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Illuminus - Illuminus Newsletter Interview

02 Apr 2016 // An interview by Shade

2016 could well be Illuminus' year. They recently released their single Fade Away, which is about being true to yourself and holding onto your values when challenged by society to conform, and their album Endless will be available within a couple of months. Described as "explosive, heavy and fast", Illuminus is well worth checking out. Aidan answered the following questions for muzic.net.nz:

How did you become involved in music?

I loved music from an early age, particularly rock and metal, and started singing in bands with my mates during school and after. I taught myself guitar and piano and played in various bands in NZ and then Australia, then back in NZ again.

If you could perform with anyone in the world, who would it be and why?

Probably Chino Moreno from the Deftones, he's awesome and people have said that I look him!

Which one of your songs are you most proud of, and why?

Fade Away is pretty awesome, I'm proud of taking my wife Milla's advice and letting her join the band as her vocals contribute so much to our sound now and I can't imagine the band without her in it.

How would you describe your music to someone who hasn't heard it before?

Alternative progressive rock and heavy metal with beautiful female vocals. 

What can we expect to see from you in the next year?

A new album, some more singles and music videos and a tour.

What NZ musicians or bands would you like to see more of, and why?

Jakob, Beastwars and Devilskin; they're all awesome.

What local albums have you been enjoying recently?

Beastwars' second album Blood Becomes Fire and Jakob's latest album Sines.

What is your favourite NZ venue, and why?

The Powerstation, I have many fond memories of awesome shows I've seen there.

Have you got any tips for dealing with nerves before a gig?

Do lots of warm-ups, it helps to take your mind off it. Alcohol can help too but too much just leads to sloppiness and if you want people to take you seriously then it's good to not be drunk on stage.

How do you balance your music with other obligations; family, job etc.?

Very carefully.

Where do you get your inspiration to create music from?

My struggles with life, lol, things I read in the news about how crazy the world is nowadays, things I've been through. I stay positive and that comes through in some of the music I write.

Do you have any advice for aspiring musicians?

There is no substitute for hard work and discipline.

 

About Illuminus

Illuminus is a rock band from Auckland. Their debut album Until the End was released in 2012 and received rave reviews.

Until The End is a professional debut from a band that should win fans with their unique sound. - Alistair Wickens - muzic.net.nz

Illuminus have injected some interesting touches that may well broaden this record’s appeal beyond a determined core. - Amanda Mills - NZ Musician Magazine.

Visit the muzic.net.nz Profile for Illuminus

Releases

Endless
Year: 2018
Type: Album
Lost Souls
Year: 2016
Type: EP
Until The End
Year: 2011
Type: Album

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