interview with Big City

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Have any of you played in other bands? I started my musical career in Satyricon and was their live guitarist between 1996-1999. In 1997 I started my own band, Scariot, and we did 4 albums the next 8 years. In 1998 I started Blood Red Throne, which has been my main band the last 20 years. I also had a couple of other bands, Zerozonic and Cobolt 60, but Big City and Blood Red Throne are my bands today.
How is it that you started playing music? Because my best friend played guitar and I wanted too. I was introduced to heavy metal music by my mother in the 80's and have been hooked ever since. Everything from 80's hair metal to extreme metal.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Daniel Olaisen(40): guitar
Frank Ørland(47): guitar
Jan Le Brandt(44): vocals
Miguel Pereira(35): bass
Frank Nordeng Røe(31): drums
Have you had other previous members? We never had a permanent bass player until Miguel, but it's a different dude playing bass on the first album. The rest og us have been together since the very beginning.
Did you make music even when you were young? As everybody else I started learning Smoke on the Water and then all the Metallica stuff. I started writing my own material when I was about 14 and I still have thos things recorded live on a cassette! Since then I've released 21 studio albums +++.
Where are you from? Kristiansand, Norway.
What year did the band form? Around 2010.
What's your style of genre? Melodic heavy rock/metal.
What inspires you? Feedback. Good and bad!
How often and where do you reherse? Never. We live in different cities and only show up for gigs.
How have you developed since you started with the music? I don't think I'm more skilled today than 15 years ago, but I definitely know better how to put together great songs.
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Football. I spend much time on both playing and watching football. I almost made it to the national team when I was younger and I still play in the league system. I also work shift.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? Indeed. We are aiming high with this band and we need a booking agency to take care of that part.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? We are signed to Rock of Angels Records!
What made you decide to make this music? I've been a fan of 80's metal since the...80's. I've made riffs all the time, but never found a decent singer. When I did...Big City was born!
What are your songs about? The lyrics are personal to our singer Brandt and many of them self-experienced. It's about everyday problems, but also good things in life.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Frank Ørland and I write all the music and Jan Le Brandt writes the lyrics.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Music!
Do you compose in a certain inviroment? I make all my music in my home studio and record ideas.
Have you done any covers live? Many. Priest, Metallica, Pantera, Slipknot, Death, Michael Jackson to name a few. 
What language do you sing in? English all the way.
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? So far...100 and 1000.
What ages are most of your concert attendants? 30+
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? Some variation. Depends if we have a new album out.
Do you have a regular place you play live often? Not yet.
What was your first gig like? My first live gig ever was at Dynamo Festival in 1997 with Satyricon. Pretty sick!
What was your latest gig? Norway Rock Festival July 2018.
Have you had to cancel a gig? Nope!
Where have you played live this year? UK and Norway so far.
Where do you plan to gig the comming year? Back to Canada and hopefully Greece + European Tour.
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? When I started a band of course. Mostly CD's, vinyls and t-shirts.
Where can people buy your merchandise? Bandcamp or from my e-mail.
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? I don't care. Can't stop it.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? People don't care about music like they did 20 years ago. Instead of getting into 10 albums a year, peole check out 500 youtube links instead and don't remember anything of it.
What do you think of my work? I'm sure it's great!
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? I expect nothing less than becoming rock stars!
Do you have any role models or idols? Nope. Animals as Leaders!
Why do you think that they exist? Because of people.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? I'm old-school...so that's an easy one.
What have been your biggest obstacles? Reaching out and get people to understand quality music.
What advice would you give other bands or artists? Stop playing and start listening!8-)
How do you get psyched for a gig? Cold beers and a great crowd!
Do you have any new material? Always some riffs in my pocket.
What are your web sites? soundcloud.com/bigcity
How can people reach you? d-olaise@online.no
What are your plans for the future? Survive some more and then a little.
Do you have something to add? 1 + 1 = 3

interview with Jack Grimripper

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How is it that you started playing music? I started to play music since 2001. That time i am 16 years old

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? Sufian but i have been known as "jack". I am a guitarist and i am 34 years old now

Have you had other previous members? yes, a guitarust and bassist. Now they play with other band

Did you make music even when you were young? yes.. I start to compose music when i am 17, but never been released

Where are you from? Ipoh, Perak, Malaysia

What year did the band form? My band " Sparrow" officially making comeback in 2009 after the real owner of this band having an accident. Then on 2009, he duscuss with me to making a comeback. So then, we are now still stand tall

What's your style of genre? we are playing in heavy metal genre

What inspires you? Dave mustaine inspiring me most

How often and where do you reherse? twice a month, depend on how many gigs we have to play

How have you developed since you started with the music? im separating my time between life, work and music so i can fully focus on my music and making improvement from day to day

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? For now i have a job also, coz in malaysia, its difficult to make money in music that we make.

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? i hope so... But most importantl, wanna had a chance to play outside malaysia

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? i hope that we can cooperate with an outside label so we can spread our music to worldwide

What made you decide to make this music? i have decided since my friend told me that our music can go further more, but outside malaysia

What are your songs about? mostly about war, people and some kind like that

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? our vocalist and he's name is "Nan"

Do you start with the music or the lyrics?  we start with a title first, then music.

Do you compose in a certain inviroment? depend. Sometime enviroment also important

Have you done any covers live? yes.. 

What language do you sing in? Mostly we sing in malay

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? most crowd attending on february which is more than 500 crowds buy a ticket to see us perform, and only 60 crowds on august. Thats because depend on venue. Either big or small

What ages are most of your concert attendants? 30.. That time, im starting make money with my job as assistant manager fir a small company

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? we always change about 1 or 2 song in each event

Do you have a regular place you play live often? yes, in ipoh.. Thats regular place

What was your first gig like? our first gig is on 2012, when we are officially launch our first debut e.p

What was your latest gig? on november 3rd and December 8

Where have you played live this year? Also in ipoh, we excited to play at stadium indera mulia, ipoh, perak

Where do you plan to gig the comming year? We plan to spread our music outside malaysia, such as indonesia, thailand, or event in europe or U.S.A

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? we start selling our merchandise since 2012, and latest one, we have new single called "nafsu hati". We also sell our new design patches

Where can people buy your merchandise? then can inbox to me in facebook and we give the picture so they can see and make a choice to buy

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? seriously... That suck... They didnt appreciate for what cost of a song that we are rocorded.. And also the didnt proove that they are a true supporter in music 

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? well its a big change.. Coz we didnt get what we deserve

What do you think of my work? its very good. Coz we also have a chance to introduce our band

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? Its good for our band coz in malaysia, we dont have much chance to introduce our band and our materials

Do you have any role models or idols? Of course... Metallica and Megadeth are our idols

Why do you think that they exist? for me they are inventor of a new genre so called thrash and speed metal

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? yes coz they are mostly still active till now

What have been your biggest obstacles? goverment never approve some kind of music like us. They judge all of the metal as "black metal" and illegal

What advice would you give other bands or artists? my advice.... Whatever they have to go through, just keep moving forward till u succed and achieve what are u dream for

Do you have any new material? yes, we have released our new single on february 2018 its called "nafsu hati" which have 3 new song there

What are your web sites? dont have one

How can people reach? we are always update our new gigs on our own facebook.

What are your plans for the future? release more material and merchandise, and also wanna find a chance to play outside malaysia

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