Alex Miller is the guitarist of Brisbane based metalcore band Virtues, who have been making a name for themselves in the Aussie Scene. Most recently when their track "When in Rome" which made it into The Faction's #hardest100 at number 42! Keep up to date with everything Virtues right here!
//Tell us about the journey so far with Virtues?//
Hey Byron! Firstly, thanks for taking the time to interview myself on behalf of the band today.
Virtues has been an absolute whirlwind of an experience and the fact that we have only been together for less than a year is insane! We've already played several gigs, such as some memorable nights at The Crowbar and started to build a fan base, it blows my mind.
The whole band just fell together. What started out as my side project in-between my old band with just myself and Nathan our drummer soon became what is now Virtues. I couldn't be prouder of what we've already achieved and am excited to show everyone what we have in store next.
//What is the origin of the name?//
Many many months of throwing name ideas backwards and forth. There was honestly a while there where I thought a war was going to breakout. We wanted a name that was easy to remember and catchy then finally when all hope seemed lost we landed on Virtues. We liked that the meaning of Virtues was to have a high moral standard and liked the idea of our music meaning the exact opposite which contradicts itself.
//You've been a band for a little while now, what have been some of your highlights?//
Some of the highlights that stand out to me would definitely be the response we received from our first release 'When In Rome' within the first week we were played on The Faction's radio station and had a write up done on AAA backstage.
//What does the future hold for you guys, in terms of this release?//
We’ve had an amazing reception at our shows so far, the crowds really seem to dig the songs which is amazing!
Looking into the future we have some bigger shows lined up and we are incredibly excited to showcase our follow-up single and video pretty soon. So keep your eyes peeled for that!
In the slightly longer term, we have our debut EP planned for release later this year hopefully and we’ve already begun recording.
//Where do you draw inspiration from?//
Ohhh man where do I even start honestly I love most music and really appreciate all music the only genre you'll never catch me listening to would be country.
In terms of metal artists the list and sub-genres is huge but some examples would be Meshuggah, After the Burial, Disentomb, Parkway Drive, Thy Art Is Murder, Slayer, Anthrax, Cannibal Corpse, Polaris, Hatebreed, Korn, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, System of a Down, Disturbed, Slipknot and Metallica to name a few, I had so many more but honestly the list would never end.
//Creating and writing process, what’s it like?//
We have a fairly standard process when it comes to writing and creating music. Normally Alex, our Rhythm Guitarist, will write all the guitar parts in full then he will send them to Wade, our Vocalist, who will then write the lyrics and melodies in full for the song.
Once that's done we will bring the song to everyone at rehearsals where Daniel will add catchy Lead Guitar, Nathan will add intricate Drums and Zeke will add Bass.
//What does this release mean to you?//
I'm extremely proud of this release as its the very beginning of what Virtues is and its exciting to see the response we've had already from our fans. We're growing with each song we write and I'm keen for our future projects.
//The biggest set back VS. what you’re most grateful for with regard to your career as a band?//
Our biggest set back would have to be when our drummer Nathan tore his ACL so he wasn't able to drum for a few weeks but we already had plans to replace him with a drum machine *laughs*.
We are definitely most grateful for the response we have received from our fans and friends as well as locking in the 42nd spot on The Faction's Hardest 100 which was a huge surprise to all of us!
//What does the live music scene mean to you?//
The live music scene means EVERYTHING to all of us, because let's face it without the live music scene there would be no music community.
I remember in 2010 at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre I was 17 going to my first concert which happened to be Metallica and Lamb of God. Seeing Lamb of God start playing I knew from that day forward that this is why I want to do music. It's my life. These bands helped create a community I was apart of and it became a passion of mine to share it with other like minded people.
//What is your dream local festival line-up, that you could be a part of (of course)?//
I'm probably going to be a little greedy on this one but you did ask my dream local festival lineup so here it is.
Void of Vision (I know they are from Melbourne but they are so dope!)
The Amity Affliction
A Breach of Silence