With two impressive albums now out (CLRS, Hands High), New Zealand's Equippers Revolution has burst onto the scene with their forward thinking sound as they minister to the youth all around the world. We sat down with them to share who they are and what drives their ministry. Get to know Equippers Revolution ("EQR")(answered by Kenan Stephenson).
Q: Who exactly (band members) is in Equippers Revolution?
Equippers Revolution is the Worship team for our Youth Movement 'the Revolution NZ' - so to answer that question - we are a creative collective made up of youth leaders, young adults, and high school students, and there are around 25-30 of us at the moment.
Q: What inspired you all to form the worship team?
Quite a few of us grew up together in Equippers Church, and just got involved really young. Equippers Revolution is an expression of our church, and the sound of our youth movement. We wanted to start writing songs to help our young people connect with God, and so that's how the sound came about.
Q: How did you all get saved and become Christians (testimony)?
We grew up in a great church, but all came to points where we chose to accept God for ourselves, finding our own faith. Some of us made the decision to follow Christ when we were very young, and some of us not until our late teens.
Q: What inspired you guys to play the type of Christian music that you perform?
We just naturally produced music that we liked, and that we hoped our kids would like too. In the core current writing group, we all have very different tastes in music, and so it's really cool bringing all that together, and finding a common sound.
Q: What is each member's favorite song to play live and why?
"Senses" and "Promises" are the favourites for us at the moment. They're so full of joy, and our youth have really embraced them. It's an absolute party whenever we play those songs in our services, and they're definitely bringing a lot of life and joy to our church.
Q: Where do you draw your songwriting inspiration from? What is your typical songwriting process?
Our typical songwriting process starts with a theme or a scripture that we feel God is leading us to, which we then try to develop by asking ourselves how it would feel to sing that theme or idea. From there we usually try to find our melodies first, and then we work hardest on the lyrics until we feel the song communicates what we want it to, and that it leads us to a place of faith. We don't just want to sing comfortable songs.
Inspiration wise, we find inspiration in the music we listen to, but mainly our personal faith journeys, and the journeys of the people we do life with.
"Senses" (Music Video) from CLRS
Q: Ok, now for the not so band related questions. Is there any shameless nerdy things you do that no one or maybe everyone knows about?
We all love STAR WARS.
Q: What is your favorite Bible verse at the moment and why?
As a team we've been loving the verse in Exodus 14 that says "The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm."
We love this verse, because it refers to the Israelites freaking out a bit, which we can really relate to - in terms of stepping out into something new, but then panicking and wanting to return to the former. This verse assures us that God's in control, and that we should stay calm, and trust in Him.
Q: Anything you would like share, from new merchandise to upcoming shows/tours or songs/albums?
We would love people to listen to our new EP "CLRS". It's all about how Jesus came so we may have life, and life abundantly. It's a joyful sound, that celebrates life with God.
ABOUT EQUIPPERS REVOLUTION:
Equippers Revolution is the sound of the Revolution Youth Movement, from Equippers Church, Auckland, New Zealand. Its core members have grown up in the church, and have been a part of the youth worship team for over 10 years. The creative collective is made up of youth leaders and high school students, and their music has always had the aim of connecting young people to Jesus.