Interviews: Parallel Motion

In this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Alternative Metal band Parallel Motion from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1. Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

Dave Juan: I believe it was our first or second rehearsal as a band the name was thrown around by one the members. We slept on it and when we saw it on paper the next day we loved it.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Dave Juan: As a kid in a tropical island I found rock and metal via MTV, Metallica to be specific it just spoke to me it was dark it was sincere. After that, I got into more bands and realized that you could have a raw and sincere approach to music. Playing it live is just an out of body experience I can’t get enough of.

Ruby: I’ve been playing with Parallel Motion for over 7 months now and I can tell you I never envisioned myself playing in a metal band. I was big into instrumental modern music and that's what my previous project was about and that’s what I wanted to keep playing. But after I moved to FL from PR I went to a lot of Parallel’s shows and I really connected with them and their music. I started supporting them in different ways and became close friends with them. One time their bass player at the time couldn't play a show that was going to be a competition and they asked me to fill in. I had two weeks to learn the songs and we actually won the competition. In all the projects I’ve ever played before I never felt so much chemistry, we were just naturals. Moving forward a couple of months, they asked me to join the band. All tho I was never a metalhead growing up, but more of a punk fan. I can say metal has really grown on me and I enjoy getting on stage and just hitting it hard with my bandmates.

J Blakk: This is my genre of preference and where I feel that I better express my self.

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Dave Juan: I knew Ruby from back in Puerto Rico. Ury the guitarist I meet through the band and Jons I meet cause he did a cover of our song The Monotony and a couple of weeks after we were looking for a drummer he was a natural choice.

4. Each band member favorite band?

Dave Juan: Korn, Stone Sour.

Ury: Disturbed, Godsmack

Ruby: Intervals, Plini

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Dave Juan: I usually use my life experiences to write lyrics, but I often go outside the box and try to get inspired by stories from other artists or mythical things lol.

Ury: The mood of the moment and how I feel that specific day.

Ruby: As a bass player I feel is my responsibility to join all the pieces. I take a little from the drums, guitars and vocals and of course do my own thing when it’s required. But I love progressive bass players like Jacob Umansky (Intervals) and Simon Grove (plini).

6. Where was your last gig?

Dave Juan: Jacksonville Fl 7. Where would you like to act?

Dave Juan: I would love to play all over the world but California is on our radar. 

Ury: Coliseo de PR for my people.

Ruby: Europe and Latin countries like Argentina and Mexico.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Dave Juan: Corey Taylor from Slipknot would be cool.

Ury: Disturbed, Godsmack or Breaking Benjamin

Ruby: This might sound really random but Post-Malone.

J Blakk: Slayer

9. Whom not?

Dave Juan: Taylor Swift she sucks lol.

Ury: Israel Lanuza (Google it).

Ruby: Ronnie Radke (Falling in reverse) never liked him very much growing up, all tho now I’ve come to peace with him and dig some of his newer stuff. I do feel due to his attitudes in interviews etc he’s someone I wouldn't like to be in the same room with.

10. Any of you has ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

Dave Juan: I usually go to a corner and start talking to myself and pump myself to give it my all.

Ury: Every single show, but once I started playing I'm in my favorite place, so I get connected to the crowd 

J. Blakk: Imagine yourself rocking the place and then just sitting behind your drum set and doing your thing.

Ruby: In my first band I use to sing and I moved to California to tour with them for a bit and playing a lot of cool shows. In one of the shows I was in a very state of mind, depressed, far from home and in a very bad economic struggle and I had a very bad panic attack. I almost ran of the stage but my bandmates helped me keep it together. From there I started developing very bad anxiety and I ended up quitting music for some time because of that. Moving forward with Parallel I managed to control myself a lot more. I still get a bit anxious but I’ve learned to use it and get the hype. I imagine myself like a machine-building up energy to le it free on stage. I also jump, mosh and scream to get myself hyped before our set. That has helped me a lot to gain the confidence to go on stage and kill it and of course, I practice a lot my parts and stage moves at home.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Dave Juan: I have been inspired by a lot of pop and metal bands. Metallica, Korn, Madonna a lot of crazy and popular music. 

Ury: Disturbed, Cold, Lady Gaga

Ruby: As far as personality and stage presence, I’m a die-hard fan of Paramore. When I was very young her music got me through a lot. I loved so much how she connects with the crowd and it’s something I made my own since I started doing music.

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

Dave Juan: Wearing girl underwear.

Ury: A guitar pick, that was weird because nobody asks me for anything

Ruby: I have you as my cellphone background and proceed to show me.

13. What do you think of your fans?

Dave Juan: They are the most down to earth and supportive people. We haven’t been around very long but just the feedback and pictures they send us wearing the merchandise and singing the songs. It moves to continue to work hard to create better music for them.

Ury: I go up there and play for them just because I made music for them and they fill me back with energy, the kind of energy I need in my life to keep fighting

Ruby: As a local musician is very hard to get people to listen to you, especially nowadays that there’s so much going on. We mainly do music for us and because we need it. But the simple fact the there are people that sing at our shows, buy our merch and write us message really get’s me emotional. Music is about connecting and helping others. When you do have the luxury of living of music life gets real complicated real fast. A lot of times you're working 40hr jobs and then dividing your off time between family and the band. When I feel like I can't do it anymore I think of the people that believe in me and how I don't want to disappoint them and I find the strength to keep after this desire to be a recognized band.

14. What do you think of our site?

Dave Juan: We had the opportunity to enjoy the website, we loved that you share artists music, gigs and just give us a voice to let our fans know why we do this. We hope we can continue to do more interviews and other cool stuff with you in the future.

15. Something to add?

Dave Juan: Thank you to our fans that buy our music, merchandise and go to each show and give us nothing but love. Thank you to Breathing the Core for giving us a voice to express our selves.

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