VOLTAX   HEAVY METAL FROM MEXICO Band Questions answer by DIEGO    
Please introduce yourself and the band members briefly? I`m Diego in charge of the heavy riffing on the guitar ,Jerry is the voice of the prophets , Andy is in charge of the massive drumming, Hector is the bass master and Victor the wizard of the shredding solos. What does the band name mean and how do you get it? Voltax means a discharge of pure explosive energy and true mental freedom made Heavy Metal Have you played in other bands before? Yes, my first band Thaurval (Thrash/Speed Metal along with Voltax founding members) Strike Master (Thrash Metal), and for a short period on time in a band called Skid Raid (Crust/Black Metal) Was it hard to find suitable band members who fit musically and humanely with the band? We have been lucky(?) in finding people who later became friends, that means they have been awesome human beings, it is when we work as a band that gets more difficult, the chemistry on stage has to be natural and the will to achieve total victory has to be at the same level on the 5 pieces of the band, at the moment the lineup is in perfect shape! What does the band name mean? Heavy Metal Discharge What are the lyrics about and who of you is writing them ? Life, Death, Love and The secret of steel Which bands inspired you and how would you describe your music to someone who has never heard a sound from you? Many bands! but to mention probably the most important ones: Rainbow, Black Sabbath, Riot, Running Wild, Mercyful Fate, Quicksilver Messenger service, White Spirit, Early Celtic Frost, Bathory, Sodom, Slayer. We are intense Heavy Metal combining the heaviness of all 80s metal with the complexity and trippy feeling of 70s rock ,all that making it ours, meaning the original voltax sound. Why should people listen to our music? Because its genuine! You are only in the band since 2008. What can you tell me about the debut album Voltax from the year 2007? I was fan of the band already ,their demo blew me away completely and the debut album exceeded my expectations, It felt totally as pure Heavy Metal to me with a very distinctive touch, it didn't sound European or American and I loved that fact, also memorable songs were there that had it all: good melodies, speed, great riffs, and of course Jerry`s amazing vocals. On the second band album Fugitive State of Mind from the year 2010 you were already two years in the band what are your memories of the emergence of the album and who helped you with the production? Looking back at it, we were still a very young band barely starting to learn what it means to get serious with your art, I tried doing my best in coming with new ideas specially riffs to create that first album with the band, it also showed myself and my bandmates that I was totally involved with the project as well as happy and confident of being part of it. As i mentioned it before chemistry worked very well and while recording it we were focused and sounding tight. Under Fire records released the album and they were helpful and supportive with the release as well as with the recording process, very respectful on how we wanted to sound, another key player was the engineer “Pastas” which he did a great job with the mix and recording process ,he understood what we wanted back then. Dimitar Nikolov from bulgaria a respected artist drew the cover artwork. How did you get in contact with him and how satisfied are you with the artwork? I had this CD from a band called Fatal Violence, and 80s speed metal band from Chicago that got featured in Metal massacre 8 compilation from 1987, all their stuff got re-released by Stormspell records in the early 2000`s and the artist that did the cover artwork for that release was Dimitar, I loved the style and use of colors, I remembered him and suggested that we should contact him. We loved his work, that first cover with the tiger that did for us is now a classic in Mexican underground metal. Your third album Hiding into Flames was released in 2013 by label Sade Records. Why did you just release an album there and how was working together with the label? All that time between the release of Fugitive State of Mind and Hiding Into flames was full of different feelings and experiences, good and bad for me , also lots of musical expansion impacting a lot in my way of understanding music and of course playing it, its a more mature work full of details but at the same time heavier and darker. Sade Records did a decent job with the release and we always worked in very good and clear terms with the guy behind the label. Your last album No Retreat ... You appeared in 2017 with the german label Iron Shield Records since you came to the label and what do you expect from the cooperation? Working with Iron Shield has been very professional but at the same time very easy going, one of the things I really dig about the label is the total metal attitude and devotion towards Metal Thomas (label manager) has, that made me trust him in first place, overall he is very profesional and straight forward, even though the label is from a far away country it was an easy process with great results. The artwork for the album again drew Dimitar Nikolov (I like it very much) were you not satisfied with the last artwoirk that you came back to Dimitar Nikolov since? We knew Dimitar would made a great job again and we were very curious to have another new concept created and expressed by him, we were satisfied last time and we were even more for this last one too. Peter Neuber (pluto) has taken over the mastering since you came to him and how satisfied have you been with his work? We actually didn’t know who was going to master it until Thomas from Iron Shield told us, we checked his previous work and we were amazed by all the bands he was worked with him before us, again we were very satisfied with the final sound of the album. Are you already working on new songs and what are the plans for