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It’s time for the next challenge! The last few month has been about paintball training and showing Team Kaboom (comics) that we (Team MAGX) are superior at everything. We will continue the tradition with the next sport of our choosing...AIRSOFT. FOr those of you who don’t know what airsoft is, turn the pages and read our interview “E2” and his team of highly trained soldiers! It’s been a few years since we interviewed the metal superstars ARCHENEMY, but they have once again returned to the pages of MAGX for another interview.



Crisela Alonso moved to L.A. to persue a career showbiz and has landed roles in many popular shows. Next stop? “Sons of Anarchy.” Read the interview!



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At first glance, it looks like actual combat or a simulated game like Call of Duty?

don’t have to worry about the air or paint as well, or the big masks. But, our gear gets heavy.

Yes, It is very similar to modern war games and in a sense is a video game played in real life and without the paint. You’re living it, and you’re doing what you want to do. You actually become the character in the game you know.

About how many pounds is the current vest you’re wearing?

So then everything is played in real time? Exactly, the only difference between airsoft and paintball is you don’t have to worry about all the paint. When you play paintball, you’re grungy, gritty, and full of paint. We | 10 | MAGX

Ed: This one’s actually my lighter one. This one is probably, I’d say about 15 to 20 pounds, and my heavier one weighs about 40 to 50 pounds. When we go to the games up north, the field is 125 acres, and you’re running from one side to another, you gain a whole new respect for the guys that do this for a living. You’re hand and hand in combat with those guys and its all

props to them that we are playing this sport. Do you have a memorable game you have been a part of? I’ve played games with actual helicopters and people fighting and hovering over you on the helicopter, shooting from all angles. The helicopter was helping sponsor the event and it really made you feel like it was real. That was an awesome game. It was called Operation: Get Revenge. We couldn’t shoot back at the helicopter because it is a Federal offense to even aim a gun at a Helicopter, even a toy gun, but they shot at us and lit

us up pretty well! There’s no rush you can get like that other than actual warfare. You have the noise, the simulated explosions. There are actual canisters that would go off while we were playing. They have speakers everywhere blasting machine gun fire. We had people walking around in long robes and war attire, you actually felt like you were in a combat zone. You don’t know to trust, and you’re tired and trying to communicate and give information to your team all while this is going on. It is very nerve wrecking. Radios are going off and you have a hundred guys running around, its fun man!

It is very similar to modern war games and in a sense is a video game played in real life and without the paint. You’re living it, and you’re doing what you want to do. You actually become the character in the game you know. So your adrenaline is going full blast? Ed: Yea, it’s going 100% because you don’t know who’s who out there. Even in here during practice, you don’t know who your team mate is until you’ve been shot during friendly fire. There’s not friendly about friendly fire. (Everyone laughs) I just got lit up, that’s nothing friendly to me! I got 3 to the back of the head at point blank range one time. Luckily we can just say “My Bad” afterwards. We’re out here and we’re all doing this for fun. We’re living the video game. So what is airsoft? Ed: Airsoft is a sport in which you shoot a 6mm plastic projectile at over 400 feet per second. It’s played similar to paintball except without the paint, the heavy masks, and air. It’s played in a manner in which we abide by honor. It has deep military roots and is played with the intention that everyone is honest. Honor is our number one rule, and we honor the game and one another by playing this game fairly every time. When we get hit, we don’t have paint being splattered and it’s not obvious when we are hit. We raise our hand and it’s easy, I’m hit, I’m out.

we are actually out on the war field. You can see some of the little kids too competing with us, everyone is a target, and they are the vicious ones! What’s the name of your team? Ed: I’m with O.D.A. 205. We formed and are based out of Albuquerque, NM. How many team members do you have? Ed: On our team, we have a roster of 8. Throughout the entire state, we have several O.D.A.’s, Like I said we are number 205, we are all over the state. We have teams from Albuquerque, to Louisiana, to Houston and Dallas. We’re spread out. We’re not just a team we’re an organization.

