Underground Interview With Rimmy Grasa
Not long after jamming together they wrote 4 of the songs you hear on Los' and Rimmy was established. After a few months looking for a bass player Rimmy trialled Zach Paynter. Only took one jam for the band to realise that Zach brought something special to the table. Recording on the EP started short after in 2019. The band spent many hours and many takes recording and perfecting our record for release. When i Die dropped after premiering their first show in November 2019. After recording and mixing their debut EP for over a year Rimmy Grasa are Proud to Release 'Los Muertos'.
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What Musical Genre Do You Feel Best Describes Your Music And How Would You Describe Your Sound?
Well… Without trying to sound too pretentious we would describe Rimmy Grasa as a band that is really hard to define down to a specific genre. The short answer for now is Post-Hardcore, its a bit in between hardcore metalcore and punk. All three members come from quite different musical backgrounds, Zach and Riley have always been metalheads saluting greats such as Parkway Drive Kublai Kahn and Northlane. Josh comes from a background of pop punk. I think its the mixture of different musical personalities that really gives our music the Rimmy Grasa sound.
How Did You Get Your Name? Is There A Story?
We started out stuck for a name and out of boredom more than anything we had the idea to search random terms in Google translate. We can't actually remember what we typed in to get the translation Rimmy Grasa… But it rolled off the tongue and we’ve been Rimmy Grasa ever since.
What Are or Have Been Your Musical Influences?
Riley takes influence alot of his influence from bands like Alexisonfire The getaway plan, Kublai Khan tx, Knocked loose, Title fight, the Devil Wears Prada to name a few. Riley got into playing guitar just to make the palm muting sound that he loved so much. His first project was After the End, a solo project in which Riley wrote and recorded music with a Rocksmith Cable and the free version of FL Studio.
Zach got into guitar when he was 10 when Peter Koppes from Australian band The Church (Under the milky way, Unguarded moment) began lessons at his primary school and within a few years he was on stage playing rock hits to his school assembly. He was lucky enough to have a good music program at school which encouraged his music despite its niche. Zach takes a lot of his influence from heavy and indie music. As a guitarist he names bands such as Parkway Drive, Lamb of God, System of a Down and more recently has taken influence on bass from instrumental music from Polyphia, Covet and Intervals. Zach picked up bass out of necessity and has since then worked towards being a core part of the band. Josh is from Essex East London and has lived and performed in both NZ and Aus. He names Green Day, Blink 182, Foo Fighters as well as bands like Rage Against the Machine and Red Hot Chili Peppers as his biggest influences. One of his earliest memories is asking his parents for for a cd by Busted (Band from East London near where he lived) at the age of 6'and it's really just snowballed from there.
What Are You Working On Now? Any Future Collaborations We Can Look Forward To?
We have been working really hard to make sure that we're being productive during lockdown. There are about 6 new songs that are ready for recording for a second EP release, as well as a live playthrough for The Dark with plans to release live recorded and mixed playthrough videos on our Youtube Channel for all of our songs. Josh is apart of several other projects and is the owner and manager of Australian Independent Label REPLACERECORDS. Once the lockdown measures begin to ease we have big plans to start a venue to host upcoming artists from all genres at monthly shows. REPLACE is currently promoting Australian Chill Rapper Reed Lew. We hope to provide a platform for everyone especially the many heavy music bands that fly completely under the radar due to lack of gigging opportunities.
What Is Your Ultimate Goal In The Music Industry? What Is Your Plan Of Action?
The ultimate goal is to bring our music to people all over the world. It would be incredible to one day play to a packed out crowd singing along the lyrics of your own songs. The Sunshine Coast, which has produced artists such as The Chats (Smoko) doesn’t have a massive platform for a band with screamed vocals and loud guitars. We hope to branch out down to Sydney and Melbourne and break into a few scenes there which would be followed up with tours. We are starting a patreon to expand our range of content and provide a platform for fans to support us directly. We’ve got big plans for shows, playthroughs, song breakdowns, interviews, lessons as well as general hijinks around town. It would be great to inspire young musicians like we all were all inspired when we were younger, we think that’s the ultimate gift when it comes to these things.
What Is Your Favorite Track To Perform Live and Why?
Snake Demeanor definitely has the consensus between Riley and Josh. The mix of angry vocals, emotionally driven lyrics and punky vibe make it a favourite when performing. Zach really enjoys Last Night as he feels it really showcases each member’s individual ability whilst bringing it all together for a hard hitting introductory track.
What Has Been The Biggest Challenge In Your Career Thus Far?
