Interview With Orange County California's Thrash Metal Band 'Tornadic' March 19th, 2020 • Interview #161
Metal Pulp And Paper: Hello guys. Thanks for taking the time to answer some questions for Metal Pulp And Paper. We appreciate it. For all of you just tuning in, right now, we have the pleasure of speaking with California’s Orange County’s Thrash Metal band Tornadic. Metal horns up in the air! So, wow! We just heard your song, "When You’re In The Pit" on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal. Jose Mangin, the satanic Hispanic, the ambassador of all-metal, who is the host, said Tornadic was a kick-ass young band that everyone definitely had to check out, and you wouldn’t be disappointed listening to them. So, how does that make you feel to be mentioned by Jose, and then let alone have your song played on a major satellite radio station that has millions of listeners? That has to make you feel good, right? Not every band starting has that chance right away?
Dylan Castiglione: Sounds pretty cool. It's surreal. We love Jose!
Andres Vaca: Wow, that's me!
Aaron Brown: At first, I thought it was a couple of songs, but then I heard it, and it was cool.
Emiliano Berber: So many people are listening to it!
MPAP: Now, let’s back up for a moment. Tell us how Tornadic all came about, from the blueprints to the present day? How did you all get together and get this band’s gears rotating into motion?
Dylan: I wanted to start a band for the longest time, tried with friends at school, and it never happened. I joined School of Rock (Tustin), and made friends with other people who like the music that I liked. I talked with Andres about starting a band, and we asked Aaron to join. We also had a friend named Maddox playing bass, but his schedule didn’t work with Tornadic, so he left.
Andres: Now that Emiliano is in the band, we are a thrash metal band with someone who has long hair.
Emiliano: I joined the band later, around Halloween, and it has been great since.
MPAP: Like mentioned, Tornadic is a young band, with the average age being 13 years old. Aren’t most teenagers today hunkered down playing video games? What got you into wanting to play metal music?
Dylan: My dad. He was always listening to this music in the car. I started to pay attention to catchy songs, and got interested in guitar from there. I saved some money and bought my first guitar.
Andres: Passion! It's funny, when I was three I loved "Ironman," and I listened to AC/DC, we got CDs, listened in the car, got a guitar, and went from there.
Aaron: What got me into playing rock and roll is Rock Band, the game. You play on a plastic guitar, my dad got me the game when I was about four.
Emiliano: Listening to music that my dad played, a lot of Megadeth. I started with the drums at 11, and picked up a guitar too!
MPAP: Getting back to your song "When You’re In The Pit," this is your first original song. Before this, you were only playing cover songs. What inspired you to finally break away from the traditional cover song and finally start writing something original?
Dylan: When we first formed, we knew that we had to jam on covers, but we wanted to write right away. Bands tend to start with covers, and grow from there. Covers will hook the fans, and then you infuse the originals, and fans will know what you're doing.
Andres: We always wanted to write an original.
Aaron: Got to start somewhere, and covers are the inspiration.
Emiliano: It's good to learn everyone’s playing abilities so you can know what to write.
MPAP: Being at such a young age, and you’re now just getting to know the music business, what is something you’d like to see change in the music industry that’s making it difficult for you and other young bands, or any groups at any age just starting out for that matter?
Dylan: With social media, there's the good and bad. It's hard to build that fan base, but the more followers and subscribers, the faster you build. If you have a small amount, it may take some time to grow, but once you have a lot, it is easier to spread the word. Back in the 80s, thrash bands were able to get their friends to the shows, but now they are not into it.
Andres: It's hard because most kids our age don’t like our type of music. That is a big obstacle that we face.
Aaron: That's a hard one.
MPAP: Continuing with being a young band, what do you think you have going in your favor, that others might not have?
Dylan: Parents. It's easier for us, because we have financial support. They help us out, vs if we were doing this on our own. There are pay to play shows and we get help with that.
Andres: Support. we are young, so we can attract attention.
Aaron: Our youth.
Emiliano: At such a young age with our talent, crowds get excited about seeing what we can do.
MPAP: Then on the other side of the coin, what do you think is not in your favor of being a young band?
Dylan: School… 21 and up shows. They should put a big X on our hands and let us talk to everyone.
Andres: We lose opportunities because of our ages.
Aaron: Bars, and 21 and up shows. We like to hang out after, but sometimes we have to leave when we are done.
Emiliano: We want to connect with our fans, and sometimes we lose that connection.
MPAP: And maybe this is a continuation of the previous question about what you’d like to change in the music industry, but what do you feel is a disadvantage to being a young band? Do you think that at any moment you could get swallowed up and eaten alive?
Dylan: We are all pretty responsible. We are not mature, but we are responsible. We are smart enough to not get too distracted.
Andres: Similar to the previous question. \
Aaron: Yes… there's a lot of bad situations out there, and we don’t want to get caught up in that.
Emiliano: Some obstacles of being young, but mostly in our favor.
MPAP: What is keeping you going then? There is not a lot of money to be made unless you’re a band like Metallica or Guns N Roses, and that can be discouraging, or is it all worth it just doing it for the love of music?
Dylan: I love to mosh and see people moshing. It is not discouraging to not make money; it is encouraging us to get there.
Andres: I enjoy it! I love the music.
Aaron: Money comes later, but now we are just happy to play and bring the rock! Make other people happy, and say that they had fun at our show.
Emiliano: I love the music.
MPAP: With your song "When You’re In The Pit" behind you now, and the dust has settled, what’s next? What can your fans expect to be coming out of the Tornadic band camp soon?
Dylan: Album finished soon. Maybe a small, local tour.
Andres: Album, maybe late 2020. We have 5 songs now. We have 2 songs released, and one recorded, so we might release it, or just wait.
Emiliano: Album. More shows, more songs.
MPAP: Is there something you’d like to say to the groups like Metallica, Anthrax, Megadeth, Armored Saint, and Slipknot? If you could tap anyone one of those musicians on the shoulder, what would you want to say to them? Would you say, look out here we come?
Dylan: Tap Metallica because they have always been on top of the world, the biggest band, and James Hetfield is my biggest inspiration, and can Tornadic open for you?
Andres: Tap Megadeth on the shoulder, and say that you have been a big inspiration to me, and can we open for you?
Aaron: You’re one of the key reasons that I play music, I played "Before I Forget" nonstop, so thank you for being there, and once you are gone, we will be on top… Slipknot.
Emiliano: Thank you for inspiring me… Slipknot.
MPAP: Final question before we bring this interview to a close. What is your ideal press headline 12 months from now? What is something you hope to be reading about your band, Tornadic?
Dylan:Tornadic going on tour for new album.
Andres: Create hype for our new album.
Aaron: Tornadic hosts shows for all haters.
Emiliano:Tornadic’s album is released.
MPAP: On behalf of myself, and Metal Pulp And Paper, we’d like to thank you for doing this interview, Dylan, Andres, Aaron, and Emiliano. We look forward to what Tornadic does to finish out 2020 and beyond. We can see you making major headlines in the coming months!