Panndora interview (09/2016)
|Conducted by:||Bad English (e-mail)|
Bad English: Hello. Thank you for doing this interview with us at Metal Storm.
Adrismith: Sorry for my delay and thanks for the patience.
Bad English: Can you introduce yourself and your band, Panndora, and tell us how you started listening to metal and playing drums?
Adrismith: Panndora created in 2000 by a group of girls which used to go the shows of the metal scene in Maringá - PR, Brazil with the purpose of playing only heavy metal. Panndora is influenced for some bands like: Black Sabbath (Dio and Ozzy), Kiss, AC/DC, Twisted Sister, W.A.S.P., Grave Digger, Quiet Riot, Judas Priest, Running Wild, Manowar, Vixen, Warlock, Acid, and more. In its own musics the band follows the heavy/traditional power metal line. The first CD demo was Choose Your Side, released in October 2003. This CD demo had more than a thousand copies all over Brazil and abroad. I have started to play drums when my band was created. I have started listen heavy metal when I was 13 years old.
Bad English: According to your Facebook, you work for the police. How does that affect your musical career, and what do your co-workers think about you being the drummer in a heavy metal band?
Adrismith: Actually we don't have a musical career because we don't get money with the music, unfortunately. It's not a problem for me.
Bad English: Are you a founding member of Panndora?
Bad English: Panndora has always has been an all-female band, even though you've had some line-up changes over time. Is it hard to find similar-minded female replacements who can perform instrumentally, compose, and play live?
Adrismith: When the band was created it was so hard to find female instrumentalist but nowadays is not.
Bad English: Your guitarist, Paula Carregosa, left the band in 2014, leaving Panndora with four members. Are you planning to replace her, or will you continue as a four-piece from now on?
Adrismith: No, because before her the band was in four members.
Bad English: Brazil also has an all-female thrash metal band, Nervosa. Are you familiar with them?
Adrismith: Yes, they are my friends.
Bad English: How do you write music: the old school jamming way, or at home via computer programs?
Adrismith: Still the old school jamming way.
Bad English: How many times have you played live?
Adrismith: I don't have idea, lol.
Bad English: Brazil has given us many great '80s black/thrash bands (Sarcófago, Vulcano, Holocausto) and some good doom bands (Mythological Cold Towers, A Sorrowful Dream, Adagio), among others. Why do you think only Sepultura and Krisiun have survived, with so many others having split up or remained underground?
Adrismith: Because in Brazil metal music isn't popular and you need to work in normal jobs to survive. You can't get money playing metal.
Bad English: Many metalheads throughout the world will now be judging the whole Brazilian scene by Angra and Kiko Loureiro, thanks to his recent success in Megadeth. What do you think about Angra?
Adrismith: Is a great band but I prefer the old Angra.
Bad English: What are the stronger aspects of the Brazilian scene?
Adrismith: The fans' passion for the music
Bad English: What about the pitfalls? Are the great distances from Europe and the USA, travel, visa issues, distances between Brazilian cities, language barriers, etc. big issues?
Adrismith: About the language is the same but there's some sleazy producers.
Bad English: Most of the scene is located near the coastline, but how do you think the scene is in Amazonas and its capital city, Manaus?
Adrismith: In these cities there's few gigs but a lot of crazy fans.
Bad English: Many international bands go to Brazil. Has Panndora opened for any famous bands?
Adrismith: Some of them like Paul Di'Anno, Blaze Bayley...
Bad English: If Panndora were from Portugal, do you think you would see more gigs, concerts, more travels abroad, etc. than you do now?
Adrismith: If we live in Europe sure.
Bad English: Brazil has sunny beaches, lazy afternoons, etc. - quite different from your typical "metal environment." What gives you the motivation to keep on playing?
Adrismith: I live far away from the beach so I don't live this typical sunny beach, lol.
Bad English: Imagine if the internet had never existed. How do you see Panndora in such situation? Would the band exist, and how actively would you be able to promote music? I personally think it would be hard for you, since this band works well because of the internet.
Adrismith: When Panndora started the internet wasn't famous and people write letters to each other, much better. But the internet has your importance for everybody.
Bad English: Do you think the internet in general is good or bad for musicians? How do illegal downloads affect Panndora?
Adrismith: The internet is very good for the musicians and the downloads don't affect us.
Bad English: It seems that there is a new, rising Brazilian band by the name of Lyria; have you heard of them? They claim to be able to support themselves from music alone. Is Panndora capable of this?
Adrismith: I never heard about this band, sorry.
Bad English: Do you have any live gigs planned?
Adrismith: At the moment the band is stopped because our bass player is in Spain studying for her doctorate degree.
Bad English: Do you have any planned recordings - albums, EPs, demos, etc.?
Adrismith: Plans we have but the time is our enemy.
Bad English: Do you have any last words to our readers?
Adrismith: Thank you so much for your supporting.
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