Power trio female thrash metal from São Paulo, formed by Fernanda Lira (bass and vocals), Prika Amaral (guitar and backing vocals) and Luana Dametto (drums).
Despite being part of groups of different styles previously, death metal and crossover, all the members see in the compositions of Nervosa a same passion: thrash metal. With strong influences coming from bands of the classic style school, the girls of the band seek to rescue the best in heavy music.
From the city of Tapejara, Luana Dametto comes from a wave of drummers from the strong Extreme Metal scene in Rio Grande do Sul.
She started playing drums at the age of 12 when she had the first contact with music through the internet.
Being most of its influences coming from Death Metal, her most remarkable characteristics in the drumming are the blast beats, always well marked bass drums and visceral drum fills. Check out my interview with her below:
XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
Luana: The lastest band news is our music video “Kill the Silence”, this is the first hit that we released for “Downfall of Mankind”. We will be releasing more material related to the new album this year, we can’t announce yet cause it will be a surprise, but we are working on it. We’re gonna play in Mexico in the end of the year, and then we have some shows in Brazil, for now that’s pretty much what we can say.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
Luana: The band has been together for 8 years, but with different line-ups.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
Luana: I wasn’t there when the band started, but my main motivation to be in Nervosa is that I could see that the band does this cause we really like it, it’s not for money or success, even if we work in the band as our only main job and always try to keep it very professional, cause we do wanna grow and get better things, the band plays this cause we like it for real, we live this in and out of the stage. I believe this was probably the reason why the band started, cause everyone likes so much to be around the metal scene, that it worked out and it is what it is now days.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
Luana: Before Nervosa I played in a Black Metal project with a friend, that never came to light and recorded a full-length for another Black Metal band called Isfet. My main band was Apophizys, it’s Death Metal and I played with them for 6 years, then I got in Nervosa.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
Luana: I think we represent that women also can play Thrash Metal and aggressive music, like any other band in the metal scene. We are from South America and it’s not so easy to live from a metal band there, and we’re doing, and slowly growing. We represent that it’s possible.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
Luana: Talking about the band, we are always working to make everything even more professional, we just released the new album and we are already thinking about the next one, so the goal is always to get better in every aspect possible. My personal goal is to play faster, always faster.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
Luana: Writing new songs and playing live, but playing live is much better and exciting, cause it’s when you check what’s working better for the crowd.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
Luana: I would say political, cause they talk about problems that we have in the society now days. There’s some other lyrics about personal themes, like one that is about sleep paralysis, but mainly political.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
Luana: Never Forget Never Repeat, it’s the fastest song and every drum line in that song is 100% Death Metal, which I appreciate very much.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
Luana: It’s not exactly from the tour, but happened while we were in the tour. Me and Fernanda decided to travel 10 hours and go to Metal Days just to watch the bands. We were lost without a tent or money, started to rain and we got a tent from a random brazilian that was in the festival and felt sorry for us. Rained a lot while we were there, and we couldn’t come back to the tour, so Krisiun gave us a ride to their next show in Vienna, that was in the way to our next city, we traveled 6 hours with them, got a Flix Bus for some more hours and got back to the routine. That was stupid from us, but we would do it again (I think).
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
Luana: To give my socks, yes, random.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
Luana: Very supportive, without them it wouldn’t be possible. My parents bought my first drum kit, they supported me paying for teachers and to make everything the easiest possible. When Nervosa called me, I immediately left the University, and they were there supporting me too, cause they know this is what I want and it makes me happy.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
Luana: Don’t give up so easily, being a metal band includes sleeping in the floor sometimes, not getting enough food sometimes, having shitty situations to solve that shouldn’t happen… It’s hard, but this is how it is for everyone, and everyone started like this.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
Luana: Never Forget Never Repeat, Hostages, Fear Violence Massacre.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
Luana: The first metal band that I heard about in my life was Slipknot, before them I didn’t know heavy music. Joey Jordison was the first drummer that I have ever watched, and that was suuuper fast and incrediable to me. Since then, I have been trying to play drums like that too.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
Luana: Sepultura, Krisiun and Power Trip. This would be devastating.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
Luana: To play in Brutal Assault. We already played in many huge festivals like Brutal Assault, but this one is very famous, also famous out of Europe, so to me, it was a big deal to get to play in this one, I understood that I was doing something right.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
Luana: I was working with graphic design, so this is my knowledge, but I wouldn’t like to work with this again. I wish I could also work designing clothes, or having a shower store, and sell lots of body stuff, shampoo, soap, bath bombs…
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
Luana: A basic drum kit of two toms and one floor tom, five cymbals, and I always hope for a good monitor.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
Luana: I think we have so many great bands now days that it got hard to grow and get attention from people. Everyone is getting professional, and we can find so many young kids on internet playing like computers, it’s getting hard to be unique, cause everyone is very good too. I don’t know if it’a positive or not, but I guess it is.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
Luana: Expect for metal, my second biggest love are drag queens, they’re amazing.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
Luana: We released “Downfall of Mankind” not a long time ago, there’s a music video and some playthrough out there, I recommend you see this!
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!