XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
JM: We are currently in the process of releasing singles leading up to our Debut album “Enjoying The End”. We just released Stay This Way and Bleeding Possibilities and the reception has been great
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
JM: This truly all I have ever known and all I ever wanted to do. My Father is a Heavy Metal singer. It is just who I am
David: My entire life, as far back as I can remember, I’ve been creating in one form or another. And music took hold of me and never let go. Starting and being in a band is just a part of that
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
JM: Vocalist, I love Elvis Presley, Jim Croce, Neil Diamond, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Korn, Alice In Chains, Nothingface, Slipknot, Spineshank, George Strait, Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley
David: I have been involved in bands since I was young. From punk and metal bands to hard rock and alternative projects, I’ve always been writing and performing
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
JM: Depth, Melody, Dark, Emotion
David: I think my music has always been a collection of my experiences. Expressions of emotions ranging from hope to darkness and rage
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
JM: I truly want to do this at the highest level and provide for my family doing so. I want to give back to the masses what my favorite artist have given to me. When a song hits you in the gut. I want to give that to as many people as possible
David: To be able to create and share our music with the world
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
JM: I love both, but hearing the final masters back is truly amazing for me
David: I love them both equally. But if I have to choose one then I’d say writing and recording. I’m constantly writing. I can’t contain it. And bringing a song to life in a sharable format is extremely gratifying
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
JM: Whatever I’m going through at the time. We cover love, loss, pain, hope. Human emotions
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
JM: Getting to do this everyday for millions of people throughout the world
David: Expression and connection
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road? If so, please fill us in
JM: Back in 2011 with our old band Interim Divine, we were on the road with Spineshank and while on the way from one show to another in the freezing North West of the United States our van and trailer hit a patch of ice and we lost control spinning all over the place. Thankfully no one was hurt
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
JM: Nothing too strange, yet at least haha
David: I’ve always thought signing body parts was strange
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
JM: Some yes and some no. It hasn’t been easy. A lot of people close to me has been affected by my struggle
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
JM: If you truly want it more than anything then never quit. Take the risk and go after what you truly want. No one will fight for you except you
David: Listen to those who’ve come before you
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
JM: All of them
David: I love them all equally
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
JM: Elvis Presley and Korn. Their drive and music changed the world
David: Many punk acts of the 80’s and 90’s, along with alternative rock acts like The Smashing Pumpkins, Stone Temple Pilots, The Deftones, Muse, and A Perfect Circle
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
JM: Royalty Kult, Korn, Slipknot, Spineshank, Sinch
David: Definitely The Smashing Pumpkins, The Pixies, A Perfect Circle and Royalty Kult would make my inner fan die smiling
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
JM: The launch of Royalty Kult has been amazing and also playing with Jonathan Davis and touring with Spineshank
David: Musically, I’d say Royalty Kult. It’s the best work Josh and I have ever done
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
JM: Performing martial arts in films and teaching martial arts
David: I’ve done it all. I adapt as life changes
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
JM: I love Shure Microphones personally
David: Depends on the circumstances really
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
JM: I would like to help bring Rock music back to the forefront, but I love Country music
David: It’s obviously changing with the state of the world. We are about to start a whole new chapter of live music and the way it’s approached. We will have to wait and see what happens really
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
JM: That I’ve been a lifelong martial artist
David: I’m a huge comic book fan. I have a large collection of comic books and comic book art. It’s an obsession haha
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
JM: Stay safe and strong during these crazy times and I can’t wait to perform for you all for many years to come
David: Thank you so much for connecting with us and supporting us! We will be releasing a new single on the 6th day of each coming month, followed by the entirety of “Enjoying The End” in the fall and we can’t wait for you to hear it!
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!
JM: Thank you all very much for the opportunity
David: Thanks for having us!