Based in Philadelphia, MyParasites is a band that performs elements of industrial, screamo and aggrotech music under the light of CHAUVET® DJ fixtures. They have traveled all over the country and are gearing up for a full U.S. tour in the fall. Read on and get to know more about the group who coined the genre “ScrEBM.”
1. How did you come up with the name of your band?
MyParasites represents all the things that eat away inside us — like everyday struggles and life. We created the name when we started making music and feel that it really describes what the songs are about.
2. How many members are there?
MyParasites is comprised of four members: Jaws (vocals), Eddie Threat (bass and
synthesizer), Chloe (drums) and Glitch (lead synthesizer).
3. What type of music do you play?
We’re an electronic act that plays industrial music. It’s a kind of harsh electronic sound that is created using samplers, synthesizers, guitars, electronic drums, angle grinders and a little bit of mayhem.
4. What CHAUVET® fixtures are included in your setup?
For a lot of ultraviolet-reactive fun, we place two LED Shadow blacklight panels at both ends of the stage. Four LEDsplash 86B wash lights are attached to our electronic drum kit and are activated using Midi and two DMX-4 LED dimmer/relay packs. For added effects and movement, we set up an Eclipse RGB laser and a couple Mini Strobe LED strobe lights around the stage.
5. Are they permanently installed somewhere or do you set them up for each
The LEDsplash 86B wash lights are attached to our drum kit, which is easily disassembled and folded up. As far as the rest of the fixtures, we pretty much scatter them around the stage and light them up so setting up doesn’t really take that long.
6. Complete this thought: A show without lights is like…
Just boring. Lights and music go hand-in-hand because they complement each other — especially with the way we program our lights. Every time the snare drum and cymbal crash are hit, the whole drum kit lights up. The LED Shadow panels make the whole stage ultraviolet reactive during specific parts of the songs, while the strobes flash during certain breakdowns. The fixtures enhance the performance and give the audience a real show instead of just listening to music.