Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Detroit Voodoo Interview And Bio

Genre: Urban Metal
Location: Detroit

Band Members:

Rube: Vocals
Nico: Guitar
Big E: Bass
Steve: Drums


Rise Of The Medicine Man (2013) "Itunes" "Preview"


1. Can I get a short backstory on the band(Biography)?

The band was created in 2006. Rube and E responded to an ad that the original drummer posted, seeking a band.  Later, Nico was asked to jump on board. We chose the name Detroit Voodoo because we are proud to be from Detroit and we also wanted to create a modern Alice Cooperish type show.  We recorded our first self titled album about a yr later. The next album to follow was "Rise of The Medicine Man". The band suffered some ups and downs with their original drummer leaving the band. After searching for the perfect replacement, Stephen was asked to join Detroit Voodoo.  Shortly after, we released "Rise of the Medicine Man" with bonus tracks and instrumentals. The album has been doing very well and is available on numerous sites such as I-Tunes and Amazon. We are currently writing new songs for our upcoming EP and have been busy doing live shows.

2. What lyrical theme does Detroit Voodoo use in their music?

And what message do you guys want to send?Our songs are about everyday life and issues that people deal with day in and day out. Real life. We want to send the message that no matter what, you can overcome the hardships placed upon you. To connect with people and let them know that we understand where they come from and we too deal with the same issues in our own lives.

3. What bands have influenced your band and its sound?

White Zombie, Slipknot, Korn, Pantera, Five Finger Death Punch

4. What has been your best concert experience?

10th annual Gathering of the Juggalos, any of our bus trip shows, and the Halloween riverboat show aboard The Detroit Princess.

5. How would you describe Detroit Voodoo's live performance to someone that hasn't witnessed the band live before?

A stage show inspired by acts like Alice Cooper, Marilyn Manson, ICP, and Slipknot. Shrunken heads, dripping D's, pulsating strobes, and smoke that gives a horror story feel.

6. What made you guys decide to form a band?

All of our prior bands had recently dismantled and we all have a strong passion for music and things just kind of fell into place.

7. What is your opinion on the current state of metal, and also how do you feel about the different classifications in metal and how some get a negative rep?

I think people will always have a spot for metal.  It's just discovering what style of metal fits them.  We are a groove metal band, kind of like Korn. Most people categorize metal with non stop screaming or death metal. We love being heavy, but we also like melodies in our songs.  Words that people can understand.

8. What is your opinion on Piracy, and how it has affected the metal scene?

Piracy is bullshit. Most people don't realize how much time and money goes into producing an album and getting it distributed.  When you purchase a song or album legally, it goes to the artist. It's how they get paid. If you went to Sub Way and ordered a sandwich and then walked out, that would be stealing.  Piracy is the same fucking thing.  Be proud to support musicians and purchase their art legally.

9. What would you say separates Detroit Voodoo from the rest of new and up and coming bands?

We just do what we love to do, and that's Detroit Voodoo.  We don't get caught up on what's trendy and what not.  We just make music that we think sounds cool and we enjoy playing.  We put a lot of thought into our songs and always ask ourselves if we would buy our own music if we heard it somewhere.

10. When not doing things with the band, what can you be seen doing in your free time?

Rube can be found either at the neighborhood bar, enjoying beautiful women and whiskey or in the woods hunting and fishing. E is a family man and enjoys time with his children. Nico can be found donating his time to little league and other sporting events.  Stephen can be found somewhere with a set of drumsticks and working on a new tempo for Detroit Voodoo.

11. What made you guys decide Detroit Voodoo as your band name?

We are very proud to be from Detroit.  Detroit has some of the hardest working blue collared people around.  We put the world on wheels.  We added Voodoo because we wanted to also bring a modern Alice Cooperish theme to the band.

12. Can you guys explain the writing process for Detroit Voodoo "Rise Of The Medicine Man"?

Every member put in their hard work to create the album.  Rube was going through a divorce at the time and he grew up around child abuse and alcoholism as a child.  These things heavily inspired his lyrics.

13. What has been the bands biggest moment?

Rereleasing "Rise of the Medicine Man" and getting it distributed on places like I-Tunes, Cd Baby, and Amazon.  It's the best feeling to see your album doing well and getting good reviews. We also received air play on xm sirius satellite radio on Octane.  That was pretty sweet to know that your music is being heard around the world.

14. Can you tell the fans more about the new album "Rise Of The Medicine Man" and how would you describe the music on the album?

The songs keep you bouncing your head. You will catch yourself saying quotes from their song intros and singing chorus like "Beautiful Chaos".

15. How have the reviews been for the new album? And is there any reviews/reviewers you guys would like to shout out for all of your fans to check out?

We have received awesome reviews.  We are very thankful that people are appreciating what we are doing. Reviews can be see on our reverbnation page, facebook page, and basically any place you can purchase the album from online.

16. What can the fans expect to see from Detroit Voodoo in the future?

We are very excited to be writing new material with our new drummer Stephen.  We promise to bring that Detroit Voodoo groove and drive. Thank you very much from all of us in Detroit Voodoo.

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