Interview written and conducted by Rhyan Gaspari


Welcome back existing readers and hello to the new ones! We hope you had a wonderful holiday season and we are looking forward to bringing you all new content in 2014!

After a short break, we are back and better than ever! This week, Metal and Melodies caught up with Patrick of Camisado to talk about new music, their Michael Jackson cover, and tour tips for new bands!

Hello! Can you please introduce yourself to our readers?
Hello my name is Patrick, and I play drums for Camisado.

You’ve released a cover of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.” Can you tell me a little bit about it?
When we decided to do a cover song, we didn’t want to just do one that was currently popular, we wanted to do an iconic song and what’s more iconic than ‘Thriller’?! To this day, kids of the up and coming generation know of this song because of the huge impact it had on the entire world, not to mention we all love Michael Jackson!
Your last record, Faceless, was released in 2012. Can fans expect a new record any time soon?
Absolutely! The writing process is a long and complicated journey. Ideas are floating back and forth constantly and collaborations from all our members make the songs more unique. We’ve been working on a few things and have some plans. Nothing set it stone for now but there is more Camisado coming very soon!
We’ve seen fans posting on your social networks saying that they want to see Camisado play a shows in their town. Are there any touring plans for 2014?
That’s what being in a band is all about right?! Touring, bringing your music to all your fans worldwide and sharing the experience with them. Unfortunately the engine of our current tour van has blown up so we’re going to have to figure something to getting back on the road in 2014.
Speaking of going on tour, do you have three tour tips you can share with bands that are just starting out? 
BRING LOTS OF SOCKS AND UNDERWEAR. Nothing’s more important than staying clean. Next, prepare as much as you can ahead of time and save up as much [money] as possible, you never know what will happen out on the road. Third is to just have fun. There will be a few bumps and rough patches out on the road but the important thing is to have the best time of your life!
What sets your band apart from the other bands in this scene?
One cool thing about our band musically is that we all come from different backgrounds. Joe and Juan come from a more post-hardcore style, while Quincy and myself (Patrick G.) come from a more metal/metalcore style. Pat M. fills the gap with his death metal style of music. With all those different combinations we’ve created a sort of ‘melting pot’ of music.
How do you think the internet has impacted the music scene?
The internet has changed the world, let alone the music scene. Everything has become more accessible and discovering music has never been easier. It is an extremely helpful tool in building your audience.
Looking back, what advice would you give the 16-year-old version of yourself? 
I personally would’ve told myself to either stick with baseball or start drumming at an earlier age. I starting drumming at 18. I’m 23 now and I would’ve loved to have had two extra years of experience.
What is one life skill that you believe everyone should know?
To be patient and to work as hard as you can. As long as you believe in yourself and give 100% effort with anything you want to accomplish, there’s no limit to what you can achieve.
What job do you think you would have if you couldn’t be in a band?
I would be designing video games for a living, like Battlefield or Call of Duty, etc.
What do you think is the biggest issue with the youth of today? How can we fix it?
I just think everyone needs to think before they react. Today, social media is so easily accessible and kids will throw anything and everything into social media sites without thinking how that may impact themselves, others, or others perspectives of them. Before you hit the tweet/status update button, make sure you’re thinking about what you’re saying because anyone and everyone can potentially see it.
Is there a funny story you’d like to share with me?
One time when we were in Grand Rapids MI, we were crashing at our friend Klu’s house before a show at the MXTP. We had been doing some drinking (legally haha) and towards the end up the night, Quincy had drank to the point where he ended up crashing on her kitchen counter. A little while later, he ended up on the kitchen floor and was KNOCKED OUT COLD. When Quincy sleeps, nothing can wake him!
What do you do for fun when you’re at home?
We all just kinda kick it. We all have our favorite TV shows, video games, etc. Sometimes a few of us may get together and go hang out at the bar for the evening. Just regular stuff.
In closing, is there a message you would like to share with your fans?
Be on the lookout for new Camisado material coming very soon. We’ve been busting our asses off preparing for a HUGE year in 2014 and we are so excited to share our upcoming works with our fans. Stay tuned you guys, we do this for each and everyone of you! Keep it up with your amazing support and we will see you guys on the road!