want to preface by saying that I have rarely given interviews in
my life and when I have itís usually in some sort of character and
never serious. My friends and family have recently been giving me
a hard time about not promoting myself, my thoughts, and music.
been having a hard time dealing with the isolation from Covid quarantine
and watching all my favorite venues shutting down. But, my spirits
are lifting after seeing bands back out there playing shows and
recently being able to practice with friends again in hopes of getting
back out and playing live.
2. So we are talking about VIOLENT OPPOSITION, I could describe your music as "technical grindcore/ death grind without easy listening compromise"... Is that a decent one, or do you have something better to awake the readers' interest?
describe Violent Opposition as grind/punk. Itís more in the realm
of fastcore and powerviolence than death grind but it is very technical
at times. I have at least one release that could probably be labeled
as death grind but I donít think thatís a fair example of the overall
3. From what I understood from Discog, Violent Opposition now counts 4 full-length albums and various split releases. Which ones are you the most proud of? Which one should a listener check out first to discover your band?
recently added a discography of remixed and mastered songs from
the first year of doing splits called, Power Is Violence. It should
be coming out on cd from Wise Grind records by the end of the year.
That is the 5th release now. I have another release ready but canít
find a label to put it out so Iím just enjoying it myself right
now. I think my sound and material is just so different from other
bands in my genre that labels have a hard time selling it.
4. The difference between technical grind and technical death grind/ brutal death is sometimes thin... How do you know when it's not grindcore anymore? When did you cross the border? But perhaps only the CRAZINESS matters and everything else is useless thoughts?
arent all that important to me. I just like to play fast and technical
music. The only reason Ive tried to do releases with a somewhat
uniformed sound is so that I might be able to get something released.
I canít say itís helped me any though. Self Made God did a small
run of a cd release and Red Dead Queen did some tapes. HPGD posts
my stuff up on streaming services and Ive had some help with releasing
a split here and there. Most everything is stuff Ive put out myself
and then just sold at shows. Mostly to audiences that dont know
what these genres even are because I dont get a whole lot of opportunities
to play with the well known bands or bigger shows and end up playing
with other bands that dont have anywhere else to go as well. My
favorite audiences are ones not wearing any sort of metal or punk
5. Some of your releases feature various musicians, while on some recordings you played everything... Uh... I mean due to the quite complex nature of the music, I think it should be a bit hard to play the drums and the guitars... Did you really play the drum parts, or it's sometimes programmed? Or perhaps enhanced with "pro tools"? Maybe you play since a long time and it helps?
practiced a lot of bass and guitar in my youth. Back then there
was still this hope that we could ďmake itĒ playing extreme music.
We practiced for like 6 hours every day. In my spare time I would
jam out with other friends. I lived up in the mountains and we were
isolated from other bands in our genre. We didnít know that other
people werenít putting in so much effort. We thought that success
would come due to our capabilities as musicians not from marketing
and image. The 3 of us that formed ďBred On DeceptionĒ couldnít
agree on styles and we ended up compromising and playing each otherís
songs. There werenít any other musicians in our area that were into
what we all liked so we had to learn to work together. For the first
few years we struggled to get shows. We would lie about our style
to get on any shows we could. Played frat parties, family events
at the park, the regan library, churches, pretty much anything that
was having live music we tried to play. We hated the clubs in Los
Angeles because they were an hour away from us and we had to pay
huge amounts of money to get booked on bad shows. No one knew what
grindcore was back then and our fans were just random weirdos and
our high school friends that saw us at these different events.
6. How do you achieve to reproduce your music live? It's quite technical and contains a lot of breaks/ tempo changes/ surprises... So I imagine you should rehearse a lot before the gigs, probably more than regular dbeat bands... But are there tips such as perhaps... Playing with a "click"? Playing in front of music sheets (??) Drinking a lot of water to have the mind very hydrated (?).
trick is having at least one person who already knows the material
(usually me) that everyone else can follow. Music sheets are a necessity
too. Some of the powerviolence style stuff just goes so far all
over the place that its impossible to learn it without them. Iíve
found that it helps to find amateur musicians who dont know that
music isnít supposed to be that difficult yet and then work with
them until they get it. Or, people who are so advanced and have
incredible memories that itís just another gig for them. Mostly
the experienced musicians dont want to work that hard for no reward.
But, I get lucky every now and then. My current line up are freakin
I accidentally answered this one already. Itís just the fact that Iím playing everything myself. My guitars and bass are played with identical techniques and timing. I donít have the best equipment either. My buddy Greg is an amazing engineer too. Won a Grammy for high on fire and stuff. I always have him do it because I dont trust anyone else and I cant get the recordings as good on my own.
