To date, we have conducted 1181 interviews. If your band is available for an interview, feel free to contact us and we'll see what we can do. Here are our latest:
During my stay in Atlanta, GA for ProgPower, September 16-17, I was fortunate enough to interview Orphaned Land. I interviewed Orphaned Land guitarist, Mati Svatizki. Mati was very kind, intelligent, and seemed eager to hear my questions and respond. Also, Mati and I were able to have a very interesting discussion after the interview about religion, Israel, the middle east, and the current situation in Israel.
Orphaned Land's live show was MIND BLOWING! Not much is known about Orphaned Land and I was absolutely impressed when I heard them for my first time at ProgPower. Their energy was relentless and the musicianship uncomprable. After their set, I immediately went to buy their latest release, "Mabool", which is even more unique! Orphaned Land have taken, flamenco, classical, death/doom metal music and combined them into one euphoric cd and entitled it, "Mabool".
I urge anyone and everyone to definately check out Orphaned Land if they are playing near you and to go out and get "Mabool". To see and hear Orphaned Land is an experience in itself, you WILL NOT BE DISAPPOINTED! Not only are the great musicians, but they are also VERY nice people and I believe the following interview portrays that.
On November 7th at BB Kings i had the opportunity to interview Lord Worm of Cryptopsy among other bands. He was a very well spoken, kind, friendly guy who treated me like a friend and thought my questions were original and thanked me for it.
Monday, November 7th, I had the opportunity to interview Aborted guitarist, Tace. He was very nice friendly to me. The interview was done at BB Kings in New York CIty. Here's how it went down:
After catching Opiate for the Masses on the Warped Tour this past summer, I decided to do an interview with the band. But we were having some problems with email and such and so there was a delay in getting this interview ready. Anyway, the questions here were answered by Opiate for the Masses guitarist Jim Kaufmann via email:
This interview was conducted on Friday, August 19th 2005, at the HYAMP in Huntington, WV. HYAMP, which stands for Huntington Youth Arts and Music Project, is an all age’s venue run strictly by volunteers, with much of their equipment funded by grant money. The interview took place behind the venue, next to a rail yard. TJ Miller, the lead vocalist of Still Remains, was more than happy to give me the run down of the bands experiences and future thinking. He was fun to talk to, very receptive and whimsical at times, really a unique character. I really enjoyed our conversation and the interview as a whole; I’m looking forward to the opportunity to talk with him again.
This interview was conducted on Friday, August 12th of 2005. The interview took place in the VIP room of the Monkey Bar in Huntington, West Virginia. All of the band members were present, though Cris fronted most of the questions with Ivan and Chandler playing back up. I really enjoyed talking with these guys, their all down to earth and take their music very seriously. Talking with them simply made me want to see them play live even more.
I was to interview Fear Before The March of Flames for the Sounds of the Underground coverage metalunderground.com was doing. The interview was to take place at HYAMP, an all ages venue in Huntington, WV. Unfortunately I was unable to attend this event due to circumstances out of my control. My questions were then emailed to the band to be answered virtually, gotta love the net. Thanks to David of Fear Before the March of Flames for taking the time to interview with us via email.
On August 16th I interviewed Edguy at BBkings in New York City, NY. Due to time constraints, I had to interview the singer, Tobias Sammet, with two other interviewers. In addition, I missed most of Into Eternity, opening band’s, performance. I enjoyed doing the interview with Tobias, even if it was short and scattered.
I had the pleasure of Interviewing Bjorn (guitar) of In Flames at Ozzfest on July 26th at PNC Arts Center in Holmdel, NJ.
It was a hot, sunny, dry afternoon of about 95 degrees. Bjorn found a spot on some grass to do the interview, which had been shaded by a near by tent. He was very laid back and no problem answering the questions I asked him.
Overall, the interview went very well. I enjoyed conducting the interview and learned a few things about the artist's perspective of their fans and reasons for doing what they do.
I had the chance to interview Poison The Well's Ryan Primack (guitar) at the Sounds Of The Underground Tour in Philadelphia, PA on June 26th, at the Festival Pier. On our way out to the bands touring van we had to pass the entrance and the woman checking tickets didn’t know he was in a band. She was ignoring him for about two minutes before she finally let us outside.
