Q & A With Halogram

Q & A With Halogram

XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?

We just released our new single “Obsolete Future”. We are constantly writing new stuff. We have already some ideas and hopefully we will get a new single coming up in the upcoming months.     

           

 

XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?

We started this project back in 2017. But Javier and I met long time ago and being working in other projects since 1997.

           

 

XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band and what is your music background?

I’ve started playing music when I was very young (about 8 years old). I’ve learned how to play percussion, Trombone and Bagpipes! I’ve played in several bands those instruments during the years, until one day my brother brought home an electric guitar and started learning classic rock songs (ACDC, DEEP PURPLE, LED ZEP…). Then he started a band with other friends and they needed a bass player. I was the only option available!

           

XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?

We could be categorized in the Progressive Metal / Djent genre

XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?

Our main goal is to reach as many potential listeners and to grow our fanbase. Then we will see what the future brings

           

 

XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?

 

I like both sides.We really enjoy the writing and the studio recording process specially the feeling when we finalize a song. Javier and I are currently touring with other bands and the adrenaline that you get on stage is the most gratifying sensation ever! Hopefully we will be able to organize a tour with Halogram in a near future.

           

 

           

XS ROCK: What are your songs’ themes about? (What specific themes do they cover?)

 

Well as we are an instrumental band, we don’t write any lyrics but we based our writing in a specific theme. We like to write our songs based on our thoughts about current problems in society: injustice, historical events…      

 

XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?

 

To be organized and respectful to others (band members and audience) 

 

XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in.

I did a four months tour with one of my previous bands in the French Alps. We use to have 2-3 gigs a day, all in different venues. The gigs were amazing but the travel, and gear load/unload was awful! Horrible roads, snow storms… also the venues never had proper space to park/load and unload… the musician’s worst nightmare!

           

 

XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?

Either Javier’s family and mine were really supported when we decided to choose the music career. They helped us buying our first instruments and paid for all music lessons since the beginning. I couldn’t be more lucky and grateful to my family.

           

XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?

 

First to respect everyone involved in the industry; starting for your band members, managers, venues, sound engineers (DO NOT PISS OFF your sound guy!). Then; write and play what do you feel and want. Don’t be discourage from bad feedback; take it as a way to improve your product and also to make you a better musician.         

 

 

XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?

 

We are not currently doing any gigs with Halogram but hopefully we will look into that soon. Our new single “Obsolete Future” will be one of my favorites to play live

 

XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?

 

I was amazed the first time I’ve listened to “Made In Japan” of Deep Purple; Roger Glove’s bass lines really inspired me to play bass. Then when I heard “Live At The marquee” of Dream Theater….that was shocking! And that band draw me the direction that I had to take in my music playing and style.

           

 

XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?

 

Halogram as a support, 12 foot Ninja, and Karnivool as the main act.

           

XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?

 

I did a tour with my previous band supporting the American band “3 Doors Down”. We played in big arenas and it was one of my greatest experiences on stage.

           

XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?

 

I was studying science when I’ve decided to drop university and choose the four strings career. Maybe I would be at this moment in a research team try to find a vaccine for the Coronavirus!

 

XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?

I use my Yamaha Jon Myung Signature bass along some effects pedals from the Mooer Brand, they are amazing! Javier is using Ibanez guitars, Mesa Boogie Amps and Axe FX effects. For the studio we use the Darkglass and the Nolly Archetype plug ins from Neural DSP.

           

 

XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?

 

This new era of technology made thigs much easier for the musician, but also brought new challenges that we are currently facing; One of them is the monetization of your music. You can get your music to places that you would never reach years ago but also you can’t get the same profit as you use to get from selling CDS. So the way to find that balance is one of the main challenges that all bands are working on. The audience changed their way of how to consume music and with all those streaming platforms they are in a very good place as a consumer.

 

XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?

I’m a computer nerd, really fan of the old Lucas Arts Graphic Adventures games (Maniac Mansion, Monkey Island…) and also a huge Breaking Bad series fan.

           

 

XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?

 

To all our fans we really would like to thanks for every comment, like ,view, listen…it really helps us in this new era of technology and algorithms to get to more people. For the new listeners we would ask them the same; Please check out our social media pages and also include our songs (specially our latest single “Obsolete Future”) in their Spotify playlists. Please subscribe, follow and comment! We are more than happy to answer any questions and interact with everybody. Thanks again RX ROCK for this opportunity and for all your support!

 

XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!

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