Rayman James of Malice Interviewed “Lets be honest here, most bands are lazy”

Malice is a Traditional Power Metal/Heavy Metal band that will inspire you to take on all life’s obstacles and challenges. Malice captures the spirit of the Norse gods. Malice was started by bassist “The Metal Warrior” Rayman James. In 2010 Malice entered the studio and began recording their debut full length album “Triumph and Glory”. In February of 2012 Malice released their single “The Battle” through Iron Valkyrie Records. Followed by the release of their music video “Sons of Rock”.

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Iron Serbian: How did you first get in to music? Who turned you onto rock/metal?

Rayman James: I was 5 years old and my sister was playing a bootleg Manowar tape, I heard Defender first and then Violence and Bloodshed and I was hooked.

How did you become a bassist and are you proficient in any other instruments?

My lil bro bought a guitar and told me I should get a bass so we can start a band.

What was the local scene in St. Paul like in the beginning, was there a particular band you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now?

There are some good local acts, I never modeled myself after any of them. I always wanted to be the next Maiden, Manowar or Priest. I do my best to help out a lot of the local bands in the MN scene now.

Has there been times when drugs and alcohol were beneficial to the band.

I am the primary song writer and leader of the band and I have never in my life touched any drugs, or smoked and have never drank any alcohol at all. I take a very strong stance against drug and alcohol use and abuse. I cant see how it could be beneficial, it just fucks with your brain. And I like my brain and body to be in peak condition at all times.

How would you best describe your sound?

Pure heavy metal. There is a new term I been hearing a lot and it is the New Wave of Traditional Heavy Metal I think that suits us well.

Is doing pre-sales the same thing as pay to play?

No. And honestly I don’t have a problem with either business practice. It is business. Promoters, Venues everyone is out to make money and not lose money. Lets be honest here, most bands are lazy and think the world owes them a favor, that venues and promoters should be so happy and grateful just to have them show up. Most are happy just to play in front of the same 5 people every show.

What was the first music you bought and what have you bought more than once?

I think the first CD I ever got with my own money was Monsters of Metal or something like that one of those compilation CDs

DIY forever or signing with a label at first opportunity?

DIY unless there is a label that wants us and well agree to MY terms.

Whats the biggest show you have played so far and do you still get nervous before a gig?

Probably Rock Fest in Wisconsin, but I have never been nervous at a show even my first one I ever played. I get excited, like happy excitement. I want to be on the stage all the time. I love to play, I am an attention whore and love being in the spot light I love to entertain. Its why I loved playing sports in school it is why I did drama theater in school, why I do open mic night at different stand up comedy clubs in the Twin Cities area or do kareoke I just love to be up in front of people doing my thing, I love to command a crowd.

Is commercial rock radio dead?

I don’t listen to it.

Favorite songs on the new as yet to be finished album and why?

All of them, If I didn’t like them I wouldn’t record them. Each one has a different time and place for me depending on my mood at the moment.

Out of all your songs which one touches you the most when you perform it?

I think Malice is the most exciting because it is the first one in the set. and I am back stage just getting pumped as the intro track rolls and you get the chills of excitement as you hear the crowd calling for you. YEAH MALICE!

Are there any political or social issues hidden in Malice songs?

I try to avoid politics but its impossible really to avoid it. I would say yes I have hidden things or meanings in most the songs.

What was the process of putting the songs in order.

It depends really usually its just me and Sheridan sitting down going over the songs and making suggestions what would be cool if we did this or that.

What endorsements do you have and what endorsements do you still want?

Right now just from Grossman Guitars who made my bass for me. We are working on some more. Pantene Pro V would be great to get a lifetime supply of that. Or Trojan Condoms but they keep rejecting me something about not wanting to lose their biggest customer.

Bands you would love to tour with and musician or artist you would like to meet and interrogate?

Iron Maiden

Song to be played at your funeral and 3 albums to take to your grave?

I am immortal, I shall never Die. (as long as they hurry the fuck up and make me an android body to download my brain into)

Final thoughts, shout outs, dirty jokes?

Life is a war, every day a battle. Be a Warrior Fight and Carry on never surrender never yield. It takes courage and strength to carry on through the shit every day.

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