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The Recasts was formed 3 years ago by a group of 5 brothers, from San Antonio, Texas. They play an aggressive, blend of punk, progressive and metal. They self proclaim “Texas rock music that is powerful at every instrument and lyric”. We were intrigued by what they had to offer and wanted to catch up and get to know them better.

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Metal Empire: Would you care to introduce yourself for our audience? What is your name and what do you do?

Maxx: I’m Maxx, drummer of The Recasts.

A.M. Smash: My name is A.M. Smash and I am one of the guitar players for the band The Recasts.

Scotty: My name is Scott and I also play guitar for The Recasts.

Mando: And I’m Mando, I’m the frontman for The Recasts.

Metal Empire: What is the band up to at the moment? Your releasing your first single soon, tell us about it.

Mando: Right now we are just staying in line with our plans for 2015. Releasing the single was the first part, next comes the EP and video and so on. We have a lot planned but that’s what we are gearing up for in the near future. The single is the first song we wrote as a band. So of course, it just had to be our single. This is us at our core, The Recasts.

Maxx: It’s all snowballing to me and just ready to hit our fans hard! I can’t wait.

A.M. Smash: At this time we are working as much as possible to create new songs for a complete album. The first single is coming out early February and we are super excited to get our music out to the fans that support us.

Scotty: We are currently working on our album. We are still in the process of finishing touches with our songs we are going to be putting on the album.

Metal Empire: Tell us about the music you make, how would you describe your sound?

Mando: I think our sound is just unique, however you can feel every lyric, note, chord, sound…all with the same emotion. I think that’s what makes us…us.

Maxx: Like a whole other sound. Nothing like you’ve ever heard before. Heavy, ballsy, just gets you pumped up to go nuts.

A.M. Smash: In my opinion the music we make is from the heart and we all try to bring out what we hear in our heads and put it in musical form for others to feel what we feel and stand for.

Scotty: I think we have fun together while we are making music, so that definitely shows in our music.

Metal Empire: You also have an EP set for a summer release, what are you most excited about with this release?

Mando: Honestly, it’s just exciting because we get to give more to the fans and our supporters. They get to have something, from us to them. That’s why we are here. That’s why we exist, because of that relationship.

Maxx: recording it is fun, but the best part is playing it live. Just to feel the whole energy is awesome!!

A.M. Smash: Well as anyone who has any music project in the works or in the process of being broadcasted worldwide the feeling is indescribable and super exciting.

Scotty: I genuinely love to play music and the release of this EP to me is like a dream. This is the first time I’ve been in a band and the support has been great, especially within our band.

Metal Empire: Can you talk about your production process? How do you go about writing new material?

Mando: We all kind of have our ideas, and we feed off of each other really well. It’s just a continued cycle of that each time. Then we take that into the studio and finish it there. We are always tweaking or working on something.

“Our band is like a family.” – Scotty


Maxx: I’ll sit there behind my kit and just tell Shannon and/or Scotty, let me see what you guys got! So then they just start shredding and I just sit there soaking it in and then BOOM! I just start throwing something down that goes with it. Then I see Mando just nodding his head and flipping thru his book of lyrics and find something that goes with it. It’s just like walking, left foot, right foot, one in front of the other. It’s just an awesome experience.

A.M. Smash: It’s tough to say how we come up with new songs and ideas the way I see it what we feel we try to put in musical terms so we can reach all different crowds.

Scotty: It’s a work in progress. And even though our front man, Armando is overseas, serving our country, we somehow still make it happen. It can sometimes be difficult but we communicate with each other and are open and supportive towards each other’s opinions. We progress together.

Metal Empire: It says on your bio that you’re all brothers… Is that in a metaphorical sense, or are you actually 5 related brothers? If you’re all related how do you think that affect the band dynamics compared to other bands? Are you afflicted by sibling rivalry?

Mando: It’s a metaphor, but we have this brotherhood of ours, where we are 100% behind each other. The brotherhood isn’t just the band members, there are more of us. I think that you can see that and feel that with us. As far as sibling rivalry, yeah, we have that but what family doesn’t? It’s going to happen, but it never gets out of hand. We all step in and make sure we are all good. Then we get back to normal.

Maxx: it’s not by blood but by brotherhood. We are there for each other. I think it’s a little higher standards. You know, 5 totally non brothers becoming brothers. I mean fucking Cain killed Abel and that was his blood brother. I feel like our paths have joined together for a fuckin reason!

