High & Mighty is a new post-hardcore band from Allentown, PA and they are ones you surely do not want to pass up. Immortal Music is honored to say that this was their first ever interview, and they allowed us to review their entire discography. You can check that out here, and get their debut EP now!
So here it is, the first interview with an incredible band that is destined to go far in the music business.
1. What inspired you to cover Jealous by Nick Jonas and The Heart Wants What it Wants by Selena Gomez?
As a band in a whole Nick Jonas and Selena Gomez weren't particularly big influences of ours, obviously of different genres to ours, both were brought up in a discussion to go pop/top-40 and try to surprise people with something other than a Taylor Swift cover.
2. Are there any other songs out there you would like to cover?
Of course, cover songs are a blast, especially when recording, and it's a great way to see a different side to a song. But we have yet to discuss what we will do for the next one.
3. Who is your main songwriter and where do you find your inspiration?
Everyone has contributed ideas, so it's hard to necessarily choose one songwriter. There is definitely more than 1 songwriter in this band, so we try to fit everything we can from everybody involved in the project when possible. It's creative madness. Inspiration for our ideas generally come from topics we want to write about, and the drive we all have to create music.
4. What's the song writing process like for you guys?
It's pretty open really. Someone can come in with a cool sounding progression, or song skeleton, and we all kinda try to evolve something out of it. We constantly bounce ideas off each other, and talk about what we want topic wise for the lyrics. Other than that we just go with the flow mostly.
5. Out of all your favorite songs, which are your favorites and why?
Scott Mcavoy (Vocalist)-"Tomorrow", it is a more personal song about the loss of my brother. James Rosewall (Vocalist)-"Destiny"- Because of its technical breakdowns and intense choruses.
Scott Garrison (Guitarist)-"Burning Bridges", because it's a blast to play.
Kyle Lighting (Guitarist)-"Burning bridges", it's aggressive and there's a lot going on. It's one that we've always struggled with what it meant to us, but it quickly became a favorite.
Foli Creppy (Drummer)-"Destiny", it's so in your face and inspirational. The chorus is upbeat and fun and the song overall makes you open your eyes to realize what you really are capable of.
6. How would you describe your music to those who have never heard you before?
Hard hitting while staying bouncy and catchy.
7. What is your dream concert lineup both to see and take part in?
Haha, that's a hard one because we all come from different musical backgrounds. It would definitely be an interesting line-up for sure. We all listen to anything from Post-Hardcore and Metal to Blues, Rock, Punk, Indie, and even Rap at times. But in High&Mighty's sake, it would be amazing to play any gig for people who enjoy our music, regardless of who we are playing with. Just as long as it's a damn good time and everyone has fun.
8. Name something you listen to that nobody would ever expect?
Scott Mcavoy(Vocalist)- I Like classical music, lol... from like the 50's.
James Rosewall(Vocalist)- Justin Beiber...Haters gonna hate.
Scott Garrison(Guitarist)- I am a long time fan of Modest Mouse, and the Pixies. In an alternate universe I play in a 90's indie grunge rock band...
Kyle Lighting(Guitarist)-Death Grips
Foli Creppy(Drummer)- Brantley Gilbert
9. Outside of music, what do you do?
Scott Mcavoy- I am a father and family man.
James Rosewall- I like to snowboard, and relax.
Scott Garrison- I am a Graphic Designer, and...I guess that's it.
Kyle Lighting- Well for my job I'm a head cook.. and I go to PSU where I'm studying nerdy things like cryptography and networking.
Foli Creppy- Outside of music I'm a total outdoors junkie always looking for the next cool spot to explore
10. Where did you come up with your band name?
James, Vocalist Scott, and Foli were debating names in Foli's basement when it popped up. Everyone thought it was good so it just stuck.
11. What was the recording process like for you guys?
Music went smoothly until the singers ruined it in the vocal booth. Lol. We definitely banged out a ton in a short amount of time, so I guess it was organized chaos in a way. Was it anything like you expected it to be? Haha, it was not. I mean it was a great experience with great people, but once you are in the studio you really start to realize the work it takes. So naturally with the amount we tried to get done, we really pushed ourselves to get what we could out of it.
12. Is there anything you would like to add before we go?
Just stay positive, life is great, and always follow your dreams.
They left it on the best note possible. Stay positive and follow
your dreams. Don't miss out on this awesome band. Be sure to check them out on Facebook, Twitter, their website, Instagram, YouTube and Google Plus.
Stealing Eden is a hard rock band from Vancouver, BC, and this interview was rather special to Immortal Music as they were one of the first bands we ever found via the internet. You might not know who they are now, but passing over them would be a massive mistake. They are incredibly underrated and talented, and you will not be disappointed.
Their guitarist Maximus sat down and answered some questions for Immortal Music, and here is what all he had to say.
-What can fans expect from Stealing Eden in the near future?
