Leading up to their show at Emalyth Arts Expo INFINITI, I got to chat to Rukuz:
1)What are you most looking forward to at the Emalyth Arts Expo?
Tanya: Performing of course! It will also be great to check out other bands we haven’t seen yet.
Byron: We haven’t been on stage for some time, so it’s something that we’re definitely looking forward to. The band’s never played at the Emalyth Arts Expo before either, so it’s a big one for us as far as performing goes. The opportunity to play at such a recognized event, as well as being able to see many other talented bands is something that we just couldn’t pass up.
2) What are your thoughts on the local metal scene?
Byron: It’s grown in ways that I never thought it would. Many bands have formed in the last few years and have produced strong material, as good as any other band on an international level. The drive and passion is there in plain sight.
3) Do you have any favourite gig experiences?
Tanya: “18 till I die” was the best gig so far. We played well and had a lot of fun with the audience. I ended up on the floor and somehow cut my arm open. Someone stole Matt’s pants so he had to play in his boxers and Byron stage dived mid song so I ended up playing bass to finish it off. I also made a piñata which I filled with sweets, a broken bra and some torn worn out boxer shorts. Someone ended up taking those home!
Byron: The second gig we ever played with Tanya which was “18 till I die” was something special. We sounded good, played well, and things got out of hand very quickly.
4) What does 2016 hold for Rukuz?
Tanya: We have an album coming out. Other than that, I cannot say. I guess we shall see.
Byron: We’ve been wanting to get an album out for some time, but life likes to complicate things and so one has to find a way around it. This year, we’re determined to get an album out. We’re also hoping to play more shows than last year and improve our song writing and live performances.
5) What advice can you give to people wanting to start a band?
Tanya: Find musicians who are on your level emotionally as well as musically. Practice your chosen instrument and always strive to be your best. If you’re looking for fame, fortune and glory, you will be disappointed and everyone will see right through you. I suggest that you rather look at being a reality/instagram star if that’s what you’re after.
Byron: I think each of us will have slightly different answers for that one. From me, personally, I would say that no matter what happens, if you love playing live and writing songs, then just keep going. No matter which band member leaves, no matter which gig goes horribly wrong and you’re only playing to three people, and no matter how difficult it gets dealing with people’s attitudes and emotional outbursts, just keep going. Challenge yourself to get better at your instrument, write better songs and to be honest with yourself. Keep going. You never know what might happen. It’s better than giving up anyway.
6) If you could go back in time to any musical period, what would it be and why?
Byron: Without a doubt, it would be the 70’s. So many bands that defined and shaped heavy music came for that era, and I don’t think it can ever be replicated in quite the same way again.
Bands like Uriah Heap, Pink Floyd, Rush, Queen ,Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Blue Oyster Cult (just to name a few), were pioneers in so many ways.
Tanya: The romantic era (1780-1910) So much happened musically and some of the best composers such as Beethoven, Mozart and Chopin to name a few, emerged out of this musical period. It’s timeless. Mind you, I would have also liked to have lived in the late 70’s early 80s to actually see how rock and metal music grew into what it is today. I’d make friends with Freddie Mercury and Rob Halford.
*Unfortunately, Matt couldn’t answer any questions as he’s hard at work busy mixing and recording our album*