Countdown to Bloodstock – Interview with Shoot To Kill


Shoot To Kill have no intention of firing blanks at Bloodstock. The Oxford Metal 2 The Masses winners tell Emily Castles what lies in store when they take to the New Blood Stage on Friday.

MR: Many congratulations on winning Metal 2 the Masses in Oxford – has it sunken in yet?
No not quite, we still find it beyond crazy to see our names amongst some of our favourite bands of all time. We are practicing harder than ever before and trying to remember the reality that we are playing Bloodstock! 

MR: What was your highlight or favourite set of the evening?
On our final, all the bands were exceptional. Personally, being a big extreme metal, fan, newcomers Indecorum took my breath away – for such a fresh band they were huge. I cannot wait to see what they do with themselves. 

MR: How did you find the whole M2TM process overall?
Humbling and wholesome. Seeing the friendships made and how all the local bands supported each other was amazing. It was touching and amazing to see, we look forward to playing shows with all the bands we met along the way. 

MR: The band only performed their first headline show last year, have you been pleased with the reception you’ve had so far?
That is correct, it was our second show and due to illness in the camp (ie. line-up problems) we had to have a long pause. After finally securing a full line-up and as motivated as ever, we kicked off Shoot To Kill. We’ve released an EP and have been lucky enough to sell out venues such as The Black Heart in Camden – the reception has been touching and we can’t wait to see what is next. 

MR: As you said, you released your first EP Torment a few months ago, how did you find the writing and recording process?
It was fun, we worked with James Burton of Hoffen Productions who is now a good friend of ours and also the lead singer of a band called Swarmed, who are good friends of ours. The process was exciting – we recorded all the drums live and guitars in the studio. The hardest part was the pre-production and all of the cutting and changing – no song sounded anywhere near the same as how it’s been released. The songs off the Torment EP were written in 2018/2019 so it has been amazing to finally release them. 

MR: Are you working on anything at the moment?
With the full line-up, a big team effort is in place, a new Shoot To Kill is coming, a heavier and bigger one. The new music we have blows the rest out of the water, we are patient but cannot wait to show you all – we may be playing one of those songs at Bloodstock, come and find out! 

MR: Do you have any other gigs or tours planned this year?
We are headlining The Bullingdon in Oxford on 1 September, whilst we are not playing much at the moment, mainly focusing on recording, we do have some plans to announce soon. 

MR: What can fans expect who may be seeing you at Bloodstock for the very first time?
Chaos, simple as. 

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