Pedro Valença - Hi Metalheads! We are PANDEMMY, Brazilian Death Thrash Metal band! The exact line-up of the band is Pedro Valença and Guilherme Silva (Lead Guitars), Rayanna Torres (Vocals), Marcelo Santa Fé (Bass Guitar) and Arthur Santos (Drums).
2. What is the metal scene like in Brazil at the moment? Is it growing and alive? Does is know many subgenres? If so, which of the subgenres is most popular?
Pedro Valença – Brazil is a very big country. there are several metal scenes depending on the region. In general we have great bands and a good schedule of shows. Some cities have difficulties with venues and equipment. We still do not have the level of public that Europe and the United States have. This also hinders the creation of major festivals. Extreme music has more space in the current scene, because Sepultura and Krisiun are big bands that influence a lot of other bands. We also have great melodic bands like Angra, Hangar, André Matos, Terraprima and Hibria.
3. Does each band member bring their own specific influences or are all the band members into the exact same music?
Pedro Valença – We have influences in common in Heavy Metal, especially in Death Metal (Carcass, Morbid Angel, Death) and Thrash Metal (Megadeth, Kreator, Destruction, Sepultura), but each member likes other types of music.
4. What is the writing dynamic among members of the band (does one person write or is song writing more a band effort)?
Pedro Valença – Me and Guilherme are the main composers. When rehearsing new songs, any member thinks about the parts that can be modified. About the lyrics I also like to write them.
5. I hear many diffferent influences in the music of PANDEMMY (thrash, death, progressive metal). What are the influences of the band outside metal?
Pedro Valença – Great question, my friend! We like pop music (Lana Del Rey, Michael Jackson, Adele, Dido, Alanis Morissette), some things from the 1990s (Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine, Soundgarden), hard rock (Uriah Heep, Gun Sin), blues, classical music and movie soundtracks.
Pedro Valença – Thanks for the compliment! Chuck Schuldiner and Death is a great and present influence. I think we evolved on the second album. We like to keep a dynamic between the tracks. This dynamic can give the impression that we are technicians. Our compositions flow, are not intentional. We will never be something like Math Metal (?!) or Technical Death Metal.
7. What inspires the band the most when it comes to writing lyrics?
Pedro Valença – The injustices of the world. Few lyrics approach personal issues. We are a heavy metal band that doesn’t support any conservatism. It’s sad to see headbangers supporting politicians like Donald Trump, Le Pen, Joko Widodo, Mauricio Macri or Jair Bolsonaro. These people hatch the egg of fascism.
8. Does the band believe in heavy metal (the kind of metal that you play) as a force that can change things for the good (as music that can raise awareness about, for instance, political and environmental issues)?
Pedro Valença – Absolutely !!! Heavy Metal has come to break paradigms. See our heroes. They all grew up in oppressive environments, suffered from prejudice, addictions, any kind of violence. They made music based on their inner demons. We better understand life through these life experiences. I think Heavy Metal (and Rap) have great potential to change people for the better. Talking about politics, ecology and emerging issues (such as the new wave of fascism) is necessary. We cannot relieve the danger that the planet and society are in.
9. What was the biggest gig of the band sofar (in and/or outside Brazil)?
Pedro Valença - Our most three shows was on Abril Pro Rock Festival (2012) supporting for Exodus, Ratos de Porão and Brujeria; Roça n’ Roll Festival (2011) in the state of Minas Gerais for Wacken Open Air Metal Battle Brazil and Hellcifest (2017) supporting to Abbath and Amon Amarth. When the economic crisis is over, let's plan our first tour in Europe.
10. Final question for now: do you have any specific goal in mind for the band (besides world domination)?
Pedro Valença – Music is art. Entertaining or raising awareness are our goals. Make people feel good with our music. Make the most of shows, at most places, launch good albums and dominate the world. Thank you for interview. Follow us on Facebook and Instagram. Keep spreading the PANDEMMY!