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Nonpoint

This interview is a repost from my time with Soundslave (previously SoundOn), which can be found at the following link: https://soundslavetv.wordpress.com/

 

We had a little chat with Elias Soriano, vocalist of hard rock tinged alternative metallers Nonpoint and found out some interesting things about his time with the band.

 

So how did the band get started?

I was working at a restaurant in South Florida with a friend who happened to be in the second incarnation of Nonpoint (Nonpoint Factor). They eventually encouraged me to pick up the microphone and have some fun. They dug what they heard and fired their then singer, making me part of version 4.0. Then we found Andy and Ken in the scene, and we became 4.1.2. From there we put together a proper show and started to convert the masses. Then came the deal from MCA… and the rest you know.

 

And how did you choose your band name?

It chose us like everything else in this band. Robb came across the word early in his music career and it spoke to him. I’m cool with it. It sorta defines us even though 99% of the people we ask don’t know what it means, other than it being the name of our band. We’ve almost changed the words definition.

 

How would you describe your sound?

Overall it’s metal with a bounce. We like to be bluesy in spots, but for the most part we want to shake people up. Whether its the music or the melody or the lyrics, every part has a purpose and is there to tell part of the story.

 

What would you say the main message behind your music is?

Survival. The world does everything it can to stop you, at least that’s the way it feels to us regular folk. We are the working class man’s metal and that’s pretty much what we’ve been since day one.

 

Who or what has been your biggest influence(s)?

Life. It’s a blessing and a bitch. I’ve given it everything I’ve got and it still gives me everything it has to give. It’s a constant give and take. Fuel, fire and that which I desire.

 

What has been your biggest challenge to overcome?

The business side of the gig. It’s an ever changing thorn in my side. Hate dealing with the money, the politics and the overall bullshit. The rest is the good stuff and brings challenges, but nothing like the industry monster.

 

What has been your favourite show to play?

Any radio festival where the people from all the bands came to watch us do our thing. Masses coupled with our peers is the best environment to see Nonpoint. We are a people moving, bar raising, sweating, jumping, moving kind of band. I like to make it count. No better way than handing everyone their asses and making them love it in the process.

 

Any crazy tour stories you’d be willing to share with us?

Touring is crazy in itself, but I’ve seen it all. People banging behind a dumpster, full bottles of beer disappearing into bodies, fans hitching rides on trailer hitches, dudes in g-strings, Saran wrapped buses, broken bones, friends die… even played dominoes with Will Smith. Seen it all.

 

What would be your dream tour to see and what would be your dream tour to be involved in?

I want to see Deftones, Korn and Limp Bizkit. I think it would be fun to see. It would be my dream to be the opener on that tour with enough time for me to shower, change and get to the stage to watch the rest of the bands every night.

 

You’ve recorded a few covers in your time as a band (5 Minutes Alone, In The Air Tonight, Billie Jean), so what song would you like to have written/recorded?

You’ve Seen The Butcher by Deftones. It’s the sexiest, heaviest song I’ve ever heard. It’s grown folks music that dresses like it’s 20.

 

The bands newest album ‘The Return’ was released on September 30th and is available via iTunes, etc. or their merch store. – http://www.omerch.eu/shop/metalblade/products.php?cat=3963

 

Be sure to check out the music video to ‘Breaking Skin’ here:

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Revocation

This interview is a repost from my time with Soundslave (previously SoundOn), which can be found at the following link: https://soundslavetv.wordpress.com/

 

We were lucky enough to be able to ask David Davidson of technical death/thrash metal warlords Revocation a few questions.

 

Okay first question, how did the band get started?

Revocation was formed in 2006 after we decided to change the name of our old band. We recorded our ‘Summon The Spawn’ demo shortly afterwards and began gigging more and more to make a name for ourselves.

 

How did you choose your band name?

There’s a black metal band called ‘The Legion’ who put out a record called ‘Revocation’ that I really dug. After thinking about the meaning of that word for a bit, I thought it would be a cool name for a band. I’ve always liked one word band titles since they really feel like a statement to me, so I brought it up in practise and it just sort of stuck.

 

How would you describe your sound?

We blend a lot of different elements into our music, but the core of our sound is death/thrash.

 

Who or what has been your biggest influence(s)?

Martyr, Gorguts, Pantera, Megadeth and Exhorder.

 

What has been your biggest challenge to overcome?

I would say that just starting out as a touring band was a big challenge to overcome because we weren’t making any money at all in the beginning since no one knew about our band. Touring can be so expensive with gas money and van repairs, so when you’re only making $50 a night it can be really tough to make things work financially.

 

What has been your favourite show to play over the years?

Probably when we played in Tokyo with Behemoth and Job For A Cowboy, that was such a trip going over there.

