"Fantazzmo's debut album draws the likes of The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Sublime and Rage Against The Machine." - Interview

Sergio Bedolla, aka Fantazzmo, has developed a unique sound that transcends many musical dimensions. From rock to pop and from R&B to jazz, Fantazzmo tackles many genres and compiles them all into a nice debut album. Fantazzmo recently stopped by to talk about his music, the debut album and his early influences that got him to this point.

Q - How would you describe your sound?

A - Kick Ass, energetic, live, stripped down, bare bones, raw, passionate, from the heart, groovin,’ rockin,’ shoot from the hip...where's my thesaurus?

Q - What is your song writing process?

A - I don't have a standard process. Sometimes I'll be inspired by a drum beat, like with "Superman," a guitar riff, like "Souls On Ice," or a chord progression, like "Fear In Me," "We Are Waiting For You," and "What You Doin To Me." Then sometimes I come up with the melodies first and then build songs around them, like with "I Know You're Mine" and "Drown Your Lies," or I could be working on one song and stumble upon a completely new and better idea, like "Always Something." There’s really no method to the madness.

Q - Do you have to be inspired to write or can you hammer something out?

A - Yeah, I must be inspired, the idea has to move me, take me somewhere else and make me want to develop it into a song. I've got to be passionate about the idea. I have walked away from good ideas and came back way later to finish them only when I was motivated to do so. Anyone who knows a few chords and maybe some theory can bang out songs, but that doesn't mean the song will have heart and the emotion required to move people and become a great song.

Q - Who are some of your early influences?

A - The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Oldies, Motown, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Van Halen, AC/DC, Black Sabbath, Pantera, 311, Sublime, Rage Against the Machine, I can go on and on.

Q - How long have you been playing/performing?

A – Ha ha! Forever! In elementary school I used to make cassette tapes of original material and hand them out to schoolmates and family members. I had a toy guitar, a tape deck, made my own songs and went for it. In second grade I was in the school choir. My cousins and I used to put on little talent shows at Christmas. I've always been performing.

Q - What your favorite song to play live?

A - That's hard, I love them all, but I would have to choose the heavier songs like “Superman,” “Souls On Ice” and “Fear In Me.” They each have a unique personality and take me to different places, but they all rock!

Q - Are there any touring plans in the works?

A - Yeah, we're planning on going up and down the west coast this winter, the southwest AZ, NV & TX in the spring of 2011, followed by a full coast to coast tour in the summer of 2011.

Q - What can fans expect from your live show?

A - We're gonna let it all hang out! Expect an exciting, energetic, and kick ass performance!!!

Check out the Fantazzmo debut CD, “Fantazzmo 1: Enter the Fantazz,” available at major digital retail outlets. “Buy it, borrow it, steal it, stream it, whatever it is you do!” Also, keep an eye out for Fantazzmo coming to your town real soon. Visit http://www.fantazzmorocks.com/ for all updates.


Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at jason@zoiksonline.com.
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Real Gone said...

I really hope this guy's a novelty act, otherwise this is a truly terrible record.

Read my detailed Fantazzmo review here.


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