What is Third Coast Airsoft? Ed: Third Coast Airsoft is the organization that helps regulate the aspects of the game, the sport. They actually help put the rules and regulations into place that way this game can be played and the players can play the game to it’s fullest potential. Certain rules are put out so people won’t get hurt as well. This helps us because it allows kids to come out and play and not have to worry about getting hurt by a paintball. They are like the NFL officials of the sport. Everyone knows the NFL rules, so why deviate from those rules? The team is a community, and a council that is constantly growing. Like I said, the rules that are played in New Mexico are the same rules that are played in Houston, Scotland, England, you name it. We are not only members of Third Coast Airsoft, but we are also members of our community.

How do you help spread airsoft throughout the community? Ed: We are constantly giving back to our community, whether we are helping with the food banks, wounded warriors, the VFR, because the men and women that get deployed leave behind their families to fight, and the families have to fend for themselves. There’s a lot of slack they have to pick up when their husbands and wives are gone to go fight our wars, so we’ve done fundraisers for them. We also do a toy drive. Skootr: How long have you been competing in airsoft? Ed: I’ve been in the community for over 6 years now. I’m well known here within my community and throughout country as well for this. I was in another team before

It’s safe to say then that honesty is the best policy in this sport? Ed: Honesty is the best policy in the game. Even though there aren’t too many of us, everybody is seeing one another. We have people that get a ricochet from a stray round, and they have to leave the game because we try to play this game as real as possible, meaning we have to be creative and imagine | 11 | MAGX

O.D.A. 205 called Guns for Hire for 4 years. We went above and beyond as far as airsoft could go. I’ve had the opportunity to command one of the greatest teams of all time, O.D.A. 205 and it’s been a privilege. This sport seems very physically demanding, is there anything you do to train before a tournament? Ed: We do physical drills, but it’s all about communication. It’s more about knowing your teammates and your opponents, and communicating effectively with them in order to win. If you can communicate with somebody, everything will run smooth. We communicate using nonverbal cues such as gestures and signals. Without communication in the sport, you will never win. Anybody on the team can take over as leader at any time, which is what we try to instill. Anyone can be the leader in this sport. That’s what we look for in O.D.A. 205, we want you to be a leader, and it will carry on in life as well. Elaborate more on your equipment. I see a lot of army wear and camouflage. Ed: Yes, just like anything else, we play the part to the tee. As a good friend of mine, Beto Valdez, who helped pioneer airsoft here in the Valley, would say ,”It’s 80% show and 20% technique.” So you look the part, you play the part, and the rest will follow. Is there anything you would like to share with the MagX readers? Ed: Airsoft is a sport for everybody. From ex-military officers, to teachers and students, it is a sport that will you teach you leadership skills and help you communicate in real life. We are having our next tournament October 8th, 2011. We also have a fund-raiser to help a great friend of ours out in the works as well. Thank you for your time and we hope to see you October 8th!

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Ok so we all know youtube is a magical place to find anything from talking dogs to guys getting hit in the balls but in the middle of hilarious fun I also go a chance to listen to some bangin tracks from a guy here in the Valley named Styk Phiga(stick figure) . His first track I heard “Confidence” has a cool classic lounge beat you don’t usually hear in rap with genius lyrics layered on top that will definitely have this guy moving up in the business. When I met him he was one of the coolest people ive gotten to hangout with and really loved making music just for the people. Styk Phiga has a few mixtapes that really should be in your CD player or Ipod like NOW(go get it).

What got you into music and hip hop? I would just like see guys freestylin up north and it seemed fun like they was having a lot of fun so I wanted to be apart of it What do you think about the Valley and South Texas music scene right now? I think people don’t pay enough attention to it. Like if more an more people would pay attention to it like they did the Houston scene then we could blow up, but I think we gotta put that effect into it too, we have lots of talent out here. Who would you say are your buggest lyrical influences? Mos def. Drake, he got the new hotness. But I would def say Mos Def I noticed you put a lot into

