El Paso Music Scene

Short [Voyeur] Interview

Gino, Martin of [Voyeur]
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by Charles Hurley

Voyeur, an El Paso rock band, has been playing since 2001. We caught up with Martin, Gino, and Carlos before a show on December 16 to ask them about being featured on a PBS show, as well as their recent LA tour, band management, and some other developments.

EPMS: Tell me about the PBS show, What it Takes:

Martin: We got in contact with Crystal Clear Productions. We first got in contact with them to do the music video and it just built up from there. They were doing a show called, "What it Takes," and they asked us to do it, you know, what it takes to be in a band. So, we accepted, and now the guy that actually runs the show is our manager. So, it's been a pretty good relationship ever since.

EPMS: Best Heard Blind Management; is that the manager you're talking about?

Martin: It first started off as a joke, but then when he became our manager, he wanted to, like, manage the band, and we needed a manager, especially one of his intelligence. Someone that could actually talk to people; really good communications skills, social skills. So, we built it up and he said, let's call it "Best Heard Blind Management." We said all right, and now we have a deal with him, and he's our manager. His name is Antonio Hernandez, but we call him Red; He's a red-head guy. Crazy guy.

EPMS: How'd you hook up with this guy?

Martin: Like I said, we started wanting to do the music videos, he was going to be the director, him and this other guy. Everybody, his whole crew, liked the band really, so much. It just built up like as a really good friendship. Now he's our manager, and it's been pretty good ever since.

EPMS: I was reading about your interview with the Las Cruces radio station KRUX, 91.5 FM, on your site, and it said you had "problems following radio regulations." What kind of problems did you have?

Gino: Actually, it was all due to me. I said some stuff that I wasn't supposed to say, like "Go and see us," or, we talked about some drugs. We got like the 'cut it out' stuff, sign-language style, but, other than that, that was pretty much the basics of it... Before the show, they let us know what's up, and I still did it. We're probably going to go back there... hopefully... (We'll) see what happens.

EPMS: What about Saul Liberato, his going back and forth with Lylah. It says on your Myspace page, that you "allowed ex-member Saul Liberato to rejoin the band with a new attitude." Was there any spanking involved?

Carlos Aguilar: LOL. Maybe.

Martin: There was plenty of spanking. LOL.

Carlos Aguilar: He was with us when we first started out, when it was just me, Martin... The three originals, we first started the band Well, I didn't really start the band, but we were (ones) of the first ones. Anyways, he was with us, and he quit. Well, he didn't like what we were doing, he didn't like the way we were taking everything. We were beginners, this was like four years ago. He didn't like where it was going. We were still beginners. I really didn't know how to play guitar. I was a bassist, it was my first time really playing guitar and then, so, he just quit, and he wasn't really into the band, and then, as we progressed, me and Martin stuck together, and then we got these new members. We really worked, and I guess he saw that, like, that we had that attitude, and that we stayed together the whole time. So, yeah, when he came back with us, he was excited. He wanted to be in the band this time. I guess, for sure, like, because I know he was with some other bands where he couldn't write music. It was all about the other bands. They would tell him what to play and all that. You know, now he has the opportunity to write his own music and, you know, get creative with us.

EPMS: You're starting nationwide touring soon?

Martin: We're about to, with this new tour for the next year. We just got in contact with Greg... I forgot his last name. Actually, our manager, Red, brought him down to check us out. He told some things we needed to work on. Some things we didn't agree on, but, either way, he's from Florida, and he's going to go ahead and book us a nationwide tour. We're really excited about that. Plus, our manager's also going to book us overseas for the next year, and we're going to really just be touring a lot for the next year in support of (our CD,) Dead Roses for the Living. While we're doing that, we're going to be writing new material for a new album.

EPMS: I understand you'll be touring in Korea, is that right?

Martin: It's still set as Korea, but it could change next year. It could be Japan, it could be Europe, it's still tentative.

EPMS: Why Korea?

Martin: Supposedly called the Armed Forces Tour, we're supposed to go put a concert on for the troops, just as a thank you for what they're doing for our country. They really don't get to do much... (laughter in the background) Well, they do do a lot. As far as entertainment, I'm pretty sure they'll be pretty excited. We'll put on one kick-ass rock show.

EPMS: Tell me about the LA shows that you did recently:

Gino: Yeah, just recently, we actually got to play the Whisky a Go Go, the famous Whisky a Go Go. It was pretty cool, I mean, we got there and the crowd was there.

Martin: LA crowd.

Gino: LA crowd, kind of mismatched with our style, but I mean, we pulled it off. We got some good... claps or something, but overall, the whole experience of playing at the Whisky a Go Go, that was like the major thing that we wanted to do. Because, before we went to... we played, like, the Kat Klub, which was like, right next door, like, "We want to play the Whisky a Go Go," and we actually got to do it, so, it's pretty good.

EPMS: A lot of bands tell me the LA crowds are spoiled.

Martin: I think the LA crowd's pretty jaded. The music scene's just over there. So, I guess they're just used to seeing everything over there. So, the LA crowd, I consider them really jaded.

EPMS: Martin, you talked on your site about getting arrested for DWI. What gets me is the fact that you mentioned it at all.

Martin: I think it's that we have a really good relationship with our fans. We let them know what's going on with all of us. Even if it's just a little thing like that. I told Carlos, he's in charge of the web site, he does all the web work. Gino does the Myspace thing. I told Carlos to go ahead and put it up on the web site. Let's let the fans know what's going on. After a show I got arrested, went straight to jail, for driving while intoxicated, according to the cop. For the record, I really was not intoxicated. I reeked of alcohol, but wasn't intoxicated.

EPMS: Which police agency was it that got you?

Martin: State trooper. That explains it. LOL.

EPMS: Anything else for your El Paso fans?

Gino: Keep listening to our stuff, and we'll have some new stuff by next year.

Martin: The fans rock!

EPMS: Thanks a lot.

Gino: See you later, Charles.