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  INTERVIEW WITH HELL TO PAY

Johnny Main

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As part of an ongoing series of exclusive MetalTalk Interviews, we speak to up and coming Hard Rock/Metal band Hell To Pay about them and what drives their ambition, a chat about their career so far and what their aspirations for the future are.

The members come from all over the UK and the band was formed in Manchester in 2008, but the origins of Hell To Pay date back to 2005. As guitarist Dario Nikzad explained to me: "(Vocalist) Daniel Martin and myself both moved to Manchester to study at University, and we ended up in the same halls of residence. It didn't take us long to have our amps stacked up in the Common Room and we were jamming out over songs like 'Purple Haze' and whatever else we both knew for hours – looking back now, I just hope that a few people who were there appreciated the shred!"

Nikzad continues: "We started working on some tunes back then but that was soon cut short when we both decided what we were studying wasn't actually for either of us. It wasn't till a couple of years later and we were both studying for music degrees that we met up again and began working on songs together again."

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With regards to recruiting the rest of the current band, Nikzad explains: "Tom (drummer Tom Henstock) was actually in a band that opened for us one night and myself and Dan both thought he had loads of potential, and our drummer at the time, who's now our sound engineer actually, had to quit unexpectedly a week before a show, so we gave Tom a ring, he nailed the set in a week and he's been with us ever since."

As for recruiting a bass player for the band, Nikzad describes filling the vacant position as "a nightmare! Just think Spinal Tap drummers, but worse! Stuart Robertson was actually well known to us and when our previous bassist let us down a couple of weeks before a tour, he was pretty much the first and only person we could think of. Over the last ten months or so though he's totally made the position his own and it's been awesome to have him around."

Moving on to late 2008 and the band had been writing and rehearsing for a couple of months: "Actually we'd recorded a demo which was for sale by the time we played our debut live show at The Ruby Lounge in Manchester city centre," explains Nikzad. At this point, though, the band were playing under the moniker of Balls Deep. When asked where the name came from Nikzad explains: "We couldn't agree on a name and generally thought it would be hilarious to force Dan to introduce us as Balls Deep – actually, we've got a couple of friends who refuse to call us anything else!"

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"Someone's probably still got that demo," jokes Nikzad, before adding: "Fast forward a couple of months and we'd changed our name and played our first proper Hell To Pay show at The Roadhouse in Manchester." I ask him what prompted the name change to which he explained: "It didn't really fit with the material... if we ever decide to form a comedy rock band side project a la Tenacious D though, you know what it'll be called!"

As far as the band are concerned, they have come a long way since then including the release of an EP in 2011 called 'So Far So Good'. I ask Nikzad about the reaction to that first foray into proper recording to which he replies: "It was brilliant. All the feedback we got in terms of reviews was really positive, which gave us the confidence to really go out there and try and make this work. The EP was recorded for nothing and we were pretty much left to write, record and produce it ourselves, which was a bit daunting at first, but we have a few people to thank for their help in putting it all together."

Since then, the band have recorded their debut album, 'Judgement Day' (released in May 2013), which Nikzad is keen to point out was recorded on their own terms. "There's been no compromise in terms of material - these are simply songs done in the way we wanted to (have them). I think that's the most important thing to all of us in the band. We've toured the country extensively, I don't think there's a town, let alone city, we haven't visited, and we've had an awesome time meeting some great and often outlandish people along the way. Leighton Buzzard... you're in a league of your own with that one!" he jests.

"Along the way, though", he says, "we've had the chance to play some great shows, occasionally in front of thousands of people and play alongside some great bands – including a personal hero of mine in Paul Gilbert (guitarist for Racer X and Mr. Big), but hopefully all that is just the beginning!", Nikzad says enthusiastically.

Having the experience of writing and recording original material, I ask Nikzad about the songwriting process within the band: "Dan's the epi-centre for a lot of the material" he confirms. "A lot of the initial ideas, whether they're melodies or riffs generally come from him, although I'd like to think I've added at least a part to most of the songs! Once Dan has got a rough idea pieced together, that's when the two of us will sit down and go through it as a unit to work out the arrangement, any additional parts and concepts production-wise and then bring it to the rest of the band... when all of that work probably goes out the window and everything changes!" says Nikzad.

"Thematically, we've got a pretty broad range of ideas," Nikzad goes on to explain. "With the album, for example, we cover some pretty expansive topics like war whereas we've also tried to cover some much more specific personal issues like confrontation, doubt and betrayal to name a few. It makes us sound a bit melancholy describing it like that," Nikzad explains further, "but we just wanted to tackle serious issues that people could relate to, and I suppose some of those things are linked to love in a way".

