It is strange how some band names trigger memories of days gone. The first time I saw the name STRIKE MASTER I started to think back to the 80s. Anders Ekdahl ©2018

You have one of these names that do not really tell what kind of metal you play. How hard was it to come up with the name?
R: it was very easy since a child i liked an airplane called Strike Master, that way i always knew the name for the band, thrash metal from Mexico city.

As I am sure of we are quite a few that are rather new to you guys could you give us a short introduction to the band?
R: Strike Master is an 11 year old band from Mexico city, already played in 11 countries and released 5 full length productions, independent and struggling with the circumstances everyday all day metal forever till death and beyond..

We all carry baggage with us that affects us in one way or another but what would you say have been the single greatest influence on your sound?
R: Our daily lifes in the most surreal/violent city in the world, an adventure to live and to survive the way this concrete monster serves to us, Mexico funeral district.

What is the scene like in your area? Is it important that there is some sort of local scene for a band to develop or can a band still exist in a vacuum of no scene/no bands?
R:When it comes to be an international band everybody loses their ass to it, but about the internal face to the national scene is shit, no support no nothing, its hard to survive everyday just figuring out how the fuck to keeo on this business with out getting depressed or to just quit, sad but true but that’s the way it is

Something I have often wondered about is if you feel that you are part of something bigger and greater when you play in a band, that you are part of a movement sort of?
R: Its a big responsibility that’s why we take it very seriously, every time our music affects someone’s life in a positive or motivational way then his faith is deposited in us, we know we cant quit or surrender now that we can not let our followers disappointed, its all for metal, all for the metalheads and at the end only the satisfaction of duty accomplished.

When you play the sort of music you play I guess you cannot have birds and bees on the cover of your album? What is a great album cover to you?
R: Like every young thrash maniac our first covers were about melting skulls and apocalyptic scenes, then with time and maturity our covers started changing a little more abstract and mighty, for our new album we did a very simple cover: our logo, the one we’ve seen our followers have tattooed on their bodies, so that way we are together in that small symbol S+M

What is your opinion on digital verses physical? Is digital killing music?
R: I think its a way of distribution which could be benefic for more people to know about the band, is not killing music, its killing peoples imagination and killing the will to go out on the streets to purchase a CD or a Vinyl you always liked, I’m a CD collector, i wont judge other means o get music, at the end, the ones sitting in a computer getting fat and useless are them, not me

What kind live scene is there for bands like yours?
R: We’ve played in small venues, bars and even the sports arena of Mexico city, so we play live wherever required.

When you play live is it a happening or do you see it more as a party?
R: its damn serious the image we give playing either a small place or a big one, its our profession, no party, no fun, no nothing

What would you like to see the future bring?
R: success, recognition, world tours, happiness and a lot of music evolution in us.

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