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Thursday, 1 February 2018
Interview with Votov done by Patrick posted on 1-31-18 (DEATH METAL)
Interview with Votov done by Patrick
1.Hello how is 2018 starting off for you and the band? Please introuduce yourselves to the readers?
Hello, I'm Chuck Labossiere (guitar/vocals). I'll be answering the questions on behalf of the other band members. Matt Penner (drums) and John Duke (bass). 2018 is starting off great! We just released our CD at the end of 2017, so it's a new year to get shit done!!
2.When did you first meet the other members of the band and was it long before you all started Votov?And how did you choose Votov as the name of the band does it have a special meaning?
I played in a band called IMMORTAL POSSESSION with John Duke from 1990-1998. I've also been playing music with drummer Matt Penner in a band called PSYCHOTIC GARDENING (starting in the mid 2000's). PSYCHOTIC GARDENING is currently active and involves all three VOTOV members. PG is a different style with keyboards, two vocalists and two guitars with leads. VOTOV is straight up DM with no leads. 3-piece.
The name does have meaning. Multiple meanings in fact. Anything I'm involved with always has many layers and meanings. One of the meanings is as simple as visual cue to be seen and remembered in the case of the logo. It can be viewed frontwards or backwards, in a mirror and remain correct. These type of things are as important to me as specific numbers. Another meaning is when we use it as an acronym. "Voices of the Other Voices" is the personification of things being said, encoded within other statements or passages.
3.The bands self titled debut is being released by the band did you plan on self-releasing your debut or would you like to find a label to work with?
We have always chosen to self release. This way, we have full control and ownership of all our material. Some of my bands have been offered deals in the past but it didn't seem like the right thing to do at the time. We would be open to considering a deal if it was right for us, but that's unlikely in today's environment.
4.Does the whole band work on writing the music or does one member usually write everything?
I bring the material to the table and the members learn and alter the demo materiel to finalize the arrangement.
5.Who usually takes care of writing the the lyrics for the music what are some subjects written about on the debut?
I write all the lyrics and do all the artwork for the band. Subject matter is important to me. I like to write about serious topics dealing with human conditioning, world politics, religion mass manipulation, etc.
6.Besides the debut cd does the band have any other merchandise availible for the readers?If yes what is availible and where can the readers buy it?
Yes, we have patches, pins and shirts. People can contact us directly on FB if they like.
7.Are their any tours or shows planned for 2018 if yes where will the band be playing?Who are some bands you will be sharing the stage with?
We will definitely be playing shows in 2018! Hopefully a few festivals. Not sure who we will be playing with yet.
8.Besides metal music do you listen to any other genres of underground music?If yes what genres do you listen to and who are some of your favorite bands and artists?
Yes, all members listen to all sorts of things. I love weird instrumental stuff or vocal choirs. Certain classical music for sure! I've been on a classic metal and classic thrash bender lately.
9. Votov comes out of Canada's death metal scene what are your thoughts on the Canadian metal scene?
I am incredibly impressed with my country at the moment!! Across the entire country, there is some amazing talent!! My own city is out of hand!! So much talent!!!
10.Who are your all-time favorite Canadian bands and are their any new bands you feel the readers should check out soon?
Of course I'd have to say Razor and Sacrifice on behalf of John and myself! I'm sure Matt would say SYL or any of the bands associated with them. As for new bands, there is so many I respect and admire, I wouldn't want to only name a few at the risk of leaving someone out.
11.When not working on new music or band business what do you like to do in your free time?
I like to do artwork in Photoshop and sleep. I love to sleep!! Matt lives away from the city and enjoys building swords. He made himself a forge and spends a lot of time hammering steel. John is a family man, enjoys spending time with them. Since John and I live in the city, we like to attend as many local shows as we can. We try to support our local scene as much as possible.
12.Other then music we are huge movie fans here do you enjoy watching movies?
I used to enjoy movies quite a bit. Lately I haven't really spent the time. Seems like I have other things to do.
13.What are some of your favorite movies?
My favourite movie is probably still Natural Born Killers. My life was bizarre during that timeframe. A lot of wild times back then, so it becomes associated in my memories.
14.Who are some of your favorite actresses and actors?Are their any directors you enjoy watching?
I really couldn't point out any actor or director specifically.
15.Besides playing in Votov do you or any of the members currently play in any other bands?If yes please tell the readers a little about them?
All three VOTOV members also play in a band called PSYCHOTIC GARDENING. (Doom based with keyboards, two vocalists and two guitar players.) Aside from that, I also do vocals (no guitar) for a band called EYAM. In 2013 I filled in on vocals in Broken Hope for the Canadian dates and a few European dates.
16.Thank you for taking the time to fill this interview out do you have any final comments for the readers?
Thanks for the interview!! We appreciate the coverage quite a lot! Cheers to our fans who support us by buying our CDs and shirts!!