We are currently demoing upwards of 25 songs for an upcoming album. No release date planned but shooting for summer sometime.
-How do you think the music writing process will differ now than it previously did for you?
I think it will be pretty much the same. Most of the last record was written sitting in front of my computer, pressing record and coming up with some ideas then sending it off to the guys and chipping away at the songs from there. Dave writing lyrics and then jamming the songs out to see if they feel good.
-Name something you listen to that nobody would expect you to.
I'm listening to Cryptopsy right now.
-Out of all your songs, which are your favorite and least favorites?
That's a tough one. I think my least favorite is Calling Out.
-What is your dream concert lineup (both to see and be part of)
This might not make sense but probably The Beatles, Led Zeppelin Randy Roads era, Ozzy, Pantera, Original Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Danzig, Hatebreed, White Zombie, Life Of Agony, Snot.
-What's your favorite venue (that you have played)? And why?
Richards On Richards in Vancouver. Awesome sound and a huge room.
-How would you describe your music to someone that has never heard it?
Hard rock with that extra something
-What song do you wish you had written, but really just enjoy?
I dig the Nothing But Thieves song Graveyard Whistling.
-What would you be doing if you were not a musician?
I use to do martial arts and played hockey, maybe one of those.
-Besides music, what do you do in your spare time?
Just normal stuff like watch movies and go to concerts
-Is there anything you would like to add before we go?
Be on the look out for a brand new album from Stealing Eden, and meanwhile be sure to check them out on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and iTunes.
The End At The Beginning is a very talented, up and coming band from Bolonga, Italy and they were kind enough to take the time to answer some interview questions from Immortal Music. The offered a lot of insight to some of the songs on their album, Appearances and introduced more of the world to their music. To learn more, please read on. Also remember that everything said is exactly what the bands said -Immortal Music does not change anything. We simply throw it together, and let the artists speak for themselves.
1. What inspired your band name, "The End At The Beginning?" And what does the name mean to you?
Because sounded so funny to hear from italian people ahahah! Joking aside, we needed a name for our very first show and at two days from the show we didn't have any name yet. So, we thought to combine some names and we particularly liked this one just because represented the circularity of life.
2. Out of all our songs, which ones are your favorites and least favorites?
We really like to play live "Try To Fall, Learn To Fly" and "The Vicious Cycle" for the meaning and for the energy of the songs, people like them a lot. We don't have a particular song which we prefer, because each song have a meaning for us, and all of them have something great inside.
3. Where in the world do you dream of playing?
The world is the place where we dream to play, touching every single country and town. We like to see different faces and stories from the kids, and having a good time with them in the aftershow. It's what we like to do.
4. What would be your dream concert lineup (to take part in)?
I think that most of all the bands would like to open the live show for Parkway Drive, as we do, but there are so many cool bands, even here in Italy, we would like to play with. In particular we are very proud to share the stage with the italian band Hopes Die Last in February, because they are one of the greatest pride for our country in the world. Being part of one of their concerts it means a lot to us.
5. Name something you listen to that nobody would ever expect.
We are very open minded people, most of all talking about music. Some of us grew up with classical music and indie rock/alternative music, and maybe this is strange to hear yet. We can name this: "Lorenzo have listened to Wrecking Ball by Miley Cyrus since yesterday". And this is absolutely true.
6. What inspired the song, "Try To Fall, Learn to Fly"?
The song talks about people who had everything easily and without fighting to have it, and when the situations change discovering difficulties and struggles they just take a step back to remain in their protective shell. The message is directed to these people, they have to take the distances from certainties, eases and privileges and starting to live for real, because a life without highs and lows is not worth being lived.
7. What have been some of the best and worst places you have performed at so far?
The best place is for sure the ZR in Bologna, it's a quite big space with a huge sound system and some very cool lights. We released our album right there opening for Being As An Ocean/Hundredth/Counterparts/Polar European tour, and that was a really great show. The worst place was actually a closed space in Rioveggio, in the Apennines. There was a really bad sound and really small space where to play...but we had fun anyway.
8. What do you do that is not music related?
Well, Nicola works as a salesman in a company, Filippo and Andrea are both students at Bologna University, Lorenzo is a student too and a goalkeeper trainer, and Alessandro has a job in an electronics store. We have to find a way to finance this band, right?
9. How would you describe your music to those who have never heard you before?
Our music it's good for insane people. We scream, we shred, we do shitty moves on the stage and nobody pay us for it. But it's better than what it seems, believe me.
10. What inspired you to sing in English, rather than Italian (Since you are an Italian band)?
We wanted to communicate something to people who listen to us, and the Italian it's not the right language. It's not musical at all for the genre and it's limiting, because nobody in the world talk Italian.
11. Is there anything you would like to add?
Of course! Thank you so much for being so patient and for the support showed in this interview and in the review. That means so much to us. If anybody want to support us or show us some love, help us buying our merch or leave a comment, photo, whethever you want on our pages. Thank you so much again.
