Interview with Bandage – Summer Fusion 2016

Bandage is a Lebanese rock band founded back in 2004 and has been one of the active pioneers in the Lebanese music scene since then. Don’t miss their staple performance at Summer Fusion 2016 on August 27th at Mocean Kaslik!

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How and when did you start in the Lebanese music scene?
We started BandAge back in 2004. Our very first performance was at the Galaxy Shopping Center. It was beautiful! The crowd enjoyed it and we made a lot of mistakes.

Who does your current lineup consist of?
Nathalie J. BandAge – Vocals
Roland Azar – Keyboards
Ralph Khoury – Guitars
Rany Battikh – Bass Guitar
Tony Abou Haydar – Drums

What style do you perform? Do you perform cover songs or play originals?
Rock – Hard Rock (sometimes, depending on our mood).
We perform both originals and covers. You can’t just play originals in the Lebanese music scene. You gotta give the crowd a taste of covers of the hits that they grew up to and enjoy.

Who are your influences?
Joe Satriani, Vai, Jordan Rudess, Queen, Pink Floyd, Angra, Symphony X, Bon Jovi…

What is your purpose behind performing and making music?
We are music lovers, we enjoy playing music, and it is who we are… It makes us feel good, and that’s quite a great purpose!

What do you think of the Lebanese music scene?
Our music scene is one hell of a survivor scene with lots of great energy and potential. We never gave up on it, and we never will.

What can we expect from you at Summer Fusion 2016?
Awesomeness all the way! It’s one of our best outdoor concerts of the year!
RockRing are proving that they are the best and most dedicated organizers throughout the years. We can’t thank them enough!

What are your plans for the future?
Keep doing what we enjoy best. Keep rock alive, record our newest single “Back in Time”, and release a music video (hopefully).


Interview with Ink26 – Summer Fusion 2016

Ink26 is a Lebanese metal band playing styles ranging from metalcore to thrashcore. They started back in 2002 and have since gathered a heavy following. Catch them at Summer Fusion 2016 for an awesome show!

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How and when did you start in the Lebanese music scene?
Originally, the band started back in 2003 as Blood Ink, and a couple of years later, Element 26 was formed. Around 2012, both bands became fairly inactive due to some members, and eventually the active members decided to join forces to become Ink26.

Who does your current lineup consist of?
Jad Matta – guitar/bg vocals
Joe Abdel Sater – guitar/bg vocals
Roy Naufal – bass/bg vocals
Kamal Khoueiry – vocals
Chris Mikael – drums

What style do you perform? Do you perform cover songs or play originals?
Our style is mostly a mix of thrash, metalcore, thrashcore, groovecore, heavy metal, with a hint of technical and melodic elements.
We play originals and covers to share some of our favorite music with the crowds!

Who are your influences?
Lamb of God, Gojira, Mudvayne, Killswitch Engage, Trivium, Quo Vadis, Testament, Opeth, among others.

What is your purpose behind performing and making music?
Playing music is simply something we enjoy…sharing it with others makes it even better. We love going on stage and the energy on stage when you see all the crowd joining in on what you play, specially with originals!

What do you think of the Lebanese music scene?
Our music scene has seen a lot of ups and down, but it is a strong survivor.
There was a bit of low time in the past few years due to lack of events, but now it’s picking up much better again!

What can we expect from you at Summer Fusion 2016?
Lots of heavy stuff and new originals. We want to have a blast and make sure everyone will have a blast with us. Summer Fusion is one of the most epic concerts in Lebanon, and we’ll try our best to deliver.

What are your plans for the future?
We’re currently recording our new album and planning to play some concerts abroad.