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your lyrics, what would you say is your purpose or message for everyone through your songs? I would say most of my music is lovin life, that’s I guess what I preach about and talk about most of the time. Jus life messages and try to inspire myself and others What kind of upcoming projects and shows do you have coming? Shows… not really anything in the works cuz im workin on jus putting out music song after song, im dropping mixtapes, I jus wanna keep music out there So where can people find your music at and hear what you’re about? I got it on megaupload if wanna get anything u can just get me on facebook under “styk

phiga” im on com/voneri it has some links to my mixtapes Tell me about you motivation and thought process. What gets the pen moving? I gotta get inspired like I like underground hiphop, im not really a mainstream person ill do it occasionally. Those beats that jus give u a good vibe, I gotta have that before anything. I gotta love my music before I start doin anything So whats up with the name? Where did you pick this up at? When I was in highschool… like I don’t wear shorts no more man but wen I was in highschool I used to wear a lot of shorts and people would call me chicken legs or stick figure so I jus picked it up and flipped it on them.

Any words of wisdom for anybody else tryin to get heard and make music? I would tell them to keep workin and keep goin u cant stop, even wen someones tryin to tell u ur not good or ur whack, jus keep movin and don’t let anyone get in ur way Tell me about your newest mixtape…. Im workin on something called on the rocks. Real chill stuff, mostly that stuff that inspires me, ima 90s hip hip fan so im tryin to kinda bring that back, like I kno I cant go back in the past but im tryin to bring that good vibration back into hiphop tha happy party vibe, more fun instead of all the violence.

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KIM’S KEYTAR DREAMS When did you start Keytar Dreams and what prompted you to create it? Keytar Dreamz was inspired by the supersonic soul squad girls in Austin, Texas, keyboardist Claude9, and DJ Mahealani. In 2011, I will release the first Keytar Dreamz single “Imaginary Man”, though I’m still looking for the perfect beat. I’ve spent most of my gigging life seated behind a keyboard. The keytar allows me to stand and rock out just like the boys! I dream of cutting heads with my guitar heroes one day ... the AX-7 has a MEAN guitar patch that’s very Jimi Hendrix. You have a very distinct sound, with elements that range from jazz to funk. What inspires you musically? “jumping off cliffs”, musically, as tori amos so eloquently wrote. t I love the blues. The other night, a harmonica player joined me on stage at Simon Sez and tore it UP!!! I’m inspired by our local poetry scene, dance, singer songwriters, hip hop, and the rollerskating musical “Xanadu”. You might see me rollerskating with my keytar at art walk this coming season. If I trip and fall, even better! You are a part of a few musical projects, is that correct? In these competitive times, I mostly book as a solo act, but I have collaborated many artists in the past. Recently - I did vocals for Evolve/ IllFisto on the new DaddyJFez song “Fallen Star” and I like to sing with local bands, if they’ll have me. The jazzy single “Dizzy” has already been remixed in dub style and I haven’t even released it yet! I’m super excited to share these

new tunes with my fans. Keytar Dreamz is my main project, with only one release thus far - Lady Mariposa’s album “Hecha en el Valle: Spoken Word and Borderland Beatz” a collaboration w/ Lady Mariposa and RaenOne. People respond best to my jazzy piano girl style, but I’m a true hip hop fanatic. The happiest moments of my gigs are when poets/emcees join me on stage. The camaraderie among local artists can be a wonderful thing. What do you feel is the best aspect of being a part of various musical projects? We all know that artists and musicians are a little bit “off balance”. I feel most at home in that wacky, creative space. The years I spent at the McAllen Creative Incubator were wonderful for my art and my music. I’m still good friends with the Jeric, Luke, and Ram from M3 Productions and keep in touch with several of the tenants. The various collaborations give me room to express myself in several genres of music, and also as a collage/mixed media artist. One feeds off the other. I go through dry spells with my music, but then my artwork picks up the slack. And vice versa. I’m thrilled that the scene, of which I’ve been a part of since the mid-80’s, has improved. I WISH I had grown up in this generation and bypassed all the cover gigs ... what a blessing to be able to make money singing/playing your OWN music! I’m a huge fan of Angela & the Exes and hope to grace their stage for a song or two at their next big show. Bassist Esmer - get well soon! Quit breaking your arms!!! It’s good to see the keytar is

