Hi,Jeff! How are you?Can you tell us how Possessed legend was started
back in 1983?
I was approached by Mike Torrao and Mike Sus at my High School and they
asked me if I wanted to join up with them. At that time they were literally two
guys jamming in Mikes garage. Later I went back and got Larry Lalonde from my
old band Blizzard along with my old Manager Debbie Abono and the line-up was
How does it feel to be a part of this band after all these years?
It feels good. A lot of blood sweat and tears have gone into Possessed.
But in the end our fans and supporters make it all worth while. It is a dream
come true to be able to get up on stage and play to so many people.
You are a legend in metal music history but you have never been a part
of more mainstream scene like some bands did from SF,California back in time
would you like to be more popular in that time and now?
Im not so worried about being popular and going out there and giving
100% to the show. Possessed will never be a commercial band or sell out. And
while the average person will never know of Possessed we will always be hear
playing in the Underground scene.
Can you say that Possessed created Death Metal?How did you go on this
kind of way of heavier music as a pioneer band?
Possessed created Death Metal because we wanted to be heavier and more
Satanic than any other band. Of course now there are so many really heavy acts.
But back whenever we first started there were no other bands playing what we
played or the style. And the term or style of Death Metal didnt even exist
until Possessed. Honestly I thought that Possessed would be the only Death Metal
band in the world back then. Whenever we first started playing a lot of people
laughed at us and didnt understand what we were doing. But eventually more and
more people caught on and what we were doing became popular. With the low-growl
vocals and the super fast drum beats. Back then nobody but Possessed had done
this exclusively. And eventually the term Death Metal which was meant to
explain and separate Possessed from the other Thrash/Black/Speed acts out
there, became an actual genre of music.
How have your musical understanding and motifs changed after 33 years?
You cant help but pick up on things and learn the more time you spend
on the road and playing music with others. It is of course always a learning
experience and I always find myself having to adapt and overcome in order to
make the shows work out right and especially making and fine tuning our music.
What is your opinion on other form/style of metal music?
I like all types and forms of music and support music in all of its
forms. But of course my favorite bands have both talent and respect for what
they are doing.
Do you still go and watch other band gigs?
Of course!! I am in a Club called California Death Militia. We promote
and set up shows all the time and a lot of our members are either in bands or
promoting bands. We hold shows/concerts at a lot of our Club functions. And of
course I see shows and concerts all the time whenever out playing on the road..
Definitely Im going to shows all the time whenever possible.
Do you have any special gig or tour you did in 33 years of musical
career for Possessed?Any favorites?
We have been lucky enough to play with Judas Priest, Scorpions, Black
Sabbath, Slayer, Megadeth, Motorhead, and so many other really cool bands It
would be literally impossible for me to pick a favorite one because they are
all so fucking amazing. But that being said whenever we played the Wacken
Germany 2007 this was an amazing time in my life. It was my first time back in
Europe after such a very long time away . There was over 100,000 people in
attendance and it was just an amazing and inspiring show for me. It took me 18
years after my injury to get back and whenever I left Death Metal shows were
So to see well over a hundred-thousand metalheads out there for
Possessed was a truly amazing thing.
Is there a difference between your old audience and your new audience?
I dont think so. People are people and true Metalheads will never die.
Is music your only profession? Do you have other jobs?
Music takes so much time and effort. For many years I worked at a
hospital but these days touring/music is what I do.
What do you think about Death metal genres musical and scene potential
if you compare the past and now?
I think that there is potential for Death Metal anywhere and everywhere
there are a few people that enjoy the music. Death Metal can be anything from a
casual listener all the way to a full-on lifestyle. But whatever it is it can
only exist through the fans and musicians.