interview with Imminent Reaper

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Have any of you played in other bands? All of us had played in previous bands in Guadalajara, Mx. I played in Demolish, Maniaca, Nocturnal Aar, Hardware; Carlos in Fahrenheit, Maniaca, Soul Possessed and Iron Force, where he played with Jimmy and Omar in Hell Raisers and currently also plays with a band called Ruins

How is it that you started playing music? In my case, since I was a kid, I would paid a lot of attention to the drummers but until I was a teenager I decided I wanted to play drums, so a few years later, at 16, got my first drum kit.

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

Carlos García, guitar and vocals, 42

Jimmy Beltrán, guitar, 27

Omar López, bass, 30

Ernesto Villalobos, drums, 42

Have you had other previous members? Only on bass; Mike Gómez, Ricardo García and Eric Beltran

Did you make music even when you were Young? All of us had our first bands at 19 or 20, so that´s the time when we started making music

Where are you from? Guadalajara, Mexico

What year did the band form? 2011

What's your style of genre? Thrash / death

What inspires you? Politics, our collective stupidity, inequality

How often and where do you rehearse? We have our rehearsal room at Carlos´ place and we meet on weekends. Individually, 2 or 3 times a week

Are you looking for a booking agency, and what are your thoughts around that? Definitely! In our case, we´ve been struggling with this, as we don´t have the proper contacts wherever we would like to play, so having an agency would help us take the next step

Are you looking for a label, and what are your thoughts around that? If we´re good enough, we´ll get one. Until then, we have to keep working on to be a great band

What made you decide to make this music? Is the music we like and excite us. We love to feel the energy of heavy music when we play.

What are your songs about? Mostly, we talk about how fucked up is everything around the world, specially in our country; wars, corruption, insanity.

Who does the composing and writes the lyrics? We work almost in the same way with music and lyrics, Carlos would come with the main ideas and then we would put the song together and make the arrangements

Do you start with the music or the lyrics? Music comes first and then the lyrics

Do you compose in a certain environment? At rehearsal we put together all the ideas that could come at any time during the week

Have you done any covers live? Not yet but in the past months that idea came out and probably we´ll do it very soon

What language do you sing in? English

What ages are most of your concert attendants? 25 to 35

Do you always play the same songs live, or do you vary? We try to change the set as much as we can, that keeps it exciting

Do you have a regular place you play live often? Not really

What was your first gig like? The first gig was without a drummer, using drum tracks. Not the best reaction

What was your latest gig? The last one was before entering the studio. Opening for At The Gates. Enough said?

Have you had to cancel a gig? As far as we remember, just once, due to a terrible organization and the promoter didn´t respect what was agreed.

Where have you played live this year? This year we didn´t play that much, due to the preparation of our new record, but when we did, was in our home town

When did you start to sell merchandise, and what do you have for sale? Right after we released our first record, back in 2012. We started with T-shirts and later on, we added stickers, patches, coffee mugs

Where can people buy your merchandise? We´re working on that, so very soon we´ll have our store set up

What do you think about people downloading music instead of buying records now a days? It´s a complex issue. As a band you can say that´s bad for business, but as a fan it had make it easier to know new bands, so at the end, the benefit of having more fans is that you could have more gigs, sell more merchandise and that, definitely, is good business. For real fans, buying records would never be out of fashion, because a very important part of a band, is also de image or concept of it, not just the music.

How do you think the music industry have changed because of this? Countdown to extinction??

What do you think of my work? Great way to know underground bands and how they have developed on early stages of their career. Everybody had walked that road!

How do you think and know that this interview will help you in the music business? We hope we could reach to a broader audience and get more exposure

Do you have any role models or idols? I guess that every musician that had inspired us could be considered a role model; the list is huge!

Why do you think that they exist? Because they´ve done things the right way and that impacts on people

Is it easier to find inspiration from older bands, or bands that are more active today? At this moment is possible that inspiration would come mostly from newer bands, instead of older ones. This is because we learn our instruments listening to older bands and in a way, we have already assimilated and deconstructed what inspired us back then. Today with every new band, new sounds or new kinds of music, you keep that inspiration fresh.

What have been your biggest obstacles? Probably the lack of a strong metal scene here in our home town, that in previous projects had discourage a lot of great musicians and had broken up a lot of good bands, due to poor results. We try to keep focus and keep making music, no matter what.

What advice would you give other bands or artists? Do the music you like the most, keep the passion alive even when things seem to not work out well, try to be as creative as you can be and work hard all the time

How do you get psyched for a gig? Just knowing that we´re lucky to have the chance to play our music in front of a crowd.

Do you have any new material? We are about to release our second album, Walls of Death, at the end of January

What are your web sites?

How can people reach? Look for us at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, youtube…Immient Reaper!

What are your plans for the future? Promote our record, land some gigs and have all the fun we could have

Do you have something to add? We would like to thank you for the chance to talk a little bit about us. We hope you enjoy our project and We are ready to hit the road, so ask for us!!

           Carlos García              Ernesto Villalobos             Omar López                  Jimmy Beltrán
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