Voodoo Queen Digital Magazine's Interview with VQM Roster Band Murder Machine
VQDM: For someone just hearing of your band now and reading this how would you introduce them to your sound ?
MM: Punishing, Aggressive, Melodic, Groove Metal
A Great Mix Of Different Styles.
VQDM: How did Murder Machine come to be and how did you guys come up with the name?
MM: The Band Was Formed From Members Of 3 Other Prominent and Well Known Local Bands (Bare Knuckle Conflict, Virucide and Parallel 33). The Name and “Stage Dress” All Tie Back To and Represent the “Mafia” Theme and Look. “Cosa Nostra” Is A Great Motto For A Band, Similar To the Mafia, Meaning “This Thing Of Ours”. It’s A Family, and A Band Should Be A Loyal Family. So It All Actually Comes Full Circle With the Name Tying It All Together.
VQDM: What made you choose the path you are all on now, compared to what your parents wanted you to do and what age did you know this is what I want to do?
MM: Scott - His Father and A Family Friend
MM: Freebs - His Father
MM: Jason - His Father and Uncle
MM: Josh - His Father and Uncle
MM: Matt - His Father and Friends
VQDM: What do you like most about being in this profession?
MM: Scott - The Energy
Freebs - The Energy, Creating
Matt - The Form Of Expression, Relating To
Others Through Music
Jason/Josh - Hanging With 5 Dudes and
VQDM: Best advice ever given?
MM: Scott - “Don’t Do It For the Money”
Freebs - “Embrace the Good and the Bad,
Have Fun With It and Practice
Matt - “Pursue What You Love & Follow Your
Jason - “Always Pay Yourself”
Josh - “Do Unto Others...”
VQDM: What has been your biggest challenge as a band?
MM: The Lineup. Getting the Right People
Together At the Right Time.
VQDM: How do the songs come together?
MM: Spontaneously Through Jams and Also Writing Sessions. We Tend To Take Our Time Writing.
VQDM: If you hadn't been born in this century, when and where would you of like to have lived?
MM: Scott - Prehistoric Times/Asia
Freebs - 1700’s/Europe
Matt - In the Future...
Jason - 1800’s/Massachusetts
Josh - Late 1800’s/New Mexico
VQDM: Hobbies and or professions outside of Murder Machine?
MM: “Cosa Nostra”
VQDM: what advice would you give a up and coming musician?
MM: First and Foremost, Do It For the Love. Practice, Practice, Practice. Never Give Up and Choose Your Band Members Wisely.
VQDM: what is the biggest change in the industry that you have noticed in the last 10 years
MM: The Move From Physical Disc To Digital Forms Of Music. The Over Saturation Due To the Internet and “Couch” Buying/Watching.
VQDM: What embarrassing songs might I find on your ipod player?
MM: Scott - Rod Stewart/Do You Think I’m Sexy
Freebs - TLC/Red Light Special
Matt - Kriss Kross/Jump
Jason - The Clue/Any Song
Josh - Yanni/Live At the Acropolis
VQDM: Describe MURDER MACHINE in 3 words
MM: Heavy, Intense, Original
VQDM: What can we look for in the future from Murder Machine in 2018?
MM: The Release Of the E.P. Finally. New Songs, New Merch, and Lots Of Shows. We Shall See You All Soon!
VQDM: Any Shout Outs?
MM: Any and Everyone That Supports What We Do, Our Band, Or Any Other Local Band Out Here Trying To Make It. All the Staff and Folks At Voodoo Queen Management and It’s Affiliates. Local Venues In St. Louis For Treating Us So Well. Our Entire Beautiful City Of St. Louis As Well. Thank You!