Interview with John D. Prasec Vocals (JP) and Ivo Yordanov Drums (IY) of Voltstorm and Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (PD) (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD: What type of artist are you?
V: We are Voltstorm a Heavy Metal band from London, England
PD: Tell us the brief history of yourself.
V: We formed in 2019 and as we were moving towards our first steps in late 2019 ( pre-production was on it’s way) we had to postpone our live debut due to John’s previous arrangements for touring in Argentina in Feb 2020 and relative workload.
Once John’s tour was over the pandemic kicked in and we all know how that went.
But here we are finally talking about our debut album.
Voltstorm is bringing a lighting sound to the rock scene.
PD: Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
(JP): Our influences are quite variegated but they are all towards the hard territory so Power Metal, Heavy Metal and NWOBHM are certainly the pillars of the sound of Voltstorm.
PD: What are your dreams and goals?
V: We want Voltstorm to have the recognition it deserves and not be considered a lower-class band.
We would love to inspire people with our music to do more with their lives and to not give up on their aspirations and dreams
PD: Who writes your songs, what are they about?
V: Generally speaking John writes the material. He gets inspired by real life events present or past and sometimes he imagines the future and he writes songs about it.
Our message is very clear: we don’t sing about random things, we talk about real life events and issues which are impacting modern society’s idea of freedom.
PD: How do you promote your band and shows?
V: Currently we are advertising via social media as we are a self funded unsigned band we can’t afford fancy billboards and TV promo.
We hope the album will do the talking for us and hope people will be genuinely interested in the band and its journey.
PD: What do you think about downloading music online?
(IY): Its killing music, I always buy CDs and DVDs, support the musicians.
(JP): It’s a bit of mix bag to be honest, from one side it’s great because it allows you to potentially reach larger audiences worldwide and you can do it yourself without any label. On the flip side tho people don’t want to spend money on music and their attention span is much lower so it’s killing the artistic side of things as people only want free trendy thrashy contents.
PD: What song do you wish you’d written and why?
(JP): There are quite a few to be honest but if I need to narrow it down to one I’ll probably pick Here I Go Again by David Coverdale (Whitesnake). It’s such a powerful song with a very powerful message, as a songwriter you can’t ask for more – straight to the heart !
PD: What are some of your pet peeves?
(JP): Emo bands, posers and general music business people. They appear to have forgotten that music is a form of art.
(IY): Big egos.
PD: What is your proudest moment in music?
(JP): That moment Is yet to come. On 25th of March 2022 when the album is finally out, that will be the biggest studio performance of our careers to date.
We wanted to sound the best and we worked relentlessly for it. We couldn’t have achieved that without the precious help of our producer Alessio Garavello and the fantastic vintage equipment at Rogue Studios.
PD: So what are you working on at the moment?
(IY): We are currently in the process of writing new material for the next album and John is driving me crazy once again.
(JP): That’s true, we are also about to announce our UK tour that will start on the 31st of March in London, we are planning to use our time in between gigs to keep working on new material and get ready to hit the studio in late 2022.
PD: What music have you available online and where can we buy it from?
V: Currently our first single One Life which was released on Jan 14th – is available on all major streaming services ( Spotify, Amazon Music, Apple Music, Deezer). The second single will follow and then on March 25th the album will finally be available worldwide.