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Leach’s TOP 5

Welcome to the ultimate band interview challenge on Metal Digest. In this column, we ask our favorite bands to list their Top 5 things in different categories.

Hilarious, witty, and oh-so-revealing, this is Metal Digest’s Top 5.

TOP 5 pieces of equipment that every musician must own.

  1. An In-ear-monitoring rig! Once you have one of these, you will never ever again hear your bassist whine over not hearing himself while playing  + the sound guy at the venue will love you for allowing him to put 100% focus on making you sound as good as possible for the audience.
  2. A metronome for when you are practicing alone. Many musicians tend to think this is only for drummers, but this is also a great tool for guitarists and bassists to up their game. Practicing with a metronome by yourself will make you sound so much tighter together as a band.
  3. Colored tape for marking your cables and gear….This will let you recognize your cables and gear in an instant and you´ll never again leave a venue without any of the shit that you brought.
  4. Have a plan B – this is about damage control. Whether you are a singer, drummer, bassist or guitarist your main gear will fail you sometime when you’re out playing. Whatever it is that fails, having replacement gear at hand when needed will both save the show and your face.
  5. Something durable to hit your drummer with during rehea…………I mean, a toolbox containing useful stuff that you tend to forget to bring when you are playing live. What it contains is up to you, but ours usually contains things like duct tape (you never know when you´ll need it, but when you do it is a gift from above), tools for last-minute instrument adjustments, batteries, cable ties for setting up your backdrop etc.

TOP 5 pieces of advice NOT to follow, to make it in the music industry.

  1. Do not listen to all of the gear snobs telling you which instrument brands are ok to use/not ok to use and which gadgets you must own in order to call yourself “a real musician”. Instead, spend your time on maximizing the use of the things that you already own, in the long run, something sounding true and unique will come out of this. It’ll be hard to achieve this if you switch gear every month.
  2. Do not listen to outsiders telling you what to play or how to sound. Your audience will see through it all, and you will end up wasting a lot of time and energy on things other than developing your own sound that´ll make you stand out from the rest of the bands out there.
  3. Only work with third parties that you trust and actually deliver value to the band. Of course, this does not apply to all companies that are offering services to smaller bands, but the Internet is full of opportunists that give you vague promises about making your audience grow if you just give them your hard-earned money. Sometimes you will end up just throwing your money away.
  4. Watch out for labels that want YOU to pay them money for releasing YOUR music. If they want your money in advance, they probably do not believe that much in your music and want to cover the risk, probably you´ll have little to gain from such a partnership.
  5. NEVER leave room in the middle of the show for letting your lead-guitarist show off with a lengthy solo. His ego will become unbearable and your audience will hate it.

TOP 5 clicks on your playlist. What are you currently listening to, on repeat?

  1. Gojira – Fortitude
  2. Kvelertak – Nattesferd
  3. Exodus – The Atrocity Exhibition: Exhibit A
  4. Raised Fist – Veil of Ignorance & Sound of the republic
  5. Turnstile – Time & Space

TOP 5 adventures you’ve been on with the band.

  1. Touring Dubai – A true experience! We had the most awesome time over there. Everything from sneaking through the airport customs with our instruments without getting caught, meeting and playing for the wonderful metal community that we did not think to exist in such a country, getting way too drunk at underground bars and hanging out with the promoters, “Aaaargh Collectib”, was a blast!
  2. Opening for hardcore punk legends Slapshot in Zurich, Switzerland.
  3. Recording our latest album “Lovely Light of life. We´ve never before been pressured to deliver at such a level as when recording this album, at some points you just wanted to forget about the whole thing and give up, but our producer Christian Silver really made us give the best of ourselves which resulted in a record that we´re beyond proud of.
  4. Staying together as a band for 18 years. We are all childhood friends so the bond between us is really really strong. During the years, we´ve had our ups and downs for sure, but we also share an uncountable number of fun memories and experiences from doing what we do, and we have many more to come!
  5. Playing Gamrocken festival 2018 and sharing the stage with titans such  as The Crown and Dark Funeral

TOP 5 ways in which your band is awesome.

Aggressive

Loud

Melodic

Burly

Swedish

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