Social Arsonist (Band Interview)
Today we chat to Social Arsonist.
Let’s start with this: What’s the history of your band?
SOCIAL ARSONIST is the cause of bassist Dario Zuniga and guitarist Manuel Morgado who started the band in 2009. Unable to locate the perfect vocalist in Chile, they found Canadian singer Cayle Charlton and worked with him for years via the internet, honing their material before taking the ultimate step of relocating to Canada.
Inspired by Lamb of God, Pantera, Sepultura, Slayer, and Machine Head, Zuniga describes the sound of SOCIAL ARSONIST as ‘aggressive, fast, intense, catchy and disruptive.” Over the years the world has been able to hear the fruits of their labour with the release of their 2014 EP ‘De-Evolution of Thy Self’ and 2016 full length ‘Duality of Perception’, ten tracks of unique modern metal that could only have been forged in the flames of all their hardship.
What’s your musical history? (Trained or Amateur)?
Well I started out as a drummer from age 14 – 25 all self taught remember being 14 and having a friend in school that played drums and got me to come over one day after school and told me sit down and play this beat which was AC/DC Back in Black. I laughed and said “no way” but the more I listened to the song the more I started to hear the beat and the timing and so I tried and by time I left for dinner I was playing the whole song and rushed home and said mom “BY ME A DRUM KIT” ha-ha and that started my life in this crazy music career over the years I played lots of shows with lot of bands and learned a lot over the years and cause of that I found my passion in vocals thru a very motivation person, Amazing Vocalist and good friend WES DELUU and he got me started wanting to be a front man and so I practiced and practiced then eventually started joining new bands as a vocalist and haven’t looked back. Years later I started really enjoying recording and the skill and patience it takes to dial a mix, eq some horrible tones and deal with some difficult bands every day. Ha-ha So I decided to go to school and went to Berklee College of Music in Boston and took my Masters Certificate in Mixing and Mastering plus doing lots of live sound gigs here and there. There’s more and more I’m still learning and I just want to learn as much as possible. Never stop learning
So, what can you tell us about your latest album? (Inspiration. Sound. Style.)
Wow what a question there has been so much that went into this last album and over the years writing over emails and tracking to re tracking to starting all over to cutting out songs to riffs to create something that’s US. As a band, we all have lots of inspiration that makes us well us everything to the way we write to how we all are as individuals. Style and sound has all been focused on old school thrash but bringing that new school edge and vocal style that makes these kids crazy. I could spend hours talking about every band that’s influenced me in certain songs or riffs that every band plays repeatedly but it never seems to fail to become better and more technical as the years go on but this album will bring you to every point of everyday life that every person goes through from a young age to a grown adult. It’s a roller-coaster of deep strong meanings that can be portrayed in all sorts of ways.
How did you go about making it?
Well we started tracking the album down in Santiago, Chile and got all the music down then I flew down for 4 month and we recorded all the Vocals with a great friend and talented musician down there in Quilque, Chile. Then when I got back to Calgary, AB Gave our tracks to Transcendent Sounds Studio and the Owner Jess Rodgers Did a complete Re-mix and Master.
Anything you’ve learnt as you’ve gone along? Or have you simply tried a bit of everything to see how it works?
Well I’ve learned a lot over the years and two things to me stand out is “be patient” and “Trust your Engineer /Producer” Both I must say I’m not the best at either but who is as a musician.
What sort of technology and instruments do you work with?
I use a lot of different programmes and studio gear either in studio or jamming to live. I use Pro tools 12 with lots of plugins such as Izoptope, Ozone 5, Shure, M-Audio and Art products are just few I work with in the studio pre- tracking either Vocals or tracking the band. While as live my current gear line up this upcoming tour that makes my sound complete…… Line 6 V75 Wireless, Shure Psm 900 In-ears Monitors, Art (Eq, Reverb, Compressor), Planet Wave Cables.
Anything you’re keen to use on your next album?
