EMQ’s with MADZILLA
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Las Vegas, Nevada based Thrash Metal band Madzilla. 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?
Hi! Thank you for having us at Ever Metal!
Madzilla are David Cabezas (Lead Vocals, Guitar), Daniel Gortaire (Bass/Background Vocals), David Oliveri (Guitar/Background Vocals), and Robert Wiggin (Drums).
Madzilla started as a project David C had. The Band officially launched in 2018, but the project itself began years earlier, when an unfortunate car accident, in which David lost a great childhood friend, lead to the creation of the band’s earliest single “Judgment Day”, a song dedicated to the final moments of life, and the loss of a loved one. Having a few songs written, David felt the need to get these ideas and feelings heard, which lead to the creation of Madzilla LV.
How did you come up with your band name?
“Madzilla” is a metaphoric representation of the dark side of human nature. It represents the need to rule, and the unstoppable search for power that can take over a person’s mind. “Madzilla” itself is an insane version of the fictional monster “Godzilla”. “Godzilla” is a wild animal therefore he hunts and kills for survival. “Madzilla” on the other hand enjoys blood and destruction, and kills and destroys for its own rise to power.
What country are you from and what is the metal scene like there?
Madzilla is based in The United States, in Las Vegas, Nevada. The local Metal Scene here is good. There are several venues that often have metal shows booked, and there is very good response from audiences around the city. Las Vegas being as entertainment driven as it is, gives a wide variety of opportunities to local bands to perform and get good amounts of exposure.
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)
The “Vengeance” EP is our latest release. It delivers a hefty mix of melodic, classic thrash-metal, reminiscent of the likes of Megadeth, Metallica and Iron Maiden.
It’s available on platforms such as Spotify and Apple Music.
We just released a music video featuring our latest single ‘The Last Goodbye’, which, lyrically, describes the frustration that arises when trapped in one’s own world, and the inability to see the light when surrounded by it.
The Last Goodbye (Official Video)
Vengeance (Official Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
David C: Metallica, Megadeth, Pantera, and Zakk Wylde
Daniel: Metallica, Rammstein, Sepultura, Kiss, and Rob Zombie.
Robert: Kiss (Eric Carr of course), Iron Maiden, and Overkill, Tommy Aldridge, and Nick Mensa
David O: My musical influences are Iron Maiden, Steve Vai, and Guthrie Govan.
What first got you into music?
David C: When I was 13, a friend of mine showed me a bunch of songs he was into. I wasn’t really into most of his stuff, but when Metallica’s ‘One’ played, I was blown away!! I could not believe something like that existed. By the end of the song I remember saying to myself “This is exactly what I want to do with my life!”
Daniel: I was a little 10 year old boy when a friend introduced me to Pantera’s ‘Vulgar Display of Power’, and Sepultura’s ‘Arise’. When I first heard the sound of distorted guitar chords, I knew my life would be filled with endless Rock Music love
Robert: Seeing Kiss when I was super little made me wanna be a RockStar, and Eric Carr made me want to be a drummer.
David O: Iron Maiden has always been an influence of mine. In particular, I have always enjoyed and learned from Adrian Smith’s playing.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Five Finger Death Punch probably, since they’re from Vegas as well, it would be a good experience.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Resurrection Fest in Spain, or Rock in Rio. Because we like traveling and learning from different cultures.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
David C: A fan once asked me out
Daniel: Drinking moonshine out of a plastic bag
Robert: His iguana to take on tour in Japan
David O: A fan once sent me a picture of her son
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Never give up! Always follow your instinct, and don’t give up, no matter what!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
One of the things we enjoy most is playing live shows. We love the interaction with fans, it’s the main reason why we do this. We hate when we have to drive through snow while touring!
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
How expensive it has become
Name one of your all-time favourite albums
David C: Metallica’s “And Justice For All…”
Daniel: Pantera’s “Vulgar Display of Power”
Robert (Drums): Kiss’ “Creatures of the Night”
David O (Guitar): Iron Maiden’s “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
All of them have great things about them, our answer is all of the above haha!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Our best show was definitely at the Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, Oregon. It was one of the shows we did on our latest tour, this past February, alongside metal legends, Soulfly. We were really in it that night, and of course the audience played a big part on that. We feed on the audience’s energy, and that night the crowd was very alive, which made us rock!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
David C: There was never a doubt in my mind that music was the path for me. I have no idea what my life would be like without it.
Daniel: Music has always been like a language to me. It’s my way to express myself. It has never gotten on the way of other things in my life, such as video directing, cooking, or even being an athlete, I believe it all works together.
Robert: If I wasn’t a musician, I’d be teaching rock history I believe.
David O: Probably Dancing
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
David C: Zakk Wylde, Alissa White-Gluz, Bruce Dickinson, Mike Portnoy, Robert Trujillo
Daniel: Zakk Wylde, John 5, Scott Ian, Dee Schneider, James Hetfield
Robert: Jim Morrison, Lonn Friend, Eric Carr, Lemmy, Phil Spector
David O: Zakk Wylde, Steve Vai, Guthrie Govan, Patrick Stuart, David Bowie
What’s next for the band?
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Definitely a biscuit!
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you so much, we’re thrilled to be a part of this!
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