 

Any crazy tour stories you’d be willing to share with us?

I stage dove in Cleveland when we were on tour with Darkest Hour and the crowd dropped me on my head. The club had concrete floors so I busted my head wide open and had to get eight staples in the back of my head at the local ER. Luckily I was okay though and managed to play the show the next day totally fine.

 


 

Messages from the band

 

Revocation will be on tour across Europe with Cannibal Corpse and Aeon this October/November (starting in Finland on October 14th and wrapping up in Holland on November 30th) and their fifth studio album ‘Deathless’ will be available from October 14th.

 

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Shaping The Legacy

This interview is a repost from my time with Soundslave (previously SoundOn), which can be found at the following link: https://soundslavetv.wordpress.com/

 

Shaping The Legacy are an up and coming melodic metal band from San Antonio, Texas. Guitarist Joe Dragich took some time out to talk to us.

 

First off, how did the band get started?

The band started when I moved across country to reconnect with our singer Rudy. He and I were in a band previous to this one, but we lived 1,300 miles away from one another. The last band ended, and I moved to start a new one with him. After a year and a half of sifting through members, we finally got a solid line up.

 

What’s the story behind your band name?

We used an online word generator to find words we liked the sound of. We put ‘Shaping The Legacy’ together and thought it sounded cool, then we attached a meaning to it (with this band we will be shaping the legacy of our lives).

 

How would you describe your music?

Our music is fast, emotional, melodic, catchy, technical, heavy… it really exudes an array of things, stylistically and emotionally.

 

Who or what have been your biggest influences?

For myself personally, my biggest influences have come from a variety of melodic metal bands, mostly contemporary ones like Killswitch Engage and As I Lay Dying. But, as with any other band, there are many bands and many things that influence us.

 

Has there been any challenges to overcome during the bands existence?

The biggest challenge thus far has been keeping a solid line up. We have had the music, the dedication, the fans and the connections all the while, but have not been able to capitalize on those things until recently. Luckily, we seem to be picking up speed very quickly now.

 

What has been your favourite show to play so far?

We are actually just starting to play shows this week! Saying that is a testament to the great foundation this band started out with. There are many opportunities for us, and we’re just scratching the surface.

 

What would be your dream to see and/or be involved in?

I’d say touring with Killswitch Engage, Dreamshade and Soilwork for me. It would be an absolute melodic shit storm.

 


 

Messages from the band

 

I would like to say thanks to all of the fans on behalf of Shaping The Legacy. We just released a music video for our debut single ‘Chasing The Horizon’ and our debut EP ‘Illuminate’ will be available via iTunes, CD Baby and others platforms on September 20th.

INTERVIEW: The Pumpkin King

These questions were answered by rap/metal melting pot The Pumpkin King.

 

First things first, how did you get into music?

Music started out as poetry in high school. I was a hopeless romantic who just kept getting used and hurt, and I turned to writing as an outlet creatively. Music was always an escape for me, and it became almost second nature to combine the two to make my own creative escape.

 

How would you describe your style of music?

A lot of people try to lump me into the ‘horrorcore’ genre. But I try not to limit myself to things like that since I’ve been able to do shows along with metal icons like Mushroomhead. I consider myself ‘metal rap’, with horror overtones. Kinda like Misfits are punk with horror overtones.

 

What would you say your biggest influences are?

Personal biggest influences were Sutter Kain (The Ghetto Metal king) and Wolfpac. As they were both metal/rap orientated artists who molded my character as a late teen. And to my absolute joy I was able to work with both of them on my album ‘The End Is Mine’.

 

What would your dream tour to see be and what would your dream tour to be on be?

I would love to see Killswitch Engage (with Howard), along with Spineshank and Ill Niño, as they are three of my absolute favourites. As for a tour including myself, whilst I love mid level venues and bonding with the crowd, if I was going to do stadium type tours it would be with Rob Zombie and Slipknot (although I would need a full band behind me). If I were to just up and join a dream tour tomorrow then I’d love to go with Insane Clown Posse, Wolfpac and/or Hollywood Undead.

 

Who is your favourite band or artist?

That’s a tough one. I listen to over 50 hours of music every week, from bands and genres ranging all over. I’ve always been favourable to rock/metal but I even enjoy j-pop and hip hop from time to time. One of my personal favourite bands is Silverstein. I have every album, know every word. I just enjoy that can be heavy or soft, and still emotional.

 

How about your favourite album?

My favourite album (that I’ve made), so far, is ‘The End Is Mine’ because I was able to work with childhood influences, friends from overseas and I just really enjoy how it turned out. As for my personal favourite album, it’s not even from one of the bands that I listed in the previous question, but I really enjoy ‘The Lonely Position Of Neutral’ by TRUSTcompany. It’s one of the few albums I can listen to from start to finish, on repeat and not get bored of it.