"With the material that we produced for the EP, we got pigeonholed as some sort of Sleaze/Glam band, which considering the material was probably fair (at the time), and without being disrespectful to the genre - there's a lot of bands from it we love - we felt we had more to offer than just that", Nikzad says. "A lot of the inspiration comes from real life events – I would say at least half the songs on the album are in some way semi-autobiographical. Having said that, sometimes we've just got a specific idea or concept in mind and other ideas might come from some films or literature that we just like the story of - we don't really do politics though!" he affirms with a smile.

From here, it makes sense to approach the band's musical influences, and I mention that on their Facebook page, the band have listed the likes of Whitesnake, Deep Purple, Megadeth and Iron Maiden right through to Mr Big and Extreme as being bands that inspire them, but how do these bands influence the performance and songwriting within Hell To Pay now and in the future?

"To be honest I think that list is a little dated now," says Nikzad, "although the majority of those artists do definitely still apply, there's just a lot more to be added. I think those bands have all had a different impact on the way we write and perform and if I was to analyse it properly we could spend hours and hours explaining that.

"Essentially though, like the majority of newer bands, we just tried to take the things we liked most about our favourite artists, gel them together and put our own spin on them. It's pretty difficult to say how specific artists have influenced us, but I like to think there's a lot of variety on 'Judgement Day' - it's an album which covers the classic rock/Metal spectrum.

"Fundamentally, though, we thought if we had some Ronnie Dio/David Coverdale type vocals, with some Megadeth riffage, add in some lead guitars in the vain of Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme) and Paul Gilbert, with an occasional nod to Thin Lizzy in the harmony department. And added together with some melodic bass and some pummeling drums - not only would we enjoy the tunes we came out with, but hopefully a few other people would too. We don't think we're on par with the bands I've discussed they're just the standard we're aiming to reach."

"From a live aspect too", Nikzad explains further, "we just want to go out and have a good time! We didn't want to be one of those moody bands that seemed to hate performing. (To us) playing live is the main reason we're in this business, and as you can probably tell from the ridiculous faces we pull on stage we really do try and enjoy ourselves. So naturally we've probably learnt a lot from watching bands like Queen, Iron Maiden, Steel Panther and AC/DC. I think it's safe to say we all wish we had (AC/DC vocalist) Brian Johnson's swagger!"

I ask Nikzad if the band have any upcoming releases planned, to which he replies: "Our debut album is winging its way to an online record store near everyone with a computer very soon. We've done a limited edition run of physical copies as well, which you'll be able to get from our online store. The official video for the title track is up on our Youtube page NOW!"

I mention that the band secured a support slot for Snakecharmer (featuring ex-Whitesnake members Micky Moody and Neil Murray along with Adam Wakeman (Ozzy Osbourne Band) and Harry James (Thunder) at the Manchester Academy and ask Nikzad how this came about?

"We've played a lot of shows over the last few years and fortunately for us their F.O.H engineer and chief at STS Productions Pete Dutton has been at a couple of them, and was kind enough to organise it for us."

I also ask him which other gigs they have lined up for later this year? "We've got a few festival dates and mini tours lined up over the summer and then we're looking at doing three or four major shows before then end of the year. A couple are in the pipeline and a couple are confirmed but we can't say anything just yet but keep an eye on our website for details!

"Next year is really starting to come together though," he continues, "with hopefully our first foray abroad and we've already been confirmed for a spot on the main stage at the Hard Rock Hell AOR Festival March next year."

So for someone who's not been to a Hell To Pay live show before, what can they expect? "An honest, gutsy all out rock show," he says quite firmly. "Like I've said before, playing live is what we all really just want to do, but It takes a lot of work just to get there at this level. So when we finally get on up on stage we really try and make the most of it. If our hands aren't blistered and our voices aren't croaking by the end of the show, then you haven't been to a proper Hell To Pay show!"

Winding up the interview, I ask Nikzad what he (and the rest of the band) want to realistically achieve? "Realistically is a pretty unrealistic word when it comes to being in a band," he corrects me. "If there are any bands out there who don't dream of being successful, going on big tours and getting to just live as musicians then I presume they're the one who don't make it!.

"That's what keeps you going when you literally spend a night playing to one man and his dog - and we've genuinely been there", he says. "We'd be happy to just make a living from doing this but I don't think there's a limit on what we want to achieve."

