The Cartographer – Interview

Thursday 17th August 2017

Hailing from Derby with the aim of producing “heavy riffs, melodic choruses, and basically something you can swing your wig about to,” The Cartographer are well and truly putting metal back on the map for the glorious Midlands.  After the release of their debut EP, the band took a break but are now back stronger and more determinded than ever; and with an album in tow the guys are in for an exciting year ahead.  With a sound reminiscent of early Bullet For My Valentine and a likeness to Northlane and Architects, it really has been a treat to receive a meaty release in my mailbox.  I caught up with guitarist, James Millington who gave me an insight to how the band formed and what they’re planning next.

Firstly, I have to say that I’m glad to be introduced to you guys; it’s great having some metal land in my emails to get my ears around. What has drawn you to this genre?

We’re glad we could help with that! Metal to us is like medication. Wether you’re feeling low, happy, angry, confused or even unwell, metal has always got your back. It’s like it caters for all emotions and situations.

How did you all meet and what made you start the band? What was the decision behind the band splitting up and then getting back together a few years later? 

It all started with myself (James) and Jay. We’d known each other from previous bands and mutual friends for a few years. We starting talking about music a lot and decided to give a band a go. After a few member changes we found our guitarist, Dan. The guy is a wizard in the strings. After a while we started gigging and things were going well, until our old drummer went travelling and our old bassist couldn’t carry on because of work. We decided to call it a day. Then just how the band started, we all got talking about music again. Some ideas were thrown about, we wrote our EP “Human Error” and we decided to give The Cartographer another go! Then we found a drummer, which moved things along. Eventually finding our bassist, Tom.

Your single “Vultures” has been chosen as your introduction back in to the music world.  What does this track mean to the band?

“Vultures” is the track that got The Cartographer back together. It was the first song written on the EP. It felt right, it was our gateway back onto the stage and back into the music we all dearly love.

Who did you work with for the accompanying video for the single, and where did the shoot take place?

Our video was shot by Rob Rutley, a very talented man. He brought our song “Vultures” to life! We shot the video in a pub in Derby called The Waterfall. The shoot was a lot of fun, like most things we do!

How are you getting on putting your debut album together and do you have a release date in mind?

The album is coming along great, we’re just putting the final pre-production to it before we go into the studio. We’re so excited to share it with the world. We haven’t got an exact date yet but it’s looking like the beginning of 2018.

How will the album compare to your previous material, and are there any notable differences or developments?

Our debut album is without doubt a huge step up from our EP already. The songs have more impact, more emotion and raw energy!

What’s your writing process as a band, and how do you come together to create the final track?

We all usually write parts at home and send them to each other. Then at practices we will run through what we have, develop it more and more until we’re completely satisfied.

If you could pick a song by any artist past or present that you could say you wish you had written, what would it be and why?

That’s a tough one, there’s so many bands and songs that inspire us in what we do. But my personal choice would be “Laurentian Ghosts” by After The Burial. It’s such an emotional and powerful song. It brings a tear to the eye but makes you wanna bang your head. It’s just incredible.  

You’ve got a handful of live dates coming up in August.  Will this be your first time performing since the band got back together, and are there any further dates planned for the year?

We’ve actually just come off of a 5 day tour with our good friends Skies In Motion. It was such an incredible tour too! We have one more this month supporting Loathe in Nottingham on the 28th so definitely come check that out because it’s going to be off the hook! Then playing Alt Fest in Derby on the 30th of September. We are looking to book some more shows so we’ll keep you all updated!

Are there any venues in particular you haven’t performed at that you aspire to play in the future?

Oh definitely! Our 2 main ones would be Satan’s Hollow in Manchester and Rock City in Nottingham.

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