ROKKERSPRESS INTERVIEWS | November 2022


|| VAYA ||

1) What made you want to become a musician?
Destiny: I started between 3-4 years old through classical music. My parents always loved listen to rock, blues, classical, psyche rock music: so I have a really eclectic background. I love expressions but I think that Music just catches my soul before the other ones.

2) How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Really intuitive and instinctive for this new album. Each project has a different color but you can still recognize the same essence some how. I am surprised by the result of this second album honestly «Did I did that?».

3) Did your style evolved since the beginning of your carrer?
Or did you always followed that stream? Yes as Life does my music evolves as well, even if the essence is still the same. For example the first album has tracks that have a regular length and the second one some tracks can go to 14 minutes. So it is why the first video has been suggested to short movie festivals.

4) Do you create music for yourself or for fans’ taste? Nowadays it is always hard to satisfy listeners. I just follow the flow that whispers ideas into my ears. So I don’t follow any kind of tendances. I am mainly inspired by my environment, by Univers, by Mother Nature and Human being.

5) Does your outfit have anything to do with the music you listen to or play?
I don’t know I am really eclectic with my outfits.

6) What is the biggest problem you have encontoured in the journey of music?
Create what I receive. Ideashave clear flows and power and to translate it into «real music» you have to investigate through which instruments you will express it.

7) Who’s your ideal artist to collaborate with and why?
Let’s says Jack White because he is charismatic and looks like a work alcoholic as I am.

8) If you were a CD/album, what would you be and why? The Doors, 1967. There is everything from Jim.

9) What artist would you recommend to a person who is undecided about what listening to?
I would say to this person, listen to your inner voice. And enjoy!


|| VULGARITHM ||

1) What made you want to become a musician?
Very hard to pinpoint, there have been several small moments that lead me here. Whether that it learning to hum before I could talk, spending all my holiday pocket money on a jukebox because I couldn’t swim due to an injury, or whether it is realising that music is the one thing I can excel at. It is the one true calling I’ve had a real passion for all my life.

2) How would you describe the music that you typically create?
I call it “Riff Rave”, a combination of early 2000s metal riffs with the best electronic music of the 90s rave scene to create a brand new party sound. 

3) Did your style evolved since the beginning of your carrer? Or did you always followed that stream?
Vulgarithm started off with 3 EPs produced during the covid lockdown. There was a set idea for the imagery I wanted to use live, but as for sound it was always evolving. What it has turned into is a sound to get your frustrations out whilst also bouncing away having a good time.

4) Do you create music for yourself or for fans’ taste? Nowadays it is always hard to satisfy listeners.
I create music for myself first and foremost. Whilst it’s hard to gauge what fans actually listen to online when trying to grow a fanbase, I can learn a lot about what I play live, what people respond well to, and what songs people are indifferent to. If I don’t enjoy listening to my music, if I don’t get that buzz of excitement from what I’ve created, then it never sees the light of day.

5) Does your outfit have anything to do with the music you listen to or play?
The imagery of my outfit plays a big part in my live performance, it creates a persona of mystery. The lab coat shows the creative side of my music, the mask creates a dark villainy side to the music and my shades keeps the party vibes in full view.

6) What is the biggest problem you have encontoured in the journey of music?
My biggest issue is whilst I feel I have great music, and great ideas for a live show, unfortunately it is hard to build a big following. I am based in a rural area, I’m not in my early 20s anymore, I’m a solo artist not a band and I’m not social media savvy. The latter sadly is a big part of the music scene these days, but it is something I can work on if I continue to work hard.

7) Who’s your ideal artist to collaborate with and why?
Maynard James Keenan. The man is an exceptional musician, incredibly versatile and from all accounts a workaholic. Plus he has one of the all-time great voices.

8) If you were a CD/album, what would you be and why?
Vulgarithm would be “The Fat of The Land” by The Prodigy, but with 50 more guitars on top. That prodigy has the perfect ratio of electronic rave and utter filth.

9) What artist would you recommend to a person who is undecided about what listening to?
I’m gonna say it, you should listen to Vulgarithm, that’s why we’re here!


|| DYING VISION||

1) What made you want to become a musician?
Owen: It started with an appreciation of music with some edge to it – even more so in my teenage years. Earliest memories are hearing my Dad’s best of Genesis cassette and eventually metal from the older kids on a minibus with some Metallica (Ride the Lightning) songs on there.
Ended up playing a Squier Precision bass in an after school ‘rock school’ as the assigned groups had no need for a third guitarist and I was the newest addition.
Exploring bass pulled me down the rabbit hole even further when I found out about bassists like Jack Bruce, Victor Wootten and of course, Jaco Pastorius. YouTube started in 2006 and that was like a tsunami of music and bass players flooding in and have been wading through the aftermath ever since.

