How did you go about assembling the band and
is it a permanent unit?
I met my album and EP producer Kevin "Caveman" Shirley few
years ago, and he was interested enough to go to the studio with me.
And for that he suggested a few musicians for the studio and that`s
how the Studio Team as I call it came together- Paul Crook on guitar
( Anthrax, Meat Loaf ) ,Scott Metaxas on bass ( Nuclear Assault ) ,
Derek Sherinian on Keyboard (Dream Theatre) and Brian Tichy on drums
(Billy Idol, Foreigner).We instantly clicked musically with Paul Crook
and he suggested some of his friends for the live band .The line-up
for live gigs has been constantly changing due to scheduling conflicts,
musicians are obviously busy doing other bands too. For now the band
consists of - Paul Crook on guitar, Jim Roe on drums and Scott Metaxas
What have been your most monumental gigs so far
I think HammerFest and Hard Rock Hell III this year, just because it
was fun to perform on both occasions and obviously there was loads of
people too, which is important for getting my music out there to more
If you had the chance, where would you like to
perform and who with and why?
It would be cool if I would have had the chance to perform at Live-Aid
with all the other wonderful artists. I think it was for a great cause
and in fact I am looking forward to any kind of similar event to take
part in the future.
Tell us about playing Hard Rock Hell III - what
where the highlights (of your set and being there overall)?
Hard Rock Hell III was loads of fun, lot of cool bands performing and
that made it even more enticing for me to perform on the same stage
as them. I have a kick out of playing in front of an audience every
time cause of the positive energy I get from them, and it was as fun
as ever this time too.
What are your favourite songs you have written
so far and why – what influenced them?
I am influenced by anything really, from a good concert to a dream or
an issue that is important to me. I love all my songs, cause each one
of them has a different meaning to it. But as far as performing them
live my favourites are Rebel, Oh Yeah, Boneyard, Payback Time.
How was it working with Kevin Shirley and how
did it come to be?
He is a very gifted producer and a very quick one as well, he is a very
straightforward man and he doesn’t take any bullsh*t from anyone,
and that’s what I like about him a lot. He gets me somehow, without
too much talk which is awesome and I am looking forward to any kind
of future project together . We met 4 years ago through a band he was
producing at that time.
Who have you been compared to as a vocalist
and a performer overall and how does it make you feel?
It is always a tough one with comparisons, they are flattering in many
cases, but as an artist aspiring to be unique it is frustrating sometimes.
Although recently someone said my voice being as powerful as Ronnie
James Dio’s, was extremely flattering to me and blew my mind!
What are your thoughts of the music business
It is hard to get noticed as a new and aspiring artist and music labels
now are not that enthusiastic about spending money for promotions on
new bands. So it is very tough out there, the more the point I make
out is to have fun with music and see where it gets you!
How are album plans shaping up and what is planned
It is ready to be released and just waiting for the right time to do
it - hopefully next year .
What made you decide to record the Clawfinger
song "Nothing Going on" and what do they think to your version
I just liked the idea behind the song and and we discussed with Kevin
about it and he was into it too The singer of Clawfinger was very pleased
with the results, so it turned out great!
You got any cool road stories worth talking about?
Well it is always something going on while touring and that’s
what makes it fun. On this tour in the UK I guess we had bad luck with
the band vans, cause we barely made it to the first gig in Brighton
cause the van was second away from burning down, while we were driving
it ! Some wiring problems... and the second van we got broke down as
well. Finally the third one was okay and we made it to the airport on
the last day of the tour, but what a mess!
How was your time over in California and what
did you get up to and where, apart from recording the ‘21’
It is beautiful in California. I didn’t have much time to do anything
else than recording, cause that`s all you do in the studio period, just
focus on getting it done and as good as possible. But I did go to the
beach, which was nice! Anyway for me, because I live there in L.A, I
have always time to do whatever I want apart from work periods in the
studio or touring, so it is not as essential for me to go out all the
What are your immediate and future plans for
To do more Festivals and gigs everywhere in Europe and USA, hopefully
Asia and Australia too and to get my record out.
What else do you do outside of music?
I am a big movie fan and go to the movies a lot and I enjoy going to
different concerts as well.
What would you like to say to fans and future
fans reading the interview?
I would say : believe in yourself and do what you love to do the most,
then anything is possible! We all come from our childhood, the future
Happy Holidays to all Metalliville fans!
A big thankyou to Marya Roxx
& Claire Lloyd @ 7pm Management for setting up the Interview