Interviews: Malo De Dentro

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Melodic Thrash Metal band, Malo De Dentro 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?

When we were starting this band, we wanted a name that stood out from the rest, but had some sort of tie to our southwest roots here. We wanted to avoid the cliche names related to the desert. So we thought that using something in Spanish would draw attention. The name means ‘Evil Within’, or bad inside in literal terms. It definitely gets a lot of questions.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We span a few genres with our music, ranging from old-school thrash, melodic metal, and grunge. We are pulling from our own influences with these styles. Stone has a great singing voice that lends itself well to harmonies. So we work in some AiC style harmonies over fast rhythms to blend the best of all worlds.

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

The two original founders of the group met through the formation of a different band that splintered out into what became Malo De Dentro. Everyone else was brought on through auditions via craigslist, Facebook, or other social media sites.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Malo: King’s X 

Cris: Iron Maiden 

Stone: Tough to narrow down one favorite, but currently, I probably have to go with Gojira.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs? 

Malo: For me, it is greatly influenced by what I see happening in the world. I write based on my current feelings and how they collide with or align with the things I see around me. 

Stone: It usually starts with a dark storyline or a catchy title – I know that sounds backward, but I had always wanted to write a song called “Go Fuck Yourself” so that’s how GFY started. Occasionally, the darkness inspiring a song is from personal experience and emotions.

6. Where was your last gig?

The 44 bar and grill in Glendale AZ

7. Where would you like to act?

We love our local scene here in Phoenix, AZ. The fans are great! We look forward to hitting the western USA in a tour at some point in the future. We played the world-famous Whiskey a Go-Go in Los Angeles a few years ago and it was an incredible experience. Ultimately, we would LOVE to head across the pond and hit some of the big festivals and European countries.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

I think for us, we would like to be with any of the big names in our genres. Of course, any band from the big four in thrash would be a dream come true for us. We’ve been lucky to play with some great bands over the years.

9. Whom not?

I won’t call out any specific bands, but we definitely try to avoid placing ourselves with any other bands that are behind controversies. We don’t need to be associated with anything negative. We want to go out there, put on a great show, and have happy fans walking away from that experience.

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

Malo: I wouldn’t say that I’ve suffered stage fright, necessarily. But I do get really nervous or anxious before shows. For me, it just melts away once I hit the stage and we kick into the first song. The biggest thing to avoid stage fright is to just rely on all your practice and rehearsals. If you prepared properly, then you shouldn’t have anything to be afraid of. Use your training to your advantage. 

Stone: I agree with Malo – I’ve been playing music for a long time and can’t remember the last time I had stage fright, but the more well-prepared I am, the less nervous I tend to be about anything. With music, it’s practice, practice, practice.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

I think collectively we can say that the big thrash acts like Anthrax, Testament, Slayer are probably our biggest influences. You’ll also hear a lot of Alice In Chains in there, as we have a great appreciation for their harmonies.

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

We once had a fan leave a crazy message on our voicemail with a hilarious fake southern accent. We think he was asking us to run a train on his wife, so instead, we turned his message into a live set introduction that we played over the PA at every show.

13. What do you think of your fans?

We have some of the best fans. They are loyal. They come out to our shows and help us spread the music. They make us feel like stars and we truly appreciate all they do for us. A few even feel like family to us and we are grateful for their friendship.

14. What do you think of our site?

Malo: I dig your site. I’m a web developer, so I can appreciate well-thought-out websites. It’s easy to navigate and find what you are after on your site. Very rich in media and content. You’re doing a great job of putting the word out for all these great bands!

15. Something to add?

We’re grateful for all the fans that have supported us through the years. The last few years have been weird for all of us and made for an interesting writing process. Technology has been great for us to collaborate and get our new album, “Follow Me”, completed. We appreciate Breathing the Core for helping us spread our music across the globe!

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