still being used today. Tell me a little more about your gear. Don’t get me started!!! I love to talk about my keytar! The Roland AX-7 has an internal synthesizer, so you don’t have to be “tethered” to a laptop to access your sound bank. It’s also programmable. I had so much fun jamming with Mario Aleman and Brandon Garcia at Borderfest this year. The AX-7 has a touchpad pitch bend, expression bar, and a d-beam interface made up of infrared sensors that detect motion. If you’ve seen anybody use a thurman, it’s similar to that technology. Keyboardist Claude9 and I did a “dueling keytar” solo at the Rockit9 show in January 2010 and it changed my life forever. I also look up to Brett Domino and Lady Gaga’s studio collaborator Jay Metarri for innovative keytar sounds/ riffs. Next? There’s a video controller on the keytar I’m dying to use! What would you like people to get out of listening to your music? I just hope people enjoy listening to the music as much as I enjoy playing it. Who are some of your local artists to work with, and if you could collaborate with a musician of your choice, who would it be? John Mayer. Yes, that would be divine. Dan Dyer from Austin, Texas. I’ve been listening to him a lot after seeing him in play at Momo’s. Greg Gonzalez, the bassist from Grupo Fantasma (Austin, TX) and Mike Hale (Dan Dyer Trio, Austin, TX) on drums – that would be my dream rhythm section! I work with several local bassists and drummers. Mario Aleman is a musi-

cal genius. He’s very exact and such a nice guy to collaborate with. Jake Cortez did some live recordings on my original tunes in 2009. Charlie Vela wrote the drum parts for the upcoming album. He’s gigging with Dignan now, and how I wish he would have time to play live with me again. He should have his ears patented; he’s such a great production talent. Lately, Ali Quiroga has been joining me at the Simon Sez gig. His world percussion sounds are truly unique. Very talented guy. CarlosArrendondo has joined me on drums; it had been years since we played together. He can really nail those 70’s grooves and latin beats. I’m a huge fan of Angela & the Exes. I hope to work with them in the studio. It makes me happy to see more females up on stage. Where can we listen to your music? I’m on itunes (kim snyder johnson) (my former married name) the album is called “Better”, 2007. I also have a reverbnation page (keytardreamz) and my upcoming album “tiny revelations” should be ready by august 2011. It features my new single “Little Secret” with a verse by emcee Evolve. Daddy J Fez is producing this album. What are your plans for the rest of 2011? I’d like to book more shows alongside the emerging talent in the Rio Grande Valley. The Keytar Dreamz album will be next, and I really hope to book more shows based on that concept alone – beats, emcee, hooks, and PHAT keytar sounds. The jazzy piano girl in me will still shine through. I just hope folks will come along for the journey.

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Yes, I live in Los Angeles and have for six years now but regardless of where my career leads me...I’m always going to be a “Valley Girl”. Like totally.

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THIS VALLEY NATIVE IS MAKING A NAME FOR HERSELF IN THE WORLD OF COMEDY I have a bad problem with people saying “No one ever makes it from the valley.” or “There isn’t much talent here”. Cristela Alonzo is a prime example of following your dreams and doing what you want! Not only does she do stand up and act she actually writes material for other productions. I was glad to speak to Cristela about what she had going on, where things were going, and how she got there. Below are some credits to her name and things she’s been in. Did I mention she’s goin to be on Fox’s Son’s of Anarchy? I’d say that’s a pretty big deal...ENJOY!

WRITER Ladies Room Diaries TGIF: The Musical I Life After Recycled Carpet Diem Cookie de Mayo Mind of Mencia (TV series) Ladies Room Diaries Bathroom Attendant PRODUCER 2011 Ladies Room Diaries ACTRESS Legally Brown Last Comic Standing Stand-Up 360: Muy Caliente Edition 2 Live at Gotham (TV series) Sons of Anarchy

How did you get into comedy and acting? I started acting at the age of 13. I was taking a theater class at Austin Jr. High in San Juan and the teacher back then (Mr. Honl) had moved me from a regular theater class to the competitive theater class where we would go to tournaments. I didn’t want to be in the class and begged him to move back to the regular class. He didn’t. That’s when it all started for me. I started competing and I started winning. It wasn’t till high school though, when I was going to PSJA High (Go Bears!) where I found myself REALLY getting into acting.

even if we had an amazing set, we’ll always notice the person in the audience that wasn’t laughing as much as everyone else. When you’re that sensitive, you find yourself getting very jaded at times but you realize that it’s OK to feel like that and it’ll pass. To be completely honest, I think the more years I’m into this career, the less I find myself feeling like that because I think you get to the point when you realize that everything happens when it should happen. It sounds like a simple thing but it’s really a difficult thing to understand.

