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Sound Storm Interview

ss2 There are a few things to consider when your lucky enough to get new music to review. The first thing you have to do is listen to everything with an open mind, that way you will hopefully find something in the music that you can enjoy. You can’t dismiss something  just because it isn’t your favourite genre. You also have to be honest in your review, if you don’t like something, say so, but always give a reason why you don’t like it. It is the same if you like something, let people who read your reviews know why you like it. Sometimes your lucky enough to contact the musicians themselves, that happened to me with Sound Storm. I have been lucky enough to have a couple of online chats with Valerio Sbriglione, guitarist and song writer in Sound Storm. Apart from being extremely handsome (according to the women I know in metal) he is one of the most genuine nice guys in rock. He is passionate about his music and his band, all with good reason, if you have heard the latest Sound Storm album, Immortalia, then you will know what I mean.

I approached Valerio, to ask if he would be available to do an interview for metaloverlord.co.uk and he could not have been more helpful. I can say that I am not going over the top when I say he has been a credit to his band, himself and metal in general. For his interview, read on.

First of all thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule to answer a few questions for Metaloverlord.co.uk. We really appreciate it.
Valerio: you’re welcome, I’m definitely glad to be featured on your website again!

For those who have never heard the band before, where and when were Sound Storm formed and how would you describe Sound Storm’s music
Valerio: Sound Storm was born about 10 years ago, but we started to work seriously on the project since 2008, when we recorded the first album “Twilight Opera”.
Basically we play a sort of symphonic metal, but I think we have much more inside. The reason is that we have many different influences, such as extreme metal for example, which is not common in other symphonic metal bands.

I thought that the song writing and musicianship on Immortalia was very strong. How have the band improved as songwriters and musicians since the writing and recording of Twilight Opera
Valerio: Well, the truth is that many songs in “Twilight Opera” were the first experiments we did in youth. You can already find some elements we used in “Immortalia” too, but the new album is much more mature and aware than the previous one. We have also grown as people and musicians!

How do Sound Storm write songs? Is it as a group jamming out an idea that was brought in or does one member do most of the writing then the group add their own bits to it.
Valerio: We are not a band which create music while jamming, we like “studying” what we are going to record and it must be something which “works”. I usually take care of most of the compositions, but first ideas come either from the other guys and me. In “Immortalia” I worked with Alessandro Muscio on all the compositions, and I think we achieved a great deal together. Then every band member adds his own style to the songs, and this is what makes the difference.Valerio

What music were you listening to whilst recording the album and how much influence can the music you are listening to at the time, effect  what you write.
Valerio: I usually don’t like listening to any other music while I’m in studio, I actually prefer to focus on my own ideas. At best I listen to new age or zen music, just to keep the right mood for the recordings! ahahah

If Sound Storm were to appear on a covers compilation album, which one song would you cover. Is there a song you wish you had written.
Valerio: Well personally I’m not a fan of cover songs and cover bands in general, but if I was forced to choose I’ll pick up one old song from Rainbow, “Kill the King” for example

Most musicians are very self critical. Are you ever completely happy with a song you have wrote or played on. How do you know when a song is finished.
Valerio: Obviously not! (laughs) I think I might change a song to infinity if only I could! (laughs) I know that a song is “finished” when I like listening to it at least three days in a row: if I get bored before that, I know something is wrong! Ahahah Well, honestly I don’t know when a song is “finished”.. Mozart used to say: “a composition is complete when there’s the right number of notes, neither more or less”.
I agree with him and in “Immortalia” I often had this feeling.
When you were writing Immortalia, how many songs were written for the album. Are there any unfinished songs that we may hear in the future as bonus tracks etc.
Valerio: Yes, we always have a lot of incomplete stuff, so why not, perhaps someday we can do a b-side album! For “Immortalia” we had to persuade the promoter to put all the songs in the album, ‘cause he thought it was too long.Sound Storm

How do the band decide which songs off the album you will include in the live set.
Valerio: Well, it depends on what live show is it. If we play an headlining show we usually propose songs from both our albums in order to represent entirely what Sound Storm is.
If we are the support band or in a festival, we’d play the most known and representative songs of the band. We choose the songs in a real democratic way: I choose the songs and those remain ahahahah! Really, we only have two albums released so it’s actually easy to create a set list for the shows.

