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A Dirty Dozen with GUSTAVS VANAGS from BLOODY HEELS – July 2020

| 28 July 2020 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Frontiers Music Srl is proud to announce that Latvian hard rockers Bloody Heels will release their new album, Ignite The Sky on July 10, 2020. Today, the band has premiered the first single and video from the album, “Criminal Masterminds.”  Ignite the Sky has some pretty heavy songs, but at the same time there’s plenty of melodic stuff, harmonies and big choruses. I like to call this album ‘Dark AOR’, haha! We managed to blend everything we love about music, to be honest. But one thing is for sure, we’ve never felt such a strong connection with the songs before,” says singer Vicky White of the upcoming album.” We get drummer Gus 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?

Check out “Farewell To Yesterday,” so dynamic!

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

There was something I guess, I remember just fantasizing about being on stage. But I kind of felt that I wanted to do that, so I just started drumming as a fun thing to do.

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

Oh, that definitely should be Deep Purple for me. (Mark IIa to be specific.) I remember first time hearing In Rock album and it started with “Speed King,” listening to it made me feel like a badass and when the “Child In Time” came I knew that rock music will be going to be my thing.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

My main musical influence would be my father, because he showed me what is rock music, he is a big fan of rock, metal and avant gard music himself and he likes my band which is awesome, because then I know we are doing the right thing. But musically this list may change over time, but now I could say that it would be: Deep Purple, Winger, Dream Theater, Dixie Dregs, and Blood, Sweat & Tears.

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

I would like to do it with a keyboardist, it would be cool to do it with Gregg Giuffria, Don Airey or Jordan Rudess. I would like to see some keyboardist perspective when writing new songs.

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?

I would like to call our music of some kind of renaissance music in this case. We’re just blending a lot of influences and sounds into one and then see what happens. I would like to say that our music is naturally innovative, while still not abandoning the tradition. It’s not that much of a cringe, but often people like to compare us to some of the big names, like, Def Leppard, GnR, Bon Jovi etc. I kind of get the idea but then every band of the genre would be the same if it would go like that.

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

Musical process is meditative, so it’s good for mental health. A creative person needs to express himself and being an artist and in this case musician is just wonderful.

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?

We don’t usually cook, I once cooked on tour for myself and everyone just ate my food, so I’m not going to do that again… Drinks are Gunns specialty, Vicky probably gets the acoustic guitar, but I think that after a few glasses, I can take the acoustic guitar too and play my sloppy Smoke on the Water when Harry takes the guitar away from me and plays a beautiful drunk feel blues solo.

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

It’s been a couple of times for me like that, but the last time was in Germany when we met Kai Hansen. It was great, because it was sudden and surprising.

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

A guide probably, I would like to tell people facts about historical places and crack some silly jokes to lighten up the atmosphere.

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?

Not one situation, just an overall thing… Be less stressful before gigs and just try to have some fun on stage, I understand that comes over time, but still that would be the thing that I would change, not only on gigs, but overall.

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?

I would like to take part in the Boston debut album, just an amazing album, which has helped me a lot to overcome situations. Great sound for the album and the songs are just perfect, every single one of them.




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