INTERVIEW – ORBYSSMAL

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IT’S “20 QUESTIONS WITH CROSS” DAY!

I’ve had the opportunity (in many occasions) to collaborate with different artists and bands on logos, album art, shirts, etc. and they are these awesome, hard working and talented people. I thought it would be a great idea to get them to share their awesomeness with their fans through a 20 question interview series on my blog.

For this blog of the series, I am very excited to interview the one man band from Australia, Orbyssmal!

 

Hi, how you doing? Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Appreciate it!

Cross – I have never been to Australia (hopefully will visit it sometime in the future) – what can you tell us about the heavy music involvement there? What do people like these days (before the Covid-19 lockdown)?

Orbyssmal – The Australian metal audience is great. It’s like one big family. There’s generally alot of supporting one another. Some of the most die-hard fans reside here.

Cross – Orbyssmal – How did you come up with the band name and what does it mean?

Orbyssmal – Basically a play on words. Orb = earth, abysmal, abyss – Orbyssmal. In the grand scheme of things we are nothing on this earth.

Cross – In what I remember from some of the conversations we have had in the past, you’ve been in a band previous to Orbyssmal and you have experienced how it feels to play live. How do you like being on stage?

Orbyssmal – Playing live on a stage in front of people is like nothing else I’ve experienced. Especially when they are getting into what you are creating. I’ve been lucky to stand on stages that some of my favourite bands in the world have themselves played on.

Cross – You’ve played Bass, right? In that band. How do you like playing a bass guitar?

Orbyssmal – I am primarily a bassist. It is indeed my preferred weapon of choice.

Cross – Which bass guitar is your favourite?

Orbyssmal – I just can’t go past the Ibanez range. For sound, playability and price nothing else even competes. SR305EB-WK is the current model I am playing.

Cross – In Orbyssmal albums, are all the sounds and music from actual instruments or is it just the guitars and the rest is digital?

Orbyssmal – Everything is created by me. All the foundations of the music are created by instruments, the drums are an electronic kit. Any other sounds used are also created by me. Sometimes digitally and manipulated ’til I get the desired result. The base foundations however are always guitar, bass, drums and vocals. Everything else is garnish.

Cross – Being a one man band, which parts do you record first and what is your favourite part of the recording process?

Orbyssmal – I tend to record guitars first. Which is pretty unusual, I suppose. Generally most will track drums first. I also do not play to a metronome ever. My favorite part of the process is the end result and hearing a track exactly the way you had envisioned it.

Cross – If you could be in a famous band (Australian one if need be) which one would it be?

Orbyssmal – My favourite Australian bands wouldn’t be my favourite if I was in them. Haha.

Cross – The best influential guitarists/bassists in your opinion?

Orbyssmal – Guitarists that have left a huge imprint in my mind are (in no particular order): Jimi Hendrix, Dimebag Darrell, Horror Illogium, Wes Montgomery, Jeff Hanneman, Dino Cazares, Dave Mustaine. I’ve probably missed a tonne. As for bassists: Les Claypool, Jaco Pastorius, Cliff Burton, Geddy Lee. These guys broke the mold of what the bass could indeed be. Again I’ve probably missed heaps.

Cross – How old were you when you started to play the guitar?

Orbyssmal – I got my first guitar at 12.

Cross – Do you have any other hobbies rather than music?

Orbyssmal – Music is life.

Cross – Can you tell us a bit about a live concert you went (of whatever band) that made your jaw drop and why?

Orbyssmal – Black Sabbath will always be the one that stands out. I mean c’mon. Seeing war pigs being played live was just mind blowing. Oh, and Phil Anselmo and the Illegals.

Cross – Are you a horror fan? If so, which one is your favourite movie?

Orbyssmal – I am a huge horror fan. Halloween is my all time favourite.

Cross –  First album you ever bought. How old were you and with whom?

Orbyssmal – First album Pantera – Cowboys From Hell. At 10 years old.

Cross – Are you a football fan or a soccer fan?

Orbyssmal – Watching people kick leather around does nothing for me honestly.

Cross – Your first tattoo? Honest!

Orbyssmal – First tattoo was the Alice In Chains sun, the day I turned 18.

Cross – How has your music evolved since when you started playing music until now?

Orbyssmal – My music is always evolving in one way or another. I don’t force anything and this is by far the easiest output of music I’ve ever been involved in. Very natural.

Cross – What has been your biggest challenge as a one man band?

Orbyssmal – Honestly, nothing. I create alone by choice not necessity. Everything is on my own terms. The end result is that more satisfying when you create solely alone.

Cross – What are you working on these days? Is there going to be a new Orbyssmal album anytime soon?

Orbyssmal – I currently have all songs recorded for the next full length release. Excited about this one.

Cross – Is there something you would like to say to your fans?

Orbyssmal – Thanks to anyone that has purchased my music and even taken the time to have a listen. It is greatly appreciated.

Cross – That was fun, thank you again!

Orbyssmal – No problem.

INTERVIEW – BEASTIAL PIGLORD

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IT’S “20 QUESTIONS WITH CROSS” DAY!

I’ve had the opportunity (in many occasions) to collaborate with different artists and bands on logos, album art, shirts, etc. and they are these awesome, hard working and talented people. I thought it would be a great idea to get them to share their awesomeness with their fans through a 20 question interview series on my blog.

For this first blog of the series, I am very excited to interview, the one man band, Beastial Piglord (aka Hudson)!

