Chasing Immortality Interview
These self-declared bad boys come straight out of the smoke and smolder of London, England. Their hardrock sound comes accompanied with a cast of characters covered in warpaint and liquor. From personal experience, I can tell you all the word "character" doesn't begin to describe the vibrant personalities of these crazy cats. If London is the small town with a big name, Chasing Immortality is definitely the local restless sprits.
Remember, not all who wonder are lost. In an industry full of arrogance, self-righteousness, and the same sounds on repeat, this band is a bright light of humbleness, hard work, and hope for a new era. Recently I had a chat with my good friend and lead guitarist Ethan Skys, as well as his bandmate Tyler Enigma.
LJ DeWitt: Give me a quick rundown of your members! Names, instruments, personalities, strengths & weaknesses?
The Gemini - Vocalist - Confident, Charmer & Talented. Ethan Skys - Lead Guitar - Easy going, Hard working & Talented. Loz Rott - Rhythm Guitar - Sensible, Team player & Talented. Tyler Enigma - Bass - Smart, Cocky & Talented. Gavin Hobbs - Drums - Hilarious, Crazy & Talented. LJ: How long have you been together and how did the band come to form its current lineup? Ethan: Loz and I formed the band back in late 2013, and have been trying to find the perfect members for the group with the same drive and passion we have. Finally, after a few line-up changes, we managed to form the line-up we have now, which we feel is the perfect combination of talent, friendship and insanity! LJ: Recently you've brought aboard a new member! Tell me a little bit of the process of inducting him into the band? Ethan: I personally knew Tyler from meeting him at a gig in London and we clicked instantly and knew we would be in the same band someday. The time came for this to finally happen and he brought along Gavin, who just fitted and held the songs together in ways we never imagined. LJ: Who's the band's trouble maker? Worst trouble he's gotten himself or the band into? Tyler: We're all trouble makers in our own little way. Whether it be Ethan at a local club or The Gemini chatting to the girls, we all seem to stir the pot. LJ: Who tends to be the "parent" of the band? Was there ever a time he took his role as the mature one too seriously? Ethan: Back to a previous question, Loz is usually the one to bail us out of trouble and makes sure we get to where we need to go, so I'd say he is the 'parent' (A crazy one that lets you eat candy all day and swear!)
LJ: Speaking of the studio, you've got a new release in the works. What can you tell me about it? Tyler: With the release of “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys” going over so well, we have taken the time to really nail down in the studio and get an EP recorded. We have plans for a lot of shows all over the country and hopefully have the EP released by late 2015/early 2016. LJ: When and where is your ideal place to write? Ethan: I like to take inspiration from crazy, loud environments such as nightclubs, and London in general, as you see something new and bizarre everyday! LJ: If you could write a song with anyone, dead or alive, who would it be? Ethan: The Rev, just because of the amazing person and songwriter he was. Tyler: Jim Morrison, because he was an insanely good poet/songwriter and I could imagine being blown away from the experience. LJ: If you could credit one person (fictional, dead or alive, famous or not) for driving you to become a musician, who would it be? Ethan: HBK, Shawn Michael's because he was a bad ass and an incredible showman. Tyler: I always wanted to be a musician, but I feel, because my dad was always in bands, I grew up knowing that was what I wanted, so I'd say him.
LJ: What song do you want played at your funeral? Ethan: "Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys" and closing with "My Way" from Sid Vicious. Tyler: "Don't Cry" by Guns N Roses. LJ: What do you think/hope will be your cause of death? Ethan: Go out like Scarface; in a blaze of glory. LJ: If you could play any city or venue in the world, where would it be and why? Ethan: Wembly Arena in London and the Whiskey Agogo in Hollywood.
Tyler: Every date on the American Warped Tour and Download Festival. LJ: What is your dream tour lineup to be apart of? Ethan: Us, Fearless Vampire Killers, Sixx AM. Tyler: Us, The Defiled, Motionless In White, Marilyn Manson. LJ: Where would you hope to be in your life and career a year from now? Ethan: Speaking from all of us, on tour! LJ: Finally, is there anything you'd like to leave your fans and potential listeners with? Ethan: Thanks for all the support you have given us, working hard to play a show and meet every single one of you. Dream big.
editor: Rachel Rosell