Published on October 29th, 2012 | Jonny Abrams
Sheffield metallers Immension are working towards the recording of their debut album, so Rocksucker fired some questions over to vocalist/guitarist Jake in order to find out a little bit more about their own particular operation…
What’s the line-up of the band? How did you all meet, and how long has the band been going for?
The line-up is me on vocals and guitar, Tim on lead guitar, Jonni on drums and Hasan on bass. Me and Tim met around five years ago when I started playing guitar and we have jammed together since then. Jonni and Hasan joined us about a year ago which was when we really solidified what we wanted to do and set out to do that. We had been gearing up to this for a year or two previous with other members. But it was when they joined that we really hit the nail on the head.
How would you describe your music, if pushed?
I would call us a metal band. We might be closer to a hard rock band with the way metal is going nowadays, but I would say metal. It’s music that is heavy, powerful and melodic as well, but not in the cliched way a lot of bands are when they try to say there heavy but also melodic. The main thing I want to get across is it’s music about emotion, about feeling. It’s about making the listener feel something when they listen to the song, whether it’s anger, excitement, sadness or even being happy.
Where are you based, and what do you use to record with?
We are based in and around Sheffield, so we use that as our location as it were.
Our recording setup is very basic at the moment, it’s just an iMac i have with Pro Tools and a few mics. We’ve been lucky in the sense that when you use good quality gear when you’re recording, you can get a decent result without spending silly amounts of money on things.
Are you signed to a label? If so, how did you come to their attention?
Not at the moment, currently unsigned. Are hoping/aiming/working to reach that stage however.
Is there a full album in the works? If so, what can you tell us about it? (Feel free to be as abstract as you like…)
Yeah there is, it’s actually pretty much written in fact. If we were given an advance to go and record it for a label we could do it tomorrow. The problem is finding the backing to actually go and record it. I feel that our first album could be the best set of material that we ever put out, so we want to do it correctly. Ideally, we want a recording contract or at least one in the works so that it is released properly and also so we have the right budget to make it as good as it can be.
The album is basically similar to how I described our music. I feel that it would be a fantastic album, filled with peaks and valleys in terms of different feelings in the songs, and that every single song would be as strong as the others.
Where can we hear your music online?
There is also a stand alone track available for download off our Facebook page as well.
Which have been your most exciting gigs and/or overall moments so far?
Most of our shows are normally great, we seem to get the same reaction off most people at shows wherever we play, which is normally massively positive. People seem to go out of their way to compliment us on our stuff, which is always great.
We played Doncaster Live in 2011 which was our first outdoor gig on quite a big stage, that was good. And we got a lot of the responses I explained above which was fantastic. We were giving sampler CDs away too, had about eighty of them and they all went in the period of our last two songs.
Got any more coming up? (Gigs, that is…)
Yeah quite a few. The full listings are on our Facebook page. We’re trying get more booked as we speak, so there are always new ones cropping up. We are just trying to play as much as we can to promote ourselves.
Are there any obscure and/or up-and-coming acts that you’d like to recommend or give a shout-out to?
I saw a band in Cask Corner Dive Bar in Doncaster last weekend actually who were awesome. They were just two guitarists and a singer who played a harmonica as well. Was fantastic, didn’t know they’re name though. They were supporting a band called The Nervous Triggermen though.
Finally, if you were forced to spend the rest of your days in solitary confinement, but were allowed to bring the entire works of five different artists along to tide you over, whose would you choose?
I can’t speak for the others as it’s just me answering these questions, but mine would be: Metallica, Michael Jackson, Hans Zimmer, Nickelback and i’m not sure about the fifth, maybe something completely different like Tupac or Eminem!
Jake, thank you.