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A Dirty Dozen with RENAN ZONTA from ELECTRIC MOB – May 2020

 

According to a recent press release: “Electric Mob is the newest up-and-coming hard rock sensation signed to Frontiers Music Srl. A mixture of powerful vocals, mean guitar riffs, and heavy groove with influences from the 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s, the band is prepared to put Brazil back on the rock ‘n roll map! Their debut album, Discharge is slated for release on June 12, 2020. Today the band unleashes the second video and single from the album, “Upside Down.” Electric Mob is one of rock’s most exciting and promising newcomers in years and Frontiers could not be prouder to be releasing their debut album on an unsuspecting public!” We get singer Renan to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

Renan: “King’s Ale,” our latest single, is a hard rock 101. I mean, big riffs, heavy drums, groovy bass and slithering+screaming vocals. As a band, we wanted the fans and the people who just discovered us to have a little taste of the variety of the upcoming album. We started with a heavy blues rock (“Devil You Know”), then we kicked out the jams with a fast almost hardcore-ish tune (“Upside Down”), and “King’s Ale” is the third part of that experience. Electric Mob is a band of a thousand faces lol. There’s and inside joke about that song too, but I’ll leave it to the detective fans.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Renan: My parents used to take me to rock and metal concerts in a time when I couldn’t even spell my name correctly, haha! So you can see I’m surrounded by it since forever. When I was 4, my uncle showed me a VHS tape of the KISS Unplugged concert and with the first strumming I knew what I wanted for me.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

Renan: So many… When I was a kid I only listened to Iron Maiden and KISS, then I discovered the metal classics like Judas Priest, Dio, Sabbath and all of that. My dad raised me on metal. My mom was more into glam metal and AOR like Whitesnake, Bon Jovi, Survivor, Journey… So that influenced me too. I also love thrash and extreme metal.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Renan: I can’t run from the classics. The main ones would be Paul Rodgers, David Coverdale and Ronnie James Dio. But there’s a lot of other singers that I love like Ray Gillen, Steven Tyler, Sebastian Bach, Bryan Adams, Chris Cornell… The list goes on and on. Actually, everyday I add someone and change my list, but the top three remains the same.

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

Renan: I never thought about it but sing a duet with any of my vocal heroes would be awesome! If I had to choose one I think I’d go for David Coverdale because his voice was the first I fell in love with and the 1987 album is the reason I became a singer.

6.     How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe or you disagreed with?

Renan: Actually, I don’t like comparisons at all, but I know they’re important to create a buzz about a new thing so people get interested in it. But if I could describe Electric Mob’s sound would be: a 4 piece hard rock band with everything we like about music on top. And that’s true. People will get it when they listen to Discharge.

7. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

Renan: For me, the gigs are the best thing. When you look at those people you never seen before singing your lyrics and banging their heads with you… Man, there’s no better feeling.

8. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

Renan: Most of the time we rather order a pizza and get hammered on beers than cook something. The only time we cook is when we do the Brazilian barbecue, and that’s awesome! About the acoustic guitar, if there’s one on the sight I’ll certainly grab it and play some cheesy Bee Gees classics.

9. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

Renan: I never personally met someone I’m very fond of to get starstruck. I hope this will happen soon when we start touring again.

10. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Renan: I really don’t know. The only thing I’m good at is to be a singer/songwriter. I played basketball when I was a teenager and I was pretty good at it, but it was never my dream job.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

Renan: No. I have no regrets of anything. I like to think that everything happens for a reason and every step adds to the journey. I’ve made a lot of mistakes in my personal life like everyone does, but none of them influenced on my career.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

Renan: If someone do the same question next week I’ll probably answer differently because, again, the list goes on and on. But, this week is Pink Floyd’s The Dark Side of the Moon. If not the best, it’s one of the best albums ever made, period. The force is strong with this one, haha!

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