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- Masaki Murashita - September 2010 - Claudia Ehrhardt -
Masaki Murashita - September, 19th 2010 (by email)
You might haven't heard of Hemoptysis yet, but this surely will change soon. The band from Tempe (Arizona) has only an EP out so far, but still achieved more then some so-called established bands have. When I got the chance to talk to guitarist Masaki Murashita even before their debut album is out, I didn't waste time, coz it wouldn't surprise me if soon everybody wants to talk to them....
You are already working on your full-length debut. Can you tell us something about it? Or is it too early for details?
We are currently waiting for the mix. I am super excited about it and it has been our first dream since Travis and I started this band to record a full-length album with someone as amazing as Ryan Greene, so I can't express with the words how excited we are. We will give you more details about the full length when it's ready. All I can say at this moment is it's sounding huge!
The album will be produced by Ryan Greene. How is it to work with him?
He is very talented and easy guy to work with. I was his assistant before and I'm actually working for him as an Artist Relations Representative in his new studio, Validus Recording, in North Hollywood, CA. He always has unique ideas and tries to make bands sound distinct and unique. He is the real deal.
So far Hemoptysis is a kind of DIY band, will you release the album on your own and license it? Or will you sign a deal these days?
We'll see what happens. We are not one of those bands signing contracts that won't benefit us. We will make the best move for us at the time, but we are currently a do it yourself band.
You are 'metal band of the year' again at L.A./Phoenix Music Awards. Is it for unsigned bands? Or also signed ones? How does it feel to be awarded 2 years in a row?
I think it's for both signed and unsigned bands. I feel really good about getting awards for two consecutive years. It's one of the mile stones for us and what we've done.
At the moment you play some shows, but mainly in Arizona where you live. You do organize it yourself, right? Are you looking for a booker who gets you shows all over the US?
We definitely want to have a booker to help us book shows worldwide. It is a pain to book all the shows ourselves in other states. In this recession, it is getting harder and harder to tour because venues and promoters don't pay enough to tour unless you are big name bands. We do our best to promote our shows, but it takes team work to make the shows the best possible, so everybody needs to communicate and work together.
What else is on your schedule? Anything I forgot to ask? Anything you want to add?
Touring. We are going out on a week-long tour now for States in the South and North West. We hope to get to play in Germany and other European countries and many other places in the world soon. Please spread the word about us and help us make it happen. Check out our updates on www.myspace.com/hemoptysismetal or www.facebook.com/hemoptysis
Also, a iPhone / iPad / iPod touch app is now available for free, so download it on the apple app store and get some exclusive offers from us! Thank you for your support and we hope to see you soon.
I have to thank Masaki for finding time to answer my questions just before going on tour, especially as the band is doing all the work to bring them on the road and not waiting for someone doing the job for them. If they are someone in your area, don't consider going to see them, just go!
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