Interviews: Before The Empty

In this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Post-Hardcore solo project Before The Empty from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the project?

I had already been in bands & recording songs for a couple years, and I figured I should probably find a platform to release them through. I would’ve felt weird releasing music under my name, so I had a friend come in to do the singing vocals and some backup uncleans, we decided on a band name, and recorded/released an Ep over a few weeks, along with some older songs from years before. It was terribly recorded, to be honest, but really fun.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Probably watching bands like Alexisonfire & Saosin on Fuse Tv when I was like 11 years old. That stuff was blowing my mind at the time (still to this day) and just made me really appreciate and find my place in music. I feel like my age group really had the guitar hero games coming into play when we were young teens and it pushed a lot of us to want to pick up an instrument or find our voice. My buddy was also in a sick hardcore band when I was like 14 and I thought that was just the coolest shit.

3. What are your favorite bands?

Vanna, The Jonah Veil, Poison The Well, Killswitch Engage, Underoath, Circa Survive, La Dispute, Pianos Become The Teeth, Citizen, Actor Observer, Bury Tomorrow, Lions Lions and This Town Needs Guns, just to name a few.

4. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

As generic an answer as it may be, I’d say life inspires me, music is such a great outlet for release and you can really find catharsis in it. I’m sure I’m not alone when I say I’ve written songs about girls before, haha.

5. Where would you like to play?

Anywhere that would have me honestly, Portland and Boston seem to have some amazing music scenes.

6. Who would you like to support?

Support like, bands? There are so many killer bands coming up right now, I’d be honored to share a stage with any of them. If we’re talking big bands, Bury Tomorrow would be wild. My buddy is in a band called Captivate and they’re pretty sick. Check them out!

7. Who not?

Bands who put on this facade of being way bigger/better than they are, anyone with that general attitude is just an automatic bad vibe for me. Venues that take a very hands-off approach and treat bands like trash.

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

It’s always a little nerve-wracking at first but I was playing the recordings in front of people, I figured hey if you can share your music, you can perform it in front of people too. I’d say just really dive into your performance, practice often, find your zone and stay in it, sing in your car, sing in the mirror, I mean everyone fucks up sometimes, so what?

9. What bands have inspired you the most?

I’d say Vanna really gave me a sense of music being this emotional outlet, their instrumentation and bright tone that was still really heavy felt really unique when I was growing up, first getting into heavier music. It still resonates with me today.

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