Yes, I have lots of new and exciting new techniques that I’m bring vocally on this new album that is very new and something Social Arsonist didn’t have in our last album. I’ve always loved hearing certain screams or certain breathing techniques that these new and upcoming bands are bringing; it makes me push my limits to bring the groove and overall body to socials new songs. I’m not gonna give any details out at this moment but all can say is just wait…. just wait
Any future plans for your solo work, or do you have other projects on the horizon?
Well I’m always done too collaborate or start something new and exciting musically but now nothing so far in the works. I have however been working on lots on new covers for my YouTube Page (Brownnotestudios) Be sure to check out my page and stay tuned for new and brutal covers coming out this June 2017
Any plans for upcoming live shows?
We have some awesome promos for our upcoming tour with I’m very excited for. We had A Couple Skate Boards made up for this tour and are giving one away with a CD, T-shirt, Beer koozie, stickers and more. Tickets are 20$ and half the proceeds are going to Make a Wish Foundation in support of Kids! We will be making the Draw May 28TH in Lethbridge, so please Come out to the shows and buy some tickets Also if your unable to attend and still wish to donate. We can be reached thru Bandsocialarsonist@gmail.com
Let’s have a few general questions now.
What do you see as a musician’s role in society? Music is everything brings Passion, Love, Bonds, Trust as well as social gatherings of all types people, Nationality’s and Religions together for a single purpose they love music and without music well…. just think how vicious people could be without it in their life.
Where do you stand on music videos? -Do you see their value in today’s world?
I remember growing up to MTV and watching it every day after school and watching
these videos repeatedly because that was the best way to hear new music because YouTube was just starting and Napster was getting sued ha-ha but music videos are still strong today I think as there still many fans and population that tune into YouTube or Spotify and watch these videos and music thru different sites and devices. So, music videos hold still a strong stand to show off stage your idea, thought or rant that’s is your music in a video that everyone can watch and enjoy.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Any advice for new bands? NEVER GIVE UP!!! Honestly only words I can give to new and upcoming bands as this music scene changes so often and there’s always bigger and better new music coming out every day and as a new band its tuff to stand out above the hundreds of bands that want to be just as successful. I can say that bands take time to develop and twist and turn, break up, fight, argue and that is the life of a musician. We all want to become the best at the skills we have and I want to see more of the younger generation not to get discouraged and just be true to yourself and be respectful as we metal head from far and wide are the most caring and hard-hitting group of all ages. Just be strong, don’t take shit, be humble and most of all respect your fans and practice practice practice.
Let’s have some generic questions.
Star Wars or Star Trek?
Well as this might piss off some people but I can’t just pick one as growing up too both movies and TV shows I’ve enjoyed both franchises and If I really had to choose one…….I’d have to choose Star Wars
Sci-Fi or Fantasy?
I honestly love both and it’s hard to pick one since most of all my movies I watch are both Sci-Fi/Fantasy films. Both are great as it leaves you wondering what if. Best movie that’s my all time favorite movie in this genre is Hitchhikers Guild to the Galaxy based off the book. Great movie and even better book it has the best of sci-fi and fantasy combined plus the comedic aspect that captivates you and takes you on a journey for a question everyone on earth has asked for years.
I love horror films from old school to new, from B movie to Full production. Horror films are the best I remember growing up to classics like Stephen King’s “IT”; it came from outer space, Psycho and many more. I was never scared or shocked by horror films, I often was intrigued and captivated by the work that’s was done to create these monsters and just over all goriness of each film. More blood the better
Books or Comics?
Honestly, I’m not much of a reader and never really read comics growing up so have no real opinion on the subject but if I was going to read either a book or comic I would choose comics as I’m a huge nerd for Dc/Marvel movies and characters and own a lot of comic merch from shoes to hoodies and hats.
Anything you’d like to tell our readers?
To Never Give Up and Never Surrender!!
Any last words for our readers?
YES!!! SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL SCENE!!! Can’t stress that enough go out to show ‘BE SOCIAL” as it were. These are the new talent and future to this growing Music Industry and they need YOU!!!!