A.M. Smash: Yes in our bio it does say we are brothers and we are not related by blood but we are all close like brothers and we have a strong bond to each other and to the band as well as the music we produce.

Scotty: I am an only child, but these are my brothers if that makes sense. My bandmates are not blood but I did go to school with Shannon and Armando and have grown up with these guys. Our band is like a family.

Metal Empire: You’re in the military, how do you think that affects the band? Does such discipline in your line of work reflect in your music? How does it affect touring and writing?

Mando: Well schedule wise it definitely affects us. We have to write, record etc. at one point or another while we are apart. But at the same token, you can say that when we are together, you can feel it. I know every weekend, no matter where in the world I am, I can feel the energy, the adrenaline of us being us and doing what we do best. I think it has an impact, but how could it not right?

Scotty: We support our brother in the military. Armando is our motivation to keep practising and creating music. It’s crazy how we can still all come together though with him still so far away. I can’t wait until he returns so we can all practice together.

“Metallica. Cause they’re fucking Metallica!” – Maxx


Metal Empire: What and who are some of your major influences? Please give a few details about what you enjoy about creating music and what inspires you to make it.

Mando: Well that’s a tough question. But I would say, Lenny Kravitz, Ritchie Valens, Lit, Metallica and The Heroine would probably sit at the top. However there are many others. I just love being able to create something, that hopefully will impact someone’s life someday for the better. Maybe being the song they turn to when they feel all alone or hurt. Listening to our song and being like, you know what, I can do better than this, I can be better. I can be Recast!

Maxx: for sure for me it would have to be The Misfits, Metallica, and Megadeth. A whole lotta punk. Fuck from NOFX to Sublime to Rancid back to 311. I love all kind of music that rocks and sounds good. You kind of just can tell.

A.M. Smash: To me music it a major part of life and a way to let your feelings out and be creative. Some of my influences include big name bands like Incubus, Chiodos, Norma Jean, Led Zeppelin plus many more.

Scotty: Musically, as a child I grew up being raised around rock and roll. Metallica, Pantera, Black Sabbath, the good stuff and I still listen to those today. But music has progressed and is still progressing so naturally people progress with it. You could say I am definitely a metal head. I look up to anyone that has the ambition show them your talents. Growing up going to concerts thinking I want to be up there making people feel the way I felt when artists were performing. That was a definitely and inspiration.

Metal Empire: What’s your favorite thing about playing live?

Mando: The best thing to me, is giving the fans what they came for. They came to your show to be entertained. Some spend 1/8th, 1/4th or more of their paycheck to come to your show. I think that gets lost sometimes. The fans don’t owe us, we owe them. And when you deliver, you can see it on their faces. That to me makes it all worth it.

Maxx: The raw drunken energy of everyone just yelling and having a good time. Plus slamming the hell outta my drum kit.

A.M. Smash: The feel of the crowd and the energy of putting on a live show for fans to enjoy.

Scotty: My favorite thing about playing live is being able to see the people that support our music, the fans. I’ve always had wanted to play in a band while growing up and now it’s like a dream to be playing on a stage.

Metal Empire: Have you played any shows or toured alongside any major artists? Are there any shows that come to mind that you feel make a great story? If so, tell us about it.

Mando: Well the first one that comes to mind is when we were supposed to open for Banshee. It was a place I had always wanted to play, and they couldn’t make it. We got pushed into the headliner spot and I think it was only our 3rd show or something like that. We delivered for sure. During that show, I was in disbelief that we were pulling it off, but it just motivated me to keep going.

A.M. Smash: No as of now we haven’t played alongside any major artist but that is one thing we are striving for.

Scotty: Being the newest member of the band, I’ve been able to play two shows with my brothers and it was truly awesome. The support we have from our fans is awesome and without them we wouldn’t be. We do this for them!

Metal Empire: Is there any band or artist you would give anything to play a show with? If so, who are they and why?

Mando: Ah, well of course Lenny Kravitz, Lit, Metallica, One Eyed Doll, The Spittin’ Cobras, Papa Roach, would all probably be first. I would say all of them really because they aim to put on a great show. If we were all on the same bill, people might never be the same haha.

Maxx: Metallica. Cause they’re fucking Metallica!

A.M. Smash: If I had a choice to play with any band I would most definitely pick Incubus just because of the passion and quality of music they put out and the way they carry themselves as a band.

Scotty: It’s really an honor to have any band want to play with you. We’re open to play with any band that wants to play with us as well, but if I could choose any band to play with I would like to do a show with the Deftones.

