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Brazilian rockers Ego Kill Talent have been brushing shoulders with rock behemoths Foo Fighters, Queens Of The Stone Age and Shinedown over their first few years of touring. The band members are known to quickly trade instruments amongst themselves within their set while playing, and are able to convert their exciting live show into their second part of their new EP series, ‘The Dance Between’.
We managed to catch up with Raphael Miranda (bass, drums) to talk about the origins and the future of the new project.
EGO KILL TALENT
São Paulo, Brazil
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DP!: How would you describe yourselves to someone who has never heard Ego Kill Talent before?
Raphael Miranda: I’d describe us as a very passionate Rock band. It’s hard to give yourself adjectives so I think that sums up pretty much everything I’d try to say.
DP!: How did the band form?
Raphael: That’s a long story! But to try to make it shorter, we’ve been friends for a long time. Theo and I have known each other for 20 years. We met Jonathan in 2003 at a studio in Rio in which Sayowa, our band at the time, and Reação em Cadeia, Jonathan’s band at the time, were recording. In that period we met the Sepultura guys, they were recording at the same studio. We did some stuff with them and a few years later Jean replaced Igor, that’s when we met him. When Jean left Sepultura in 2011, Sayowa had stopped and Jean called Theo to hang and jam. I joined them at the very first meetings and that’s when it all began to happen. Some time after that we were a 4 piece (the three of us and Estevam, former band member) with a few songs and no singer, that was 2014. We were thinking of who would be the guy and Theo came up with Jonathan’s name, who was the perfect fit. A couple of years later, in late 2016, Estevam left the band and I immediately thought of Niper for the job. I’d know him for a few years, he’s a great guy and a great musician, so that was easy. We’ve been in this lineup ever since and it’s been awesome.
DP!: What plans do you have for the future?
Raphael: We want to do all the things we were supposed to do this year: a tour with Metallica and Greta Van Fleet, new album release, a couple of shows in Mexico, Danny Wimmer Presents festivals in the USA, an European summer tour with a few headline dates, lots of festivals and a tour with System of a Down. There were 2 more tours in the works for late 2020 supporting 2 big acts. We are also thinking of the possibility of all this being postponed again, it’s all too uncertain. In the meantime we’ve been preparing online content and writing A LOT of music. We hope to leave the pandemic (very soon!) with tons of songs for the next record or couple of records.
DP!: Which new bands are you listening to right now?
Raphael: I’m listening to a great duo called Two Step Flow, it’s a bassist and a drummer, they’re great. I’m also listening to Alex Albino, great singer and songwriter. Another great artist I’m listening to is Charly Coombes, he used to play in Supergrass and his solo stuff is amazing!!
DP!: Which bands do you aspire to and why?
Raphael: There are some, but to mention one, I’d say Metallica. They have achieved so much and their career is an example to be followed, the way they manage and plan everything. Besides that, they’ve been out there for almost 40 years and they’re still very relevant, full of energy, making great music, selling out stadiums all over the world and kicking ass. It’s 40 years making the right decisions and I think that’s a key thing for a successful career.
What’s the stand out moment in your career so far?
Raphael: The tour we did with the Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age in Brazil in 2018 was definitely a highlight, those were unforgettable days…. We did 5 shows with them and everything was amazing. I also have to mention the moment we’re at right now, with our latest single “The Call” playing in radio stations all over the US and Europe without a single show in 2020 is truly amazing for us. We’ve been on the Top 50 Rock charts in the US for over 12 weeks and we never played there, that’s incredible!
Where do you want to be a year from now?
Raphael: Hopefully celebrating the achievement of the stuff we were not able to make this year! I think we all matured during these crazy times, and we’re all wiser and more down to earth. Those are important things to carry on, not only for the next year, but for life.
Ego Kill Talent‘s new EP ‘Part 2, The Dance Between’ is out now.