What is it that keeps you driven?

When I found out I booked Sons of Anarchy weeks ago, I didn’t want to tell anyone. I think it’s that part of me that remembers my mom telling me to be modest. It was my boyfriend that told me I was crazy for not telling people. He reminded me that this industry is filled with a lot of “no”. It’s rough. You go in and people tell you “no” all the time... so how about you celebrate when you hear a yes because they’re so few and far between. He was right.

It may sound weird but really it’s the Valley; it’s what home represents to me that keeps me going.

What is one piece of advice that has always helped you along the way?

I grew up poor. Really poor. My mom was from Mexico. When I was graduating from high school, I decided to go away to college and major in theater. My mom was heartbroken. She wanted me to stay local and study beauty at UCAS and become a hairstylist because it was safe and she said, “People’s hair will always grow. You’ll always have a job.”

The one piece of advice that has really stuck with me lately is something that my boyfriend’s acting teacher told him. It’s really simple yet I find it SOOO profound: We are all powerful people. Anyone that doesn’t recognize your power and says ‘NO’ to you does NOT belong on your journey.

My teachers Mr. Robert Gomez and Ms. Ofelia Gonzalez (now Pena) helped me and made realize that this is what I wanted to do with my life. They always made me feel like I could really do it. Without these teachers, I wouldn’t be where I am today. 

I left home against her wishes and left anyway. Cut to years later, now I’m doing stand-up; I’m acting. I’m getting to do everything I always wanted to do. I want Latinos like me...Chicanos... to know that we’re the next generation...and we can do whatever they want. Have you ever become jaded of comedy or acting? A lot of my comedian friends and I find ourselves talking a lot about how insecure we are. We go up on stage and do 45 min-1 hour and

What are some of the television shows or movies you’ve been a part of? Hmm...well, I hate to mention it but...I was a writer on Mind of Mencia for a year...I mention it because it was my first professional writing gig and I ended up writing a REALLY popular sketch for it called “Wetback Mountain” (a parody on Brokeback Mountain) but I didn’t really have a good experience there so I don’t really like to talk about it. Comedy Central’s “Live at Gotham” - showcase show featuring up-andcoming stand-up comics. They stopped making it two years ago but back in the day, if you wanted | 23 | MAGX

I’m sooooo excited about doing a show in McAllen. I’ve wanted to for years. I come back and visit my brothers often. They live in Edinburg. Every time I come down though, it’s mid-week and there are no shows for me to drop in on. This time, it just so happened that I got booked to do a show in at Texas A&M Kingsville on Thursday so I was going to be in the area anyway. I’m planning on shooting a couple of videos while I’m home to show people that don’t know about the Valley, a little bit of how I grew up.

Do you miss anything about the valley? I miss the people.

to be considered for a half hour special on CC, you HAD to do this show (now it’s Stand Up At The El Rey). NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” - I was a semi-finalist last year. I hung out with Felipe Esparza the most. He ended up winning. Oh well... it was a fun thing to do and he’s a funny dude. SHOWTIME’S “Legally Brown  - an hour stand-up special I shot with Willie Barcena, Alex Reymundo and others...hosted by Tony Plana.  Premiered back in May of this year. Gabriel Iglesias’ Stand Up Revolution- my buddy, Gabriel Iglesias has a new show coming out in October on Comedy Central. Fluffy got to pick the comics he wanted to spotlight and I was one of them... I think I’m going to be on the season finale along with Maz Jobrani. It premieres this October on Comedy Central. Sons of Anarchy- um, it’s a drama on FX. I still can’t believe I booked an episode on this. My episode should air end of October or early November.

How did you land the SOA appearance?

