Requiem took out first place at the FReeZA Push Start Mallee Wimmera Regional Final on November 28, 2014 in Mildura. They will join eight other regional final winners to play at the FReeZA Push Start Grand Final to be held at the City Of Melbourne’s Moomba Festival on Saturday March 7, 2015.
Hi Requiem, what’s the name of your band, who’s in it and where are you guys from?
Thanks heaps! We’re Requiem from Ararat, Victoria. We consist of Zacharie Dunks on guitar and vocals, Angus McMillan also on guitar and vocals, Gerard May on bass and Aaryn Dunks on drums.
Briefly tell us the story behind your band and how long you’ve been making music and writing songs?
We’ve been playing together since mid 2012, and gigging/writing since 2013. We started out when Zac and Angus were looking to start a band together and everything fell into place after that. Aaryn replaced our previous drummer in late 2013 and we’ve had a stable lineup since.
What are your band’s musical influences? Have they evolved from when you guys first started out?
We all have a variety of different musical influences. Most notably Thrash and Melodic Death Metal influences but there’s also a lot of Traditional Metal and Metalcore influences as well in our music. Our sound has matured a lot since we started out and we’re definitely starting to blend all of our influences into our own unique sound and style.
Which Regional Final did you win, and how was the FReeZA Push Start competition experience for you guys?
We won the Regional Final in Mildura, which was actually held in Red Cliffs. We’ve had a great time competing because you get to meet so many new people you wouldn’t be able to meet otherwise and get to see a lot of great bands along the way too. We competed in Horsham as one of our first gigs in 2013 and were unsuccessful so it’s been unreal to see how far we’ve come along since then.
You’ll now be battling it out with eight other bands at the Grand Final at Melbourne’s Moomba Festival 2015 for a pretty sweet prize pack. Which prize excites you most and why?
All the extra gear would definitely help! But the recording and online distribution prizes would be great because they can come at a fair cost otherwise. Definitely the merch vouchers as well. Definitely helps the wallet out.
What were your favourite songs or albums for 2014? What music are you most looking forward to next year?
Our good friends in ALKIRA from Adelaide put our their debut album Juggernaut which would definitely be a collective favourite from our band. The new Revocation, Ne Obliviscaris, Behemoth and Party Vibez releases were all absolutely killer as well. As for 2015, there are so many Australian bands with releases to look forward to. Harlott, Desecrator, Malakyte, Decimatus and Hybrid Nightmares all have albums coming out which we can’t wait to hear. Internationally, the new Black Dahlia Murder, Nile and potentially Iron Maiden releases are ones to very much look forward to.
Where have you performed? What are your favourite shows to play at?
We’ve performed all over Victoria, both regional and in the city. Last year we made the interstate jump to Adelaide, and we’ll be travelling up to Queensland later on this year for the first time. Adelaide is a blast because all the bands and people there are so great and caring for the scene. In Victoria our favourite place to play would definitely be in Melbourne at The Bendigo Hotel. We get to catch up with a lot of mates everytime which is great because we’re so far removed from the Melbourne scene. Always a killer time at The Bendigo.
If you had unlimited amounts of money, what would be your dream gig or tour? Where would it be, who would be playing, etc?
Europe seems to be the place to go with metal these days. The scene there is amazing and the scenery is like something out of a dream. To play Wacken Festival in Germany with some huge headliners like Iron Maiden, Kreator or Megadeth would be a dream come true. We did a Victorian tour with ALKIRA, Malakyte, Abraxxas and Chase the Ace last year and to take that lineup to a national tour would be amazing.
What’s the plan for your band in 2015, what will you be doing or working on?
We’ll be heading into the studio in March to do a split EP with a Melbourne band we’re really good friends mates with. And later on in the year we’ll be heading back into the studio to do another follow up full EP. Then plenty of writing inbetween for an album in 2016! We’re flat out gigging for the first half of the year as well so our plates our pretty full up for 2015!
Where can fans find out more about you and upcoming shows?
For more information about the FReeZA Push Start Battle of the Bands competition, click here.