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Interview with Nonpoint


Members: (L to R) Rasheed Thomas (Guitar / Vocals), BC Kochmit (Lead Guitar / Vocals) Robb Rivera (Drums), Adam Woloszyn (Bass), Elias Soriano (Vocals)


On April 3rd, I had the privilege of sitting down with the members of Nonpoint at The Webster Theater in Hartford, CT.  The guys are incredibly nice and I appreciate the time they took out of their busy tour to chat with me. (They were on night #7 of back to back shows!) The show they put on is full of intense energy, and is definitely a show you won’t forget. There is no doubt that you will want to go back for more next time they come.

BY: Nina McCarthy, Music Journalist



BRR:  Nonpoint formed in 1997.  Can you explain your humble beginnings in the south Florida metal scene?


Elias:  It actually was really vibrant down there when we got started.  There were a lot of bands sharing shows and a lot of fans going to shows at the time.  It was actually really, really cool back in ‘97 in the scene.  The shows would get close to a thousand just with locals so it was a fun time.


BRR:  Wow!  So, what did it take to get where you are today?


Elias:  A lot of hard work, I would say.  A lot of hurdles.  You deal with the same stuff that you would with any business once it turns into something that becomes your livelihood.  So, you learn quickly out here or you die.


BRR:  Yes, a lot of competition.  With Boston Rock Radio I mainly focus on local, original artists in the scene.  What advice would you give to them as far as their dreams to make it big?


Elias:  It used to be get a good manager and a good lawyer involved if you’re serious about it.  As far as getting signed at the time, that’s what it took because back then they weren't taking unsolicited music, which is music that isn’t represented by at least someone, so they would have to deal with a bunch of crazy band dudes signing a contract and giving them tens of thousands of dollars in hopes that they’d get handed back something serious.  Nowadays, it’s so easy to pretty much do it yourself.  It changes now.  The advice would be to, more than anything, stick to what you want to look and sound like, your artistic idea and what you guys all decided as a band what you want to sound and look like.  Having everybody on that same page has turned into the most important thing if you want to be serious about it, get a bunch of guys that are serious too.  


BRR:  Great advice.  Now, your 9th studio album is coming out soon.  What is the expected release date?


Elias:  June 24th.


BRR:  I know you’re recording this album at Uptown Recording Studio in Chicago..


Elias:  Yes, it’s already done.


BRR:  Can you explain why you decided to pretty much self produce it?... the last two albums actually?


Elias:  The production on the record comes from, again going back to that last answer, knowing what we wanted to sound like and starting a partnership with a label that sees that vision as well.  They trusted in our abilities and our track record with turning in a record with songs that they are going to enjoy to release as well and to show the world.  This time around, as budgets start to tighten and deals start to change hands you make decisions on how you accomplish things.  We learned a lot over the last couple recording processes doing it with Johnny K. and not much changed from the first to the second.  It was really all about us getting our tones and playing it properly and we felt like we could accomplish that on our own, so we went in and did it ourselves.


BRR:  How has your writing process changed since the early days?


Elias:  It hasn’t.  That’s pretty much why we stayed on that track because it’s what we want to sound like and we know it’s going to come out like the way we want it to at least.


BRR:  I went on the Facebook fan site and I asked your fans what questions they wanted to know the answers to and I picked the top 3.  The first one is from Jason Roseman.  He wanted to know why you chose el coqui as the band mascot/logo?


Elias:  The origin of the band was from Puerto Rico and that’s a symbol that was drawn by the indigenous people of the island at the time about however they got there.  It’s quite a trek now that I think about it to get from wherever the origin of their natives, what we call Native Americans, was and they made their way out to those islands.  The people there were drawing that symbol on the wall, not really that symbol, but an interpretation of that symbol.  The band started in Puerto Rico with Robb and a couple of his friends and it just came to be the symbol for the band.


BRR:  I actually researched it online and it said they are known for their loud mating call.  I was wondering if that was part of it.


Elias:  It’s kind of turned into that: little thing, big sound.  It’s the island’s cricket.  


BC:   It was loud!  We played a show this past June in Puerto Rico  and we were by the pool and they were clear as day loud.


Elias:  They’re so small when they are born that they can hang off the edge of a quarter.  They’re tiny, tiny, tiny.


BRR: Wow!  The next question was from Lee Meggison and he wanted to know which song was the hardest to write and record, yet delivered the most reward?


Elias:  I would probably say “Left For You” because that was the only other one we did outside the record and we were actually working with a co-writer.  It was what it was when it came to us sitting down and trying to write it.  It was pretty much already there but it was just the efforts that it took once the record was done to have to go back into another studio in another town and figure all that out.  But after that, to that date it was the highest record single.


BRR: Lee also wanted to know if you found the ammonia inhalants to be helpful?  Apparently you were putting so much energy out onstage that you were getting nauseous.


Elias:  Oh yeah, he told me about that.  I haven’t tried it yet but that’s a good reminder.  Thank you for reminding me about that.  If you’re feeling nauseous and exhausted onstage, you crack an ammonia thing and they will wake you right up.


BRR:  That’s what they do when people pass out.  He’s an EMT, which I used to be too, so we had a conversation about that.  Our third question was from Tammy Lyn Carbonetto.  She wanted to know the one thing you do outside of your music that inspires you back to your music?


Elias:  Play with my daughter.  Playing with the kids, being home with the family.  Going home and knowing why I’m out here dealing with 32 degree weather.  Definitely spending time with the family is what always gives me the energy to get back out here.


BRR:  Anybody else?


BC:  Aside from family time I would say anything else other than playing music.  It’s like you miss it, but you know…


BRR:  You have to rejuvenate.  I love how you guys are interactive on social media, talking with the fans.  How do you think this has been beneficial?


Elias:  It has opened up a line of communication directly with the band.  Any fan of anything would be excited to be able to reach out and within a couple weeks at least get an answer back and feel connected even if it’s for a second.  They have such a different kind of connection with the music.  It’s almost intangible tangible where they can’t put their thumb on it but it’s something that they can literally just press play and be a part of it.  Being able to converse with the people that do that for us, it’s kind of nice.


BRR:  Yes, it makes them feel special and appreciated.  That’s pretty much it.  Any additional comments for your fans?


Elias:  Stay engaged.  Stay online.  The record comes out on the 24th and buy a t-shirt.


BRR:  Gas money.


Elias:  Yes


For more info: www.nonpoint.com 


(Photo taken by the band at the end of the show!)



Photo credits: (below) Eric Tier

   FB:  E_roctography





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