Metastasys DC – Interview

Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (

PD: How would you describe yourself or your band as an artist?

R-1 Hello Petes, grateful for this opportunity in your Rock News and Views medium.

The truth is that I could tell you that we describe ourselves as warrior artists, cultivators of a musical style that, although today is not censored like it was a few years ago, is not welcome like the rest of the cultural nuances of the island, despite the fact that throughout the country there are very good bands of various genres and subgenres and that there is a good bulk of metal fans, some national events are organized and some other with international guests with whom we have shared the stage, and it could be said with all certainty, that we are a band that has managed to earn a place in the hearts of the public.


PD: Can you briefly tell us about your background, ie where are you from, how did you get into making music, etc.?

R-2/ Metastasys DC, we are originally from a small town called Contramaestre in the province of Santiago de Cuba, located about 84km from it, that is, far from the most important cultural centers, even so we managed in 2009 to achieve this formation inspired by our trips to other provinces where we could enjoy other bands live, until then we were limited to organizing small meetings among friends to listen to music and share information about the world of rock in our small village, at the beginning of Once the band was founded, it seemed almost impossible for us to materialize this project, since we did not have any support from anyone other than him, the wishes of a few friends, we also did not have the economy to acquire instruments, so we were forced to invent those instruments, to make them manufactured by ourselves, that’s how we undertook and we knew that despite all the obstacles that played against us, our another desire to make music would prevail..


PD: Who and what inspires you to make music, both in terms of music and other influences? What do you like to write about in your songs?

R-3/ Our inspiration to make music part of our spirituality, of the need to satisfy our spirit, free and rebellious, we saw ourselves reflected in bands like Slipknot, who are also from a small town and that reflect in their performance and their music human and social miseries, and we had a lot of that here, so it was our starting point to channel all our frustrations experienced daily in our society, which is why I like to write in my songs my vision of our own experiences throughout our experience of an increasingly decadent society, of our darkest thoughts as social beings, about violence in the streets, about marginalization, about our fears and our pain, our Scars!, also about our demands for freedom, claims against the corruption and human degradation to which many of us are subjected, to the boots on our throats forcing us to silence


PD: What are your aspirations as an artist?

R-4/ our aspirations as an artist are as simple as the dreams of every artist, to leave a mark on people’s hearts, an inspiration that reaches up to lift people’s spirits, that our music be known in the world, to be able to play on many important international stages, be able to continue making music for many more years and enjoy the grateful clamor of that public that enjoys each live performance of the band, in short, achieving success and continuing to feel proud of what we do.


PD: What is the proudest moment in your music career so far?

R-5/ Given our circumstances in a country like ours, we have not had, throughout 13 years of artistic career, many achievements in broad strokes to feel proud of, except for a few like him, having been able to materialize the realization of a Album like “Cicatrices” the release of this same one under a record label, the signing with the German label Green Bronto Records that for us Cubans means a lot given the scarce possibilities that the island has of being able to sign with a label, having shared stages with some international bands of very good quality such as SCORE from France, Los Canadienses Get the shoot, Joliet, Vale Tudo, Uber you among others and of course that feeling could not be missing after each live presentation that the public leaves you , singing our songs, asking for one more, that overflow of euphoria and adrenaline, the applause.


PD: Promoting one’s music is a huge challenge these days, especially with so many new artists emerging from rooms on home studio day. How’s that going?

R-6/ If so, it is a titanic task to be able to promote objectively, especially from here, where hardly anyone in the world suspects that this musical genre is cultivated in Cuba, positioning oneself and establishing oneself in social networks is a job very difficult especially because the reach from here is very poor when there are no mechanisms and knowledge necessary to consolidate a stable audience and for it to grow, objectively that is a job for a team of experts in various areas of communication, and what we have to do on our own, taking into account the lack of maturity that we have of knowledge about these, because only a few years ago we had access to them, another point is the amount of junk information that moves in networks loaded with useless content and that mostly catches the attention of users on the network, for our part I think that thanks to the work of the label, we are going step by step achieving objectives in that sense and that right now we are seeing a small window where we have begun to promote our work in part of the world..


PD: And how do you book and promote your live shows and tours? Any performance soon?

A-7/ For a long period of time we have been in uncertainty regarding live shows and tours, firstly due to the 2-year lockdown due to the pandemic, then due to the decline in cultural options that the country is having and that depends exclusively on the government’s will to organize and promote this to happen, however all the infrastructure that it gives by itself was already very bad, it has collapsed due to economic shortages, the budgets allocated to these activities have been withdrawn, inflation, transportation, the minimum technical infrastructure for all this has disappeared… so we are currently focusing on creation and table work in view of new productions, for now we will be invited to 2 days of concerts in the province of Holguín next month on the 21st and 22nd.


PD: What do you think about downloading music online? What about streaming sites like Spotify?

A-8/ I think it’s genius at the distance of a click on your mobile to have all the music of your choice at hand, whether it’s for download or streaming, you can be aware of your favorite artists in almost real time, for what there is a more direct connection with those artists and consequently allows the artist to monitor the result of their work, and create based on reaching more people and being in tune with the tastes of their fans and at the same time grow as an artist .


PD: What song would you like to have written and why?

R-9/ ohhhh Hahaha it’s a somewhat difficult question to answer, because there are many songs that I would like to have written, but let’s say Walk by Pantera… first because it is one of the emblematic songs of the band, where an identity is externalized as a way of life defended from the strength of the power of the music that supports it and by the transgressive discourse, where an attitude towards life is simply translated, “go and be yourself and leave me alone..” that is Shit those people who want to turn you into the Villain, I’m going to be free and if you come to screw me I’ll charge you.


PD: Is there something you don’t like about the music industry, that you would change if you could?

R-10/ I don’t think I have enough argument to philosophize about what could change in the music industry, maybe in general yes, but as far as our genre is concerned I think it’s fine… I don’t know if my vision would be different if I knew more about the subject… or lived in another part of the world where I could have more experience about it, because from our ignorance in a country that is not inserted in the world and where that industry does not exist of music, my opinion on that is irrelevant.


PD: So what are you working on right now?

R-11/ Right now we are creating new songs and working on the demo for a next album… also working on the project for a documentary about the band and the making of a video clip.


PD: Where can we learn more about you and buy your music/merch online?

R-12/ We are on the Social networks and platforms below.

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