My Own Chaos are a Vancouver Canada based band that I recently got into. Jumping all over the metal map, they are definitely an interesting listen. Lead Singer Connie Chaos has a powerful voice reminiscent of Doro Pesch while still maintaining her own sound. Read what she has to say in the below interview and then check the band out! You won’t be disappointed!
Thanks for taking the time to speak to me. First of all can you go over who you are and a bit about “My Own Chaos”?
Connie: I am Connie Chaos. Singer for My Own Chaos. We are a Vancouver Canada based band that has been together since 2008. The band consists of Oleg Za (guitar), Steve-O (drums) and Stony Olivier Gingras (bass)…..And we are chaos.
You guys seem to be all over the musical map on the album, and it sounds like you guys listen to a lot more than just metal. Who would you say are your prime influences as a band?
Connie: We draw from many influences. I am influenced by Devin Townsend, Strapping Young Lad, Faith No More, etc. Oleg is pretty influenced by Ministry, Prodigy, Enigma and Judas Priest. Steve is influenced by more Punk/Grunge styles like Nirvana, and other styles like Primus, and Cypress Hill and Stony is influenced by bands like Overkill. So no wonder we are all over the music map. We simply mix it up and call it chaos. Its a new genre
The album was released independently to my understanding correct? Why was it released independently? Were there any bigger labels offering to sign you?
It was our debut album so we had to start somewhere. My Own Chaos evolved out of a band called Splatter. Splatter dissolved but some of us wanted to keep things going in a new direction. We pretty much had to start the process all over again, meaning building a brand new band name and reputation. So we had no choice but to self release. We have been getting some inquiries, but I cannot divulge any details about that at this time as things are still in negotiation.
With downloading and file sharing it is obviously tough being in a band at this time. Do you ever see yourself being able to do this full-time? (I am assuming you have another job that you do).
Yes I do see myself as being able to do this full time. That is our ultimate goal and we are a very focused, driven group. I subcontract myself out to other musical projects and marketing jobs. Both are very flexible around touring which is what I need. The band all have flexible jobs around touring so that we can do so extensively.
What is the overall theme of the album? Is there one?
The album was written around my divorce. There are a lot of rollercoaster emotions in that situation and I simply wrote it all down. It is kind of a concept album and it’s definitely chaos.
What led you guys to record a No Doubt cover? And “Hella-Good” at that?
At the end of the day no matter how terrible and tragic life may be, you keep on dancing. I thought it was a good way to end the album. Its kind of a happy ending. We are all responsible for our own happiness.
What are your plans for another album? Are you going to be recording anything soon?
We are currently in the writing process for our second album. We expect to be recording in late fall.
Where is your upcoming tour going to be taking you? Any plans on eventually going to the US or Europe?
Our upcoming tour is taking us across Canada. The US we want to tour, however getting P2 visas to do so is a total red tape process. I am currently talking to people in Europe.
Any local Vancouver bands that you want to mention?
The Executives, Electric Demons, Unleash the Archers, Lethal Halo, Ninjaspy, Edges of Seven, Gynosaurus X, Tyrants Blood, Sofa King, The Almighty Excrutiating Pain, Omega Crom, Remove the Doubt, West of Hell, certainly cant forget Devin Townsend, and there are way too many more cool bands to mention on this scene. There is a lot of talent in this city.
Lastly, what would be your top 5 albums of all time?
Strapping Young Lad-Heavy as a really Heavy Thing
Faith No More-Angel Dust
Primus-Tales from the Punch Bowl