What do the members of the band do to relieve the boredom of travelling when on tour. Especially when touring abroad.
Valerio: The ultimate passion of Sound Storm is Sudoku. During the last tour we did books and books full of Sudoku, but we are all unable to do it except for Ilaria, she’s a fucking Sudoku genius (laughs).
Personally I like reading, playing videogames, taking photos of the landscapes we’re crossing through (my latest passion are the wind turbines of Germany and Holland, don’t ask me why because I don’t know. In Italy we don’t have those, probably this is the main reason), browsing the web and so on.
We usually don’t have time to get bored, rather we get tired (but happy of course)!

If you had a limitless budget could you describe the stage show Sound Storm would produce to match your music
Valerio: Good question! Well, surely I would like to have fireworks everywhere and everytime, I love them!
Then I’d surely like to have an interactive show, with a huge screens and videos, something like Pink Floyd used to have in their shows…It would be awesome, don’t you think?

I heard a quote from a band recently that said ” There are no ego’s in the band until we get on stage, then the gloves are off”. I thought that was a great quote. How do you keep the onstage ego’s from spilling over off stage.
Valerio: I think when you get on stage everything is different than when you are off stage. I mean, when you play a show, either in the smallest club and in the biggest one, you must give 110% of what you can do. Does not matter what happened before or during the show, you must forget everything and give your maximum. This is why the “ego” comes out when you get on stage, because in that moment you must have total control on your show and the crowd, which must be delighted by your performance.
Then, when everything is over, you must go back to being the person you were before, polite and kind as we always are.thCAA79GHA

What are the future plans for the group.
Valerio: We’re already in the middle of composing the new album, I have already composed new tunes that I really like. They’re not perfect (or “finished”, as we said before) yet but I’m definitely satisfied with the work so far.
Then we will have some shows during the summer and then we’ll be on tour again after the summer. We’ll enter the recording studio again in early 2014 for a new release to be scheduled in summer of the next year.

Do the group write constantly or do you set aside a certain time for writing.
Valerio: Personally I love composing, so that’s not a burden for me. When we are not on tour I often compose, so I haven’t a certain time for it. Also, it would sound strange, but it’s not too much time 2 years between the previous album and the new one. In fact  you have to compose, pre-produce, produce and promote it, and this for each album! Add to this some tours and shows, and the time you have to compose the new album is very short!

Finally what are the best and worst aspects of being a member of Sound Storm.
Valerio: The best one is that we compose the best music in the world, the worst is that we are the poorest musicians in the world! Ahahah Seriously, we take this like a job, we are not (unfortunately) the teenagers which play together for fun. I spend the most of my time working for the band: composing, recording, promoting, booking shows, managing. It’s a real job, the less remunerated in absolutely, but it is a job.
But it also gives you the best emotions, satisfaction and feelings, no doubt about this.

for more infomation on what Valerio and Sound Storm are up to please visit their official website:

www.powerofsoundstorm.com

There is also more information available on the band’s facebook page:

www.facebook.com/powerofsoundstorm

 

Many thanks go to Disco Dave for the help he has given me. You know who you are.

Antton Lant Interview

anttonAntton Lant is a fairly fearsome sight, tall, muscular, tattooed to the hilt and eyes that will pierce the skin of a rhino. However don’t let that you put you off from approaching him. As Metaloverlord.co.uk found out he is one of metals most amiable people. Never too busy to speak, to pose for a photo or to sign anything that is thrust his way.

