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New Metal 4U Exclusive Interview with Aaron Nordstrom of Gemini Syndrome
Hello! Thank you for taking the time to talk to New Metal 4U! Let’s get right to it:
NM4U: What did you do today? What have you been up to lately?
So far today I have made some phone calls, stretched, and answered emails. The life of a person in 2017…
NM4U: What music have you been listening to? Any new stuff we should check out?
I am listening to The Contortionist a lot. Also Sky Harbor and a band called Northlane. I’m a big 12 Foot Ninja fan… 21 Pilots. A girl named Lucy Rose. I’ve also been diving back into Steven Wilson and all of his work, like Porcupine Tree.
NM4U: What do you think about the state of the music industry? Where is it headed?
I think the industry has been trying to figure it out for awhile. I don’t think it’s quite there yet but is making gains for artists to make a living while still contributing their creations. It’s an ever evolving environment.
NM4U: What bands influenced you the most?
When I was young there was plenty of music inspiring me from classical to jazz to gospel. At some point I pretty much listened to just about everything from black metal to techno. From hard rap to singer songwriter stuff. Not much has changed.
NM4U: Outside of music, do you have any fun hobbies?
I study traditional Chinese Kung Fu with Sigung Manuel Rodriguez in Ventura, California and his school called Red Dragon Kung Fu. I read and study the esoteric arts, mystery schools, world religions, psychology, philosophy and whatever else I can.
NM4U: What do you think about mixing music and politics? Is it important to you?
Music is expression. If you want to express about politics, then do it. There are no rules in music and therefore should be no rules in the expression it gives us.
NM4U: What do you think about the term “nu metal”? What does it mean to you?
Nu metal was a way to categorize the expressions that came in the 90s. It was different from the “old school”. Even today the term is thrown around but I can’t say I identify directly with it. I enjoy it but at the end of the day it’s a label and labels are pretty much useless.
NM4U: What is your dream gig? A show, tour, or festival that you would love to perform?
I would love to headline a show for the Intergalactic Council on the Star Sirius and play for the aliens.
NM4U: Do you have any words for up and coming musicians and bands out there?
Stay in school. That sounds like a joke but it’s not. Be educated. Be smart. Music is one of the highest forms of art, so be an artist. Be intelligent. Be learned. It all matters.
NM4U: Anything coming up we should know about? Albums, tours, etc.?
We are going out with In This Moment, Motionless in White, and Avatar in April and May. There will be more tours coming up afterwards and eventually we will do the next record but I don’t have a specific timeline for it.
NM4U: What is your power animal?
The Dog and the Phoenix.
NM4U: Do you have a favorite food? Favorite thing you’ve eaten while on tour?
I love mudbugs but my favorite has to be pizza. You can eat pizza anywhere with anything on it.
NM4U: If you were trapped on an island with only one album, what would you want to listen to forever?
Either “My Arms, Your Hearse” by Opeth, “Grace” by Jeff Buckley or “Laterallus” by Tool.
NM4U: If you were sitting on Santa’s lap, what would you tell him you want for Christmas this year?
“I want my job back. Get the f outta here!”
Interview by Noah “Shark” Robertson
More about the author: Shark is the current drummer for Motograter and the original drummer of The Browning. He runs Zombie Shark Records and Swimming With Sharks Records. He is also currently the marketing director of EMP Label Group, the new label from David Ellefson of Megadeth. When he’s not playing the drums and writing articles, he is teaching music to students of all ages.