2) How would you describe the music that you typically create?
I am using the word ‘textured’ to describe the band’s music these days. Although it is mostly melodic, there often is harmonic texture contributed by the other guitar or bass to make it more compelling.

3) Did your style evolve since the beginning of your career? Or did you always followed that stream?
There has always been a clear style whilst over the years more ideas and influences have been appended to it so that’s an evolution in a sense. Our last album for instance may lean more on the death metal side of what was on the previous album but nothing has been dispensed with. We continue to create music that is covered by the extreme metal umbrella.

4) Do you create music for yourself or for fans’ taste? Nowadays it is always hard to satisfy listeners.
Always for ourselves. The germ of an idea is usually a guitar track and we flesh it out in our rehearsal space. We do not consult with fans outside the band during the creation of our music so the fact that we have fans is a blessing really.

5) Does your outfit have anything to do with the music you listen to or play?
We all listen to and appreciate extreme metal and influences from that has a profound effect on the music that we produce. Thankfully the umbrella of styles that extreme metal offers means that there is no shortage of ideas.

6) What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
In terms of what was most difficult to navigate and in some cases impossible to mitigate – the covid19 pandemic during which the UK and particularly London went under strict lockdown. This incurred delays to rehearsing, scrapped gig opportunities and forced us to rethink our approach with releasing the last release.
To a lesser extent, shipping merchandise including our first album outside of the UK was made challenging (not knowing what new fees might be incurred) whilst still figuring out how to navigate ‘Brexit’.
For travel, the issue of carnets regarding personal musical instruments for our own travel has only recently been given some much needed clarity also.

7) Who’s your ideal artist to collaborate with and why?
If a band or solo artist has our admiration then we are also aware of their identity as expressed by their music. We would not be interested in blurring the lines on where their creation ends and ours begins. At this time, instead of collaboration in the recording and production or live performance, we would prefer to focus on creating our own music which is itself a reflection of what we have gleaned listening to those revered musicians anyway.

8) If you were a CD/album, what would you be and why?
SeeKing: a key album would be The Spectral Sorrows by Edge of Sanity.
Starash: Master of Puppets – Metallica
Owen: Incurso – Spawn of Possession

9) What artist would you recommend to a person who is undecided about what listening to?
Because it is a growing list, I recommend going to our Spotify page and listening to the ‘Some songs we enjoy’ playlist on there.
https://open.spotify.com/artist/6kPHck0YeP41CVSx7L7I6c?si=mFzvcR7RRM-LzxPUCdqoHg


|| CHAOSEUM ||

1) What made you want to become a musician?
In my teenage years I liked to watch music videos on MTV and it made me want to get on stage and feel that incredible feeling and now I am proud to see our music videos on Youtube and on TV.

2) How would you describe the music that you typically create?
I think there are a lot of riffs and influences from the 90s and 2000s. Sounds like Neo Metal, Trash or even Heavy metal. We like to mix all these things and I think that these influences are felt in our songs.

3) Did your style evolved since the beginning of your carrer? Or did you always followed that stream?
Yes, our music has evolved a lot. Our first album was very Metlacore. Now our music sounds more like Indus Metal, Nu Metal.

4) Do you create music for yourself or for fans’ taste? Nowadays it is always hard to satisfy listeners.
We compose our songs according to our inspirations and not following the current metal wave. Otherwise we would make Djent lol.

5) Does your outfit have anything to do with the music you listen to or play?
Our stage clothes were created to have a visual identity and to stand out from other bands.

6) What is the biggest problem you have encontoured in the journey of music?
To have fellow musicians who have the same ambition and who are ready to make some sacrifices to be able to advance.

7) Who’s your ideal artist to collaborate with and why?
Haha the list is long. But I would love to work with Max Cavalera on a track. We really like Max because he is an amazing person and having his name on a track would be a dream for me.

8) If you were a CD/album, what would you be and why?
“Around the Fur” from Deftones. This album really marked me during my youth and it will remain forever in my top 3 best albums.

9) What artist would you recommend to a person who is undecided about what listening to?
It depends on a lot of things. People have different tastes and like to listen to certain things depending on their moods or desires at the time. But personally, I would recommend the band “Ghost”. It’s a band that can be enjoyed by both metal and pop audiences.

