Musician Of The Month: Drip Fed Empire

Drip Fed Empire are one of the ‘War Bands’ over at Ghetto Viking. As said by them on their own pages alike:

‘Drip Fed Empire are an experimental dup that combine a heavy metal sound with elements of electronica. With brutal breakdowns, digital drops & a soul destroying synth bass, the two-man unit have been actively carving their way through the British music underground, with sights set on venues further afield.’

Hey guys! Thanks for taking the time to be interviewed for Warrior Woman magazine, you are our Musicians of The Month for Issue 2! How does that feel?

Jay: We are thrilled to be named as Musicians of the month by Warrior Woman magazine.

Sean: Yeah thanks for getting us involved!

So, who ARE the DripFed family, in and around the band itself? How long have you been together?

Sean: Primarily the band is made up of Me & Jay, we have been working together on multiple things for the past five years. Kat & Kyle from the Ghetto Vikings are also very close members in the family crew who we work very closely with on various projects related to the band and its progression.

Jay: In fact, it was the Ghetto Vikings crew who sorted out this interview in the first place, so that is a good example of the work they do for us. We also have Jess & Beth; mine and Sean's partners, who are always helping the band with 101 things, like creative input into videos and artwork, doing the make-up for our videos, being in the videos as actors and showing up to all our shows. Generally, they are a big part of the team off stage and behind the scenes.

What and/or who inspires your music?

Sean: That's a tough one really. The only way to answer that is, if anything takes our fancy then we want to put it in a song - it's not strictly one style.

Jay: I think the core, or backbone of our music if you will, is definitely a metal and hardcore punk influence. We try to maintain a core element like a skeleton to all the songs to tie them together, but then we like to dress each song up differently. So, each piece feels like it has elements of whatever we feel like putting into the melting pot.

Sean: We tend to crossover our sound mostly with electronic styles, so things from Drum n Bass, Dubstep, Psy Trance, House, Techno, you name it, you can hear it all and more in our music if you really listen.

In your experience in the music industry, have you experienced or witnessed any sexist issues?

Jay: Personally, I haven't experienced anything or seen anything that I would consider sexist.

Sean: I'm sure it does happen and I know it's out there, as you hear enough stories. But first hand, I haven't experienced anything either. Off the top of my head I can't really think of anything…

Jay: The only thing that I could consider sexist within the industry, which could be interpreted as a good thing or a bad thing depending on how you look at it, is that the metal scene is very male dominated (from my experience). Women in metal bands are a rarity, so when a female fronted metal band come along they will get more attention because it's somewhat a unique selling point from a business stand point of a product. But I like to think of that as an empowerment for women, because there is a bigger market for women that are bringing the noise in the scene, rather than just another bunch of hairy dudes with beards shouting into a mic.

Sean: Then the other side to that is: Are people coming to watch because it's a woman bringing the noise and matching the level of musicianship that other metal bands in the scene are bringing, or is it because of the way they look and some creeps just want to gawp at them? I think it's open to interpretation of how you look at it and what each individuals reason is for checking out the band in the first place.

Not to say that all men that watch female bands want to check out their bodies because that isn't the case with most I think however I do believe that will be some peoples intention regardless of the music.

Have you ever felt pressured to look or act a certain way?

Sean: It's part of the job...

Jay: That’s very true.

Sean: Essentially with a band nowadays, unfortunately it's not just about the music, it’s about the whole package, the aesthetic that matches the sound. You must paint a picture of a world that people want to be a part of.

Jay: Being the front man and the personality of the band, I definitely have to act a different way. I wouldn't say I feel pressured to act a different way, because I'm still me… I'm just very angry because of the subject matter of our material.

Do you have anyone around you that you would consider a Warrior Woman?

Jay: Most definitely my girlfriend Jess, who helps with everything with the band in more ways that I have time to get into. Anything you can think of that would go into managing and keeping a band working etc, she does to help. She's an actor in our latest music video and she did all the make-up for everyone else involved in the video that day, which was incredible. She also helped me organise the best part of the video. We are a team; any plans made with the band, she helps to make sure things go as smoothly as possible and if anything goes wrong she's always right by my side trying to repair it with me.

Sean: When I was single I would have to do everything myself, but since I found Beth everything is so much easier because we are a team 100% of the way. We get things done, which means I have more time to focus on the other things in my life, like my music. She's also a lot stronger than me physically, like she can carry more stuff so that definitely helps, being a drummer and having to transport loads of cases of equipment. She also pushes the band in every which way, she's constantly promoting the band, getting people down to our shows and generally helping the band in anything she can and the best part is we don't have to ask her. She wants to do it because it's what I love.

What’s been the biggest challenge in your personal life? What advice would you give to others in this situation?

Sean: The biggest problem I've had in my personal life is depression, because It just f***s everything up. There's just no stopping it and it screws up your life in so many ways. I think the best advice I can give to someone else in this position is to care about other people, but don't care about what other people think. What they think about you personally is up to them and if someone says something that upsets you or comes across in a hurtful way, that’s just their opinion at the end of the day and even if it's the opinion of the majority I think it's important to maintain some outside perspective. Put yourself away from seeing it through your eyes and try and see it from someone that has no insight as to what’s going on and look at it from their perspective, if that makes sense.

I see you’ve been busy behind the scenes! What do you have planned for the next year?

Sean: The biggest plan is not something that the fans will see and won’t be in the public eye. We decided to get a property together as a band so that we will be able to work together more frequently, as we'll be able to call meetings whenever. It'll double up as a rehearsal space and a home studio. It's going to make everything easier and more productive, for sure.

Jay: We've just released a new promo photo shoot that we did with our good friend and business partner Matthew Harris a few weeks back, which look great. He's always a pleasure to work with and his work always looks amazing. We have our debut album coming out this year and the artwork is in the process of being created for it. We have plans to do a few more music videos and a summer tour before the year ends. We have high hopes for some high-profile support slots in April with some great bands that we are looking forward to sharing the stage with…..

So, keep your eye peeled because there is lots to come from us this year!

You can find Drip Fed Empire on Facebook to find up to date news!

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