The No Label Needed Contest & Series is a collaboration between Metal Insider and Scion to give one unsigned artist an entire DIY music industry education and launch a release without the help of a label. We’ll be posting features and updates on the contest & series periodically on Metal Insider. Find out more about No Label Needed here.
Over the next few weeks, we’ll be taking a closer look at each of the No Label Needed finalists. Today, we’re featuring Destroy The Opposition.
Formed in 2006 in San Pedro, CA, the band is comprised of Miguel Dorado on drums, Johnny Soto on guitar, Ricardo Macias on vocals and Elton Suarez on bass. Dorado took some time aside from campaigning for the lead in public votes to answer a few of our questions.
Why should people vote for you over the other finalists?
People should vote for us because we are a hard working band that is truly passionate about our music. Nothing we have accomplished has happened by accident, we have worked hard to be able to play big venues and play with artists whom we admire. We’re not looking to be another cookie-cutter band, we want to to make good music that people will remember for years to come. We are looking to make an impact on the current metal scene.
What has been your most challenging moment as an unsigned metal band?
The most challenging moment we have faced as an unsigned band would probably be the financial cost. Instruments, strings, amps, cymbals and other instrument costs are probably the biggest challenge.
Who’s career do you admire?
I admire Cynic’s career, more specifically Paul Masvidal. 15 years after their first and only major release, Paul Masvidal and Cynic were able to make an album that rivals their highly appraised debut release. Paul Masvidal has been able to keep his approach to writing music that he truly loves and continues to be one of my biggest influences musically and lyrically.
What metal trend would you like to see end?
I would like to see kids stop trying to dress or sound a certain way because it’s “cool” or “in”. The metal scene needs less bands that sound exactly the same and more bands that write songs because they are passionate and really believe in what they are doing.
Public voting for the No Label Needed Contest & Series presented by Scion runs through March 8. Visit the No Label Needed microsite to listen to Destroy The Opposition and the 19 other finalists and cast your vote!