Loïc from Chaoseum. Thank you for the interview.


|| TOTAL RECALL ||

1) What made you want to become a musician?
(LUCA – Bass Guitar) I started to listen to music when I was just a kid, some tunes where transmitting me emotions and I was fascinated by it. The more I grew up the more I checked videoclips and live concerts video, and I noticed that those emotions could be transmitted by the music not only through a vinyl or a cassette but also live. That’s when I decided to try to play an instrument and the rest is history.

2) How would you describe the music that you typically create?
We could say that is blend of Low Tuned Metallic Hardcore with Post Hardcore influences and some old Numetal vibes. You will find also a touch of Death and
Blackmetal in it like 2 olives in a Martini.

3) Did your style evolved since the beginning of your carrer? Or did you always followed that stream?
The new songs are surely more dark and heavy than the previous ones but at the same time they keep the same attitude. It’s a natural evolution of the 5 of us now working together since 3 years. This new songs are reflecting our common influences in a more natural way.

4) Do you create music for yourself or for fans’ taste? Nowadays it is always hard to satisfy listeners.
We play what we like. We don’t focus on creating something that can be liked,we just like it ourself first. We are true to ourself and we give 100% every time we are in the studio or on a stage. There is no money in this music so we don’t waste our time in trying to become a product, we invest our time in our skills and on writing the best songs we can.

5) Does your outfit have anything to do with the music you listen to or play?
We never change outfit before to go on stage. So we would say that our outfit fits the music we play perfectly.

6) What is the biggest problem you have encontoured in the journey of music?
Even though we are on the map since only 3 years we already needed to face a few challenges. After we formed the band in 2019 we made a plan which involved the music and the management and booking part of the business. After the pandemic stroke in 2020 we needed to review basically everything we have planned. We needed to change the release date of the album, delaying up till July 2021 an album that was ready in January 2020, we needed to change completely the communication approach and find a PR Agency able to create a bit of interest for a band that basically never went public. We needed also to change the booking approach and try to find little spots here and there in a completely saturated situation in late 2021 and 2022. This is still going on right now, and we think that we will need to adjust the plans up till at least 2024.

7) Who’s your ideal artist to collaborate with and why?
There would be soooo many bands/artists we would love to collaborate with. If we do not mention the big ones (we all come from Metal and Hardcore plus subgenres so you can imagine which bands we are talking about) there would be lots of smaller or underrated bands we would love to collaborate with, but we are not going to mention names as it could be somehow misunderstood as preference for a particular band or genre.

8) If you were a CD/album, what would you be and why?
There would more than one so we prefer not to mention one in particular.

9) What artist would you recommend to a person who is undecided about what listening to?
Sabrina Salerno


|| RIVER KNIGHT ||

1) What made you want to become a musician?
MARK: Heavy Metal! Listening to bands such as Iron Maiden, Guns N’ Roses, AC/DC, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Metallica throughout my formative years, and watching their performances on the TV at a friend’s house. Real musicians playing real instruments really got me hooked, but I will say that I started out wanting to be a bass player; Steve Harris was my hero. Then I just kind of fell into using my voice.
DARREN: Listening to my dad’s old records, stuff like the Beatles, David Bowie, The Beach Boys, The Stones, Joni Mitchell. My old man had a guitar that he never played so I picked it up, strung it backwards and never looked back. I don’t really know why I put the strings on as if I was left handed, it just felt more comfortable to me even though I’m right handed.

2) How would you describe the music that you typically create?
M: It’s difficult because we never hear a song and think ‘oooh, let’s make a song like that’, and we never hear a style of music and think to ourselves ‘yeah, that’s the style we want to be’.
D: It’s always acoustic guitar based, vocal harmony songs, taking influence from all over. Although our songs have a similar sound, they are all individual enough to be their own thing. Our new single “Unsprung” (out on the 6th December 2022 kids) still sounds like us but it’s a development from the songs on our album “Grow”.

3) Did your style evolved since the beginning of your career? Or did you always followed that stream?
M: Well, for me the sound of River Knight is something that formed through our writing. Nothing I’d previously been involved with sounds like River Knight. I’d always been with much heavier bands prior, less acoustic and more distorted. Bands such as Reckless Temptation, Templeball, Happy As Larry and This Black Static, which coincidentally enough is how we met.
D: Yeah, I hadn’t been in loads of bands. My first band was Happy As Larry and when Mark joined he was also in This Black Static and got me to play rhythm for them. Playing as an acoustic duo is certainly more daunting than being in a full band. You can kind of hide when you’re in a band. Well not so much hide but you gain confidence from the other guys, like our song “Strength In Numbers” hahaha. So playing live with River Knight was quite scary at first but I’ve kinda got used to it now.

