Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Brasilia, Brazil based Heavy Metal band Blazing Dog. Huge thanks to bassist Renan Guimarães for taking part.

What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?

My name is Renan Guimarães, I play bass for Blazing Dog. The band started in 2004, with the purpose of playing Heavy Metal in the vein of bands like Judas Priest, Manowar, Iron Maiden and other gods

How did you come up with your band name?

The name was given by the ex-vocalist and founder, Carlos Sousa. So, I have nothing to do with it (laughs)

What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?

We are from Brasília, the capital of Brazil. The scene is cool, with lots of bands and young kids coming to the shows

What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)

The DVD + CD “Age of the Beast”, released in the year of 2015. Hell, that’s quite old!

‘Deus ex Machina’ from the DVD Age of The Beast

Who have been your greatest influences?

Metal as a whole genre, mainly the greatest names of it

What first got you into music?

I was thirteen years old, got into Brazilian rock bands and after that, metal. Metallica’s Kill ’Em All was the door that opened this whole new world for me

If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?

Ghost. I’m a big fan since the beginning of the band. Cool sound, ideas, concept and looks. I love the art that they are creating.

If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?

Wacken Open Air. That’s the ultimate festival for a metalhead

What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?

A miniature of a motorcycle that I was riding from a pic I had on my social media. Actually, that was pretty cool.

If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?

Drop your phone and read a book. People nowadays are dumber because of the excess of useless information and social media bullshit.

If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?

That is easy, Ronnie James Dio. The guy was a fucking blast and had a great heart also.

What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?

Live shows are always the best thing about it. Humm… maybe the whole thing before live shows are the worst part also. Soundchecks, carrying equipment, schedule problems…

If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?

I would bring back the physical media era in music. Those were the days when it was a cool ritual listening to something new or old that you put your hands on.

Name one of your all-time favourite albums?

That’s difficult. I can’t do this man, hahahaha. There are so many cool things around that I think answering this is a crime. Shame on you for that question. I will answer with my favourite album of the week: Accept first album. Aggressive and melodic, beautiful ballads, what a great album!

What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?

Vinyl and CD’s. I’ve never liked cassettes. Streaming is cool for the convenience, but the sound…

What’s the best gig that you have played to date?

The last one with Blazing Dog opening for Shaman (Shaman – Nagual Fly Tour in Brasília-DF, March 7th 2020), before the pandemic and the whole hell that broke loose in the world.

If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?

Man, I don’t get money from the band, so I have to work, hehehe.

Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?

My band… I miss those guys

What’s next for the band?

Hope to release something new soon. And go back to playing live shows

What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?

Look for us on Spotify and YouTube:

Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?

Never heard of them until now. It’s a paradox for what I’ve known

Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?

Thanks for the opportunity and cool questions. I’ve had fun answering them!

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