here is a new interview with the German thrash band "Dustbolt" has released their 2nd cd "Awake The Riot" through Napalm Records.the band draws inspiration from the U.S and German thrash scene's plus their own talent and great writing skills
enjoy the Interview and defintly pick up a copy of Awake The Riot today.
Interview with Lenny of Dustbolt done by Patrick
1.Metal Hails! Lenny please introduce yourself to the readers ?When did you first discover metal?
Hey! I´m Lenny , singer and guitar player for DUST BOLT. I actually grew up in a musician´s family but no one of my family had anything to with metal music. I really explored it on my own when I was 11 years old I think, something around that. I already listend to lots of Rock music and grunge and all that stuff and I was always looking for somethin heavier until I saw a metal video clip on TV and a friend gave me a Pantera CD. From that on it was over haha ;-) It was that best of called Reinventing Hell and it also contained video material. When I saw the live 1992 clip from Cowboys from Hell, I knew what I wanted to do and from that on metal music really became my passion.
2.Who were some of the early bands you first listened to? Who are some of your current favorites?
It´s hard to point out certain bands.. I´m a huge music fan and I listened to music several hours a day.. I still got an oldschool Mp3 Player which I put on as soon as I go outside the house haha
So I´ve always been more into oldschool bands and I started listening to the classic Thrash Bands but also bands like Maiden, Priest, Rainbow , Mötorhead etc of course!! Today I´m still listening to that stuff very often but there are also some great new bands coming up that have that old school spirit. As far as I´m also a fan of harcore punk/ crossover Thrash Dr.Living Dead would be a newer band which I really love for example!
3.When did you first meet the other members of Dustbolt? How did you all come up with the name of the band?
Benedikt, our bassplayer, and me started the band going to school together. We were about twelve or thirteen years old and wanted to play music and cover our favourite punk and metal bands . He lived in the same village as our drummer Nico and our other guitar player Florian and thatｴs actually how we came together. We all live very close together, around the same small town and we also always hang out together in our free time. Before we put out our first demotape we had a pretty silly German band name and we were just looking for a new one. Someone of us just came up with Dust Bolt which we really liked and we just chose it because it sounded and looked cool and we kind of liked the idea of having a specific name that has not a certain meaning yet. So thereｴs no big story behind, but maybe weｴll find the meaning behind it one day.. hahah
4.What is the current line up for Dust Bolt?For the readers who have never heard the band before how would you describe Dust Bolt's music?
We have me, Lenny as singer and guitar player, Florian also as guitar player, Benedikt on Bass and Nico on drums.
DUST BOLT is young, energetic, aggressive , oldschool but profound Thrash Metal. We try to capture the old school spirit and but in our own fresh and energetic style.
5.Does Dust Bolt have any tours coming up? Who are some bands you all will share the stage with?
We are going to start playing shows for the new record in May and from that on we do shows every weekend and some small tours as headlining act in small clubs and play at festivals, in large part in Central Europe at first. This will go on till the end of the year and then we will probably have a wide European Tour as support act, but I canｴt tell any details on this one yet ;-) For next year we are aiming to do the big festivals and to play outside of Europe! A tour with Kreator would be very cool :)
6.What are some countries you all will be touring? If you could set up a dream show/tour who are some bands you would love to share the stage with?
As I said we are now doing central Europe for this year but hoping to be able to come outside of Europe next year. A dream tour would probably contain all our friend´s bands with us on tour , worldwide!! haha ;-) That would be just awesome! But we probably also would be dead after this one because we drank way to much haha
7.Dust Bolt comes out of the mighty German scene what is your opinion of Germany's metal scene?
German Metal Scene actually is great! You always find lots of Metal fans in every corner of the country and you have many good clubs you can play shows but also watch shows! The other thing is that the amoung of festivals is just insane! You have so many festivals here with brutal lineups, it´s amazing!
8.Who are some of your all-time favorite German bands? Are their any new bands you can recommend to the readers?
My all time favourite German metal band would probably be Kreator! I just love their music and their attitude, and I really go with Mille´s lyrics. We already met the guys and they are all great people, still on the ground and very very friendly! Yes there also some new bands! If you have time check out our friends from Battlecreek, Toxic Waltz or Exxperior for example! They kick ass!
9.In your opinion what is the best and worst thing about the Metal underground ?And what does Underground Metal mean to you?
Oh that´s a hard one.. You know, I think it really depens on how you define Underground. One could definitely question if there still is a real underground, as far as metal music gets more and more attention even in the middle of society and in normal media. But the thin about Underground and what it means to me is probably the spirit and the friendship within the scene. I think , especially in small club shows, there is a great exchange between the audience and the musicians and no one really feels like a stranger or something like that. It´s all like friends you haven´t met yet and you all share the same passion and this kind of connects people and that´s a thing I really really love about underground! The worst thing`? Hard to tell.. there is just one example coming into my mind (not sure if this is only the case in Germany) that more and more often some right wing idiots are planting themselves into the undergound metal scene and that´s a thing that really pisses me off. Music is something to connect people, not to divide them. There is no place for any racists or fascists, neither in Metal, nor anywhere else!
10.Lenny you handle the vocals for the band when did you start singing?Who are some of your all-time favorite singers?Do you do anything special to keep your voice/throat healthy when recording or on tour?
I actually always sang, since I was young – but I never did in front of people. I still don´t do, except for Dust Bolt , where I´m actually more screaming than singing haha ;) I practised a lot the last year and tried to learn some techniques and it really helped! Especially being on tour can be very hard as a singer, because you always have to take care of your voice. Once it is gone, you have a big big problem. I even (nearly) stopped smoking cigarettes for the upcoming shows and tours ;-) The thing you have to take care of most when you´re on tour , is just to keep in mind not to drink too much , because then you start going outside in a shirt although it is cold and you start screaming around, to make sure you have enough sleep (which is one of the most important things for the voice and always a good argument to get up late) and do some warmup before the show.
11.Lenny you also play the Guitars for the band when did you become interested in playing the guitars? Are you self taught or did you take lessons?
I started playing as a youn kid but I got my first Electric guitat on my thirteenth birthday. My dad also played guitar for example. Although I wanted to become drummer for a certain period of time, guitar is the instrument I really love most. I actually never took lessons for the first years, so I´m actually self taught yes. Two years ago then I took some lessons by Jan Zehrfeld , who plays in Panzerballet and I visited a Jazz school for some months but I had to quit. This also brought me to play other styles on guitar and improvise a lot, which a can also use for Dust Bolt. Most of my solos on the album are actually improvised and I try learn them again after we recorded.
12.Who are some of your influences/favorite guitarists? Do you play any other Instruments?
I´m able to play a little bit of drums and bass of course but actually there is no other instrument I´m able to play apart from that. So my main things are guitar and singing.
Favourite guitar players: Chuck Schuldiner, Gary Moore, David Gilmour, Prince, Dimebag Darrel, just to name a few
13.Are you or any of the members currently working with other bands? If yes please tell the readers about them?
Not seriously. Our drummer Nico and I we have two fun projects wich we sometimes do in our freetime. One is calles Punk 9 from outta space and we play crazy spacepunk and the other one is Wayne, where we just meet , get wasted and jam some stoner music .;-)
14.Well Lenny we have reached the end of the interview do you have anything you would like to add?
Thanks for the interview and thanks for the support! Hope to meet some of you live at our shows ! Take care and cheers! ;)