Interviews: Shadow Of Everest


In this new occasion we have had the opportunity to interview the Progressive Metal/Groove Metal band Shadow Of Everest, from Canada. Check out this band and give them a like on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1.Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?  

It was definitely premeditated. We threw around a lot of names before we came to Shadow of Everest. The name comes from the idea that if you're standing in the shadow of Mount Everest then you're staring down one of the most challenging places the earth has to offer. It's a metaphor for overcoming challenge.  

2.Why did you want to play this genre?  

We gravitate towards heavier music. We actually try to avoid sticking to one genre entirely but more often than not the songs that come out of us just happen to be on the heavier side. You can be smart about that though and I think that's how we differentiate ourselves. We focus on the groove aspect of it first and then we can make it heavier if that's the overall mood of the song.  

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?  

I knew Shaun before Shadow of Everest, yeah. He used to play in a band called "66 n' Jack" while I played in Little King Hunter. He ended up joining Little King Hunter as our bassist and when that project dissolved we talked about starting something else. I didn't know Matt or Andrew until they joined up. It doesn't feel that way though; they all feel more like family. Ugly, disturbing family.  

4. Each band member favourite band?  

JV: Tool 

Shaun: Metallica 

Andrew: Mastodon 

Matt: Incubus  

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?  

I won't speak for the other guys in the band but for me it's the noise in my head. For real. Some of the best riffs I've written have started out with me humming the melody and tapping on my leg. Sometimes I'll hear a sound like a generator buzzing or construction noise and in my head it sounds like part of a song. When it comes to lyrics I get everything from people and life happening around me.  

6. Where was your last gig?  

We played this awesome festival out in rural Nova Scotia; our home Province. It's a charity event in the middle of a hay field and the reception was fantastic. It rained like crazy for something like 14 hours before we went on, so we were soaked and cold. The festival was even losing all kinds of gear to water damage. The rain let up before we went on though and we had a great time. We would love to go back next year.  

7. Where would you like to act?  

I think we all agree we'd like to hit Europe. And Australia. Europe seems like there is a better appreciation for music than around here (or at least, our variety of ugly prog) and Australia has a lot of cool spiders.  

8. Whom would you like to feature with?  

I would love to tour with Tool or Mastodon. Even a band like Ghost would be crazy, with their stage show and everything. I think we would fit really well on a lot of different bills.  

9. Whom not? 


Sorry Chad.   

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that? 

I used to get the shakes during the first few songs. One of my legs would bounce and I'd have to just let it happen or it would move up to my hands and then I couldn't play haha. Everybody gets it in some way starting out. Even now, I've been playing for almost 20 years and if we haven't had a gig in a while my stomach does a back flip. The best way to get over it is to just get up and own it. Don't try to do anything new that you haven't done in practice and remember that you're supposed to have fun.  

11. What bands have inspired you the most?  

Two bands that have inspired the hell out of me over the years are Led Zeppelin (yea I know, everyone says Led Zeppelin) and Black Sabbath. Jimmy Page and Tony Iommi were the guitarists that got me started. There is so much to be found in their discographies and I'm constantly finding a new piece of ear candy. Getting into heavier stuff my influences have expanded but I haven't stopped being inspired by all of the same groups. I guess my four big influences to date are Zeppelin, Sabbath, Mastodon and Tool.  

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?  

A friend of mine once asked me to sign his hat because if I ever became famous he would have a personal article of clothing signed and not just some stock photo. The request was weird coming from him. Anyway, I signed this white baseball hat he had and he looked it over and said "Aw yea, look at that signature right there..." and then he immediately pitched the hat into a garbage can and laughed his ass off. One of my fondest memories! (love you JMac)  

13. What do you think of your fans?  

We have amazing fans. People send me screen shots of their Spotify playlists or their dashboard displays, playing our stuff. We've had a number of people pay double for CDs too. The degree of support we have is huge and we cannot thank these people enough.  

14. What do you think of our site?  

It looks like a great hub for getting to know a bunch of new bands pretty quickly. We need more of that. Quality outlets for bands to be featured and not lost in the noise. You guys are doing a great thing for independent artists. We really appreciate it!

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