!!!SPEED METAL FROM BRAZIL!!!
We had a conversation with Demian.Enjoy!
Welcome to the FILTHY DOGS OF METAL Webzine.
1. Tell us a few things about PAYOUT (Members, Starting Year etc).
Payout was formed during the middle of 2019 when I met Isis Karolina, the bass player, at a bar in our city. She was talking about how she wanted to start a Metal band and I had some recorded material that I wanted to use. Some weeks later, João Paulo joined us on the drums. After some rehearsals, we recorded our first demo, “First Demonstration”. Unfortunately, the coronavirus outbreak came before we could play at any gig.
2. You have recently released your demo ''First Demonstration''. What is the feedback from your audience as well as from the press?
It had a small feedback, but most people liked the demo. We recorded it in a hurry because I was going to travel and we considered a good idea to take some copies with me. There wasn’t still a very big promotion because we focusing on recording more material first. About the press, there were some Facebook pages and a YouTube channel that shared the demo, but no review yet.3. Label or DIY and why?
DIY, it was our very first recording. But, if any label is interested in releasing our music, please contact us!
4. Do you prefer Vinyl, Tape, CD or Digital Format and why is that?
I go with vinyl always that I can, I prefer its sound and is also great how you observe better the details of a cover art. But I am also into the other formats. CDs are good to take on a trip or listen in the car, digital is great to find new bands, just as some examples.5. Your music style is Speed Metal. Which are your main influences (Favourite Artists / Bands etc.)
Some of my main influences as a composer were bands that, more or less, reunited energies from Metal and Punk, such as Motörhead, Venom, Tank, Warfare, Hellhammer/Celtic Frost, Discharge and Amebix. Besides, I am really into Heavy Metal bands like Judas Priest, Saxon, Diamond Head, Hell, Thin Lizzy, Black Sabbath, Witchfinder General, Angel Witch, Satan, Praying Mantis, Jaguar, Cloven Hoof… In general, lots of early Heavy Metal and/or NWOBHM stuff.
6. Which things, do you think, a Band should sacrifice in order to succeed? Have you ever sacrificed anything in your life for a better future of your Band?
Well, it doesn’t matter if you are an underground or mainstream band, there’s one thing you really need to succeed: Time. So, you need to borrow the time you would use for your work, for your friends or family, for your studies, for a relationship, for your health, some of these you will have to choose. For myself, the main sacrifice was stopping to course a bachelor degree, as it was preventing me to focus on playing and composing new songs. But, it was worth it.
7. Describe your ideal live show as a performance Band. Have you already experienced that?
Lots of crazy drunk headbangers moshing, shaking their heads and singing our music together! And for that, there’s a need of a good place, neat equipment and booze for a fair price. Unfortunately, these elements are not present in many shows over here, even for bigger bands. We weren’t able to play any live show yet, but when they start to happen again I hope we can reach that scenario.8. Which attributes, do you think, that a new Speed Metal Band should have in order to gain identity and be unique?
There’s quite a lot of Speed Metal bands over there, so if you just focus on the speed part of the thing, you are taking a high risk of just falling into all the clichés of the genre. Of course, you can’t run from all of them, too. For example, if you don’t have any song with a Motörhead/D-Beat or Double Kick style of drumming, you probably are not in a Speed Metal Band. But, it’s important to include different recipes into the mix. As I mentioned, I listen to a lot of Heavy Metal from the eighties and also from the seventies. So, all these elements are blended together in our music, there’s even some psychedelic stuff here or there, especially in the new songs that we are still going to record.
9. Do you believe that Bandcamp and other Digital Platforms help the new Speed Metal Bands? Which, do you think, is the ideal way for a Band to promote its work?
Yes, I believe these platforms are quite a good help for all new bands from every genre. Almost everyone uses at least one of these platforms and/or some kind of social network, what includes most of the press, labels and promoters. If your band is new, there’s a big chance that a future fan you listen to your music online before buying a physical media or going to a show. Especially on these hard times we are living, when we can’t meet a new band in a show and buy their stuff right there. So, spreading your work online has become essential, but that also doesn’t mean it’s the only way to do it. The physical media will always live and you need to spread them too.10. Tell us a few things about the New Underground Metal Scene in Brazil (Bands, Fanzines, Webzines, Metal Clubs etc.)
As Brazil is a big country, there always are new releases from bands and zines. I really like the scene from Rio de Janeiro, bands like Whipstriker, The UnhaliGäst, Sodomizer, Atomic Roar, Hellkomander, Sakhet and Velho are really my kind of sound. From Londrina, were we live, there are great bands like Acid Brigade, Terrorsphere, Hellway Patrol, Hereticae, Dominus Praelli, Pactum, Thunderlord and other ones that doing really well. Also from my city, there was the zine Revelações Abissais that was really good, now its two editors are working on String of Discord, you can check them online. From over the country, I suggest you check Sepulchral Voice Fanzine and the Flashbanger channel on YouTube.Now about Metal Clubs, well, Brazil is not a really Metal country. There are lots of bands and fans, but spread all over its territory. In smaller cities (and even in bigger ones), the Metal Clubs struggle to survive. Many shows receive really few audience and many places need to get revenue from cover bands or other music genres. But we still can find nice places to meet some friends, drink some beer and listen to heavy music.11. Do you know anything about the Hellenic Metal Scene?
Yeah! Two of my favorite ones are Flames and Spitfire, great classic stuff. Lately I have also listened regularly to Suicidal Angels and Rotting Christ, too. But, one that I really like and is a little less known is Raw Pöison, fucking great Speed Metal/Punk. Too bad there was no release over the last years.12. What are your future plans?
We have quite a few songs that we still weren’t able to record. So, our plans are to record them and also record again the songs from “First Demonstration”. At first, our goal is to produce a good quality demo and make a real good promotion for it. And I hope we can go up to a stage as soon as possible.13. Thank you very much for your time & Keep up the good work! The closure is yours.
Thank you, Stavros! This is our first interview and we are really happy that it was done for a high quality zine like yours! For now, I hope we all overcome this moment, especially those ones who struggle to live from Heavy Metal and live shows. We expect to be soon releasing new stuff and give more Payout to the world. Cheers!
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