Make ‘Em Drop
To tell you the truth I was kind of surprised when I read about a new hardcore band in my hometown called Make ‘Em Drop. I never heard of them before so decided to check them out on Facebook and drop the guys some questions for a New Breed interview. Bass player Daan responded pretty fast.
When and how did the band start? Were you already a group of friends who wanted to play music together or did someone put up ads on messageboards looking for bandmembers?
We started out in 2010 just to make fun as a group of friends. Somehow people like our music and now we play shows on regular basis in Holland, Belgium and France.
You’re a Tilburg Hardcore band. Are there more new hardcore bands springing up in Tilburg? How would you say the hc scene in Tilburg and the southern part of the Netherlands is right now? Is it on the rise again, is it easy to get to play shows? And what were your favorite local shows so far?
We’re actually one of the few active hardcore bands in Tilburg right now, but we get a lot of support from friends and other hardcore enthusiasts. We think the hc scene in the southern part of Holland is on a rise, and it’s not that hard to get a show. We do have a booker called ‘Support Your Locals’ who arranges most of our shows. My favorite show in Tilburg was probably Hang the Bastard in Little Devil recently and Parkway Drive at the NSD tour 2 years ago.
Which Dutch and European hardcore bands are a source of inspiration for you guys and why?
We try to do our own thing and don’t look too much to other hardcore bands, because we want to keep and develop our own style and be original.
When did you get in touch with hardcore, what were the first bands you’ve seen live and which band made such an impact that you decided you want to be in a band yourself?
We got in touch with hardcore at an early age, like 12 or 13 and still enjoy the positive vibe and friendly atmosphere at shows, including our own. We don’t really listen to the same kind of hardcore but share the same love and passion for making this music. My first hardcore bands were Ryker’s and Sick Of It All. When I was younger I got a cassette from my older cousin, he was already into hardcore and passed it on to me.
What do you guys do besides hardcore? Any goofy jobs?
Well, most of us are still in school. Our vocalist Maikel studies Light & Sound technics, Our bassist Daan is in Artschool studying Graphic Design. Pim, 1th guitarist, is gonna be a sport teacher and Nick, the other guitarist, is working for a big supermarket and drives his truck like a boss. Tommy is our drummer and he is studying for professional drummer/musician.
Are you a social political band or are your lyrics more personal?
We don’t like to make a statement of any kind, just because we don’t want to exclude anybody. We want to party with everybody and don’t like to judge on believes, opinions and stuff like that. Most of our lyrics are personal and mean something to us, we also like to party and write about that.
What is your top 5 in songs if you only consider the lyrics?
It’s real hard to choose, but there are definitely lyrics that mean a lot to me and I can relate to.
1. Blood for Blood – I ain’t like you
2. Ryker’s – Lowlife
3. The ghost inside – Shiner
4. Gallows – Dead voices
5. H2o – What happened
Which new hardcore band should we interview next and what would you ask them?
Immobilize. Question: When are we gonna party again?!Back to interviews overview
There are a few things that bother me about this interview, the main thing is: I still don’t know anything about this band, except that they are from tilburg.
I think Rold could add some peronal notes to this, if a band doesn’t want to define themselves, or don’t know what they sound like. You know, like what bands it reminds you of.
Also try some more in depth questions, the answer about the lyrics are not really satifying. What kind of personal stuff are these guys singing about? Girlfriends breaking up with you? Bad grades in school? You know, something more than just “personal stuff”, and I really don’t need to know all your dirt, but just a little more info.
Because I think the goal here is to get people to want to know this band right? And this interview does not make me want to check out this band.
I agree with you that I could have done a more in-depth interview. But how much can one tell about a band that hasn’t been around for that long. I also figured that if you wanted to know how the band sounds, you can just hit the play button at the end of the interview 😉
We have more in-depth stuff on the site indeed 😉
But these new breed ‘interviews’ (I hate to call these things interviews) are mainly a short Q&A with a band, it’s also up to the band to take that stage and use it if you know what I mean 😉
Anyway, as for this band: Good to see there’s actually new bands in the Netherlands. Hope they have some proper recordings up soon, because these recordings aren’t that great.
I can’t hit the playbutton at work unforunately, otherwise I would have. 😉
I know that the band should take the opportunity to let the world know who they are and what they stand for. However, I think a zine like this could help them out a little because they might lack the experience to promote themselves.
Come on tim, just take a look at the band photo and you instantly know you’re not going to like this. 😉
Haha you might be right.
And those personal lyrics… “MAKE ‘M DROP PUMPIN’ BOTTLES IN THE CLUB!” 🙂 Me likey.
I DO like this band by the way, in case anybody was doubting that. 🙂