Interviews

Thrash Holly’s Beef Zone #1: Interview with Rick Jimenez (Extinction A.D. / This Is Hell)

BEEF ZONE #1: Interview with Rick Jimenez (Extinction A.D. / This Is Hell) Welcome to the Beef Zone with Thrash Holly; IPHYB’s newest recruit, and the current Hardcore Champion of the world. To be honest, I don’t know what the fuck the Beef Zone is, or what it will turn out to be, because I came up with it as a joke about an hour before I started working on this article. But I see it being used for most of my articles on I Probably Hate Your Band, whether it’s opinion pieces, lists (such as the THPS5 one I wrote) or any bands I get to interview. It won’t be used for any song/album reviews, though. Thank you to Farrell Rolfe for the Beef Zone logo, and Já Mes for the Beef Is Grief logo that you will see halfway through this article. And thank you to the b/th/mu-niverse (our Facebook group) for all of your support. To Vince McMahon, I’m not sorry for ripping off the War Zone and Raw Is War logos, nor are my personal graphic designers and our group of beefers, flogs, marks, minimalist artists, new jacks (not the wrestler), Joey Jabronis and whatever else. The first person to step into the Beef Zone for an interview was Rick Jimenez. Rick is the guitarist and founding member of long-time New York hardcore band This Is Hell, and is currently playing guitar and lead vocals in thrash metal band Extinction A.D., who are dropping their debut album Faithkiller in the coming months. In this interview, Jimenez discusses all things Extinction A.D., the current state of This Is Hell, and the “Metallica/This Is Hell Australian... read more

Industry Profile #3 – Joshua C Liston

Name: Joshua C Liston Age: 31 City: Albury, NSW Industry Job: Podcaster, Guitarist & former Venue Booker Artists You’ve Worked/Currently Work With: A Candela Lie, The Third Estate, Bella Maris and many more. 1. In the current musical climate, what do you think are the most important things a band/artist can do to catch your attention? When it really comes down to it I would love to see bands do two things. Firstly, be yourself in everything you do, and try your best to focus on the art itself. If your art is “not-you-enough” or is simply “not-good-enough”, then no amount of clever marketing can cover that gap. Secondly, if you reach out to me online, please do your due-diligence and find out what exactly I do now – I podcast about Independent Music Marketing, Touring and the Creative Process for musicians. I’m not a song reviewer or promoter, nor am I a booking agent or a band manager, so if I get the feeling you don’t know this, then I simply won’t respond. 2. What exactly does your job involve? My former music industry activity involved writing for and managing my own bands, booking and managing my own bands live-shows, and booking a local venue with a national profile. These days my main musical focus is the DIY Music Movement podcast: Where I seek-out, curate and share the most research-driven music industry information along with the very best anecdotal advice in the hope of truly helping musicians and artists achieve what it is that they want to achieve. 3. Have there ever been any moments where you were... read more

Industry Profile #2 – Andrew Basso

Name: Andrew Basso Age: 25 City: Melbourne Industry Job: Photographer/Designer Artists You’ve Worked With: Conjurer, Pandorum, Overdrum, Toxicon, Pride Only Hurts, Tyler Wilford, Dario & Elise, Down Royale, Humality, Circles, Reline, Amaronix, No Stairway, Cal Browne, House Vs Hurricane, Pantallica, Dreamcoat 1. In the current musical climate, what do you think are the most important things a band/artist can do to catch your attention? I think a mixture of a great sound, good live presence, good “image” and something that separates them from every other local band who is trying to get you to their shows. There are stacks of bands that I’ve tried to get into (to support the local scene) that have a Facebook page with a shitty iPhone photo of the band looking angry or away from the camera, a Microsoft Paint logo and low quality recordings they’ve done themselves in their garage. Now, I’m not saying that all these acts are terrible. In fact, some are really talented, but when you see these poorly made “first points of contact”, it does not reflect well on the great artist they may be. I understand money is always an issue with bands, especially starting out, but I think to be taken seriously and have a better chance of people taking an interest, the material should appeal to the audience right off the bat. Furthermore, the band should be able to back up their invitation to a gig with the ability to put on a good show. Whether that’s being a really well rehearsed or tight band, putting on a massive lighting and effects display, being funny on... read more

Industry Profile #1 – Tim Price

Name: Tim Price Age: 32 City: Brisbane, Queensland Industry Job: Manager, Booker, Publicist Artists You Represent: Management – Sydonia, Ezekiel Ox, Guards of May Booking – Sydonia, Guards of May, Jericco, Balloons Kill Babies and more 1. In the current musical climate, what do you think are the most important things a band/artist can do to stand out and catch your attention? In the current musical climate, I would say that the most important thing a band/artist can do to stand out and catch the attention of industry is to actually sell tickets to shows, which comes from not overplaying the shit out of your hometown or particular region. 2. What exactly does your job involve? For my management clients, my job involves managing the business and planning the weeks, months and years ahead for the bands I work with. For PR clients, it’s planning release dates and strategies and sending their music to press, radio and online, for booking clients it’s booking tours and getting support slots for them. From the comfort of my own home. Some days it’s really hard to stay on task at home, when it’s really easy to just flick on the new The Walking Dead or other show or take a long lunch or whatever. But I am passionate about the bands I work with and they have such wicked music, it keeps me busy, so I push through. 3. Have there been any moments where you were so close to giving up and you decided to push on? Yes, there are definitely moments that I have been close to giving up. I... read more