Welcome to the LOUDEST DOT COM ON THE PLANET!
KNAC.COM News Reviews and More Watch The Latest Videos Buy KNAC T-shirts and More


Thrash Into Submission: An Interview With Michael Vafiotis Of 4ARM

By Damian J. Cousins aka "The Maestro", Dallas Contributor
Tuesday, December 17, 2013 @ 4:06 PM


"Itís all good touring with the big guns, but sometimes youíve gotta hold your own and get out and do some major tours yourself."

- advertisement -

- advertisement -
Last month I was able to get a few minutes with Mick Vafiotis, drummer for Australian thrashers 4ARM at their tour stop here in Dallas, TX with GOJIRA and SLAYER. For those of you not already in the know you should be rocking and thrashing to their body of work (13 Scars, The Empires of Death, and newest album Submission For Liberty) on a regular basis immediately after you finish reading this. Got that? OK, good. Read on and see what Mick had to say to us:

KNAC.COM: So weíre about 11 or 12 shows into the tour. How have the crowds been treating you?

VAFIOTIS: Really good, man. Exceptionally well, and weíve had some good numbers turn up early to see us. That also happened on the TESTAMENT tour earlier this year. We were pretty shocked to see that. We donít get that much at home when international bands tour, so itís been great to see.

KNAC.COM: Youíre out here with SLAYER who are doing an "old school" set. How have you enjoyed seeing legends up there doing their thing?

VAFIOTIS: Yeah itís good, and I havenít heard some of those songs in a long time, so hearing them never gets old. I could watch them every night. I try to watch from all different angles when I do.

KNAC.COM: The U.S. really seems to have embraced 4ARM. What do you think of the positive reaction from the metal scene?

VAFIOTIS: Itís great, man. Really great. We finally feel that weíre getting recognized internationally since the release of the last album. It feels like the rest of the world is starting to wake up a little and know about 4ARM. The first two albums were pretty much stuck in Australia. Submission really got out there and made some noise.

KNAC.COM: As far as writing goes, do you do any on the road, or no?

VAFIOTIS: Weíve already written stuff for the next album. We knew we were gonna be doing the whole SLAYER tour for quite some time now. Itís hard to write on the road, especially in the vehicle weíre in. It gets tight with all our stuff. So when we finished the TESTAMENT tour we started writing, and then we stopped when we toured Europe. So itís been on and off, whenever we got a break and would go home, we got together and got some material down. Weíre not far off of a release, sometime early next year. But as far as writing on the road weíre not really comfortable doing that. Plus, weíre soaking it all in trying to enjoy our time while weíre here.

KNAC.COM: What is the writing dynamic within the group?

VAFIOTIS: Itís always been from day one me and Dan, our singer. We just belt it out whether itís at his place, or I come up with something and send it to him online. We get together regularly and write. We just have that connection; our influences are very similar in styles. And itís worked so far, so for the next record I donít think that will change. Dan writes all the lyrics, thatís his thing. I leave him to it because heís an awesome writer and singer. Thatís the formula.

KNAC.COM: OVERKILL, TESTAMENT, and now SLAYERÖsafe to say your touring wish list is pretty much getting filled?

VAFIOTIS: Well thereís one that hasnít happened. That would be METALLICA. For me that would be a childhood dream come true. THIS, what weíre doing now is a childhood dream come true, but METALLICA would be nice!

KNAC.COM: Oh, man. A METALLICA/4ARM tour would be one hell of a bill!

VAFIOTIS: I think our music would suit their audience. And thatís kind of whatís happening at the moment. Fans have sort of turned to us and appreciate what weíre doing. Because thereís a connection between our music and SLAYERís. Weíre very similar styles, so itís not like the crowd is going, ďWhatís this noise??Ē So I get it. Weíre winning them over with what theyíre hearing, initially.

KNAC.COM: Iíve interviewed some of the Elder Statesmen of Thrash if you will and Zetro from HATRIOT named you guys as one of the newer bands he really likes. He named HAVOK, WARBRINGER, and 4ARM off the top of his head without any hesitation.

VAFIOTIS: Iíd really like to see a tour like that. Itís all good touring with the big guns, but sometimes youíve gotta hold your own and get out and do some major tours yourself. I think those bands you mentioned and us would be an awesome tour. So to everyone reading this, you knowÖ

KNAC.COM: HAVOK is definitely a favorite of mine, too.

VAFIOTIS: We did a show with them on the TESTAMENT tour. I met Pete (Webber, drums) and all the guys. Theyíre awesome dudes!

KNAC.COM: Peteís a monster on drums, too.

VAFIOTIS: Yeah, he is!

KNAC.COM: SO whatís next for 4ARM these next few years?

VAFIOTIS: Touring. More touring. Thatís what we love doing. Iíd like to get back to Europe maybe in summer and of course getting the album out is the main focus.

