EMQ’s with DEATHGEIST
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with São Paulo, Brazil based Thrash Metal band Deathgeist. Huge thanks to guitarist Victor Regep and bassist Mauricio Bertoni 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?
Victor Regep: Hi guys!! I’m Victor Regep, guitarist for the Thrash Metal band called Deathgeist. I formed the band in 2017 together with guitarist and vocalist Adriano Perfetto. In the 9’0s, we had a Thrash Metal band called Bywar. It ended around 2013. After a short break, we decided to play together again, and since then, we are active with Deathgeist, with two albums recorded and a third already ready, with a release date for the end of the European winter. Next year.
Mauricio Bertoni: I’m Mauricio Bertoni and I’m the bass player. I’ve played in the band since the beginning. It started with just Victor and they were already planning the band. I joined then.
How did you come up with your band name?
Victor Regep: This is a very curious fact. Adriano and I, we were coming up with countless names, but none were pleasing us. That was when we had the idea to come up with a name uniting the two languages: English and German.
Another thing that influenced us a lot was the fact that we really like movies and books about horror history. So, we remembered a movie we watched when we were kids, which was called “Poltergeist”. Which, translating from German to English, would be more or less a “fun ghost”. So, we decided to make a pun on the name saying that “amusing ghost” was already dead (lol). But mixing the German and English languages.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
Victor Regep: We’re from Brazil. We are from the São Paulo region. Here, we have a great scene of Rock, Heavy and Thrash Metal in general. Our audience is very loyal to the band and we have to thank all of them for the help they give us by going to our concerts and publicizing the band on social media.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Victor Regep: Our second and last album “666” we released it in 2019. Now, there are only a few details to complete our third album that will be released next year. In November, we will be debuting our new single and together, we will be releasing our new music video. We are very much looking forward to showing it to all of you.
‘666’ (Official Lyric Video)
Who have been your greatest influences?
Victor Regep: We have a great influence from European Thrash Metal. Not that the Bay Area Thrash Metal made in America didn’t influence us. On the contrary! We love bands like Slayer, Exodus and Metallica. Outside the Thrash Metal scene, we are influenced by several musical genres. Mainly, for classic bands like: Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, among many others.
Mauricio Bertoni: Thrash Metal !! I believe that our greatest influence comes from Europe. Bands like Destruction, Kreator and many of the 80’s. I also include Metallica, Sepultura from Brazil.
What first got you into music?
Victor Regep: Well, I started early. When I was 12 or 13 years old, I started studying music. I was very influenced by my parents listening to classical music such as, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Grieg and Bach. And with that, it sparked a passion for music since I was a kid.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
Victor Regep: It would be a dream to collaborate with some project of two great guitarists who influenced me a lot on the guitar. The first would be Adrian Smith from Iron Maiden and the other Kai Hansen from Helloween / Gamma Ray.
Mauricio Bertoni: I would really like to have recorded something with Lemmy Kilmister. But unfortunately, he is no longer with us. Maybe Mille Petrozza from Kreator.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Victor Regep: My great desire and I believe that 99.9% of the bands are able to perform at biggest European festivals. It could be Download Festival, Wacken Open Air, Hellfest, as they are big festivals that the whole world is watching. Now, in particular, if I were to choose just one festival, I think I would choose the Download Festival in Donington, England. Because there is great magic there. It was the old Monsters of Rock, and big bands like Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath and Rainbow have already played.
Mauricio Bertoni: Wacken open Air. It’s a great festival and great exposure. And we would have the media from all over the world talking about us. (lol)
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
Victor Regep: In particular, I never received a strange fan gift. There are some girls who are a little more “sassy” (lol). But we often have a few drinks and a few beers with our fans and talk about many subjects and have a lot of laughs.
Mauricio Bertoni: Once time…a girl fan asked me for a pick, but I didn’t have any more. Then suddenly she said: “Can you give me your underwear?” (lol) It was hilarious!
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Victor Regep: Thank you very much for enjoying and supporting us since the beginning of our career.
Mauricio Bertoni: Thank you all. You are fantastic!! Always!!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Victor Regep: Many artists I would bring back, but one in particular would be Randy Rhoads.
Mauricio Bertoni: Lemmy Kilmister.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Victor Regep: What I like most about being a musician is being able to meet different people and see different places. What I hate most is the bureaucracy that musicians, especially in the underground scene, suffer from not having the opportunities with major labels. I hope that one day this will end and they can see us as the new promises of world metal.
Mauricio Bertoni: Play live. Be on stage. This is a unique moment. You literally get into the energy with the fans. The boring thing is sometimes to have to wait a few hours before playing. (lol)
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Victor Regep: Exploration with musicians. Mainly bands that are starting. It is very sad that concert hall owners do not look at you as a way for everyone to earn money. Only they want to receive. Musicians also have families, taxes to pay.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
Victor Regep: The list is huge. If you were to put here all the albums I’ve ever heard, I would stay until tomorrow listing. (lol) But two albums that marked my life a lot were the Iron Maiden albums, “Piece Of Mind” and “Seventh Son of a Seventh Son”.
Mauricio Bertoni: “Overkill” (Motörhead) and “Kill ‘em All” (Metallica) There are many. (lol)
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Victor Regep: I grew up listening to vinyl. So, my preference has always been vinyl. Unfortunately, this new generation will never know what it’s like to stay inside your room, open the vinyl and travel with the lyrics and the cover art of the bands. It is a pity!
Mauricio Bertoni: I prefer vinyl and cassette tapes.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Victor Regep: Well, we have had a lot of cool shows and also not very cool shows. But our show that was extremely amazing was when we played in an outdoor festival to 4,000 people along with Krisiun. It was fantastic!!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Victor Regep: I wish I had been a soccer player. But since I was not a great player, I started with music because I had more aptitude. Perhaps he would also be a cabinetmaker. I love to tinker with wood and in my hours of rest, I keep fixing and tidying things inside my house. (lol)
Mauricio Bertoni: Making art. Paintings, tattoos. Or working with old cars.
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Victor Regep: Well, it’s hard to choose! I think I would invite the guys from Maiden. But unfortunately, one would have to watch us eat. HAHA
Mauricio Bertoni: The guys of my band and Victor Augusto. (lol) (Victor Augusto here: For sure we will, as soon as this COVID 19 situation finishes)
What’s next for the band?
Victor Regep: We will have much news. We finished our third album and I believe that in November or December, we will release our single and add our video clip. Between March and April next year, we will be releasing our third full album. And I can say that the album is killer!
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Victor Regep: We are in the main social media like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. You can also find us on the main streaming platforms such as Spotify, Deezer, Apple Music, Soundcloud, among others.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Victor Regep: Well, actually, I never tried it. When I go there in England it will be a pleasure to be able to taste it. But from what I’ve seen, it’s a cake (lol)
Mauricio Bertoni: What? Are cookies. (lol)
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Victor Regep: I would like to thank everyone at Ever Metal for the opportunity to be able to promote Deathgeist in England and also in Europe. And a special thanks to our dear friend Victor Augusto for contacting us. METAL ‘TILL DEATH !!
Mauricio Bertoni: Thank you Victor Augusto and Ever Metal for the support, dissemination of our work. Thank you very much. And I invite everyone to get to know Deathgeist on our social networks. See ‘ya!!!
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