We would have to say that the biggest challenge for us has been the fact that we are a heavy band with growls and breakdowns. Its always hard starting out with original music but its even harder when theres not a venue willing to put on music of that genre. Its been slow but we hope to continue growing our presence locally once lockdown measures begin to lift. Having the confidence to perform and put ourselves out there is always going to be difficult at the start. Riley and Zach have both largely been bedroom guitarists before Rimmy Grasa, with Josh having gigging tenure with previous projects such as KnowIdeaAus. We are all self taught and are constantly learning which is at times tiring but extremely satisfying when you reach the end result. We hope that we will continue to improve on our abilities as a band and are extremely excited to begin the recording process for our second EP.
What’s Your Typical Songwriting Process?
Riley is the heart and soul of Rimmy Grasa. He writes the songs and lyrics, Zach then sprinkles some of his supporting bass lines and Josh nuts out the drums. The next step then is practice practice practice. As mentioned the three members all add their own unique style and dynamic and when it's time to record we mic ourselves up, and after we get a few good takes Josh gets to work on the mix. Josh is the mix master however Riley’s experience recording himself with a Rocksmith Cable into a free version of FL Studio always adds a bit of ingenuity. Zach has a background in singing, growls and breathing techniques and contributes to the vocal recording as well as the effects and mixing skills to get the vocals ready for the final mix. We know we are far from perfect but we all pull our weight every step of way bringing you the finished product you hear today.
How Has Social Media Influenced Your Career As An Artist?
Social media has been absolutely crucial for us over the past few months in lockdown. Not being able to gig had almost grinded our progress to a halt. Social media has allowed us to reach fans all over the world and we think that's incredible. The networking opportunities provided by social media are definitely second to none and without it things would definitely be a lot harder. Its great to be able to connect with our fans, other musicians and general public. Its alot easier to put yourself out there and if you persevere you can see some real results.
What Are Some Tracks and Artists Currently On Your Playlist?
You might be surprised to hear that we often argue over who we chuck on when we’re listening to Spotify. Rileys rotation lately includes System of a Down, Terror Reid, Knocked Loose, Void of Vision and he can definitely appreciate the rap OGs like Big L, Biggie and Wu Tang. Zach’s playlist is about as wild as Limewire was back in the day. On shuffle you may hear Thy Art is Murder and then Ariana Grande next. Lately he has been into progressive bands Polyphia, Covet and Intervals. Josh is currently listening to alot of Queens of the Stone Age, he prefers to take music an album at a time. The concept of listening to an album from finish to end and getting the full experience that the song writer has put out for is what he looks for in his music.
What Did You Do Before You Started Making Music?
I think all of us from Rimmy Grasa have been playing music from such a young age that there wasn't much going on before we picked up instruments. Before Rimmy Grasa were 2-3 bands that Riley had attempted to get off the ground, two of which including Zach on lead guitar. Zach has a background performing through school programs and has been in choirs, ensembles and rock bands. He joined the junior choir as a senior in exchange for a year's worth of free singing lessons, he's still not sure if the trauma was worth it… Before Josh made music he dreamed about making music. For as long as he can remember he’s had a guitar or set of sticks by his side.
Any Advice For Young People (Men or Women) That Want To Succeed In The Music World?
Practice and perseverance, take every opportunity and run with it. Don't be afraid to be yourself and put yourself out there and do not give a F*** what the haters say. You’ve got to have thick skin on social media and back yourself and the vision you have for your music. Don’t give up and never stop believing. We've definitely got a long way to go but we've only made it this far by putting in the hard yards.
What Would You Change In The Music Industry If You Were A Top Music Executive?
In the past we probably would have said restructuring the streaming industry, however with platforms like Tidal rising in popularity I think we are already beginning to see that happen. It would be good to see more support for local artists like rezoning districts and encouraging more venues for live music. The music industry is still a beast to be reckoned with but that's the way its always been.
How Do You Feel About Originality?
Originality is at the core of everything we do here at Rimmy. Zach was hard pressed trying to get the band to learn a cover. We want to create a unique and individual sound that really connects with our audience. It's a shame that the only money in music around our hometown is in cover bands or session playing. We would love to help create an environment that is more receptive and supporting of original music to help provide new talent the platform it needs.
Is There Anything Else We Should Know About You Or That You Would Like to Add?
We would like to say a massive thank you to CollegeUndergroundRadio, Larry Pri and those who reached out to us for providing Rimmy Grasa with this incredible opportunity. I think we probably just learnt as much about ourselves as you just did. Stay safe and Rock On!!