Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows, or announcements?
Torizon just released our brand new single “Find My Way Out” which has been gaining a whole lot of national and international coverage. It was recorded amidst the Covid19 lockdown in March, whilst our bass player was diagnosed with Coronavirus. Thankfully he has fully recovered! Robb Torres (Robbery Inc) also laid some guest guitars on this song – we are super proud as it showcases our new heavier and darker sound. We are also about to announce our first international tour and a run of national shows! Keep an eye on our social media to be the first to know.
How long has the band been together?
We started at the start of 2019 and released our debut EP in June last year
What was your main motivation for starting or being in a band?
I’m trying very hard to not sound cliche..but Music was my therapy and survival mechanism during an abusive and tumultuous childhood. It was the only thing I could relate to amongst the chaos so I would use it as an escape. I developed a passion for music around 15 years old and started making songs out of poems I had written. I taught myself how to play basic guitar chords on an old second-hand guitar and here we are many years later! My main motivation has always been collective creative expression with the band fam, to create something positive & relatable out of negative emotion or situation and give people something to relate to & emote through.
What is your music background?
All of us have formal education in our respective instruments, music theory, and creative arts. We have all been part of different musical projects, toured nationally and supported numerous international acts who tour the country. Now we get to apply everything we have learned so far to Torizon!
What image do you think your music conveys?
Darkness, black holes, and space-related imagery. Funnily enough, the name Torizon is derived from the words torsion and event horizon in black holes. The coupling between spin and torsion generates a gravitational repulsion responsible for an event horizon and singularity. From a personal point of view, when life is difficult, it can feel like you are being sucked in a black hole but it is important to remember that there is a horizon at the end of it all. We wanted the name to be unique and also reflect our values as a band without being too wordy or cliche.
What are your immediate music career goals? (Next 1 to 3 years.)
We have been busy writing new music and would like to release a new single every 2-3 months. At this stage, we are already 4 singles ahead of our latest one. Once the Covid19 related travel restrictions are lifted, we’d like to record an EP in LA with our Producer, Robb Torres. Robb’s been working with us remotely and we can’t wait to see what we create by being in the same room together! One of the main goals is to be signed by a reputable record label until then we are enjoying working in an independent format.
What are your long-term career goals?
Our long term goal is to make Torizon a self-sustainable project so we can direct all of our focus on creating new music. We also want to keep building our brand and platform to be able to support other artists and peers within the music community. And of course to play Wacken and tour the world!
Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Playing live is always the best way to connect with everyone! It really is the best part of being a musician. But then again, writing new music is extremely fruitful, albeit, arduous at times – I can’t decide…
What are your songs about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
The message behind the songs is always from my personal experiences. I tend to write about how current and past events have affected me personally, navigating through them and coming on the other side. My aim is to make our songs relatable and create the same musical connection which helped me get through challenging times. Mental Health is always a big pot of musical gold I delve into and I am very open about my struggles with C-PTSD & Chronic Pain on our platform. Also political & religious hypocrisy is also heavily featured.
What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
One time a fan asked me to sign his butt after a show…I politely declined haha!
Were your parents supportive of your aspirations to play in a rock band?
There wasn’t a lot of support of any form and music was never a topic of discussion when I was growing up. Both my parents suffered from severe untreated mental illness and were extremely abusive. There was little to no emotional intelligence involved in the way they lived their lives. As a result, it was all about surviving emotional, physical and sexual abuse for my sister and I. I left home at 16 and started pursuing music of my own volition.
What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Our favorite tracks to play live are definitely Immerse, Hey You, and Find My Way. They are all high energy songs with anthemic choruses. We also love playing a cover of Thoughtless by Korn. We released a video of us jamming on it which received a lot of international coverage, it was pretty awesome!
Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Flyleaf, Evanescence, Tonight Alive, Tori Amos & Fiona Apple. The throughline is any artist with an element of darkness and mood in their music which seems to get under my skin.
If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Evanescence, Gojira, Foo Fighters & The Butterfly Effect
What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
It’s hard to narrow down to just one…I am incredibly proud of everything we have achieved during the CV19 lockdown – recorded & filmed our single, got an endorsement, a worldwide marketing deal, a band development program, wrote a whole new batch of 9/10 songs, rebranded ourselves & studied the hell out of music theory & marketing. Having our producer and mentor Robb plays guitar on our latest single and booking our first international tour!
If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
I think I’d be a Child Psychologist. As a survivor of extreme child abuse and sexual abuse, I’d love to help children navigate through their trauma, break the cycle of self-blame & destructive coping mechanisms to validate their voice, thoughts, and opinions.
What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
We have been using this newly acquired COVID-19 downtime to streamline and finalize our live rig. Sarah and Damien are both using custom made pedal boards and switching systems, so no matter where we play we are always able to reproduce our recorded sound live. I and Aaron use Sennheiser IEM systems onstage for our personal foldback. Samples and support tracks are done through a custom playback system incorporating an Allen and Heath ice 16.
For the visual side of things we have added our own portable lighting system that works as a stand-alone system in any venue – comprising of 4 led moving spots, 4 led moving washes, 6 led multi par cans, and a custom vocal riser with a few special tricks up its sleeve. We have several series including gear run down on IGtv.
What do you think of the current music scene?
The current music scene is in a state of flux and rebirth. While there are so many amazing bands out there who can’t wait to be performing again, one major issue has been over gigging in the same areas and with almost the same line ups. The reset and time off from live performing is going to be the perfect break for many bands and their fans. Venue wise I think we are all waiting to see which venues will open again so we can get back out and give the best shows we can.
For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
How many private music studios we have & how handcrafted the whole Project is. Between all of us, we have three professional level private recording studios, a private rehearsal studio, and our own individual home studios…so around 7 in total! We are an extremely DIY band and have invested heavily in our own private professional-level recording and rehearsal studios to ensure that our creativity is not stifled by time and money constraints. Damien is our resident Sound Engineer, Sarah is a videographer, photographer and graphic designer, Aaron has a very business-focused brain which is extremely helpful, I look after all social media content, bookings and manage all our main platforms for effective communication, collaboration, creating and distributing music ideas, marketing materials, etc.
If someone had never heard you before, how would you describe your sound?
Alternative rock which is powerful, melodic, fierce, modern & empowering!
Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Our mission statement is to create a musical meeting place where people from all walks of life can connect, share their lives, and be a part of a unified community. Although COVID-19 did put a big spanner in our 2020 plan, we have been utilizing this newly acquired free time to write more music and continue working on our music theory education. Much like others, 75% of the band has lost their income for the foreseeable future due to the recent restrictions put in place, so if you can afford to please go to our store and support us https://torizon.bandcamp.com/ And if you can’t afford it, that’s ok you can support us for free by liking, sharing and following us on social media. But most importantly, please take care of yourselves and each other!
Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS Rock!
- Mish – Vocals
- Sarah – Guitar
- Damien – Bass
- Aaron – Drums
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