Interviews: Voltstorm

We have had the opportunity to interview the Heavy Metal band Voltstorm from the UK. 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 come out just like that?

JP: When thinking about the concept of the band the members were discussing the sound of the band. We wanted to be loud and powerful like a force of nature, which then naturally evolved in the concept of an electric storm or from then it became - Voltstorm.

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

JP: It is not a choice, this is who we are. You don’t choose to play heavy metal, Heavy Metal chooses you. It’s more than a genre it’s a way of life, it's food for the healthy mind.

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

John and Ivo are long time friends for over 6 years and revolved around each other in different projects until joining forces in VS. The band has quite literally hit the ground running as the pair were very excited to finally to work together.

4. Each band member favourite band?

Ivo Yordanov:  too many to list. The one and only name I will say Kai Michael Hansen. Fred Stigliano Stratovarious

John D. Prasec: Ritchie Blackmore (Deep Purple, Rainbow)

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs? 

IY: This is a question for John, I write drum parts after the songs are ready. 

JP: Generally, I get inspired by real-life events present or past and sometimes I imagine the future and stop and think “what if ?” and I write a song about it. Musically I can be inspired at any moment it can be a chord on the piano or a riff on the bass or the guitar player warming up before rehearsals it’s literally a lightning strike moment.

6. Where was your last gig?

IY: Mine was with my previous band in 2018. 

JP: February 2020 Buenos Aires - Argentina. Back then I couldn’t have imagined that the world would stop and that there would be 2 years without live music ! Insane!

7. Where would you like to play? 

IY: I would like to play where people like and enjoy live music and truly support bands, local, unsigned - in short - I would like to play for people who appreciate a band’s effort. 

JP: I never played in the U.S. and Japan , both of those countries are on my bucket list. The best live albums have been made there ( Deep Purple - Made in Japan ) I would love to play in front of those audiences.

8. Who would you like to support? 

IY: Helloween 

JP: I personally, would love to play with AC/DC - they are phenomenal live.

9. Who not?

IY: Too many to list, mostly annoying bands on mainstream radios….. 

JP: All of those emo bands like Asking Alexandria I can’t stand them….

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

JP: It was a very long time ago when I was standing in front of an audience with a mic, it was terrifying I didn’t want to go on. Then I realized that they were there for a show and to cheer on songs - familiar riffs. With this in mind I got motivated to become the music, let the music take me away in front of everyone and enjoy that wonderful feeling of sound rushing through your body. 

IY: Yes, every musician does but like John said, belief in yourself and your talent.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

IY: Too many. Helloween. 

JP: In my early days I got major inspiration from The Doors, Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. After all these years they are still there together with a lot of new bands I’ve found along the way.

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

JP: I was on tour in South America and this guy came after the show and asked me if his wife could kiss me in front of him…..

13. What do you think of your fans?

JP: well this is an odd one as I haven’t met any Voltstorm fans yet, so I am just imagining in my head to whom our music could appeal to.

14. What do you think of our site?

IY: Good stuff, supportive of unsigned bands and good musicians.

JP: it’s quite cool because you guys give a space and a voice to a lot of interesting new bands.

15. Something to add?

JP: I would like to reach out to all the bands starting out , be true to yourselves and to who you are, develop your style and peculiarities. Don’t try to be somebody else and never ever give up on what you believe! 

IY: See you in your town soon!

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