Interview with Sangre with Drummer Josh "The Roach" Durante


BANGS: Talk about how music has influenced you each individually in your daily living.

Josh - Music has made me who I am today really, it's affected every aspect of who I
am from a very young age. Regardless of what emotion or experience you may be
going through in that moment, there is always the perfect song, or record to help
you process whats going on. Its Life’s Soundtrack.

BANGS: Where do you each find yourselves listening to music most often?

Josh - Definitely listen to music the most at work, followed by a close second in
the car or bus traveling.

BANGS: What are your favorite brands to use when it comes to the instruments, mics, amps,
pedals and so on? Why do you favor them?

Josh - Tama Drums, Sabian Cymbals, Vater Sticks, Aquarian Heads… I’ve always
had great success with these companies and their products literally take a beating
every night and always hold up to whatever I throw at them and have never let me
down.

BANGS: Talk about your current project. Its conception. How it evolved. The storyline
behind its development or any anecdotes that may have occurred during the
writing/recording process? 

Josh - Our latest record “Mas Fuerte Que La Muerte”
has a central story or message about our current world situation we all find
ourselves in, War, Corruption, Violence, Media Manipulation, hatred and
ignorance.. We all felt that if we took a step back and looked at what was really
affecting us and the ones we love on a daily basis it really boiled down to this
struggle to live, struggle to survive... weather it is financially or at the hands of
abusive police, governments or corporations… And yet every day we endure,
every day we overcome and every day we cheat death another day, and when the
the time comes to our music and our songs and our message will continue to exist and
live forever so this really is our chance to beat death, or as the title would suggest
to Be Stronger than Death.

BANGS: Where there any conflicts during the recording process? If so, how did you as a
band overcome them?

Josh- We really had a lot of time to work on this record, we did a lot of pre-production and spent our time really working the songs out and getting them to
where we wanted them to be musically. When we would finish a song we would
email them to our singer Henry while he was on tour with his other band Brujeria.
He would work with the song/s while he was on the road and He would return
from tour with the songs lyrics and melodies written and really everything came
together very smoothly.

BANGS: Is there a particular part you enjoy more than another in the process of a project?

Josh - HAHAHAHA When its Done!! And We get to perform those songs live,
there's no substitution for that feeling of a great live performance.

BANGS: How do you know when a song is done and ready to be taken to the recording
studio and produced? 

Josh- I think there is a certain feeling you get from a song
when it's completed, you can really feel whatever emotion or energy or message
that you are trying to convey coming through to the listener when we get to that
point we usually know it's ready to take to the next production phase. Also just
accepting how much you currently suck and just getting over yourself and getting
it done and not be too self-critical.

BANGS: Looking towards the short and long term of where you might be currently- where
do you see yourself (yourselves) as an artist/band in 2019 and beyond?

Josh- We are really excited to see what 2020 Brings with it and this new record.
We are hoping to be doing some of the big European Festivals this year, Hopefully,
make it back to Bloodstock, Hopefully, Wacken, Download and Hellfest. definitely
be doing some touring throughout the United States and Mexico and hopefully
hook up with some of our buddies in the Great White North and do some touring
around Canada as well. We will be releasing more videos of songs off of the new
record and beginning writing more new material for the next record.


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