Hi! Please introduce BLOOD OF ANGELS to the readers.
How is it easy to live and survive with the music in your local area?
It isn’t easy at all. It takes a lot of work to promote and motivate people to come out to your show over spending time and money doing other activities. We are based in Tampa, Florida. We get a lot of touring acts, and the with Orlando theme parks a hour away, there is a lot of competition for the public’s entertainment dollars.
When did you start writing music – and what or who were your early passions and influences?
I started writing music at 16. In the early days, I just wanted to be as brutal and blasphemous as possible. I was really influenced by the great bands of my local scene like Cannibal Corpse and Morbid Angel.
What are your main impulses to write metal music?
To me, I love the aggression that is at the core of metal music. The genre itself has a wide verity of influences to pull from. I also always loved the camaraderie of the fans and the bands.
What do you personally consider to be the incisive moments and pieces in your musical work?
I like to think they’re a lot of incisive moments. Within the lyrics, our last release explored Norse Mythology and created a three part story. Our next album titled “The Failure of Faith” will be exploring the history and effect of the major three monotheistic religions. Within the music, I explore many different rhythmic textures. Our songs have various tempo and time signature changes. I try not to limit the music to just one sub-genre of metal. I try to incorporate many styles into one cohesive sound. That is the goal at least.
How would you describe and rate the music scene of the city you are currently living in?
The Tampa, Florida music scene is very strong. It has a strong metal music scene since the 1980’s, and it is the best city in America for musicians to work with for any genre within the extreme metal genre. Tampa also has strong music scenes in other genres as well. They’re some fantastic blues and jazz bands based here as well. They’re many great venues to experience a wide variety of music in the city as well.
When it comes to be musician, what are your criteria for quality? What are currently your main challenges and ambitions as a musician?
Just that the songs sound good, and the artistic vision is realized. With my guitar solos, I take a page from my 90’s influences and write what I think is best for the song and not need to show my technical prowess with every lead. Sometimes a playing a blues scale with some expressive bends is the best fit. As far as ambitions, I have a lot of ideas for different album themes. My goal is bring those ideas to life.
What do you usually start with when working on a new song or lyrics?
It starts with a particular subject. This current album is about the three big global religions. Then I look into the history of how these faiths began, that would be one song. Then I would create other songs based on pivotal moments throughout their development. Those time periods lead to the next song.
Tell us a bit about the selection process for deciding on what to write about, please. What sources will you draw from for research purposes and how much time goes into research, gathering altogether in general?
I write about subjects, stories, and historical moments that I find interesting and want to bring to a different artistic medium. I read a lot of books from various historians and opinions from both sides.
As more and more people are producing and releasing music, there has been an exponential growth in promotion agencies. What’s your perspective on the promo system? In how far do you feel it is possibly undermining musical freedom?
There has been always a promotional system to one extent or another. Back in the early days of Rock n Roll in America, radio promoters would pack a car full of single records, travel to different radio stations. Then pay the program director to play the labels latest release. These practices still continue with pay ads on social media. The more you spend on the ad, the more people that see the ad, hopefully leads to more people clicking on your spotify link to check you out. What it undermines is a artists ability to be heard. It always has. It isn’t the best songs, or artistic achievement that floats to the surface. It is the bands with the best backing and the deepest pockets that get heard.
Metal scene have changed considerably over the past. What, do you feel, could – or should – be new forms and formats for music? And, should we save old-school spirit or just go forward together with musical ‘evolution’ (‘degradation’)?
I think the fans will determine what formats stay and go. Even though physical music sales can’t be counted on for income, I am glad to see that people still love to go to live shows and support artists with merchandise. Metal is old enough to have a strong historical heritage. We shouldn’t forget the past. We should use the old-school spirit as a foundation for the future. Every generation who becomes a part of our culture will put their own mark on the scene. Only through youthful additions will metal survive and doesn’t become stale.
Music-sharing sites and blogs as well as a flood of releases in general are killing music. What’s your view on this topic?
I am not happy with the business practices of the music sharing sites, however they are here to stay and are only getting bigger year after year. What is harming music in general is that they’re no more gate keepers. Anyone with a recording and $100 USD can get their music distributed. On the positive side, it is giving artist a opportunity and the ability to be heard in ways that have never happened before and has really launched careers. The negative to me is that this openness has flooded the market. The only way to get anyone to pay attention to you brings us to our previous question. Who ever has the deepest pockets gets the most attention.
Please recommend two bands to our readers which you feel deserve their attention.
Our fellow label mates Bofo Kowo. They’re doing some great things musically. Psykotribe in our local scene has been working hard for many years. They have just completed a new album.
What are your plans for near future?
Finish our new album. We should have it done by the end of August this year. We plan on touring starting in April next year, and play anywhere and everywhere possible with anyone. Then repeat for the as long as we can.
Thank you, see you next time!
Thank you for the opportunity, and I look forward to speak with you again.