When we started Metal Jacket Magazine, we wanted to somehow bring our readers closer to bands that might have a harder time breaking through to listeners in the sea of bands and music. Line-up: Alex Willox – vocals, Gareth Stapleton – rhythm guitar and backing vocals, John Harmsworth – lead guitar and backing vocals, Jim Hutton – bass guitar and Adrian Osman – drums.
To begin with, it would be best if you introduced yourself.
A: Hey we are One Last Day, a heavy rock band from Berkshire, UK.
Is it hard to keep all the members together since this music has no income?
A: We have had a couple of changes but nothing dramatic. We all work day jobs currently! 🙂
How do you finance yourself and can you cover the costs of recording, equipment, concerts with music?
G: We have been able to finance recording and equipment because we work day jobs, we also have the ability to record at home with my home studio before sending our music to be mixed and mastered. We are unable to cover the costs with music at this stage, but we are currently looking into investments and the gigs are coming in quick so we are hoping that will change!
What made you start playing metal music? Who were your role models in the beginning and has that changed over time?
A: For me I started with a heavy Corey Taylor/Stone sour love for music but I think I’ve found my own way now 🙂
J: My role model has always Richie Sambora. He inspired me to play guitar and then I listened to a lot of punk pop music and as I grew as a musician and my taste matured, I started playing more complex music, which led me to listen to more heavy rock and post grunge.
G: I’ve always enjoyed playing heavier music, I have many role models but Nu Metal music was my first real foray into heavy music. It has changed over time, but I still enjoy the classics.
Is it hard to find a publisher or is it better to self publish considering the internet?
G: I would say that as a young band, using distributors and publishers that are already established is the best way forward. There are so many options out there that it is a really easy and cheap option to get your music out.
What have you published so far?
A: We currently have a few singles and an EP ‘Chapter 1: The End Is The Beginning’ available on all streaming services and new singles out over the next 6 months. 🙂
How do you create songs, how do you record them?
G: We usually start with a guitar riff and then build a song around that, however we are all quite open minded and flexible to different approaches so this may develop over time. We record the songs in my home studio before sending them off to be mixed and mastered.
Where do you get inspiration for the lyrics?
A: I always take inspiration from real life, my own life and those around me. I feel it resonates with listeners more.
What is your favorite song you’ve made so far and why?
A: For me it’s ‘I’m Here To Stay’ as it closes a chapter behind me and opens another.
J: “With You Again” is my favourite song because it is the first song that me and Gareth wrote together and the first song written for One Last Day. It has some really nice layers and is an all around solid rock track.
G: My favourite song is “As Time Stands Still”. We haven’t released this song yet, but it will be out next year. I like it because it’s my favourite piece of music that I have written and Alex’s vocals just bring the song to life.
Where can readers listen to you and maybe buy your material?
A: You can HEAR us on Spotify, Amazon, Deezer, Apple Music and all streaming platforms!
G: You can also download our music from Bandcamp and buy CD’s online or at shows!
How do you organize concerts, is it difficult for you and how many people come to such concerts?
A: It’s slow currently however I’m confident out new managers at SplitScreenManagement can boost that. With regards to attendance it very varied right now but we know as we grow it’ll change for sure.
In which countries have you played and where did you have the best time, where is the crowd the craziest?
A: We currently as a band have only played the UK, however with previous bands I have graced Poland, Ukraine and others. It was amazing and I can’t wait for One Last Day to be doing the same.
What do you think about the digital release and is it serious like CD or LP?
A: Digital release is great to get music heard but it does hinder physical CD sales. There are folks out there that still love a CD though which is great.
Was metal music more honest than today?
G: All genres of music have developed and changed over time, and I feel that there’s more crossover than ever, which is really good as it has the possibility to get more people interested in different styles of music.
How do you comment on this bunch of sub-genres in metal and is it good for metal or is it destroying it?
A: I used to think it did however I think people have a taste for what they want to hear so sub genres are cool. The only thing I will say is eff the gatekeepers haha.
G: Sub-genres are great, although I just label music good or bad no matter the genre. I think being able to mix loads of styles of music to create something unique is a really special thing.
Do you support this commercialization of metal music and how about the wearing of metal t-shirts by some “exposed” people who do not belong to this philosophy of metal music?
A: In a way its cool if ‘popular mainstream’ people like to flaunt a tee. It can have a good outcome if people start seeing the logos etc. Maybe they will love Slayer 😂
J and G: If someone was wearing our t-shirt but didn’t know the music, we wouldn’t care. It’s money in our pockets and it promotes the band.
What would you change in the world of metal and would you like to go back to the time before the internet if you remember it at all?
G: I would make it more inclusive and get rid of the gatekeepers. The internet is great and has allowed so many people to express their creativity.
How important is supporting the local scene and can you single out a band from your area that you would recommend to our readers?
J: It is really important to support local venues and gigs because the next big band comes from the local and you have keep music live. This Dying Hour are really good for the metalheads and Split The Dealer if you like some more pop stuff.
How do you see this situation in the world and how do you think it will develop? Will they imprison us again, scare us or maybe send us into a big war?
J: Hopefully we have seen the end of the pandemic and the live music scene will continue to improve.
Finally, what would you say to our readers and why should they listen to you in the sea of bands that are offered to them every day?
G: If you like your music heavy and melodic, we are the band for you.
J: We are the best band since sliced bread and we tickle all your senses.
Next ONE LAST DAY live shows:
28th October – The Acoustic Couch, Bracknell – event page https://www.facebook.com/events/s/the-final-show-schemata-theory/1250526009107969/
19th November – St. Peter’s Church, Brighton
9th December – McCann’s Rock N Ale Bar, Newport – event page https://www.facebook.com/events/s/delour-scarsun-one-last-day-li/687091965658468/
4th February 2023 – The Factory, Worthing
Photo-credits 📸 jazwhite_photography (IG)