8. Reading your facebook posts, I noticed you experienced a lot of grindcore and punk gigs in the end 80's and 90's, it seems you have a lot of fond memories from this epoch and love to talk about it! What were the best bands you remember seeing live from memory? Did some of them grow big and it's funny to say "I saw them in a basement 20 years ago"? AhAh. Did you also visit death metal and thrash gigs back then? Was it always safe and healthy to go to extreme music gigs then?
first real show was seeing Death in 1989 when I was 15 years old.
I missed everything in the 80ís. I saw lots of underground thrash
and death metal from that era. Pretty much everything that was playing
live. There was no grindcore at the big clubs until early 90ís with
Napalm Death and Brutal Truth. Everything was Death Metal at that
point. Thrash was pretending it could get on the charts still and
that wasnt appealing to me. I grew up in Los Angeles suburbs and
had horrible social anxiety. The southern california scene has always
been like no other. A lot of violent mosh pits. Just trying to stay
alive and not get trampled. People were constantly fighting. Sometimes
getting stabbed. Sometimes riots. Most everything was homophobic
and sexist. It was fairly diverse racially. Mostly Mexican and sometimes
not very inviting to black people or even white people in some circles.
But mostly people were happy to have anyone who liked the music.
But I always saw women getting groped and heard a lot of evil shit
spoken about homosexuality. There was a lot of macho male bullshit
in that era.
9. You probably discovered grindcore in the early 90's, but do you remember when you switched from regular/ old school grind to more technical stuffs? Do you remember which band turned your mind toward the side of the "hydro grind"? (This is the way some of it was called then). Perhaps it was early Cephalic Carnage, Brutal truth (3rd album?), or perhaps some forgotten buried demo bands that did only two demos? Or maybe some death metal bands such as Skeleton of god or something?
We were already technical when we first heard grind. Bands like Death, Cannibal Corpse, Carcass, and Atrocity were a huge influence on us. When we heard Napalm Death our drummer just started blasting over everything we had already been doing.
10. Years ago I had the idea of a release were all kinds of grindcore bands would cover songs from 70's hard rock bands like Led Zeppelin, Cactus, and all kind of retro hard "hippie" stuffs, but never developed much this project... The idea was kinda to listen to more of the SOILENT GREEN 'String of lies" Ep (which mixed stoner/ sludge and grindcore, in short efficient songs... No waste of space!) (Wouldn't it be cool to hear Led Zeppelin riffs with blast beats and sudden accelerations?)... Well, all of this story to ask the question: Did you already cover old hard rock songs and turned them into "grindcore" during rehearsals? Or perhaps you already grindcorized other kinds of music like post punk, pop rock or something? Why aren't there more bands doing it? (And did you already see Soilent Green live?)
dad played in a band called Buffalo Springfield in the 80ís. It
was all the guys who werenít Neil Young trying to make a few bucks.
Theyíd do all the hits from that era. That definitely had an influence
on me as a musician but its always been my dadís music to me and
not really something Ive been into. Ive never covered any classic
rock stuff other than Black Sabbath. And, we played it normal, never
grinded out on it.
Yes, jazz has had a huge influence on me. Iím more into compositions than bop and bebop. Max Roach had a big influence on my writing. I like all the weird stuff. I havenít heard of NABEG but based on your description Iím going to have to check it out. Sounds like my kind of thing. I didnít know there was a genre called jazz grind. Sounds interesting.
12. Years ago, there were hectic discussions opposing "One foot blasts" and "two feet blasts", do you think it's current anymore?
God, I hope not! Stuff like that is such a childish argument. And thatís coming from a guy who only did single foot blasts. I like double foot and single foot. Drop tuning or regular tuning. Pitch shifted vocals or organic. Digital or analogue. The only thing that matters to me is if I like the music being made. I could care less how itís made. Use every trick you can to make it sound great!
13. You also have a project called VIOLET OPERA which is also based on grind, but musically different... I think the name gives a little idea of the content... Can you give the readers an idea of what to expect?
Ha Ha Ha! I dont think I can! I did one release thatís a sci-fi grindcore opera. For the extreme weirdos and fans of outsider metal music. And another thatís like weird glitchy techno with mostly organic sounding drums.
14. Lately, I read you were involved in new grindcore projects, and you seemed to be busy all the day rehearsing with other guys! Reading about it was nice, it awaken memories of old Morbid Angel bootleg VHS videos were you saw them rehearsing all the day on their killer songs AhAh... Ok, fell free to tell us about these new projects, what it sounds like, and what to expect from it (Gigs? Releases?)
mainly just rehearsing Violent Opposition material.
15. What are the next plans with VIOLENT OPPOSITION? What should the listeners expect in the future? Thanks for the answers.
hoping to find a label to physically release my material on records
but Iím not holding my breath for that. Iíve got a finished album
I wrote in 2019 thats ready to go thats similar to the Utopia/Dystopia
style but Iím just sitting on it until I find a label for it. I
dont want to post it before itís been released physically.