Interviews: Ormimental

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Hard Rock/Metal band, 
Ormimental 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? 

Danny: So the band name happened from a long series of names some friends of mine helped look with me for months. We read stuff through the Dictionary and had a Bible to look for anything that popped out. Everything was either taken, or just didn’t work at all. One day, I was on google and out of frustration, I typed random letters and had my computer auto-correct whatever I typed. It auto corrected “Ornimental” which means “Celebrating Insanity”, and that’s when I said “That’s exactly what we’re going to call ourselves! 

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

Danny: It’s just the kind of music we were raised on. At this point, I don’t see what other style I would play for a living. Even though I hear all kind of music, Rock/Metal is the one that penetrates the deepest.

Ariel: I grew up on it my Dad showed me a bunch of rock bands and we’d listen to our local rock station that played them. I love the genre.

Tony: It was always the most fun for me, and it was the main genre I listened to as a kid. 

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

Ariel: No, Danny and I had the same guitar teacher. And he was just starting to put Ornimental together. We hit it off immediately and the rest is history.

Tony: I joined back in 2017, the band had been around for a while by then. 

4. Each band member favorite band

Danny: It’s gonna be Metallica. I get criticized for that answer but they genuinely resonate with me. After hearing Master of Puppets, there was never turning back.

Ariel: Probably going to be the chili peppers. You can blame my Dad for that one!

Tony: It's impossible to name just one, it would probably change day by day. I'd say in terms of the band I've been super into for years and have seen live the most, it would be Slaves. 

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?  

Danny: To be honest, A great guitar sound and some sort of life circumstance, good or bad, are regularly a combo for a song to happen. All the songs I write in the band have been a result of me really loving my guitar tone coming out of my amp. When I’m feeling really emotional at a moment, I’ll probably head to something else like lyrics, or listen to other instruments for notes to play in my head.  

6. Where was your last gig?

Danny: Our most recent gig was at a bar called Sneakys. It wasn’t a good show if I’m going to be honest, but it taught us that we needed to expose ourselves in different mediums. It was a great practice show, but that’s as good as it got. We’re definitely going to come back with something really special next time!

7. Where would you like to act? 

Danny: I think I can speak for the band and say we’d want to play at the Garden or Wembley. My dream is to headline at Madison Square Garden one day. After that, I know that I’ve reached my goals and it can only go up from there.

Ariel: I think Danny would agree but maybe the Garden, or even Wembley Stadium. That’ll be insane! 

8. Whom would you like to feature with? 

Danny: I’d have to be that guy and say Metallica. Other people would say “Oh wow ya get in line dude” but I don’t care at all. I can’t see myself never playing on stage with them or at least opening for them. Anything else than that, I’d say I would want play a guest solo or co write a song with FFDP, Cory Wong, Gojira, or a big pop artist.

Ariel: Definitely Logic or Frank Ocean. They aren’t afraid to push the limit. I’d be really excited to see what madness we’d create together.

Tony: I think it'd be cool to do a song with MGK, David Draiman or Jacoby Shaddix 

9. Whom not? 

Danny: Whoever wouldn’t want to work with me. I don’t care who I play with because music is music. You hear that in our music, especially in “Red White and Wrath”. There is never a hard NO unless it’s something that simply doesn’t work. 

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

Danny: Short answer is “Yes, Of course”. Shorter answer for beginners? Good, stage fright is good. It means you care, it means you love what you do, it means you’re going to give people that rush you get when you watch your heroes. Just go on and play! With me, People see that I click and I show the true energy that surges inside me.

Ariel: I never really suffered from it. It always excited me being up there. But always remember, Don’t ever care about what anyone out there thinks of you. Be proud to be up there sharing your gift. No matter what happens just give it your all. Your music deserves that.

Tony: I got stage fright when I was younger, then I started enjoying myself and just letting my adrenaline and energy take over and I felt at home on stage. 

11. What bands have inspired you the most? 

Danny: Metallica, Pantera, Van Halen, Slipknot, the list goes on. Even non metal stuff like Earth Wind and Fire, Kool and the gang, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Queen, and the other 70s classic bands. My style really has always been a fusion of Heavy, Classical, Blues, and Funk mixed Into a stew.

Tony: Easy, Slaves, Issues, Dream Theater, Polyphia, Jason Richardson and so many more!

Ariel: Metallica, Pantera, Chili Peppers, Slipknot, Beach Boys and the list goes on and on. 

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

Danny: There used to be a garage in the back of a guitar shop called Anonymous Guitars. Local bands would play there all the time and we did 2 gigs as the bigger artist finishing the night. One time, A girl came up to me and said “Danny, Can you lay down and let me sit on your face?”. I laughed so hard out of shock and kindly rejected her request. 

13. What do you think of your fans?  

Danny: Ornimental doesn’t have fans, we have a family. We make sure that no one around us feels as if they’re a 3rd party invading our space. We love our family and we always treat them with so much love and hospitality. I honestly believe that our success isn’t only in our songwriting, but our love for our followers that have been with us since we were just out of high school. 

14. What do you think of our site? 

Danny: MDPR has a solid, good old fashioned site that oozes the love for metal music! 

15. Something to add?

Danny: We love our Ornimental family, and can’t wait to see you all again! We’d appreciate it if you could go to our website to be completely up to date with us and follow us! We also have a patreon to support us along with a merchandise store we made ourselves! We’re Ornimental, Spread it!

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