Interviews: Priorities

This is a new interview with the Metalcore band Priorities from Australia. Check out the entire interview and give them a follow on their FACEBOOK PAGE

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

The band name came from an inside joke between myself (Mitch, vocalist) and an old band member when we first started. Basically, my mate's partner asked him to do something, whether it was to do the dishes or some sort of chore along those lines. His response was to lift up his beer and say in a joking manner "priorities" indicating that he was doing more important things going on at the moment. 

2. Why did you want to play this genre? 

>We have all been listening to and playing metalcore, hardcore and punk for a number of years in other bands. It's the energy and the emotion that you get from metal that I resonated with that really got me hooked.

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

I and Alan went to high school together and have played in bands together prior to Priorities. Dean and I met through the local scene and mutual friends, and Nathan I've known since he was 17, he was also in another band running the same local scene as the rest of us. so we all crossed paths quite a bit.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

I grew up listening to Greenday, Blink182, and Sum41, but my favorite band would have to be Beartooth.

Dean is a massive Rush fan and all things prog and djent. Dan loves Ice Nine Kills.

Alan listens to a lot of metalcore like Northlane, Trivium, Thornhill, etc.

Sando listening to just about everything but is jamming a heap of Novelists, Erra and Alpha wolf

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

For me, writing songs has always been an outlet for my emotions. especially when times are tough. the inspiration behind writing for me is, hoping if people hear these songs it will help them through hard times like music has always helped me, 

6. Where was your last gig?

Our last show was at Bad Decisions Bar in Fitzroy, Melbourne, it was an awesome show. we got to open up for our boys in NTH RD and it is always a pleasure playing with them.

7. Where would you like to act?

I think the goal for all of us is to end up playing internationally, but also Unify festival. just to be able to play with bands from everywhere.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

There are some many people I would love to work with but honestly, I hadn't really thought about it too much.

9. Who not?

I don't think there is anyone I wouldn't want to work with, not that I can think of anyway. I think a collaboration with a rapper would be weird. but I wouldn't rule it out.

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

100%, I'm pretty sure I set the record for most times going to the toilet to take a piss before getting on stage for our first show. I still get stage fright. I like to treat it as an over-excited feeling rather than being scared. everyone has a different way of dealing with stage fright, I've been told if you look over the crowd it helps, coz it still makes it look like you're giving them your attention whilst not having to make eye contact with anyone, I like to treat it as you get half an hour to act like an idiot and have fun.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

The biggest inspiration for me is Carpathian and Beartooth, Carpathian Broke up like 10 years ago but I have had the opportunity to meet the boys. Both of those bands were never afraid to talk about their emotions and show them to the world and that is something I want to do with my lyrics.

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

I don't think we have had anything weird asked of us yet, I have one or two people ask me for a smoke but that's about it.

13. What do you think of your fans?

Anyone who takes the time to come to one of our shows, listen to our music, or even just interact with us on social. We love all of you and we thank you so much for the support.

14. What do you think of our site? 

We think the site is great. It's always awesome to see people getting smaller bands a chance and getting their names out to a wider audience, thank you for doing what you do.

15. Something to add? 

Go stream our stuff on Spotify. We have a youtube page with some videos on there. yeah just all around look after yourselves and keep supporting smaller bands.

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