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10 Quick Ones with GABRIEL CONNOR of RED DEVIL VORTEX – April 2018

| 30 April 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “LA Based Metal Rock Band RED DEVIL VORTEX has released the Official Music Video for the debut, title single off of their upcoming EP, Something Has to Die, due out May 8th but available to pre-order NOW! Directed and edited by Raphael Bittencourt, “Something Has to Die” showcases the trio’s unique re-interpretation of the heavy rock genre.”  We get Gabriel to discuss new music, influences, and more in our 10 Quick Ones…

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?

Something Has To Die is the first EP released by Red Devil Vortex. What might be hard to get is that the lyrics are connected to each other and they’re all based in our life experiences, although they work really good individually too. Other than that, what makes this release so special to us is that we wrote the songs and performed them exactly the way we wanted to, with no pressure or limitations, we were able to try new elements to our music and make it melodic, heavy and chaotic at the same time. Augustus Cryns is an amazing producer and a great friend, we had fun working together and I believe that vibe can be heard in those songs.

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

I remember when I was an 8 year old kid watching a KISS home video. It was a concert from the Revenge tour. The band was sounding amazing and at some point the girls in the crowd started showing their breasts. That was it! Sold! Then one day I was at Pablo’s house (we’ve been friends since we’re 8 and we were both crazy about KISS) and I said: “Why don’t we start a band and get famous? It’s going to be so cool!”. We’re still not at the famous part, but it’s been very cool since then!

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

Nickelback and Jonas Brothers twice and Justin Bieber, because we play the Devil’s music! Seriously, though. Personally, the musicians I looked up to when I was learning to play music were Paul Stanley and Gene Simmons (KISS), Geezer Butler (Black Sabbath), Jason Newsted (Metallica) and Zakk Wylde. As far as our music influences as a band, the list can go on and on because we all have very different music tastes: like Red Hot Chili Peppers, Black Sabbath, Dave Matthews, Muse, Rob Zombie, Seal, Iron Maiden, KISS, Soilwork, Ghost, Foo Fighters, Tool, Faith No More, to name a few.

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

Paul Stanley or Desmond Child. Both amazing songwriters in my opinion.

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

Chaotic and energetic hard rock. Music to make love and war to.

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

It’s an escape from growing up. You get to play music, travel the world, meet lots of new people and call it a job!

7. 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’re together all the time and although we have very different personalities, we get along really well.. Pablo cooks. Iago orders pizza. I show them news bands. Any of us can have an acoustic guitar in our hands anytime. We’re always laughing too, usually at the most stupid stuff you could imagine.

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

I don’t think I ever gave myself that option or even really thought about it, but I have a bachelors degree in Advertising and Publicity, so that would probably be it.

9. 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”?

No, I don’t think so. We’re so happy with where we are and what we’re doing right now and that’s a result of everything we’ve been through, so it’s all good!

10. 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 think I could say both Destroyer (KISS) and the Black Album (Metallica) for the same reason. They both we’re very different albums compared to those band’s previous ones at the time, they were trying something different and new with amazing producers and I would love to see how was the creative process behind the song structures and arrangements. They’re both classic and very relevant to this day and they still sound amazing! Another one would be Modern Vintage by Sixx AM. I think that band is great and that album was their best. James Michael is a great producer and the songs are very solid, well written and very different from each other. There’s a lot to learn from that record.

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Todd ‘ToddStar’ Jolicoeur

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