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NAS 10 Questions with Mani_ac

This time, we get to know Mani_ac. His track "The Extremist" is featured in the New Artist Spotlight Family of Playlists.

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𝟭. Where are you from and what is your hobby?

I'm from Bhopal, India. Apart from making heavy/death metal music, I also love making orchestral scores and alternative rock music. I also play badminton outdoor and video games whenever I need a break. I also anchor/EMCEE for artists when I get the chance

𝟮. How did your get into music?

It started way back. When we used to play video games like Road Rash, NFS they had mostly rock/metal soundtracks which caught my ear. Then I started listening to linkin park, green day and went further beyond into hard rock, heavy metal through Metallica, the rest of big four, lamb of God and so on. I learnt how to play keyboard at the age of 13 and subsequently picked up every instrument and learnt production

𝟯. Who are your biggest influences?

Dream Theater is my greatest influence in terms of keyboard, vocals, progressive songwriting and music production. Metallica is my all time greatest influence which made me learn guitar, drums and bass

4. What are your goals in the music industry?

I just want the most loyal heavy metal fanbase in front of whom I can perform after this pandemic is done and dusted

5. If you could choose a location to perform at, what would it be?

Wacken Open air, monsters of rock, bangalore open air, and many other festivals where people love metal

6. What is your all-time favorite song?

This is so hard considering so many genres i listen to. But to pick one, I'll pick "Fade To Black" By Metallica

7. Most embarrassing moment?

I had a gig at NITTE 2018 in India. It was the worst gig I've ever played. Huge audience, but our opener sucked. It was so bad, our front woman announced it as our soundcheck. It's definitely the most embarrassing experience I've had

8. Proudest accomplishment?

My greatest accomplishment so far is me anchoring for the Indian music duo Salim-Sulaiman due to the following reason: thousands of people attended the show, none of them knew me or wanted to see me and I still had the duty to hype the crowd as well as mention the event sponsors which nobody gives a damn. Still, I was able to hype the crowd to maximum and Salim Merchant was impressed and we took a selfie afterwards

9. What is something about you that might surprise someone who knows you the best?

The biggest thing: I play every single instrument, sing clean and unclean vocals and do music production all by myself and I follow the same for all my singles. I also have perfect pitch(I.e, I can re create any musical note without a reference).

𝟭𝟬. What is your dream collaboration?

My greatest dream collab is with Metallica. They inspired me to create music almost 10 years ago. And here I am creating music of that genre. At some point, sharing the stage or even studio maybe will be such a huge honour. I can't even describe with words. I would also love to collaborate with Corey Taylor of Slipknot because I always envision his voice suiting well with my music

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