(Trinidad And Tobago)::::......
at: 26th, November 2015
Avatar is a duo — how long have you known each other? And
how did you discover metal for the first time?
sound of 80s music is more real and it
really hits a spot when you listen to it.
Plus the progressiveness of 80s metal, we
just can’t get enough of it."
members of Avatar have known each other all their life,
since they are brothers, and grew up together. We discovered
metal for the first time in 1996, Kahdil was 8 years old and
Dylan was 5. We had a black cassette tape from my dad’s
friend, we put it on and hit the play button, and the first
two songs on the tape were fuel from Metallica and Du Hast
from Rammestein. When hearing it for the first time we
started to thrash out and kept hitting repeat, we listened
to it all day and all night, this was when the metal was
unlocked. The next day we were in total pain from head
banging, since then we started discovering other bands, and
we started listening to bands from the 80s etc.
your inception in 2006, you`ve only released a 4 track demo
in 2011. How much time and effort do you spend on the band
to get everything to look and sound the right way?
We spend a
lot of time and effort, and we try our best to get as much
time to work on our music, given the circumstances in our
country’s society since metal is not fully accepted here.
We also have school life, family life and work life, so with
all that going on, we try our best to maximize the little
time we have.
creating songs, some will flow naturally, and can happen in
a matter of hours, while other songs for example ‘Draining
Evil from its Source’ took an average of 4 months to
create, songs like ‘Imbalance of the Cosmos’ took a few
years to fully develop into what it is now. So we take our
time to get everything the way we want it to sound and feel.
For live shows, we put in as much practice we can put,
sometimes ranging from 2-3 days a week, even though we would
like to practice more days, it’s very difficult.
How long time it took to record it and in what manner you
wrote ideas for this material? Are you working all together
as a duo, or somebody comes up with some ideas?
the 4 track demo of 2011 was a result of a live stream on
the internet. We told a few of our friends from Trinidad as
well as other Caribbean islands to listen. One of our
friends from Barbados recorded our set from the live stream,
and this became our demo.
For one of
the tracks entitled ‘Bleed your Eyes’ on our demo,
Kahdil (guitarist) came up with the riff, went to the band
room and Dylan (drummer) tried out a few beats, we
structured how we wanted the music to sound and the vocals
came in afterwards, some of the lyrics came out at the spur
of the moment and afterwards we built on that to create the
entire lyrical piece. Bleed your eyes means to open your
eyes to see the reality that is beyond the illusion of
society, the lyrics suggested how the elite takes advantage
of the poor etc. so with that in mind, we developed the
lyrics using that as a foundation. We both work on our music
together; our music is one hundred percent Avatar, nobody
4. Who has
the idea to use that name for the band? Does this affect you
any way considering there is a plenty amount of bands with
the same name?
actually came up with the name of the band; we didn’t
really have any names in mind, so when she mentioned Avatar
we thought the name suit the band and decided to use it. The
meaning behind avatar has a strong meaning. At the moment,
it doesn’t affect us because our band is small, we don’t
get much media coverage in our country or the wider world
mainly due to the lack of resources, since our country is so
secluded. However, once the band begins to get more media
coverage, develops more and starts reaching out to a wider
population we may change the name, but so far we are
sticking with Avatar. It doesn’t matter how many bands are
called Avatar, it’s what people can relate to in the music
the band plays.
sound reminds me a lot of the old school era. How strong are
you inspired by 80´s metal scene?
inspired a lot by the 80s metal scene actually. We basically
live on 80s metal, it’s the shit and will always be the
shit. The sound of 80s music is more real and it really hits
a spot when you listen to it. Plus the progressiveness of
80s metal, we just can’t get enough of it. On the other
hand, the new music that is being made doesn’t have the
rawness and depth. Other music is being over produced it’s
losing the true touch.
