Leading up to Emalyth Arts Expo INFINITI I got to chat to My Columbine:
1) What are you most looking forward to at the Emalyth Arts Expo?
What isn’t there to look forward to? Awesome bands, artists and stalls make Emalyth a unique experience on the metal calendar which has consistently delivered killer events over the last few years and is now a “not to miss” annual appointment for most alternative people in Gauteng. But there’s more to the event than the event, and what makes it more are the awesome people in our extended Metal/Alternative culture family that we’ve missed while being on holiday so I guess we are mostly looking forward to the people.
2) What are your thoughts on the local metal scene?
The South African Metal scene is a strange beast that is constantly kicked and abused, but through that abuse an actual scene is starting to develop in which (for the first time in a long time) organisation and structure are starting to show. In essence we are slowly starting to bare our teeth when we are kicked. There is a definite energy in the local scene at the moment and it is growing, albeit slowly, but all in all the local scene is in prime position to grow with new fans events and acts.
3) Do you have any favourite gig experiences?
Recently it has to be our last show at Wolmer in 2015, that pit and wall of death were something to behold! The sheer energy and madness that the crowd pushed back at us while we played was unbelievable and truly pushed us to keep up with them, it was a destructive harmony between us and the audience and it was beautiful!
4) What does 2016 hold for My Columbine?
We are extremely excited for 2016 – We are playing at some amazing events starting with Emalyth and there are some really awesome shows further down the pipeline as well that we are looking forward to. We are busy writing a lot of new material that is sounding awesome, as well as writing we are currently hitting the studio with five (four older songs never recorded and one brand spanking new track) tracks which we want to release in the first six months of 2016. New My Columbine merch is also in the works and we are dying for you all to see it!
5) What advice can you give to people wanting to start a band?
Just do it! If you love music and can find some like-minded individuals then all the rest will fall into place. If you’re passionate you will put in hours and hours of work into practice/marketing/playing live/etc. the only mistake you can make is not give it a try.
6) If you could go back in time to any musical period, what would it be and why?
We all disagree on our musical influences so after much hurling of insults between us the only consensus we could reach is… strangely enough, we would probably choose right now. The reason being we wouldn’t be the musicians we are today. If we were in another musical era we wouldn’t have grown into the players we currently are nor would we be playing the music we play.