The sound of 80’s metal are back!!!!
A bold statement from hard hitting Danes SAVAGE MACHINE. Where others try to be different for the sake of being different SAVAGE MACHINE is pumping out metal that is true not caring about trends or fashion – SAVAGE MACHINE is simply heavy metal to the bone and proud of it!
Guitarz Forever.com Interview w/ Troels Rasmussen of the band Savage Machine
Scott > Hi Troels, thank you for agreeing to do an interview w/ my website Guitarz Forever.com.
Troels > Of course my friend!
Scott > Give our readers a short but descriptive label for your style of music.
Troels > Savage machine plays old school heavy metal Double bass drum, twin guitars, galloping bass and soaring vocals. Think back to the 80’s and you’ve got a pretty good idea of what we’re trying to “put out there”.
Scott > What's going on in your musical world these days?
Troels > A lot of different things are happening at the moment. We are very busy promoting the new Ep and booking concerts for 2015. Also we are talking back and forth with labels and a couple of booking/management companies. Things are great right now!
Scott > Where do you live, play live, and record ?
Troels > I live in Aarhus, along with the rest of the band (Jacob recently moved to Holstebro, tho). We play live where we are wanted, haha, but all across Denmark. A world in ruins and Through the iron forest were both recorded at Dead rat studio here in Aarhus. It's owned and operated by the very talented Jacob Bredahl.
Scott > Are there a lot of places to play your style of music in and around your area? If so, could you name some venues?
Troels > Aarhus is a great town when it comes to live music. A couple of venues that comes to mind are Voxhall, Atlas, Radar, Train, Backstage.
Scott > So please tell us of any new musical projects that you are currently working on?
Troels > Right now we are writing material for a full length album, were hoping to enter the studio late 2015, hopefully with a label behind us.
Scott > Who are the band members to include yourself? Who plays what instrument and who is the vocalist?
Troels > Jacob Bruun on lead guitar, Benjamin Andreassen on bass, Simon Poulsen - rhythm guitar, Martin Helbo on drums and I handle the vocals.
Scott > How do you come up with your songs? Is it one song writer or more of a collaborated effort with other musicians?
Troels > Usually Jacob brings a riff or something he’s been working on, to rehearsal. And from then on it’s pretty much a group effort. Everyone has a say when we’re writing new material.
Scott > How often when you start an idea for song, does it actually get finished?
Troels > Most times we end up with something we all really like. If we don’t like it it gets discarded. It’s a difficult question to answer, but my guess would be something like 6 out of 10 songs make it.
Scott > I was wondering if you ever hear music in your dreams and turn them into songs?
Troels > Not really no. Now that I think about it I don’t really remember ever hearing music in my dreams. Dreams can however be a great source of inspiration when it comes to writing lyrics.
Scott > Are you a schooled musician or a self-taught?
Troels > I am self-taught. I started singing when I joined what was back then called Momentum and always planned taking some singing classes, it just never happened. If I at some point feel I can’t get further on my own anymore, then maybe I’ll consider taking some classes. But not yet...
Scott > What type of Mics work best for you?
Troels > I’ve always used wireless mics. Mainly because we move around a lot on stage and then it’s nice to not worry about wires.
Scott > Do you have any endorsement with instrument and gear companies?
Troels > Not yet!
Scott > How did you first get into the music business?
Troels > As stated earlier I started singing when I joined the band back in late 2010. Up until that point it was just a dream and a desire. Back then I wrote to a lot of different bands, but when it became apparent to them I didn’t have a lot of experience they decided to keep looking. So when Jacob posted on a local musicians-seeking-musicians website, searching for a lead singer I just plain lied and told him I had been singing for some time, haha.
Scott > Who have been your main influences on your career to date?
Troels > Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Helloween, Accept, Motorhead, Megadeth, all bands that has had a huge influence on our music so far.
Scott > How has your singing evolved over the years?
Troels > Quite a bit. Early on my voice was very low and struggling with hitting anything remotely high noted. It’s a very different story now.
Scott > What are you listening to these days?
Troels > A lot of different music, but a couple of records stands out: Iron maiden – Seventh son of a seventh son, Hell – Human remains, Artillery – By inheritance.
Scott > Do you have a dream car?
Troels > Sorry I don’t.
Scott > I also don't want to forget this... Tell us about any other things you may be in involved in or any special interest besides music that is close to your heart?
Troels > I enjoy spending time with friends and family. But also just being me. I’m a pretty private guy, I guess. I don’t play golf on the weekends or anything like that. Right now I’m helping a buddy of mine with vocals on a full length album he’s been working on, so I guess that’s my hobby right now.
Scott > I would like to thank you for your time and candor with our loyal readers and keep on fighting the good fight to bring us some awesome music.
Troels > It was my pleasure!