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Jonathan - What makes a good Sludge/Black metal band?
Ethan - In my opinion, it's all about the riffs, the flow of the song, and the tone. Either way any sludge metal should be loud, powerful, and evil sounding!
Jonathan - What's your opinion of the DIY movement?
Ethan - It`s pretty much a prerequisite of playing in a band. Alot of the early beginnings of any band will be DIY for the most part. Unless you have a ton of money to begin with.
Jonathan - I really believe the only passionate way to do music is with your heart. But sometimes hard times and trouble can get in the way. Why is it so important for you to be in a band?
Ethan - I`ve been in bands for most of my life so it`s a huge part of my livelihood. Personally, playing music is an escape from everyday life and also a time to do something creative with my best friends. Good times or bad...I always want to play. Also, I play drums so that`s a great stress relief!
Jonathan - What's the origin of the band name, Collider?
Ethan - I`m pretty sure we got the idea from the Super Collider machine. Also it was one of the few names that we all agreed on.
Jonathan - Have you changed the band's name before?
Ethan - Nope. Just Collider.
Jonathan - Who are your major influences? Or do you just write what you like and that is the result?
Ethan - We always write our music with the intentions of being as heavy as possible! That being said, I think it`s safe to say that Mastodon, High on Fire, and Baroness are just a few influences on our music.
Jonathan - How long have you all known each other?
Ethan - Three of us have been playing in bands together for the last 6 years together, in various bands. Our new guitarist has been with playing with us for about 5 months, but we've known him from the local scene for a few years now.
Jonathan - How did you meet?
Ethan - The three of us have known each other from being long time friends and at a few points, being roommates.
Jonathan - When did you form your band?
Ethan - The winter of 2010
Jonathan - What inspired you to make music together?
Ethan - Being best buds, living together, and loving to play music.
Jonathan - Which songs do you perform most frequently?
Ethan - We have been playing a set that doesn't vary too much for the last little bit. It all depends on the amount of time we are given to play. We have a few extra songs that we will throw in there, if time allows it.
Jonathan - Do you ever play any covers?
Ethan - We play a few covers just for fun during band practice, but the only cover we have ever played live was I am the Warlock, by Probot.
Jonathan - Who writes your songs?
Ethan - We all have our different part in writing the songs. The main ideas usually come from our guitarists, but structuring and vocals/lyrics are usually a group effort.
Jonathan - What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs?
Ethan - To be honest, our lyrical content for our first batch of songs was usually based off the titles of the song. We typically name a song while it's in the writing phase so that we can differentiate them during practice.
Jonathan - Do you think these topics will change over time?
Ethan - We all agree that we want to be a little more in depth with our lyrics for the next batch of songs.
Jonathan - Could you briefly describe the music-making process?
Ethan - Usually we will come up with ideas during our band practices. We then take home those ideas and work on them individually so that for the next practice we are all on the same page and possibly have expanded on it.
Jonathan - What are your rehearsals generally like? Do you have a set time each week in which you practice or are rehearsals more spontaneous?
Ethan - For the most part we have a consistent practice schedule of at least one practice a week. That being said, when we are in a serious writing phase, jams kind of happen when there is stuff to work on.
Jonathan - How has your music evolved since you first began playing music together?
Ethan - At the very least, I'd like to think that we've matured as songwriters as a unit.
Jonathan - What has been your biggest challenge as a band? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
Ethan - I think our biggest challenge right now, and always should be, is to maintain a certain amount of creative output as well as playing to as many new people as possible.
Jonathan - What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
Ethan - Practice, take your time writing songs...and did i mention practice?!
Jonathan - For those who don’t know you, How can fans-to-be gain access to your music? Do you have a website with sample songs or a demo CD?
Ethan - You can find our first EP as a pay what you want download at http://www.colliderslays.bandcamp.com or you can follow us and listen to our stuff at http://www.facebook.com/colliderslays