Interview with Dr.X

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MMP – How did the band get started?

Dr.X – Guillem, Alex and Mayer had played together in other bands, but some internal problems made Guillem leave one of them. A few months later, in late 2012, that band split up and they decided to reunite and start a new project: Dr.X. Victor and Karry joined the band to complete the lineup in summer 2013. In June 2014, Guillem quit the band, leading to the current lineup. That was a hard strike for us, but also a chance to make some changes and start again, reborn.

MMP – What kind of music do you play?

Dr.X – The band started with the intention of emulating 80’s classic heavy metal, but over the time the musical influences of each one became an own style. We think there are some interesting and more mature ideas in our latest compositions, which are not released yet.

MMP – How has the fan response been?

Dr.X – With our first EP “Meet The Doctor” the response was amazing! We had the chance to play out of Catalonia and also out of Spain. We played with recognized bands like Hellstar, Striker, Evil Invaders, Blaze Bayley, Satan, National Suicide, Sign of The Jackal and some more. We had really good parties, too.

MMP – Where did the band name come from?

Dr.X – It hasn’t a special origin or a story behind, it just was proposed by Guillem suddenly while having a beer and we liked it. That’s all.

MMP – Introduce the band members and what they do in the band?

Dr.X – The current lineup of the band is composed by vocalist Alba Karry, Alex Ertack at the guitar, Mayer at the bass and Victor Torrent at the drums. And all we do in the band is stupid stunt, drinking beer, play dangerous and silly games and sometimes rehearse and make concerts.

MMP – Who writes the music? Lyrics?

Dr.X – The whole band contributes in musical composition. In general, Alex or Mayer comes with an idea for a song and then we modify and arrange it all together. Lyrics and vocal melodies are mostly written by Karry and also by Alex.
MMP – And where do the lyric ideas come from?

Dr.X – Ideas come from everywhere. We use to talk about personal events or protest about daily injustices, all hidden under fictitious stories or metaphors.

MMP – What is your view in Satanism and Occultism?

Dr.X – We think there are lots of mysteries in life and evil is present in history, mythology, people and in almost every place you go, every word you hear and every act is done. This inspires us to tell stories, to complain and fight against thinks we dislike.  Karry uses to read about this stuff but, by now, we don’t have satanic ritual habits.

MMP – How many albums/CD’s have you released?

Dr.X – At the moment we only have an EP called “Meet the Doctor” released in 2013, but we are recording now our first LP called “Reborn”. We don’t have a release date yet, but we hope it will be very soon.

MMP – Tell me about some the songs on the latest CD?

Dr.X – In “Meet The Doctor” we had a classical sound and we talked about one chapter in the Dr.X’s story, some broken hearts, the musical scene in Barcelona and the Earth’s apocalypses.
In the new album “Reborn” we will talk about another chapter in the Dr.X’s story, specifically his childhood, the awakening conscience, reincarnation and second opportunities, slavery and freedom, music experiences and personal fights with ourselves.

MMP – Do you have any side projects?

Dr.X – Victor plays the drums in two other bands: Wazzy Stuff and Loud Gin. The rest of us haven’t any side projects at this moment.

MMP – Who are some of your musical influences?

Dr.X – Our principal musical influences are rock and heavy metal bands like Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Warlock, Van Halen, Riot, Dio, Saxon, Iron Maiden and a long etcetera. But we are also influenced by some prog rock/metal bands like Yes, Pink Floyd, Rush, Camel, Porcupine Tree, Dream Theater, The Mars Volta, Tool… We are music lovers and we use to enjoy almost every kind of music.

MMP – Which current bands?

Dr.X – We follow and admire the work of many current bands from different styles and countries. Heavy Metal and Rock N’ Roll is not dead, just undergrounded. The list is too long and our preferences too different so, we cannot give concrete names.

MMP – What is the band like when you play live?

Dr.X – We just try to go on stage as uninhibited and spirited as possible and feel what we are playing; it’s the best way to convey to the crowd what we want to express with our compositions. We feel and perform what we play, this is the most important thing.

MMP – Have you guys ever played in another country?

Dr.X – We played in France last year, we have really good friends there and it was a great experience to us! We received an unbeatable treatment from Les Hordes Mйtalliques and all the Pyrenean Metalheads. We had also projects in other countries but circumstances impeded us to carry on with them. We hope that our next album will open doors to play abroad.

MMP – How big of crowd shows up at shows usually?

Dr.X – It depends. Sometimes we have played for 20 people and in front of 1000 once, but the most common is between 50 and 100.

MMP – How is the crowd response when you play?

Dr.X – From our point of view we can see people enjoying and banging their heads. It’s a very rewarding feeling see the crowd singing the chorus of your songs.

MMP – When do you guys plan on writing any new material?

Dr.X – As said before, we are recording the band’s next album. Also we have few ideas for future material, but we are not developing them right now. We will have time for it.

MMP – What does the future hold for the band??

Dr.X – It’s difficult to make predictions in the world of music. There are hard times for bands and music lovers, but we are not giving up so easily. Currently, our near future is to release the new album, play live as much as we can and start again with new projects.

Thank you so much guys! 😉 / Alba Karry – Dr.X