Hi! Tell me about Sol de Sangre. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Gonzalo: Well, the idea comes from Los Llanos “The Plains” in Colombia, the region where Rolando (Guitar player) lived at some point in his life. Some days in the afternoon, in that place, you can see the sky changing colours between red and yellow and the sun of blood (Sol de Sangre) going hiding in the horizon.
“Sol de sangre” album was released on March 23rd. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
Gonzalo: I feel so good to have the opportunity to spread out our music physically and see how the album is welcomed by metalheads that really like Death Metal. We don’t really want to change anything, we just hope that people enjoy listening to old school Death Metal in Spanish which was done with a lot of passion for the genre.
Tell me more about “Sol de sangre” self-titled album? Album ideas etc…
Gonzalo: We thought that the album’s name should be the name of a song, as many bands always do. At the end we found that Sol de Sangre was the proper title that represented the album as is something that occurs in a region in our country and Sangre “blood” represents the bloodshed in Colombia’s history.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
Gonzalo: I find inspiration in very simple things like the night, my daily life and even complex situations in my country that no one imagines it could happen.
Rage, depression, boredom, everything is released when I play the drums.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Sol de Sangre’s sound?
Gonzalo: if you wanna listen to a combination between early Sepultura with old school Swedish bands like Unleashed, Entombed plus a bit of early Florida 90’s that is Sol de Sangre.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
Gonzalo: We have an EP in the process of mixing and mastering. At the same time we’ve started to compose songs for the second album. This does not stop. We like what we do so much that we do not sit still.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
Gonzalo: Well, everything that I hear influences me. I like many styles of music, I think the most important thing for me is the percussion in all its aspects. Drummers like Igor Cavalera, Nick Anderson and Dave Lombardo definitely have inspired me.
When talking about Sol de Sangre’s sound, we are influenced by the Beneath the Remains era of Sepultura and the Indecent and Obscene by Dismember and I believe you can feel it in our music.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
Gonzalo: This is a difficult question, I can only imagine at the moment Max Cavalera or Lars Goran Petrov, it would be a dream come true.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
Gonzalo: I think that the strategy is to make simple and easy to remember compositions. When the musicians try to do something very complicated or of a complex structure, it is difficult to reach the masses, it becomes a selected audience.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Gonzalo: Yes I do. I’m a Graphic designer which I like a lot, and I also do product photography in studio.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Gonzalo: Absolutely, my parents and my two sisters completely support me. They have always believed in me. You can picture my mom in a death metal concert as someone dressed in pink in the middle of a number of metalheads! (she is my strength.)
How’s the metal scene in Colombia right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
Gonzalo: Well, it is growing more and more. The bands are becoming well-known with tours in other countries. They are looking for producers and mixers outside and that makes them more visible in the international market. Buying records, t-shirts and all the merchandise in general has become easier. Shipments from the foreign countries are no longer a limitation.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Gonzalo: Than you for having Sol de Sangre! See you!