His band – Def Con One are currently recording their second album, the follow up to the critically recieved Warface after starting the year on the road culminating with a high profile set at this years Hammerfest in Wales. We managed to get a hold of Antton whilst he had a spare day in his schedule and he was only too pleased to answer a few questions for us.

 

Hi Antton, thanks for taking the time out to answer a few of our questions. You have played quite a few shows this year, how have they been going?

No problem, gigs are going great, from strength to strength, crowds are loving the tunes, were loving every minute of it.

2012 was a good year for Def Con One, 2013 looks like it could be an even better year for the band. Your getting excellent live reviews and Warface is still receiving good reviews. How do you plan to keep the momentum that the band have built up, going?

Yeah the reviews are simply awesome, we were not expecting them to be so good, we recorded the album our selfs and we were told you have to have proper engineers and producers and a name guy mix it etc etc but we did it all ourselves and it turned out great, then the reviews just left us speechless.

Warface is a very aggressive, in your face album. I know your working on the follow up album, how are things taking shape?

Really well, the new tunes are as angry and maybe even a bit heavier, there is a lot of diversity in the tracks too, were gonna start the recording process again in April and try and get everything solid.

Will Joe be making an appearance on the new albums cover?

I hope so, I see joe as our eddie or even our road dogg, the motorhead logo, it would be great if an artist could bring him alive, a full on 3d version so its all bone n stuff would look awesome.

To get further on in a career, a band needs to develop in both song writing and as musicians. What difference have you noticed from the band that wrote and recorded Warface to the Def Con One that are writing and recording the new album? 

Im not sure that’s right though, some bands out there sound the same as they did when they first started, like Kerry king once said, if it aint broke why try n fix it. If something works then leave it alone lol

The songs are very much def-con-one, I know we get grouped in with other bands but we don’t really sound like them, we have our own sound so we will just try and get the album to stand up along side warface.

Def Con One have never followed the latest trend and always stayed true to their own beliefs. Do you think that the band are now reaping the rewards for that approach? Would that be a good piece of advice to a band just starting out?

We play music because we love it, some artists jump on band wagons and just copy other bands but I find they normally jump on the band wagon once the wagon has left hahahaha

I think they must buy a magazine and see whats working and blatantly copy it, in my opinion that’s shit, its just shit.

We just stick to our guns and keep forging ahead. Fortunately there is a lot of people out there that are sick and tired of these lame ass bands that call them selfs metal, the kids are starting to want proper metal bands and let me tell you, Britain has a lot of realy good, heavy as fuck bands.

Def Con OneHow many songs did you write for Warface and what have you done with the songs that didn’t make the album?

We defiantly wrote more than what ended up on the album, some might make the next album, might not lol

The new tunes are sounding great so we are gonna find it hard to pick out only 10 songs, warface was supposed to be 10, but ended up with 12 songs on it because we couldn’t make our minds up.

Musicians are known for being very self critical. How do you know when you have finished with a song, and are you ever completely happy with a song or are you always thinking “but we could change this……………..” ?

None more than us. I look at a few different things, when I put the drums down I want to feel it, I want the performance to mean something, doesn’t really matter so much if its not 100% correct. There is no clicks, me and Johnny jam out the track and if it feels right and it’s a good take we leave it, too many bands are wanting everything to be so damn correct, its music, what is correct, I was brought up on ac/dc, the early albums are simply the best albums ever, and the feel and groove it second to none. One thing I get a lot is how much we sound like the album live, but better lol. That’s awesome, how many bands have you seen live that sound nothing like the record hahahah

People need to stop being so damn critical and just sit back and enjoy the music for what it is.

Def Con One are a band on the rise. When your on your way up, is it a case of appreciating and showing respect to those who help to give you a foot up the ladder as you never know if your going to need that help again should you ever be on the way down?

Ya know, I totally agree, and we totally appreciate it all, there is a lot of fake people in this business but they are out weighed by good honest folk that just love metal music, we appreciate all the help we get.