4) Do you create music for yourself or for fans’ taste? Nowadays it is always hard to satisfy listeners.
M: Oh, it is! I think the first step to any art, whether that be music, prose, painting, etc., is to satisfy yourself. Once you are satisfied you just hope there are people that like the same things as you. But if there isn’t, that’s also fine because at least you’ve done something you can be proud of. You can even feel like you know a special little secret that no one else knows hahaha.
To be honest, that’s kind of what we always want. Personal songs that, hopefully, people can relate to. There was a really nice line in one of the reviews we’ve had that said something along the lines of ‘as you’re listening to Grow, you can feel that the songs were written especially for you’, or something like that. As a lyricist I was really chuffed with that.
D: We definitely write for ourselves. When we first started I was going through a hard period of mourning and I was writing personal songs that helped me process my grief. Heaven’s Door and Sense Out Of Crisis were the first 2 songs we wrote together as River Knight, and those were certainly not written for other people. But at the same time, grief and loss are something that someone is almost always going to have to go through at some point in their lives, so if someone can relate to the songs we’ve written that are personal to me yet still universal then that is a bonus.

5) Does your outfit have anything to do with the music you listen to or play?
D: Not sure what you mean, do you mean our clothes? Not really, it’s not like we’re a metal band or a goth band or a punk band that have a certain fashion style that goes with the music.
M: Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I’ve already said what I listened to during my early years, and dressed as such too.
D: As far as I’m concerned we just play music and we dress the way we dress.
M: Although we do have our own clothing brand coming out in the near future hahaha. No I’m joking, we don’t have a clothing line planned at all and our music has absolutely no bearing on how we dress.

6) What is the biggest problem you have encountered in the journey of music?
M: People telling me that things have to be done in a certain way. To me, if it sounds good then it sounds good, you know what I mean? And of course the big one; finance. You just can’t promote yourself properly without some sort of funding. It’s not like the old days where a guy would hear what you do, like it and hear the potential, so in turn offers to promote you and when the money comes in they take a healthy chunk. That sort of belief in artists is gone, and most promoters nowadays have multiple artists all paying a set fee so regardless of whether the promoter likes the music, regardless of whether they actually succeed in promoting, they get their money anyway.
D: Oh yeah, like I don’t know why we can’t have a 6 or 7 minute opus, like ‘Shades That Hide The Sun’ or ‘Mystic Miles’. I really like long songs, ‘Freebird’ for example, but the digital algorithms now look at stuff like the percentage of time played, so 1 minute played of a 2 minute song is looked upon as more successful than the same 1 minute played of a 5 minute song because the thing doing the analysing is an algorithm. If you were a digital judge with no sense of self, 50% is always going to appear better than 20%, and that’s just wrong in this sense.

7) Who’s your ideal artist to collaborate with and why?
M: OH, I dunno. Anyone really, love a good collaboration, especially between people that wouldn’t normally play together, you know, someone like us and Lady Gaga hahaha. I’d love to play with the Velvet Revolver guys.
D: I’ll go with the obvious one. He’s around our age, he’s got a house near us and he’s done similar stuff in the past – Noel Gallagher. It’d be a real pleasure to play with that guy.

8) If you were a CD/album, what would you be and why?
M: There’s only one album it could possibly be!
D: I’m with ya! 1… 2… 3…
Both: Grow!!
M: by River Knight because that literally is us!
D: It’s our stories, it’s our mistakes, it’s our pain, it’s our happiness.
M: It’s us laid bare. Until we record our 2nd album, which hopefully we’ll be starting soon, it’s the only album we could possibly be.

9) What artist would you recommend to a person who is undecided about what to listen to?
M: Tough question. Can it be any music from any era? How does the listener feel? Have they been drinking? I tell you what though, an album that got a lot of undeserved hate was ‘Chinese Democracy’. Yeah, it was only Axl left. Yeah, it took 13 years or something like that to make. But I absolutely love it. I think it’s a clear progression from the Use Your Illusion albums, just a shame that none of the other members of GnR were involved. I don’t think people gave it a proper chance, so that’s my choice.
D: OK, if you’re not gonna say it I will. I would recommend anyone to listen to Grow by us. Make yourself a coffee, grab yourself a beer, roll a spliff, whatever you need. Take 45 minutes out of your day, put the headphones on and lose yourself for that short space of time. You will not regret it, and it’s only 3 quarters of an hour anyway. What have you got to lose?

M: Thanks for having us.
D: It’s been a pleasure.

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