EMQ’s with IGNITED
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Balneário Camboriú, Brazil based Heavy Metal band Ignited. Huge thanks to guitarist Dalton Castro 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 Dalton Castro and I play electric guitar in the band Ignited. Our history began when Mauricio, Denis and I used to play together, since 2004, in our previous band called Herege which lasted until 2009. Only in September 2016 did Mauricio and I get back to talking about creating some songs just for fun (our fundamental basis) and also in that period we did not live in the same town. So, in January 2017 we met Sama in our first rehearsal and months later we started working on our first record.
How did you come up with your band name?
The idea came from Denis and we thought that it was a powerful name and would give a good impression. Also, it inspired us to create some blasting riffs and our first album’s artwork.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We live in the Santa Catarina state, Balneário Camboriú city. The metal scene has some cool history since the 90’s in our region, nowadays there are some cool bands with great potential for growth (considering all the disadvantages of living in Brazil these days). I believe that it would be better if some people in our region were more willing to exchange ideas and try to expand our actual limitations. We don’t each need to live inside our private shell.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
It is our first album actually, called “Steelbound”. The digital version came out in November 2019 and the physical CD version has been available since June 2020. But our most recent material were the visualizers for each song on the album, uploaded on our Youtube Channel. I order you to check this out!
All the visualisers for this excellent album can be found at the following link – Rick
Who have been your greatest influences?
We have some variety of influences from the classic metal bands like Judas Priest, Saxon, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden and from the early 90’s bands such as Fight with some more underground atmosphere representing societies themes in their lyrics. Talking about myself, I pay attention to other styles, like Industrial, Black, Progressive, Melodic Death Metal and recently I am listening to Moonspell and Paradise Lost, the Dark/Gothic metal approach in their styles is very interesting. There is a band which I regularly listen to and watch their videos which is Dimmu Borgir, they have a great and impressive production along with a great energy and it is interesting to analyse their ascension as a metal band.
What first got you into music?
Iron Maiden and Black Sabbath when I was twelve years old. After that, Joe Satriani and Steve Vai.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Judas Priest, in my longest and most distant thoughts.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Wacken Open Air is a dream for any band, once you start to play and think about becoming a professional musician inserted in the music industry abroad, this is one with the most exciting goals.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
None at all, we haven’t reached this stage. 😊
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
I invite you to give us a try and take a look at our music, listen, comment, listen one more time, give us some feedback and get in touch with us through our social media, creating a bigger and bigger brotherhood. We will be glad to answer everybody.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Ronnie James Dio and Ian Fraser Kilmister. Sorry, but there’s no way to pick only one, I must break the rules in this question!
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
The magic of creating something from nowhere, filtering daily feelings and processing them into some fresh musical structures. Otherwise the hate comes from when I get stuck in a bad idea, not being able to evolve musically from there.
Talking about weird stuff, there are some faulting and amateur organizations, from some guys, in the music industry here, and it causes frustration when trying to get in touch with some people that, for me, look like dogs who cannot share the bone. Maybe underestimation and indifference if you don’t belong to a certain group of people, it doesn’t matter if your sound is good or it sucks.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Give to the bands more knowledge to deal with the music industry, perhaps to create their own label more easily. Today, we might be able to do a lot more on the internet to promote our work by ourselves, and that is really cool. But it seems like we still depend on major record companies and their team, structure and status to validate and consolidate a band in the market, running like a funnel, is that healthy?
I believe the most precious thing in the music industry is the audience, the friends, the fans and the connections among musicians and listeners. But the music business in general is very important for the economy for the bands, and should be based more on aggregation of new bands, such as any other profession is.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Judas Priest – “Painkiller”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Vinyl has the most impacting sound when listening to it. In my opinion!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We haven’t done a lot of shows yet. Since we released the album, we did only two shows.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
That is a difficult question! hahahaha
What’s next for the band?
As we are learning and trying to promote the first album by ourselves, we are working quietly on our second album and I’ve got some cool riffs to put together in new songs very soon.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Containing all our main links! Pick one!
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Haha! I did need to ask Google and it said they are biscuit-sized cakes!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I want to thank you for this block of questions, was very nice to answer. And I would like to say that we are working hard every day in order to propagate our music overseas, not an easy task to do by ourselves, but we will never give up on our purpose.
Stay in tune and listen to IGNITED!
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