INTERVIEW WITH PACING THE CAGE (ALT ROCK/INDIE ROCK/POST GRUNGE/HARD ROCK)




Answered by Andrew Mullen

1. How would you describe your music?
Stylistically, you always want to be associated with your musical influences. We are fans of the 90s alternative rock movement so naturally our sound is similar but with a modern twist through influences such as Royal Blood, Biffy Clyro and Muse. Interestingly, I have never listened to Rush or Iron Maiden before and we have had a few folks compare us to those guys - but of course, it is all in the ear of the beholder!

2. What gave you the idea for the single title?
The song title for "Your Love My Love” came fairly organically. When I was writing the chorus for the song these words just rolled together very comfortably and as a title it does allow the listener to wonder what we mean by it.

3. Do you work together with others in the writing process?
The writing process was very solitary. At the time, Pacing The Cage was yet to be born and these songs were part of my personal exploration to write songs with great guitar riffs, have a bit of attitude and are songs I could be proud of.

4. How much time to do you take record songs?
It’s actually a pretty long process! Sometimes I would do over 100 takes for a guitar track and then I would go through each take looking for the perfect part. Then I would have about 10 other guitar tracks on the song - so it is a very long process. I recorded the main guitars at home along with some basic bass/drum tracks and then took them to the studio. Once in the studio we recorded the bass, drums and more guitar part over a period of two weeks. Then I spent a long time recording the vocals at home…. ARGH! It was a nightmare on how long it took!

5. Does this release differ from past music releases? How?
Yeah, as mentioned above I was very keen to do something in alignment with my love for 90s alternative rock and have songs that I can be proud of. This meant I had given myself the freedom to think big and not be afraid to have some attitude. My previous solo releases had been a bit tamer.

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

This release was my most outspoken. I invested a lot of time into the lyrics and made a very conscience effort to write songs that were relatable and socially responsible. There are lots of opinions on this album which was a change from previous projects.

7. Where do you draw your influences and inspirations from?
I am a sucker for a brilliant drummer and thoughtful guitarist. So a band like Tool with excellent songwriting sensibilities is a goldfield for me. For lyrical content, I draw my inspiration from my personal experiences and from being passionate about social equality

8. What has been the most enjoyable thing you have done as a musician/singer?
Pacing The Cage recently had our album launch show in Melbourne. It was an immense amount of effort, planning and emotion. But it was a killer night and because of the intense effort it made it ever so enjoyable.

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

The music world is very saturated. Standing out is extremely challenging and finding a place in a world where you have to do it yourself - but you can’t do it without help - is very challenging!

10. What do you enjoy outside of music?
I love my snowboarding. I’m also a bit of a history lover, I love old stuff!  So you might just find me walking a field looking for old bottles at some point!


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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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