interview with Twisted Mentality

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Have any of you played in other bands?
Razor (vocalist) - I have not been in any other bands before this so Twisted Mentality is my first and hope to make it my only band too.
Coco (bass player) - this is also her first band.
Sean (guitarist) -besides Twisted Mentality he is in Metal Rejects a covers band, has been in This One’s For Us 7 years ago and Morphine Ghost which was in 5 years ago.
Khaos (drummer) - besides Twisted Mentality he is also in Metal Rejects covers band with Sean  and Iron Shark another covers band. He was also in Demonis, Titan Tron and Deathly Hollows over 10 years ago just naming a few as Mark’s been in several bands over years recently came out of Intoxication couple months ago too.
How is it that you started playing music? We all started as kids, had our own ambitions and dreams to become what we are today building up over the years to finally make it happen the way we want. 
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Vocalist/songwriter: Christopher Maybury (Razor) - 26
Drummer: Mark Browe (Khaos) - 23
Lead Guitarist: Sean Redmond - 29
Bassist: Ariadna Kulwikowska (Coco) - 25
Have you had other previous members? ORIGINALLY WE CONSISTED OF  (RAZOR, CHRISTOPHER MAYBURY) VOCALIST/SONGWRITER (KHAOS, MARK BROWE) ON DRUMS (CHRIS HENDERSON) FORMER BASSIST AND NOW SINGER AND GUITARIST OF CRESCENT HALO AND (TOMBSTONE, JAKE SCHOLFIED) AS LEAD GUITARIST SINCE THEN THERE HAS BEEN NUMBER OF CHANGES IN GUITARISTS AND BASS PLAYERS OVER THE PAST THREE YEARS FROM ORIGINAL FORM UP WHICH HAS SEEN OF ( TOM, TARANTULA) FIRST RHYTHM GUITARISTS TWISTED MENTALITY HAD TAKEN ON TO THE LEAVING OF CHRIS HENDERSON AND ON BASS (FREAK, ANTHONY PARRY) JOINED WHICH NOW HE IS THE BASS PLAYER TO VOLNIIR (SHREDDER,LEWIS JONES) FORMER GUITARIST OF TWISTED MENTALITY AND RECENT FORMER CRESCENT HALO GUITARIST ALSO (POLTERGEIST, JAKE COULSON) FORMER GUITARIST OF TWISTED MENTALITY AND CURRENTLY IN STORM OF AURA AND FINALLY (JORDAN EMMS) FORMER LEAD GUITARIST/RHYTHM).
Did you make music even when you were young? Yes, we all started our journey with music when we were young. 
Where are you from? We are from Oldham, Ashton and Failsworth within Greater Manchester In the United Kingdom.
What year did the band form? We formed back in 2015
What's your style of genre? Where a shock/horror metal band
What inspires you? We all aim to make our dreams come true. We aim to push to the top but also become an inspiration for other musicians. 
How often and where do you rehearse?
We share a unit with a covers band called Akindred 
in Royton Oldham and we practice 3 times a week between 4 to 8 hours a day at times.
How have you developed since you started with the music? We have matured and developed our own sound as a band over the years. We are professional (at times 😊) however we do like to keep the fun when rehearsing, because that’s what makes it enjoyable and that’s what it should be about – having a good laugh and enjoying what we’re doing.
Do you have other interests of work outside the band?
Razor - no besides some creative things I enjoy doing, as I do suffer from mental health myself, so my band became my outlet and a way of expressing myself musically. 
Coco- at Uni (Forensic Psychology)
Khaos - cleaner at a care home and pool captain at local pub Whittles.
Sean- IT engineer.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? Not sure.  
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? Yes, we are looking for a label as we are aiming to be a signed band. 
What made you decide to make this music? Well, up north (of England) our genre is unique as most bands like ourselves are down South so it brings something new and unique to the area.
What are your songs about?
SEND A MAN CRAZY - this was our first song and that is about my mental health therapy - medication didn’t help, me being sectioned didn’t help. I actually wrote this song whilst I was on a psych ward.
SILENT SUFFERING - this is about being the good-hearted person in life help those in need yet when you’re in need of help some people turn that blind eye to wanting to help you, so good saying I normally say - this is for all those suffering in the dark - you are not alone.
WHEN I FOUND YOU AT THE MORGUE - is basically about necrophilia and a cemetery romance with the dead ghoul of your dreams. The dead never say no 😉
NIGHTMARE OF THE VOICES - this one is about my experience suffering with reactive psychosis.
