise store is :
How can people reach you? Dropping us a message on our Facebook page would be the best way. 
What are your plans for the future? We are currently competing in Metal 2 The Masses and have recently progressed to the semifinals. The winner of the competition plays at Bloodstock Open Air Festival here in the UK. The EP is the most important thing we are planning though, and a tour that is happening in May.
Do you have something to add? Thank you very much for giving us the opportunity for this interview. We hope to see everyone at a gig some day!
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