Next Stop Olympus Interview 17/05/21
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and who’s your biggest influences?
We are Next Stop Olympus, a 5 piece Metalcore/ Post hardcore band a twist on rock ’n’ roll from Salisbury/ Southampton. We all have our own influences and each member has a wide range in music taste to draw influence from.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from?
We get inspiration from whatever is going on in our lives, especially with our latest release, that was very personal to all of us as we put a lot of our lives, struggles and emotions into each song.
MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song?
Matt: Personally mine would either be ‘My Affliction’ or ‘Don’t Let Go’, I’d say as a whole band I’d probably say it’s ‘Don’t Let Go’.
Conor: I’d definitely say Don’t Let Go but also The Dirt which is a track from our first EP that I just love to play live!
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2020?
Well all of our 2020 plans got cancelled due to Covid but we’re well underway trying to get more shows now in 2021 that everything is slowly getting back to normal.
MM: What can we expect from Next Stop Olympus live?
Some big chorus’ to sing along too with some heavy tracks to get in the pit for while watching 5 guys doing what they love on stage.
MM: What do you like best and worst about touring?
Matt: I love being able to see more of the country and getting to play to new people at the shows, seeing how they react to us. The worst part about touring trying to find somewhere to shower.
Conor: It’s great seeing the lovely stretches of British motorway! In all seriousness the best thing about touring is playing shows to a new audience each night. The worst thing about it is having to drive back home at stupid o’clock in the morning after our last show.
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies?
Matt: I think for the way our music sounds I’d love to do shows with Atreyu, Escape the fate and Beartooth because they’ve all got the rock ’n’ roll style too.
Conor: Matt nails it for musical style so I’ll just reel off a few bands I’d love to hang out with and that would be The Amity Affliction, Dance Gavin Dance and lately I’ve really been enjoying Stepson so it’d be cool to get to see them live a few times on a tour.
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why?
Matt: For me it would be the first concert I ever went to which was Asking Alexandria during the Reckless and Relentless cycle with support from Blessthefall, Chelsea Grin and With One Last Breath, it was just an incredible first show and made me want to get on stage and play shows myself.
Conor: I’d definitely say seeing Def Leppard and Cheap Trick with my dad in Cardiff, the bands were incredible and we found a really cool rock n roll bar to have a few drinks in together too.
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with Next Stop Olympus?
Matt: I’d say it would be the release of our new EP ‘Heart, Mind & Hell’, we put so much of ourselves into the songs and stepped up our game a lot from our previous releases.
Conor: Just to echo Matt really, this latest EP is something I am very proud of!
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time?
Matt: Asking Alexandria - ‘Reckless and relentless’ and I think Bury tomorrow have just taken the other spot with their new album ‘Cannibal’.
Conor: Tough one! At a push I would say Youngbloods by The Amity Affliction and The City Sleeps In Flames by Scary Kids Scaring Kids.
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
Matt: The first time I played live I was 11 at a school battle of the bands and it was just awful and I mainly only felt nervous because I couldn’t play a bass at all back then.
Conor: I did a lot of drama in school so performing in front of an audience is something I was already used to but I was definitely nervous the first time we played as Next Stop Olympus because we’d worked so hard on the songs we had put together and it always interesting to see if people will enjoy them.
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall?
Matt: I never actually had any posters up in my room, I remember buying a Linkin Park poster from the ‘Minutes to midnight’ album but never actually put it up.
Conor: I was a proper Kerrang magazine teenager so I had pretty much every centrepiece poster from their weekly output on the wall…it got silly!
MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person?
Matt: I think for metal you’d probably have to give it to a band like Black Sabbath but you can always hear bands influences in their music so you could probably just keep working your way back.
Conor: It’s such a difficult question to answer because of course we could go all the way back to 1930’s blues, but I think when it comes to the rock ’n’ roll that I listen to on a regular basis I’ll go with Steven Tyler of Aerosmith with his fashion style and vocals.
MM - What's the most important thing to the band right now?
We’ve just released our new EP ‘Heart, Mind & Hell’ so trying to get that out there as much as possible at the moment is probably the most important thing for us right now.
MM: If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
We actually do a cover of Tinie Tempah - ‘Written in the stars’ live and I think we chose that because we wanted to take a song and make it our own rather then just playing one and it sounding the same and Conor is a Tinie Tempah fan so that helped as well as the fact that it was fairly well known so most people know the chorus so they can all sing along too.
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band?
Our new EP has got a little something for everyone on it, from a heavy track to a more punchy rock and roll riff based track and some really melodic tracks and our own version on a Metalcore/ Post Hardcore ballad.
MM: Four words to describe Next Stop Olympus?
Matt: Rock and or Roll.
Conor: Emotionally driven and tall.
Final Words for your fans and our readers
Everyone check out our new EP ‘Heart, Mind & Hell’ and check us out on all of the usual social media sites to keep up with what we’re doing and support live music with everything now starting to open back up again, go to live shows, support small and up coming bands so we can keep new bands going.