Ten Minutes with Rasyid, Guitarist from Wormrot

Shredding the guitar in local grindcore band Wormrot is Rasyid. We chatted with him about our local grindcore scene and how a goat almost stole the show.

The man himself in the flesh! Tell us about yourself and how did you get started in music?

I first started playing the bass back when I was in secondary school before moving on to guitar. My friends and I enjoyed doing metal covers from bands like Metallica, Sepultura, etc. Gradually however my old mates and I lost touch, so I jammed a lot on my own and began writing my own songs. It was passion driven and it continued from there. 

How did you come to be in Wormrot?

A story of fate. I reconnected with Arif, our Vocalist when I was buying CDs from him online. We were primary school friends back then and I would say music brought us back together. At that point, he was looking for members to form a band and I hopped on. We had a few trial and errors before finding the right fit (Fit is our third member’s name, pun intended) Fit, Arif and me got along like we were blood brothers, so there you have it – Wormrot.

For those who aren’t familiar with Wormrot, could you introduce the band in less than 10 words?

We are an aggressive band from Singapore.

Wormrot is a grindcore band. Can you tell me more about what grindcore is and what it is like in our local music scene.

Grindcore is punk played on cocaine or you can call it “Protest music”. When we formed the band, we didn’t know what grindcore was. Arif wanted to do death/grind which is essentially death metal and grindcore combined. My knowledge of that scene wasn’t strong and I didn’t force myself to be part of grindcore so most of my written pieces sounded more like punk rock than anything. From there, we slowly translated them to fit Grindcore. When we first started playing shows, we realised that we are a very small time band. We covered that by being drunk and just plunging into it. (laughs) From there, we started getting invites to show and for now, there’s only us and “Demisor.” Not everyone plays grindcore so when we came out; people were hyped up. We were never the “in-scene-kids” and more like outsiders. As the years went by, rumors started that we are arrogant and are being sell-outs because we got signed onto a label, (in the punk scene getting signed is not a good thing.) It didn’t bother us much. Gradually, our music started evolving, and now there are more melodies in our pieces. People are naturally more receptive now!

Word is spreading like wild-fire that you guys will be playing at Glastonbury, congratulations! What has been the highlight since being in the band?

The biggest highlight for us was when we were touring with a band called “Maruta” from the US and towards the end of the tour, we played on a farm in France. It is a punk squat, but they tried to cultivate a farm there. We had this goat stuck with us throughout the entire time. It even hung out with us during a show – pretending to be in-the-know. It was a funny experience because everyone was looking at the goat instead of us.

What was your first guitar? Curious question – have you ever named your guitars?

My first guitar was an Epiphone LP-100, and no I have never named any of my guitars!

How do you stay relevant in the grindcore industry after all these years? Any advice to give other musicians that have lost faith?

I don’t know if we stay relevant, but we stay true to what we want to do and who we are. If you lose your faith, then I think you should just drop it. But if you wish to pursue it, you have to understand there are a lot of sacrifices to be made. If you feel that it’s right and makes you happy, then you should go straight for it.

Is there an overarching philosophy that guides your life? 

I don’t have one, I am the non-believer.

Your desert island choices for – 

Film: Usual suspects. That was a great movie.  

Music: Mariah Carey “When you believe.”

Any person in history for conversation: If I am being dramatic, my dad. But if I’m not dramatic and want to be relevant, Adam West.

Photography: Izdiyad Ahmad