1.Introduce yourself and your band and tell us why we should listen to you.
We are Blood of Angels, based in Tampa, Florida. We are very proud of were we are from, and the strong history of metal that my city has. You should listen to us because of our unlimited musical influences. You never know how the next song is going to sound like. Our lyrics either will either tell as story, or about moments of history.
2.What do you classify your sound as, Who do you tell people you sound like?
I feel our sound blends to many genres of metal that it is hard to classify other than just calling it metal. Critics have called us death metal or extreme metal. Either classification is fine with me. I tell people our influences are Dark Tranquility, Slayer, Morbid Angel, Amon Amarth, and Slipknot.
3.With digital music in today's world would you vote to keep or eliminate physical media?
I wouldn’t vote to eliminate physical media. They’re a lot of collectors that love the physical product. I just don’t think physical products would be produced as much as it used to be.
4.What is the reason you decided to be a musician and has that reason paid off?
I love metal music and wanted to be a part of it as a musician. I am glad to have made it my life. It has paid off in a lot of ways. Not financially, but I have a lot of wonderful experiences
5.How do you feel about females in metal getting special attention? Do you feel it is fair?
I have no problem with females getting any attention. I don’t think they’re getting more attention than then guys. If you’re a great artist, then you deserve the attention. Things are completely fair.
6.In the world climate with hatred being at an all time high and metal being an “ angry” music
Do you think your music contributes to anger and hatred?
It doesn’t yet, but I think it will with our upcoming album “The Failure of Faith.” We will be challenging the believes of billions of people. This will make a lot of people who aren’t open to communicating in a open meaningful way very angry.
7.Are you opposed to religious beliefs or politics being used in music?
Not at all, we will be doing it soon.
8.We have dive into some pretty deep issues here do you think your music sends a message and if so what is it?
Our last release didn’t. We just told a three-part story based on Norse Mythology. Our next album will. The message is simple, organized religion is not about god. It is nothing more than those at the top to control and manipulate you for their own gain. Using god to scare you into submission.
9.The market has changed and many bands believe that record labels are a thing of the past, with many labels now charging bands to “sign” how do you think a band can make it in todays scene?
Most bands didn’t make it in the past either. They just didn’t have to pay as much. Instead of paying, they owed a debt to the label. You just must be smart about your business. It is ok to say no if the deal isn’t right for you.
10.Why with the thousands of options including netflix , sporting events everything on demand
Why do you think people should take the time to listen to what you have to say in your music?
What we have to say in our music comes from a real place. Our art doesn’t come from hours of marketing research and compromise to create a finish product that would appeal to the most amount of people. Our music comes from us without compromise or filter.
11.How do you feel about pay to play? Do you think it is fair for a band to have to pay money to play?
I think it is horrible. When it is about pay to play the opportunities aren’t given to those with talent, but to those who can pay. It is completely unfair for a band to pay. The band is the one who should get paid.
12.It is fact that you are the talent and the entertainment explain what you think is the most important key to success?
The most important key to success is perseverance. It is when you give up is when you truly fail. Just keep moving forward, and learn from your mistakes.
13.In country music and even in some cases rock music is written and performed by different people would your band perform a song written by someone else?
Sometimes, we will be covering Motorhead’s “Don’t Need (Religion)” on our next album.
14.If you are pro female in music are you pro using sex to sell your music?
I am pro using anything to see our music. As far as using sex, that would be hard for us except our vocalist Randy. He could get that kind of attention.
15.What is your view on the lawsuits against people saying lewd or unprofessional things to women or men and how does that affect an art described as sex drugs and rock n roll ?
It depends on what is said. I feel those sexual harassment lawsuits should be determined on a case by case basis. I don’t think it affects Rock n Roll at all. Rock n Roll will always be a culture of fun and hedonism. People who enter that world know what they’re getting into.
16. Ok lets lighten up a bit. What is your favorite band of all time and why?
Iron Maiden, because everything about them is as close to perfect as it can be. The songs are great, they have fantastic original art work. One of the most recognized mascots in the world. Their stage show is unmatched.
17.What would you be doing if you were not in a band?
Driving a truck across the country.
18. Do you have a favorite sports team?
I am a Tampa Bay fan. I am a total homer. Football: Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Hockey: Tampa Bay Lightning, Baseball: Tampa Bay Rays, Soccer: Tampa Bay Rowdies, and College: University of South Florida. Go Bulls!
19.If you could get on stage with anyone dead or alive who would it be?
Fear Factory, I think it would be a perfect fit for us. Dark Tranquility would be a great fit as well.
20.This is your shot to let loose, Throw down your biggest complaint about the music biz.
My biggest complaint would be the promoters and venues skipping out on paying the bands. It has happened to me a few times. Even when the venues were packed, and the beer is flowing