EMQ’s with CHAOS SYNOPSIS
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São José dos Campos, Brazil based Deathrash Metal band, Chaos Synopsis. Huge thanks to vocalist/bassist/manager Jairo Vaz 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?
I’m Jairo, bass, vocals, manager and responsible for the lyrics of Chaos Synopsis. Back in 2005 some young guys joined forces to play the fastest and the heaviest music we could, mixing influences from thrash, death and rock and roll, it should be chaos. Since then, we have released four albums, did tons of shows in Brazil and Europe and a lot more beer and fun than one should try.
How did you come up with your band name?
With all the chaos we were making with our music, we wanted people to look at us and tell that this is an extreme band, pure chaos. So, being the Chaos Synopsis would fit tightly to our proposal.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We’re from São José dos Campos, São Paulo, Brazil, land of the legendary Attomica and other awesome bands of the underground, with a good amount of shows happening in our region and even some bigger names passing through, like Master, Napalm Death, Hate, Benediction.
Talking about Attomica, our drummer Friggi was part of the line-up for some time and recorded the album called “4”.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We released our fourth album “Gods of Chaos” in 2017, an album about old gods and mythologies. Also, right now we’re sending to the factory the Coronavirus 7EP, to be released by November, featuring also Seb Phillips from the mighty Exhumed and Anna Murphy from Cellar Darling.
‘Coronavirus’ (Official Video) feat Sebastian Phillips (Exhumed)
Who have been your greatest influences?
On my side has always been Iron Maiden, Death and Behemoth, teaching me how to play, how I wanted to compose and how to work the bands image and marketing, as a band is not just about music.
What first got you into music?
When I was not more than 7, my mom used to listen to Queen all the time and that’s probably the first rock band I ever liked. Years later, I got fascinated by their music too.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Totally Behemoth, I’m a big fan of their work.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
I think playing on Wacken it’s the choice of 110% of the bands, it’s the biggest festival on the world and playing there means your band has a good amount of fans, but also I would LOVE to play on Obscene Extreme, as that is the craziest festival on the face of the earth.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
I usually earn CD’s and shirts, which I do love getting into, beer, vodka, dust. Not a gift, but one-time touring in Poland, one fan bought the shirt I was using during the show, sweaty as hell. I tried to remove the idea from her, but she insisted. Well…
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
In these hard times with no shows at all, keep supporting the bands you like buying their merch and sharing their stuff, our metal community must go on after all this shit it’s over.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
I need to choose 2. First would be Fred Mercury to take my mom on a show, would be HUGE! Also, Chuck Schuldiner, as he is one of my biggest influences. I used to watch a VHS from Live in LA EVERYDAY before going to bed.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I really love being on stage, but more than that, to travel and make friends. Much of my life today I owe to Chaos Synopsis and all my experiences all over Brazil and Europe, I even met my wife on a tour during a show on Poland.
There is not much to dislike, but when you’re on the road for days, sometimes you just want to rest a little and get a good sleep in your own bed. The rest is just fun and happiness.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Nowadays with all the streaming platforms and with the coronavirus stopping all the shows, the revenues from streaming should be better to everyone.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
It changes from time to time, but I think “Demigod” from Behemoth is one of those albums that I can listen to over and over again, on any occasion.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Each one of them has its virtue. Vinyl is really pretty, with the big artwork. CD’s usually do have better booklets and more info. Cassettes are not my cup of tea, but I do collect some, but never listen to. Download or streaming is just the easiest way to listen to music today and the one I most use, even if the quality is not the best. So, even if I still buy CD’s and vinyl, streaming today is my option.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
For the number of people, it was a festival called Araraquara Rock back in 2015, but in importance I believe was opening a gig for Deicide in 2010, we were young still and that was HUGE for us. Also, we had a tour with Kataklysm this past April that was cancelled because of the pandemic, totally sucks!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Well, I’m a bank manager most of my time, also a father and a husband, can’t think much of what I would do if I wasn’t spending the amount of time I do with music.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Steve Harris, Adam Nergal, Tony Iommi, Kerry King and Abbath.
What’s next for the band?
Chaos Synopsis is going to release the “7EP Coronavirus”, also a special edition of our demo re-recorded and we’re in studio planning our next release, we have some music and ideas ready, but should have something more concrete by the end of the year.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We’re out there on every platform you do like, Bandcamp, Spotify, Deezer, iTunes, just choose the one you most like.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Biscuit, totally. We have the same problem here about “biscoito” and “bolacha”. If you’re curious enough, google it.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
I thank you for the space and thanks a lot to Victor for all the support over the years that he gave to Chaos Synopsis. Also, thank you all guys that’s been following our music and I hope to see you some day when we have our beloved shows back. Piece and take care you all.
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