I know that Def Con One use social networking to the absolute max, how hard is it for a band to get decent promotion outside of what it does for itself on Facebook, twitter etc, without paying a fortune for a PR company etc?

Without paying for it, these days its impossible. Weve found that out. Its funny because magazines like OK will pay someone a million quid for a story but in music you gotta pay to get in the mags hahaha, year ago the metal mags used to have columns dedicated to up n coming bands, now its all gone, and for up and coming bands, they just don’t have the kinda money the pr companies want.

When your playing a show, how do the band cope with the nervous energy that there is bound to be? What pre show habits do the band have, if any?

I personaly don’t get nervous, the only time I get a bit funny is when your set is put back, then put back, you start asking the question, why, whats wrong.

But I just warm up my limbs a bit, maybe do a few drum things on a pillow or something back stage, a can of green monster and im ready to rock.

Picture 268One of the best quotes I’ve heard in a long time came from a Def Con One interview. ” There are no ego’s in this band until we are on stage, then the gloves are off “. How important is it to keep those on stage ego’s where they belong, onstage?

Its not difficult. Were all just people, im a massive fan of bands and ive had the opportunities to meet some of my idols and I have a lot of friends in the metal music business, I tell ya 99% of them are so nice, honestly, so humble and nice its hard to believe they are the same guys that just ripped a crowds heads off lol

 

And then there is the rockstars, hahahaha dickheads.

I have noticed in the past that some bands will shorten their set list if the venue they are playing isn’t sold out or the crowd isn’t great. Why in your opinion do bands sell their fans short like that? Surely those who turn up are the die hard fans that deserve to be treat with the utmost respect?

Absofuckinlutely, I don’t care if there is 3 people there, if they have travelled and payed to see you they deserve a full on show, if a band pulls the set or whatever that’s sad.

You have toured the country quite a bit now, what bands have you had supporting you that you’ve thought ” they can go far “?

Oh wow, now that’s a hard question, I hate questions like this because if we miss someone there gonna get upset lol. Iron nights are a great band, bull riff stampede, balls deep were awesome, line of fire, akord, the list goes on n on…

What does the rest of the year have in store for the band?

We have a few more fests to play plus working on the follow up to warface, realy looking forward to getting these songs down and finished.

When word got around that I had an interview with Antton lined up,  I got a lot of requests from fans of the band wanting me to ask him certain questions. I actually recieved well over 100 questions to ask him, ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous.

I ended up picking the most popular requests and again Antton was only too pleased to answer them.

Who is the worst drunk in the band?

Hhhmmmmmm, don’t think there is one, we drink, we get drunk, we drink some more hahaha

Who has the worst dress sense in the band?

We all look the same so maybe all of us hahahahahaa

Is there any pressure on Davey to keep his head shaved?

No, Davey can do what ever he wants with his head lol

Has there ever been a stage that your drum kit hasn’t fit on?

Nearly, not quite but nearly.

If you had an unlimited budget what would be your ideal drum kit to have?

The one I have right now, mapex Saturn drums are awesome, sabian cymbals are awesome, evans drum heads are awesome, vic firth drums sticks are awesome, mapex falcan pedals are awesome, I wouldn’t change a thing, I already play the best.

Picture 316What album would no one believe you owned?

That would have to be Russ Abbotts Greatest Hits

Once again can I thank you for your time, everyone at metaloverlord.co.uk wishes you great success in the future with shows and the new album. 

Your welcome \,,/

For more infomation on Def Con One or on Antton himself please click on the following links:

Jim Beerman Interview

 

imageIf you have never heard of Jim Beerman, where have you been? You may not heard of the man but you will almost certainly have heard of some of the projects he is involved in.

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Bloodstock Radio?

Beermageddon?

