AudioInferno: Hello, its a pleasure to have you on AudioInferno.com !
Van666: Hi. Thank you so much! Thank you for the interview. I am honored. I am Van666. I founded the band in 2011 and I am the main songwriter/composer/lyricist for BloodBeast.
AI: What genre of rock do you jam?
Van666: Death Metal-Thrash Metal-Grindcore
AI: Please give us a brief history about your career/ band
Van666: I was born on the 21st November 1977 in Pretoria, South Africa. I started playing guitar at age 12. I formed Architecture of Aggression with my brother Anton and a school mate Brian Liebenberg in 1995. I formed BloodBeast in 2011 after the demise of Architecture of Aggression. I toured as a session guitarist for Bile of Man on the Detonation tour with Fleshgod Apocalypse in 2012.
BloodBeast is a South African Death Metal-Trash Metal-Grindcore band hailing from Pretoria, Gauteng.
BloodBeast was founded in 2011 by Van666 Alberts after the demise of legendary South African Death Metal band Architecture of Aggression.
The band has released two studio albums to date, namely “Bloodlust” in 2012 and the critically acclaimed “Out For Blood” in 2014.
“Out For Blood” was very well received by critics and was heralded as AFRICA’S DEATH METAL TRIUMPH OF THE YEAR by African Metal Authority: Reviews and Resources.
The album was nominated 6th best under the TOP 20 AFRICAN METAL RECORDS OF 2014 by African Metal and received a Metal horns rating of: \m/ \m/ \m/ \n 3 ½ Metal Horns (7/10) from Heavy Metal Panic.
Van666 Alberts was voted METAL PLAYER OF THE YEAR 2014 by African Metal.
AI: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
Van666: My personal influences: are Joe Satriani, Chuck Schuldiner, Dimebag Darrell, Tony Lommi, Jerry Cantrell, James Hetfield, Kirk Hammett, Dave Mustaine , Marty Friedman, Kerry King , Jeff Hanneman, Jimi Hendrix, Richie Blackmore, Jimmy Page, Andreas Kisser, Max Cavalera, Tommy Victor, Steve Vai, Dino cazarez, Bill Steer, James Murphy, Trevor Perez, Kim Thayil, John Petrucci, Chris & Mike Amott. The list goes on and on…
The band finds inspiration from Classic and Modern Death Metal, Thrash Metal and Grindcore bands like Monstrosity, Death, Cannibal Corpse, Deicide, Obituary, Entombed, Slayer, Sepultura, Testament, Pantera, Carcass, Brutal Truth, Napalm Death, Dying Fetus, Misery Index and Exhumed.
AI: What are your dreams, aims and goals?
Van666: My personal dream is to be able to tour the world with my music and band and to make a living from it. As well to inspire and influence other musicians and people.
AI: Who writes the songs, what are they about?
Van666: I write all of the songs and lyrics. My lyrics are about classic Death Metal themes like Mutilation, Torture, Death, War, Murder, Serial Killers, Rape and Revenge.\
AI: How many songs/albums have been released and what does the future hold?
Van666: The band has released two studio albums to date, namely “Bloodlust” in 2012 and the critically acclaimed “Out For Blood” in 2014. As for the future? We are going to play as many shows as possible in 2015 to promote the new album. We have been receiving a lot of great reviews for the album so I am hoping that we will draw the attention of international record labels and promoters.
AI: How do you promote your bands and shows And songs
Van666: We mostly promote the band via our website, social media like Facebook and Twitter and word of mouth.
AI: What instrument do you play?
Van666: I play lead guitar and do all of the vocals.
AI: When and why did you start playing?
Van666: I started playing guitar at age 12. I grew up in a musical house. My dad played the guitar and loved music so it was only a matter of time before I picked up the guitar too.
AI: How do you balance your music with your other obligations?
Van666: Very carefully ha ha ha! It is all about careful planning and time management. I also have a very supportive and understanding wife and children who support my music.
AI: Any advice to the beginners who might be nervous?
Van666: Playing in front of people can be very nerve wrecking. So make sure that the band has rehearsed enough and know the songs very well. Double check that all your gear is in good working condition and that you’ve packed in everything you’ll need for the show. Always put on new strings before each show and make sure you have a backup guitar for just in case you snap a string during a song. Know that you will make a lot of mistakes in the beginning but the more you play live the better it will get. Never stop a song when you make a mistake. Rather try and fix it while you are playing. Personally I like to have a good warm up session before a show to get me in the zone and to loosen my fingers. And remember always have fun!
AI: I would love to know do you get nervous before a public performance?
Van666: I still get excited before every performance. It is such an adrenaline rush!
AI: How is the Rock music scene fairing and what can you say may be the future in Africa?
Van666: The Metal/Rock/Alternative scene in South Africa is alive and well, but is mostly enjoyed by the minority of the population. There are a lot of really good bands but only a handful of venues that support Metal. We all do it for the passion as there is no money in it especially in the Metal scene. The future looks bright as there are a lot more international bands touring South Africa. So local bands get to open for them which is great. What would be really amazing is if international record labels and promoters would take notice of the South African Metal scene and invest in Metal bands/musicians and bring our music to the rest of the world.
AI: Meaning behind the band name?
Van666: Think of the BloodBeast as a mythological creature, demigod or demon that feeds on human depravity, suffering, brutality, violence, hatred, revenge etc.