John Chavez: Vehemence Speaks
John Chavez plays guitar for the Metal Blade sensation Vehemence. That’s who John Chavez is, and we all know how I love to talk to those GROWLY death metal fuckers from Metal Blade. So I talked to him so you could here what he had to say:
MI: What is your birthday?
John: July 27th, 1982.
MI: How did the band get together?
John: The band got together in 1995. Nathan Gearhart, the vocalist, created the band and named it Vehemence.
MI: What is your favorite track off of the new album?
John: Spirit Of The Soldier. It’s about the soldiers fighting in the war right now and the feelings they go through when they’re going over there.
MI: How did you guys come up with the name for the band?
John: Nathan came up with it in 1995 and he just wanted a strong name for the band.
MI: What do you want people to know about the band?
John: We’re very close to our fans. E-mail us and you’ll get an e-mail right back. Personally I have 2,000 people on my Instant Messenger and whoever wants to talk I’ll talk to them when I can.
MI: What is the most fucked up thing you’ve seen on tour so far?
John: We haven’t seen in dead bodies! We’ve seen homeless people fighting.
MI: Have you ever inhaled?
MI: What are your thoughts on legalizing drugs?
John: I think it would be a bad idea. Some people can’t handle drugs. I think it would cause more grief and cause more accidents.
MI: If you could open for any band, which would it be?
MI: What age did you begin playing guitar?
John: Around 11.
MI: What do your parents think about your career?
John: Their involved and they’ll help out but as far as listening to the music they’re not into it.
MI: When you’re not on the road what is your average day like?
John: I work for this company called Avid Video Editing. All day and all night I’m on the internet I’m talking to fans and sending E-mails trying to further advance this band and try to get shows. It is all band related.
MI: Where do you get your inspiration?
John: Cannibal Corpse and a lot of unknown bands.
MI: Where were you when 9-11 happened and how did it affect you?
John: I woke up as usual and saw it on the TV. At first I thought it was an accident. It’s a shame that it happened.
MI: What do you think about people downloading music for free?
John: I’m thankful I can find the kind of music that I’m into on the Internet, the kind I could never find on disc….
MI: If you could design a memorial for 9-11 what would it be?
John: I would rebuild the buildings. Those are two big buildings to be proud of. They’re in every movie.
MI: What do you think of the US involvement in the Middle East?
John: I think it’s necessary but we need to get out now before we lose more Americans. We should be out of there by now and Bush should be out of office. We should have a new President and try him out. Bush handled it pretty well but now he’s starting to drop off.
MI: What was one album that influenced you to get into music?
John: Metallica and their early albums. Pantera too.
MI: What do you think of Arnold becoming Governor of California?
John: It surprises me that someone from another country is running an American city. He knows a lot about America but I didn’t think you could do that.
MI: Who do you think is the greatest guitar player of all time?
John: Chuck Schuldiner was badass. I have all his videos.
MI: What advice would you give to a young band just getting into the business?
John: Definitely get a lawyer to read over the contracts before signing them.
MI: What is your favorite movie?
MI: What pisses you off in the world most?
John: Racists. Most of them aren’t really educated.
MI: If you were God for a week what would you change?
John: I’d make everyone into Death Metal.
MI: Do you believe in psychics?
John: No. I don’t.
MI: Have you ever had a paranormal experience?
MI: If you believed in reincarnation, who would you like to be in the future?
John: A famous porn star.
MI: If you could bring anyone back from the dead who would they be?
John: Jimmy Hendrix.
MI: What are 3 bands from the 80’s or 90’s that you feel have been important to the evolution of music?
John: Metallica, Slayer, and Testament.
MI: What do you think the best thing to happen to Rock ‘n’ Roll is?
John: I think the worst thing was that MTV canceled out most of the metal bands. It got out of the mainstream.
MI: Whom would you like to dump a bucket of flesh eating ants on?
John: Osama Bin Laden.
MI: What do you think your greatest achievement is?
John: Being able to learn the guitar.
MI: If you were not a musician what would you be doing right now?
John: I would probably try to be doing something with movies. Not acting, but video editing. Anything with technology in general.
MI: If you had a million dollars to donate to charity what charity would it be?
John: If my mom had cancer or something I would give it to that cause.
MI: If you could have lunch with anyone, living or dead, who would they be?
John: Marilyn Monroe and Abe Lincoln.
MI: If you could be a super hero who would you be?
John: Magneto would be cool.
MI: Do you see metal coming back into the mainstream?
John: I don’t think it will ever come back into the mainstream.
MI: Do you have a message you would like to send to your fans?
John: We are a band that doesn’t compromise our music. If you have any questions feel free to ask us. Get in contact with us via E-mail.
MI: What is your favorite quote?
John: I should take this moment to thank you for helping the world to see how religion is to blame for the end of humanity.
MI: What is the band web site?
Thanks for the interview John…we will catch you live soon.
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