These are two of many projects that the man has undertaken. Jim is a very well respected  DJ, hosting numerous rock/metal shows, he has and continues to put on shows and festivals, he is perhaps most importantly the man who will give people/bands a chance when others have already closed the door. Jim gives unsigned bands and lesser known bands the chance to be heard. To get their music out there. For that he deserves to be applauded.

So what drives the man to do what he does? What inspires him to continue to do what he does with such belief and passion? Metaloverlord was recently given the chance to catch up with the man that is Jim Beerman. Crack open a good ale and read on.

 

Hi Jim, thanks for taking the time out of your hectic schedule to answer a few questions.

Can you tell us a little bit about how you got involved in music and what you are currently up to?

 My involvemnt in music has been with me from my youth, and in many ways has played a major part in who I am today, in the late 80’s and early 90’s I was in a couple of bands, and things were alot easier those days, we had great gigs and even played some festivals, but I suppose my main reason for spurring me to be a part of the music scene on the other side of the fence were the pioneers such as John Peel and Tommy Vance, there are not many people of my age who could not be influenced my these greats who made huge strides in really putting music to the forefront for so many people, bands always give influeces in music but never consider where they heard that music first! Radio wise it was a complete fluke of circumstance, I was working on a web page for a radio station and they asked me to do some voice bites for their DJ’s the next thing I know I am going on air armed with a crate of beer and my CD collection, the rest is history….. 

Internet radio has done wonders for unsigned bands. It has given them another platform to be heard. What does a band have to do nowadays to stand out and not just be another demo?

This is so hard to answer, there are now a huge glut of internet stations all championing the upcoming bands, yet this is a sign of the digital age, bands have so many options and outlets to not only get their music out to people but to really expand their fanbase, internet radio is a small part in this, though this part will grow, as part of the digital revolution and (especially here in the UK with the impending digital switchover) FM Radio will in many ways beecome redundant, people will have the options to tune in to the many thousands of internet stations wherever they are, global Wi Fi coverage will mean a station as now only available on the internet or a computer/tablet/phone, will be available 24/7 and in many ways it will be a hark back to the old Pirate radio stations of the 60’s where stations deliver shows based towards the listener and not the advertiser or label etc. This leads very much to choice of the presenter, and their ability to see the talent and put bands forward to the public. For me personally I think a band needs to have decent recordings, which so many have now, it is easy to put out a quality release from a bedroom, the days when a rough and ready demo making it onto radio have gone, a bands songs need to be able to sit inbetween the bands who have huge amounts of cash, a live set recorded on a great desk is not going to stand up sandwiched between classics, so with money short, one or two well recorded tracks will always get radio airplay. Also and this is a bit of the dirty side of the media industry now, if a band has the money, pay for a good PR firm. At the moment there are many… Hundreds…… Thousands!!! Of Internet Radio stations that accept if a PR firm sends a song they should play it, this is not something I have ever bought into but you would be surprised how many do and a band can get plays across the net with the use of a good PR firm it can mean everything or nothing, ultimately music speaks volumes.

How did Beermageddon come about and how big can Beermageddon become, and how long did it take from you getting the idea for Beermageddon to the first band hitting the first chord?

Beermageddon was an amazing step for us, and there would be no way the festival would exist without some key people, as part of Top Rock Radio we held a string of shows over a number of years under the Beerman Presents Banner which led to us getting the second stage at a fest called Sonic Rock Solstice, which was very much based on the more classic side, the Space Rock/Prog/Blues etc, our second stage gave an opportunity to put some of the heavier, more metal based bands on and for two years we made this an absolutely amazing addition to a great festival but at the end of 2011 there were a few issues with our sound, due to the venue, we were breaking decibel levels in a big way so the stage was pulled. Luckily the organisers who run many successful festivals in the UK offered us our own festival and the opportunity to put on an amazing weekend of pure metal truely put forward for the fans, they stepped out on a massive limb for us, not knowing if we could even cover the costs, especially as I stipulated we wanted the festival to literally be non profit, just to cover the costs, great bands and a rock bottom price. So really it was a very short time, we announced on Halloween 2011 that August 2012 would see the inaugral Beermageddon. The response was astounding, what we planned as a 2 day festival in a small venue within months was upgraded to 3 days in a larger venue to cover the sales and I have to say to be able to sell out in the first year (even after upgrading) was a major moment, now in 2013 we are in a bigger venue again with more facilities and look towards another sell out festival, so how big can we grow? Well I suppose the skies the limit, after our first year, many comparisons were made to the early Bloodstock Festivals, but in my heart I want to keep Beermageddon small, a group of not only fans but friends so there are no plans to make the festival any bigger in the next 2 years, we have the opportunity to grow but the ethos of what we are here for is paramount.Picture 331

