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Date: 18th, October 2013
(Answers by Jason Kennedy - Guitars )
 
 

 

1. You are almost 5 years on the scene. I would like to turn back and remember one positive and one negative moment of your trajectory and which is the reason you have just attained to record one single Ep during all this period?

Well one of the positive things is that I refuse to give up. I always push myself and the band to do the best we can and give the best performance possible. The reason why we only have one EP in the last few years is due to member changes. We’ve been through several vocalists and bassists. Nathanil and I are the original members of the band. It seemed like every time we started gaining momentum, a member would leave or in some cases after a trial period with a member, we decided it wasn’t going to work out. Our current lineup is the strongest and best lineup this band has ever had. I don’t see any member changes in the future and Im very much looking forward to our next EP our full length album if we can afford it! lol

2. - Speaking of your debut EP, tell us something more about it, where it was recorded, mixed and mastered? And which is the main idea of the 4 tracks.

Our EP was recorded at Love Juice Studios in Riverside, CA. We picked that particular studio because of their reputation and other bands that have recorded there. When I went to check out the studio, the owner/engineer showed me sampled of bands he has recorded and his recording and production sounded really good so we decided to go with him. They charge flat rates, you pay for the time you’re there, mixing and mastering is included which is a big plus! We recorded 4 songs because that’s all we could afford. Recording more songs = paying for more hours = more $$$. Our of all the songs we had at the time we wanted to pick the 4 best songs that would showcase everything that this band does, which I think we’ve accomplished. I believe our songs have a lot of variety and not one song sounds the same.

3. I have noticed live shows are a central aspect of SLANDERUS. Could you tell us how a show from the band is and how are the crowd reactions?

Along with the band playing live, we have also integrated a light show to our live experience which can be seen in our YouTube videos. Our singer Allen is very passionate about stage presence and presenting the best live show we can possible bring (influenced by Metallica, Iron Maiden, Rammstein, Slipknot, etc). We’re trying to do something different that no other local bands are doing, and we’re not stopping there. Our live show only continues to grow and evolved, we plan on incorporating new effects into our shows in the near future. These days it can be difficult to get people to come out to your shows, especially for local bands, sometime we don’t get the draw that we would like but all that matters is we reach somebody with our live presence. We would rather have 20 people fully immersed into our show than 100 people on their cell phones while we play. Usually when we play a show the people that are there are into our show, we are turning some heads so we are really excited about that.

4. Your music have a very strong and diverse range of variety, could you tell us more in details about your compositions and strongest influences in music and ideology? 

Thank you! I get a lot of my inspiration from bands like Metallica, Dream Theater, Rush, Iron Maiden as far as song structures. Our other members influences like System of a Down, Disturbed, Killswitch Engage, Korn, etc. When we play together is like bringing all these influences and sounds together, old and new. When I write a song I always want to make something different and try to come up with riffs and sounds I’ve never heard before. I don’t focus on genre, style, heaviness, I just write and play what I think sounds good. Each time I write a song I try to push what I can do as far as playing abilities and song structuring. I like songs that start off one way, and then can transition to something entirely different, then come back around to where it started, like being on a roller coaster with ups, downs, loops, etc.

5. Pick a song from your repertoire, that you feel to be the most interesting lyrically, musically or having a good story about it and tell me about it.

I would have to say our song ‘The Butterfly Effect’. The lyrics are about the concept of going back in time and doing something like killing a butterfly that can dramatically affect future outcomes. The song structure is also very interesting. It starts off with a very melodic intro, then kicks into a heavy verse. From the heavy verses transitions into a heavy-melodic chorus where the vocals just take off, followed by a fast and intense solo section. After the 2nd chorus the song transitions to a melodic classical-esque solo section that is very dramatic and heartfelt. The song then ends on a clean melodic outro that brings this roller coaster song to an end.

6. I have read you are doing a heavy supportable aspect about organizing shows in your area. Who better than you to explain us about this, and tell us about your goals with the “METAL BAND ALLIANCE”?

We started the MBA IE as a way to unite local bands to play free shows in our area. There are some promoters that just book bands and charge a cover to see the bands, and the bands play and don’t get any money or anything. We wanted to change that so we started hosting our own shows (which are always free) to encourage more people to get off their computer, come out to a local pub and see some great bands.

7. What would you consider the hardest part about playing in an Underground band?

I would say is getting people to come to your shows, getting recognition. On our area, heavy metal music isn’t very popular and most people just go to dance clubs where all they play is electronic music. Most people around here just aren’t into going to live shows.

8. And how are you guys getting alone in private life? Do you hang out as a band or also as friends? Do you think its important to always be friends first and then a band mates? 

We all get along very well. We are all best friends and we hang out all the time outside of the band (going to concerts, chillin at home, going to parties, etc). I think it’s very important to be friends when you are in a band. If you’re not friends with the person you’re playing with or not having fun then what’s the point?

9. - Well, that would be all for the moment...thanks very much for your time. If you have anything to add in the end to conclude this interview. 

I just want to say thank you for taking the time to check us out and come up with these questions for it. It was a pleasure!

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