REAPER X

Read what the members of REAPER X has to say as a way to get to know more about them. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

Carl Sheldrick (Drums)
When you look back and see how far you have come, what do you think of this crazy journey so far and where the heck it will take us?
Well where do i begin, i never thought 2 years ago i’d be in such an incredible band with amazing people, i had always wanted to be a part of a metal band and i feel i have become incredibly lucky to be in the place i am now. I do have high hopes for our future and will hope that one day we will be given the opportunity to start hitting up some huge venues and blow the roof of the place.

I often wonder how people discover that they can do what they do, How did you discover that you can sing and play an instrument ?
-It started at a young age for me (10 years old) when i used to listen to my brother playing the guitar, this always inspired me to become a musician. I began with the guitar step by step even taking my practice to my school and jamming with friends who also wanted to learn an instrument. Eventually me and some friends created a band in which i new instantly that this is something i would love to be able to do full time. I later decided to learn the drums as this was something that really caught my ear and quickly realised that this was the instrument where my heart lies. Over and above all i feel my brother was my main influence as to becoming a musician.

When did it become a revelation that you can do this and maybe get paid for having fun, instead of just putting out all the money?
-I was previously in a pop function covers band with my brother, this was my main introduction to live performing as a drummer, although this was great fun wasn’t my ideal genre of music. I went in search of a metal band, after many years of trying out with different bands etc i came across Reaper-X. I messaged the guys and went from there. Very quickly it became apparent to me that this is what i have always wanted and that us as a band could go far, as we all just naturally flowed well together, enjoyed each others company and most importantly made incredible music.

When you spend an amount of your life on a band does it ever feel like you have wasted time, that you have faught to many windmills ?
-Every second i have spent with Reaper-X has been the most productive and rewarding times, not to mention tonnes of fun with an amazing group of gents. As expected every band has its ups and downs but that comes as expected as we are all extremely strong individuals with opinions and are never affraid to dissagree when we feel differently.

No matter how small or big you were as a band you will leave a legacy behind you. How do you want people to treat this legacy?
-I hope that people will have had amazing memories of all doing what we love to do, and a tonne of memories of seeing us thrashing around on that stage giving it our all. We hope to become a big inspiration to any new upcoming bands that if you work hard enough anything is possible.

Is digital taking away the mystery of waiting for a new album now that you can upload as soon as you have written a song?
-For us we still prioritise our physical CD over our digital copies so it hasn’t affected us a whole lot, alot of work goes into our album art and photography in which we love to display inside of our CD’s.

How important is image in seperating you from all the million different styles of metal there is out there ?
-We prioritise our performance over image all day long, if we can provide tight sets and blistering performances every time, this should be all that people will need to keep coming back to us. We want people to remember our sound not the way we look.

Do you deal in different topics lyrically or do you keep to one, just using different variations ?
-Our music always has a different back stories ranging from the dark corners of suicide all the way to political views on war. We love to create a story within all of our tracks, also makes it so much more rewarding when a track has a solid backbone within it.

How much of a touring band are you guys? What memories do you tak with you ?
-As of yet we are to embark on a tour, with the recent change of bass player we are mainly focusing on tightening the set once again with our newest member. We are currently awaiting the release of our debut album “Rise” which is scheduled to be released early 2019. Upon this release will be our prime time to arrange a tour to promote ourselves along with our debut.

What does the future hold?
-Even we dont fully know what the future will hold for us at Reaper-X, but what we can say is this :
We are always aiming to bring the best possible live performances we can, with blistering riffs, crowd engagements and bringing the country some high level thrash metal. We all love what we do and massively appreciate all the help and support we get from our forever growing fanbase and family. Whatever the future holds for us we will give it our all and have fun doing it.

Mark Innocent (Lead Guitar)
When you look back and see how far you have come what do you think of this crazy journey so far and where the heck will it take us?*
-It’s madness. Me and Drew started in a band over 10 years ago and have been through so mega ups and downs, now it finally feels like it’s all falling into place.

I often wonder how people discover that they can do what they do. How did you discover that you can sing and play instruments?
-I certainly can’t sing hahaha! But as for playing guitar I always seemed interested even from a young age, I started playing when I was 9 and sounded terrible!!. After a while I got asked to be in my first band which at the time I hadn’t even considered being in a band so it was about that time I realised I was on to something.