All is can say to the band is good luck and all I can say to you, the reader, is to go and check out Hell To Pay!

You can watch the official video for 'Judgement Day' here:



You can see Hell To Pay live here:
Saturday 27th July - Blackthorn Music Festival, Compstall
Saturday 24th August - The Beer Engine, Coventry
Sunday 25th August - Meat Grinder Festival, Stafford
Friday 30th August - The Hairy Dog, Derby
March 2014 - HRH AOR, Haven Hafan y Môr Holiday Park, Pwllheli

Hell To Pay are:
Daniel Martin – Vocals/Guitar
Dario Nikzad – Guitar
Stuart Robertson – Bass
Tom Henstock – Drums

Online:
Official Website: http://www.helltopayband.co.uk/
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/helltopayband

Thanks to Dario Nikzad and the rest of Hell To Pay for their time.

All pictures/Images are © Hell To Pay 2013.

16.7.2013







 

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steve hackett STEVE HACKETT TO RELEASE 'THE TOTAL EXPERIENCE LIVE IN LIVERPOOL', HIS ACOLYTE TO 'WOLFLIGHT' WITH GENESIS REVISITED TOUR
"Besides, it's not as if Liverpool is known for having any good music – there's never been a good band from there. Ha!"

lacuna coil LACUNA COIL LAUNCH NEW ALBUM TITLE TRACK 'DELIRIUM'
Lacuna Coil will be making their much-anticipated return to North America as part of the 'Delirium Worldwide' tour starting in San Francisco on May 7th

bibeau YOUNG, PROGRESSIVE BAND BIBEAU OFFER THEIR FIRST SINGLE/VIDEO, 'MARK THIS'
"We were also hoping to convey the look, feel and flow of some of the classic, timeless rock and metal videos from the height of MTV's popularity..."

virginmarys THE VIRGINMARYS ANNOUNCE HEADLINE UK TOUR FOR JUNE 2016
"It's going to be so great to get back in front of our home fans again, and really important to us to play some of the towns we've been wanting to come back to..."

weapon uk WEAPON UK TO HEADLINE THE RETRIBUTION ALIVE ROAD TRIP IN MAY
"They toured with Motörhead in the 80s, including four sold out shows at the Hammersmith Odean and I have to say, we're pretty excited about this!"

headbangers ball ICED EARTH AND ENSIFERUM TO HEADLINE MTV HEADBANGERS BALL TOUR 2016: FULL DATES HERE
"So brace yourselves for the ultimate Metal experience of a lifetime! See you in front row!"

bloodstock BLOODSTOCK ADDS MORE BANDS, DETAILS METAL 2 THE MASSES FINALS AND ANNOUNCES FIRST NEW BLOOD STAGE WINNERS
Bloodstock HQ is readying to send Team M2TM out on the road for the finals, but in the meantime, there's a few more band additions to the August bill

dead daisies THE DEAD DAISIES ANNOUNCE UK AND EUROPEAN DATES FOR JULY/AUGUST IN SUPPORT OF NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'MAKE SOME NOISE'
The Dead Daisies, the biggest new name in Rock, have just recently announced the addition of Doug Aldrich (Whitesnake, Dio) as their new lead guitar player

wolf hoffmann WOLF HOFFMANN TO RELEASE SOLO ALBUM 'HEADBANGERS SYMPHONY' ON JULY 1st
"I have always incorporated classical music in my song writing with Accept, especially with 'Metal Heart', but I constantly felt there was so much more that I could do..."

jaegermeister JÄGERMEISTER RELEASE FULL DOCUMENTARY OF WORLD'S FIRST MUSIC GIG ON AIR, SEA AND LAND
"We go bigger every year and because of the nature of this world first this gig was not only a test of friendship but one of supporting each other too..."

john otway JOHN OTWAY PLANNING ON BEING FIRST ARTIST SINCE THE ROLLING STONES TO RECORD IN MONTSERRAT
"Although the old Air Studios are now derelict the studio in the basement of Sir George Martin's house is sound – it just needs rebuilding..."

fates warning FATES WARNING - NEW STUDIO ALBUM 'THEORIES OF FLIGHT' ANNOUNCED, ARTWORK UNVEILED
"There's a loose theme running through a lot of the lyrics, and this developed organically and separately..."

amon amarth RAISE YOUR HORNS AND BE IN AMON AMARTH'S NEW MUSIC VIDEO
Swedish Heavy Metal goliaths Amon Amarth are inviting their fans around the globe to be a part of their forthcoming video...

