Felipe – We are Wild Witch. Traditional Heavy Metal band formed in Curitiba, state of Paraná, south of Brazil. The band was formed in 2011 and by Felipe “Rippervert” on the bass guitar, Flav Scheidt on lead vocals, Mariano Burich on guitars and Weiberlan Garcia on the drums.
2.How would you describe your musical sound?
Felipe – We are very influenced, specially, by early 80’s Heavy Metal and 70’s Hard Rock. Bands that used to play pure Heavy Metal with classic Rock n’ Roll elements. Naturally we have our influences but we ever try to make our music with our own identity. Many bands try to play “oldschool” metal only using direct elements of some bands. We prefer to bring, each member, their own references and work hard over this to do something that sounds only like ourselves.
3.What are some of the lyrical topics and subjects the band explores with the music?
Felipe – We are always searching to be not stagnant with our lyrical themes, we like to be free to write our music. However, of course, we have our favorite themes. These are history, mythology, heavy metal and Fantasy, but nothing prevents us to do lyrics about movies, sci fi or love.
4.What is the meaning and inspiration behind the name Wild Witch?
Felipe – It was a Flav idea. We thought many options like Lamia and Sandman. So Flav suggested Witchripper (after it would be a song title) but we found an Australian band with this name (it was the old Sithlord, a great Black/Thrash band that changed their name to this). So, from Witchripper, she had an “in sigh” about Wild Witch. It sounds like a typical 80’s/70’s Rock n Roll/Heavy Metal band name and we liked how it sounds to us.
5.What are some of the best shows that the band has played so far and also how would you describe your stage performance?
Felipe – The band started to do concerts in the middle of 2013, after the release of “Burning Chains”. We don’t have many concerts of traditional Heavy Metal in Curitiba. It’s really hard to happen here. The best concert that we made was a gig with the Canadian band Cauldron.
6.Do you have any touring or show plans for the future?
Felipe – Yes, we have a gig with Leather Leone in August and a concert in São Paulo to the second semester. Nothing else has been arranged yet. Now we are focused in studio and we are pretending to organize more gigs after to this.
7.Recently Inferno Records re-issued your 2013 demo on cassette, what are your thoughts on the final product?
Felipe – It was a pleasure to us. Unfortunately we did not see the cassettes yet. We still waiting for this in Brazil, but we hope that it was very well done. We are anxious to see this.
8.On a worldwide level ho has the feedback been to your music by fans of heavy metal?
Felipe – It was good. The feedback out of Brazil was too good as the feedback that we got here. People in Greece, France, Germany and Japan liked too much of our job and we sold many copies of the independent version of Burning Chains for these countries and some other more.
The cassette version has gotten a good selling.
9.When can we expect a full length album and also where do you see the band heading into musically during the future?
Felipe – We are currently recording our first full length. The drum and rhythm guitar sessions were finished at the last week and now we are working on the bass guitar. We are very committed to this work and we hope that we will finish it as fast as possible.
10.What are some of the bands or musical styles that have had an influence on your music and also what are you listening to nowadays/
Felipe - We have many influences. As I said earlier, Heavy Metal of the first half of the 80’s of bands like Saxon, Priest, Tank, Iron Maiden, Accept and 70’s Rock bands like Thin Lizzy or KISS. We try to compose the songs only with our own reference, not thinking if our song will sounds like another song of some band that we like. Currently I’m listening many Heavy Metal bands of that new crop like Fire Strike, Rampart, Lady Beast, Iron Curtain, Witchfyre and many others.
11.How would you describe your views on Occultism?
Felipe – We like to read much about that. Some members of Flav’s family had some experiences with African religion and evocation of spirits. It’s really usual in Brazil. I’m curious about those and other ‘real’ (or not) experiences and sometimes I like to read about it but I prefer search occultism as an artistic expression. I like movies, literature, comics and music about this theme. I hope that thought of Mariano and Flav are similar to mine. Weiberlan is even more skeptical I guess.
12.What are some of your non musical interests?
Felipe – I’m graduated as Design bachelor and now I’m doing my second college in Software Analysis and Development. From September until May I’ll be in Dublin studding and the band gonna do some concerts with another temporary bassist. I work in a bank as enterprise architect and I’m a maniac for arts in general. Flav currently is studding Computing Science and working on a bank also. Mariano is electronic engineering student and Weiberlan is programmer.
13.Before we wrap up this interview, do you have any final words or thoughts?
Felipe – Yes! I’m really grateful about all the support that we have received and I really liked to answer to this! I would like to thank Underground Extreme Music cast for the opportunity, Fabien of Infernö Records and all the bands that made part of the label. Thank you all!