 

And what is your favourite film?

Again this is another one that depends on the genre. Love a good action movie. Anything with Jason Statham. But if I had to make a choice I’d say the ‘Transporter’ trilogy.

 

How important do you think social media is for the growth of an artist is the current age?

Social media isn’t going anywhere, any time soon. So being actively involved and properly marketing is a big step in the success of any artist, especially those who have to rely on themselves without labels or PR groups funding their promotion. So you should always be involved in most social media outlets, be involved with fans. RESPOND. Answering a fan makes a world of difference to them and lets them know you care that they support you! More people pay attention to social media than the news or any other media outlet, which is a double edged sword of spreading lies and facts, so it’s important you’re actively involved in showing people who you are.

 

What are your hopes for the future?

Well as of lately my personal life has kinda fallen to pieces, so I took time to properly put it back together and rebuild stronger before picking my mask back up. In that transition, I found a new day job, bought a new car, fixed my credit, etc. So life outside the mask is good, which is good news for life in the mask. Now that I’m on my feet and climbing again, I’m able to put more time and energy into my full length album ‘DEAD CROWS’. Along with all new merchandise and music videos and more. Big things are on the horizon.

 

Finally, what would your pornstar name be?

I always joked that it would be ‘The Pumpin’ King’… but if you look hard enough or watch A LOT of porn, you may just recognise my tattoos in a few videos that still float around on the internet!

 


 

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INTERVIEW: Neon Hitch

These questions were answered by ‘gypsy pop’ artist Neon Hitch.

 

How would you describe your sound?

The answer to that used to be a lot easier when I was doing more straight forward dance pop, but now that I’ve really started to find myself I have become a lot more experimental with my music. I would say my most recent creations have been a lot more urban gypsy free flow, story teller vibes, with catchy hooks that everyone can sing along too.

 

How has your music evolved over the years?

My music evolves as my mind does. We learn along the way, so as I grow so does my music. Every lesson learned for me is just a new lyric and a new story to tell.

 

Is there any kind of theme to your music?

#Freedom.

 

Describe your songwriting process.

It’s always different, it depends on what is inspiring me at the time. I might have just had a break up, jumped in a cab crying, wrote the lyrics first in my head and then found the chords for it later. Or I could just be feeling really good when I hear a beat, jump in the booth and freestyle whatever my subliminal mind wants to say. I can’t control it when a song comes into my head, I just have to allow it to flow in whichever way it is meant to.

 

What has been your biggest challenge as an artist so far?

The battle between freedom of art, and conformity.

 

Do you have a favourite song to perform live?

That’s tricky to say. I haven’t gone out and performed the new music from ‘Anarchy’ really yet but I feel like it will be my favourite so far because it’s the most honest work I’ve done, so it should be easy to portray on stage.

 

What was your first job?

Hmm… I did have a normal job once when I was a teenager, I worked in a pizza shop for a week! That felt like a job. But every other job I’ve had hasn’t really felt like a job, from face painting and stilt walking at the age of 6 to now creating music, they all are just things that I love so it’s hard to call them a ‘job’.

 

What is the first gig you ever went to?

Apart from all the live bands I’ve seen at festivals I grew up at, the first deliberate show I went to was The Spice Girls! I went with my dad and observed everything about the show in awe… I really think that was when I realised what I wanted to set out and do on my journey.

 

What would like to be reincarnated as?

That’s an awesome question. You know what, I really enjoy being myself and I know none of us are perfect, like I said we learn along the way. And I think by the time your time is up you are finally fully wise. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a second chance at being yourself?

 

You have recorded a lot of covers in the past, but which was your favourite one to work on?

I really liked bringing a visual to my covers, it helps bring them to life. They were all a lot of fun, but I would say ‘On My Level’ was my fave.

 


 

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She also has a new album called ‘Anarchy’ available at all good retailers, as well as features on soon to be released tracks from Nytrix (‘When Will I See You Again’) + Jason Parris and My Buddy Mike (‘No Warning’).

INTERVIEW: 2far2jump

These questions were answered by Alistair Hynes, vocalist of Surrey pop punk band 2far2jump.

 

How did the band get started?

Rupert already knew Aaron before I joined, they used to play around together on cover songs and wanted things to move forward, I was also looking for a band in the area so I got in touch with them and it just worked.

 

Where did the band name come from?

Rupert thought it was a cool name and bought the rights to it and all the domains before suggesting it to us, but we liked the name enough to go with it anyway… I guess it is pretty unique and works with our sound.

 

How would you describe your music?

To throw a basic label on it, I’d say alternative/pop punk and kinda mainstream but we really just write what we feel and let people decide what they want to call it.

