Interviews: Bloodshot

We have had the opportunity to interview the Metalcore band Bloodshot from Australia. 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 come out just like that?

We were originally called ‘White Wall’, which some of us weren’t feeling and thought it had some negative connotations to it. We deliberated for weeks, sometimes hours at a time, when we finally all settled on the name, Bloodshot. 

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We are all into metalcore and other kinds of rock and metal. Our vocalist was adamant on screaming in a band and we as instrumentalists enjoy playing metalcore.

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

This one gets a little confusing so bear with us here. Wangsu and Emad have known each other for years; they went to the same school and Matt and Toby knew each other from school as well. After school Wangsu Emad and Matt went to the same Uni and became good friends. I was introduced to Toby by Matt when we ran into him at the Jake Bowen masterclass. After a little while we decided to start writing music together which eventually led to us forming Bloodshot and when we thought about getting a second guitarist in, there was no one better we could think of than toby.

4. Each band member favourite band?

Emad - The Plot In You

Wangsu - Structures

Toby - Don Bronco

Matt - WindWaker 

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

We often find new releases from bands that we are fans of inspiring. Finally there seems to be some newer and more unique styles being brought into Metalcore, such as Ashen, Northlane’s ‘Alien’, Ocean Grove, and other bands that are including more musical ideas than simple and generic Metalcore riffs and breakdowns. We feel more inspiration from uniqueness within Metalcore than anything else.

6. Where was your last gig?

We played at the Burdekin Hotel last, our very first gig and we were proud to have Headlined as well. It was the official release of our EP ‘Mono Pneuma’ in a live setting.

7. Where would you like to act?

We are keen to play anywhere with people willing to hear us, however some notable places that we are particularly interested in are the Metro Theatre, The Enmore Theatre, and as a Pipe dream; Unify.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

I mean I would love to have either Northlane or Polaris in one of our songs but I doubt that will happen any time soon. But we’ve gotten to know so many amazing and talented bands that we’d love to have in our songs. Some of the more notable one’s being Ghost Complex, Lotus Born and Seiran.

9. Whom not?

We’re not afraid to try new things, even if the artist isnt in our genre we’ll make it work!

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

We have all had our fair share of nerves on stage. Some of us have been playing in bands since we were much younger and are now fairly unphased by this. In my opinion, stage fright is something that largely disappears with time, so for anyone nervous about getting on stage, just remember that there is no quick fix. You will have to get through those shows, play your heart out even if you are physically shaking the entire time, because the more you play, the more comfortable you will eventually become, until one night you will be on the way home after a show and realise that you weren’t even nervous.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

It depends for all of us individually, and we all go through lots of little phases, but generally we draw lots of inspiration from other Australian bands such as Northlane, Polaris, Alpha Wolf, Thornhill, and so on. The catalyst for our EP was Alpha Wolf.

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

This one was my fault. I put up a poll on insta saying “post your favourite track from our EP and i’ll send you a picture of me doing a handstand” I wasn't really expecting to send any but ended up sending more than i’d hoped for.

13. What do you think of your fans?

They are the lifeforce of our band and we love and appreciate all of their support. Being able to experience the support and cheers from our gig at the Burdekin Hotel was one of the most incredible feelings. For some of us, it has been a long time since we have experienced something like this, and to be able to connect with people through our music is the highest honour we could hope to achieve.

14. What do you think of our site?

I dig it! I think there’s a lack of sites like yours in the music industry!

15. Something to add?

The Mono Pnuema hype is not over yet! I’m not allowed to reveal too much yet but stay tuned for what’s coming soon!

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