Monday, 21 July 2008

Mental Interrogation with Farzad of Ventox

Who? Farzad, rhythm guitarist/vocalist of Ventox.


How long have you been playing together? Norman and I started the band in 2005. Our current line-up exists for a little more than one year now.

How did you meet? Norman and I went to school together. We became big Metallica fans at the same time and some time later decided to found a band. We found our bass player Markus on the internet. I knew our drummer Kave since we were children. We spent a lot of time together when we were kids but then we lost contact for some reason. In December 2006 we had our first gig at a birthday party. Driving back home and after having a car crash, basically a rear-end collision with our two cars, I finally met Kave again after a very long time at the entrance of our rehearsal "bunker". That was destiny. Because half a year later our drummer left us and we asked Kave to join us. Some days and rehearsals later he was in the band.

What kind of gear do you use? We use Ibanez, LTD, Gibson and Edwards guitars, a Dean bass and a Sonor drumkit, which belongs to the band we share our rehearsal room with. Furthermore we use Marshall amps/cabinets and Vox effects.

Is there an album that inspired you to join a band? Basically all Metallica's albums and other Bay Area thrashers have inspired us.

What was the last album you bought? In my case it's St. Anger a long time ago.

What do you think of downloading music? If you download (illegaly) music from bands, that already have great success and plenty of gigs worldwide, it's not that bad in my opinion. They will survive it. But try to support the underground. Those bands haven't sold millions of albums and don't have 10 gigs per month. They will be very pleased if buy there CDs, merch and stuff. So they probably can cover their travelling costs, if they (for example) had to travel a long way in order to play a show, for which they earned no money/fee, which happens often in the underground scene.

Who would you say was your personal biggest influence? James Hetfield. For Norman there are Alex Skolnik and Kirk Hammett I would guess.

If you could trade places with another musician for a day, who would it be and why? James Hetfield and Mark Knopfler because they are brilliant.

If you weren’t playing in a band, what do you think you’d be doing instead?
I don't know, maybe professional wrestling.

Where do you think the best metal is coming from at the moment? From Hagen, Germany, of course.

If you could only eat one kind of food, would it be savoury or sweet? Savoury BIG TIME.

What’s your favourite movie? I'm not so into movies, but i like funny stuff (e.g. Ready To Rumble).

What was the last live show you went to (not including your own)? Dream Theater with Symphony X as support.

What do you have lined up next? We'll publish our first EP called "Swingin' Neckbreaker" on August 23rd. On this day we'll have a record release party with three other bands at the Kultopia in our hometown Hagen, Germany.

By the way you can check out our EP recordings in our Myspace player:
www. myspace. com/ventoxmetal

Then we hope to get and play more and more shows to spread our music all over Germany and hopefully one day in Europe and the whole entire world!

Why should people check out your band? Because our songs have great riffs, electrifing solos, powerful vocals and oh, by the way, if you visit one of our shows we'll break your f**kin' neck! And to say the least, there will be NO WAY you can avoid us or keep us down!

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