Interview with Serg of Hostile Takeover
Boston's HOSTILE TAKEOVER is one of the more legitimate contenders I've scouted recently to have a chance at moving out of its small hometown ranks and possibly onto a more promising future in the metal world. Its lineup features Ricardo Matos on vocals, Kevin Raposo on drums, Matthew Freeman on lead Guitar, Dustin LaRose on guitar and Serg on bass guitar. They cite Lamb Of God, Shadows Fall, Pantera and Unearth as their main musical influences and seem to have a strong grasp early on at what they want to achieve. I got some Q&A in with their bassist, Serg.
Rocket: Are you originally from Boston?
Serg: No, I've lived in boston for about 3 years now. I'm originally from San Francisco, CA.
Rocket: Awesome. Home of the forty-niners. When did you first start playing bass guitar?
Serg: I picked up bass when I was fifteeen years old. At first I thought it would be a cool hobby to pick up but after my first lesson all that changed. Haha.
Rocket: Right on. Are you mainly self-taught or have you taken lessons along the way?
Serg: I've taken lessons along the way with professors in music colleges. I actually went to school for a short time for music.
Rocket: Who are some of your biggest playing influences?
Serg: My main dude has got to be Cliff Burton and James Jamerson. Those guys changed my life and how I approach my bass playing. Cliff being that guy who played that thing like a guitar in a guitar dominant genre. Wow! James Jamerson being the first bass-guitar virtuoso. You should really listen to that guy. Insane grooves.
Rocket: To be straight up, if it isn't Geezer or Cliff, bro.. I could give two shits! Ha! Two of the greatest hard rock bassists ever. Period.
Serg: I also have to say Victor Wooten, Jaco Pastorius, Bootsy Collins, and Larry Graham.
Rocket: That's cool. It's just to me, the bass lines in killer metal don't need to be all that damn elaborate and technical like Stu Hamm. This guy gets all these accolades over the years and I'd like for one person to tell me one fucking memorable metal song he's written. He hasn't! Haha. So what kind of basses are you playing live and in the studio?
Serg: I have my main axe, a Spector NS4 4-string and a Spector Euro 4. Those two come with me everywhere, I love Spector basses.
Rocket: Yeah, those are killer. When I was a bass tech I got to play all that good shit, even though it wasn't mine. What kind of amp rig?
Serge: I have have a George Dennis 4x10 cab. I don't know any other musician that uses that company. I use an Ampeg B4R head. Keep it real simple.
Rocket: So how did you initially join this band and had you played with any others?
Serge: I've played with a few other bands both in California and here. I first got ahold of Hostile Takeover when my last band broke up. H.T broke up before and they were trying to get back together. I put up ads anywhere I could and soon Kevin replied to one. I tried out and by the second jam I was in.
Rocket: I like to have fun with this next one. What's the funniest thing that's ever happened to you while on the stage?
Serge: Hard to say. I'm a crazy guy on stage. Although one that sticks out to me was during our first gig. We were playing our first song and my main part was coming up. As soon as it was my spot light... nothing! I heard no sound coming out of my rig. I checked to see what was the problem. Everything seemed okay but my cable. It died right when I needed it. I changed cables and just went along with the show. What a way to start a first gig then a huge gap of silence. HA HA HA!!
Rocket: Who are some of the other local Boston metal acts that have impressed you?
Serge: Oneless, Thurkill's Vision, Downplay, Porspect Hill, and Heretic Hybrid. Those are some cool dude. Check them out.
Rocket: Last year was a great one for metal. What album was your personal favorite?
Serge: All that Remains - the Fall of Ideals. Dam that album is good. Everything is awsome. Every band member shows how good they are. My favorite album to come out of 06'.
Rocket: What are some of the upcoming shows for this band?
Serge: We have a big show coming up on March with Powerman 5000 at Mark's Showplace in New Hampshire. If anybody wants to see titties and metal. I suggest you come out.
Rocket: Thanks for doing this with me. Please give a shoutout to your biggest supporters.
Serge: The whole D.O.D crew! Can't stress it enough how much I apreciate everyone coming out!!
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