Interviews: Nematode

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In this new occassion we have had the opportunity to interview the  Rock band Nematode from USA. 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? 

I had the name with me for years before even starting the band. I think I always knew it would turn out to be the title of something I made, but I didn't know for sure it would even be music. I'm really into drawing, too, so for awhile I was just gonna have that be my artist name and sign my drawings as "Nematode," but that fell to the wayside once I started the band.

2.Why did you want to play this genre? 

I've always been obsessed with psychedelic music, ever since I was a kid, and well before I even knew what psychedelics were. I grew up with a lot of The Beatles and Led Zeppelin which were a gateway to more experimental bands like Pink Floyd, Kind Crimson, and Emerson, Lake and Palmer. And now, in the last few years in particular I've been obsessed with Pink Floyd and Radiohead. I think I really just enjoy experimentation and am always craving new, interesting sounds.

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

Larry, Kazim, and Mike had all known each other for a long time because they used to play in a band together in high school. I met our publicist Madi at Drexel University, where be both studied Design and Merchandising, and she introduced me to Larry, who brought on Mike and Kazim.

4. Each band member's favourite band? 

Aaron - Radiohead
Kazim - Joao Gilberto
Mike - Gorillaz

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs? 

I usually write about people, and what they do, and how they act. A vast majority of my songs are about myself and my friends. A lot of them are a little more depersonalized, and deal with more abstract concepts, but for the most part, I'm inspired by people.

6. Where was your last gig? 

Our last gig was August 31st at Boot and Saddle in Philadelphia! We took a bit of a break to release our single, but now we're back at it!

7. Where would you like to act? 

For the most part I prefer being in the studio, but I'd love to visit some different continents. I've never been to Europe or Asia or the Middle East, so it would be cool to make it out to some of those places. I also really love smaller, more intimate venues with around 30 or 40 people. Too many people past that, and the crowd starts to drown out the music. A nice, quiet room definitely helps me focus.

8. Whom would you like to feature with? 

I would love to work with Vulfpeck! I think they're one of the tightest, grooviest funk bands on the planet and they seem like pretty fun people, too.

9. Whom not? 

I don't think I would want to work with Kanye West. He seems like he would be pretty hard to get along with, especially recently. And at the end of the day, I gotta be making music with my friends or it's not gonna feel genuine. I think that's part of what makes this band work. We all really enjoy being around each other!

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that?

Yeah, we all suffer from it in our own way. To be honest, there's not much you can do to actively reduce it. What worked for me was just playing a lot of shows! You get more comfortable over time. I hadn't been in many serious bands before Nematode, so even I'm still getting used to it. Having my friends with me makes it a little more bearable, I think.
11. What bands have inspired you the most? 

The top three for me are Pink Floyd, Radiohead, and Tame Impala. I'm obsessed with experimental synths and sound effects, and I don't think many great pop bands have used those elements as effectively as those three.

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

We haven't had a lot of weird requests to be honest!

13. What do you think of your fans? 

They're so awesome! I've met and had a lot of great conversations with so many people, especially through our Instagram page. It's incredible to see how many people are legitimately so passionate about our art.

14. What do you think of our site?

I love it! It may not show a lot in my music, but I grew up listening to a lot of Nu-metal and Progressive Metal artists. I'm excited to see what the metal crowd thinks of us!

15. Something to add?


I just want to dedicate this interview to my mom for her birthday. Happy birthday Mama!!

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