Countdown to Heavy Montreal – Interview with Intervals

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We’re taking some time to chat with some of the incredible performers at this year’s instalment of Heavy Montreal! The festival takes place in Montreal on July 28 & 29, at Parc Jean-Drapeau. Get your tickets HERE. We started things off with Montreal’s NonHuman Era a few days ago, and today we chat with Toronto’s Intervals.

First off, care to introduce yourself to our readers?

Of course! My name is Aaron Marshall aka Intervals, and I’m an instrumental guitarist/composer from Toronto. I’ve been writing, recording, and touring as Intervals since 2011. I’ve performed around the globe with bands like Protest The Hero, Tesseract, Periphery, Animals as Leaders, Misery Signals, The Contortionist, Memphis May Fire, and more. I make an eclectic, high energy brand of guitar-driven instrumental rock/metal that draws from a range of vibes and emotions. If you’re not familiar with my work, jump on Spotify or Apple Music and dig around the catalogue. There’s definitely something for everyone in there!

Heavy Montreal is back with a day-long fun-filled day of rock and metal music! How does it feel to be a part of the amazing lineup?

I’m stoked! I think attendees get a really unique and fun show this year. The bill is well rounded and there’s no doubt it’s going to be super fun!

Have you taken part in Heavy Montreal before? If so, what was the highlight of your previous involvement?

This is my first year performing at Heavy Montreal.

The line-up for this year is great, is there one specific performer that you’re most excited to check out?

Gojira plays the same day as me, so they’re definitely the standout, for me personally. I played a festival with them in the summer of 2016 called Brutal Assault in the Czech Republic and they were incredible. Definitely can’t wait to see them again!

Is there any band that you would have liked to see on the line-up for Heavy Montreal this year?

Nothing in particular comes to me. I know how these festivals are curated and I think the bill for this year is great. Anyone who isn’t on this year may very well be next year, so I’d say its fine the way it is.

Are you performing at any other festivals this summer that you’d like to tell us about?

Heavy Montreal is the only festival performance this summer. I’m keeping things pretty chill this summer as I just finished headline tours of Europe and North America in support of my latest record, The Way Forward. I have some international dates coming up in the fall and more club touring, as well as a festival-heavy summer for 2019 so I’m just taking time to enjoy some summer vibes for 2018.

If you were asked to give an up-and-comer some advice, what would that advice be?

Stay true to your personal taste, be honest with yourself and make art for you, and no one else. Pay attention to what’s going on in the pond you swim in, and take notes, but put your own spin on things and don’t be afraid to make mistakes along the way.

Tell us about your first ever festival experience.

If I recall, my first festival as Intervals was Skate and Surf Fest in New Jersey in 2014. I played right after my hometown pals in Structures and spent the day watching Animals As Leaders, New Found Glory and Circa Survive. Tons of sick food and awesome weather with friends on the boardwalk. Festivals are always a ton of fun!

What’s up next for you?

I’ve got some regional shows leading into Heavy Montreal (Windsor, St Catharines, and Kingston) and then I’ll be preparing for a month of international shows that happen in September on the other side of the planet. From there, more touring in support of The Way Forward, and collecting new ideas and vibes in my downtime. If you’re not already, make sure you’re following me on Instagram (@aaronintervals) to stay in the loop on dates/releases, etc… Thanks for reading!

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