13 Questions with Reclaimer.
1. First off, who are you and what genre of music do you make?
Hi Annabeth, we’re Reclaimer, a melodic hardcore band from Lincoln, UK.
2. If you had to describe your music with a color, what would it be?
Blue. Our EP cover is mostly dark shades, which relates to our music in that it’s dark, moody and at times frustrated at life. However, there are some positive messages within our songs and that’s what we feel the lighter shades could represent.
3. What’s the biggest struggle you have when it comes to creating?
Hands down I’m sure most musicians would agree with us when we say our biggest struggle is writer’s block. It can be frustrating at times but we’re learning to get around it, sometimes all you need is a change of environment.
4.If you could play any show in the world, what would it be?
Hard question as there’s so many great venues and festivals out there! I think the dream as a British band, however, would be having a slot at Download, that’s the one you hear about the most in the metal/hardcore scene so that’d have to be the dream. That and we think it’d be really cool to tour Asia. The fans out there are nuts!
5. What do you consider your biggest musical success?
Our biggest success to date has to be releasing our debut EP ‘Same Hell, Different Devils’ late last year. It’s something we’re all proud of, enjoy performing and believe has given us a solid base to build upon for the future.
6. What inspired you to start making music?
It sort of just happened. Our first ever bands were probably just a release for being angsty teenagers at the time but from there we found we enjoyed creating music and wanted to make something more meaningful and professional than we had done before.
7. If you could hear any person living or dead sing to you, who would it be?
We’ll let Harrison take this one.
Harrison – I’d personally say my grandad as when he was alive he was a really good song and was in bands himself when he was younger. In fact, our song ‘Free’ is dedicated to him.
8. Who, aside from any band or musician, is your biggest influence?
Our parents and families for sure. We’ve all had family members push us in the direction our music. Take Harrison’s parents for example. They gave him a lot of freedom to listen to whatever he wanted from a fairly early age and that’s how he found this area of music.
9. What’s your favorite book?
Bob did English at uni so he can take this one.
Bob – Honestly despite doing English at uni I couldn’t pin it down to just the one book. The Harry Potter books were a pretty big part of my childhood but I’d probably give the title to The Hobbit/The Lord Of The Rings trilogy. Amazing works.
10. What do you like to do other than music?
We’re all pretty normal guys really, we’re all pretty into our video games and a few of us follow football. Liam and Cameron aren’t fans but Harrison follows Aston Villa, Michael is a Manchester United fan and Bob is a die hard Forest fan. Bless him.
11. Who is your favorite musical artist?
A difficult question as we all have different influences! If we had to choose one artist overall it might have to be Counterparts, though. They’re probably the only band we agree on collectively.
12. What’s one piece of advice you have for young musicians?
Take your time. All of us have been in bands previously which we look back on and know we could’ve created better music for if only we’d taken our time. Success doesn’t come overnight.
13. Lastly, what’s your lucky number?
Harrison – 3 or 17
Liam – 7
Michael – 10
Bob – 8
Cameron – 8″
You can check out Reclaimer on iTunes and Spotify. Be sure to follow them on Instagram at @reclaimeruk.