From the crisp crunch of guitar riff to the thunderous onslaught of bass & drums doing battle, there is no mistaking Die No More‘s passion for NWOBHM & it’s warrior son Bay area Thrash. Next up on the sofa we have singer and rhythm guitarist Marc Farquhar & Kev Smith, the lead guitarist who chat to TBFM’s Mucka Jay…
What was the last album you purchased?
Marc Farquhar – I’ve been buying a lot recently actually, and on actual CD too! I bought the new Maiden album, the new Ugly Kid Joe album but the last one i bought was the new Annihilator album! Lots of awesome new music coming out lately!
Kev Smith – The last album I bought was the Ozzy Osbourne Randy Rhoads tribute album, some seriously epic guitar playing on there!
If your music could be used in an advert on TV, what would you most like it to be advertising?
Marc – I would say deffo some kind of off road 4×4 advert, our music is very suited to constant movement and lots of action.
Kev – Yeah I’d go along with that, fast super cars like Ferrari or Lamborghini!
If you were to do a cover of a song, what would it be and why?
Marc – We’ve literally just started to cover “The Trooper” by Iron Maiden and it works so well it’s surprised us so I’ll go with that.
Kev – Gotta be “Cowboys From Hell” by Pantera for me. We have covered that in the past and i love playing it because dimebag is my ultimate guitar hero!
Dead or alive, which band would you most like to co-headline with?
Marc – For me it would have to be Annihilator! Having seen them live and observed how they operate, that’s kinda how we set ourselves up, trying to be as professional as possible but also have sooooo much fun at the same time! They have a connection to their fans that is very intense and we really pay attention to that.
Kev – Gotta be Pantera again for me, having seen their home videos from back in the day that would be the best tour ever! heavy metal, beers and stupid amounts of partying!
What has been the most memorable moment in your musical career so far?
Kev & Marc – It goes without saying that playing in central Europe is always a highlight for us but when we played to a sold out Wizzfest earlier this year it was by far the most intense and exciting show we’ve ever done! It was also the loudest we have ever heard our songs sung back to us and this was when most of them had never seen us before so they obviously bought our album and learned the words which is the ultimate sign of respect in our opinion.
If you had the opportunity to change something about the music industry, what would it be?
Marc – It’s obvious to me… Since album sales don’t really count any more because sales are so small now and bands have lost a huge revenue stream because of that, i think the streaming services like Spotify and You Tube have a lot to answer for in making up that lost revenue. Bands should be paid a lot more per stream and that would allow them more freedom to do what they wanted to do instead of relying on pledge campaigns and it would also relieve the pressure of touring!
Kev – Thing I’d change about the music industry is to stop backing so many manufactured groups and get back some real bands! The mainstream is so focused on the wrong thing that it’s almost become a mockery of itself and more and more people are starting to realise that. They need to shed some spotlight on what’s really going on out there and focus on full bands as opposed to the singer/songwriters who don’t even write their own material and who can’t do it live!
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