Quiz: How well do you know Rage Against The Machine's lyrics?
How important is it for people in the UK to get together in public spaces to protest?
"Very, very important. It shows the public that we're here and we're standing together. It's all good sharing stuff on Instagram or posting stuff on your story, but to actually be there in the physical space and show your support – for me, it made me believe in the movement even more because I could see there, for myself, all the faces that are supporting this."
Rage had to cancel their tour dates with Run The Jewels. How has the pandemic affected Loathe?
"It's affected us heavily. We had a very busy year planned, especially after releasing I Let It In And It Took Everything. I genuinely thought 2020 was going to be our year. But unfortunately, COVID happened.
"At the same time, though, I think it's a blessing in disguise. It's a conversation I had with Erik [Bickerstaffe, Loathe guitarist/vocalist], about how we were moving at 100mph for so long, with the release of I Let It In, and never really having time to sit back and think of all the things we've done as a band over these past few years. Having this time has let us realise that, and to count our blessings, in a way."
How do you think racism affects the rock and metal scene?
"I feel like with rock and metal being a predominately white genre, as of now, there have been times going to gigs when I was younger that I felt out of place. I felt like people were staring at me or talking about me because I was the only black person in the room.
"I feel like that's an undertone of it, but at the same time, the metal and alternative scene is such an open and welcoming world. But with it being a predominately white genre, there have been times when I've seen someone say and do something off-key and racist precisely because they feel like they're safe."
What's the one thing people can do today to help dismantle systemic racism in the UK?
"White people should use their privilege, in the sense of if you see something happening in public you stand up and use your voice, to spreading the word on social media – every little helps when it comes to fighting systemic racism.
"I mean, I don't associate myself with any white people who don't speak up for me when I'm in those sorts of situations. I feel like all people should have that mentality – if you see injustice, speak out and use your voice to help."
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