Band Q&A – Mitchell Mantell

Mitchell Mantell is a solo performer from Australia! With 2 singles out now, you will want to listen to his debut EP ‘This Is Your Opportunity’ coming out 15th August…

1. Who are your top 3 influences?

  1. The Afterimage
  2. Napoleon
  3. Veil Of Maya

2. What is your song writing process?

It usually starts with a chord progression or riff idea. I mostly write guitars and drums first and build around that. Vocals are my biggest struggle to write as I’m not really a vocalist but I do it for the sake of some of my own music.

3. What are your plans for a year from now?

To hopefully have some people in the music scene know of my music and hopefully enjoy it. I just want to be out there doing my own thing.

4. What was your first gig experience like?

I haven’t played any shows in over 10 years. I was in a band in high school but haven’t found any motivated musicians since then. There are no plans to continue as of yet until I find some band members.

5. Biggest challenge so far?

Being able to finish things yourself. There is no one to push me along or tell me when something isn’t working. It is very hard to move past a point where you are stuck writing for an instrument you don’t play. Sometimes you just need to take a break and come back later.

6. What’s your favourite thing about performing?

I’m actually kind of shy and am not the biggest fan of performing live. I am much more interested in studio recordings. It is fun playing live I am just one of those more background type people.

7. What is your favourite song?

Onyx by The Afterimage! I remember hearing this song for the first time and it blew me away with the way it is so technical yet so melodic at the same time. This song definitely changed my entire approach to music.

8. What inspired you to write your upcoming EP?

I wanted to write music that I enjoy and that I think is a little different to all the other metal out there. I hope some others enjoy it too.

9. What do you do when you aren’t musically involved?

Pretty much more music related stuff. I’m a little music crazy and I don’t do too much else. I do like spending some time doing DIY work on my house when I have some time.

10. What was it like to have the guest performances involved on your EP, was it an easy collaborate or did you face difficulties?

I went through an enormous amount of vocalists and a few guitarists to find the people who helped on the EP. I wasted a lot of time waiting for tracks that never got returned so the biggest difficulty was finding motivated people. I also learnt lots from those experiences. Tre, Josh, Jared and Rhyse did a great job and I am sincerely thankful that they helped me out.

11. Are you looking to add any permanent members instead of being solo?

I would love to! Without going too much into it here lack of motivation and effort seems to be a real issue around creating a band.

12. Where did you originally get your inspiration to become a musician?

On my 13th birthday my mum bought me a beginner acoustic guitar. I pretty much picked it up and never looked back. There are no musicians in my family so I guess it was just a lucky find.

13. What’s your funniest show story?

I don’t really have any funny stories from playing shows but I was attending a Bring Me The Horizon one back in their deathcore days and I got knocked out. I woke in medical to see Oli and got to hang with him for a while before he went on. That was a pretty cool experience.

14. Pizza! What do you have?

Meatlovers!

15. You become a millionaire, What do you do with the money?

Pay out my mortgage for sure. It’s kind of a life goal of mine!

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