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I’m signed with Innovative Artists. My agent sent me out on it. I used to go on a lot of auditions but the past couple of years, I have been on the road so much doing stand up that I’m never in town to do the auditions. I was home for the summer and the audition randomly came up. It was a really difficult scene because it’s VERY dramatic and I’m the focus on it.   I went in to the audition and got the callback right after. I went to the callback and was put on “hold”-meaning that it’s down to you and someone else. When you’re put on hold, you promise them you won’t book any other gig until they decide if they want you or not. My agent got the offer a week later.

Do you prefer acting or standup? Stand-up. Hands down. With stand-up, I can write anything I want. I don’t have to worry about people writing offensively stereotypical things for me to say. Acting was how I started and I love it to death but there’s something absolutely powerful about being able to write about anything you want and say anything you want on that stage by yourself.

Comedy is a pretty popular genre in podcasting do you listen or partake? I don’t have a podcast nor would I ever do one, I’ll be a guest on someone else’s though. There are soooo many podcasts out there already; what else could I say that other comics aren’t saying. Having said that, I do listen to a couple but I have to admit that when I’m on the road, I load up about four of Marc Maron’s WTF? Podcast and listen to all of them back-to-back. He’s my fave podcast.

Who are some of your favorite comics? Any that you look up to? Bill Burr.   Louis CK.  Maria Bamford.  Kathleen Madigan. Mitch Hedberg. Freddy Prinze. These are comics I love and look up to. I also recommend for anyone that wants to do stand-up...please check out Jerry Seinfeld’s “Comedian”-a documentary he did years ago about stand-up and building his set. Seinfeld and Colin Quinn are fantastic in this.

Are you excited for your homecoming show?

My boyfriend came down to visit my brothers with me back in November. We went to eat at this Mexican place they like to go to. My boyfriend wanted coffee and the waiter made him a pot of some Oaxacan coffee. My boyfriend LOVED it. We went back to eat at this place before we left because we liked the food and the same waiter saw us and started a pot of the same coffee for my boyfriend without him asking. My boyfriend couldn’t get over how nice that waiter was. THAT is what I miss about the Valley. It’s a place where people go out of their way to make you feel at home. There’s a sense of pride, respect and community between everyone that I don’t see that everywhere. My mother came to McAllen from Mexico in search of a better life for her children. She worked hard as a cook in a restaurant where she worked double shifts to pay the bills and did it with pride. My mother is the perfect example of the kind of people I think about when I think of the Valley.  I lived in San Juan, TX longer than I’ve lived anywhere else. Yes, I live in Los Angeles and have for six years now but regardless of where my career leads me...I’m always going to be a “Valley Girl”. Like totally.

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ugly about boobs. They’re all nice. They come in different sizes and shapes, but I don’t think anyone in the band has a problem signing them. Bring them all! Kayla: How do you think Arch Enemy’s success is coming along? Angela: I think its good. It’s a very healthy and slow build up. We obviously have not been an overnight success, but we have grown, slowly but surely over

the last 10 years and we haven’t gone through what every band fears, which is getting warn out. This has not happened to us yet. We are absolutely happy with how things are going. Kayla: What inspired to take on vocals in the metal scene? Angela: When I was 16 years old, I wanted to sound like the bands I was into. I love Chuck Shuldiner and David Vincent and those

guys, so I just tried to copy the sound that these guys had, and then I joined an underground band and did it for fun. I joined a bigger band soon after, which was Arch Enemy, and then things happened. I didn’t really plan on any of that and I always had the opinion that with this kind of vocal style you cannot become a successful vocalist, ever, because it seems so extreme and underground, you know. But yeah, history has taught me different

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Kayla: How are you doing this fine day? Angela: I am very good, thank you. How are you? Kayla: I could be better, but it’s all good now that I’m talking to you. We all know that you are in a band with your husband, but have you ever signed a boob before? If so, was it awkward? Angela: I’ve signed plenty of boobs before because there’s nothing awkward or ugly about boobs. They’re all nice. They come in different sizes and shapes, but I don’t think anyone in the band has a problem signing them. Bring them all! Kayla: How do you think Arch Enemy’s success is coming along? Angela: I think its good.

