1. Hello Tony! You're the editor of REBORN FROM ASHES zine, a cool underground Death metal publication from Usa... First of all, can you make an introduction to the zine and to yourself? When was it released from nothingness, what are the goals, how many issues there are...
of all, I would like to thank you Gab, for the opportunity to do
this interview. I'm originally from Mexico and lived there the major
part of my life, but I moved to the US in 1994, and still reside
here to this day. I started Reborn From Ashes 'zine in 2007,
because it was something that was drilling my brain since the early
90's. The reason why I didn't start the fanzine anytime sooner after
moving to the US, was because after 1995 all the way until early
2000 the whole metal scene was a big blur to me. Since the
day Black Metal became a trend and all of the sudden everybody was
into Black Metal, the whole metal environment wasn't too interesting
to me anymore. I was still listening to my old records and
demos, but I did try listening to some Black Metal and some of those
bands with female vocals. In the end , I realized that there
was nothing like the original old school Death Metal. Even
the fanzines I saw from that era didn't interest me that much. The
ones that I saw were mostly from the US, they all looked the same,
full of bands I was not into.
2. I noticed an evolution between your second and third issues: First the English is better, you explained why in the editorial, then you are sometimes more mouth-wide-opened. Would you say it's because you received too many shity promos and have more problems to stand that ones? Or does a zine-maker naturally become more critical and hard to satisfy after a few issues? Or is it easier to really express yourself with more honesty as experience grows?
REBORN- I think
"evolution" is a natural fact that you will notice in
every band, fanzine, or any other project. Some of them start
kind of shaky, but eventually they get better as times goes. Some
others start really good and then their quality decreases. I
think my issue #3 is better written than my previous issues. As
I said on my editorial, English is my second language. I'm
really proud of what I have accomplished as far as the English language.
I never went to school here in the US. I did take
English in Mexico in high school and college, but we don't have
very good English programs that can help you learn enough to go
by. I think the teachers were there just to get a pay check
rather than making sure we learned enough.
3. I noticed some of your interviews are really cool, and you achieve to find the right subjects to make the interviewed peoples talk... How do you manage to prepare these inties? Do you read other ones the bands already answered? Maybe you prefer to communicate with them before, to know them better and so easily warm and reach the inner of some G points? Or is there a special tip?
I'm doing an interview with "x" band, I don't like to
read other interviews that they've done with other zines, simply
because I like to do things my own way. I hate negative feedback
such as; "he copied those questions from "x"
zine" or "that interview looks similar to the one I've
read on "x" zine", that's not me! However,
if in the end, some of the questions come out like the ones from
another zine, that's just mere coincidence.
4. How many copies of each issue are you able to distribute? Is it mostly about trades or sales? Which countries sell/ trade the most? Is it good to sell zines during gigs, or are there better ways to spread your issues? What would you advice to someone who wants to sell a fanzine?
issue #1 I'm not sure how many copies I released, but I think it
was about 100 copies. Most of them were sold and I did
several single trades with other zine editors (one copy for another
copy). For issue #2 I released about 130 copies. Most
of them were sold, and I also did several single trades and a couple
trades for more than one copy. Issue #3 is the one that I've
done the most big trades, and sold less single copies than the other
2 issues, but it works for me either way. For example, I traded
20 copies of my issue #3 with Hecatombe Records from Spain, and
in exchange I got 10 CD's from their roster. I was able to
sell all those Cd's, so I was able to use the money for other things
related to the zine (envelopes, postage,etc). Also, I've done
trades with other zine editors. We trade 5, 6 or 7 copies
and I trade those zines with other zine editors or other metal heads.
In the end, I get more zines for review, for trade or for
my personal collection. I think this is a good way for zines
to help each other out, doing these type of trades. I'm able
to help other zines to distribute their zines and at the same time
they help me to distribute mine. What sucks for me is that most
of zines go overseas, mostly to countries in Europe, such as; Germany,
Spain, France, Norway, etc. A lot of them go to Mexico and
some to Thailand, Australia, Japan, etc. Here in the US it
sucks, I haven't found a wide base of metal heads that are into
fanzines. I mean, it would be great if there were more people
buying zines in the US, because the postage here within the US is
very cheap, but for overseas it's expensive.