I’m a strong believer in that you need to be respectful to people on your way up because everyone comes down again and you never know who your going to need. I know musicians who haven’t done that and now don’t have a friend to share a pint with. Have you come across this type of thing?

So, so many times, but that is the industry we are in, I have seen the ego’s, the users, the abusers, some make it, some don’t. I try not to let it get to me now, but for a long time it did bother me. The majority of thse people are in it for the wrong reasons and that is their downfall, ultimately they do fail and sit in their own hype dreaming of days gone by, clutching desperately at straws for the slightest bit of recognition, no sympathy from me, a place on a pedestal is earned not bought or desperately clung to by begging friends support. What people, not just bands need to remember is there is always someone else willing to take your place, burn bridges and there is no going back. The greatest piece of advice I can give is to appreciate every single person who helps you along the way, you will never be bigger than the poeple who hold you dear.

Anyone who has come across you on Facebook will be well aware of Jim Beerman’s drunken rants. Have they ever got you in trouble before?

 Ha haaaaaa by golly I can be outspoken can’t I, and harking back to the last question I think I have ignored my own bridge burning advice from time to time, my biggest flaw is I am passionate about what I do, and when I see an abuse I do not hold back, one of the main issues at the moment is fans and bands can be open to major exploitation, just because it isn’t in an e mail from Nigeria doesn’t mean people are not going to take money out of your pocket for their own greed, Pay 2 Play, is a hate of mine but now we seem to be getting the American culture, Pay 2 Air (pay to get your song on the radio) or “Fleece The Listener” with the donate now” culture, stations will hold battle of the bands purely for their own promotional needs, the vote for me, vote for us culture, this is a distraction from the music and an exploitation which I abhor, text in for this at a £ a go, pay us for this. Anything in this vein I will stand against and I have never been afraid of making my views known. Oddly enough I have never had real trouble from my views, they seem to be widely accepted, only once have I had an issue and that was sorted pretty quickly.

How do you choose your bands for Beermageddon?

 This is maybe one of the hardest parts of running a festival, there are so many great bands out there, all of which deserve a slot, but we have 3 days not 3 months, I am lucky with the radio side, I look at our listener base and consider them to be a cross section of metal society, all ages and all tastes, if a band is going down well with them then that is a hell of a start, we listen to all applications (thousands of them) and generally watch what people are saying, being truely independant, we have no ties to labels, no favours given so it is completely fan based, if fans want a band we will do our best, obviously Black Sabbath are not gonna be playing, we are grass roots, but we take every request, application and suggestion on board in the hope we can put on an array of bands from the breaking to the established groundbreakers in metal.

Which band has surprised you most by the success that they have had?

Maybe the hardest question yet, it is a double edged sword as number one how can we judge success? Have we actually had a successful band in the last few decades? I think the obvious answer to this has to be Evile, played the unsigned stage at Bloodstock picked up by the label and forged forward, but question the self signed bands making a massive march forward like Beholder, they have been simmering and the new album is going to make a massive impact, this said none of these are surprising. I think I am going to name one single band, who have surprised me and that is a London based band called Skreamer, their talent is undeniable, but the impact they are making not just here in the UK but also in Europe is the surprise, we have lived in an extremely stagnant scene and this bunch of youngsters are tearing into a whole new era, they really do have it all and if you were to ask me tonight who are going to be the “next big thing” it would be Skreamer, they epitomise what bands should be aspiring to be, and for such young talent their fanbase is huge! 