sixx am SIXX:A.M. ANNOUNCE THE "#REASONTORISE" CAMPAIGN, TOUR DATES AND 'VOL.1 PRAYERS FOR THE DAMNED' DETAILS
"It is our duty as citizens of this world to come together, communicate with one another and rise up to demand more of ourselves and our leaders."

armored saint ARMORED SAINT ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN FESTIVAL AND CLUB APPEARANCES
"For our first time in Spain, it's gonna be sick! And as if this wasn't enough - Saint is playing for the first time ever in Japan..."

black country communion BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION TO REFORM IN 2017
"Preparing BCC Rocket Ship Re-launch for 2017 - all systems go."

tarja TARJA PREMIERES OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO OF HER NEW SINGLE 'NO BITTER END'
'No Bitter End', the opening track of the prequel album 'The Brightest Void', is the first glimpse of Tarja's new work – her heaviest to date...

stratovarius STRATOVARIUS RELEASE LYRIC VIDEO FOR 'UNTIL THE END OF DAYS'
"To me it's a testament to the fact that paying attention to song writing and production was expensive, but so worth it..."

brian johnson EXCLUSIVE: PROMINENT AC/DC CREW MEMBER GIVES REMARKABLE INSIGHT INTO AXL ROSE APPOINTMENT
AC/DC are covering themselves in case Axl's poor reputation for unprofessionalism manifests itself...

brian johnson THE DARKEST DAY OF MY PROFESSIONAL LIFE: BRIAN JOHNSON ISSUES PERSONAL STATEMENT ON AC/DC DEPARTURE
"I wish to assure our fans that I am not retiring. My doctors have told me that I can continue to record in studios and I intend to do that..."

thin lizzy THIN LIZZY ANNOUNCE BASS PLAYER AND NEW DRUMMER FOR 2016/17 ANNIVERSARY SHOWS
Thin Lizzy are undisputed legends and to be a small part of their lineage is a humble honor for me...

ian gillan IAN GILLAN TO PERFORM UNIQUE SOLO SHOW OF DEEP PURPLE CLASSICS IN BULGARIA
There is a possibility that Ian will also play some material from his catalogue outside of Deep Purple...

don airey DEEP PURPLE'S DON AIREY AND FRIENDS ADDED TO CAMBRIDGE ROCK FESTIVAL PLUS ATOMIC ROOSTER
Expect to hear many classics from Airey's illustrious past which includes time spent with Rainbow, Ozzy Osbourne as well as his current job with Deep Purple...

wildfire festival WILDFIRE FESTIVAL 2016 ANNOUNCE SUNDAY NIGHT HEADLINERS AND FIVE MORE ACTS
With June creeping ever closer, Wildfire Festival's impressive main stages line-up is all but finalised...

whitesnake THE END OF WHITESNAKE: DAVID COVERDALE TO RETIRE IN 2017
Whitesnake headline the UK's Ramblin Man Festival in July in what could be their final ever UK appearance...

axl rose AXL ROSE CONFIRMED AS AC/DC SINGER FOR THE REMAINING ROCK OR BUST DATES
The worst kept secret in rock is now official...

aerosmith THE END OF AEROSMITH?: NO FAREWELL TOUR CONFIRMED AT THE MOMENT
"A farewell tour is something we've talked about doing for years, let's say roughly in the last five years..."

hrh united ALESTORM, HAMMERFALL, FINSTERFORST, NAPALM DEATH, ARMORED SAINT, VENOM INC. AND EVIL SCARECROW ANNOUNCED FOR HRH UNITED
HRH United 3 will be an exclusive upgraded Metal Edition taking over the entire site @ Camp HRH, Pwllheli, North Wales...

rolling stones PROUD GALLERIES PLAYING HOST TO FABULOUS ROLLING STONES PHOTO EXHIBITION: TERRY O'NEILL TO ATTEND SIGNING SESSION
It's a wonderful book by photographer Terry O'Neill of Rolling Stones images from 1963 to 1965, an era when the Stones were just "breaking through"...

between the buried and me BETWEEN THE BURIED AND ME ANNOUNCE EUROPEAN SUMMER DATES
As well as the European tour dates, BTBAM have launched a live video for 'The Ectopic Stroll' whih you can see here...

jade vine LONDON BASED ALTERNATIVE PROG ROCKERS JADE VINE ANNOUNCE ALBUM LAUNCH SHOW
Jade Vine's music has been influenced by artists such as Pink Floyd, Jeff Buckley, Radiohead, Anathema and Pain Of Salvation...
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