Logan Mader has been in the music industry for quite a while now. He got his start in Machine Head and then Soul Fly. He then moved to the production side of the industry. One day a petite brunette asked him for some help. He agreed and realized it was time to start writing and play music again. Lauren Hart and Logan started recruiting and formed Once Human. I had the opportunity to sit down with Logan in Salt Lake City before their show and talk about the band, the tour and supporting Kobra and the Lotus and Xandria.
Shockwave Magazine: Thank you for taking the time to let me interview you. I appreciate it.
Logan: My pleasure. Thanks for having me.
First thing I wanted to ask you is: I know you were a part of some pretty well-known bands; how does this band compare and what is the chemistry like in Once Human?
The chemistry we have in Once Human is really special. It’s different than any other I have experienced. We’re all really good friends. I was really good friends with everyone in Machine Head and I still am. What we have in this band is almost like a family type connection with everybody in this band. Everyone’s got really unique, quirky personalities that blend together really nicely. I have really noticed that as we get into this touring cycle it translates on stage in a way that it’s really visible. I think you can feel it and see it. When it comes down to it, it’s really fucking fun. I’m really enjoying it.
My manager brain would say, “Logan you’re out of your mind to try and start a new band in 2017. It’s not going to work.” My passionate mind says, “I want to do it because I miss playing. I love playing. I love the music that we’re doing.” If nothing else it’s about having a good human experience and doing what I love to do. But beyond that, it’s actually starting to work. We’re on a staircase up. We have significant growth as a band every step of the way. So that actually feels good to my manager brain.
The band has only been around for a couple years. How did you guys start this band?
It started with Lauren and I. Monte Conner introduced her to me to do a production deal. We started writing music together and she said I want you to play in a band; you should play in the band. I had been comfortable just producing for many years now. Then a deep intuition told me I should do this. I felt like there was something calling me to do it, so I listened and I did it. I am really happy I did. That was the beginning, and then the completion of a circle is when we got Max on this new album. He was a big part of the songwriting collaboration on Evolution. He is a fucking amazing guitar player and writer. He’s the funniest person I know.
I was chatting with him and he seems to keep everybody on their toes and laughing; which, seems good when you are touring.
Yeah, he’s like a professional comedian level comedy guy. He’s got charisma and he’s a really good dude.
How has the reception been on this tour? It is an all-female-fronted tour, but very different styles of music. How has the crowd taken to Once Human?
We are 95% growly, heavy down to the bone, and the heaviest on the tour. I didn’t know, but we were happy to get the tour because it’s not easy to get tours these days. So, first of all, the fans have been very receptive to Once Human. Luckily, the fans have been open-minded and they don’t just like operatic power metal. We go out and put on a good show and we have felt a lot of love.
What are the future plans for Once Human?
We are doing support for Wednesday 13 through June, and then we just got offered to be with Dragon Force in July. We don’t have anything for August right now, but we are doing September in Europe. We have a really good agent and he is starting to book festivals for us for 2018.
I want to ask you about the tragic loss of Chris Cornell. Did you ever have any experiences with him or did he influence you in anyway?
I never met him, but I was a huge Soundgarden fan from the early 90’s. I loved the Loud Love and Badmotorfinger era. It was extremely shocking and sad; just a tragedy.
Lastly, I would like to ask you, since this is an all-female fronted tour, in 2017 are there still biases towards females in the metal scene? You have been in male fronted bands, so do you notice a difference in the way the bands are treated in the metal world?
It’s really wide open now and extremely accepted among a lot of metal fans and I would say thanks to most notably the Angela era establishing the fact that a woman can fuckin’ kill that shit as good if not better, and it’s legit. I think without Arch Enemy having been who they were and what they did, a band like us, we still have a lot more obstacles to overcome. It’s funny people listen to our record and they don’t know who we are and they think it’s a dude. Then they see us live and they are shocked.
Thank you, Logan, for letting me interview you.
Yes, thank you for letting me borrow your minivan to get a part for the trailer so we could have blinkers. You’re a journalist that goes the extra mile.
The show must go on and I am happy to help it continue. Plus, I knew you would be back because I can’t play guitar and you probably stuck out like a sore thumb in a minivan.
After the interview, I watched their set and saw the chemistry that Logan spoke. It was amazing to see such a young band so in sync. Lauren commanded the stage with her vocals. Max’s humor carried over on stage that night and Logan played blistering guitar. Once Human gave the crowd a set they won’t soon forget.