Rock/metal music is way of life! Discuss……

 One look at society……. That is all you need, we live in such a diverse society, I remember listening to the Sex Pistols when I was 7 years old, that was the beginning for me, nearly 35 years later I have lived, breathed and often puked Rock and Metal, the thing is as a way of life, where else? What other part of society can you stand arm in arm, shoulder to shoulder in the name of music? Drink together, live together through music. Any gig you go to, you are not stood next to a stranger, you are united by the music, how many times have you walked past a fellow metal head in the street and you say “hi” or nod to each other, chatted in the supermarket, we have a full community, this is a way of life, no discussion needed.

From the outside metal music is seen to be aggressive and destructive yet I have found rockers/metallers to be some of the friendliest people I’ve ever across. Why do people have this perception of those who like our style of music?

Why are there Racists? Sexists? Intolerance throughout society? We look different, that scares people, we do not conform to what the mainstream media dictates and anything out of the comfort zone scares the population, I live on a slightly nefarious estate, gangs of kids hang around in packs, they scare the hell out of most people, me I walk right on up and have a chat with em, they are just kids, just like we all have been. Judgementalism is rife, if you do not understand a person for being different, they are to be feared, a sad but true fact.

No matter what the latest trend is rock/metal had always kept its fan base. What is the music doing right to outlast all the latest trends?

Now this for me is simple, instruments, guitars, drums, the act of playing, in an era where most popular music is just pushing a few keys on a computer with some tart or hunk warbling over the top, there will always be the need for real music, the dedication for true musicians giving their all, that is what keeps our music alive.

What unsigned bands have caught your attention recently?

Many, many many!

I think one of the main ones are as I mentioned earlier Skreamer, though one thing I love to see is proper old school thrash and a band called Kremated are definitely hitting the mark there, and Bull Riff Stampede are just stampeding their way through metal at the moment but check out the Beermageddon lineup, for all my picks are there ha ha

What’s your favourite ale from a bottle and your favourite from a pump?

ALE!!!!!!!!!!! Ale is one of my favourite things, my on air tipple is Hobgoblin but pump wise I have no favourite, one thing I love doing is trying new ales, with so many ales on pump it can never be easy to choose a favourite (though I will say Beermageddon goers you are in for a treat with the EPA!). Apart from music, beer is one of my favourite things and I love Beer Festivals, if it’an ale and it’s on the pump I will try it and chances I will love it!

So what’s next on the schedule for Jim Beerman?

Well the last few months have been massive, radio wise obviously my shows on Top Rock Radio and Bloodstock Radio are a huge priority, for the past 3 years I have also had an FM show on Switch Radio (the only metal show on the mainstream station) and recently we took that over as Switch Radio Ltd so that will be playing an even bigger part in my time. Beermageddon booking is ongoing, but there are a few other irons in the fire which I cannot go into at the moment, I am part of a big festival team at SRS and there may be something new metal related I will be a part of and I am struggling to leave the Beerman Presents in the grave so we may see a resssurection on that front! We will see.

Thanks very much for your time Jim, any final thoughts?

Finally I just want to say thanks to everyone who has supported my radio shows and of course Beermageddon Festival, we are a metal community and together we keep the spirit alive. Stay safe, stay very very,metal and keep the horns held high!Picture 333

 

For more infomation on Beermageddon you can go here

www.beermageddon.co.uk

Jim Beerman is on twitter, though he said he isn’t a huge user of the site

www.twitter.com/DJBeerman

His excellent facebook page

https://www.facebook.com/#!/jim.beerman