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A Dirty Dozen with JOEL MONET of CIRCUITRY – November 2018

| 26 November 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Circuitry surges signature electricity into modern heavy music. Years of experimentation in multiple genres have resulted in a potent, debilitating groove to which there is no known antidote. The trio, consisting of vocalist, Joel Monet, guitarist and background vocalist, Christian Colabelli, and drummer, Matt Guglielmo, fuses elements of modern progressive metal with classic metalcore, death, and catchy hooks, into an unmistakable signature sound.” We get vocalist Joel to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

​​​​​​​1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

“The lick” may or may not be in there somewhere.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

I never had a choice. It just sort of happened and was the only thing I wanted to do. I didn’t realize it had career potential until local bands back home in Alabama started offering me money to do their recordings.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Darude Sandstorm

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

That depends on what time in my life we’re talking about. Queen, Radiohead, Unearth, early Linkin Park, and Björk maybe but that list could be totally different if you caught me in a different mood.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

I have a lot of my more “normal” creative urges fulfilled through my client work, leaving me with nothing but this weird shit that I’m fortunate enough to have found the right guys to create with. I’m open to just about any collaboration and enjoy the challenge of keeping things flexible but there isn’t any I’m actively seeking out if that makes sense. Björk is still churning out great records though so that would probably be my “gun to my head” answer.

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Frank Zappa once said “Talking about music is like dancing about architecture” and that pretty well sums up how difficult it is to describe music to someone that you don’t already have a previously agreed upon musical vocabulary with but it’s sort of like those theatre masks where the one is crying while the other one laughs.

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

No one in respectable society taking you seriously.

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

We all cook, none of us are big drinkers, and I’m the only one who owns acoustic guitars so I guess that one’s me.

9. When was the last time you were starstruck and who was it?

Getting to work with Ken Sorceron from Abigail Williams and The Faceless on a client record.

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

I’d probably kill myself.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Yes. My first band with Christian had the opportunity to perform exclusively to the board of an enormous label in Atlanta and just about everything that could’ve gone wrong went wrong. I’m not sure they even noticed though due to the executives taking numerous breaks to the adjoining room for drugs.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

This is a difficult question to answer due to the artist and producer in me having drastically different answers. Queen’s A Night At The Opera, Jazz, or News Of The World would be really cool. Anything produced by Mutt Lange in the 80’s. Sitting in on an Andy Wallace mix session would be cool.





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