5. I know you have Mexican roots, did you already visit this country and do you still have family there? What are the main differences between Usa and Mexico? Is a "mexicunt" something good or not? And what about mexibeers? (Is it better than the United beers of America?)
I still have family in Mexico, I go to Mexico at least once a year,
usually for 2 or 3 weeks, it depends. I always have a great
time when I go to Mexico. The difference between the US and
Mexico...mmmnnn...both countries and the way of life are so different.
One thing I can honestly tell you is that, living in the US
for so long has made appreciate my country much more. Before
I moved to the US, I was always complaining about Mexico. Now,
I realize that we have such a beautiful country, but what sucks
is that, corruption is everywhere and the law is a joke.
6. Did you already receive emails from bands you didn't know but directly asked for an interview or even to release their music? Without even knowing a little bit of your opinion about their stuffs? (It's sometimes surprising how much some peoples can be devoid of doubts... Some guys seem to want an epileptic orgasm at first sight, which is a bit ambitious!). How and what did you answer? Sometimes the "FUCK OFF and eject" button is too much of a burning temptation for me Ah Ah...
REBORN- Yes, I often get e-mails of messages from bands that I don't know or never heard of, that want to do interviews. Some of those bands just started a year ago or this year, come on! Relax, take it easy, release some demos or EP's, build some reputation or something. It takes a lot of time and hard work to be somebody, not everything happens in one day. It's the same thing doing a zine, it's hard work. When I was working on issue #1, people laughed at me when I asked them for promos. All the stuff reviewed on issue #1 is stuff that I bought or borrowed because nobody believed in me. Now, after 3 issues (almost 4) I get promos like crazy and I don't have to ask for them. People just get in touch with me and send them my way. It's a good feeling, makes you feel like somebody appreciates what you do, I never had anybody wanting me to sign their band though, that would be too funny,ha,ha,ha! I do get a lot of e-mails or messages from bands sending me links to download the latest demo, EP or album to review it. Those get deleted immediately, simply because I understand they want to save some money by not sending CD's through the postal service, but I do spend money on postage, so if they want me to review their demo, EP or album, send me an actual recording, and I will review it. I hate downloading stuff!
7. The name of your zine seems to me like you used to do a fanzine years ago, but it was deleted and buried for various reasons... Am I right? Or does it refer to the writing of the zine that would be some resurrecting outlet once the hard daily life is on pause? Or was it simply to confuse German peoples who used to live in R.F.A? (Ah Ah)
I was like 17 or 18, I was doing a zine called Epitaph, but I was
unable to finish it for many reasons. So, I gave the info
and interviews to other zines; one of them was Succubus zine. It
was edited by 2 girls who were sisters and were really into underground
metal music, they were the real deal. We became good friends
and they invited me to be the co-editor and I agreed to join them.
It was only for their issue #2 though , because things went
wrong and part of it was my fault due to my young age, irresponsibility
8. If REBORN FROM ASHES couldn't be a paper zine, but another media, would you choose a webzine, and old styled radioshow, a web radioshow, some Rss flux, an (Ultra old school) message in a bottle, or something else? And why?
REBORN- None of the above. I don't think those options are for me. If Reborn From Ashes couldn't be a printed zine, I think I would rather contribute to other fanzines, either doing interviews, reviews or distribution. If someday I'm not able to do Reborn From Ashes, that's what I'm going to do. You will see my work in other zines or maybe I can be the manager at Nihilistic Holocaust, if you ever open an office in the US, ha,ha,ha!
9. Give us a few good arguments for the reader avoids cleaning his ass with your pages once he went to the big-shit-session!
REBORN- Before you even think of wiping your ass using the pages of Reborn From Ashes 'zine, keep in mind that the fanzine is printed on "habanero pepper" flavored paper. So, if you wipe your ass with it, you will feel a burning sensation in your ass hole for a few hours, that will make you scream and run like crazy, you will be miserable, so think about it,ha,ha,ha!
