MUDD FLUX

You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
-It took us quite some time to decide on a fitting name. Our choice of “Mudd Flux” comes from several sources. We were big fans of the Muddy Waters album “Electric Mudd” and wanted to make a reference to that album in some form or another. Secondly, our thoughts were to make something of our tendency towards being inventive and wanting to pass the original concepts of metal through a filter of more modern concepts and ideas. Hence the word “Flux” was added.

How do you introduce the band to people that are new to your music?
-Many say we are post-modern because of our writing in the styles of “Sabbath, Rainbow, and even Early Thrash.” Once we were even described as “Psycho Doom” because of our choice to mix doom elements in with more aggressive riffs. Lately though, our feelings have been more towards accepting that we are an amalgamation of unique tones and that in our future efforts we will take those concepts to be more aggressive, with a post-apocalyptic overtone.

We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
-Our biggest influence would be the metal albums created between 1967-1972. Those bands and their contribution to the genre have been enormous and still influence young artists nearly fifty years later. Although, those are our biggest influence we make a point of listening to groups that are current. Narrowing our listening to albums released within the last 3 years. That philosophy helps us to be current and on the forefront of modern concepts.

What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
-Where we are located the scene is strong and broad in its genres. However, the majority favors cover music. So much so that those bands dominate the venues. We do however have a large following in our area, and we appreciate their support when we do perform locally.

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
-Many times, we fall into current movements such as metal, industrial or goth. However, because we try to always be on the cutting edge of music it is our vision to lay the groundwork for new developments in composition as well as instrumentation and arrangements.

When you play the sort of music you play, I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
-We prefer album covers that personify our live show. Often, we receive comments that our recordings are wonderful and sound amazing. However, hearing us perform live is when the full nature of our sound and energy is conveyed to fans. Taking pride in bringing an exciting and intense live show to our audience is always high on the priority list. So much so, that our choice of writing is always geared towards complementing the current set list.

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
-We do not belief that digital technology is destroying music as it is just another platform. Digital and streaming music offers a global exposure to bands. Certainly, broadening the sphere of influence beyond the city, state, or continent where it resides. But as always with new technologies there is collateral damage. A significant change in these new platforms would be to modify the percentage of which the artists receives revenue from streaming services. The loss of album sales can absolutely be seen in the number of older bands that are continuing to tour. Touring and merchandise sales have become the highest revenue source for nearly every artist.

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
-In America, the live venue scene is strong and continuous. Festivals are improving and becoming larger, although nowhere near the size and scope of the European Festivals. We are maintaining, a performance rate of at lest 50 shows per year. That means travel and touring, which we absolutely enjoy. The exposure to new audiences and new fans is fantastic and we encourage any upcoming artist to get on the road and take you music to the people.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
-Probably would be considered more of a happening. The party comes afterwards. We strive and rehearse at performance level and really work hard to make sure each tour is unique. This effort being made so that our fans are excited to see the new show and deeply appreciate those efforts to make their night out memorable. As a fan ourselves we prefer seeing shows with grand performances. Nothing is worst than paying for a ticket or paying a cover charge only to see a band standing on stage looking like they just rolled off their couch and lacking any energy or emotion. How they ever got booked to perform is beyond our understanding.

What would you like to see the future bring?
-Ultimately, we would like to be touring continuously and taking our music to new countries. Our record label is in Europe and we specifically chose Sliptrick Records for their intense marketing strategies as well as their location to an audience we want to meet. The future holds great opportunities and we will always embrace new challenges. We, as well as any other bands, owe it to our audiences to adamantly be forward thinking and in touch with their desires for modern
music creation.

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