Interview: Will Sowers (Emarosa)

Post-Hardcore Br interviewed Will Sowers from Emarosa. In the band’s first interview for Brazilian media, he talks about the project with Aaron Marsh (Copeland), plans for the next record, the Australian headline tour and of course the chances of a future Brazilian tour.

PHCBR:  Hi, Will! Thanks for the interview. I'm also a bass player. So I'd like to start by asking how you turned out to become a bass player and what your major influences are.

WS: I grew up in a very musically talented family. Starting out with professional training in voice, piano, violin, cello and percussion. As my love for rock music intensified I started teaching myself guitar. I had a friend who was starting up a rock band that needed a bassist so I then decided to pick up the bass guitar. My dad took me to a pawn shop to purchase my first bass and from that moment on, I was completely in love.

-  Joy Division with Peter Hook's unique style of playing as always been a major influence on myself. Along with The Beatles, David Bowie, Radiohead and The Strokes.

PHCBR: Can we talk about the hiatus Emarosa took? What did you do? Did you personally feel scared of breaking up?

WS: Emarosa's hiatus may have seemed like we were inactive but the reality was quite the contrary. The band was still rehearsing around 5 days a week, working with potential vocalists and trying to make the right decision to better the band. I think the break from touring and what may have seemed like a long and drug out decision on replacing a front man was exactly what needed to happen. I have always had the utmost faith with this band and group of guys are extremely proud of what we overcame and accomplished together.

PHCBR: Versus was considered by critics and fans one of the great comebacks of 2014. How do you feel about it and how does it compare to the feeling towards the other albums?

WS: We are very proud of Versus. I think it was a great step forward for Emarosa and that it represents the band and our sound very well. We are growing up and maturing with all of our fans each and every year, and I think Versus is a perfect representation of the journey we've been on all while paying homage to the sound we created from day 1.

PHCBR: You might not like talk about this. But in terms of songwriting, what are the main differences  between working with Bradley and Jonny?

WS: Writing with Bradley was a very positive experience. He is an extremely talented and diverse musician with tons of passion and I feel that shows with Versus, Bradley has brought nothing but positivity to Emarosa.

PHCBR:  You've recently recorded a song with Aaron Marsh from Copeland. How was the experience?

WS: We went down to Florida to work with Aaron to record a few songs. I don't want to dive into detail about the music just yet but we're beyond excited to share what we created together. Aaron brought out some things in our music that we've always wanted to do, such as working with live strings. I think we created something truly beautiful.  

PHCBR: Could you tell us when this song is going to be released and whether it will be released as a single, in a compilation or else?

WS: There hasn't been an official release date set yet, but the new music will come out sometime this summer.

PHCBR: You guys are going to headline an Australian tour next month. That's a great sense of achievement. I mean, realizing that Emarosa grew to the point of having a huge fan base so far from home.

WS: We can't wait to get back to Australia. We last toured there in 2010 as part of Soundwave and had one of the best times of our lives. Australian fans were extremely friendly and supportive and it's an honor to be able to travel to another country and share our music.

PHCBR: Btw, more and more bands from this scene are touring in Brazil. Circa Survive is coming in October. Do you guys have plans for a Brazilian tour? Have you ever got a proposal to tour here?

WS: We have yet to have an offer for a Brazilian tour but if it is put on the table I know we'd jump at the chance.

PHCBR: In our exchange of emails you mentioned there's a lot going on with the band. And of course I got curious...

WS: We've been working on a lot of new music lately and after this recording session with Aaron Marsh, I know we're all more excited than ever to get back in the studio and record a new album. Which is looking like will be happening this year.

PHCBR: Thanks again, Will. I know it's kind of cliché but could you leave a few words to Emarosa fans in Brazil?

WS: We'd love to say THANK YOU to any and every person who has ever listened to an Emarosa song in Brazil. Even if we are unable to play live for you at the present time please know that your support never goes unnoticed. I think Brazil has been one of the loudest fan bases online and we will do everything in our power to make some shows happen for you all as soon as possible.


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