 

Cross – When was the first time you showed interest about heavy music?

Hudson – When I was a kid in Walmart, in the CD section and saw Rob Zombie’s “Hellbilly Deluxe”, scanned the barcode and put on the headphones. That was the beginning.

Cross –  I’m sure most people might find your band name a bit uncomfortable, Beastial Piglord. How did you come up with it (you told me something about it when we first met)?

Hudson – I got it from Dave Brockie of GWAR.

Cross – How would you describe the music that you typically create?

Hudson – It’s always changing and different. Every album is a whole new style.

Cross – What inspires you to come up with so much dark music in such a short time?

Hudson – All I do is think about music all day long. And any dark emotions I have, I reconstruct it into music.

Cross – What does your creative process look like?

Hudson – Progress. I wanna keep making albums of genres I’ve never done before, also the production has gotten better lately and that’s something I’m going for in future albums – more polished production.

Cross –  I know you have a big collection with a lot of instruments. Off the top of your head, how many instruments do you have already? Can you name a couple weird ones in this collection of yours ( I remember when you got the WaterPhone… haha)?

Hudson – Probably the erhu and the waterphone are my two oddest ones, love those things. And I have too many instruments to count.

Cross – Do you mind telling us what gear do you use when creating your music or would you like to keep that a secret?

Hudson – Well, with every album I used different gear. The first two or three were done with a direct guitar signal through a digitech rp355, and the drums were electronic. The 4th and 5th album were done the same, but I used a digitech rp1000 for the guitar/bass. And the 6th and 7th album were done the same, but I used a boss gt100 for the guitar/bass. The acoustic album; I think the 8th album was the one I used an acoustic drum kit miked. The last few albums have been more traditional, as in the gear I’ve used. Mic, a drum kit, and I use a peavey 6505+ amp with an orange cab for guitar. That’s alot of s**t. Haha

Cross – As a one man band who plays many different instruments from guitars to drums, and whatever else you feel like including in a song/album (not to mention singing) – which one is the part you consider the most fun part when it comes to the recording process of your music?

Hudson – Definitely the guitar parts. I’m a guitarist first, everything else is just something I can do also.

Cross – Can you tell us a bit about your biggest influences in music that inspired and motivated you to do what you do?

Hudson – So damn many, I love so many bands, to name a few: Pantera, Superjoint Ritual, Down, Korn, GWAR, White Zombie, Portal and many many more… oh and George Michael.

Cross – ( laughs ) I am aware that your songs might be very challenging to play live since you are a one man band, but how do you feel about doing live shows?

Hudson – If I ever had the opportunity to have a full band, I would 101% love to play live.

Cross –  Is there any musician or band that you would love to collaborate with?

Hudson –  Pretty much any band I listen to, I’d love to collab with.

Cross – If you could go open a show for any artist, who would it be?

Hudson – PORTAL

Cross – What is your favourite song to perform (your own music or other artists)?

Hudson – I don’t do covers.

Cross –  I’ve known you for a while and I know you love horror movies. Name one horror movie that scared you to death when you were little?

Hudson – ” Darkness Falls ” scared the s**t out of me when I saw it, when it came out.

Cross – Do you sing in the shower and what songs?

Hudson –  Usually wham!, Culture Club and Danzig, or I just scream in other languages.

Cross – Every time you play something on the guitar and post it around, I notice a tattoo of yours I haven’t seen before. Do you have a favourite?

Hudson – Yeah, probably my Superjoint Ritual tattoo or the one on my stomach that says BEER.

Cross – If it wasn’t for your music career, what would you be doing right now?

Hudson – Same s**t, just not making music. Haha.

Cross – What is the best advice you’ve been given?

Hudson –  Nothing, I haven’t really had any advice given to me.

Cross –  You’re currently working on Muzz, your upcoming new album. One song is out there already, “Queen Muzz”. How is the album going, when will it be out and how different is this album from your other ones that are already out there?

Hudson – As we speak, today I just finished the music for the 4th song, and will record the vocals tomorrow. It’s a sludgy nasty album.

Cross – What is one message you would give to your fans?

Hudson – Share my music everywhere. I don’t care if you steal it, just listen to it.

Cross – ( laughs )  That was awesome! Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions!

Hudson – Thank you!

RINPOCHE – PRELUDE CHRISTMAS

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Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

There is no better way to start the Christmas cheer than having a cup of hot chocolate while reading Rinpoche – Prelude with Sonilda Bardhoshi Mills.

Get your copy today and join us this white Christmas!

Rinpoche – The Cemetery Chronicles, Prelude

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RINPOCHE – PRELUDE

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We are proud to share in our blog this amazing collaboration: Rinpoche – The Cemetery Chronicles, Prelude. Art and Story by: Sonilda Bardhoshi Mills and CROSS.

Rinpoche – Prelude was a project from which we learned a lot of valuable tips and lessons about comic books – creating, publishing and printing them.

This is the story of Chu and Cross that live a happy life in their lovely house, deep in the woods. Their mysterious friend, Trye, fills their life with joy and cuddles. They are constantly being disturbed by very detailed and graphic nightmares that none of them seem to understand.
Could these nightmares be more than just bad dreams?

Get your copy of our comic book today to learn more about these nightmares and help us fund the making of Volume 1, where the story will continue to unfold!

Rinpoche – The Cemetery Chronicles, Prelude

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