Interviews: Masiro

In this new occassion we have had the opportunity to interview the  Mathcore  band Masiro from UK. Check out the interview and this band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

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

The word Masiro was discovered in the book The Shadow of the Sun, by Ryszard Kapuscinski, which Mike read a few years ago. It's from an African dialect, and it literally means something like "burial place", although it alsocarries with it meanings of mystery and the unknown. Or an epic overwhelming feeling that's hard to put into words. We had a shortlist and needed to pick one for our first gig!

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

It's hard to say what exactly the genre is. We usually describe ourselves as the heavier end of the math-rock spectrum, whatever that means. It wasn't a deliberate choice to play a certain way. As band members we were coming from different angles - mathier metal, post-rock, post-hardcore, funk etc. So it ended up sounding like this.

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

Chris (drums) and Hutch (bass) knew each other from previous bands around 10 years ago, but hadn't played together until Masiro was already formed as a two-piece by Chris and Mike (guitar), who met up with the intention of starting a band.

4. Each band member favourite band?

If we had to choose one... Mike - The Mars Volta, Chris - Behold... The Arctopus, Hutch - Primus.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

We find inspiration from all the usual places - other bands, films, and just generally being alive and fairly creative people probably. We're sci-fi and layman science geeks so that definitely influences things. It's a hard question to answer. Music is just a part of us as people, largely subconscious. We don't read or write music to any useful degree, so it's mostly trial and error and how stuff feels. If it's fun to play we'll keep playing and it and it'll evolve itself. Just turning up loud with some guitar pedals is a good place to start!

6. Where was your last gig?

The Black Heart, Camden, for Chaos Theory promo.

7. Where would you like to play?

Any venue with a decent promoter!

8. Who would you like to support?

Supporting Dysrthymia would be a bit dreamy.

9. Who not?

It's tempting to say someone ridiculous like Robbie Williams, but actually that could be amazing.

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

Chris and Hutch are more seasoned and don't seem to get affected, apart from maybe playing a bit fast from the adrenaline! Mike can get a little more anxious. Advice - know that it's natural and common, and usually a sign that it's important to you. The crowd generally don't care if you mess up and are supportive. See the bigger picture. And it's like anything - condition yourself by playing lots of shows! 

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Primus, Dysrthymia, Russian Circles, Isis, Fugazi, The Mars Volta, Mono, Animals as Leaders, Meshuggah. Many more indirectly probably. We have quite a broad taste as fans - Peter Gabriel, Parliament Funkadelic, Squarepusher, more electronica etc. Also a lot of superb bands on the UK scene at the moment - check out most of the ArcTanGent festival line ups to see what we mean!

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

"Play something in 4/4!" A lot of our stuff is in 4, actually!

13. What do you think of your fans? 

That they're awesome and we're glad that enjoy it as much as we do (most of the time!). We'd probably make music if even no-one was listening, so it's quite self indulgent. Having someone to share and appreciate makes it worthwhile. We've got a couple of fans who it seems are willing to travel most places just to see us, even with bigger bands on the bill. So when they unexpectedly turn up at a gig nowhere near where they live, that's quite surreal. Also flattering and awesome of course! Thanks guys.

14. What do you think of our site?

It looks pretty slick! We've never come across Nintendocore before - something to check out!

15. Something to add?

We've got a couple some upcoming gigs:

June 29th at JT Soar in Nottingham, with Body Hound and Steve Strong
October 11th at The Victoria, London, with Thumpermonkey and Memory of Elephants
Oxford and London record release shows in September - dates TBC!

Thanks for your time!

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