60 Seconds With… EMPRA

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60 Seconds With… EMPRA


So then, what’s the band name and what do you ‘do’ in the band?
We are EMPRA. I front the band as the lead singer, guitarist and principal songwriter. I’m currently the band’s manager, I.T nerd, social media and PR guy and help the other guys with booking shows.

Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like?
People say we sound like a mash-up of Foo Fighters, Green Day, and Weezer. We’ve also heard references to Led Zeppelin, and Queens of the Stone Age. They’re all compliments to us because we love those bands!

What do you love about making music?
I love how making music can lift your spirits, supercharge your heart, inspire passion, and introduce you to great people.

What do you hate about the music industry?
I don’t hate the music industry, and I do aspire to be a full time musician. But we need a fairer and more accurate representation of the different genres of Australian music in the media. There are so many amazing bands and artists out there who are not getting the credit they deserve.

If you could travel back in time and show one of your musical heroes your stuff, who would it be and why?
It would definitely be Kurt Cobain. He showed me the power in being simple and sincere, and in screaming your lungs out. He would give great song writing feedback and vocal lessons!

If you could assassinate one person or band from popular music, who would it and why?
The remaining members of INXS. Because they’ve lost all their street cred, and they need some help to salvage the last remaining remnants of it.

What can a punter expect from your live show?
Expect to get your arse kicked and your spirits lifted by EMPRA’s high energy and intense rock show.

What’ve you got to sell CD-wise?
We’ve got a two-track single that’s available at our shows for free if you sign up to our mailing list.

When’s the gig and with who?
Thursday March 29, at the Espy Front Bar with Bottle of Smoke, Pretty Villain and Overdrive, which will be an awesome night of hard rock.