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Interview with Englomanatic Glitch
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
EG: It was a KISS concert I went to when I was 11 or 12. After that I knew I had to be in a band. If it wasn’t music I would have probably gotten a proper career in something serious like physics or law, ha-ha.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
EG: I like sleeping a lot, I don’t know… I don’t really have a hobby but sleeping definitely brings some incredible dreams that often inspire songs and an atmosphere for creativity.
How long has your band been around?
EG: We’ve been around since 2017 but we had a gap of around 2 years around the pandemic.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
EG: We are based in London and to be honest it’s probably the main influence for EG. And everything is reflected in the music, the night life, the people and the gloomy weather. You can find a lot of details and references in our artwork and music that are directly linked to London.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
EG: We were recording a demo before we had a name but we had no lyrics and Drewzi (our singer) started reading things of the wall and we tried to sing “Electromagnetic switch” that was written on the electric board but he mispronounced it and said “Englomanatic Glitch”. After a few weeks we decided it suits us really well as we are always making “creative mistakes” that tend to work really well.
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
EG: It would probably have to be when we played at New Cross Inn on a rainy Sunday a few years ago. We had a gig the day before and we partied until really late that night and we were all super tired and hungover but for some reason we played like never before. Also there weren’t that many people and because of the glass walls in the venue the sound was reverberating a lot and that really suited our set at the time. It was great when I think about it now.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
EG: We don’t have a favorite venue but it would be great if one day we can play Alexandra Palace. That venue holds a special place in the EG history, probably for the wrong reasons but it would be really cool if one day we play there.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
EG: Fuff… Tough question that I would probably get wrong. Playing with The Prodigy and Pendulum on the same bill would be awesome…opening for them obviously.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
EG: My advice would be very simple - Just don’t.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
EG: Get into music production as soon as you can. I think that would have to be the one.
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
EG: Each of us has a different one that means the most to them and the ones that are the closest to our heart are actually not released yet.
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
EG: “Wretched Palace” would probably be a unanimous winner
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
EG: Normally I (Viko) would write the songs and then we’ll record demo vocals on top with Drewzi and Elijah in the room. It usually takes two separate sessions to do that, after which I would edit them together and see if the song needs any adjustments. But it’s all done on a computer before we start playing. It seems to be the most efficient way to write music. Again, part of living in London, everyone is always busy so time is always of the essence.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
EG: We’re more of a story-telling band to be honest. We create a world of sexual delirium, intoxication and endless nights where any lost soul is welcome.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
EG: Of course but at the end of the day EG is a dictatorship so the disagreements don’t really matter, ha-ha.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
EG: We have 3 more music videos to be released this year as well as another couple of singles. We have loads of new songs that we’ll record later this year. Our next video is coming out on the 5th of May and it’s called “Tribulations in May” and it’s SICK. It was shot by a production house called “Fell from Neverland” and it looks absolutely phenomenal.