IMA ARTIST Q&A WITH:
Band Name: Murashita
Home Base: Los Angeles, CA USA
Category Entered: EP/Metal
Title of Work Submitted: Inescapable Damnation
Producer: Masaki Murashita / Ryan Greene
Artists Featured: Masaki Murashita
Instruments Featured: Guitar, Bass, Drums, and Keyboard.
What’s the story behind your band name?: I’ve thought As the project was written and recorded before the touring band it goes by my name. It also represents that the music is my personal vision of the new direction in metal.
Describe your sound: Combined elements of melody, thrash and modern extreme metal, that is moving into the next stage of metal’s evolution.
Who’s sitting in your audience?: Metalheads including thrash, death, melodic death metal fans and people who listen to new and boundary defying music.
What’s your favorite press quote about your music?: “The EP as a whole is the definition of thrash, but brings different elements into the mix which creates Murashita’s own signature sound.” – Metal Nexus
The song or songs that changed your life and why: Megadeth songs. They inspired me to pick up the guitar and start my own band. ********Masaki- be more specific on this. Pick specific songs and why they are favorites. Memories of when you heard them and why they affected you.
Describe the first time you walked onstage: Excitement was flowing through my body. I expected to be nervous, but the excitement and adrenaline took over and I felt like an explosive new part of myself was emerging.
Why did you submit to this year’s Independent Music Awards?: My previous band, Hemoptysis won the 10th and 11th Independent Music Awards and I would like to see my solo release follow in its footsteps as I am more proud and excited by this music than ever.
If you win and/or get nominated, how will you use your IMA honor to further your career?: I would use the honor of the award to help open doors in promotion and expanded national touring opportunities as well as label and management support.
Who is your musical hero & what would you like to learn from them?: Dave Mustaine is my greatest influence and has been since the start of musical career. I would really like to learn more about how he began and maintained an innovative metal band over the course of a decades long career.
Where can fans follow you/purchase your music?: You can pick up my merch and music at Official Store at masakimurashita.bigcartel.com , CDBaby, iTunes, Amazon, and others. Inescapable Damnation EP is also in stores in Europe. Latest updates are always posted on my facebook page (facebook.com/murashitamusic) and website (www.masakimurashita.com).