In the heart of the UK alternative metal scene, a musical alchemist named James Orez has been sculpting the intricate sounds of Everything is Nothing. With a genesis rooted in the influences of Tool, Deftones, and Nine Inch Nails, James embarked on a musical journey that would redefine the boundaries of metal.
Back in December 2023, Everything is Nothing launched a four-track EP entitled “Somnambulist,” about which James speaks in an interview for Prog Sphere following the inclusion on the “Progstravaganza: Harmony in Complexity” compilation, out now.
The Genesis of a Metal Journey
James reflects on his introduction to metal, a pivotal moment sparked by Tool‘s “Lateralus” in a VirginMegastore. His musical odyssey unfolded through influences like Deftones, Slipknot, and Rob Zombie, leading him to experiment with industrial and electronic elements. The fusion of heavy guitars and raw emotion drew him inexorably towards a metal sound.
Diving into “Vacant”
The featured track on the “Progstravaganza: Harmony in Complexity” compilation, “Vacant,” becomes an emotional canvas for James. Born from a day filled with rage and frustration, the song encapsulates the feelings of emptiness and disconnection, a cathartic anthem for the disenfranchised.
Crafting Chaos: The Creative Process of “Somnambulist”
James unravels his creative process, a journey of stumbling and happy accidents. The recent EP, “Somnambulist,” breathes new life into past projects, a reworking fueled by frustration. Starting with vocal phrases or drum beats, James, a self-taught creator, weaves a tapestry of emotion through his music.
Influences and Challenges in the Metal Scene
Early Deftones and the eerie industrial vibes of Nine Inch Nails fuel James’ alternative metal influences. He shares the challenges of being a metal artist, often urged to shift to mainstream genres. Unyielding, James embraces the authenticity of his sound, navigating the industry with a refusal to censor his music.
Evolution and Impact
In James’ eyes, the metal scene moves in cycles, and his music adds to the cacophony of aggression. His role? Thickening the sound, contributing to the perpetual evolution of the genre.
Memorable Moments and Personal Favorites
From the empowerment found in “Amplify Fear” to the realization of self-reliance, James treasures these moments in his musical journey. His personal favorites, like “Bovine” and “Amplify Fear,” reflect his commitment to unfiltered expression.
Upcoming Projects and Compilation Experience
James teases upcoming tracks while embracing the opportunity to be part of the “Harmony in Complexity” compilation. For him, this collaboration acknowledges the time and effort invested in his work.
A Message to Fans and Quickfire Insights
To fans discovering Everything is Nothing, James promises more of what they love. Dream collaborations with 3Teeth, mastering the guitar, and a profound love for Tool‘s “Aenima” shape his quickfire revelations.
Closing Words and Beyond Music
James leaves the audience with a call to explore the vast landscape of unsigned artists, encouraging a diverse musical journey. His influences extend beyond music, finding inspiration in movies and TV shows that evoke sound, visuals, storytelling, and emotions.
Connect with Everything is Nothing
For more about James and Everything is Nothing, explore their musical universe via linktr.ee/everythingisnothing.