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Summarize this content to 100 words Get ready to unleash your inner metal beast because Knotfest Australia 2024 is gearing up for an electrifying extravaganza! Brace yourself as legendary bands like Pantera, Lamb of God, and Disturbed, along with powerhouse acts like Speed, The Hu, Brand of Sacrifice and Halestorm, prepare to ignite the stage with their energy. But that’s not all, as we had the opportunity to catch up with none other than Arejay Hale, the man behind the thunderous beats of Halestorm. But wait, there’s more! When he’s not pounding the drums on stages across the globe, he transforms into Dr. Magnificent, a fragrance aficionado who’s rapidly gaining traction on YouTube. SR. Halestorm is probably one of the best live acts we have seen. What can we expect from your Knotfest shows? Arejay. They’re going to be absolutely off the rails, so it’s going to be really fun. We love playing big festivals. It’s it’s a really fun experience for us and, and it’s just it’s a rush playing in front of that many people. And we’ve we’ve been to a few we’ve done a few festival shows down Under before and they’re always, you know, incredible. SR. You guys almost dont take breaks. You tour a lot! Arejay. True, but we took a little bit of a break this year mostly for writing and, and we’re going to be we did a little recording last fall and we’ve been writing ever since and then after this short little run that we’re doing to New Zealand, Australia, we’re going to come back and probably head in the studio pretty soon. So, this year has been lighter on the touring just because we’ve been focusing on getting another record out. SR.  What bands are you more excited to see or hang out backstage at Knotfest Australia? Arejay. I am really excited to see Pantera. I saw little bit of it in Copenhagen, but I never got to see the full set. That’ll be something. I’m really good friends with. Charlie and I was really stoked when he got that gig. So, that’ll be really cool to see, I think, cause I unfortunately never got to see Pantera back in, back in early days. I was also really tight with Vinnie (Paul) and so I was really sad when he when he passed away. But, glad to see the Pantera is still going. I wish I could see them with their brothers, but, but from what I’ve heard, Charlie and Zac absolutely slay with with that project. And we’re also friends with Rex. He was really nice to hang out with. So yeah, I’m looking forward to seeing those guys. And I mean, the whole lineup looks absolutely bonkers. It’s going to be awesome. So I’m going to do my best and see as many bands as possible and I’m going to smell good doing it. SR. Speaking about “smelling good”. Tell me more about your Youtube Videos. Arejay. It’s just a fun thing for me to do. It’s honestly kind of therapeutic because, you know, when you’re on tour it can be a bit grueling after a while. Just the constant traveling. It’s hard to get a lot of sleep and stuff like that. So it’s kind of meditative for me to to just put my headphones on and just edit fragrance content. I always loved, you know, traveling with fragrances. I did since the since the early days of touring because when we were in a van playing little clubs, you don’t know when you’re going to see another shower, so you do a meet and greets. You don’t want to smell bad. So, you know, it’s like instant shower. Over the years I just started really nerding out on the science and the process of perfume, which is an art form that really fascinates me. And at the same time kind of during the pandemic, I started really following and loving a lot of other content creators on YouTube and try to think of like, I’ll be fun to like, create content on something that I’m really passionate about, but also kind of inject my personality into it. So, it’s kind of a combination of my love for perfumery and silliness. So it’s it’s a way for me to kind of tap into my the that my love for comedy and, and just acting silly on camera. So, yeah, it’s just become a really fun thing for me to do and to nerd out with. And it’s become kind of a fun thing for me to do interactively with the fans. Now fans are coming up to me during the shows like The Magnificent, like, like what should I wear as a fragrance? And I’ll like and I’ll try to figure out what they like and and combine it with their personality like, check out what’s your price point? Like, check out these, these, these. And I’ve had fans come up to me. It’s like, Hey, I checked out your recommendations and I’ve loved this one and now it’s my signature scent. And so it’s been a it’s just become a really fun way to also interact with fans and other fragrance nerds online and, and just kind of it’s just like a different thing other than music that I can just kind of stick my teeth into. it’s just fun for me. But some it would be cool if it could become something lucrative if it my channel gets monetized and that would be another great little source of income. So, you know, the channel is growing slow and steady, but, you know, that’s that’s not that’s not the reason I’m doing it. And that’s we’ll cross that bridge at some point in the future if that ever happens. SR. It’s not easy to be a stand out as a drummer, but you really  managed that well, you are a showman on your own. Who influenced you the most to become the drummer you are? Arejay. I was more influenced by front people growing up but I just kind of like fell into being a drummer. I always loved the idea of drumming. It looked like fun. But you’re right. Like I was more inspired by like Freddie Mercury and David Lee Roth and even modern people like like Jacoby from Papa Roach, he is one of my favorite singers. “…I was a kid, I was like, like, let me see if I can play this thing and throw my stick way up in the air and see if I can catch it…” As far as drummers go, I grew up on my dad’s music, so I was really into Ginger Baker and, and Keith Moon and John Bonham. These are drummers that put on a show like they were a show in themselves, and that just looked way more fun than just sitting there and playing. I was a kid, I was like, like, let me see if I can play this thing and throw my stick way up in the air and see if I can catch it. In fact, I see videos of myself later on like, God, that’s so cringe. What are you doing? I feel like I look like an idiot on stage. But it’s it’s an extension of my personality. It’s it’s the way that I express my passion for performing songs, you know? And my instrument just happens to be drums. So I had to find a way to be able to perform behind a drum kit. I think what really, really pushed me was in the early stages of touring before we could afford a light show, before we get to afford any production, Pyro or Confetti, like we had none of that. We had nothing. We had a back line and us and like the house lights. So our M.O. as a band in the beginning was finding ways to be the production ourselves, like, we have to be the first people to put the energy out, otherwise we’re never going to get it back. We have to make the first move essentially with the crowd. And that’s, I think has been as continue to be our M.O. as a band. When we hit the stage, we want the audience to feel the energy, but we…

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