Metal Empire: What are you hopes for the future? Where do you see yourself as an artist this time next year or the year after?

Mando: I think we have a solid group of guys and supporting cast, with saying that, I think the sky is the limit. I really feel that way. Detail wise, we will have our full length album out by then and working on our second.

Maxx: Getting our music out there. For me it’s a hell lot harder for me to hit the road. I have a family at home that i need to take care of and that’s my first priority but i still have love for my band. One step at a time.

A.M. Smash: Well I hope we can make as much music for our fans and hope to make a U.S. tour in the next year.

Scotty: Well, we are just going to continue to grow as a band. We have a lot of big things coming up for us but were focusing on us as a band and will continue practicing and making music. It’s only the beginning of our journey. Hopefully after the release of our album we can try to work on a tour. We’ve only just begun.

Metal Empire: If I was to turn up at a show, what should I expect from you in terms of music and showmanship? Is there any crazy stuff you do to pull the crowd?

Mando: Well it really depends on the venue, but we always put on a great show. There is something you probably have never seen before. We are not afraid to go all out, no matter who is there.

Maxx: Just fuckin have fun and leave all your worries at the door slam a beer and a shot with us and let’s rock on!

A.M. Smash: We just let the music speak for itself but in the future we have big plans to incorporate our music with a show to capture the crowd’s full attention.

Scotty: I’m slowly starting to come out of my shell stage wise. This is my first time in a band and the two shows we recently played was the first time I’ve played for people. I was nervous but it’s an amazing feeling.

Metal Empire: What do you think about music piracy, do you think it affects music sales negatively, or do you think there is another cause behind the current drop in record sales?

Mando: I think music should really be about the shows mainly. When you hear a record, it should remind you of that show you went to, or that tape/DVD/Blu Ray or whatever you saw. In that aspect, I don’t think it has affected it. I think it’s made it more honest. You have always been able to get whatever song you wanted for free. Back in the day you could record the song off the radio, copy someone’s tape or whatever. I think it has always been around.

Maxx: I really don’t know what to say about that cause that does not pay my bills but music is constantly evolving and you just got to keep up.

A.M. Smash: My opinion about the theft of music I feel it alters the sales charts and effects bands in many different ways including the count of sales as well as the projection of fan bases which makes it hard to determine the number of followers in the music industry.

Scotty: Like I said earlier, music and the music industry has and is changing. I don’t think it’s about selling your music now. Simply, I think if they like your music, they will buy your music.

Metal Empire: There is a lot of talk about the downfall of the music industry as a whole, do you believe this is the case, or do you believe it is evolving? What do you feel could improve the situation?

Mando: I think it’s just evolving. It’s kind of like boxing and MMA. You used to have to get through the under cards to watch the main event. That isn’t the case anymore. Now it’s about the whole show. It’s about your relationship with the fans. I think just doing things that way will keep changing the scene no matter what. Main thin, fans owe you nothing. You owe them what they paid for. If it’s not good, they won’t pay for it. Bottom line.

Maxx: yea it is evolving. It’s up to the musician to keep up i think. I mean come on it’s your brand. Own it and live it!

A.M. Smash: I don’t think music industry will ever fall but I do think that it’s taking a turn towards the digital era and that record labels will adapt accordingly.

Scotty: I’m not too sure what could improve the situation, that’s a tough question. The music industry has definitely changed though. We just need to grow and adapt with it I believe.

Metal Empire: Do you receive much fan mail, and if so what’s the craziest, creepiest or coolest thing you’ve ever gotten from a fan?

Mando: We’ve gotten some weird stuff. The wall paper on someone cell phone was kind of weird haha. Everything from weird, to religious supporters, to the normal stuff. And something from an adult entertainer that’s pretty cool. Well, ex adult entertainer.

Scotty: I thought I saw an autographed Bree Olson picture flying around. Good stuff!!

Metal Empire: Name one thing you love, one thing you hate and one thing you think everyone should try at least once before they die?

Maxx: I love it when people say you can’t and then you’re just like watch me bitch! Conqueror your fears before you die because that is your only chance!

A.M. Smash: Music, hate nothing except the cold haha, and everyone should try to travel as much as possible and see the world through their own eyes.

Mando: Wow, one thing I love is just straight up good people. One thing I hate is selfish people…and of course onions haha. One thing everyone should try? Attending a Lenny Kravitz concert…I’ve never seen anything like that before.

