!!!CANADIAN THRASH METAL!!!
We had a conversation with Jordan Schritt (Guitars).Enjoy!
Welcome to the FILTHY DOGS OF METAL Webzine.
Tell us a few things about VIDEO NASTY (Members, Starting Year etc).
Video Nasty started in March, 2020 at the start of quarantine in Calgary, Canada. I’ve always wanted to do something horror based musically, so it came together quickly. I wrote the album in about 2 weeks. It was was a very inspired time despite the bleak outlook of the pandemic. Once I had everything written and arranged, I started jamming with Dave and Kellen to get the songs tight. We recorded the album in July after a couple months of rehearsals. Once the music was recorded, Kyle did his vocals in Vancouver and Faith came in and ripped all the leads to cap things off. It was an entirely pain free process.
You have recently released your EP ''Video Nasty''. What is the Feedback from your audience as well as from the Press?
It’s only been out a few weeks, but it’s been fairly positive.
Label or DIY and why?
We are currently working on a record deal with a label. That information will be along in the near future.
Do you prefer Vinyl, Tape, CD or Digital Format and why is that?
I prefer vinyl. You want to lose yourself in the music, art and lyrics. An album should be the whole package and vinyl offers the best representation of that. I love holding the art and lyrics. It helps you got lost in the music and what it’s suppose to evoke from you.
Your music style is Thrash Metal. Which are your main influences (Favourite Artists / Bands etc.)
My main influences are fairly obvious. Horror in all forms, is a huge driving force. Horror is endless. I love every era and each new generation brings films that push the genre forward. Musically it’s definitely Slayer, Sepultura, Sodom, Witchery, The Crown... pretty much anything fast. If someone said we were a Slayer or Sepultura rip off band, I would take that as a compliment. I’m not trying to hide any of my influences on this album. The first 5 Slayer albums are untouchable. Like wise for Sepultura’s first 4.
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?
At this point in my life, I don’t think you should sacrifice anything for music if it means missing time with your family. When I was 20-30, I had that mindset. That has definitely changed with age for myself. Music should be fun and not a stressful thing. Stress tends to happen when being in a band becomes a job. I want to have fun and not worry about touring and that lifestyle. The music is the most important thing.
Describe your ideal live show as a performance Band. Have you already experienced that?
In present times, playing any live show would be wild. The pandemic had kind of kiboshed the whole live thing. For the time being, Video Nasty will be a studio project. But who knows what the future holds. We definitely could play live if the right opportunity were to arise.
Which attributes, do you think, that a new Thrash Metal Band should have in order to gain identity and be unique?
I think it really depends on what you value about music. I love sloppy thrash bands because it sounds like it’s going to come off the rails any second. There’s something about that that gives the music a powerful live quality.
Do you believe that Bandcamp and other Digital Platforms help the new Thrash Metal Bands? Which, do you think, is the ideal way for a Band to promote its work?
I think Bandcamp is great for independent bands. Spotify is good from the consumer point of view. Especially for finding new bands. But from an artist perspective, it’s not a great platform unless you’re a Metallica or Iron Maiden. The revenue shares are laughable.
Tell us a few things about the New Underground Metal Scene in Canada (Bands, Fanzines, Webzines, Metal Clubs etc.)
Calgary has a vibrant metal scene right now. Bands like Traveller, Riot City, Hazzerd and Lunattack are all carrying the flag proudly.
Do you know anything about the Hellenic Metal Scene?
I do not know any bands from the scene. But I’m always looking for new bands from different corners of the world.
What are your future plans?
Currently I’m writing the second Video Nasty album. I’m hoping to write until April with recording to happen in the spring / summer of 2021. It will be relentless.
Thank you very much for your time & Keep up the good work! The closure is yours.
Thank you to you for the interview! If you want to check out Video Nasty, please head over to our Bandcamp page at:
Horror ‘til death!
By Steve the Filthy Dog.