interview with Fall of Silence

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Have any of you played in other bands? Been playing in other bands since I was 15, ranging from progressive metal to pop alternative bands, too many to mention
How is it that you started playing music? Always was passionate about music since early childhood. Seriously started pursuing since age 13 when some friends said I could actually sing when I was goofing around haha
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you? My name is Walter Figueroa, lead vocals and a bit of the songwriting 
Have you had other previous members? There have been other members before me, I've had a friendly relationship w certain band members for the past few years
Did you make music even when you were young? First band when I was 14, haven't stopped since.
Where are you from? Originally from central New Jersey, currently leaving near San Diego, CA
What year did the band form? I believe Corey started this about 2013 or 14
What's your style of genre? Hopefully a versatile mix ranging from pop to alternative rock to metal
What inspires you? Everything and anything. Life, music, good times and bad....
How often and where do you reherse? Most of our history so far has been writing and recording sessions to refine the music we are releasing
How have you developed since you started with the music? I think we have developed a sound and every step we take as a band we become more confident in our identity as a musical outfit.
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? All kinds. Reading, learning and seeking answers to life's questions 
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? We have connections w booking but are obviously open to anything that can prove to be a positive experience as far as booking goes 
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? It all depends on the pros and cons. The important part is making sure the music gets a fair shot. That may or may not include a label.... time will tell
What made you decide to make this music? Music has always been a release and a source of joy for me, personally. It is a true passion and I think all people should follow their most authentic passions
What are your songs about? Everything, life .... music is a way to express emotions, questions, statements and more. If it is important enough to occupy my headspace and emotions it will likely show up in song.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? A mix. Sometimes I write the lyrics and sometimes others provide the words. As long as the Messages are those that we can all get behind, I think they are "right" for us as unit
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? So far it has been mostly music first, but every song is unique and different and that can change based on the specific songwriting situation
Do you compose in a certain inviroment? Again, no set formula. Sometimes a riff starts it, sometimes a writing session. Whatever invokes a passionate response from the members is what is followed through with
Have you done any covers live? This band has done various covers including some Journey tunes and we have all dabbled in cover bands. There will be some interesting stuff to come 
What language do you sing in? English. Most of us are in North America so it is a give in. You never know though .... we have various members that know multiple languages
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? I can't speak for everyone but I've played gigs to 8 people and some to over 4 thousand
What ages are most of your concert attendants? All along the spectrum, honestly
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? It is important to switch it up live, it keeps it interesting for the fans and and members to offer variety
Do you have a regular place you play live often? Hoping to make Whiskey A Go Go a regular 
Have you had to cancel a gig? Haven't had to do far
Where have you played live this year? This yer of 2017 has just begun so you will find out soon
Where do you plan to gig the comming year? any and everywhere. There are talks of some gigs in LA and even some European dates .... details to come
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? The EP is coming out very soon and Merch will come with it - shirts, etc.
Where can people buy your merchandise? Very soon
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? All I can say is that all people who create things should be compensated for their work
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? In many ways. Music is a new world with with new challenges but also new opportunity
What do you think of my work? Kick ass!:)
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? Any opportunity to share some insight is welcome. As artists we hope to relate to our audience and anyway to communicate as people to people is welcome
Do you have any role models or idols? Many - philosophers, artists, musicians, tech moguls. Anyone trying to accomplish authentic goals
Why do you think that they exist? It is important that humans inspire each other and show each other that art and innovation can reap rewards and meaning. We all should try to inspire each other 
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? A mixed bag of both, but the classics always speak to me most - dio to maiden to Boston and more....
What have been your biggest obstacles? Mostly the red tape and nuances of life. There are always obstacles but if u have passion there is always a way to get over it
What advice would you give other bands or artists? Follow your dreams and goals. You live once and you owe it to yourself to follow your true passion 
How do you get psyched for a gig? A gig in itself is inspiring. Anytime u get to share your art and energy with others is a lucky experience, if there are 2 people or 20000
Do you have any new material? Fall Of Silences debut EP is being released shortly and we are MORE than excited to share these songs with friends and fans 
What are your web sites? http://www.fallofsilence.com and all the various social media sites it links to. As always, facebook is a great way to keep updated and in the loop
How can people reach you? Again, check the website and facebook. We try to be responsive
What are your plans for the future? EP release and then play, play, play. We have more material on deck as well
Do you have something to add? We hope you enjoy our debut EP as we have truly poured our hearts and souls into it. Check out our debut single and lyric video "Oathbreaker" for a taste and we hope to interact with you all soon!
Walter, Fall of Silence

interview with Anthares

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Have any of you played in other bands?

Yes. Diego, vocals, plays bass in Blasthrash.

Mauricio plays guitar in Megaforce too.

Evandro Jr play drum in Skinlepsy too.

How is it that you started playing music? Everybody started playing too young, because music is our essence.

What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?

The band is formed by:

Diego Nogueira – vocals – from 1983;

Eduardo “Topperman” Scarellis – guitar – from 1965;

Mauricio Amaral – guitar – from 1973;

Pardal Chimello – bass – from 1965;

Evandro Jr – drum – from 1965.

