Well this was a strange interview to say the least. Earlier this week I was contacted on Facebook Messenger by Redouane Aouameur to do an interview about his band Lelahell. Normally I schedule all interviews on my show through publicists and record labels unless i actually know the person, but I recalled hearing about this band before. So i figured what the hell I will give em a shot and let em get some air time on my show. The band is pretty good like a cross between old school Cannibal Corpse and new school Rivers Of Nihil. I tell him in Messenger that the only time I have available to do a live interview is during my show at 10pm est on Friday night August 3, 2018
This is quite late in Algeria which is where the band is located, 3 am to be exact! But he accepts the time. So we schedule the event on Facebook as I always do. He asks me if we do the call with Skype and I tell him no we can use Messenger since its free.
Friday afternoon when I am setting up things for the show I am looking online to find some new music from the band to play on the show after the interview, to help promote the band. All I find available for free download, is an old ep entitled "Al Intihar" from 2012.
I message him back on Messenger and ask if he has any newer music for me to play on the show. I get no response. So I grab the ep from Bandcamp. I start the show off with the cover song of Mayhems “Freezing Moon” from the ep.
Getting close to interview time, I message him again on Messenger. I tell him I will be calling him very soon. He responds by simply saying “Hi”? This is when things get strange. We go live on air and I call him on Messenger. The first call goes directly to voicemail, so I leave a message. Then I try again and get an answer the second time but it seems as though this is not the person I have been talking too on Messenger? it is like he has no idea what I am talking about and keeps saying “no no no no” I ask him "is this Lelahell?" He says no it is not. I say we have an interview and he seems confused. So I start thinking he is obviously fucking with me. So, we end the call. Then he calls me back and tells me it was a mistake? And still acts like he has no idea what I am doing. So, I end the call and carry on with the show and just figure this was a prank. Then he messages me something about the song we played? I am assuming he is talking about the Mayhem cover and he says “it was a demo from friends i am recording” and asks where I got it?
So now I know this man is in the band Lelahell. He obviously knows we had an interview set up and understood why I was calling him. He obviously had been listening to the show. Was he mad that I played a demo song from an ep his band has available on Bandcamp? If so why would you put that on the internet anyway? if it is something you do not want to be played? It is available for free download, see below. He responds with a link to a YouTube video for a newer song which i will admit is pretty bad ass. It's a shame he didn't send me this song in the first place so i could have played it. But it is what it is. Now why he chose to pretend like he had no idea who i was or what i was doing, I have no idea. He then claims it was a bad internet connection and says let's try it again.
But by this point I feel I have had enough with this game and I get pissed and tell him to fuck off. He then screen shots this and starts posting it on Facebook to try and sell me as an "amateur drunk asshole". Now i won't deny I can be an asshole at times if pushed enough like this situation. And i can admit on every show i do , i drink some beers. Anyone that has ever listened to my show, knows it is all about drinking beer and blasting tunes with my friends! I mean, my name kind of gives it away right? But i was definitely not drunk.
Now as far as amateur goes, sure this is not FM radio. But I have been doing this a long time and have had the opportunity to talk to some of the coolest cats in this industry from artists i grew up listening to, all the way down to some of the most unheard-of underground bands you can find on the net. I will talk to just about anyone on my show because it's fun and I don't discriminate between bands. If you are cool with me, I am cool with you. Plenty of bands, record labels and PR are emailing me on a daily basis to get interviews booked on my show, so clearly, I am doing something right. But whatever the reason was for this to happen this way, you can listen to the brief conversation we had on air and check out the video and Bandcamp link below. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.
Here are some screenshots of our conversation in Messenger.
Here is screenshots of him trying to blast me as the bad guy?
Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.