Let's talk a little about the history of the band. When did you originally form and is this the original line-up?
The original line-up never was completed to make a presentation. The originals member are Alexis Mudarra (guitar and vocals), Jonnathan Gonzalez (guitar and vocals), Johan Gonzalez (drum), after to many looking for bassist we found Carlos Gonzalez (bass), and the only are brothers are Jonnathan an d Johan by the way hehe, and for the keyboard we recruit Aquiles Salazar, we hope maintain this line-up longer as we can. We only has 3 years working together and we wait for many more.
Do you remember how the idea of forming the band first came up?
Well that remount to year of University, when Jonnathan Gonzalez and my, Alexis Mudarra, sitting in the University cafeteria at the Universidad de Carabobo, we met and decided to create a new band, for those years we like black metal, but year after our musical taste chance to a new level, melodic death metal, whit more harmonic riff and growls, screaming and clean voices.
How long after you formed was it until you played your first live show?
We are Collateral Detriment since two year ago, but before we was Mors Mortis, whit this band we never come out to stages, we are preparing our debut with Collateral Detriment soon, we hope we can do it this year 2019.
What are your memories of the performance?
We are creating our performance at this moment, whit choreography and public interaction… whit clothing and a scenario according to the theme of the band.
Tell us about the band’s name?
The name of the band arises from the common denominator of the thoughts of the members, the protest against the actions of man that go in the deterioration of the planet, to the detriment of the resources. Wars, deforestation, information control, mismanagement of resources, pollution of the environment, hence Collateral Detriment, we decided on the name in English for the future to reach a larger audience in quantity listening to this style of rock that we do today.
What is your latest album and why should people buy it?
We are a new band, at this moment only count with an EP named GENESIS, consist in three songs, Altered For Genocide, Rain Of fire and Cyber Control. Available only on-line at our channel in YouTube. www.youtube.com/collateraldetriment/ currently we do not have physical material yet, but we are looking for some recording company to do that soon as possible. This first EP are free at the web, enjoy it. The new incoming song that’s going into the long play, we hope soon everybody can find it in the commercial net this year
Where did record your latest release at?
We recording the EP at the Audynamic Mix and mastering in Valencia, Venezuela.
Producers are a very important factor in recording a good record. Who did you use to produce your record?
We produced our Ep with Bertrand Cape and Felix Molina, the owner of Audynamic Studio. They produced more bands in Venezuela and form part of the band Alice in Hells and Civilis. They used many software for produce and recording music, and we learn how used Reaper for make the takes of the instrument at the process hehe.
Tell us about your experience in the studio recording the new record?
For us were a new and a great experience. We learn much from Bertarnd. All the process to recording every instrument. We paid the hazing, the creating of a song is very easy but recording y release that some part of that song don’t sound good is another thing. Is not the same things hear your own music in a rehearsal versus a well recording sound, in the last you can hear if the melodic and the whole song are really good or not. For example, in our song Altered For Genocide, the end must be change, first the producer said that the original ending were like as if something else was missing, and second the song ends very abrupt. Sometimes we were nervous for the red button (recording button), and we make many takes of a simple riff of guitars or a single verse for the singers. Recording the voice were a real triumph for us, because we never sing before. We learn to sing meanwhile we recording the rest of the instrument, and for be the first time that we sing it end very good, many people said that we sing projecting angry at the voice, well that finish like that because that’s the only sound that like us for our songs.
Was the band comfortable in the studio?
We were very comfortable, nervous but comfortable, the idea of recording our own song makes that anything information fluid quickly, and repair or change a sound were very easy to do. Bertrand were a leader who tell us for the beginning how things were going to be, since the order of the instrument until the maximum time spend dairy for the recording.
Do you remember the very first time you heard the final mix of the new record and what you were thinking?
It was so exciting, we can´t believe that’s the end of the journey. The magnificent final sound, and all the band sound together, and the professional make sound was splendid. In that moment we decided to continue with the process of creating for new songs to make a long play with more songs.
Does the entire band contribute to the writing process?
Well here we using a critical method. We are two singers and guitar man, and the 80% of the sons are composed by us, we make the riff and the harmonic, we build the entire song, and the rest of the band make his contribution in his own instrument. In other words, Jonnathan and my self make a base song and the other only add the sound of their instrument in a way that this new sound don`t generating dissonances that do not please the ear hehe. We are going to change that for the new album, and we’ll take the riff for the rest of the band and make a new song in one rehearsal session or many if necessary.
How do you feel the band has evolved musically and personally over the last year?
Before we decided to recording, we was six members, because the guitarists don`t want to sing. And we try with many singers and bass guitarist. Until we found Carlos Gonzalez who is the actually bassist for the ep, and when we decided that we are not looking anymore for a singer, was when we started to work like a real band, then we incorporate a keyboard in the songs and we found a Aquiles Salazar like official keyboardist for the band. All that happened in the last year.