Have you had other previous members? Yes, we had. The first formation had Henrique Poço vocal, José Aranha guitar and Chrstian guitar. On 90´s Renata Higa was the vocal and on 2004 to 2008 Frank Gasparotto was on vocals.

Did you make music even when you were young? Yes, as we said on the question above, we started playing too young.

Where are you from? All of us are from São Paulo, the biggest city of Brasil.

What year did the band form? The band is one of oldest Brazilian band. Anthares was formed in 1985.

What's your style of genre? We play Thrash Metal.

What inspires you? Slayer and Exodus are our main influence.

How often and where do you reherse? It depends on the shows, we intensify reherses next to the shows or when we are creating new songs.

How have you developed since you started with the music? Yes, we have always been developed.

Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Unfortunately yes. All of us have regular jobs to pay the bills. We don´t earn enough money with music.

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? We have already have a booking agency, it´s called Cronos Entertainment and we think it´s very important to have a booking agency, because it´s a good opportunity to do better shows.

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? We have already have a label, it´s called Multilation Records and our last album was released by them. The idea is similar to the previous question, a label is very important to a band, because they release the albuns.

What made you decide to make this music? I think we didn´t decide, it was very natural. In the beginning, the songs were slower, but when Pardal entered in the band in 1985, he suggested to play faster and all of the old members enjoyed the idea.

What are your songs about? Social alienation in all its diversity, human mind disorders, social violence, chaos, world wars, nuclear annihilation have always been part of the lyrics since its conception.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Most of the lyrics are written by Evandro Junior , but Mauricio Amaral helps a little bit and sometimes the ex-singer, Henrique Poço, send us some lyrics. The songs are composed by all of us, Topperman, Mauricio and Pardal create the riffs and we create the songs all of us together.

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? We start with the music and after we put the lyrics. Sometimes we create the lyrics based on the songs and sometimes we made some adjustments on the lyrics to fit on the song.

Do you compose in a certain inviroment? Topperman, Mauricio and Pardal create the riffs in their own house and share with the others. We frequently meet in someone´s house to create the main ideas of the new songs and, after that, we finish the song in a rehearsal.

Have you done any covers live? In the 80´s it was common we played Exodus and SOD, in the 90´s, Pantera and Sacred Reich, but in the last years we haven´t played covers. When we recorded a version of Ratos de Porão´s song, we played sometimes live the song called Plano Furado, but nowadays we play only our songs.

What language do you sing in? We sing in Portuguese, but in the 90´s, specially in 1993 e 1995 we recorded two demo-tapes in English. Our first album, No Limite da Força (1987) e the last one, O Caos da Razão (2015) are sang in English.

What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? We are not sure, but maybe the least it was around 15 people, we had many bad situations and the biggest gig probably had about 3000 people in a very big festival in Brasilia.

What ages are most of your concert attendants? It varies a lot. We can see mature headbangers with more than 40 ou 50 years old, but it´s possible to notice that there is a renovation of the public and there are lots of young headbangers, many of them are less than 18 years old.

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? Our set list has been changing in the course of time. Some years ago we used to play more the songs of the first album. Now we divide between the first and the second albuns and as soon as we release a new album, we will change our set list again.

Do you have a regular place you play live often? No. The places we play varies a lot. We like to travel to show the band in different cities. As we are from São Paulo, most of our shows was in this city that is our home, where it´s easier to arrange the shows.

What was your first gig like? To tell you the truth we don´t remember very well, because it was many years ago.

What was your latest gig? Our last gig was in December of 2016 on a very big festival (Maniacs Metal Meeting) in a city called Rio Negrinho, about 600 quilometers from our city. Besides Anthares, there was many important Brazilian bands like: Krisiun, Ratos de Porão, Violator, Hibria.

Have you had to cancel a gig? Unfortunately yes. When it happens, it´s a very owkward situation, but, at least, everytime it happened it wasn´t our fault.

Where have you played live this year? We are just in the beginning of this year, so we haven´t played yet, but we are organizing some shows. Last year we played sometimes in our city São Paulo and twice in Santa Catarina, a state next to ours.

Where do you plan to gig the comming year? This year we intend to play the maximum we can, because the first album is completing 30 years, so it´s a very special year for us and we want to celebrate.

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? We have always sold our merchandise. We have 2 albuns, the first one (No Limite da Força) and the second (O Caos da Razão) and 3 kinds of tshirts in all sizes.

Where can people buy your merchandise? We sell it on shows and by postmail. People get in touch by Internet and after the payment we send by mail.

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? We react naturally. The world changes and this situation is normal. We have lots of bands to listen, lot of new band to know and the Internet is a great opportunity to know new albums and new bands, but we expect people don´t stop buying CDs, because it´s the way the fans can help the bands.

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? The music industry has changed a lot and the bands have been suffering because of this. CDs aren´t good business anymore, so the company doesn´t invest in CDs, they had to find another ways to earn money and they had to invest in digital media.

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? We think it will be an excellent opportunity to more people to know our songs and a little bit more about Brazilian metal scene.

Do you have any role models or idols? Yes, we like a lot the most important bands of the world, like Slayer, Metallica, Exodus. Testament, Megadeth, Anthrax and lots of others.

Why do you think that they exist? We think they exist to play metal and they had the goal to create the new musical style: Thrash Metal.

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