18th, October 2013
by Jason Kennedy -
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?
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
- 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.
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
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?
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.
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?
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,
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.
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.
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”?
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.
What would you consider the hardest part about playing in an
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.
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
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?
- 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.
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