"There Aren’t Formulas, Only Heart..." An Exclusive Interview With Voodoo Zombie
Since the release of their full length album “Reviresco”, Batcave Records artists Voodoo Zombie has gained quite a bit of international attention with their fast paced, Latin infused, Rockabilly style. We caught up with Katona Kat and Sexbasstian and talked about the reception to the album and the "Contagiados", where Katona learned to sing so well, and how the international momentum hasn’t changed their lives much in Chile.
MHW: Thank you for taking the time to speak with us and congratulations on the release of Reviresco! How have things been since the release of the album?
VZ: Hi, MHW. Now We have been very busy, lots of live dates, interviews and everything that gets releasing new material. We’re very happy with the reception of the "Contagiados" (Contagious = followers of VOODOO ZOMBIE).
MHW: For those not too familiar with Voodoo Zombie, could you tell us a little about yourselves?
VZ: VOODOO ZOMBIE is a rock band with lyrics of terror, lust and humor. We are from Chile (South America) and we have traveled through many countries, infecting everyone.
MHW: What are your core musical influences?
VZ: Our biggest influence is horror movies; We were born as a Psychobilly band, but now we play our own style, the VOODOO ZOMBIE style.
MHW: Given that you guys have been around since 2006, and earlier songs like “Amor Psycho” are on Reviresco, did you want to give these earlier tracks a more updated feel as far as re-recording and releasing given the upper end sound quality of the album?
VZ: That's right, "Amor Psycho" is our great hit, and the "Contagious" deserve to have it in better quality. We work hard so that it doesn’t lose the soul, while we improve on the sound. We take advantage of the fact that "Reviresco" is an album with high quality standards, we over fix "Amor Psycho".
Always the radios asked us for this song, but ‘cause it was recorded in low quality, we could not enter it in the radial space.
MHW: Lyrically the album is in Spanish. Do you ever plan on releasing any material in English? What was some influences or experiences as far as lyrical content?
VZ: From time to time we take one or another song in English.
The great influences for all our songs are our sinister minds, absorbing as diapers of the darkest fears and secrets of humanity.
MHW: Did you expect Reviresco to take off internationally the way it has since it’s release? What do you think about the music scene as a whole becoming more of a global market now more than ever?
VZ: VOODOO ZOMBIE is an international vicious, in fact we have more people infected outside our country than in Chile itself; We like that a lot, since we managed to get to many countries and travel a lot.
The music market is increasingly global, the internet is our great friend to infect more of you.
MHW: You seem to bleed a lot of passion on the album. Was this intentional or do you all just have that certain collective magic?
VZ: We have Voodoo in our interior, and passion runs through our souls. VOODOO ZOMBIE doesn’t make songs without passion, it is the key to our success. There aren’t formulas, only heart.
MHW: Seeing how great this past year has been for you, what is something you learned that you plan on taking into 2019?
VZ: With this album we learned that we are doing the right thing, and who doesn’t like it is not our problem.
This 2019 we want to tour in different countries and continue composing new hits.
MHW: Katona Katrina has an excellent voice that blends perfectly with Voodoo Zombie’s Latin style of Psychobilly Rock. Is she trained or did she always seem to have the gift of voice?
VZ: Katona has been perfected over the years, she studied in one of the most important Schools of Musicians in Chile; so she knows what she does out of insanity and to conscience.
MHW: If you headlined a festival in Chile and could play with any three bands, past or present, who would they be?
VZ: We would revive more than three bands and musicians to play with them, although all their members are already dead, we would look for the most sinister exponents of Rock, Blues and Terror.
MHW: Is there ANYTHING else you would like to add?
VZ: Yes, we’re very grateful for the reception of the public, VOODOO ZOMBIE there is for a long time, so make noise that soon we will be with all of you.
MHW: Thanks again for speaking with us! We hope you had yourselves a great holiday season and wish you the best going into 2019!
VZ: Thank you very much #YVan HaHaberMás (And there will be more)!