Interview with CRS
What got you into music, and if you had not gotten into music what would you be doing today?
● I never got into sports (and I did try most of them as a kid). I believe serendipity had a big role in my starting down the path of music. My best friends in middle school were drummers and guitar players… a bass player was missing and I had just gotten really really hooked on Mtallica’s “Justice” album.
● If I had not gotten into music I’d probably be living in the USA working at a Semiconductor company or something like that.
What do you like to do when you are not playing music and how does that influence your creativity?
● When I’m not playing live… I’m listening to music, composing/arranging, doing session work or recording cover song videos… so yeah…
How long has your band been around?
● CRS has been around since 1991, with an extended hiatus from 2001 thru 2014.
Where are you based out of and how did that influence your music?
● We all live in Mexico. Even though we’re all mostly into heavy music, you cannot avoid the fact that popular music is everywhere we go. These sounds do mix with our influences and become part of our musical vocabulary.
How did you come up with the name of your band and what does it mean to you?
● When the band started to come together, most band members at the time partied hard. Rehearsals normally became big drinking parties will people popping up to drink
Tell me about your most memorable shows.
What is your favorite venue to play at, and do you have any places you want to play that you have not already?
● Even though I’ve played at large venues and festivals around the world, I always enjoy smaller clubs with more personal audience interaction. Those are normally more memorable because of that. Nevertheless, I wouldn’t mind playing at Lunario (Mexico City), Radio City Music Hall (NYC), or even the House of Blues in Hollywood.
If you could play any show with any lineup, who would be on the ticket?
● CRS, Anthrax, Pantera, Metallica.
What is some advice that you would give to someone who is just getting into playing in a band and some advice that you would give to your younger self?
● Always be yourself… don’t compromise your essence for what’s hip.
If you could go back in time and give yourselves advice, what would it be?
● I don’t think I’d change anything. I’d tell myself “keep it up, you’re doing great!”
Of your songs which one means the most to you and why?
● “El Enemigo Siempre He Sido Yo”
Which songs are your favorite to play and which get requested the most?
● That one is very fun to plan. Also “Dame Tu Muerte” and “I Am The Universe”
● “Fariseos” is one of the most requested.
What is the creative process for the band, and what inspires you to write your music?
● We’ll bounce riffs and ideas back and forth. If we find something we like we develop it until we have a song. Then melody and riffs are incorporated. Inspiration can come at any time, for any given reason. To me something just having my instrument and improvising while playing or warming up can spark ideas I can record and then get back to and further develop.
What kinds of messages do you like to get across in your music?
● Messages in our songs are raw depictions of humanity and society. No filter, telling it as it is.
Do you ever have disagreements in your band, and how do you get past them?
● There will always be disagreements. The important thing for us is to decide upon the greater good and “agree to disagree but commit” once we reach a decision as a whole.
What are your plans for the future, and do you have anything that you want to spotlight that is coming up?
● We plan to continue making and releasing music. taking advantage of this new breath of life the band has been given. Looking forward to playing live and seeing where all that takes us. Baby steps.
Answered by Kello Gonzalez - Bass
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