Set On End Newsletter Interview
07 Jun 2009 // An interview by Shade
What is the best gig you have ever performed at, and why?
Bring Me The Horizon and Cancer Bats support show, it gave us the chance to preform to a sold out venue with the maddest all ages crowd we have seen @ the Studio. We don't get to play to under age kids much so it was a real buzz having the response we got from them.
What is your favourite NZ venue?
Transmission Room in Auckland, It's deep underground, hot as hell but with a really acoustics. NZ's home for Metal.
What NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?
Subtract and New Way Home, true creative artists that don't settle for being anything but the best they can be. They deserve more.
What is your most embarrassing on tour/gig moment?
Umm we've never had any performance blunders but I guess you could say being stuck between floors in a lift in Wellington with Subtract when we were about to do a show in an hour was awkward. A 9 guy dutch oven! not good.
How did you come up with the band name Set On End?
Basically it comes down to what we are about and also a name that we wouldn't one day out grow its meaning. Having an end goal "we" are set on. The way this world is setting itself up for the end. Also the way we take a musical idea and set it on its end to create a new idea. All these meanings apply.
How do you describe your music?
We force our ideologies about how the world's in such a state through our melodic aggressive groove. It's not just about musical notes but an ideal we all believe in and find ourselves needing to share it.
Note: Buy the CD and learn it's lyrics!
What can we expect to see from Set On End over the next year?
Lots more shows with possible Aussie dates, another North Island tour late July, another music video, merch and writing new material. Just constantly and collectively working on a passion.
What advice would you like to give to other aspiring musicians?
Listen to good music, find music away from the mainstream, intend to be original and develop your ear. Save your $ and buy quality gear to be able to translate your musical ideas in a way that does it justice.
About Set on End
Set on End is a New Zealand Metal band from West Auckland. Set on End formed in 2005 but in late 2007 replaced their front man with Jesse Williams after a 9 month hiatus. Their Debut release 'Means To An End' was recorded in late 08 with acclaimed producer/musician Zorran Mendonsa (New Way Home, Solstate) in their home studio Mindset. At the same time NZ Metal legends Subtract were tracking their guitars and vocals in the studio. Zorran has recently worked on releases from Cobra Khan, Subtract, and In Dread Response. Completed with mastering from Evan Short (Cobra Khan, Subtract, Concord Dawn) and artwork by Damian Alexander (ex-Blindspott) Set on End independently released 'Means To An End' in 09. Available in selected stores and Itunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Emusic, Napster. Set on End play regularly around the country but most notably on Subtractís recent Winning Hearts and Minds tour and support for Cancer Bats and Bring Me The Horizon.
Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Set on End
As one of the founding members of New Zealandís Heavy Metal and Hard Rock Society, Set on End strive for their own pure musical expression as well as the expansion and solidification of New Zealandís Metal music scene. Set on End were one of the headlining bands at HMHRís Metalfest and are performing again at Metalfest 2 which will be the biggest local metal show in history. Metalfest also goes on tour over the North Island in July 09.
In a world gone awry, rendered docile by the endless tide of blood stained goods, a political and religious system designed to favor the elite, yet destroy the lives and means of the poor. Set on End have dedicated their existence to forcing their ideologies onto the unwilling through their melodic aggressive groove.