Interviews: pMad

We have had the opportunity to interview the Gothic Rock solo project pMad from Ireland. 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?

The name came simple enough, the initials of my name!! Spent a while thinking and creating the new band name that I am also part of ‘The Greeting”, a more grungy feel to the band than the solo project.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Just the way these things happen, a lifetime of different riffs, lyrics, tunes, pieces of songs all put together in a modern setting, thanks to modern technology. It crosses a lot of genre’s with the different methods used in each song, people will hear what they hear. Which makes it interesting to get the feedback from people. 

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

Solo project, but have made great friends along the way with massive assistance they have provided, Liam of Zedakube Records and Dominik of Protonaut Studios, brilliant people to work with and such talent. They are a massive influence and without them, things would not have progressed at all. So I would count them members of the band, though it is a solo project.

4. Each band member favourite band?

Big Cure-head in the day and still Goth (The Cure, The Sisters of Mercy, etc), that looked out of place at Indie 'A House', Fugazi/Sonic Youth/Dinosaur Jr, loving Tom Waits to Suicidal Tendencies.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

I write all the songs and lyrics myself and then with producer, mixing and mastering, they are moulded into a song I want it to be. The songs are about myself, you, others and the world in general. I am continually trying to broaden my mind and be more accepting, and I think we all should. We should all try our bit to save this planet also. A little by everyone amounts to an awful lot!!

6. Where was your last gig?

Since pMad and The Greeting are Covid creations, we have not had the chance to gig, the few opportunities we were offered were scuppered by changing restrictions. In no hurry for the moment to get out gigging, as a solo project there is a huge amount to do apart from the music making, that it takes so much time, haven’t put enough into the gigging side to make it a good enough show yet for the fans. No good unless it is good enough. We will get there, let’s get the music out first!!

7. Where would you like to perform?

Not fussy really but would love to play to as many people as possible each night in the biggest venues!! Let’s see what happens

8. Whom would you like to perform with?

Again not fussy, prefer to headline really and would be so much easier to have pMad and The Greeting on the same stage on the same night, that would be the dream, so much crossover in gear, members, expertise. Probably promoters will get the pair or none! We will see.

9. Whom not?

No one really, I am a music snob in my own mind but I understand how much effort goes into each song, whether I like it or not. If they are willing to have pMad and The Greeting on the same bill, they are good with me!! We all have our own tastes and that is what gives the likes of pMad and The Greeting a chance out there. So let’s see what happens, open to all types of offers!!

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

No, over the years nerves, but that is part of the buzz!! You go out and do your thing and do it well. That is what the folk came to see and hope they go away from the night and say ‘That was a good gig!! Can’t do much more than that. As long as you have gone out there and done your best.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

So many, I love music, I am a music fan first and foremost. Inspired hard to pin it down, I would love to be able to create memorable tunes like The Cure, The Smiths, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr, The Sisters of Mercy, The The, the list is so long. They are legends and the music has lasted the decades, that is an inspiration.

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

Do I have fans?? My biggest fan, asks for toast with lots of butter in the morning, my fantastic daughter. The biggest fans so far are in my own house, which is fantastic. Having started in December, looking forward to chatting fans, if they come into being.

13. What do you think of your fans?

Again, does pMad have fans, building them hopefully, with the first single and massive support from radio, magazines, blogs, podcasts, etc, - pMad is building a following and I love it. People have been so kind and accepting at present and thankfully those that do not like my music, have stayed quite. Delighted with that. 

14. What do you think of our site?

Loving the site and as I said, I am a music fan first and foremost. I devour new music and love to hear new music and the likes of ‘Breathing The Core’ is one of my go to sites to find new music. Easy navigate and I will not like all but have definitely found new music to follow and find out more about bands.

15. Something to add?

Stay tuned for our new single "Medicine" it will be released the 22nd of February!

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