Leading up to Emalyth INFINITI I got to interview Infanteria
1) What are you most looking forward to at the Emalyth Arts Expo?
We haven’t been to Gauteng since June 2014 and have been itching to get back ever since because of the great memories we’ve had there and the awesome people we’ve met. The crowds up there are really into it, and we’ve always wanted to play Emalyth because so many of our Cape Town friends who have played there have sung its praises. Having our Zombies Ate My Girlfriend brothers coming along with us is the big highlight though. It’s going to be one big party!
2) What are your thoughts on the local metal scene?
It’s probably the biggest it’s ever been and doesn’t look like it’ll be wavering anytime soon. There are many SA bands making fantastic music and starting to release material to the world and many more savvy promoters who are helping us all out. The metal community is strong!
3) Do you have any favourite gig experiences?
Going over to play Wacken in 2013 has to be up there but my favourite show will always be Ramfest 2014 when we opened for Trivium & Killswitch Engage. The sound was epic, the crowd was loving it and we played out of our skins. Having Corey and Paolo from Trivium watching us from the side of the stage was really memorable too!
4) What does 2016 hold for Infanteria?
Writing new music. We will, of course, play a few shows here and there but we’re focusing on writing for the most part of it.
5) What advice can you give to people wanting to start a band?
Keep on keeping on! Don’t give up. Write the music you want to play but put your own spin on it and deliver something people don’t expect. Keep your standards high and if people criticise you, take it all on board and always try to better your band. Most importantly though, keep those standards high. There are loads of mediocre bands and much of it comes down to laziness and low standards. Work hard and you will see results.
6) If you could go back in time to any musical period, what would it be and why?
I’ve always said I would have loved to have seen Metallica circa 1988/89 when they were in their prime. The metal that came out of the 80s has molded my musical tastes and will always be there with me so if I got a chance to meet Doc Brown and his Delorean, I’d go back to San Francisco,1988.
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