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Getting to the 'point': Interview with Elias Soriano of Nonpoint

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Having just wrapped up a stellar tour with heavy metal icons Megadeth and completing their own headlining “Lights, Camera, Action! Tour” prior to that, Florida-originated alternative metal outfit Nonpoint has had quite run in 2013. Despite a number of changes in the band’s line up in past years and more recent changes in representation and personnel, they have persevered and ended 2013 with new prospects for 2014 lighting their way to another sensational year on the road. Examiner.com got a chance to sit down with “The Voice" himself (front man and co-founder Elias Soriano) before the Megadeth tour ended to talk about the tours, how he found his own inspiration and the inside track on what new album has in store.

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How would you summarize the “Lights, Camera Action Tour?”
ES:
It was good! It was good! We got to play a lot of the new stuff. Played a lot of new markets we had never played before, lot of small towns. A lot of new clubs opening up and for a band that tours as much as we do it’s always good t find a new city to play.

How has this tour been for you?
ES:
Dave Mustaine’s a great guy! That whole crew is awesome, very accommodating. It’s just good to be out with professionals.

What is one thing you learned from Megadeth?
ES:
Being on tour with Megadeth, those guys are so humble and so sweet. You know, being as big as they are you would think you would never seem them, or they wouldn’t be approachable, or their crew would be incredibly strict. We’ve been in some pretty interesting scenarios with other bands and crews. We’re kinda laid back and out here doing or thing and the Megadeth guys do everything they can to help their opening bands have good shows. Now, when people ask me “What bands do you enjoy touring with?” Megadeth is gonna be at the top of that list.

You guys wrote about 30 songs for the last record and only pulled 13 to use. Are we going to see any of that extra material on the new record?
ES:
Eh, we might use a riff or two. You know, things change, people change, and tastes change. You gotta think about how much music is out there and how many songs are actually timeless. And even on some timeless records there are some songs that don’t stand the test of time…We don’t like to make the same record. We like to change it up.

“I just want to get closer to the fans this time around.”- Soriano on his hopes for the new album.

I have to say I was kind of hoping for some side EP or underground release, like Separate Yourself.
ES:
We have a very interesting idea for the next record. A [new] way to give fans some music. You’ll see. We plan on making this a long record. We pan on giving a lot of songs. We’re looking to do like 18 songs on the next record. We want to put some songs that really change the way we even look at ourselves. We try to do something different every single time without scaring off our fans.

“The last record was like six or seven entries from my journal. They were really specific and those songs seemed to really reignite our fans and turn heads of new fans, and the plan is to do that with every song on this new record. I want to get very specific and detailed with the storytelling, even if its just a small lesson that I learned.”- Soriano on the new material for the upcoming album

What was your first big concert experience?
ES:
The one that made me really look up and think, 'Oh man, I can do that' was Puya. It was a small group of people, like 50 people. Puya, they’re a Latin metal band, very heavy. People who know Puya, know Puya (it means "point"). They are well respected. They draw tens of thousands of people in South America, and thousands in Puerto Rico, which is where they're from. It’s almost like salsa meets Pantera, with even more jazz and metal influence. Like heavier than Pantera in some spots, jazzier and then suddenly they’ll break into a song….what really sold me on it was watching skinheads in the pit, like in the salsa parts still be into it…That’s the one that made see that I could possibly do it. What made me want to do it was when I saw Korn, Helmut and Limp Bizit in 1994 at the University of Central Florida on the “Life is Peachy Tour” in front of like 3000. I wasn’t really into rock at the time; I was into classic rock, a lot of classic rock. So when that show happened, a friend of mine invited us, said he had tickets and I was on the floor. I had never been to a rock show before, so I’m in the middle of the pit of a Korn show. So when that kabuki dropped and they went crazy and I was like (Gasp) 'Wow! This is f**king awesome!' I was literally just keeping elbows off me and just fixated on the stage.

So, I hear you’re a gamer. Anything new you’ve been tinkering with?
ES:
I’ve just been playing the new Grand Theft Auto on Xbox solo. There’s really no internet out here on the road that’s not $150 a month and I’m not gonna spend $150 just so I can tell some 12yr old online that he’s an idiot (laughs). I think they just went crazy on this one and went way above and beyond as far as concept and game play. I think it's gonna go down as the greatest game of all time, I really do.

In 2014, Nonpoint will be embarking on ShipRocked and slipping in a few headlining dates in the South both before and after the rock cruise. If you haven’t had a chance to yet, definitely make the time to see Nonpoing live. Crazy energy, high jumping, hair whipping action at its finest and it’s never the same show twice! You can find out more about Nonpoint on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, and catch up on their discography on YouTube. With new, heavier and more brutal material right around the corner, you won’t want to miss what they’ve got up their sleeves!

”We’re going heavier. We’re going heavier musically. Lyrically and vocally I would say that we’re probably going to go…I don’t want to say 'shock value,' but a lot more upfront honesty.”- Soriano on upping the ante on the new album.

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