RAZO   THRASH METAL FROM COLOMBIA Band Questions answer by CAMILO DUARTE    
Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly? Hello, my name is Camilo Duarte, I’m one of the guitar players and co- founder of RAZO. The members of the band and the role they have in it, is: Jonathan Cuaran - Vocals (main) Valentina Barrera - Vocals (main) Daniel Duarte – Bass Sebastian Piedrahita - 2nd guitar John Manzano - Drums   What does the band name mean and how do you get it? The name “RAZO” refers to the everyday folk, to the people that has to earn a living on the day-to-day basis. We want to represent the minorities and the people.   Where and how was the band founded? The band was founded in Bogota, on 2011. I was studying music alongside Jonathan, and we met and decided to create our own music project. We love metal music, so, we decided to write metal music combining elements form Thrash Metal and Death Metal.   Have you played in other bands before? No, RAZO is my first actual band. In the past, I have been part of some groups here and there, but not on proper bands. The ones that have played in other bands are Sebastian (ex-”Sobre todo nombre”) and Jhon (ex- ”SkyDeamons”).   Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band? Yes, it was, indeed, a very long and difficult process to find the members for the band. Specially for the 2dr guitar player. We went through a few people when we found Jonathan Bizarro, who stayed with us for two years. After that we parted ways with hand and the we found Sebastian Piedrahita, who was looking for a band to play in at the time, so it was just perfect. I think at the moment we have an excellent team, and each one of us make a great contribution to the band.   What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them ? Our lyrics are of diverse topics. We talk about the society, politics, we make critics to religion, we talk about literature and also about the essence of metal music. We mainly want to translate all our ideas into music. In our debut album, Deathless, all of our lyrics were written by Jonathan and Valentina, both of them the main vocals.   Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? Many bands inspired us to create our project, but Salyer, Sepultura, Kreator, Six feet under, and Iron maiden are some of the main bands. I would describe our music as a combination of classic thrash metal, combining male and female vocals, with galloping heavy guitar riffs with the essence of death metal. Mainly an explosion of metal.   Why should people listen to our music? People should listen to us because in each of our songs we offer a different experience. It is a very fresh approach, and a very explosive one. I think people will just enjoy it!   Deathless is your debut album. how long did it take for the album to work and who helped you? Yes, we spent 4 years finding the members, writings the songs and finding the overall sound for the band. Fortunately enough we found also Steve Owen, who produced the album and helped us with the structure of every song, making them sound like propper songs. Apart from that, we as a band have done everything else.   The album artwork looks pretty good, who designed it? All the graphic side and artwork of the album was made by Valentina Barrera, our vocalist, who is also a graphic designer and an artist. We are very fortunate to have her in the band.   How far have you been with new songs and when can we expect a new album? Actually, we have a lot of new material to show to everyone. Hopefully this year we will release a 3 song EP, with ever heavier songs. Our 2nd guitar player is in charge of producing de songs, most likely he will be our producer from now on.   What was your first concert as a fan? And what memory do you have of it? Well, my first concert was “Destruction”. I remember it was madness! I spent the entire concert within the moshpit. I simply got filled of all that energy that inspired me to pursue this path of music and metal.   What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play? Well, we have only played local events so far. But the best moments for me have been two open air festivals, “Festival metal de las montañas” (The metal of the mountains festival) in 2017 and “Festival Rock X Engativa” (The rock X festival, Engativa is like a big neighbourhood within Bogota) in 2018. In those festivals we experienced how a professional festival is managed, with many assistants and big professional sound. We have also shared the stage with many good and big local bands, seriously, you guys should check colombian metal. But mainly, we opened for Demoniciduth, from Switzerland.   Is it hard to organize concerts in your home country and is there a very good bond between the bands?   Yes and no. We usually have a gig every week, but those gigs are not properly supported of the bands at all, meaning that the band get payment next to nothing. and for the big events, usually go to play the same 5 bands that go to every big event, so is not really fair. But apart from that, we do get to play quite often, which means more people listening to us. Also, there is a very strong brotherhood between the local bands and many foreign bands are starting to come here, which is awesome. Unfortunately we do not have many venues built for concerts and music events, there are a handful of venues, and the biggest ones are controlled by the state, so it would be very difficult and expensive for us to play just one song in one of those venues.   Have already resulted in friendship ? Yes, but only with local bands. We actually would like to have some foreign bands as our friends, if there’s one interested, please let us know!   