Interviews: Settler

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Heavy Metal band, Settler 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 came out just like that?

The name is Settler came to us after much brainstorming and discussion. We wanted a name that would reflect the rugged, independent spirit of our music and our approach to making it. Settler suggests a pioneer or adventurer who strikes out on their own, carving a path through uncharted territory. It felt like the perfect fit for the spirit in which we approach writing and playing the music we love.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We've always been drawn to Heavy Metal because of the energy, intensity, and raw power that it embodies. There's something about that sound that just gets your blood pumping and your adrenaline flowing. It's music that demands your attention and commands your respect. For us, Heavy Metal is the ultimate expression of the independent spirit that we embrace. We want to make music that inspires people to headbang, mosh, and just lose themselves in the moment. There's nothing quite like the feeling of playing Heavy Metal, and we're lucky to be able to share that feeling with our listeners.

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

Yes, we actually knew each other before we formed the band. We all come from different bands and projects within the Irish metal scene, so we've crossed paths and played shows together in the past. It was through these interactions that we started to see how well we all clicked musically and personally. We all had a shared vision for the kind of music we wanted to create, and we knew that if we joined forces, we could make something really special. So, when the opportunity arose to form Settler, we jumped at it.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

It's tough for us to pick just one favorite band, as we're all huge music fans with diverse tastes. But we can certainly share some of the bands that have had a big influence on us as musicians. For Paul, our frontman, bands like Faith No More, Mr Bungle, and Rammstein are some of his strongest influences, vocally. Rory, our lead guitarist, he's a big fan of bands like Metallica, and guitar heroes like Joe Satriani and Steve Vai. Our bassist Eoin is really into bands with big sounds like Iron Maiden and Dream Theatre. And Brian, our drummer, he's a big fan of all things Thrash, especially Xentrix and Exhorder. As for myself, I love AC/DC, Slayer, and Sepultura. Of course, these are just a few examples, and we all listen to a wide variety of music. But these bands have definitely had an impact on our sound and our approach to making music.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

We find inspiration in all sorts of places when it comes to writing songs. Sometimes it's a particular riff or melody that we stumble upon during a jam session that sparks an idea. Other times, it might be something we've read or seen in the news that inspires us to write about a particular theme or topic. In general, we're drawn to music that has a lot of energy and emotion, and that's something we try to capture in our own songs. We're inspired by bands that have a strong sense of identity and a willingness to embrace the Heavy Metal spirit. Ultimately, though, we're just a group of friends who love making music together, and that's what inspires us most of all. There's something special about the creative energy that comes from working together and bouncing ideas off each other, and that's what keeps us motivated to write new songs and push ourselves to be the best we can be.

6. What were your last three gigs?

Our three most recent gigs were The Siege of Limerick festival; a show with Abaddon Incarnate (Grindcore legends) and Zealot Cult (Irish Death Metal on Blood Harvest Records; and a gig with Fury, the hardest-working band in Heavy Metal!

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

As performers, we have all experienced stage fright at some point. I believe that some level of nervousness before a gig is natural and can even be helpful to keep you sharp and focused. However, too much nervousness can be debilitating. One tip to help manage stage fright is simply to rehearse as often as possible. This can help build confidence and muscle memory so that when you're on stage, you can trust your abilities and let the music flow naturally. At the end of the day, it's important to remember that stage fright is normal, and even experienced performers can feel it. The key is to find ways to manage it and not let it get in the way of having fun.

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

A vile of blood!

9. What do you think of our site?

We love it and read it all the time. It's a great place to discover new Metal bands. 

10. Any final words for our readers?

We want to thank all our supporters for their energy. Keep rocking and never give up on your dreams. Stay tuned for our upcoming releases and live shows, and follow us on our social media pages for updates. And last but not least, always remember to support your local music scene! Cheers, and see you on the road!

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