Thank you very much to The End At The Beginning for everything! Hopefully one day you will grace the entire world with your presence in person. Meanwhile, be sure to check out their debut album Appearances, and follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Seether is a very well established alternative metal band from Pretoria, South Africa. As of January 9, 2015, the band is touring across the US on a co-headlining tour with Papa Roach! Throughout their career, they have released some incredible works of art, and have played for hundreds of thousands of people world wide. They never cease to amaze, and it just so happens that their wonderful drummer, John Humphrey took the time to sit down and answer some questions for Immortal Music. He had a lot to say regarding current releases, musical interests, aspirations and more. Read on to learn what all he had to say!
1. Out of all your songs, which are your favorites and least favorites?
JOHN: Don't really have any least favs. There are songs we have been playing for over 10 years but, if a fan has been waiting 2 years to see you, live... you can't go through the motions, when performing. That’s not really fair to them. But, my favs, right now, would have to be some of the new ones... "My Disaster", "Save Today", or 'Crash".
3. Speaking of, what inspired the video for "Same Damn Life"? It looked like you had a lot of fun filming that video.
JOHN: Oh Yeah. We spent 3 1/2 to 4 hours in make-up for that video. REAL Hollywood style make-up. It was a blast! I think the original idea was to have the band perform, as ourselves, in a nursing home.. But, we thought it would be hilarious to make us look like we were also IN the nursing home. Also, we aren't making fun of old folks. Getting older is part of life... and it should be a celebration!!
4. From Jack Toresen; What sort of plans do you have for the future?
JOHN: Well, for this year... more touring. Australia, Japan (hopefully) and South America. This will be our first time to play in South America.
5. Name something you listen to that nobody would expect you to?
JOHN: Oh man, I have several guilty pleasures. I enjoy some old school blues, such as: Blind Lemon Jefferson and Robert Johnson. That music is part of American History. I enjoy some old school pop, as well. I've been known to listen to some "Hall and Oates" and "Journey" from time to time.
6. How do you deal with pre-stage nerves? (If you even still get them at this point.)
JOHN: Oh yeah, even after all these years... I still get the "butterflies"! As a drummer, performing can be quite physical. So I try to warm up and bit and that helps shake some of the nerves.
7. What would be your dream concert lineup to be a part of?
JOHN: Love to play with the Foo Fighters. I think we'd be a good fit.
8. From Aaron Wolfe III; Who has been inspiration to you for each of your albums?
JOHN: I generally, don't listen to "ROCK" music while recording an album. For inspiration, I, sometimes, listen to a lot of Beatles, around the time we are making an album... The way they crafted songs was just amazing. Not that we are anything like the Beatles... But, they schooled bands for years to come.
9. Where would you like to tour but have yet to?
JOHN: I'm looking forward to South America. I also hope to do a proper tour of Japan. We did some USO shows there in 2010. They were on the US bases. We didn't actually play to a Japanese audience. Hope to go back there, one day, and do that.
10. From Donald Whitten; What are the best and worst places you've ever played?
JOHN: We did an amazing Euro tour in 04 (w/ Evanescence). Performed in Rome and Greece. Played "Rock in Rio" in Lisbon. Also, performed at Madison Square Garden w/ Audioslave and Nickelback. Played some MASSIVE festivals in South Africa w/ Metallica. Great memories. You tend to forget the shit gigs :)
11. Which one of your songs describes you as a person and Seether as a band?
JOHN: We, recently, covered our "namesake" song for SEETHER 2002-2013. Veruca Salt's "Can't Fight the (SEETHER)" I think that's what our band's attitude is about... in a sense. When we are a band, hitting on all cylinders...kicking it on stage... you can't fight us. No one can touch us! A little cheesy but, that's how I feel sometimes. No one does Seether better than Seether.
12. What is the weirdest, funniest thing that has happened on the road?
JOHN: Recently, our bus was literally mobbed, in front of the venue, in Paris. It was like the Beatles or something. Pretty surreal.
13. What sort of advice would you give to aspiring artists?
JOHN: Well, to be original. I think that's missing from a lot of "rock music" today. Everything is starting to sound similar, in a lot of ways. The ones that stand out, are the ones that are truly original. Find your style. Don't follow trends.
14. On a final note; can you sum up your entire musical career in just one word?
The song John picked that perfectly describes them as a band could not have been more perfect. While the song might be totally unrelated to the band, any time it has been heard, Seether comes to mind. They definitely have had an interesting career, and its surely just going to get more interesting from here.
Huge thanks to John for taking the time to answer our questions, and to their wonderful press person for all her assistance, patience and honesty. This has been a treat, and we hope to do another interview in the future!
To keep up on Seether be sure to check out their official website, along with all their social media. That includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. If you haven't done so already, go watch their hilarious video for "Same Damn Life", and get their latest record, Isolate & Medicate now wherever music is sold.
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