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Interviews: Void Collapse

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Deathcore/Death Metal band Void Collapse 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?

It came from Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull actually. Lol, my friend Brian was going to play bass at one point for the project. I had “Birth Right” as the name I was going with. He wasn’t feeling it, so we were trying to figure out a name. One day I was watching Indiana Jones, and Indy said “Void Collapse” as he was explaining why he was sinking in the sand. It had a ring to it, and Brian approved, so it stuck.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

I’ve been listening or trying to find the most extreme things to listen to since I was a kid. I’ve always loved heavy music. When Morbid Angel’s Covenant came out, it was the first time I started to find what I was looking for. Shane has been involved in the scene for a while and loves it as much as I do. Personally, I just want to be involved with extreme music, and just doing it as a labor of love. It’s fun as a hobby, we both approach it seriously though.

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

No, I was working with Thomas Cremier (Hurakan, among others) from France for a few years. We worked in different ways, working across two different continents was a tough way to do things. He wanted to pass things back and forth, approach it like a conventional band, and build the song. Which is fine, but not for a control freak like me. Not being in the same room, and me being new to recording with a DAW took a lot of time. I just wanted the drums, and to fill in everything, a streamlined process basically. So, a lot of time was wasted. We decided not to work together, but it’s all good. I found an older add Shane had posted as a session drummer. He answered it, we talked about the bands I wanted the album to sound like, the speed, and he had the drums for the album done in two weeks. Early this year we repeated this process for our second full length, and it went great. We were more intricate with what we wanted and discussed every aspect more.

4. Each band member favourite band?

Probably Cryptopsy for me and Shane says Dying Fetus

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

For the subject matter, I have a concept and artwork for a release. I have the artwork for all our releases pre-determined, and then from there, I have a running list of song titles. I pick song titles to match the art for the albums, and write the lyrics from the title. The single we just released “Ghost of the Coachwhip” was recorded two years ago. I put an interlude with classical music into it, and it didn’t match the theme I had for the album “Black Light” so I left it off, and released it separate with a different album cover idea that fit. Music-wise, I’m a pretty rudimentary guitar player, so I try to keep it simple, and in tune. I’ve spent the last decade or so trying to learn to record and do everything myself, so the whole process of releasing something has evolved together. The next LP, Shane, and I are trying to make everything better as a whole. But for the most part on my end, I’m trying to finish the painting. Shane gives me the skeleton, and I fill in the rest. The cover is the theme, and the music is the feeling, and story.

6. Where was your last gig?

Unfortunately, we don’t play out, and we’re a project band only. Shane lives in San Antonio, Texas, and I’m in Saginaw, Michigan. We both work full time, and I’m 40 with two kids,

7. Where would you like to act?

If we played out, anywhere really.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

I’ve approached a couple bands about splits, anyone, really. We actually just were invited on a 10 band comp that’s coming out in August. It’s made up of black metal, crust punk, and death metal bands. We’re all doing two songs. Check out our Instagram for that. We’ll keep you posted.

9. Whom not?

It’s cool. In this day in age, if anyone reaches out to do something. It’s usually a good thing.

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

Being on stage isn’t something I was ever really interested in. I know Shane plays out, but not how frequently. I was always more into the studio side of things. If you’re into starting a band/performing, just do it, and dive in.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

As far as our band goes I can hear a lot of Zao, Slayer, and Cryptopsy on my side of things. Shane’s influences are Defeated Sanity, Deeds of Flesh, and Dying Fetus. We both listen to a lot of the same bands.

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

Just stickers so far. Lol

13. What do you think of your fans?

We’re fairly new. We’ve received a few inboxes with ppl. telling us they’ve enjoyed the album. I have a new pen pal buddy from the Philippines that’s been writing often to say hi through Covid 19, so that’s cool.

14. What do you think of our site?

It’s great, I love checking out new bands. I went through the last few months and found three bands I’m going to check out. 15. Something add? Hey, thanks for having us, and getting in touch. Have a good one.

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