How would you categorize the style of the band?
We categorized the style of the band like a Melodic Death Metal. We use melodic and harmonic sound mixed with low notes and heavy riff at the guitars and bass and at the drum we use a very deep and progressive riff. And we mixed the growls and clean voice to give a different dynamism to the band.
Can you share with us one or two of your favorite moments with the band?
Our favorite moment was when we was home-recording Rain Of fire, and we only recording 15 sec, and Carlos the bassist, used the social media and public that tiny record, and what’s was our surprise? To many people likes that, and make too many questions, question like from where is that band? Who was singing? Are you? Hehe and by surprise Bertrand showed up and offered to record and produce our songs, a very emotional day for us.
How important do you rate the lyrical side of your albums?
Our lyrics are guided to social problem, genocide, ecocide, used of power to domain nation or peoples. We high rate our lyric in that sense.
Are there any bands that you're particularly psyched to be touring with or see perform live?
We are five at Collateral Detriment, and the favorite bands for each one are different, but a short list of band to share touring must be. Fleshgod Apocalypse, In Flames, Mantra, Slayer, Arch Enemy, Nevermore, Dark Tranquility and many others but but not less important.
Who or what inspired you to become a musician, what is your musical background?
Everyone at the band has a different inspiration, but the common reason is that we love make music, and share that feeling to the world. Our music has a hug background, we inspirited the first song in our favorites band, and some of that song are tribute to that genre of music, like 80’s and 90’s black metal and death metal, melodic death metal. Bands like At the gates, and in flames, with the melodic guitar of iron maiden.
What are your current tour plans, if any?
Actually we are working on the performance and the staging, we want to delight our fan with something more than music, we want to give them a show, something to reminder. We are postulating the band for be part of a fest in our land Venezuela, and soon we want to propitiate our own concert and some tour in and out Venezuela.
Describe your live performance for those who have never seen you live?
At this moment we don’t have any live perfomence.
What one item do you have to have with you out on the road that you can't live without?
There’s not any item. There’s a real conception to make real a goal to show the world that we can create a great band.
Do you have a favorite song you like to play live?
In this point in particularly we like band don’t have an accord, any who want a different song. Iron Maiden, At the Gates, Judas Priest are the most popular in that kind of discussion by never exist a consensus.
Is there one city or venue that you would never play again and why?
When we make our first round of concert, we tell you that…
What's your favorite city/venue to play in the U.S?
We like to play in all the State at de U.S. but first that public need to know us…
What equipment are you currently using and do you have any endorsements?
We are looking for endorsements, actually we are playing with own instrument, Dean guitar, Ibanez Guitar, Ibanez Bass, Pearl Drum, Yamaha Keyboard. Peavy plants.
Do you use anything different live then in the studio?
Somethime we use a different instrument at the studio, that dependent of the sound that we want to make in our song, sometime we use a five-string bass, or seventh-string guitar.
What one CD should everyone have in their collection?
Actually, our first Ep Genesis.
Tell us about your thought on your local music scene?
The local scene in centered at the Capital Caracas, and we are from Maracay and Valencia, other State when the music scene is null, is like meanwhile in Caracas are 3 or 4 presentation of band in a week at the rest of the state it could be none.
Why do you think people are into your music?
Because there is a new sound, a melodic sound, that is pleasant to the ear, and not need to be a metalhead to enjoy it. We have present our material to different kind of person with some knowledge of music and their respond are that they like it a lot.
What bands are you currently listening to?
The same band that we want to share in scene.
What does the next year hold for you and your band?
The next year we want to record our second long-play and make more concerts and tour.
First band t-shirt you ever purchased at a concert?
Me in the personal. (Alexis Mudarra), Iron Maiden…
If for some reason you lost the ability to make and play music, what would fill that gap?
Teach a new generation how make real music.
Would there be any one band or musician that would surprise us that you are listening to them?
For us in the personal anyone band that listen our music for us is a great surprise, here in Venezuela that’s not very common.
Where can our readers find your band on the internet?
How has Social Networking (Facebook,Twitter, etc.) impacted your band?
At facebook we have many fan and we share our news in all the social networks of the band but the people like only that… we don’t understand jejeje.
Thanks for answering these questions. Do you have any last comments or words of advice for aspiring musicians and people trying to get into the business?
Make music is the major thing that somebody can do. Play an instrument maybe don’t make you a rich person with money but you’ll be rich for the souls that you can feed. This is a magic world; everyone has his own fanatic, find those fanatics and don’t stop to make music because music make happy people and happy people hear music. Make good music, make metal music.