DECAY - another necrophilia song and love for the dead.
PYROMANIAC -  myself trying start fires yet it was a cry for understanding and to get mental help. Too deep and dark to explain the whole of my experience behind this but intentionally it’s about wanting to be heard, to be noticed yet going to extremes. Got my voice across to get myself help which really didn’t need to happen if I had been listened to.
KILL ME BEFORE I KILL YOU - is a song originally written by our old bass player FREAK with his experience of his own mental health and how he felt about the world.
RIGOR MORTIS - also written by FREAK our old bass player. It’s about death.
KEPT INSIDE MY DERRANGED MY MIND - is about mental health and sometimes getting them abnormal thoughts… 
RE OPEN WOUNDS - Sometimes we all have hidden scars whether they’re on the surfaces of our skin of within ourselves. It’s about the tragedies we’ve been through yet sometimes they resurface to haunt us at times to bring us back to that day.
GRAVE CRAVE - again another romance for the dead graving for the ghoul of your dreams.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Razor vocalist writes the lyrics besides two songs Kill Me Before I Kill You and Rigor Mortis. Freak our old bass player had wrote those lyrics. Musically, all of the band has an input of their ideas, which eventually morph into a song. 
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Bit of both.
Do you compose in a certain environment? Yeah, our practice unit.
Have you done any covers live? Yes, we have covered Wednesday 13 - Ghost Stories and Carol Anne, Escape The Fate - Issues, Motionless In White - America, Queen of the Damned - Slept So Long, Coal Chamber - Rowboat, One Eyed Doll - Committed and Cascada - Everytime We Touch 
What language do you sing in? English
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? it varies from 10 people to a crowd of 100 -200
What ages are most of your concert attendants? ages between 14 to 50 
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? Varies on set list and the venue we play.
Do you have a regular place you play live often? Local pub Whittles in Oldham or Rebellion in Manchester.
What was your first gig like? Grand Central in Manchester. It was amazing to play at such a great venue for our first gig.
What was your latest gig? The Spinning Top in Stockport.
Have you had to cancel a gig? Never have.
Where have you played live this year?
Metal 2 The Masses – Rebellion, Manchester got to Semi Finals 
The Spinning Top - Stockport 
Played alongside The Heretic Order / Void - Rebellion - Manchester
Upcoming gigs:
The Station - Ashton for gay pride.
The Temple Of Boom - Leeds playing alongside Manaking, Cease2Xist, Dead XIII and headliners Fleisch
Where do you plan to gig the coming year? We are still yet to set up for the next year with gigs.
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We started selling merchandise roughly about 2 years ago. We have keyrings, badges, fridge magnets, hats and t-shirts.
Where can people buy your merchandise? At gigs so far, however we’re currently setting up a band camp account.
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? It’s got a positive and a negative side, as having a CD gives you that sense of connection – something you can physically touch that was made by an artist. Downloading music can be good, as people usually listen to music on their phones, so in terms of promotion it’s great, but it takes away that unique connection with the artist. 
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? Well, in a way it’s destroying the music scene and makes it harder for bands to make a living.
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? Promote ourselves, and enables people to get an insight of what we’re about and what we do. 
Do you have any role models or idols?
Razor - Wednesday 13 (Joseph Poole), Motionless In White (Chris Motionless) and AL B Damned (Joey Draper)
Coco - Marilyn Manson, One Eyed Doll (Kimberly Freeman),  Coal Chamber (Rayna Foss)
Khaos - Krimh, Nicko McBrain, Inferno
Sean - Richie Blackmore, Steve Morse, Jim Root
Why do you think that they exist? They all had a dream to make it and they followed it through.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? Old bands are good and have been an inspiration to some bands today but with today’s day and age it’s best to keep up with the current music scene. 
What have been your biggest obstacles? Stress, working, studying, money AND of course arranging transport/ travelling. 
What advice would you give other bands or artists? Play to a click and write your own songs.
How do you get psyched for a gig? Exercise listen to music, warm up (double vodka w/Sprite) and some practice.
Do you have any new material? Yes, we are currently working on more new material.
What are your web sites? Facebook, Twitter, YouTube 
How can people reach you? E-mail, message us directly on any social media
What are your plans for the future? Do more gigs, get signed and travel a lot more.
Do you have something to add?
Check us out, come on down to the morgue and stay twisted.
And thank you for this interview.
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