interview with Metaltex

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Have any of you played in other bands? Yes, but just me have played in other bands before.
How is it that you started playing music? I met some friends of mine who lived close to me and they had a band, they needed someone to sing and they called me. I spent about two years in this band and decided to leave. After that, I sang in another band of another friend, but for a little while.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Metaltex is formed by me, Lúcio de Castro also known as MetaLuciofer - vocal.
Rafael Kempp - Rock 'n' Rafa - bass.
Walber Tavares - Mercyful Walber - guitar
Lucas Lima - Under Jolly Lucas - drums
Have you had other previous members? Yes, the drummer our friend Jean Praelli played with us for two years while Lucas was finishing his studies.
Did you make music even when you were young? The music for us was always a hobby and Metaltex is the first band that took everything to another level, it is still something that we do only for fun, but we take the band very seriously
Where are you from? We are from São Paulo/Brazil
What year did the band form? We all met for the first time in 2010 if I'm not mistaken, and since that time, we've been joking that we were going to form a True Metal band, until the conversations started to come out in November 2013 when we did the first meeting In which we discussed the first ideas for the songs
What's your style of genre? What inspires you? Our genre is traditional Heavy Metal and we worship it at its essence. From the very beginning, what made Metaltex to become a real band was the True Metal that over times is developed by bands that are our great inspirations like Running Wild, Grave Digger, Manowar, Judas Priest, Sacred Steel, Gladiators (GER) , Metalucifer, Omen, Manilla Road, Accept, UDO, X-Wild, Tyrant (GER), Paragon, Ironsword, Bewitched, Cast Iron, Unrest, Lonewolf, Grey Wolf among others.
How often and where do you rehearse? Our rehearsals take place two to three times a month at our guitarist's house or in studios.
How have you developed since you started with the music? Actually, everyone in the band try to learn something new in music to compose better, but we not the kind of band which prioritizes the technique and I do not really care about that sort of thing. What I consider to be important is that the band is the most important part of our lives and we take everything we have developed very seriously, so we have always strived to create our songs in the most faithful way to the True Heavy Metal that is the most important thing for all of us.
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? Are you saying about playing in other bands? No, we don’t have any at this time. And outside the music all we have our regular jobs.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? No. Actually, we dream of playing in other countries, especially in Europe, but at the present moment this is totally out of our reality.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? We released the Spikes and Leather EP completely independently in our country. Shortly thereafter, we had the contact of Alone Records from Greece who was interested in releasing our recording as a LP. What I can say is that here in our country, funding our recording, launching and promoting by ourselves is not a simple task, because besides all we have our normal jobs to live, so if we have a label that wants to work with us we will analyze with great affection, but always making it clear that we do not accept external interference on how we should sound.
What made you decide to make this music? The main reason was the possibility of assaulting all poser rats, hipsters and alternative who hate True Metal.
What are your songs about? Heavy Metal, War, Satan, Piracy, Killing the posers etc.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? Me and Lucas most of the times.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Always with the songs.
Have you done any covers live? Yes, we have already done covers from Saxon, Manowar, U.D.O, Grave Digger, Running Wild, Darkthrone.
What language do you sing in? English
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? What ages are most of your concert attendants? Well, that depends on where we play. We have already done shows in neighboring cities of São Paulo that we had a great audience in the shows. In fact, after we released the EP there are more public even here in our city’s concerts.
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We have a set structured in our EP Spikes and Leather, but we always try to vary our sets including always new sounds and varied covers according to the shows.
Do you have a regular place you play live often? Not only us, but practically all the underground bands of São Paulo end up playing in the same places very often, that is small bars and houses dedicated to Metal Underground
What was your first gig like? Our first show was in a studio with some bands of friends.
What was your latest gig? Our last gig was in Santos / São Paulo with the brazilian bands Dark Witch and Rippery
Where have you played live this year? We have played 3 shows at this time, twice at São Paulo and once in Santos.
Where do you plan to gig the coming year? We planning a gig to Paraguay and Foz do Iguaçú, but we ‘re open to proposals and we will do the best to play wherever we are invited.
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? Where can people buy your merchandise? We believe that an underground band has to use merchandise sales to survive. At this time, we are selling our Ep, the band t-shirt and patchs and everyone interested must contact us or try e-bay.
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? Well, I believe that the internet is a tool that facilitates access to everything, especially when I think of the amount of obscure bands from the 70s, 80s and 90s that I could know and did not even imagine they have existed, not to mention the current ones. The release of the new bands has changed a lot, even to the point when you in Sweden could have contact and interview us today the borders between distant countries have decreased too much with the internet to the point of I could see our EP available for download on a Russian website. But not everyone thinks in the bands these days, in that point I say if you truly live Metal you cannot just get recordings on the internet without paying anything for the bands. I still buy the recent releases from the bands I love, the re-releases of the past and also the new bands cds that come up doing something that keeps the flame of the true Metal burning, I believe this is the least we can do to always have new bands with quality, good shows in the city and re-releases of recordings of incredible bands of the past decades.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? For better as it is easier to meet new bands and for worse that the general public always wants more of the same as always listen and now does not care about the costs that music requires.
What do you think of my work? It’s very good the possibility to be interview by someone in Sweden. A special hail to our friend Daniel from Sandviken Metal army and all Metalheads from all over the world.
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? I think it helps in spreading our name
Do you have any role models or idols? The same bands I mentioned in the opening part of the interview, but personally Rolf Kasparek, Eric Adams, and Chris Boltendahl.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? It is much easier to have respect and inspiration for the old bands, they practically pavement the way for the nowaday bands, but it is important to see Heavy Metal as something who always brings us great bands in the 80's, 90's or 2000's. From time to time, there are always people who create fallacies and try to denigrate the True Heavy Metal. Metaltex is here keep in the resistance to fight for true Heavy Metal and to fight against this kind of people.
What have been your biggest obstacles? I think the biggest obstacle is to have a band and have other activities because we are 4 members in Metaltex and we have our own jobs and we live relatively far from each other.
What advice would you give other bands or artists? Effort and dedication always. Never follow musical trends.
How do you get psyched for a gig? We toast among ourselves to the true metal and go to the stage as if were going to a battle.
Do you have any new material? We have the EP Spikes and Leather on sale and we are already composing songs for a full length.
How can people reach you? On our facebook, our youtube channel, e-mail and in our shows
What are your plans for the future? Rehearse a lot and create new songs for an upcoming ful length.
Do you have something to add? Just thanks for the opportunity, Fuck the World Hail and Kill!!!
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