Which band would you like to play live with and why? Ohh, the dream! We would love to play alongside names like Lamb of God, Gojira, Jinjer, to name a few. But those bands in particular because those are the ones that are making the difference right now. They have great musicianship and amazing live performances, which can teach us a great deal!   With what do you earn your money except with the music? Unfortunately, living from music is extremely difficult here in Colombia, that’s why each one of us have our job apart from music. For example me, I work as a system analyzer. Now, I know that living from music of very difficult, no matter where you live, but here in Colombia us just ridiculous! Here, music, is not considered as a professional career.   How important are social media for you as a band? Very important, social media is our direct contact with our followers, our audience. That’s why we have our own website: www.razometal.com. We invite you to check it out!   What would you (her) want to achieve with the band? Right now, our main goal is to reach other countries. We want to show the world the metal that is being made in my country.   We want people to feel identified with our music.   What do you think about the Colombia Metal scene in general? The colombian metal scene is rising, right now we have bands that are starting to tour to other countries, playing in big venues and festivals, which is very good because those other countries can see and hear what colombian metal is about. We would love to be the ones touring, though, haha!   Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area? Of course! We recommend: Perpetual Warfare, No Raza, Loathsome Faith, Vein, Thy Antichrist, Under Threat, Syracusæ, Implosion Brain, Energema, just to name a few. Awesome, powerful bands!   PERSONAL QUESTIONS !   Where did you grow up and how was your childhood? I grew up in Bogotá, Colombia and my childhood was mostly full of music and video games, I was pretty antisocial, but I think I had a good childhood   How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown ? I was not a good student, neither was the clown of the class, I was a boy who runs away from classes to play and make mischief   How did your parents react when you started making metal music? did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? At the beginning they did not like me, but my parents accepted my music, now they go to the concerts of my band, they are always supporting me = D   Would you be successful in making music as a musician? Well, as I mentioned before, living just from music is very difficult almost everywhere, and here in Colombia is even more difficult. But it doesn’t mean it can´t be done, we just have to keep working hard on that goal!   Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature? I definitely prefer peace and silence, the city is very stressful, I prefer a quiet place to create my music   Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? I practice soccer and ping pong, but very little time, so I'm a spectator   When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you Since I was little I cooked, I like to cook, and I’m very happy to prepare food for my family or my girlfriend.   What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues) ? The people around me like metal, so we had a great time comparing music and attending concerts   How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere? I believe that haters will be found everywhere, even if internet doesn’t exist. The can say and express their mental garbage as much as they want. I just don’t pay attention to them. If they don’t like our music, they shouldn’t even listen to it and be done with it. But they do, so we must doing something right, you see?   What do you think about the internet in general? a blessing or a curse? It can be a blessing and a curse, it depends on how it is used. We tray to use it the best we can for our benefit and to meet new possibilities, just keeping an open mind and not taking advantage from anything.   What would you personally like to do in your life? I like to spend my time learning about art and history, increasing my spirit and knowledge, I would like to share this with new generations.   Which question would you like to have answered and why? They were all pretty cool.   Colombia The country with the most impressive fauna and flora in the world, two oceans, music, color and people.   Bogotá D.C Cold, stressful   Austria Capital of music, center of europe. it's amazing   Carnaval de Barranquilla I have never been, too many people   Kreator or Arch Enemy Kreator   Parque Nacional Natural Tayrona Simply beautiful   Movie or Series Series   Ajiaco Santaferena Delicious, you have to eat it   Family My support   Canelazo Perfect in the cold Bogota nights   Your top 10 all time album faves Paranoid – Black Sabbath Human – Death Reign Supreme – Dying Fetus Woe to the vanquished - Warbringer Cowboys from Hell – Pantera Arise – Sepultura The Wall – Pink Floyd Ashes of the Wake – Lamb of god 10,000 Days - Tool Exit Wounds – The Haunted   your top 5 albums in time   ! Dark side of the moon – Pink Floyd Appetite for Destruction - Guns n' Roses Number of the beast - Iron Maiden Symbolic – Death Cause of Death   - Obituary   The closing word is yours? First, thanks for taking the time and meeting artists from all over the world, I had fun with your interview I hope to make a mark in the world together with my band Greetings, rise your horns lml
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