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Interviews: NON RESIDENTS


We have had the opportunity to interview the Metal band NON RESIDENTS 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? 

Non Residents is the sequel of our previous band Thrashit, a project that we brought from Chile but was not fulfilled because we couldn’t find the musicians we needed at the moment. Eventually, we decided to start a new band under a new name but with the same vibe and goals. We thought a lot about the name but couldn't find one that we identified with. We wanted something direct and with an attitude. While discussing different musicians we arrived at Residente, a Puerto Rican urban music singer characterized by lyrics highly critical of society. I asked my brother the reason behind his name and he answered that perhaps he's a U.S. resident. We later found out that's not the origin of his name. This made clear to us what our name had to be, accepting the implications and consequences that this could bring us but going head-on, as we like, bluntly, so here we are and this is us, Non Residents.

2. Why did you want to play this genre? 

We always knew we wanted to play something heavy and with energy, something that makes you move your body and destroy your head and makes you sing at the same time, something full of attitude.

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

Roberto and I are blood brothers, but we didn’t know the rest of the guys. We met Emilio the bass player at a party and Benjamin the guitarist at a couple of protests in Times Square and Union Square in NYC.

4. Each band member's favourite band? 

Amaru - Sepultura

Roberto - Pantera

Emilio - Tool

Benjamin - Metallica

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs? 

On one hand my own life experiences. My duty as an artist is to try to portray my time, and what is lived in it. I hate those bands today that talk about death and blood but if you happen to bump into them at a show or if you stand close to them, it gives them fear and anxiety, I hate that and I hate them! On the other hand, I like to criticize and question in somewhat sarcastic ways concepts that are especially meaningful to people such as freedom and patriotism, and also the hypocrites who love to say one thing and do another.

6. Where was your last gig? 

Our last gig was at The Kingsland in Brooklyn where we opened for D.R.I. It was a fucking great show and we had a lot of fun.

7. Where would you like to act? 

I would love to play at This is Hardcore Fest at Electric Factory in PA. Those shows are crazy. I hope that we'll fit in one of them in the future.

8. Whom would you like to feature with? 

We want to do something with Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion or Billie Eilish. We have in mind a song for our next album, and I know it sounds like a crazy idea, but I think it can be more interesting than to play with someone in the same genre or with an old band that you admire. However, as a fan, I think there are so many musicians with whom I would like to collaborate but I have always had in mind to be able to do a song or EP with Roger Waters and/or Brian May. The reason why is because I think they'd both have the ability to make metal songs heavier and more intense than others. Their sound and the way they play, I think they'd be the perfect combination on a metal album, together or separately.

9. Who not? 

Whoever is bored or cringe as fuck. For example Lordi, Five Finger Death Punch or whomever in between.

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

Of course, we do, I feel it at every show! But fear is what gives you that unique feeling of being on stage, so you just have to confront it and do your best, practice and do it again and again.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Víctor Jara and Violeta Parra, they are great artists so meaningful to us. As for rock bands I can say Pink Floyd, Deep Purple and many others. And in metal Pantera, S.O.D., Anthrax, Sepultura, Metallica, Madball and many many more.

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

Some guy told me that when we go on tour we must wear MAGA hats when we play our song This is America to piss off people, conservatives and liberals, people ranging in the political spectrum.

13. What do you think of your fans? 

I could not be more happy and grateful to them. A very united community has been created, with people with values and principles, with good intentions where we support each other, connect and get to know each other. Those ties are growing more and more and are getting stronger.

14. What do you think of our site? 

It’s amazing! The variety and the amount of content on the site is awesome. You help new bands get coverage and that’s excellent.

15. Something to add?

First of all thanks for having us here at Breathing the Core. To all the people who are reading this go and check out all our social media. Follow us especially on Instagram and subscribe to our YouTube channel and watch our first music video We are Non Residents. Stay tuned for our debut album Against Police Brutality this October 8th on all streaming platforms.

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