Q : First of all please introduce yourself to Thai metalhead. Before there’s Electrik Dynamite. Did you guys play in other bands before?
Cougar : Electrik Dynamite as a band have been together since around 2007 and survived numerous line-up changes. The current line-up has been set in stone since early to mid 2010 and we believe this lineup to be the perfect equation for world domination! Haha We have all come from different bands of different styles ranging from punk, screamo, thrash, death metal etc but all with a common love for 80s metal and a collective passion to create our own style of guitar driven stadium party rock anthems with powerhouse vocals, huge keyboards and driving bass and drums to boot!
Q : When I first saw band images, I thought this going to be a glam metal band. But I found out that your music is much heavier than what glam metal does. Why did you decide to dress like this ?
Cougar : I don’t think it was ever really a conscious decision to start dressing the way that we do and there was never an intention to dress a certain way to reflect what kind of music we are playing. If there was we would probably just wear costumes or something. To me, there is no direct relevance really between the way we dress and the music we play. We all just wear the clothes we like and wear day to day, and I think individually peoples own styles are evident as well. Even though the overall look of our band is similar, everyone has their own style and zazz! The way our band looks onstage or in photos is just the way we look. I think it is funny that people initially mistake us for a glam band as many people have done over the years based on our appearance but also sometimes based on our sound. When you compare what we look and dress like and even sound like with any of the big name glam bands of the era, I guess you can say we have drawn influence, but I don’t thinks it is easy to draw a direct comparison in my opinion. Lots of hairspray is definitely a common ground we have and a very large high top sneaker collection between the 6 of us also hahaha
Q : Some of Electrik Dynamite songs remind me of Iron Maiden. How was Iron Maiden influence on your song writing?
Cougar : Iron Maiden are one of many influences for us. How can they not be, they are one of the best metal bands in the WORLD!!! (haha sorry, I’m a big fan) I think predominantly what likens us to Iron Maiden is that numerous parts of our songs are made up of harmonied guitar parts driven by strong bass lines and drums. That being said, in terms of listening to our songs, I wouldn’t say that we actually sound like Iron Maiden. There may be times where we draw influence, or pay homage to Iron Maiden or any of the greats that have rocked before us that we admire or draw influence from, but all in all, I think over the last few years, especially since early-mid 2010 we have really found ourselves as a band and created something fresh.
Q : I heard that you have the influence from some metalcore band like Trivium or A7X. But I think it rarely found in your music. How was those bands have influence on you?
Cougar : Good question! When you see comparisons to bands like Trivium and Avenged Sevenfold it is not really because of the music itself. I think the comparison is more drawn to the level and quality of production put into our recorded music and live shows.
Q : Why did you use a nickname instead of your real name? Where did each person get a nickname from?
Cougar : All of our nicknames come from the 80’s box office hit Top Gun. We just thought it would be a bit of fun to have nicknames and what better way then to pay homage to an 80’s blockbuster! haha
Q : How was the reception from your debut album?
Cougar : So far, the reception and feedback has been overwhelming! Our official album launch was held in our home town Melbourne, Australia a few weeks ago at a club called “House of Rock” where we launched to 800-900 people that were squealing, punching the air, jumping around and singing the lyrics back to us. I would say it would have to be the best thing I have ever done ever! I smiled and laughed so much through that set that my face hurt the next day!! Haha Outside of that, the feedback from fans has all been really positive and our first album review we received was more than we could have ever asked for. It is still early days yet with ‘Hair. Denim. Sex. Metal.’ only being released since mid august, but all I can say is that we are so happy with the reception of the album so far and very proud of each other for the 12 months of hard work from all six members that went into getting this record written, recorded and released. The overwhelming response and support we have received from our fans has only fuelled us to work even harder!
Q : This question goes to beautiful Cougar. How does it feel to be the only one girl in heavy metal band?
Cougar : It’s awesome!! Though, in actual fact outside of a few minor ‘luxuries’ I would say being the only girl in the band feels the same as it would for any of the boys in dynamite haha … The few minor luxuries I have on my side are silly things like, I don’t have to carry guitar amps, or the drum kit etc, only because I am tiny and can’t lift anything haha but outside of that, I don’t feel any different, I am not treated any differently and I work just as hard as the boys do!
Q : What is the future of Electirk Dynamite?
Cougar : World Domination?! Haha Our plans for the next 12 months is to get our album released overseas probably starting with Japan & Asia, then UK/Europe, USA etc and hopefully take the band overseas to tour everywhere and anywhere that we can get to and among all that work towards a second album!
Q : I heard that you’re famous to young kids and some of them are not into heavy metal at all. What do you think is the point that make them interest in your music?
Cougar : It is interesting when you take note of the kinds of fans that we get through the doors at our shows. A lot of bands have a very select group that they appeal to but for some reason we bring people of all types from the young right through to the older generations, metal heads, people that don’t normally listen to metal, male, female, there really are no limits to the people you would find at our shows. I think our live show has a lot to do with this. The six of us have so much fun playing every show we do no matter how large or small. We are all in our element when playing live and are not afraid to rock out in every sense of the word. The music is fun, and the energy that comes from our music and our performance I believe is contagious and people can easily get involved in the party that is a dynamite show!
Q : In your Opinion, Why did young people are more into 80’s metal nowadays? Many of them born in late 90’s where nu metal bands were taking their spotlight. What is the magic of 80’s heavy metal?
Cougar : I think in some ways metal got too serious. There are a lot of bands that don’t even look like they enjoy what they are doing! Don’t get me wrong here, Electrik Dynamite as a band, take ourselves, our music and what we do seriously, we aren’t a joke band by any means but I think that 80’s style metal is appealing to kids because the music and the perceived lifestyle that surrounded it was fun! Who doesn’t like blistering guitar licks, stadium drum sound, powerhouse vocals you can sing along to, party times and babes!!
What is the magic of 80s heavy metal? That’s a hard one to put into words!! I’m not sure I can even put that into words! Outside of the riffs, blistering guitar solos etc etc and the fact that 80’s heavy metal is radical, I think a large part of it would be the freedom and lifestyle that carried on from the 70s, taken to a new level both musically and lifestyle wise. People were not afraid to experiment with their instruments, create their own fashion statements, were still creating new completely original genres, styles/playing techniques never heard before, doing outrageous stage moves and other entertaining things on stage and rolling with it all with a “don’t give a damn what you think” attitude! I mean, in what other era could a man in his 20s get around in skin tight spandex pants, with a cropped tshirt on, head bands, make up, bigger, more extravagant hair than his mothers, doing split jumps, and skipping around the stage and become an Icon for it! Hahaha
Q : How do you feel about the bands like Black Veil Bride or Escape the Fate? Who dress like glam metal but doesn’t play 80’s heavy metal.
Cougar : I know I can honestly say I don’t think I have ever listened to either of those bands!! haha In fact, I don’t even think I know what they look like!!! But I am the member of the band that “lives under a rock” when it comes to new music. It takes me a while to hear new things! In general terms of what I feel about people that dress one way, but their music doesn’t reflect the way they look, I would say, if they dress a certain way because that is who they are and they way they look and their natural personalities shine through the band, then that is AWESOME! But if they are dressed like that solely on their album artwork, photos, videoclips, and on stage, but nowhere else and are using it solely as a marketing gimmick to get attention, then I don't think that is ok. Why be something your not? The music industry is a fickle industry and you can see through the fake and it all unravels in the end.
Q : Please say something to Thai metalhead and thank you for making this interview happened
Cougar : Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to us!! We hope you love the album and also hope we can be on your shores very soon to shred and party in your beautiful country!