10 Quick Ones with NEXT TO NONE – August 2017

According to a recent press release: “Rising young metallers Next To None released their second album ‘Phases’ through InsideOutMusic in Europe and EMP Label Group in North America on July 7, 2017. This comes off the back of the band’s first ever European tour alongside label-mates Haken, as well as dates supporting Mike Portnoy’s much anticipated Shattered Fortress show. The band is currently on the road with labelmates Doll Skin.” We get members of the band to answer our 10 Quick Ones about new music, their influences, and more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release. What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Phases is packed both literally in terms of space on a CD (almost filling 80 minutes), and also has it’s share of references and hidden gems. No guarantees that you’ll be able to discern all of them… but look for memes in “Kek” (the lyrics and samples to be exact) and references to other tracks on the album in “The Wanderer”.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I really got into music through Max. He introduced me to metal and the idea of learning an instrument, and I really enjoyed it. The moment I realized I wanted to be a musician was most likely when we were in the studio recording A Light In The Dark. I really enjoyed the experience of the studio and wanted that to become a norm. – Kris

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

That’s a tough one to narrow down. As far as common ground between all of us, I’d say we’re influenced by Dream Theater, Haken, Linkin Park. But we all have different influences on our own. Derrick is into more progressive music such as Anathema and Steven Wilson, Thomas likes modern metalcore and djent like I See Stars and Periphery, Max and I are into Korn, Slipknot, System Of A Down, Tool, and each have our own different tastes – Kris

4. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be?

I would want to work with either Misha Mansoor or Adam “Nolly” Getgood. Nolly mixed our most recent album Phases, and it sounds phenomenal. But getting to see their creative side would be something else. – Thomas

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

We all tend to call ourselves progressive metal, but that’s not a title people tend to agree with. We’re some mix of metalcore, nu-metal, and progressive metal. We have screams and cleans, short and simple songs, and longer complex pieces. That’s just the result of the variety of styles we listen to, and it leaves us in the middle somewhere.

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

The experiences. There are so many opportunities and situations that people don’t often get to enjoy. Being on stage and being in a studio are two very unique atmospheres that we have the pleasure of witnessing. – Kris

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Haha I don’t think we’ve ever cooked for ourselves in a band setting… We always go and food somewhere (often Chick-Fil-a). None of drink anything other than water or soda when we’re together either. Thomas is most likely to start a sing along randomly, but once someone starts everyone is involved anyways.

8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Thomas would love to work in a studio (including his own) as an Audio Engineer. Sound design really interested him, and we’re fortunate he can use us as an experiment, and he can apply his knowledge to us. Derrick is interested in fitness and physical health. Max would be in the film industry, hopefully as a writer for an animated show. Kris would be an architect.

9. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”?

It’s easy to get caught up in criticism or a negative response, but I’m a firm believer in sticking to your decision. Some people thought releasing “The Apple” wasn’t the best idea and we got plenty of opinions on that song… But at the end of the day that’s all they are, someone else’s opinions. We like the song, and that’s why we put it out as a single. If you don’t care for it, skip over it. There’s more to any band than just one song. – Kris

10. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

I would love to go back and witness the process of recording Metropolis Part 2: Scenes From A Memory. That album is all of our favorites because it simply is the best album. Musically and conceptually, it’s very interesting and we’d love to see how everything was planned out and written. – Thomas

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10 Quick Ones with NEXT TO NONE - August 2017

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About the Author: ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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