Friday, 14 February 2014

Electro Kill Machine Q&A

Your name: 
Paul Mayo.

Where are you from? 
Basildon, England.

Name of band: 
Electro Kill Machine.

Who else is in your band? 
Greg Damiano, Si Carter and Pete Masters.

How would you describe yourselves? 
Synth/New Wave.

Who are your main influences musically?
Musically we cannot avoid the Elephant in the room that is Depeche Mode. We hail from the same town, even share the same friends and unashamedly feel an affinity with the genre that they were front runners too, but we are more than just this. We have intertwined the retro-industrial sounds, with hard-hitting, current and often gritty social commentary.
What do you hope to achieve in music?
I think being able to put our views about life, love, fears, street politics and society, against the backdrop of a genre that we feel emotionally attached to, and gain a following, makes us feel as though we are getting our message out there. If we can continue to deliver the right messages to listeners, who in turn invest into us by coming to our gigs, buying our albums...then we will have achieved our goals. We are not here to try and change the world...we simply acknowledge how tough it is.

What has been the highlight of your career so far, and why?
I think we have had so many personal highlights. The first album was written solely by Greg, so I would guess that to be a personal high for him, but for me, getting to gig with some great icons such as Blancmange, Nik Kershaw, Adamski not to mention our numerous gigs as guests for Matt Horne at his 'Session' night at the Queen of Hoxton where we have met and performed alongside some other great artists. Of course, our appearances at all the Bas productions festivals are also crowning glories as we are performing to our home town friends, family and followers. 

And what’s the moment you want to forget?
I would say in some ways our first gig. Though a necessary evil that allows us to learn what worked and what didn't work, it was still plagued with technical faults and poor performance. I think I was so intent of remembering the words that I was stood there like a plank of wood.

If you had to pick just one of your songs to represent your music, what would it be and why?
I think our second album is going to be more polished and naturally progressed than the first. Although we are proud of what we achieved on our first album (and on the shoestring budget we had), we have kind of 're-grouped' and learnt what did, or did not work. We seem to have taken our sound to the next industrial step. The song 'Warped' epitomises that evolution for me.  

Where can we find out more about your music?
itunes, Youtube, google etc 

Anything else you’d like to say about your band/music that I forgot to ask?
New album due out this year with gigs to follow!!

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