the fifth album? When can we expect a next mexico highlight? Yes we are working on new songs, lots of guitar melodies but at the same time way more heavier sometimes faster and sometimes more epic and massive. No plans for a new album at the moment, but we have one new single which we plan to release soon and that way show the sound of the current lineup… What is your favorite album from the band and what is your favorite song? Difficult question, probably No Retreat…You Surrender  and fave song Broken World What was your first concert as a fan? And what memory do you have of it? Iron Maiden with Halford and Queensryche back in 2001 ,huge open air show but I was a small kid and I couldn’t see that much of the stage, however the rush of adrenaline and energy of being there totally marked my life, something inside of me changed and was a fundamental event that started my obsession with heavy metal. 2011 you played on the wacken open air in germany what were the impressions of it and what were your impressions of europe? Very professional organization, loads of fun, stupid amount of people from every background you could imagine, big rush of adrenaline while we played and a very cool and loud reaction from the crowd, Germany is a beautiful Country, german people were also very welcoming the howl time, compared to Mexico is a total different dimension, very organized ,very clean but also eccentric in their own way, also their love for beer was very appreciated by us haha. What were your live highlights and with which bands did you play? That time we were only able to play at WOA, we remember amazing shows from Tokyo Blade, Judas Priest, Warrant (Germany), In Solitude, Motörhead, Morbid Angel Have already resulted in friendship ? Talking about that particular experience, i only became friends with a record seller/collector, but not really other bands, just too big to socialize there. Which band would you like to play live with and why? Iron Maiden, Running Wild ,Pokolgep and/or Demon just because are bands that we really enjoy since forever inside the band and we still listen to them a lot, these came into my mind first. With what do you earn your money except with the music? I have a job on the logistics and transportation sector, doing music for a living in Mexico specially Heavy Metal is no good business at all. How important are social media for you as a band? It plays a big role for independent bands like us, most of the promotion is done through those channels nowadays What would you (her) want to achieve with the band? To put it in some kind of perspective, to be the mexican Iron Maiden What do you think about the Mexico Metal scene in general? Its getting bigger the amount of people attending to big shows and festivals, bands are improving a lot also production wise as well as musically overall. Still many flaws with big areas of improvement. Maybe you can recommend some bands from your area? Evil Entourage, Survival, Hacavitz, Strike Master, Envenomed, The Wicked Ones, Majestic Downfall, Split Heaven PERSONAL QUESTIONS ! Where did you grow up and how was your childhood? Born and raised in mexico city. I have mixed feelings from childhood, some very nice experiences and joyful moments I guess, but also lots of family conflicts that took to me by surprise at a very short age. How was your school time you were rather the good student or the break clown ? A good student with terrible misconduct How did your parents react when you started making metal music? did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? They were like whatever, maybe they didn’t expect this was going to turn into something serious and constant for the rest of my life. They have been supportive specially my mom, they respect it. Would you be successful in making music as a musician? That would be the ideal life plan Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature? I like both and I need both. Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? I try to keep active as much as possible, I practice boxing and ride bicycle all the time. When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you ? I am very basic at cooking, if someone is around with better skills I would go for that option. What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues) ? I think that by this moment of my life everyone around me knows that metal is part of my essence as a person, music is totally vital in my life. I respect all people in order to expect them to respect me, but in the end I wouldn’t really care anyway. How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere? Its been years now since I cared about it, nowadays its just funny for me when I read haters. What do you think about the internet in general? a blessing or a curse? Both! Which question would you like to have answered and why? Why the chicken crossed the road? its such a complex question What would you personally like to do in your life? Keep making riffs ,anything related to music, and probably something related to animal conservation, they are worth more than modern humans ha! Mexico The best and the worst Austria Important country in Europe’s history Tequila A personal enemy Horchata A classic mexican winner Taco Basic mexican diet Chili Very necessary Pyramid of Kukulcán Ancient wisdom and glorious history Cascadas de Agua Azul Unique place Soccer I dont care Movie or Series Anything as long as its good and well written. CD or Vinyl both Family Very small and close Your top 10 all time album faves Slayer Hell Awaits Judas Priest Screaming For Vengeance Rainbow Rising Savage Grace Master of Disguise Infernal Majesty None Shall Defy UFO Phenomenon Mercyful Fate Dont Break The Oath Quicksilver Messenger Service s/t Blue Oyster Cult Secret Treaties Dissection Storm Of The Lights Bane The closing word is yours? Thanks for this interview and spreading the word of underground metal!
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