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04

THROTTLE

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Afresh: What is your name, and name your group? My name is Gil Oyola, the band is called THROTTLE

Afresh: Where are the artists from?  What is their talent in the group? I’m from Whittier, Ca and I sing and play guitar in the band, Rudy Robles is from Rosemead, Ca and sings and plays bass, Dave Macias is from Pico Rivera and plays guitar and Paul Ramirez is from Whittier, Ca and plays the drums.

Afresh: How did the band get the name? Our bro and former drummer Mike Barnett aka Dr. Metal came up with it.

Afresh: How would you describe your music for the public audience if they have never seen you before? To us it’s Rock and metal along the lines of Pantera, early Priest and Sabbath… very melodic but threatening enough.

Afresh: Give me some details about the group? We’re a very determined group of musicians, we are probably some of the most [professional acting people you’ll meet. we don’t waste ours or anyone else’s time and take nothing for granted.

Afresh: How long have you been performing live? We’ve been at it for five years or so.

Afresh: Where did you meet your group and how long have you been together now? We’ve been friends since high school, and have been with the current line up for the past year.

Afresh: What has been the biggest challenge for you or the group? Well, like any family, we have our differences, but we get through it all. There is a goal in mind, a destination and no amount of BS will derail THROTTLE.

Afresh: You’ve heard of the term “starving artists” before, how do you cope with major obstacles? Unlike a lot of “starving artist” out there we are without want, we have careers during the day that afford us good lives. We are starved for our success but not with out finances to back up out band.

Afresh:  Do you feel the economic crunch has hurt the industry, or do you have some other promotional tips to help support your music? Absolutely, the economy has hit the local music scene. That’s exactly why THROTTLE doesn’t do anymore “pay to play” gigs. We’ve started our own production company and are putting on our shows at venues in So Cal that allow us to pay ourselves and the bands we book based on the door draw, it’s a win, win for everyone unless you don’t do your end of the marketing, then you get nothing…

Afresh: Art & Music has an impact on both young and old.  Everyone loves a celebrity, so what advice do you have for the youth of today? No advice, just an opinion. Don’t listen to just anyone, your friends and family members, unless their influential in the music industry or are astute business men and women don’t know jack about how to live the dream. Be smart and ask the people who are doing what you want to do, who are where you want to be, how they got there then listen and take notes.

Afresh: What does your family think of your performance and do they support you? They are very supportive, they come out to shows, by the shirts and CD’s and scream for us as well…

Afresh: What is your stance on how to get the public to support “live music” and see the shows?  Any ideas??? Yes, very simple,.promote or die. Use fliers, text, emails, regional magazines and any and all means of on-line media!

Afresh: Thinking back, did your family carry on the same musical interests? My bro plays bass, but other than that no. The other cats in the band we’re all influenced by their parents to a degree.

Afresh: Do you have your own favorite type of music and is it any different from what you play now? We’re all Metal Heads at heart and that’s what we write as a group, Metal. However, we all have a very diverse group of musical influences from Dream Theater to Herman’s Hermits, really…

Afresh: Do you have other interests or talents you would like to share with us? I personally dig leading Worship Music at Church, as bent an individual as I am, I have (we all have) a very strong faith and belief in God. We are all exercise and workout buffs. Rudy really digs the UFC (we all do), Paul is a crazy runner, and Dave a cyclist.

Afresh: What has been your strong influence to continue performing? Drive, Ambition, Hope, fear of failure and the absolute refusal to be sitting around bitter about the “coulda’ woulda’ shouldas” in life…

Afresh: Does anyone in particular influence your artistic/musical talent? For me, it’s the memory of my brother Raymond. We lost him at the age of 40, way too young. His memory and my love for him keep me fighting to live it… We’ve all lost friends and family, it’s their love and memory that sustain the band to a degree. As well, our loved ones, our wives and kids, we want more for them too.

Afresh: Who does most of the song writing? We write collectively now, before it was all but individualistic, however about three years ago that all changed when Rudy brought in a bunch of killer riffs and ideas… Now we just learn each others riffs and jam away till we get it right…

Afresh: If you had to change one thing about your music/group what do you feel would be the best change to benefit the group overall and why? Great question, I’d say attitude and positive outlook. I’m an eternal optimist, not everyone shares my enthusiasm. I think that our minds are the one thing we are truly in control of (dementia aside), if we’re thinking positive, it will be positive.

Afresh: Have you ever had any strange or stalker type fans that you are aware of? No, we’re that important, yet.

Afresh: While getting ready to perform have you ever been interrupted by fans who snuck in to the dressing room/rehearsal? No.

Afresh: Tell us about your most embarrassing moment if you care to share it with us? Personally, it was while singing a vocal intro to an old tune called “Free Me” or “Unspoken” (we changed the name). Dr. Metal thought it’d be cool for me to sing the bridge vocal as an intro. We were on stage at the Whisky in Hollywood one night, I went to hit the high note and it was horrific. Needles to say, we axed the intro that night.

Afresh: What are your up-to-date performance plans?  New releases?  Tours? News? We’re coming off the release of our debut CD “Driven”, we’ve got the summer all booked, we were just featured in the San Gabriel Valley News Groups three papers. Our Reverbnation page is up and we’re rebuilding our MySpace page as we speak.

Afresh: If you could perform with anyone in the world, either dead or alive who would it be? Why? That’s easy for me, Ozzy, Godsmack and AC/DC. The other guys would have to speak for themselves, but Paul would probably say Dream Theater.

Afresh: What is the furthest show from your home that you have done? Tempe, AZ.

Afresh:  How do you feel about file swapping? Don’t have an opinion on it, but if it works why not.

Afresh: Have you been involved in any benefit performances? What was it and how did you become involved? We did an animal benefit show.

Afresh: Do you currently have an agent, endorsement, record label, sponsor, etc.? We are and will remain self-managed until someone who can kick my ass at it comes along. I know he or she is out there, they just haven’t shown up yet. We are endorsed by Mammoth Guitars, Hartke, Zoom, Samson Technologies, Nady, Fernandez Guitars and Super Natural Cymbals. We also want, Gibson, Tama and Marshall to hook us up.

Afresh: Is this your first interview or do you have some other articles/stories about you posted somewhere for public viewing? This would be our 7th or 8th interview, and you have our eternal gratitude from me and the rest of the band… The others can be viewed on Reverbnation.

Afresh: Do you have any video links where people can see you? YouTube, but their hard to find…Afresh: Do you have a website of any type?

www.myspace.com/throttleusa http://www.reverbnation.com/throttleusa

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