Interviews: Alluvion


In this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Post-Metal band Alluvion from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the 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?

John:      We decided to choose a name for the band democratically. We each took a week to brainstorm and make a shortlist of our favorite ideas. We came back to practice after that time and worked together to get it down to like 3 choices, then we took a vote of those and Alluvion won!

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

John:      Honestly, we never really did pick a genre. lol, The band was formed in the late Nineties, when bands like Deftones, System Of A Down and Slipknot were all still very newly popular. We all grew up listening to (and still very much do) extremely different types of music. I think that the wide variety of new sounds that were readily available to us, as well as our different tastes in music,  helped us not to sound like anyone type of music. We quickly recognized this to be one of our biggest strengths.

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

John:      Yes, we all went to the same High School. Brian (bassist) was a grade ahead of Stephen (guitarist) and myself (John/vocalist.). Andy moved to our school and we became fast friends.

4. Each band member favorite band? 

John:      I’ll try my best to speak for the other guys. It’s so impossible to pick one favorite band universally because I like some bands for different reasons. Some of my favorite musicians aren’t in the same band, etc.

John: I’ll go ahead and say that my favorite Rock band is Jane’s Addiction. I know that Brian’s favorite is Genesis. I think that Andy’s is Kyuss Stephen’s is probably The Beach Boys.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

John:      The other guys in the band are my biggest inspiration to write new songs, because they just can’t ever turn off, you know?

They are always hearing new riffs/beats and sounds in their heads. In the same way, I am almost always humming something new in my head, or thinking about and hearing some new little shapeless melody. The lyrical content always comes from some kind of personal experience and/or interaction, hurdle or observation that I feel either should really have more light shown on it and be spoken more about in general, or I still haven’t really figured out/healed from and I need to internalize and dissect.

6. Where was your last gig?

John:      L & B’s Sports Bar, in Woodbridge, Virginia. We played with our good friends in a band called One Slack Mind.

7. Where would you like to act?

I would love to have played at CBGB’s! RIP

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

John:      I would most like to feature with Chino, from Deftones, because we both have voices that are in higher registers and he also has that wide spectrum vocally. He’s able to go from softer, haunting melodies directly into abrasive, intense screams. Also, every single cover song I’ve ever heard from Deftones is amazing and he always brings his A-game on all of his features as well.

9. Whom not?

John:      That annoying guy from Smashmouth. What’s his name? Guy Fieri!

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

John:      I have always and still suffer from differing levels of stage fright every single time we are about to go on. 

Tips for beginners... I have 2.

1: Make music that you want to hear. Play and write to the absolute best of your ability all of the time; Never phone it in. It’s a lot easier to overcome that fear when you know 100% that you’re giving your art all of yourself.

2: Choose the right musicians to play with, because having a tribe of highly skilled, passionate musicians up there with you, coupled with tip number 1 makes the fear all but disappear as soon as the first note is played!

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

John:      Different band for different reasons. The Cure, Acid Bath, The Smith’s, Skinny Puppy, Bauhaus, David Bowie, Alice In Chains, Faith No More, the list goes forever.

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

John:      To come home and party after the show, which I allowed to happen. (At the time I lived with a couple of other guys/roommates and we pretty much had partying going on on some level all of the time.) Anyway, I woke up the next morning and the guy from the show is the only one awake that early and he’s sitting on the floor in the living room, staring blankly at the wall. I ask him if he slept well and he replied “I don’t sleep... anymore.” Then he raised his shirt and showed me all of these scars on his stomach/chest from cutting and burning himself and he says “Do you ever feel like you know you’re not real?” I’m all for thinking outside of the box and living alternatively, and there’s all kinds of lyrical content wrapped up in that box but needless to say, that was the last time I ever brought the party home with me from the show. lol

13. What do you think of your fans?

John:      It seems like our fans, much like our music are all over the place. Kind of all across the spectrums of race/age/gender/lifestyle and I love that! It definitely takes someone who is a free thinker and doesn’t buy into all of the pre-packaged norms of today’s society to really be into Alluvion.

14. What do you think of our site? 

John:      I really enjoy and respect your site and others like it for giving people and artists like us a platform on which to stand and propel our voices and our callings louder and further than we could on our own. I also think your superheroes for giving music lovers a consolidated place to go and learn about solid, unique, new bands to check out and get into! Thank you. 

15. Something add?

John:       Add us on social media to hear more and interact with us! The Secret’s Out on 9/6 and we can’t wait for everyone to hear what we’ve created! Just our social media links. 

Links:

YouTube https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCf9flXZfoMZsgG-rk1bRCxw YouTube (LIVE SHOW) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56twW_DYnXg YouTube (Official Music Video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-A1-28I7Bpk

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