These guys are pretty cool if you ask me. Did I mention that they are playing at the Neon Desert Music Festival this year? No? Well I suggest that you stop by and see these guys play while you are there. Volta is a local band from El Paso! The band is made up of: Ivan Gonzalez (guitarist and singer), Charly de Haro (guitarist), Ricardo Barrios (Bass), and Ricardo Rivera (drums). Volta mainly plays rock but they are slowly moving toward classic rock n roll in the next phase of their music material. "Sex, drugs, rock n' roll " themes. Woo-hoo! Check out what they had to say:
First of all, why is your band's name Volta? Many people wonder considering a famous band from El Paso also has Volta in the band's name.
Ivan: "When we chose the band's name we went through a list of potential names and that was one of them. We all decided it was a good name for the band. We never thought of The Mars Volta when we chose the name. Our music is very different from theirs. Volta means "to come back" and at that time we were playing with old bands and that's how it came to be."
Do guys identify yourself from El Paso or Juarez?
Ivan: "We consider ourself to be from El Paso. Some of us our from Juarez, but we mostly see ourselves from here."
Also what genre do you guys categorize yourself under?
Ivan: "We started out as pop-rock/alternative, but now we are changing our sound and it's going to be a lot more rock n' roll. Something new to this scene."
Tell me about your original material thus far and also on your future material.
Ivan: " We have an EP so far with five songs on it. We are currently deciding what songs we want to go record at Sonic Ranch in order to go record our new stuff."
Do you have a theme for this up-coming EP?
Ivan: "It might sound raunchy, but we really want that rock n'roll theme. Sex, nightlife, rock, women and all of the above. We see women everywhere we go, might as well write about our experiences."
What are your musical influences?
Ricardo: "We all have influences from everywhere. None of us have the same music taste. That's what makes it better."
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The guys are really excited about Neon Desert! Go check them out! Thanks guys!
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