MACHINE IN THE MOUNTAIN
1. Please introduce yourselves and tell us what you do in the band?
John - Guitars, JoJo - Guitars, Doug - Bass, Mikey - Drums
2. How did you girls/guys end up coming together as a band?
Craigslist was the middleman for us, more or less. John's previous band dissolved
so he posted an ad that he was starting up another act. JoJo, who had been jamming
with Doug and Mikey for years answered and the rest is history.
3. Do the core fans of the band have a particular song they really seem to have latched onto?
So far, "A God of My Own Design" has come out on top.
4. What is the concept behind the name of your album, "album name", what does that mean?
"Erosion Probable," at first, started out as a quick acronym for "EP," which was the
format of our first release. People who have heard the name have interpreted it as meaning
that the songs can carve valleys.
5. Who is producing "album name", and what has the experience been like so far?
We produced it with our top-tier audio engineer, Paul Odom of Church of Bigfoot in Tulsa,
Oklahoma. Constructing "Erosion Probable" was frustrating, exciting, fantastic, and energizing.
Odom gave some really intriguing critiques and expected nothing less than perfect takes as the
recording progressed and the result was a polished, pristine release of which we couldn't be prouder.
6. When fans come to an "name of the show" show, what kind of show can they hope to see?
A Machine in the Mountain show is a performance imbued with primal energy and electric,
organic sexiness that really includes every audience member who wants a piece of the action.
It's loud, heavy, and nothing short of excellent.
7. Are you girls/guys generally considered to be a good live band?
We'd like to think so, but you'd really have to ask someone who's been to a couple of shows.
8. Describe your typical fan.
Well, it's got four blades, three settings, and generally runs off 110V AC.
9. What's the biggest show you have played so far and how did it go?
We opened up for Chimaira, Oceano, and and Iwrestledabearonce at the Vanguard in Tulsa.
Despite the ten minute set and being the odd-men-out as far as metal styles, we played to a
packed house and induced several moshpits.
10. What's the worst experience you ever had while out touring with the band?
We'd have to say it was in Kansas last month. While the show went really well and the venue
took extremely good care of us while there, we kept tripping breakers during our set -- one side
of the stage would go silent, then the other, but all things considered it was still a very productive,
profitable show and tour.
11. When you're out there on the road, do you have an agenda to connect with people?
We do, absolutely. Metal around the world is a very much collaborative family and we think a
band that can foster a good relationship with fans, venues, and other bands can't go wrong.
12. If you could put together the "perfect tour", what bands would you pick to tour with and why?
Excellent question. There are some regional acts we really love; a KingShifter (KS),
Blackwater Rebellion (OK), Earthrot (TX), and Machine in the Mountain show would be a sight
to behold. Broadening the parameters to national and international acts, a Devin Townsend Project,
Animals as Leaders, Intronaut, Gojira, Baroness, Meshuggah, Machine in the Mountain tour would
be the bee's knees.
13. What's your favorite band of all time?
Our favorites are Tool, Motley Crue, Deftones, and Devin Townsend Project, but our influences
range widely. All four of us just blurted out "Led Zeppelin" simultaneously, so that's gotta be the one
on which we all agree.
14. What is your favorite album or song that you can't stop listening to right now?
There are several staple albums and songs, so there isn't a definite answer on that.
15. What are your hopes for the future regarding "name of the band"?
Tours, excellent music, and an all around satisfying musical career for the four of us are the goals.
16. Where do you see yourselves in 10 years?
Playing a massive show in the High Senate Chamber of the Intergalactic Federation orbiting
T'k'k'talaan'k, a blue-white star in the Triangulum Galaxy. John has to invent a space-folding engine first,
but he assures us he's working on it.
17. Where are ya from?
We are from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Pretty far from T'k'ktalaan'k, but we'll get there.
18. Who is the primary writer of the song lyric's?
Lyrics? We have a pilot snake named Martha.
19. Do you prefer indoor or outdoor while playing?
Indoor, but outdoor if it's nice enough. None o' this 110 degree, 90% humidity crap.
20. Ultimate stage fantasy? What would you most want to happen?
We want to create a wormhole at Red Rocks Amphitheater with stage volume alone ---
the loudness of the monitor mix sets the wormhole's coordinates and hopefully the EQ doesn't
land us on Arrakis.
21. What is your hidden talents?
Beer. That is our hidden talent.
INTERVIEW BY JAX JAXMETALMOOSE@GMAIL.COM