6. I have
noticed you have had several live appearances. How would you
describe AVATAR live? Are live shows a central aspect of
Avatar? What have been the best and worst live experiences
exhilarating, fast, brutal, aggressive and raw. Yes, live
shows is a central aspect, as a live band, to get feedback
from the crowd and have a chance to meet our fans, we give
our fans what they want to hear. The fun part of the band is
the live performances and it also gives us a chance to
witness people going totally insane from our music and it
feels good to see everyone enjoying themselves. Performing
at our best for people in the metal scene is what we live
live experience Kahdil and Dylan: was performing at Tattoo
Camp 2015, the event was full on live performance on the
beach. So playing in the open air on the beach was
definitely relaxing and everything just kept flowing the way
we wanted it, and of course, the crowd was insane.
worst experience for me was when we played at a venue in
Central, Trinidad. Kahdil forgot the riff for draining evil
and there was a sudden pause in the middle of the song and
then we had to continue playing.
worse experience for me was in South, Trinidad, the sound
system was crappy, I had to use a tiny amp, the sound
quality was shitty and playing for the entire set was just
uncomfortable. Dylan also forgot out a piece of the drumming
for imbalance of the cosmos, so that also added to the
already messed up situation. The stage was extremely small
and hazardous as well so I was unable to move around.
and Tobago isn’t known as a huge breeding ground for metal
bands, is there actually quite a bit of history in metal
good bands, but due to not having opportunities to reach
further, they just switched to calypso (Trinidadian music)
and alternative rock. The history of the metal scene here is
sad because none of the metal bands have ever reached
outside of TT. A few soft rock bands made it out but they
didn’t make a mark for Trinidad on the outside world of
of the reasons why metal bands did not make it is because
they mostly do covers and lack original music. So this is
one of the main reasons why the metal scene in TT has failed
to establish a proper foundation because all the bands
prefer to do covers instead or original music. However, now
more bands are starting to produce original music and the
scene is slowly building and moving forward.
there some parts of the world that really impress you due to
the quality of the bands coming from the same area? I mean
are you involved with what happens in South America, Asia,
Eastern Europe, Europe???
We are not
involved in other countries at this time, but we are hoping
In the past
we were not involved because it is very difficult to step
outside of TT due to financial reasons, but because of the
internet, we are now exposed to many other people in
countries such as South America, Puerto Rico, and Aruba etc.
only now begun to establish a network with persons from
these areas, and one of our primary goals for 2016 is to
play outside of TT. Currently, we are on that road by
applying to Wacken Metal Caribbean battle of the bands, and
if we do get chosen we will have the opportunity to perform
this is the only type of metal gathering for the region that
we live in and it is a great opportunity for local bands to
get a foot out into the international scene. We hope that
more opportunities come our way in the near future, since we
are coming out with an album in 2016 and will be seeking to
perform in other countries very soon. Additionally we love
the metal scene in Europe and South America and around the
world; a lot of the bands from those regions are just
9. Do you
see some certain goals ahead of you which you’d like to
achieve with Avatar as a professional musician or just as a
would like to do many albums with avatar and perform for
people around the world. We hope to perform at festivals
such as Wacken and Hellfest. We also hope to endorse
Epiphone guitars and digitech pedals. We plan to re-invent a
thrash metal scene like in the 80s and early 90s.
ways has been the best for you in order to promote the band?
How well are you doing in the rest of the World?
before, being in TT its limited for the genre of music we
play, however, the internet have opened many avenues for
publication and we have contacted a few online magazines and
webzines which was met with positive responses so for now
this is the only way we can reach out to fans around the
world. We have an EP that will be launched at Frost Fest on
Nov 28th, the biggest heavy metal rock/metal show of the
year in TT featuring only local bands. We are one of the
headlining bands. Via the internet, we also found someone
who has a recording studio that gave us an effective cost to
record and master our music, and usually this is very
expensive in TT. Hence, this is the reason why it took us so
long to enter the studio. We hope to meet other bands in the
near future in other countries and hope we can possibly
embark on a mini tour around the world.
last word is yours. What would you like to say to those who
support you and by extension the readers of The Pain
who support us, thanks a million for coming out to our live
shows and we can’t wait to blow your mind in our next
performance. And to the readers, check us out on our social
media pages, send us a message, let us know what you think,
we want some feedback. Hopefully in the near future, Avatar
will be playing in your country, as for now, Stay metal and
remember, look out for our album, no metal no life in 2016.