When did it become a revelation that you can do this and maybe get paid for having fun, instead of just putting out all the money?
-I remember when we first printed our single and our first set of merchandise and there was a huge demand for it. After selling most of it I think it hit home that it was an actual possibility.

When you spend an amount of your life on a band does it ever feel like you have wasted time, that you have fought one too many windmills?
-Bands are like families so naturally they have ups and downs, good times and bad, but it has never ever felt like a waste of time.

No matter how small or big you were as a band you will leave a legacy behind you. How do you want people to treat this legacy?
-Hearing people say that they have our songs on repeat or that they are so excited for our upcoming album is amazing and I think if I can say I’ve made someone happy with our music then that’s a legacy that can’t be beaten.

Is digital taking away the mystery of waiting for a new album now that you can upload as soon as you have written a song?*
-I think it takes away from the excitement of having that physical copy in your hands. I am a massive fan of all the artwork and lyric books that come with CD’s and you don’t really get that digitally, however it’s great being able to create a buzz for new material and having it readily available online.

How important is image in separating you from all the million different styles of metal there is out there?
-Our image definitely comes from our music, yeah we do wear things on stage and love putting on a show but millions of bands can do that and still be the same musically. If you can create an image with your songs then you have it cracked.

Do you deal in different topics lyrically or do you keep to one, just using different variations?
-We cover all sorts of topics from life and death, war and even some politics, it all depends on what feelings are being expressed through the music at the time.

Do you consider yourself a live artist or do you like to spend most of the time secluded in a studio?
-We are definitely a live band, we work with each other so well live and even though the studio is a great place to be it can be extremely stressful at times haha.

How much of a touring band are you guys? What memories do you take with you?
-We are going further and further afield and we get up to some crazy things and hang out with some amazing people and love chatting with fans at shows, they are some of the best memories you can make.

What does the future hold?
Supporting Metallica ? Haha

Scott Austin (Lead Vocals)
When you look back and see how far you have come what do you think of this crazy journey so far and where the heck will it take us?
-I look back at a man who has lost weight, put weight on, worked many different jobs, had a child, gotten married and that’s before all the places we’ve played! All I know is it will take us even furter afield, to new stages, new crowds and new heights!

I often wonder how people discover that they can do what they do. How did you discover that you can sing and play instruments?
-I didn’t, Mark did. I always said I’d do it until I die or he found someone better and I guess at some point he just stopped looking, so I’ll take that as a positive sign.

When did it become a revelation that you can do this and maybe get paid for having fun, instead of just putting out all the money?*
-First gig we not only got paid, we sold merchandise. We all thought to ourselves, “now we’re on to something”

When you spend an amount of your life on a band does it ever feel like you have wasted time, that you have fought one too many windmills?
-Nope, I love being on stage, Don’t care if its6 people, 60 people or 600 people, I’ve not had a drug that comes close to performing.

No matter how small or big you were as a band you will leave a legacy behind you. How do you want people to treat this legacy?
-Like a favourite coat, no matter where you are in life, it’s something you slip back into and remember all the awesome times you had with it.

Is digital taking away the mystery of waiting for a new album now that you can upload as soon as you have written a song?
-Yes and no, the speed at which it can go online is good but if you want to create any hype for it you gotta put the time In if you want to do it properly.

How important is image in separating you from all the million different styles of metal there is out there?
-Image less so, the amount of metal acts comprised of 5 white dudes, well, over saturation doesn’t even cover it, we prefer to let the music set us apart.

Do you deal in different topics lyrically or do you keep to one, just using different variations?
-The lyrics, for me, have always come from the song. Until the drums and guitar come together I won’t know what the song is trying to say, as massively pretentious as that reads, It’s my truth.

Do you consider yourself a live artist or do you like to spend most of the time secluded in a studio?
-Live artist every time, I don’t truly come alive until I’m up there.

How much of a touring band are you guys? What memories do you take with you?
-We’re now playing shows further and further away from our home and we’re loving it but for me it’s the memory of every paperless, urine soaked toilet and every fan throwing up the horns for one of our tracks.

What does the future hold?
-More shows, More music, More Metal.

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