10. Old school Death metal is quite trendy now, at least if it isn't it might strongly become... I can see a quite big difference compared to few years ago, now some average/ very average bands get a "record deal" just because they're from this precise country, and some labels have a very business/ hype/ fame state of mind... It's quite strange to see that stuff into deep underground Death metal, especially when some of these labels release tapes limited to 100 or 200 copies (So where should we search to find pure underground and relaxed state of mind?). Since you're not a newcomer in the scene, what are your thoughts and feelings about it? Do you also feel this fashion in the USA or is this rather an European something? Do you think this trend might be some kind of "necessary evil" since it would bring more quantity, and so more quality, or do you think we could have easily made without many wagon-jumpers and the scene could have developed on better basis?
hate when things become trendy, it just ruins everything. I
remember back in the mid 90's, a lot of people were scared of Black
Metal, especially after the arsons and the deaths of Euronymous
and Dead in Norway. A few years after that, Black Metal
became a global trend, a fucking joke. All of a sudden everybody
was into Black Metal and it became more accessible to the masses
in general. Even people who weren't into metal thought it
was cool to have the "Black Metal look". Everywhere
I went I saw people and even little kids wearing Cradle Of Filth
and Dimmu Borgir t-shirts. What a joke!
11. What's your opinion about black metal? It seems the American BM scene is globally worse than in Europe... Would you say it's because fewer great bands initially originated from USA and then many Us-wagon-jumpers got influenced mostly by the commercial ones? Or maybe the usual American way of life/ state of mind doesn't really fit the initial BM spirit?
know, I was never a big Black Metal fan. I did give it a try,
but I never cared for it that much, especially when it became so
trendy, that was it for me. I do like very few Black Metal
bands, but I'm not too crazy about this shit. I like almost
every metal genre, but for some reason the old school Death Metal
sound from the late 80's, early 90's will always be my first
choice. I remember when I used to buy the magazine called
Metal Maniacs, there were always Black Metal bands. I've read
so much about Black Metal that in the end , everything about Black
Metal just pissed me off. There was people making stupid comments
like "Our war against Christianity". These people
think that religion is the enemy and it's not. Currently,
the economy here in the US and I believe in a lot of countries,
is really bad. There are no jobs, sometimes gasoline is so expensive,
etc. That affects everybody including you, so do you think
this happens because of religion or politics?. I mean, if
my neighbor and all the people around my block go to church every
Sunday, it doesn't affect me in any way, so who is the enemy. Some
Black Metal fans say that say that Christians follow religion blindly.
What about them? Some of those Black Metal fans don't
accept or listen to anything that is not Black Metal or Occult related.
They discriminate other genres, such as; Thrash, Speed,
Grindcore, Hardcore, etc. Does that sound like they are following
Black Metal blindly? Some of those Black Metal people should
think about what they are going to say before they open their mouths,
because they contradict themselves in many ways, or they can make
it easy on themselves and simply just shut the fuck up!!!
12. What are your other hobbies next to metal? Do you also like other kinds of music? Maybe you kind of dig sport, watching baseball, dog/ rat fights, americunts and other things like that..?
REBORN- I'm into sports, I used to play Soccer for many years when I lived in Mexico. I never liked baseball until my kids started playing, then I got into it. One day they wanted to go to a professional baseball game and I thought it was going to be a nightmare, but it was actually a lot of fun. like watching movies with my kids or going to the movie theatre. Going camping is also fun, there is nothing like sleeping in a tent outdoors, waking up in the morning, cooking breakfast and drinking a cup of coffee, it's fun. I also like video-taping stuff, and enjoy traveling, drawing and so many things.
13. Do you love cock as much as I do?
REBORN- Come on Gab! I though we were talking about Reborn From Ashes and not about your personal life, ha,ha,ha! You know I'm kidding, right?
14. Tell us about the next projects of the zine! Did you already receive answers for some interviews to be published in next issue? Maybe there will be some special merchandising? (A "Reborn from ashes" condom could be something funny Ah Ah). It will soon be the end of the signal, so feel free to say all that you need...
really don't have any specific plans for Reborn From Ashes. Like
I mentioned before, Reborn From Ashes will be around as long as
I am able to do it. I see Reborn From Ashes as a journey and
not a destination, you know? Who knows, maybe issue #4 will
be the last one or I'll end up releasing 20 issues. I really
don't think about those things.
VIVA MEXICO CABRONES!!!
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