Interviews: Vice

This is a new interview with the Metal band Vice from the UK. Check out the interview and follow the band on his FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you plan it or came out just like that?

Tom: The idea for the band name came after writing the songs ‘Wrath’ and ‘Greed’ from the first album. We thought of the and ‘Greed’ from the first album. We thought at the time, ok they're two of the Vice’s so we’ll call ourselves ‘Vice’ and we stuck with it from there.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Connor: I grew up in a musical household! My Dad is a drummer and there was me and there was always music in the house. We love the power and freedom of expression in music, especially music, especially metal!

Aiden: Playing metal is just what comes most naturally to me so might as well go with the flow instead of forcing something.

Tom: It was a genre we grew up with. We all discovered metal and rock at different ages and in different styles. And then we just took all our influences together to create our sound. 

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

Connor: I started jamming with Tom around 2014, playing various rock and metal covers

Aiden: Playing metal is just what comes most naturally to me so might as well go with the flow instead of forcing something.

Tom: I've known Tom for around 11 years but never had the pleasure of meeting him until my audition.

Tom: Aiden and I have known each other for roughly 12 years. I met Connor at a show at our local venue and asked him if he wanted to play the drums and the rest is history.  

4. Each band member's favourite band?

Connor: Rammstein

Aiden: My all-time favourite band is probably Lamb of God, however currently I'm really enjoying Lorna Shore and Electric Callboy.

Tom: Machine Head and Megadeth

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Connor: I guess life in general, it's always good to turn the negative energy that life throws at you and turn it into something positive.

Aiden: Inspiration generally arrives at the most inconvenient times. I've come up with many riffs while I´m in the shower, as I'm falling asleep or with my head buried in my work. Damn inspiration! 

Tom: It’s just whatever we’ve all been listening to at the time really! We’ve all got an interest in all styles of music so we try to work around that. 

6. Where was your last gig?

KK’s Steel Mill Birmingham is owned and run by KK Downing,(ex Judas Priest).

7. Where would you like to act?

Connor: I would love to play at Red Rocks Amphitheatre at some point.

Aiden: I think most bands aspire to play huge festivals and arena tours etc, but d arena tours etc, but for me, an intimate sold-out show with people who enjoy our music is the dream, i.e sum 41s Kerrang dive pub show.

Tom: The main stage at Bloodstock or Download festival would be lovely! 

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Connor: Machine head or Gojira

Aiden: Our ethos is to never turn a gig offer down if it can be helped so we will pretty much support anyone who wants us.

Tom: Machine Head or Trivium would be lovely.

9. Whom not?

Connor: No one! I think everyone who chooses to work within the Music industry in whatever genre knows they will have to work hard to succeed and they deserve credit for that.

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tips for beginners on how to beat that?

Connor: No! It’s more nervous excitement. I think learning to play your instrument to a good level and having faith in your own ability is a good place to be. Stage fright does not exist in this Dojo.

Aiden: I've never had stage fright as such, mainly because I wear so when they come off for show time I can't see a damn thing, so I don't care.  The best tip I can give to an original band with stage fright is to embrace it. If you can get through the initial fear and then use it as fuel for your performance, you should be a winner.

Tom: Just get out there and do it. Push yourself to perform. Always work on the performance first and let the stage work with you. The crowd are there to see you, use their energy! 

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Connor: Gojira and Rammstein definitely inspired me musically and instrumentally.

Aiden: My biggest inspiration has probably been Lamb of God for metal, but another strong contender would be Trivium.

Tom: Black Sabbath, Tony Iommi was the reason I got a Gibson SG after watching them on a DVD one day! 

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

Connor: Drumsticks covered in Blood

Aiden: Anything with Connors's blood on. I think they're trying to clone him! 

Tom: Anything with blood on it from a member! 

13. What do you think of your fans?

Connor: We have the utmost respect for our fans as we wouldn’t exist without them and there are also friends! We always love them! We always make ourselves available before and after a show to chat, autograph or for photos. 

Aiden: The best thing about our fans is that they treat us like every other person out there, which is incredibly humbling but also shows that we somehow look approachable enough to start a conversation with! 

Tom: We love them. They’re incredibly loyal, extremely supportive and always y supportive and always understanding! understanding!

14. What do you think of our site?

Connor: Love it! I think it’s great that you’re supporting upcoming underground bands as we don’t get any exposure from the mainstream. You should be very proud of it.

Aiden: The site is a fantastic place to expand your horizons and your music taste! Check it out now! 

15. Something to add?

We would like to thank you very much for your interest in ‘Vice’ and for the interview! We would also want to thank all our fans for their unwavering support! We hope to see some of you on the road. 

 If you would be kind enough please visit our Bandcamp page at and help us out by buying something, we would be very grateful for your support that helps us to keep pushing forward.

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