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Interviews: FROGG

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Technical Metal band FROGG 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?

Sky: The band’s name doesn’t have that much of a deeper meaning. I’ve always liked frogs and it sort of just came out. It portrays a fantasia-esque theme that draws parallels on the negatives of humanity in a “reptilian, amphibian, lizard” theme.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Sky: I wish I could explain it, but there’s just something deep inside me that urges me to shred and scream. Maybe it’s some teenage angst that never left my body, but it feels greater than that and it overwhelms me. I’ve always gravitated towards darker, heavier music. FROGG’s material is my own project where I just let things come out naturally and unfiltered. There’s no objective with writing a specific style, using a specific technique, it’s just my raw expression.

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

Sky: I’ve known Anthony Barrone (Drums) for almost a decade now. We met at Berklee College of Music in 2011 and just hit it off. I actually reached out to somebody I made acquaintance with to lay the bass down for the EP but he was unavailable and referred me to Siebe Sol Sejpkins (Bass). Siebe and I hit it off instantly as well. Both of these guys are extremely capable musicians and did a great job with writing and recording their parts.

4. Each band member favourite band?

Sky: Necrophagist The other musicians on the EP are not currently permanent members or part of the live lineup for the band.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Sky: My personal life, in general, has been a huge catalyst in my writing. I’ve had a lot of things to be fortunate about and vice versa. I think that a lot of people don’t address their inner baggage and this is my way of bringing it out and expressing my passion, happiness, and anger-- all emotions really.

6. Where would you like to act?

Sky: I would love to tour internationally-- I think that’s my biggest long-term goal with FROGG’s future at the moment. I’m not that picky about playing out, anywhere I can expose my music to people who would genuinely enjoy it would be a great thing.

7. Whom would you like to feature with?

Sky: I’d support anybody who thinks FROGG’s music would suit their fanbase as well. Two bands I would love to open for are Periphery or Polyphia. I love the songwriting behind Periphery, as well as the guitar work Polyphia puts out. It would be a life-changing experience to be able to share the stage with either of these bands.

8. Whom not?

Sky: I guess my only restriction would be a band that promotes some sort of hate-fueled violence against innocent people (if there’s such a thing?). I’m unaware of any specific acts, and I’m pretty easy going when it comes to this sort of thing.

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

Sky: Not really. I suffer from being extremely introverted at really menial places like the grocery store or the subway. I get a little claustrophobic but the stage has always been my escape throughout my youth. I'm extremely excited to perform, I can’t even explain it. Definitely a little anxious, but no stage fright and no personal experience with having to overcome it, just way too much excitement.

10. What bands have inspired you the most?

Sky: I think as far as composing this guitar-centric music one of my biggest influences to this day would have to be Alexi Laiho, Christian Muezner, Allan Holdsworth and Paul Wardingham. I feel it is very important for a guitar player to have a distinguishable style. Laiho has impeccable style, I can spot his playing miles away if I were to hear it. Same with the others, and that has always felt really important to me.

11. What do you think of your fans?

Sky: FROGG’s fanbase is in its infancy, but I really dig the number of people pre-ordering the EP for a band that hasn’t really done anything yet. It’s very interesting to see who likes the music and I’m very content with the type of people buying the record. I’d imagine they’re all cool people if I were to meet them.

12. What do you think of our site?

Sky: Your website is really clean. I’m definitely intrigued by the type of content you display and have it bookmarked into my daily “read this stuff” folder in chrome.

13. Something add?

Sky: Keep it metal!

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