INTERVIEW WITH UNLUCKY (ALTERNATIVE ROCK/HIP HOP/GRUNGE)



1. How would you describe your music?

Our music is very passionate, energetic and honest. We tend to cover a lot of areas mainly from cultural, political and social factors. It’s hard to think about which genre we fit in but I’d say somewhere along the lines of alternative rock and grunge mixed in with some spicy hip-hop elements.

2. What gave you the idea for the single title?


Definitely the indoctrination theme of our single inspired the title ‘Replay Rewind’. Within this single, we explore the ideas of being told something ridiculous over and over again until you begin to believe it. The first time it may sound absurd to the average consumer, but the repetitiveness (no matter how absurd) of saying something over and over again is what gets people. My lyrics lay out the process of indoctrination with four easy steps:

1.    Plant the seeds inside their minds until they grow
2.    Water them everyday until the roots will show
3.    Feast their eyes on the sprouted seeds of lies
4.    Replay, replay, replay, rewind.

3. Do you work together with others in the writing process?


As a vocalist I usually write my stuff in my own space at home to truly reflect and think what the instrumentals are trying to tell me. Usually the drums and guitar/bass are written together and I would tend to freestyle on it just to grasp on the flow and tone I want on the potential track. Then I would record the rough instrumental with my phone and write to it in my own time.

4. How much time do you take to record songs?
 

Recording songs doesn’t take too long in the studio booth. It’s more the writing process of the music and creating these songs from nothing that takes the longest. As a vocalist, sometimes I get writers block and it can take me a bit of time to write from the heart. You can’t rush writing and lyrics that’s for sure. In the booth, we can knock out an entire song (recording process) in one day. For my vocals I can usually record it all in one take, but it’s always best to take a few just incase some parts were better than others.

5. Does this release differ from past music releases? How?


‘Before It’s Too Late’ is actually our first EP release for Unlucky. However, in September last year we dropped our first debut single ‘K.F.C.’ and followed it up with ‘Replay Rewind’ this year. The tracks are both definitely aggressive and lyrically punchy in their own aspects. But I feel we have evolved more with Replay Rewind as the track explores more genres and really opened the doors with where we want to take our sound. The track explores aspects of metal, rock and even hip/hop elements by the end of it.

6. Do you like to change it up for each release with lyrical themes?


Absolutely. We always change it up with different lyrical themes for each single release. ‘K.F.C.’ definitely explored darker themes such as power, corruption, oppression and even hypocrisy in mainly the United States 3rd world affairs and other powerful countries with their arms deals. Then with Replay/Rewind we touched on themes of indoctrination. Each release we change it up with regards to what we see and feel in our own life experiences, and that’s why we always keep it real.

7. Where do you draw your influences and inspirations from?


I could list a bunch of influential bands such as Rage Against The Machine, System of A Down, Tool or even artists like Immortal Technique, Mos Def, Kendrick Lamar and KRS-One. But lately, the band has just been listening to all kinds of music. We came back from an Adelaide show and during the 9-hour drive we literally may have explored every single possible genre, it’s crazy. But to keep it real, the bands and artists I listed earlier are who I look up to and who inspire me. But I would not be completely honest with the question if I just listed bands and artists. This world, nature, my background and ethnicity, my passion to bring something new to the music industry and being a voice for the voiceless in this world above all else inspires me the most.

8. What has been the most enjoyable thing you have done as a musician/singer?


Touring around the country for sure has been the most enjoyable experience with Unlucky. We have played a few shows in Adelaide and Sydney now and we have our end of year tour booked already. We’re hitting up Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sydney, Newcastle, Coffs Harbour and many other places. I look forward to making even more memories on the tour.

9. What do you feel is the biggest challenge going forward with your career?

 

I have to be honest, the biggest challenge is definitely going to be trying to balance music and other hobbies with my professional career. I graduate end of this year and start working full time as an Accountant next year. It’s going to be a challenge, and I suppose I’m going to have to feel it out next year and see how I can fit everything in and reassess my schedule and priorities.

10. What do you enjoy outside of music?


I enjoy working out in the gym and exercising, I used to be way more into it back then though haha. I might sound like a total nerd here but I honestly do enjoy working with numbers and I’ve had an Accounting internship in the past and I got to be honest I thoroughly enjoyed what I did and what I contributed to the team, department and company. I don’t know, there’s something about being challenged, working hard to solve your issue and really putting yourself to test that I really enjoy. No matter what I’m doing, whether it’s music, doing an extra rep in the gym or solving something in my professional career. At the end of it, you either become stronger or smarter from problem solving and continuously developing myself is what I enjoy about the journey.


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About Ancient Visionz

Gaz Visionz is a writer and Internet Radio DJ with the punk/metal show 'The Wastelands'. He is also a YouTube podcaster/creator, host of Ancient Visionz Talk Radio, co-host of Paradigm Radio with Planet X Films, and a passionate fan of hardcore punk, metal, underground hip hop, movies, science-fiction, comics, and indie film.
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