If could introduce yourselves for us, who are you?
I’m John Harris, the singer of Otherworldly Entity
Hello, my name is Zlatko Grozl and I’m a human doing. I’m also a musician in Otherworldly Entity
I’m Shawn Washer and I play the Drums for Otherworldly Entity
2. How did you all meet?
JH: Zlatko and I met about 5 years ago playing open mic nights around Central New York. We’d have drinks and get on stage and have fun. I met Shawn a couple of years later once we became more active in the local metal scene
ZG: I met John while performing at open mics in Syracuse. Even though our upbringing was very different, we quickly realized that we have a lot in common. We became good friends, and started the band together. Shawn joined us about a year ago, and has been an invaluable member of the team
SW: I think we officially met at a show in Rochester, but we’ve known of each other for quite a bit of time
3. How long have you been playing?
JH: I’ve been playing music pretty much my entire life, but I started playing in bands 21 years ago
ZG: My father bought me my first acoustic guitar when we immigrated to the United States. I was about 17 years old. I started playing electric guitar few years later. Over the course of the last few decades, I learned to play multiple instruments. Each one has its charms, but I tend to gravitate towards guitar and bass
SW: With Otherworldly Entity about 6 months. Overall about 24 years
4. What three words would you use to describe the music you play?
JH: Emotional, genuine, Otherworldly
ZG: Dynamic, Melodic, Otherworldly
SW: Fun, different, unorthodox
5. What are your musical influences?
JH: I would say Korn, Cold, and Hurt
ZG: I grew up listening to pop and rock from what was once known as Yugoslavia. Bands like Zabranjeno Pusenje, Crvena Jabuka, Bijelo Dugme and Merlin were a daily part of my early life. Later I became a fan of progressive rock and heavy metal, in the form of bands like Pink Floyd, Dream Theater, King Crimson, Pantera and so on. I love all sorts of music, and I find inspiration in unusual places like classical and foreign music.
SW: Fit For A King, Currents, System Of A Down
6. What’s the weirdest thing you’ve seen during a show?
JH: I fell off a stage at a festival before we got on stage last year. I fractured my skull, but still played the set. I had blood dripping into my eyes the entire set, so I’d have to say, my own blood
ZG: Our friend Willis once flashed me while we were playing. Thanks Willis! SW: A random fan that knowbody in the band knew came up on stage and danced in-between our singer and guitarist for like 3/4 of our set.
7. Being away from the stages in the last few years, where was the first place you visited when the restrictions were lifted?
JH: We never really took any kind of break. While venues were closed, we were live-streaming and writing. But I think that the first show back for us was at The Montage in Rochester, NY. There were still plexiglass shields up around the stage, which was odd, but it was great to get back to it
ZG: I think our first show after the fascist lockdown was at the Montage Music Hall in Rochester. The stage had giant plastic shields in front, attendance was limited to half capacity, everyone had to wear masks and remain seated. It was odd playing in front of a bunch of polite ninjas, but we had a lot of fun being finally free to live a ‘normal’ life again. Coincidentally, Montage became one of our favorite venues, and we’re returning there on November 23.
SW: I went to and played a show at Sharkeys Bar and Grill in Liverpool, NY.
8. What’s the one record you own but wouldn’t ever admit to owning?
JH: None. I find no shame in my collection of music
ZG: Someone once gifted me a CD of Gregorian chant music. I love it, but don’t tell anyone!
SW: I can’t say I own any albums or records now a days. I just play whatever I want from my phone.
9. What have you been listening in the last few weeks?
JH: My father recently passed away, and it caused me to dive back into the band Hurt
ZG: Our latest single Sin! I’ve been editing the video so the song was constantly on repeat. I’m very excited about this single and the video that our team produced, and I can’t wait for the video to premiere in a few days.
SW: Literally everything. Coming up with new ideas on new material for Otherworldly Entity’s up coming album. I’ve been trying to think outside of the box.
10. Are there any releases you have planned in the near future?
JH: October 14, the music video for our song Sin comes out. Following that, we’ll have an announcement for some new material
ZG: We just put our new single out. It’s called Sin. The accompanying video is being released in a few days, and it’s going to be a lot of fun. I can’t wait for everyone to see it. The next step is to finalize and release the full album, which will be available in December.
SW: We just dropped our music video for our new song SIN
Check out the music video for ‘SIN’ below.