If the late Michael Jackson were to sing in a heavy metal band, how would it sound? VRSTY has the answer.
Spinefarm Records brand new signing will release their latest EP Cloud City this Friday, December 4.
The quartet consists of Joey Varela [vocals], Javy Dorrejo [bass], Chris Cody [drums], and Paul Gregory [guitar].
Last year, the group released the Lights EP and Blck and Blck Deluxe.
Varela spoke to The Roman Show and says he pays homage to legendary pop singers in his group’s music.
“I grew up listing to Eminem and Michael Jackson that’s where my singing comes from,” he said. “I listened to a lot of pop music; I noticed that in that genre of music they reference other musicians.”
He later said,” They do callbacks and I don’t see that much on metal. So I said I want to that.
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Thanks to the legends, Varela said he wouldn’t have known of his signing talent.
“I would have never known if I can sing if it wasn’t for Michael Jackson or had I not known I can sing fast lyrics if it wasn’t for Eminem or anyone else like that.”
Furthermore, he said, “It is a good to pay homage to the artist that inspired you.”
One of his goals is to have metal reach out to more places.
“Music has to branch out if you stay on one thing it’ll never grow but if you add different styles it becomes more accessible to other people.”
With a Puerto Rican background, he also grew up hearing salsa singers Frankie Ruiz and Celia Cruz.
In light of his background, he wants to insert Hispanic music into heavy metal.
Spanish songs have been recorded but he said he doesn’t know when it will be available for the public.
A full-length album has also been recorded but a date hasn’t been determined.
On Spotify, the band has tallied over two million total streams with the most popular tracks being YOU & I.
Hear the complete interview, now.