Lockdown is a two-person heavy metal band from New Plymouth, New Zealand.
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My name is Eugene and I'm the singer and bass player for Lockdown. I've been writing music for 20 years both in bands and by myself.
I started singing when I was 16. Two of my friends started a band and invited me to come along one night. I had no idea what I was doing so I just made it up as I went along. We were lucky enough to be able to practise in The Dungeon which belonged to one of the local bands. One night we were practising and two friends of the drummer came up to check us out, one of them was Nannos. The drummer and Nannos started a band with a singer who later moved away and I joined, this band became Diary of a Mental Patient. Diary lasted nearly 10 years before I moved away to Auckland to study. When I came back I got in touch with Nannos and we started writing music again which eventually became Lockdown.
Diary of a Mental Patient played many gigs around the country with lots of different bands. I usually get a little nervous at the start of a show but once the adrenaline kicks in then it feels amazing. Lockdown hasn't had the opportunity to play any live shows yet.
I started listening to Korn when I was 16 and that's when I decided I wanted to become a singer. I went to Tasmania with my family and while we were driving around I listened to Life is Peachy and Follow the Leader on my CD player. I was a big fan of Slipknot when they released their first studio album and System of a Down too. Pretty much all the big metal bands of the 90s.
I have a WhisperRoom vocal booth for practising and recording vocals. I use a Behringer C-1 microphone and a Focusrite Scarlett Solo interface to record. My bass guitar is a Sonic G5 tuned to Dropped A and I use the TSE BOD plugin for amp modelling.