KNAC.COM: Do you ever miss home in Australia?

VAFIOTIS: Not really, I can live like this. The guys think Iím a little bit of a princess on the road because I have to have showers every day. You donít know the rest of these guys! Less hygienic, so to speak.

KNAC.COM: Ummm, Iíve read some things. Some of which are more disturbing than others.

VAFIOTIS: We went to Walmart and bought Febreze and air fresheners and we had a good laugh because we were like, ďThis ainít metal!Ē (laughs). But I could live like this, itís fun. You get to see the world, hang out with cool people, see some great bands, and play.

KNAC.COM: Tell me something about the band right now that I CANíT find online, or anywhere else. Something 100,000 interviewers havenít already asked you.

VAFIOTIS: Me and Dan used to be in a band together prior to this. Not many people know that. Uhh, I canít swim. Off the top of my head, youíve got me there.

KNAC.COM: Mick, if youíre gonna travel the world I think youíd better learn how to swim.

VAFIOTIS: Yeah, I nearly drowned in the Ukraine, the Black Sea.

KNAC.COM: (Laughing) 4ARM needs you!!

VAFIOTIS: (Also laughing) Yeah, hopefully!

KNAC.COM: What do you want to say to the 4ARM fans out there?

VAFIOTIS: Well thank you first and foremost for your ongoing support. I hope to see each and every one of you out there rocking it.

As I stated in my earlier review of the show, 4ARM came out and just absolutely shredded South Side Ballroom that night. They may have been the opener, but they play with the confidence and swagger of a headliner, and you can see it and hear it. Definitely catch them when they come to your neck of the woods, and if you havenít checked out their albums I strongly urge you to do so. Because 4ARM are here to stay, people. Get onboard now!

www.4arm.net


Back to Top

 

 

 Recent Features
Rise: An Exclusive Interview With HOLY MOTHER
Defiance: An Exclusive Interview With TINO TROY Of PRYAING MANTIS
Wheel Of Illusion: An Interview With ROGER NILSSON Of THE QUILL
Guitar Drama: An Exclusive Interview With Guitarist MARTY FRIEDMAN
Always Believe: An Exclusive Interview With GIANCARLO FLORIDIA
From Hell I Rise: An Exclusive Interview With Guitarist KERRY KING
Light 'Em Up!: An Exclusive Interview With Guitarist DOUG ALDRICH Of THE DEAD DAISIES
JUNKMAN Recaps The 2024 'ROCK FOR RONNIE - Year Of The Dragon' Benefit Concert
Tattoo Me On You: An Interview With LEE AARON
A Symptom Of Being Human: An Exclusive Interview With BARRY KERCH Of SHINEDOWN
Beyond Shadowland: An Exclusive Interview With ROBERT BERRY Of SIX BY SIX
Fear No Evil: An Interview With REX CARROLL Of WHITECROSS
Cold Sweat: An Exclusive Interview With Guitarist MARC FERRARI
Atomic Klok: An Exclusive Interview With Drummer GENE HOGLAN
No Crown In This Dead Town: An Exclusive Interview With HANNAH CUTT
Rome Wasn't Built In A Day: An Exclusive Interview With DEREK DAVIS Of BABYLON A.D.
Humanoid: An Exclusive Interview With WOLF HOFFMANN Of ACCEPT
Banished By Sin: An Exclusive Interview With GLEN BENTON Of DEICIDE
KEELWORLD: An Exclusive Interview With RON KEEL
Pollen Meets The Blacktop: An Exclusive Interview With MATT JAMES Of BLACKTOP MOJO
Reunited: An Exclusive Interview With RENA PETRUCCI, YAEL RALLIS Of MEANSTREAK
40 Years of Rage: An Exclusive Interview With PETER "PEAVY" WAGNER Of RAGE
The Storm Cometh: An Exclusive Interview With MATT PIKE And JEFF MATZ Of HIGH ON FIRE
From The Archives: JUNKMAN's 2011 Interview With DAVID COVERDALE
DJ WILL Recaps The 2024 HELL'S HEROES VI Festival
From Houston To Vegas: An Exclusive Interview With MARK KENDALL Of GREAT WHITE
Free Spirit Soar: An Exclusive Interview With MARK ZONDER Of WARLORD
Living Like A Sunburn: An Exclusive Interview With DANNY DOLL And CHAD MICHAEL Of WICKED
Roots & Shoots: An Interview With JIM PETERIK Of WORLD STAGE
Let There Be Anarchy: An Interview With JEFF SCOTT SOTO Of ART OF ANARCHY



HOME | MAGAZINE | VIDS | STORE | HELP/POLICIES

©2024 KNAC.COM. All Rights Reserved.    Link to us    Advertise with us    Privacy policy
 Latest News