The original plan at this year’s Warped Tour was to interview Avenged Sevenfold. However, I found out at the last minute that A7x weren’t doing any press for the day. Instead, I did an interview with Atreyu guitarist Dan Jacobs. I only had 15 minutes and had to take turns with Debbie from Popyoularity.com but I managed to squeeze in the following questions:
In our ongoing Sounds of the Underground coverage, I had the chance to interview Chris Spicuzza (keyboards/fx) from Chimaira by phone last week. The band had yet to play their set in Winston-Salem, NC that day, and were to play immediately before headliners Lamb of God that night. Despite some phone issues, the interview went pretty well and Chris seems like a very cool guy. Here's how it went:
On Sunday, June 26th, I had the opportunity of interviewing Hate Eternal during their current headlining tour. The interview took place at BB Kings in New York City and was done with front man Eric Rutan. Eric was very nice and answered all of the questions took the time to make me feel as comfortable as possible. Overall, I must say, it was like two friends talking.
This interview was conducted on the evening of June 10th with Mike and Martin of Bobaflex. The interview took place inside the Monkey Bar in Huntington, WV. The club was empty at the time except for the rest of the band (Jared and Thomas) plus crew setting up on stage, along with the club staff preparing the bars before the show. The interview went very well, and as always the guys from Bobaflex are truly cool to hang out with.
I caught up with The Agony Scene drummer and founding member Brent Masters for a phone interview during a two-day break from touring with the "Dirty Black Summer" tour while on their way to their El Paso, Texas show last week. Not being very familiar with them, the interview was pretty straight forward and should serve as a good introduction to the band.
In anticipation to the Sounds of the Underground Tour, I sent a few interview questions via e-mail to one of the bands on the bill – a local Vancouver metal band by the name of Strapping Young Lad. Guitarist Jed Simon took the time to answer these questions:
In an effort to catch up with some of the bands gearing up to tour on the Sounds of the Underground Tour, I sent some questions by email to From Autumn To Ashes. Frontman Benjamin Perri was kind enough to take the time to answer them. Here they are with his responses:
On May 30th, 2005 i went to BBkings in New York City, NY to interview the opening band for Deicide, With Passion. I walked into the nightclub and found the whole band, except for the drummer, hanging out back stage. We found a spot in a hallway back stage and proceeded with the interview.
The band are really cool guys and there were lots of laughs. I had to take out great deal of irrelevant side commentary by both me and the bands, which is cool since it allowed us to have the interview feel more as a more casual talk than an interview.
Friday evening (June 3), I got the chance to interview the guys from an unsigned local Vancouver band called Civil Ruin. This is how it went down:
This is an e- mail interview with The Esoteric's frontman Steve Cruz.
Gothique: The band features members of hardcore pioneers Coalesce and also Today Is The Day. How did you guys start playing together?
Steve: Cory, Eric, and Anthony (all the string players) have been playing as The Esoteric since high school, even through Coalesce and Reggie, The Esoteric were always together. While Marshal and I were in high school we were playing in a band as well. Marshal joined Today Is The Day and I moved to Lawrence and after stalking the "Eso" for a few years joined them. Marshal came to visit and he was into what we were doing, so after our previous drummer quit, Marshal joined and now here we are.
Yesterday (May 19) afternoon, I caught up with Seether guitarists, Pat Callahan and Shaun Morgan, after they filmed an acoustic version of "Remedy" for the TV show Urban Rush in Vancouver. Throughout the whole interview, both of them kept gazing out the big windows that overlooked the Burrard Inlet and the mountains. After naming the places they were staring at, I asked them a few questions about touring and the new album, "Karma and Effect," which hit stores next Tuesday (May 24).
They hail from Savannah, GA, and their sound defies all rules and regulations of style blending. I spoke to some of the members of Kylesa at the New England Metal Fest on April 22nd and here’s what Laura (vocals, guitars), Philip (vocals, guitars) and Corey (vocals, bass) had to say:
I caught up with Tony (vocals) and Henkka (keyboards) from Sonata Arctica at the New England Metal Fest on April 23rd. Here’s an account of our discourse:
Gothique: You were supposed to be the supporting act for Nightwish on their North American tour but due to their cancellation you had to cut short the previously announced dates. Good thing you didn’t cancel the whole tour.
I had the chance to attend the Mudvayne, American Head Charge, Life of Agony and Bloodsimple show in Philadelphia, PA. The show was on April 09th at the Electric Factory, a venue that holds approximately 3,000 people. I got to do an interview with the drummer of the band, Matt McDonough, prior to the show. So without any further delay, here is the interview:
Very few bands in recent years start off with a debut album which gains so much attention and media acclamation. Swallow The Sun are yet another marvellous Doom/ Death act from Finland and their first album, "The Morning Never Came", is an amalgam of mesmerizing sounds in the finest tradition of the meisters in the genre ( My Dying Bride, Katatonia).
As much as I wish to have seen them live and done this interview face to face, alas I had to resort to the electronic medium. Nonetheless, guitarist Juha and keyboardist Aleksi took the time to answer my questions about their forthcoming album, new video and... ballet.