Friday, October 25, 2019

Bad Wolves' Tommy Vext: "It's a really exciting time for rock thanks to Five Finger Death Punch"

Loudwire interviewed Bad Wolves singer Tommy Vext shortly after one of his visits to the gym and got some insight on the upcoming record, some of the social issues feeding into the music and the impact that Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory has had on their career. He also spoke about what FFDP are doing to help grow the hard rock and metal genre. You can read an excerpt below.

Bad Wolves have the relationship with Five Finger Death Punch and Zoltan Bathory. Anything that you've picked up from him that you kind of put toward your own career?

To describe my relationship with Zoltan is to understand the dynamic between someone like Dr. Dre and Eminem. Zoltan saw in Bad Wolves a level of raw talent and musical capability and the message that we were coming out with and he kind of helped us mold the band into a unit. It's almost like kinda militant the way that we approach the business aspects. He connected us to 10th Street and into Eleven Seven, which we're on a Rolls-Royce of record labels. We came onto the scene like the little baby brothers of all these great bands like Papa Roach and Motley Crue, Nothing More, Five Finger Death Punch and In Flames. We were embraced by all those guys and given a leg up.

Now there are new bands coming onto the label like Islander and Fire From The Gods that Zoltan is helping move along, as well. To understand what Five Finger and Zoltan are trying to accomplish, they're investing time that they don't need to in finding artists to reinvigorate the rock genre. They care so much about the meaningfulness of the music. It's like they go beyond the responsibility of making sure their own records are great and now they're at a level where —it's kind of like how Metallica traditionally have taken bands out to expose them — and they take it a step further than that [to] taking bands and getting them record deals.

That's right in line with where I want to be. I hope that our band becomes that level where we can come to the table and decide, 'Hey, we played with these guys one time in a bar and they're really great and they've been working on this stuff. I think this could be the next band,' and then help them the way that Zoltan helped us. I think that's really the difference. It's how artists help other artists. We're music fans and there is essentially a way better meter for an artist to look at another artist and understand what has connectivity. Even all those parts and components of a label and management are absolutely necessary, but what's going to happen?

I see people who would not normally get a chance getting a chance because they're getting this thumbs up from an artist that has the capability to push them to the next level. There's unmentioned bands that have been signed that I'm really excited about, because I'm on the inside track, so I know all that stuff that's going on. But I can't say any of that stuff. You'll see there's going to be an onslaught of new records coming out from some new artists and from some artists that are already familiar. And it's really cool to be a part of Eleven Seven. It's a really exciting time to be a part of that team, and it's a really exciting time for rock.

I remember when Korn and Limp Bizkit came out and things just blew up. There was a little bit of a lull and everybody was really into pop and R & B and grunge and gone away. There were boy bands and all these teenage girls and then, here comes Korn and the Deftones and Incubus and Limp Bizkit blew up and P.O.D. and the rap metal thing happened. It really is about rock and we're looking forward to seeing that happen again.

Bad Wolves new album N.A.T.I.O.N. is out today and will be on tour with Five Finger Death Punch!


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