1. What's the name of your band? What's the origin of that name?
JI: The name of our band is HALOGRAM.
DM: For the name we came out with several proposals; I use to listen Porcupine Tree a lot and one of my favorite riffs is from their song HALO. Initially we would like to choose HOLOGRAM as the band’s name, but it was already taken, so we simply mixed Halo and Hologram names into one and we liked the sound of it.
2. What are your names, nicknames and corresponding instruments?
JI: My name is Javier Iglesias AKA Gavel, I am the guitarist
DM: I’m the bassplayer and my name is Dani Mourinho… I don’t have any nicknames….as far as I know :D
3. If you could fill a pool with anything but water, what would it be?
JI: 500euro notes sounds like a good idea
DM: Gummy bears
4. What’s an average day like for the band?
DM: Well as we can’t afford to be full time with this project; we literally spend the day in our current jobs and then we dedicate the remain hours of the day to write and record new material. Javier is touring with another band and myself working in the aviation industry plus I have another music projects on the side.
5. Where/When was your last show, when/where is your next show?
DM: Unfortunately, we are not gigging with HALOGRAM at the moment, the main reason is that we are still in a very early stage in this project; writing new songs and building our audience. Also, either Javier and I are living in different countries (Spain and UK). But when the time is right, we will look into the live stuff. At the moment we are quite busy gigging with other music projects in our respective countries
6. What are some of the best pranks you as bandmates have pulled on each other?
JI: Dan and I know each other since more than 20 years, and we are joking and pranking between us all the time. Not long since we met; we saw a video in internet of a Spanish comedian. That video was so funny that we took many phrases of that sketch and we kept using them between us, creating our own slang. We are still using it today and if anybody hear us; they won’t know what the hell we are talking about. But for us is still funny! 23 years repeating the same jokes…. insane
7. How has your music evolved since you first began playing together?
DM: We like to try different things in every new song and we think that we are slowly defining our style. We will see how we evolve in the future songs; so far, we like the direction that we are taking.
8. What is your favorite part about this line of work? Your least favorite?
JI: we really enjoy the writing and the recording process, especially when we finalize a song. This also brings along the least favorite part that is when we got completely blocked of ideas or we don’t know or find a right way to continue the song; It’s very frustrating!
9. If you were a super-hero, what would your power be?
JI: To be invisible
DM: Be able to fly
10. What advice do you have for people who want to form their own bands?
JI: My advice is to listen a lot of music and develop the “playing with your ears” technique. Also set a routine and to be constant is very important. And finally, never lose the illusion and try to write and play with your heart.
DM: Do not stick into one specific style. Experiment and try always new things. Most important; always respect your band mates and be on time and prepared to the rehearsals!
11. Who are some of your favorite musicians?
JI: Angus young, James Hetfield, Joe Satriani, Gutrie Govan, Jimi Hendrix, John Petrucci, Luke Holland, Mike Portnoy.
DM: Bruce Dickinson, Steven Wilson, John Petrucci, Marco Minnemman, Davie504…
12. What is the craziest thing you have ever received from a fan?
JI: recently one of our fans made a tattoo using the cover of our single “The falling Man”; we were shocked!
13. What song means the most to you and why?
JI: I would say the "The falling man" is one of my favorites. Mainly because it was our first song as Halogram. Also, the theme of that song (the 11th of September events) is very significant for me.
DM: “Obsolete Future” is my favorite so far. The bass is very groovy and its really fun to play!
14. How can people gain access to your music?
15. If you had one thing to say to all your fans, what would it be?
JI: To all our fans we really would like to thanks for every comment, like, view, listen…it really helps us in this new era of technology and algorithms to get to more people. For the new listeners we would ask them the same; Please check out our social media pages and also include our songs (specially our latest single “Obsolete Future”) in their Spotify playlists. Please subscribe, follow and comment! We are more than happy to answer any questions and interact with everybody. Thanks again Foggy Water Studios for this opportunity and for all your support!
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