Ventures Discusses Single's, EPs and Upcoming Plans for Shows and Tours!



Metalcore act VENTURES released their debut EP, follow-up EP, single's, with newest single being "Melt with Me", with yet another single out soon enough. The band discusses themselves with us, music style, and wanting to set out on touring, with some shows lined up already. So much more is said in our discussion right below.


1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.

Ventures began in 2017 out of a shared passion for live performances, something all the original members missed from their previous bands. We initially started jamming with a few friends before solidifying the final lineup with Ollie May on vocals, Liam Gaffey on guitar and backing vocals, Richard Taylor on guitar, Nathan Holt on bass, and Jon Burrows on drums. Over the next few years, Ventures cultivated a modest following in Manchester. In early 2023, both Liam and Nathan decided to step away to focus on other aspects of their lives. Jordan Etches then joined as the bassist, and Ventures continued as a quartet. Given that each member has been friends since childhood, it felt like we were building something special with people we already cherished.

2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?

Initially, we hadn't planned on choosing a name, as our focus was solely on writing and performing for
the sheer joy of it. However, as we advanced, we recognized the necessity of a name for fans to locate our music on streaming platforms and elsewhere. We dedicated several weeks to brainstorming and tossing around various names. The only concept we all embraced was a single, easy-to-recall word. Then, one day, as we casually scanned our surroundings for inspiration, someone suggested "Ventures," reflecting our collective journey into this endeavor.

3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?

Ventures are primarily located in and around the Manchester area, except drummer Jon, who hails from Sheffield. Our local music scene has experienced significant growth in recent years, and it's been inspiring to witness some of our friends seize incredible opportunities. For instance, Portrayal of Ruinn had the chance to perform at Bloodstock a few years ago, and definitely keep an eye on Sparrowhawk and Pleo. ;)

4. How would you describe your style?

We avoid confining ourselves to a specific style, as each member has their own musical preferences. Richard's playlist will go from Usher to Lorna Shore, while Ollie's can span from Heavy DnB to Luther Vandross. However, when it comes to Ventures, we aim to stay rooted in Metalcore while incorporating as much diversity as possible. That said, nothing is ever off the table. We have a motto in the band: "How can we make it sound like Ventures?"

5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?

In 2019, we introduced our self-titled debut EP "Ventures," which quickly gained traction with tracks like "Happy Hour" and "Paradise Lost" emerging as fan favourites. Following this success, we released the single "Solitude" later in the same year, marking Ollie's debut as our vocalist. Moving forward, 2022 saw the unveiling of our cult-themed EP "Error 404." Throughout 2023 and 2024, we've continued to release singles, such as "Up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right B, A, Start," featuring the incredible Mason Williams from Virtue In Vain, and "Reminisce," with more releases planned. Excitingly, we're dropping "Melt with Me" on May 17th, followed by "Portrait" six weeks later, with more to come.

6. Do you have any new music in the works?

Our latest single, "Melt with Me," is set for release on May 15th, and it's been a labour of love over several years to reach a point where we're satisfied with the final result. Interestingly, during the writing process, we all went through a phase of disliking the song, but upon hearing the finished product, we believe our fans may have a different perspective. Following "Melt with Me," we're excited to unveil "Portrait," which showcases a different dimension of our musical capabilities. As always, we remain open to exploring diverse styles. Some fans have already had the opportunity to experience "Portrait" live, and the feedback has been encouraging.

7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?

Currently, we're on the lookout for bands to join on tour, so our touring schedule is a bit quiet at the moment. However, we do have some local shows lined up for 2024 in various towns:

    • May 25th: Old Pint Pot, Salford
    • June 8th: Twisted Tongue, Whitehaven
    • June 28th: The Rutland, Chesterfield
    • July 12th: Old Pint Pot, Salford
    • July 29th: Aatma, Manchester City Centre
    • November 29th: The Rutland, Chesterfield

8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?

Our primary focus is on our current writing projects, with an eye toward the future, as anything is possible. As we continue to cultivate a stronger fan base, we eagerly anticipate sharing our work with a wider audience.

9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?

You can find us on all the usual platforms under @Venturesmetal, and we also have a website at, where you can find links to all our music and our online store.

10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?

If our music has ever resonated with you or brought a smile to your face, just remember that it's the love of music that binds us all together, both as a band and as listeners.

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