Friday, February 25, 2011

Voodoo Terror Tribe making headway from out the depths of New Jersey

How did you guys come up with the name of the band?
Actually, our drummer came up with the name first and we all liked it. Even though we don’t practice any Voodoo or Hoodoo, we believe and respect both, since it’s not only a culture, but also a religion. While in a way we’re a tribe, the term ‘terror’ doesn’t usually apply…

When did the new singer join the band, and how did you find him in Texas?
Well,  actually, we didn’t find him in TX, but it was like three months when he had moved from TX to NJ when we found him. He joined us in November 2008. He’s originally from California, but his life brought him to TX and then to NJ and to us eventually. Those eight months of searching for the new singer and frustration of going through 30 something singers were totally worth it when we got him.

Is there a story about the departure of the old singer, or would you rather not talk about it?
I’d rather not say much since it ended bad and he ruined it for us and himself. I’m still angry about it, since we were very close to making it big with a good deal…

What's the background of everyone in the band and what are your major influences?
Everyone is coming from different bands, origins and backgrounds. I came from Istanbul, Turkey to the US ten years ago to pursue a musical career. I had made three thrash-metal albums with my band “Ascraeus” in Turkey before coming here. Our influences are mostly coming from life, melancholy, dark, aggressive, emotional issues and also different music types that we listen to.

What's the biggest show you guys have played?
I think that would be WASP or Biohazard shows last year.

What's the bands biggest rock star moment and what is the biggest failure?
Biggest rock star moment is VTT being welcomed like rock stars by West Virginia and Oklahoma during our US tour last year. The biggest failure was going all the way Chicago for two shows in the winter in the middle of a blizzard and they sucked. Chicago is a great place to play, but our plan was wrong.

Why should people listen to VTT?
We take what we’re doing very seriously. It's really a mixture of different styles. We don't limit ourselves when we write our music. We always pour everything we have and everything that we have becomes our music. It is meticulous, grueling, stressful and insightful, but it’s all worth it at the end. We do work hard on our music and give a great, rocking, entertaining performance at every show.

What's in the future of the band and where do you see yourselves in 5 years?
We did some serious touring through the Midwest and southern states last year in addition to many local shows and now we’re working on new material and recording demos in our own rehearsal studio to prepare a new release for summer 2011. Our sound and style have been changing a little bit though, [moving] towards more industrial/goth/metal. We’re also working with Kenny Colgate and Romulus X Records now, and Billy Graziadei (Biohazard) might be producing our new record again like he did for the previous one.

In the mean time, we’re still doing some shows in the East Coast and we’ll probably go on another full length US tour this summer. We’ll also do some shows with the one and only BIOHAZARD soon, during their new US and European tours in 2011.
And in five years, other than packing big venues just by ourselves, we’ll be nominated for a Grammy…

How big is the band's following, and in what ways do you guys continue to grow?
Not sure, but good enough to make the clubs and venues that we play happy. But it’s very scattered, since we’ve spread ourselves too much throughout the years and now working on region by region at least and being more strategical. We do use everything possible on the Internet and also we’ve been working with serious marketing agents (Skateboard Marketing), promoters (Just Rock PR) and publicists (Freeman Promotions), which we believe will pay off in the long run.

Anything else you want to add?
Thank you very much for your support and to our supporters out there, please keep supporting us at the shows which are more important than buying our product…and be ready for an incredible new recording!



  1. I saw VTT at the "Cup" ... I was very impressed with their dedication and attention to detail !! ... they put on a great show with an awesome presence and of course great music .. check em out folks !! ... major props from
    D. Eng "Crosseyedfly"

  2. Voodoo Terror Tribe is one of the best, unique, original rock/metal bands around and they deserve even a lot more attention and recognition... And I just heard one of their new songs thru somebody, which will be released this summer, it is unbelievable...they never disappoint...!
    Jersey MetalAxe


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