EMQ’s with THE DAMNNATION
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Metal band The Damnnation. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist Renata Petrelli 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?
Hello there! My Name is Renata Petrelli and I play guitar and sing (I’m new on that) in the band!
Well, the band started last year in February immediately when I left the previous band, lol. Our First rehearsal was in May 18th; same day I watched an awesome concert of the Swedish band Graveyard, btw. We are 3-piece band: guitar, bass and drums from São Paulo (state). We have a big mix of influences on our music, so I can’t tell you what kind of genre we play. It is better you listen to it and conclude for yourself 😉.
How did you come up with your band name?
I was taking a shower. No kidding! Hahaha I was thinking that I wanted a name that sounded actual for the reality our country is living right now. So I though “Damn” and then, “Nation”. I made it as one word and put “The” before the word just to not bring us problems.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are from Brazil, São Paulo. The scene here is growing, getting stronger. More female bands are starting and the underground scene looks more united.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We just released a single 3 weeks ago, ‘Apocalypse’, available in all streaming services, youtube, etc.
Apocalypse (Official Audio)
Who have been your greatest influences?
As a guitarist: Jerry Cantrell, Charlie Starr, Tony Iommi, Mark Knopfler, Alex Skolnick and Eric Peterson, James Hetfield, Kai Hansen, Mille Petrozza, Dave Mustaine. Haha
As a “singer”: Chuck Billy, James Hetfield, Chris Cornell, Jim Morrison.
What first got you into music?
Mom. Mom is into rock n’ roll music, so I have been listening to it since a child, like Dire Straits, Bon Jovi, Queen, Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, The Mamas and the Papas, Creedence and so on… when I was 6. I was already listening to The Offspring and Nirvana when I was 8 years old. Proper metal came into my life when I was about 11 or 12 years old.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
There are some if I may dream would be Testament, Gamma Ray, Blackberry Smoke, Foo Fighters, Lynyrd Skynyrd.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Metal Days, Wacken Open Air, 70000 tons of metal because of the vibe on these festivals.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Uhh… I prefer to not tell.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
First of all, thank you for all the support. It isn’t easy to start a new band over again haha BUT if it is something that you want for your life, to be a musician, doing this for passion. From all reasons, this one must be the most important. Once you do it for passion, all the responsibilities that come from it, you will do it by pleasure, because each step done is a step conquered and it is priceless. Remember: the best thing is the journey, not the end of line.
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?
I like to travel, to know other cultures. I hate that everything is too fast.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Treat female bands with equality not inferior. And that, music industry and public should give more chance for new bands to show their potential.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Megadeth – “Cryptic Writings”
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Lima Metal Fest, another one being an opening act for Exodus, and all the gigs in Netherlands. I just loved it.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I’m still working as a publicist… so probably I would do that, or Law.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Any kind of people? Hahaha Probably I would invite people that betrayed me somehow, just to see face to face and see how embarrassing it was for those people. Hahaha kidding! But I would invite some handsome guys from some tv series and bands. hahaha
What’s next for the band?
2 new videos, EP release, 2021: gigs and record our first full length album 😊
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
you gonna find all links there 😊
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Uhmmm, no idea! Cake?
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you so much for the interview, pretty soon we are going to have more news and muchhhh appreciated all the support we have been receiving!
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