EMQ’s With PANDEMMY
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Recife, Brazil based Death/Thrash/Heavy Metal band Pandemmy. Huge thanks to lead guitarist Pedro Valença 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, bangers! I’m Pedro Valença, guitarist and founding member of Pandemmy. I’ve been playing guitar since 2005 because I love to play riffs and I love the sound of distortion. I created this group after I left from my first band, called Monstera. I wanted to play not only thrash metal, but also a mix between Thrash and Death Metal. So, in 2009 Pandemmy was born.
How did you come up with your band name?
The name Pandemmy is associated with the concept of the music being spread in a pandemic way. This idea rose in 2009, but we don’t like anything about epidemics or pandemics! The style of the band transits between Death Metal and Thrash Metal, common characteristic of many Brazilian bands that appeared in years 2000.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
I’m from the Northeast of Brazil, a hot and poor region compared to the South and Southeast part of Brazil. The scene here is very rich in terms of bands, but the public is lower than other states as Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo and Minas Gerais. There are many extreme Heavy Metal bands from Brazilian states in Northeast.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
We released our third album, called “Subversive Need”, on March 6th . We have three albums, two EP’s, one split album, one single and one demo. In our YouTube Channel (please subscribe to it) we recorded a series of Lockdown videos because of Covid-19 crisis.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Calling in the name of the band, we have been common influences like Carcass, Kreator, Death and Sepultura. Particularly, I love a lot of bands in several subgenres of Heavy Metal.
What first got you into music?
I enjoyed it when I was a child. But in my teenage years, the interest in music exploded when I heard Iron Maiden for the first time. It was my passport for the music.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
If I had to choose one musician, it would be Max Cavalera. We like to collaborate with bands from the underground scene too. We trade information about musical production, producers, social media, etc.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
It’s a hard question because the European summer festivals are like a dream to any heavy metal band. Wacken Open Air is a natural answer. We would also like to play on Rock Hard Fest, in Germany.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
We are not so famous to receive weird gifts.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Now? Stay at home and wait for a medicine to resolve the Corona Virus and the global crisis. Stay home, stay Metal!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Andre Matos (Shaman, Angra, Symfonia, Viper, Andre Matos). It’s very sad to think about his death.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Playing our music in new places for new people. Creating music is a necessity that we all feel. The bad part is certainly the human part, egos, disunion.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
The music industry is a pure reflex of the system that we live. Here in Brazil, I believe that Heavy Metal music could be closer with public departments of culture to spread the Heavy Metal culture.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
It would be unfair to talk about just one of my favourite albums. “Rust In Peace” (Megadeth), “Covenant” (Morbid Angel), “Burning Bridges” (Arch Enemy), “Violent Revolution” (Kreator), “Symbolic” (Death), “Heartwork” (Carcass), “Arise” (Sepultura)…etc
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I think that all these formats are good to the public that consumes music. The most important thing is to support the bands buying their merchandise (CD’s, T-shirts, etc).
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
In 2017, at ForCaos festival. It was a great show because the band and the audience were very inspired.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Each member of Pandemmy has another profession. We are an underground band that seeks to be as professional as possible.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
I would invite someone who wasn’t a Nazi, racist, fascist, xenophobe or of any prejudiced profile.
What’s next for the band?
Currently, we have to survive the Covid-19 pandemic. As long as there is no medicine or vaccine, the promotion of our new album will remain virtual. By the way, we have new songs for the next album. We were planning a European tour before all this situation appeared.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
All Pandemmy’s albums are available on main streaming platforms like Bandcamp, YouTube, Deezer, Spotify, Apple Music.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
I don’t know. I prefer Ice-Tea and Pizza.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thank you so much for support. Follow Pandemmy’s social media (Instagram, YouTube, Facebook, etc). Listen to our new album “SUBVERSIVE NEED” on Spotify, Deezer, Bandcamp and others streaming apps. See you soon!
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