Ocean Encounters Interview 29/05/20
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and whos your biggest influences
Ans:We started back in 2015 in a small Belgian town called Tournai. One of our guitarists (Greg) and our drummer (Quentin) got together with our first guitarist and started jamming. Eventually they started getting together often, and so started looking to expand. Our bassist (Pieter) is a teacher and one of his students at the time approached him saying she knew a guy (Greg) who was in a band and looking for a bassist. He agreed to meet with them and by the end of the first practice there were 2 songs pretty much ready to go. The rest is history!
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from
Ans:All the major up and coming bands are huge inspirations to us. Musically our inspirations are from across the board. From folk and blues to death metal and djent, you'll find little moments of everything throughout our songs. We also try to see how bands do things on stage. Every time we play with a headlining band we try to learn as much as we can from them. Bands like Jinjer, As A Conceit, Carcer City, Greyscale Season and For I Am King all taught us things about songs, hardware and tone that we still use today.
MM: What would you say is your Bands favourite song ?
Ans:One we never fail to jam to together is The Resilient by Betraying the Martyrs. That song has everything. And whenever it comes on in the car on our way to a show or rehearsal you know that volume is gonna get cranked to 11.
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2020
Ans:All got kicked in the balls by the pandemic. We were hoping to ride the momentum of the album towards a multi-week tour in late summer, but all of that got nipped in the bud before the album even dropped. So we're gonna try and keep the momentum alive until the fall and try to catch as many shows as possible.
MM: What can we expect from (Band Name) live
Ans:Big sound, big presence on stage. You know how a lot of shows people are hesitant to get moving until a few people start to move? We'll be those few people for you. We also love interacting with the crowd so even if the music isn't 100% your thing, you'll feel like you're a part of the show.
MM: What do you like best and worst abt touring
Ans:Haven't been able to go on a full fledged multi-date tour, but what we look forward to is driving for hours to a show, doing the show, and then packing it all up and head to the next show. And that for a few weeks non-stop.
I think the lack of sleep quality might start affecting us eventually, but we want to do it so bad. So if anyone is looking for a band to tour with, hit us up!
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
Ans:Oh man if all we're doing is dreaming and want to throw together the ultimate, I'd have to say Jinjer, Polaris and Betraying the Martyrs.
MM: What's the most memorable concert you've been to (other than your own) and why
Ans:Now I can only talk about me (Pieter/bassist) personally, but it's gonna have to be System of a Down at a festival Rock Werchter here in Belgium back in 2017 I believe. It was Blink 182, SOAD and Linking Park back to back to back. But that SOAD show was absolute insanity. There were circle pits all the way to the back. It had also been grey and rainy all day, but when the final chorus of Chop Suey hit, the clouds opened up and the most tremendous burst of evening sun powered it's way through across the field and onto 80,000 people singing “truuuuusstt iiinnn myyyy, self-righteous suiciiiidde!!!”. Absolutely incredible.
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with
Ans:Either opening for Jinjer at a small festival close to Tournai, or playing the Durbuy Rock Festival with Black Dahlia Murder and Napalm Death. Just being able to share the stage with these absolute legend was already so awesome.
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time
Ans:Me personally it's gonna be Enema of The State by Blink 183 and As The Palaces Burn by Lamb of Gob. The only two albums I can listen from beginning to end without stopping.
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
Ans:Absolutely. I've been singing on stage since I was 5 years old. That rush was immediately instilled in me and one I've been chasing like a junkie ever since. Being able to make people move or react positively in an indescribable feeling. And then being able to do it with original music is even better.
MM: Growing up which Bands posters did you have on your bedroom wall.
Ans:Queen's Night At The Opera, and the movie poster for Apollo 13. God damn I love me some Tom Hanks.
MM - Who do you think influenced the world of Metal / Rock more than any other person
Ans:Honestly not to be too snobby about it, but I gotta say Wagner or Beethoven. These guys developed those dissonant, brutal chords, and really charged up the low bass end of their tracks. Wagner created this instrument called an Octa-bass. You needed two people to play it, and the bass frequencies are so low you need to stand at least 5 meters away from it to really hear the note it's playing. Rafters shook during the crescendo's of Wagner pieces. That's the a infra- or sub-bass hitting at the beginning of a breakdown. Brown-note type stuff. Plus not to mention their lives of debauchery and partying. What's more metal than bassy breakdowns and partying until dawn?
MM - What's the most important thing to the band right now?
Ans:Just playing. We love playing shows. More goal-oriented though it's getting the album out there, and most of all getting the album/tour/album/tour/album/tour engine running. The ultimate goal is write tunes for a year, tour those tunes for a year, repeat. We don't even need mega fame or glory. Just enough to be able to write and tour.
MM:If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
Ans:No covers. Only originals.
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band
Ans:Because it's unpredictable. There's stories and journeys in the songs. You won't get the breakdown or the drop within the first 30 seconds like modern hits do. But if you put in the effort to listen to a song in it's entirety, we guarantee at least one moment where your head starts bobbing, you put on a face like something stinks and mutter a little “oh damn” to yourself and have yourself a little party at your desk, or in the shower.
MM: Four words to describe (band Name)
Ans:Heavy (.175 bass string)
Monster (the energy drink and our guitarists)
Smooth (like bourbon)
Drop-G (because we can....)
Final Words for your fans and our readers
Ans:Outside of festival season (because nothing will get you as good a value:big bands ratio as the festivals will), go to the shitty local shows instead of spending your hard-earned cash on the big bands you've seen 4 times before. For that money you can see 5-6 multi-band local shows, AND have enough for drinks all night long. Buy their merch, talk to them after the shows. Every single big band that's out there started at that local show, and your presence means more to us than any like or comment on a FB post.
Plus if they then make it big you have hipster bragging rights to say “psh, I've been listening to them since before they were big.”