8 Questions with Rich Nguyen of Breaking in a Sequence

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Breaking In A Sequence – Acronym

Breaking In A Sequence is a new Hard Rock band from Southern California with an impressive pedigree. Formed by former Korn Drummer David Silveria along with a troupe of top SoCal Rock veterans, the group dropped their debut EP “Acronym” earlier this year. Fans reacted immediately. Breaking In A Sequence’s single “Pity” reached No. 23 on the Billboard Indicator chart and No. 9 on the Foundations chart upon its initial release. 

Additional tracks like “Delusional” and “Hesitation” solidified Breaking In A Sequence as one of the industry’s top emerging artists. They soon followed with their homage to Faith No More’s “Midlife Crisis.” They even recreated the song’s iconic video. Breaking In A Sequence, which is rounded out by lead vocalist Rich Nguyen, guitarists Mike Martin and Joe Taback and bassist Chris Dorame, have much more in store for 2021. They have plans to release a second EP by year’s end and are currently working on new material for a 2022 release. 

On August 12, 2021 Breaking in a Sequence released a brand new video for their latest single “Anything But Right.” Check it out below. You can also find the song on the Deep Indie Dive playlist. We had the chance to chat with lead vocalist Rich Nguyen about the band’s past, present and future. Check out his answers to our 8 questions. And follow the links at the end of this article to connect with Breaking In A Sequence. Get on their socials and get in the loop on all of the music to come from this new Heavy Metal supergroup.

Breaking in a Sequence – Anything But Right

8 Questions with Rich Nguyen of Breaking in a Sequence

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Where are you from? 

I was born and raised in Southern California, specifically from the Los Angeles area.  The rest of the band are from the Orange County, Huntington Beach area.

How long have you been making music? 

I’ve been playing / making music since I was in Junior High.  So, for over 20+ years.

It all started when my best friend at the time got a guitar for XMAS. I came over and he was playing “Enter Sandman”.  I was so impressed, I wanted to try it.  I picked it up almost immediately and it was a great feeling.  I went home and nagged my parents till they got me a guitar and me and my buddy started our first band. 

I started singing a couple years after that, only because we needed a singer for our band and we drew my name out of a hat three times.  I learned how to sing and play guitar by learning almost every Metallica song up to the Black album.  The rest is history…

This is the first band that I’ve been in where I don’t play guitar and sing.  I just sing.

Who are the musicians involved in your project? 

Joe Taback is one of our guitar players, he was previously in a band called “Needlemouth”.  Joe also sings backup vocals live.

Chris Dorame is the bass player.  He was also from “Needlemouth”.  He is currently in a few other reggae bands around town (Huntington Beach, CA).

Mike Martin is the other guitar player.  This is his first band actually!

David Silveria is our drummer.  He was in a band called “Korn”.  Perhaps you’ve heard of them??

Who are your biggest musical influences? 

I listen to everything, so there are a ton musically, but my vocal influences are; Scott Weiland, Mike Patton, Layne Staley, Maynard James Keenan, Chester Bennington, Chino Moreno, Jonathon Davis, Philip Anselmo, James Hetfield

What is your greatest non-musical influence? 

I don’t think that I have a non-musical influence.  Music drives me always!

What inspired you to create this project? 

I didn’t create this project.  I was actually one of the last pieces of it. David, Chris and Joe had another band before this one together.  It didn’t really pan out so they all decided to leave and create a new project.

In early 2018 they did a worldwide singer search and in the end I was chosen to front the band. I sent in my bio and music to them and didn’t hear back for five months.  I was the very last one that they reached out to.

I originally just wanted to do a song with them for fun. I had no intention of joining a band. When they sent me their track, I took it and rearranged it musically and then tracked my vocals on top of it. They didn’t receive the change very well. It took them a few days to let it sink in then they sent me more tracks to work on.

They eventually asked me to come down for a live rehearsal and I didn’t want to do it. My wife actually told me to go do it because she could see that it was my passion. I went to rehearsal and we just clicked musically, and they kept asking me to come back every week.  Eventually after four practices they asked me to join the band.

What are your plans for the future (musically)? 

We want to write and release music for everyone to hear and get it out to the masses. We are prepping a new EP to release soon; hopefully 3rd quarter this year…  maybe not. Maybe even tour if it’s feasible in the current climate. We’ll see how far we can get and have fun while doing it!

Is there anything else you would like to say?

Support your local bands! If you are in a band or thinking about starting a band, just get out there and do it!  Rock as a genre is dying and we all need to do what we can to revive and sustain it. There’s just not a lot of kids growing up starting bands and playing instruments anymore, it’s really sad to see.  There is some truth to the saying “strength in numbers”.  

Rock on!

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