Have any of you played in other bands? Yes, our drummer has already played with extreme metal bands like Mordaz and Insepsy. Our bass player plays with another traditional heavy band called Impehrial. Our singer has already performed with the Insult and Fireline bands, and is currently also part of the Oráculo band.
How is it that you started playing music?
Iron Maiden, Grave Digger, Running Wild, Accept, Riot, Manowar, Kiss, Scorpions, Helloween, Death, maybe those are the most present in our heads, we always hear
practically all styles of metal.
What are your names? / Who plays what? / How old are you?
Robson Alves, singer, 44 years old. Daniel Camelo, guitarist, 36 years old. Tiago Rezakk, guitarist, 26 years old. Philipe Praciano, bass player, 29 years old. Paulo Kildery, drummer. 39 years old.
Have you had other previous members? Yes, Júlio Alcindo (RIP), original guitarist who died in 2012. Radnay Stephan, bass player until 2009. Matheus Damasceno, guitarist between 2016 and 2017.
Did you make music even when you were young? Yes, since very young. The band was formed primarily by childhood friends.
Where are you from? We are from the city of Fortaleza, Brasil.
What year did the band form? Steel Fox was formed in April 1997.
What's your style of genre? We played a style of Power / Heavy Metal, based on traditional ways.
What inspires you? In addition to listening to various bands, from classic rock to extreme metal, we look for references in good stories in movies and books, and of course, a good dose of mental journey.
How often and where do you reherse? Our rehearsals are long and made in our home studio.
How have you developed since you started with the music? We always seek individual growth in conjunction with group work. In this way we try to face the challenges that arise for us. Music has a lot of power in people's development.
Do you have other interests of work outside the band? We all still have our formal jobs. We have everything in the band, from computer technicians to fishing engineers. We hope not for long, since we aim to make music and the band our livelihoods.
Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? We are working with a German agency, Koma Booking Agency. In our opinion, the agencies can greatly facilitate the logistics and distribution of the shows on a tour, making things better. But it's important that the band does not let them work alone.
Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? A good label can take your music to the right places with a good distribution. We released our album, called "Savagery", by the German label STF Records.
What made you decide to make this music? As we said before, we grew up listening to heavy music, so it was natural for us to seek to play instruments. We put our influences into a mental spin, with all the passion we have for music and our instruments. Then that's it.
What are your songs about? We sing about battles, fantasies, something about terror, fear, ghosts that inhabit our heads. Sometimes we dare to make religious critiques and the widespread fanaticism around the world.
Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? The lyrics are written by guitarist Daniel Camelo and singer, Robson Alves. For the compositions, basically Daniel Camelo, Robson Alves and Paulo Kildery (drummer) do the work. Tiago Rezakk (guitarist) recently joined the band, but has already added great ideas.
Do you start with the music or the lyrics? There is no sequence as a method of composition, we usually get an idea from what comes first, and then we develop.
Do you compose in a certain inviroment? Anywhere can come up with a good idea. Usually voice lines are mentally worked out before we move on to the idea of fact. Arrangements and other things, we can work in front of a computer, or sitting in a toilet (laughs). The point is that we always seek to work everything in our studio.
Have you done any covers live? We've played songs from bands such as Iron Maiden, Halford, Gamma Ray, Kiss ... we do not usually do that as usual, but it can always happen.
What language do you sing in? We make music in English, for us, the most universal for heavy music.
What are the least and most people to attend one of your gigs? We've already played 100 audiences in smaller venues, like clubs or something. We have also done good shows for 500, 1000 and up to 3000 people at interesting festivals. This whole thing depends a lot on the type of event and location.
What ages are most of your concert attendants? The ages are varied, as we are a band with 21 years of activity, we have a good audience with more advanced age. But there are people of all ages.
Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? That depends a lot on the time they give us to play on the stage. We have a basic set list, where we usually vary according to the time we have on stage.
Do you have a regular place you play live often? Sometimes the places of presentation are repeated, especially when we play in our hometown, but not as something fixed.
What was your first gig like? Our first show was in April 1997 at a bar called “Cidadão do Mundo”. It was crowded, the capacity of the place was 300 people, there were over 500 ... there was a very interesting event to start us.
What was your latest gig? Our last gig was last Saturday, December 15th. A festival here in our city, Fortaleza. Great public to finish the year.
Have you had to cancel a gig? Never, fortunately this was never necessary for us. We already have to postpone it for other dates, but cancellations never occurred.
Where have you played live this year? Besides our city, Fortaleza, we played in some cities of Brazil.
Where do you plan to gig the comming year? We are planning some concerts for our country and South America. In addition, we have worked to take our show to Europe.
When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? Besides the albums, we have some products like shirts, keychains, stickers. We are studying other possibilities.
Where can people buy your merchandise? At the moment just directly with the band or at our shows. But we are working on completing our website and soon we will have a portal for online sales.
What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? It exits a magic in if you buy an album, to accompany the songs reading the booklet ... all this is being lost. We believe that in Heavy Metal things still happen in the traditional way.
How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? We are living an era of consumption, everything is very ephemeral and passes as a holiday. The music industry must follow all this development, however, without losing the magic of launching a complete album.
What do you think of my work? Your work is extremely important in maintaining the Heavy Metal style, like the old paper fanzines. This culture needs to remain, the new bands need this kind of work and we appreciate that.
How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? Somehow what is written here will be read by some metalhead. That is enough for us. All of this is very sincere, we are also metalheads.
Do you have any role models or idols? We all have our idols in music, individually. As a band, we are very fond of Iron Maiden's business model, organization and professionalism rather than controversy and drunkenness.
Why do you think that they exist? A well-run model, based on sense and professionalism above all else, is that.
Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? There are not many bands making good traditional sound these days. Very modern compositions take away some of the brilliance of Rock music, so we look for references in older bands and some newer ones that take seriously the way to make heavy music.
What have been your biggest obstacles? The biggest problems are always related to money. We are from the poorest region of Brazil, so things tend to be a bit more difficult at this point.
What advice would you give other bands or artists? Be honest with your music. Know how to separate work from fun, there are times for both. And believe in what you are doing.
How do you get psyched for a gig? A good stretch and a beer before can keep us in the way. We are quite electric in our presentations.
Do you have any new material? We have just launched "Savagery" in 2018, so we still have a long way to go in promoting this material. In parallel, we have been working on new songs, for a new album with forecast for the year 2020.
What are your web sites? Our web site is still under construction, but we can already have a panorama: http://steel-fox.com/
How can people reach?
People can meet and contact us through social networks.
YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1xKSikNEMV7pulKg-jODxw
STF Records page: https://www.stf-records.de/artist/steel-fox/
Koma Booking page: https://www.koma-booking.de/steel-fox
What are your plans for the future? We’re promoting the album “Savagery”, so we’ve been thinking about doing that until next year. We intend to tour a lot, Europe is a goal and logically other places that may become possible. We want people to see the band in action on stage. At the same time, we already have enough written material for an upcoming release, so our plans are to move forward with our music.
Do you have something to add? We appreciate the opportunity to show you a little bit about us. It is always a great pleasure to speak to other metalheads around the world. Our congratulations for your work and a big hug to all the headbangers. Follow us!