EMQ’s with DEATH SLAM
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Taguatinga, Brazil based Grindcore band, Death Slam. 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?
First, I want to thank you for the important space given to the band. Thank you very much. I’m Fellipe CDC and I scream like crazy at Death Slam, a band that was formed on October 4th, 1990 on the corner of the street where I live. Since the first day, our intention remains the same, to make short songs that merge death metal with hardcore and, with it, unite metalheads, punk rock and hardcore fans.
How did you come up with your band name?
Actually, We were organizing the band’s first performance and we didn’t have a name at that time. I suggested that the name of the festival was Death Slam, but the other members liked the name and we ended up using it to ‘christen’ the band.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Brazil! We are from a town called Taguatinga, a city near Brasília, the capital of our country. The underground scene has great bands and many lovers of good underground music.
What is your last release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
There is a music video for the song ‘Mundo de Horrores’. YouTube also has some shows. Our last release has been a while and it was a Split CD with the Grindcore band ROT. We have about 30 songs recorded, and another 30 new songs not yet recorded.
‘Mundo de Horrores’
Who have been your greatest influences?
There are many, come on: Napalm Death, Terrorizer, Extreme Noise Terror, Doom, ROT, Cryptic Slaughter, Benediction, R.D.P., among many other bands. They have been and they still are influences for me.
What first got you into music?
I never learnt how to play anything. I tried to play bass, but it was a disaster. Before Death Slam, I did vocals for the bands Cursed and HCS. However, long before the first band, I edited fanzines. I was a correspondent for United Forces Fanzine and then edited Metal Blood along with my friends Rolldão (Kill Again Records) and Claúdio.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
One band? Here it is. Napalm Death! With a musician? This person would be Tony Iommi.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Certainly, the Obscene Extreme. There is the paradise of noise!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Fan? What the hell is that? I don’t have any fans! (Victor here. Yes, you have many fans). Once a person gave me a sweaty shirt, stinking a lot. I accepted it just to be polite. However, after soaking with water and a lot of soap, I ended up wearing the shirt. I used it so much that it tore all up!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Two messages: “Where are you?” or “Welcome!”
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Just one? Not fair! Tough choice. If it’s just one, it has to be the old Lemmy.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I hate it when I have an idea for a song, and I can’t play it. And I like it when people like the music I make. But it’s okay if you don’t like the music too.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I would put radio and TVs all over the world to play heavy music on their schedules, without the bands being forced to pay for it.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
There are many records that are part of my history and my life, but if you have to choose only one will have to be the “Vol. 4” of Black Sabbath, for having been the first one I’ve bought.
What’s better? Vinyl, cassettes, CD’s or downloads?
Vinyl! Without a question about it!
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Death Slam was very lucky to have done several very good and unforgettable shows, difficult to choose the best!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
I would continue in music without any doubts in the world, no matter if it is editing fanzines, producing shows/festivals, and doing my radio show, things I do beyond my career as a failed “musician”.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Iommi, Ozzy, Geezer, Bill Ward and Jello Biafra. I’m afraid they won’t stay so long on earth anymore!
What’s next for the band?
Finish the process of record and release a new CD.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
I’m bad with technology, but the people made our channel on YouTube, Bandcamp and also an Instagram. I don’t have any social media and don’t know how they work, but I know they’re extremely important tools for dissemination of our music. Nowadays it has several online radios and also e-zines and we promote the band through these valuable channels as well.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
It was supposed to be a cake, but the cook was crazy with LSD, missed the ingredients, left the cake, and ended up turning into a hideous mix of cake and biscuit. Hahahaha
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you for the opportunity and the valuable space. Please continue to encourage underground bands around the world. Take care and, after this pandemic finishes, return to the shows and support the independent bands. Death Slam is: Fellipe CDC (vocals), Adélcio (guitar), Ademir (drums) and Itazil (bass and vocals).
Victor here. Fellipe CDC is a legendary person in the Heavy Metal scene in our city (Brasília-DF). He not only plays in three bands (Death Slam, Terror Revolucionário and Caligo), he promotes all bands and people connected to them, since the 1990’s. He produces a great festival called ‘Headbangers Attack’ that opens space for young bands and famous ones too. He never repeats bands at this fest and all shows or festivals he produces; He offers a good sound, backline for all bands, no matter how famous they are. Punctuality is another positive aspect of his shows.
While local producers compete with each other and just boycott other festivals, Fellipe does the opposite. He spreads the flyers of the shows and he goes to every concert to see the bands, no matter who is producing the concert.
Some old local musicians tell that he carried albums from other bands to exchange in others cities every time he traveled and a few of these actions helped bands to became more famous after signing contracts or scheduling important shows, all thanks to him. Therefore, Mr. CDC has many fans and he is an inspiration, at least for people, like me, that want to do serious work and love this music.
He is a humble person who gives his soul for underground music! Thanks You CDC!
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