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Interviews: Halogram

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Progressive Metal band Halogram from Spain/UK. 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?

DM: We had several proposals; I use to listen Porcupine Tree a lot and one of my favorite riffs is from their song HALO. Initially we would like to choose HOLOGRAM as the band’s name, but it was already taken, so we simply mixed Halo and Hologram names into one and we liked the sound of it.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

JI: It took me several years to find and set the style that I would like to do. The style that we are currently doing fills me in every way, but surely we still have a long way developing and experimenting to strengthen it further.

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

JI: Yes, We met playing at a festival back in 1997 in my hometown in Galicia/Spain. We were playing in different bands at that time and coincidentally 3 years later we ended up working together, as professional musicians in the same band, touring all around Spain for 2 years.

4. Each band member favourite band?

DM: Porcupine Tree

JI: Metallica

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

JI: I get inspired in any moment or situation ... Of course the mood in which you find yourself at that moment affects the inspiration but regardless of that I always have the best ideas in my bed, between the time that I am awake and I fall sleep. 6. Where was your last gig?

DM: We are not gigging with HALOGRAM at the moment, the main reason is that we are still in a very early stage in this project; writing new songs and building our audience . Also either Javier and I are living in different countries (Spain and UK). But when the time is right we will look into the live stuff. At the moment we are quite busy gigging with other music projects in our respective countries

7. Where would you like to perform?

DM: My dream gig would be at the Brixton Academy in London; its one of my favourite live venues there.

JI: We do not intend to play in crowded stadiums because that is a bit complicated today lol. Watching a band of our style, I think it would be more enjoyable in small venues or tiny theatres.

8. Whom would you like to perform with?

DM: I would love to play with bands like Dream Theater, Karnivool or 12 foot Ninja.

JI: Periphery,Plini, Intervals ,Polyphia or Animals as leaders. 9. Whom not?

DM: I guess with any other band that doesn’t fit with our style. Probably we would have some trouble with their audience.

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

DM: I use to get a bit nervous when I play in my home town knowing that most of my close friends and family will be there… but it’s not happening any more. I did a few arena tours in the past, playing for thousands of people, and I felt very confident in every gig…just have a deep breath and let the adrenaline do its job! 

JI: I don’t get stage fright any more but I have a funny story to tell you: once during a sound check I wanted to move my microphone. When I’ve touched the stand a I got stuck into it for a few seconds giving me a strong electric shock: that freaked me out!

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

JI: Bands such as Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, Metallica, Iron Maiden, Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater, Machine Head, Lamb of god,Plini, Architects, Periphery, Polyphia, etc...

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

JI: Well unfortunately nothing strange; the usual: Photos, plectrums or autographs.  

13. What do you think of your fans?

JI: People who listen to this style of music are usually very picky when looking for bands or songs that make them feel good. Unfortunately, our style is not usually found in the general charts, so we are extremely grateful to every single person who decided to listen to us and keep us in their daily music playlist!

14. What do you think of our site?

DM: I think your site is really cool and I’ve noticed that your page must be the one with the most the metal subgenres on the net! We really need this kind of blogs!

JI: Yes, we need blogs like yours to help new bands like us to get more internet presence and get to more people. Well done and Thanks!

15. Something to add?

JI: Our goals for this year are to continue writing new songs, try to get to the maximum audience as possible and to grow our fanbase. So if your readers want to help us with that task…. Please check our social media sites, listen us in spotify, add our songs in your playlists…follow, subscribe, comment …. We really are open to answer any questions and interact with our fanbase. Thanks again for this interview!





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