ORCumentary Interview 23.05.21
MM: Can you tell us about your Band and whos your biggest influences
ORC: ORCumentary is a solo fantasy-inspired metal project with lyrics focusing on orcs (evil, misshapen humanoids that are antagonists in many fantasy stories, including Lord of the Rings). There’s an element of humor to it and instrumentally it draws influence from power, folk, and melodic death metal, There are strong keyboard elements as well and nearly all orcish scream vocals.
MM: Where do you draw your inspirations and ideas from
The inspiration to make orc music came by accident. At the time I was a LOTR-obsessed teenager and was bored with the piano lessons I had been taking for nearly 10 years. I made a raspy voice as a joke and thought it would be funny to write songs about orcs using this voice. I didn’t know anything about writing music and wasn’t inspired by any musicians. I just messed around a lot until I discovered I liked writing music, and then I took it more seriously. At the time, I also was a lot more into reading (fantasy novels in particular) and had aspirations to be an author. That love fed into ORCumentary in the lyrics; most of the lyrics follow an original story that's told over multiple albums.
MM: What would you say is your Band’s favourite song ?
“Goblin Death March” is my most popular, by far. My personal favorite, though, is "Plains of D'Lagrolon". Tempo-wise it's slower, but it's pretty heavy and has lots of keyboards. It's a lot of fun to play live.
MM: Plans tour and festival wise for 2021
I have one show confirmed for this year so far: Sunday, July 11th at the Horsebrook Café in Plainfield, CT. I am exploring other options as well, but I will only play shows I am sure will be held in a safe and responsible manner.
MM: What can we expect from you guys live
Orc Happy Growls and Keyboard Mayhem
MM: Which three Bands would be your ultimate touring buddies
Elvenking, Nekrogoblikon, and Finntroll. Orcs, Elves, Goblins, and Trolls on one tour…it’d be a free-for-all!
MM: What do you feel has been your biggest accomplishment so far with
The new album “Fully ORChestrated”. It’s such a huge step-up, production-wise, compared to all my other releases. The idea to do an “ORChestral” album (symphonic instruments instead of electric guitars and such) is one I’ve had for almost 12 years, but the stars didn’t align until recently. I’m really proud of how it turned out.
MM: Which are your Two favourite Albums of all time
Thrice – Vheissu. This album came out before I was into metal (or even had an interest in songwriting), but it changed how I think about music. It has fast songs, slow songs, heavy, light, and everything in between, and yet the sound was undeniably their own. I aspire to make any album I write just as diverse.
MM: Can you remember the first time you ever played live and how it felt to have people watching you?
I remember being so nervous that I was shaking during the whole performance.
MM : What's the most important thing to the band right now?
Maggoty bread and manflesh
MM: If you could do a cover of any song which one would it be and why?
I’ve done a couple covers already: Into the West (Annie Lennox) was released as a standalone single earlier this year, and “Where There’s A Whip, There’s A Way (from the 1980 animated Return of the King film) is on my new album “Fully ORChestrated”. There aren’t many orcish songs to choose from, so I have to take what I can get.
MM: Tell us why we should buy and listen to your Band
Because otherwise a bloodthirsty horde of orcs may show up on your doorstep and expect to be invited in for tea.
MM: Four words to describe your Band
MM: Final Words for your fans and our readers
Thank you for reading this interview, and I hope you enjoy my latest album "Fully ORChestrated".