It’s a very healthy and slow build up. We obviously have not been an overnight success, but we have grown, slowly but surely over the last 10 years and we haven’t gone through what every band fears, which is getting warn out. This has not happened to us yet. We are absolutely happy with how things are going. Kayla: What inspired to take on vocals in the metal scene? Angela: When I was 16 years old, I wanted to sound like the bands I was into. I love Chuck Shuldiner and David Vincent and those guys, so I just tried to copy the sound that these guys had, and then I joined an underground band and did it for fun. I joined a bigger band soon after, which was Arch Enemy, and then

things happened. I didn’t really plan on any of that and I always had the opinion that with this kind of vocal style you cannot become a successful vocalist, ever, because it seems so extreme and underground, you know. But yeah, history has taught me different and things just happened, and now I’m pretty successful at it and I’m doing very well, and a lot of people know who I am. So yeah, it’s surreal and exciting, it’s still very surreal but it’s awesome. Kayla: Well you do a kick ass job of it let me tell you. Angela: Thank you. Kayla: How would you think of yourself if you dyed your hair black? Angela: Oh, that wouldn’t

work. I am really, totally, very European, German, pale, and black hair would make me look very, very ill. I’ve never actually tried to change my hair color. I’m really blonde. I don’t have any misconceptions about being blonde because I know that I’m smart! I’ve never felt like I had to change my looks or personality, really. I’ve always been quite content with that. And I’ve never had to realize when something is wrong I have to cut my hair or dye it red or black. I’ve always felt that if shit goes wrong I have to change shit, but not my hair color! (Laughs) Kayla: What was the weirdest comment you or your band mates have ever heard? Angela: People say weird stuff all the time, you know.

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Especially when they’re quite excited and they meet you, they say funny things, or it’s just their matter of language. For me the weirdest thing is the compliment that yea you’re really beautiful chick. Like what does that really mean, you know? (Laughs) Your compliment sounds discriminating now! I’ve never really understood where that’s coming from. I think its coming from a very dark, 8th grade, medieval time, you know? Kayla: Do you play any instruments? Angela: I used to play the accordion, and I also used to play the guitar for a few years. I also owned a flute when I was 8, but I don’t think that counts. I’ve had my fair share of instruments but the last couple of years, because of all the madness with Arch Enemy, I just don’t have the time to sit down and play the guitar. I also decided to stop playing the accordion because I felt it wasn’t cool and nonmetal to play accordion, but now you have all these folk metal bands playing the accordion, so times are changing. I never thought I’d see that instrument pop up in metal but it did. Kayla: What do you think about the metal scene? Do you think it’s gone to shit? What do you honestly think about it? Angela: I think there are

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lots of awesome bands, but there’s a lot more shit bands as well because now everybody can release their music on MySpace and Itunes and what not. There’s too many bands and it’s hard to keep an overview, you know, and to find the pros with the massive amount of bands. But I love Gojira and the bands that we tour with now are all great, they all have their own sound. I think there’s still a lot of great new stuff, but there’s also a lot of really fast stuff that it’s hard to keep an overview. Kayla: If you could go anywhere in a week without any interviews, shows, or signings, where could you go? Angela: I’d choose a nice and relaxing place. I actually was at a place like this, the Maldives, it was awesome, but I played a show there so that doesn’t count (laughs). I’m thinking about going to Thailand, I haven’t had a holiday in a few years. Maybe I’ll do that next year when we have a month off. You want to go to places where you wouldn’t normally play a show. Again, touring and traveling in places like the Middle East is a bit

dangerous, so I’m probably not going to Syria or Libya anytime soon although I would like to, but if I’m going to a place to relax, I would pick the Caribbean or Thailand, you know, white beaches, lots of palm trees, not too many people. Kayla: What is your favorite cocktail to drink after

a long day? Angela: I don’t drink any alcohol at all, so an alcohol free cocktail I guess. It would be just made of fruit juices. I haven’t had a sip of alcohol for the last couple of years so yea. I actually have a lot of water around because it’s good for the vocal chords. I kind of miss cocktails though,

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MAGX #70 • SEPTEMBER 2011  


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