Scotty: Reese’s, I love anything Reese’s. Hate’s a strong word. I’d say I hate washing dishes. Everyone should crowd surf at least once in their lives.

Metal Empire: If you could have one wish, what would it be and why?

Mando: Honestly, would be for us all to do what we love. What our passion is, I think our society would have a dramatic change.

Maxx: To have more wishes!

A.M. Smash: To spread the joy and love I have for all music and they world would come together as one with the help of music.

Scotty: If I had a wish I’d wish for more wishes. I’m indecisive.

Metal Empire: Thank you for taking the time to speak to us about what you do. Do you have any final words, or anything you would like to add?

Maxx: Thank you so much for tacking the time to interview THE RECASTS. I really appreciate the time you take for us. And support your local music! It’s a dog eat dog world out there especially in local music. We all really do appreciate it.

Mando: I would like to thank Luke Gibson and Metal Empire for allowing us to do this interview. Just being able to do this means a lot to us. Be sure to check out our sponsor Undaunted Apparel and the Organization we are giving 20% of our shirts with Undaunted to called Warfighter made. And of course, last but not least, thank you to everyone reading this and taking an interest in us. We look forward to having you all along on our journey.

A.M. Smash: Just to say thank you for the chance to be heard and to say thank you to all the fans that support us through thick and thin.

Scotty: We appreciate this opportunity and would love to do it again. Thank you to all our fans and everyone who supports us. Thank you to our Sponsor Undaunted Apparel. Thank you to everyone in the military. Thank your for listening.

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Who The Fuck Is Dechard?!

Posted: February 19, 2015 in HypeFeeder

Dechard (born 21 July 1989), is a producer, DJ and sound designer, born and raised in Italy with Belgian origins.

Dechard began his experience in the music world at the age of 16, he began performing in a club in his hometown at many stages, moving on to play as a DJ around his country.

He built his own studio and after several years of studying sound engineering at Essex University and working on different projects, he landed a great deal and released an official remix for the singer and musician Alex Vargas, just rearranging the single “Lie” (2012) with Jeroosalem.

He also released his first EP 2013 called “Amazing”. After experiencing the European scene Dechard wanted to take his art a step further and moved to Los Angeles. A few months after his move he created a soundtrack on purpose for a tv series, broadcast on Fox TV.

At the moment, he’s producing/recording his second musical project called Quixotic and working on remixes for artists and bands such as Kinqueen, Edx, Bob Sinclar, Alex Vargas and Phaze Project.

Interview: Who The Fuck Is Dechard?!

HypeFeeder: Would you care to introduce yourself for our audience? What is your name and what do you do?

Dechard: Hey there! I’m a music producer from Italy that goes by the name of Dechard.

HypeFeeder: What are you up to at the moment, do you have any plans for 2015? Are you working on any specific projects?

Dechard: 2015 is gonna be a very intense year, there’s many projects going on but the one I really would like to tell you first is my upcoming electronic band called Quixotic. We’re making a mood, way more than a genre, sounding vintage also modern yet and our vibe is tropical and cinematic.

HypeFeeder: As a music producer do you create your own material or just work on other peoples?

Dechard: I started producing my own house music tunes and this led me to get to start many collaborations with musicians that offer different styles. One of them is Sabrina Petrini, a talented pop singer from Sweden. She’s pretty popular in her country and doing great things in America too.

“Music is a language, so before creating music make sure you have something to say.”


HypeFeeder: Can you talk about your production process? How do you get creative in the studio?

Dechard: You know I produce many different styles and since I’m based between Italy and California process is different from time to time, situations are always located in different places.

HypeFeeder: What is your favourite part about being a music producer?

Dechard: Music is a spiritual thing. I mostly love the fact to convey my emotions through music, a very powerful language.

HypeFeeder: Why did you choose Dechard as a stage name, does it have any meaning behind it?

Dechard: Well, my stage name “Dechard” comes from my little cute cousin in Belgium, because at the time she couldn’t pronounce my real name, Richard :)

HypeFeeder: What and who are some of your major influences? Please give a few details about what you enjoy about creating music and what inspires you to make it.

Dechard: Music is a language, so before creating music make sure you have something to say. Art got a powerful message, unfiltered beautiful, historical, in a way that goes beyond science.

HypeFeeder: Do you perform live, or have any future plans to work in a live performance side to your work?

Dechard: Yes, I’m actually planning my first tour across America and Mexico. I’ll DJ around many venues and private events also, looking forward to it!

