Interview with Jorge vocalist of Eshtadur done by Patrick
1.Hello Jorge how are things going in Colombia these days?Please introduce yourself to the readers?
Nice to meet you Patrick, Jorg here of Eshtadur, all here great and working a lot, thanks to all the readers, I am 27 and since I was 15 I've been dreaming with playing and having a well known metal band, I have a Bachelor in music and I play soccer as a hobbie.
2.When did you first get the idea to form this band?How did you choose the name Eshtadur does it have a special meaning?
When I started basic school at 12 I saw by first time a music room, with drums and guitars, I wanted to play drums, then I got some tapes from Metallica, listenning to battery, I just had to listen to those acoustic guitars and then the riffs, immediately I wanted to play that. When I was 15 I founded Eshtadur with some friends, I played heavy metal first but never done something serious before till Eshtadur, the name's meaning is taken from a greek author who referes to Eshtadur as Rebellion of angels, there is known, there several kind of Rebellion in antique books, Eshtadur is the Rebellion of the angels.
3.What is the current line-up of the band?Who would you say are the bands biggest influences?
Current Line up is Victor on the bass, Mauro in drums and Sebas on guitars, we have been together over a year, ans we really want to make a lot of things for our future, influences are very vast, sebas is a pure thrash metal fan, such as Victor, he likes Judast priest and heavy metal, Mauro is very fan of grind, black and death metal, we like bands like Dismember, Dissection, at the gates, In flames.
4.Mother Gray is the bands third full-length release does the whole band take part in the writing process or does one member take care of everything?
I have been always interested in sharing ideas and arrangements with others, however due to the turn of events, I have played with a lot of musicians, being pretty exigent to find those who want to risk and engage as much as I want, people with other priorities in better words, so after changing a lot of members I have spend much of the time alone and I developed a method and ideas and style, so I take care of everything, music, lyrics, concepts, arrangements.
5.Jorge you handle the vocals for the band so I figure you write the lyrics for the music.What are some subjects you wrote about on Mother Gray ?
I wrote about pretty bad times I had, depression, dark energies, was far away from my wife, I almost died in a car accident, so all tracks talk about that, when I got some guts and motivation, I wrote "Plaguemaker" and "Time hole to paris", about how people try to turn you down, and how man is the perfect weapon to destroy all that the world gives by nature. The song "Desolation" is dedicated to my wife who came back with me, we are really better now fortunately thanks lol. The song "Belong to nowhere" is a mix of how I felt without my half my partner and that I didn't have a Father which makes me an angry antipathic man sometimes. The mother gray is the nature becoming death, Plague, decease, devastation, illness, decay.
6.Besides Mother Gray are any of the bands previous releases still available for purchase?Besides physical releases is their any other merchandise available if yes what is available and where can the readers buy it?
All material is sold out, we only have 20 or 30 Cds of Oblivion EP in digipack, but you can find all discography in digital download or streaming at Bandcamp.com/Eshtadur, you can purchase songs or albums.
7.Are their any shows or tours coming up in support of Mother Gray? If yes where will the band be playing?
We are planning to do some shows in Colombia in a few months and we would like to book something dor Europe we'll see.
8.Eshtadur comes out of the Colombian metal scene what is your opinion of Colombia's metal scene?
I have so much respect for my country's metal scene, very exigent, all bands that success here are over 15 or 20 years old, you have to work hard to be recognized, however we are growing and becoming better, there are international bands coming around, bigger concerts are made nowadays which helps the scene to be closer to something better, like in Europe or US.
9.Who are your all-time favorite bands coming of Colombia ? And are their any new bands you feel the readers should watch out for? My favourite band is a heavy metal one named KRAKEN, like a Dio from Colombia, KRAKEN is a legend here, I grew up listenning to them. I can recommend the readers to follow Inquisition, Thy Antichrist or Threshold end.
10.Are their any honest and reliable labels or distro's you feel the readers should check out soon?
Not currently, but you can check some media like Factor Metal, inmigrant records.
11.Besides metal music do you or any of the members of the band listen to any other forms of underground music?
I personally like orquesta and classical music, jazz, my music of all times is AOR and old hard rock, Survivor, Foreigner, Lynn Turner, Bad english, Journey, Alien, John Taite.
12.Besides music we here at Ancient Visionz are huge movie fans do you like to watch movies? If yes what is your favorite genre and what are some of your favorite movies?
I love Drama, action, suspense, horror, from Saw to Matrix, or It, Nightmare on elm street, Alien, scify also.
13.Do you have any favorite actresses and actors that you enjoy watching?
I would like to mention Kevin spacey, Denzel W, Anthony hopkins, Clint Eastwood, Michelle monahgan, Jennifer Aniston, Nicold Kidman, Jodie foster, sigourney weaver, Jim carrey, Stallone.
I personally only play for Eshtadur, our drummer has other projects, also bassist and guitarist, you should check Goreinhaled, Bang and Expect no mercy bands.
15.Thank you Jorge for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
No, it has been a pleasure I have fun taking the time, I appreciate a lot this kind of media, your support, your duty, thanks for spreading the word I just want to be closer to more ears and more fans, we have been receiving a lot of messages on our Facebook media, that is something real valuable, we are going to work harder for you¡ lml