Interview With Overhate

What was the beginning pint for your music career? How did it all start?

It all started out of the ashes of the bands we used to have back in the early 2000’s. Then Erick. Chapa, Jose and me got together and we did share some tastes on good extreme music and progressive music, so it all kind of took off from there. I can tell you those were excellent days, we basically wrote the music we loved, drank a lot of beer, and travel the country in shitty passenger busses to do our tours. Then lineup changes and life situations got us where we are now.

Was there any bumps on the road? What kind of challenges did you have to deal with?

There was a funny one in eastern Venezuela, the tour stopped at a town in the middle of nowhere in order for all to have a leak, buy water, you know, the usual stuff. Then the tour went back on the road an left me and the drummer and bassist from one of the bands we were touring with, so we had to walk laughing our asses off in the middle of nowhere until we reached a cab in the pitch dark road we were in order to make it back to the bus. When we arrived everybody gave us a lot of shit, and we fired back saying “didn’t you notice we were missing”, it was ridiculous.

What was the most fulfilling and satisfying moment so far?

Well there are certainly a few. When we showcased our second record, we did a concert with a very good production, I guess that that one was certainly very fulfilling.

We got nominated along with 4 other iconic metal bands to the ‘Distorxion’ awards, which consisted of mainly mainstream bands. That night they saw what kind of extreme music was made in the country, and we were there at the event. That same night we left for our India tour. It was a quite fulfilling year all in all.

When we won the awards for ‘Best music video of the year’ and ‘best album of the year’ to our local metal awards was pretty fulfilling as well.

When some friend of mine showed me her tattoo for the lyrics to ‘Crossroads Song’ off of the last record. You just can’t explain how that feels.

How would you describe the music that you typically create?

Thrash death metal with some progressive touches and clean vocals perhaps is the accurate way to put this.

What is your creative process like?

Before, it was like the 4 of us in the Jam room, and create the music together, working on whatever idea was brought up to the practice room that day. I personally like that better, because certainly I still believe that there is where the magic happens.

Nowadays we use the DAW’s and create song ideas, and they go back and forth as we prepare the songs. Not that exciting at all, I should say, but works for the time being.

If you could change anything about the industry, what would it be?

This is quite a question. Maybe that the industry needs less scams around perhaps?

If you were asked to give a piece of advice to upcoming bands, what would that be?

Do your stuff and believe in yourself. You need a lot of patience, so better enjoy this ride. 

What has been the best performance of your career so far?

The ones that had the biggest pits, for sure!

If you didn’t become a musician, what would you be doing now?

I’m a pharmacist, I do regulatory affairs, and I also like this job!

What is new with the band at the moment? What are you currently working on and would like to share with the world?

We are working on a leftover track from the ‘New beginnings are met’ sessions, and we will release as a standalone track before getting to record our next album.