Saturday, January 19, 2013

Juggernaught Interview

1. Can you give us an update on what is going with the band these days?

Since the release of our album we've done a South African tour to support it. We have released the music video for the track "Bring the Meat Back" ( And we are working on another two videos. All the while we have been filming a documentary on the making of the album which will be out middle this year. We are currently organizing our first European tour which will hopefully be this summer (your summer)

2. How would you describe the musical sound of the new album?

It is slightly more refined as well as being more groove as well as songwriting orientated. The production is much better than the first album and our sound is much more unique to us, you could say we found our voice with this one.

3. What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the new release explores?

Anything from religion to anal sex, playing in a band and relentlessly touring for years and it just keeps coming on. Politics and having a good time, and meat, lots of meat.

4. What is the meaning and inspiration behind the bands name?

It's something powerful and unstoppable. Look it up.

5. What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and how would you describe your stage performance?

We've played most of the biggest festivals and venues around our country but to us the best shows are the little towns where people are much more hungry for good music, in bigger cities people tend to be complacent, they don't really care anymore because they think they've seen it all.

6. Do you have any touring plans for the future?

Oh yes, we'll keep touring as we've always done we are just trying to extend our reach into the US, Europe and South America (And anywhere else where it would be possible to organize a tour)

7.Currently you are unsigned, are you looking for a label and if so, what kind of label do you feel that would be a perfect fit for your music?

A label that would understand and support us. We've been a DIY act for 5 years now and our infrastructure is getting better and better. We would need a label only if they are willing to spend time with us and be able to help us grow faster than we can by ourselves. Things like better distribution channels, tour support, exposure and recording support would be what we feel we need at this stage.

8. On a worldwide level how has the feedback been to your album by fans of music?

Very positive overall. We are not a band for everyone though, since our lyrical topics are dirty and our music is what it is. So we had our first negative review last week but what the guy said was all true and what he deemed as negative points we felt are positive so it's a taste thing. Out of around 30 positive reviews of the album one negative one is not bad at all. I don't know how important this is but the fact that we are constantly getting fan mail, just people writing to say how much they enjoy our music and hope to see us on tour some day. Stuff like that helps our motivation a lot. We make this kind of music because we feel it doesn't exist and we are creating something unique. We are not the kind of band that needs to fit into a genre (allthough it would make life easier in terms of fans of a genre only purchasing music from that genre) and we are proud of that. So to answer the question, the feedback hasn't been on a massive scale but the feedback we do get is usually extremely positive, I get mails from people all over the world who say things like, they are saving just to come to SA just to see a Juggernaught show.

9. Are there any other musical projects besides this band or is this a full time line up?

This is the full time line up. We are all 100% involved in Juggernaught. From time to time there might be collaborations or we get hired out to session for other bands/artists but the focus is with Juggernaught. As far as music goes, I myself am a sound engineer and composer, I make library music/jingles and I also teach guitar/piano so it's all music in one way or the other.

10. What direction do you see your music heading into on future releases?

We are very happy with our style and voice. We are only going to explore this further and progress into our own style even more. No radical changes with regard to style/genre, just progression.

11. What are some bands or musical styles that have influenced your music and also what are you listening to nowadays?

Because we are all from different backgrounds (I'm from a predominantly Metal background, our bassist is a prog jazz/extreme metal guy, our other guitarist comes from a thrash punk background and our drummer from a groove and punk background) we have a wide range of influences, from Death Metal to Funk. One day it might be 16 Horsepower and the next Dissection. I personally mostly enjoy stuff like classic Megadeth and Maiden. But you'd find Bruce Springsteen and Chick Corea in my collection. I'll name some more bands: Clutch, Pantera, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Primus, Green Jelly, Jon Wayne, Tony Joe White, Hiromi Uehara, AC/DC, Zeek, The bad plus, Slayer, Mastodon, Skid Row, Rage Against The Machine, Dissection, it goes on and on because we're not too genre bound we only see it as either good music or bad music whether people label it as post/prog/core whatever it doesn't make much difference as long as it rocks balls.

12. Outside of music what are some of your interests?

I do acoustic installations of recording studio's, nightclubs etc. I'm also a part time undertaker. Not that it's a big interest. Most of my interests focus on something loosely to do with music. Our bassist (Angilo) as an amateur skateboarder and works on classic cars and hot rods, our drummer (Oneyedogman) is an artist, he does all our designs and illustrations, as well as our music videos. Our guitarist (Jovan) works in a in debt collecting and enjoys sport. So there's some stuff but as said, the main focus has always been on music.

13. Any final words or thoughts before we wrap up this interview?

Not really no.


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