EMQ’s with CASTER VOLOR
Hi Everyone. Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Minneapolis, MN based Hard Rock band Caster Volor. Huge thanks to them for taking part!
What is your name, what do you play and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
My name is Steven Volor lead guitarist for the hard rock band Caster Volor. Caster Volor started out with my older brother and I many years ago. He asked me to play a riff he wrote on the guitar, so he could sing along to it and from that day on we formed the band without any idea of what we were doing. A few years later, and after growing our musical abilities and auditioning musicians, we completed our line-up as a 3-piece in September of 2017. Released our debut EP “A Prelude To The Freak Show” in April 2018. Added our fourth member in October 2018 and have been performing/touring since.
How did you come up with your band name?
Caster Volor is our family name. Originally, our last name is Frolov – we removed the “F” and wrote it backwards to get Volor. Caster was the name of very first guitar I played with my brother, “Star-caster”.
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
Minneapolis, MN – United States. The deep metal scene is strong, but lacks hard rock and traditional heavy metal.
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)
My Rock ‘N’ Roll Dream Music Video – November 2018
A Prelude To The Freak Show (EP) – April 2018
Who have been your greatest influences?
We are influenced by the hard and metal bands from all spans of time. If they kicked ass, they inspired us. To name a few artists: Alice Cooper, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Motley Crue, KISS, however, personally speaking our biggest influence was our neighbour Igor Bagriy. One day he walked into our house and saw we had a drum-set and that set him off. I was about 14 years old and he sat behind the kit, BEAT a few drums and said, “What the fuck is this shit!” He was enraged because it was out of tune and set-up incorrectly. At that point, we found out he was a professionally touring drummer from Ukraine. It was that turning point that he taught us what rock ‘n’ roll really was about. We jammed together here and there as he was trying to teach us how to write, perform, and most of all play in time. If you were a hair off tempo, he would try to kill you. I am forever grateful that he spent the time he did teaching us despite the tremendous fear I was in every time. It made me realize what a true drummer needed to sound like and what a tight band felt like. From that point on, we’ve only played with the best.
What first got you into music?
My dad played a lot of Beatles growing up. Well, he actually played a lot of the greatest hits from all genres. I must’ve listened to Beatles, ABBA, Scorpions, KISS, various Russian artists, Opus, anything that made you dance I heard it growing up. As I got older, I was introduced to System of a Down, Marilyn Manson, Rob Zombie, and then things got heavier and heavier. Today, my favourite artist is RAMMSTEIN.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Till Lindemann. He’s not that much different than my current singer to be completely honest, but he’s in RAMMSTEIN and that would be insane.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Download or Rock AM – I’ve seen some of the greatest artists rock those festivals on YouTube and performing in Europe would be a dream come true. They love metal.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
It’s not that it was a weird gift, it was that we performed at a little local bar in our hometown and the turnout was horrible, but if you’ve seen a Caster Volor show you know we always set-up with full production and play as if there are millions regardless of the crowd, and during our set some guy threw his twins hat onto the stage and said please take this with you on your tour. He thought we were from out of state touring and stopped in Minneapolis. It was literally a local show.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Rock ‘N’ Roll will not survive without you. Go out to shows, buy merchandise, buy the music, share their posts, and invite your friends to do the same.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Have you seen Pet Sematary? Anyway, I would probably bring back Freddie Mercury. Greatest frontman to have ever lived.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
The best part of being a musician is performing and seeing the reaction of your audience. We have so much fun on stage and the way we interact with our crowd it brings me so much joy to see them smile, laugh, and cheer.
I hate the business. The guys at the top are crooks, and the guys at the bottom are unprofessional, but passionate. If they took their passion and improved their professionalism, the music business would be a better place. We could “take over.” Have the inmates run the asylum now.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The music industry doesn’t take risks anymore. No reps looking for quality artists. They want you once you’re successful then strip you of your worth. There are so many great bands out there that with a little push could make rock ‘n’ roll the most prosperous genre like it was back in the day. Too much fill is released.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
“Appetite For Destruction”. It had everything. It was dirty, raunchy, messy, loud, catchy, and embodied rock ‘n’ roll.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I grew up with CD’s, so I’m used to that, but downloads are convenient, however, vinyl’s sound the best.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We opened for Stryper in Nov. 2017 to a sold-out venue in Minneapolis. Everyone was there, and we made a statement. We even hung out with Stryper at Taco Bell across the street and they complemented our set. It’s funny because their management and road crew hated us. Our set was too inappropriate.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I’m currently a fitness professional. I manage 4 Snap Fitness gyms in St. Paul and I’m a personal trainer. Right now, I’m working on my Doctorate in Occupational Therapy, so that.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Marilyn Manson, Till Lindeman, Davey Havok, Caster Volor, and my girlfriend. Recipe for fun…
What’s next for the band?
Going into summer right now, we will be doing many shows – check out our tour dates to see where we are playing. We have some festivals, local shows, and out of state events planned. Then we will be filming a music video for our single, Ready or Not (Come on and Rock), and will begin working on recording our full-length album. I think it’s fair to say, we will call it, “Welcome To The Freak Show Act: 1”
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
All of them. We are on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Apple Music, Itunes, Spotify, Deezer, Soundcloud, Snapchat, our website, ect.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I don’t know what those are. Must be a muffin!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Please follow Caster Volor on all social sites, share our posts, invite your friends to do the same. Tell us where you want us to go perform and tell your local and national promoters about us. The industrial theatre is ready to rock. Welcome to the freak show, Caster Volor is coming.
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