HypeFeeder: Is there any band or artist you would love to work with? If so, who are they and why?

Dechard: Oh man, there’s so many I would love to collaborate with. As a DJ I had the chance to remix some artists like Edx, Bob Sinclar, Alex Vargas and this make me feel so blessed.

HypeFeeder: What are you hopes for the future? Where do you see yourself as an artist this time next year or the year after?

Dechard: I’ll surely get closer to my goals!


HypeFeeder: If I was to turn up at a show, what should I expect from you in terms of music and showmanship? Is there any crazy stuff you do to pull the crowd?

Dechard: I think the best thing is just to be yourself, always.. like I’m playing with the whole crowd at the show, not just being there for them

HypeFeeder: Do you receive much fan mail, and if so what’s the craziest, creepiest or coolest thing you’ve ever gotten from a fan?

Dechard: I love being in contact with my followers! Last Christmas I received a really cool portrait from an American fan, it was awesome

HypeFeeder: Name one thing you love, one thing you hate and one thing you think everyone should try at least once before they die?

Dechard: Confidence, lack of intelligence, enjoy every minute of your life with no regrets.

HypeFeeder: If you could have one wish, what would it be and why?

Dechard: I wish my family could join me more often when I’m abroad, they’re very important to me.

HypeFeeder: Thank you for taking the time to speak to us about what you do. Do you have any final words, or anything you would like to add?

Dechard: Thank you so much for your interest! Stay tuned

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Beautiful Liar is OUT NOW and available here:

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“Beautiful Liar” directed by Jacob Voelzke
Produced by Chris Buch
DP. Tom Funk
Makeup and Hair by Mika Caviola and Luena Liti
Styling By Sima Galanti

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Now that the Super Bowl is over, the NFL will have a chance to reflect on quite a year. Domestic violence was frequently at the forefront of the 2014-5 season and unfortunately for all the wrong reasons. Sarantos is proud to release the latest rock song “We Accept The Love We Think We Deserve.”

Violence against women and children results from the use of force or threat to achieve and maintain control over others in intimate relationships, and from societal abuse of power and domination in the forms of sexism, racism, homophobia, classism, anti-Semitism, able-bodyism, ageism and other oppressions. The abuses of power in society foster battering by perpetuating conditions, which condone violence against women and children.

“This a powerful rock song about domestic violence in our society today,” says Sarantos. “It seems like this topic was in the news a lot in the last year between the NFL, Bill Cosby and so many other stories that made headlines. My heart goes out to the victims. I wrote this song to not only start a conversation on the matter but to hopefully help others find a solution. This is a hard rock song about a man who has made many mistakes in his life. He constantly takes emotional abuse from his partner. Somewhere along the way, he has lost his faith. Thru the words, the bruises and the blame though he stays right there… Why does he stay right there? I hope this song helps drive home the message throughout the world that domestic abuse is simply not ok.”

33% of any music-related sales profits from this song are going straight to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence.

The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV), has worked since 1978 to make every home a safe home. NCADV works to raise awareness about domestic violence; to educate and create programming and technical assistance, to assist the public in addressing the issue, and to support those impacted by domestic violence. It is the mission of NCADV to work for major societal changes necessary to eliminate both personal and societal violence against all women and children.


We Accept The Love We Think We Deserve

Verse 1

As the day comes to a close
Another sad day gone by
Wish I was on the beach in Mykonos
Instead of living this life

You’re on the outside looking in
You ask me why I won’t leave
Seems obvious to all who know me
This relationship is not for me

Chorus 1

We accept the love we think we deserve
In my life I’ve made so many mistakes
And somewhere along the way
I lost my faith after all these heartaches

Verse 2

It doesn’t seem quite so bad to me
Getting yelled at daily
I do it for reasons others just can’t believe
I take the abuse so easily

I sit emotionless, I look so strange
Thru the words, the bruises and the blame
My body language just doesn’t change
And my reasons stay the same

Chorus 2

We accept the love we think we deserve
In my life I’ve made so many mistakes
And somewhere along the way
I lost my faith after all these heartaches


I’ve lost my way
I’ve lost my way
I’ve lost my way
I’ve lost my way

Chorus 3

We accept the love we think we deserve
In my life I’ve made so many mistakes
And somewhere along the way
I lost my faith after all these heartaches


We accept the love
I accept the love
We accept the love
Do you accept the love?

We accept the love
I accept the love
We accept the love
Do you accept the, love?


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