 

Describe your song writing process.

Rupert or one of the other guys usually comes up with a track, and I shape it to work well lyrically with the vocals. I put vocals to it on a demo and we show it to whoever in the band hasn’t heard it then they add their element in the studio and it goes from there really, getting a little tighter each time we play. We tend to get songs sorted pretty quickly.

 

What is your favourite song to perform live?

At the moment it’s probably Aspirations, I love playing all of them though. It kind of depends on the crowd on the night.

 

Who is your favourite musician/band?

At the moment I’m listening to a lot of Real Friends and Knuckle Puck. I love so many bands though. PVRIS are another one.

 

Is there an artist that you feel is underrated?

When it comes to unsigned bands I think a lot of them need to find out who their target audience is and who they want it to be, and work on advertising more to get
in front of the right people. Not enough bands seem to do that and I’ve always been up for helping other bands succeed. Yeah it can cost money but I’m not gonna remember my balance being £30 higher or whatever, what I will remember is succeeding with another band and playing shows together.

 

What was your first job?

I’ve never had a ‘proper job’ for more than like a month. I believe that if you work on something you love more and get paid less to do it, in future you’ll end up being paid more to do less.

 

Is there one thing that you couldn’t live without?

Probably green tea or sushi.

 

How do you find juggling your solo career alongside your time with the band?

Pretty easy at the moment, I love being productive and we’re currently working on our debut EP as a band whilst I’m currently working on my debut EP as a solo artist. It’s just with my solo thing I’m doing everything at the moment like production and playing almost everything you hear on the tracks. It’s nice cause you have more control over it when you’re doing a whole project yourself. I set the record label up i’m putting my stuff out on too.

 

What does the bands’ current schedule look like?

We just put out our third single ‘A Place To Run’ and we have a music video for ‘Starlight Estate’ coming out real soon! Then we’re booking a string of shows across the UK and starting promo for our debut EP. We have a photoshoot tomorrow, that could be cool as we could do with new promo pics! The last we did were kinda crappy and it was freezing. These new ones should look sick though.

 

And what can we expect from the soon to be released video for ‘Starlight Estate’?

Me sitting in underpasses, looking homeless… nah but really there’s a lot of driving shots and footage of me walking around my friends estate at night. The songs about travelling and having lots of temporary places to reside. It also has us playing in front of huge light box with shots of us travelling overload.

 


 

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2far2jump are playing at Asylum in Chelmsford on the 4th of November, for which further information can be found here.

INTERVIEW: Revocation

These questions were answered by David Davidson, vocalist and guitarist of technical death/thrash metallers Revocation.

 

How would you describe your style of music?

The core of our sound is death/thrash, but there’s also a strong progressive influence as well.

 

What would you say the main message behind your music is?

I don’t think there is a singular message behind our music, it can mean so many different things to different people it’s a bit too hard for me to distil it down to one main theme.

 

Describe your songwriting process.

It all starts with a collection of riffs that I think fit well together. From there I start working out the arrangement in my head and eventually record a rough demo on my computer. Then I’ll send that demo to our drummer Ash so he can get familiar with the structure. Once we get in a room together, we start jamming through the parts until everyone is up to speed and then I’ll make some little tweaks here and there or the other guys will make some suggestions of ideas to try out arrangement wise. After all the parts feel solidified I’ll start working on lyrics, solos and melodies to complete the song.

 

How do you decide your setlist for shows?

We usually start a group text thread and bounce different songs off each other. Generally we’re usually all on the same page so it doesn’t take us too long to lock down a setlist.

 

Do you have a favourite show that you’ve played?

That’s a tough one seeing as we’ve been touring pretty solidly for the past few years. One show that sticks out in recent memory was a festival in Colombia called ‘Manizales Grita Rock’. There were about 14,000 people there, so that was a pretty unique experience since I’ve never played in front of a crowd that big before.

 

What is your favourite song to perform live?

Currently, ‘Madness Opus’.

 

What is your craziest tour story?

We were on tour with Darkest Hour and Periphery a few years back and I was trying to get Misha to stage dive since he had never done it. I tried to assure him that it was totally safe so I went off and dove into the crowd. The first time the crowd caught me and rested me safely on the ground, the second time however things didn’t quite go as planned and long story short the back of my head hit the concrete floor and I ended up in the ER with eight staples in my head. After all that I’m not surprised that Misha never followed my lead!

 

Does anyone in the band have any bad habits?

We all used to party a little too hard on tour, but we seem to be mellowing out as the years go by.

 

If you could go back to the beginning of the band, would you do anything differently?

No, I like to thank of any mistakes that we’ve made along the way as a learning experience.

 

And finally, any advice for young bands or people thinking of starting a band?

Try to find your own voice and be creative.

 


 

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