Going to The Next Level Like A Roller-coaster....

Greetings Metalheads!
Today we are honored to be chatting with the band LEVEL-C from Cleveland, Ohio (U.S.) The band is an all-female metal band, that pulls no punches with their music or their attitude and proudly proclaims on their My Space page to be 'America's Heaviest All Female Band'. It is that 'no bull-shit' attitude, good musicianship, songwriting and experience of playing live, that has this band making big waves in the metal scene and creating quite a buzz amongst other metal bands as well..

The band has been playing together since 2002 and have polished their sound by hitting the club scene and taking their music right to the throat of their fans. They recently got signed by Locomotive Records in Germany, who released their self-titled debut CD for a worldwide distribution. It goes without saying, that this heavy metal assault has to be one of the top releases of the year so far.

So without further delay, let me introduce the band to you...

Christine Maynard - vocals
Misty Everson - drums
Christina Crago - guitars
Janean Marie Buch – bass

Welcome ladies and thank you for taking the time to talk with us today.
Misty: “Hello, it’s a pleasure to be speaking with you today!”

First of all, congratulations on the release of your self-titled CD. You all must be very proud with the effort and the very positive feedback you have been getting from the metal community?
Misty: “Thank you, this is a very exciting time for us! For the first time our music is released to the world, and we’re getting great responses thus far. You can get the links to buy the CD from our myspace page. http://www.myspace.com/levelc.”

How did you get in touch with Locomotive Records in Germany?
Misty: “Our manager Mitch Karczewski, told us he was working on a record deal and that promoter Michael Mazur was going to be on our ‘team’! That’s all he would say, he wouldn’t tell us who the label was. Then we got a phone call telling us, that Mitch had suddenly passed away. We were shocked, sad and confused. We called Michael Mazur to tell him the news. After a few talks he offered to manage us. He is the one, who took us to Locomotive.”

Does the whole band have a say in the final product or do you leave that up to the engineers in the studio?
Misty: “We produced the album ourselves! We (the entire band) wrote all music and Christine writes all of the lyrics. Everybody is free to bring in ideas. Some work and some get shelved!”

Who writes the lyrics for the band?
Misty: “Everybody has the freedom to bring in lyrics..but, Chistine has written all of the lyrics so far. She’s good at it, so we leave it up to her!”

Any plans for a video or major tour in the near future?
Misty: “We are just starting to make those plans now. We will do a few videos soon.”

You very recentley played a show at Peabody's in Cleveland, which is a very happening place for metal bands. Chris from the band CELLBOUND is a bud of mine and she said the crowd was crazy that night. How did they react to the songs from your new CD?
Misty: “Chris E. Is a bad-ass chick! Hats off to Cellbound for a hell of a show that night and thanks for all the support! Peabody’s was great! There was a great turnout. We had people everywhere. And yes, there was a pit! The best part of all was the amount of people singing along to our music. Those people knew every word. Thanks to all the fans that came out that night!”

For as long as I can remember Cleveland has been a hotbed for heavy music, even when it wasn't the "In" thing to do. Can you explain why?
Misty: “Well, according to our guitarist Christina, Cleveland is full of old rusty dirty grimy steel. Maybe that’s what we breed here..metalheads! I think, the area is full of talented musicians, and people come out to support them and to see who’s going to be the next big act from Cleveland. Or maybe it’s the old rusty dirty grimy steel!”

Who are some of the band's influences musically?
Misty: “We are all over the place! Janean is the metalhead. Christine (vox) goes to kareoke at random bars every week and does everything from BON JOVI to DROWNING POOL. Christina likes a wide range of stuff too, especially Christmas music (her birthday!). I have a jazz background. It’s weird, I know! I also like metal, hip-hop, techno and the list goes on.”

If the oppurtunity ever presented itself, who would you love to tour with?
Misty: “Too many to list!”

Have your family's been supportive of the band?
Misty: “Yes! In every way: money, food, gas, a place to stay, emotional support!”

As a female metal band it is unfortunate in this day and age, but it seems there are always stereotypes to deal with. Do you find they discourage you or just fuel your fire even more?
Misty: “We get a lot of respect. It’s not an issue to us. We happen to be chicks, that play metal. This band wasn’t created or anything. We all came together, because we liked the others playing and have worked with each other in previous bands. People might be sceptical about an all chick band being any good, but as soon as we hit the stage, they’re fans!”

Do you see yourselves as role models for young women musicians, who want to play metal and if so, what advice can you give to them?
Misty: “Absolutely! I think anybody in the public eye has a responsibility to their fans. My advise: if it’s in your heart, pursue it! Being a drummer completes me. I can’t live without playing or music. That’s why I do it. Make sure you do it for the right reasons. It’s a rough choice!”

At what ages did the four of you start playing music?
Misty: “All between the ages of ten to thirteen.”

If you didn't get into music,what other career paths might you have chosen?
Misty: “That’s a really tough question. This is a passion for all of us. I don’t think any of us have another path. I am going to the school for Finance, but it’s not the same! Christine is pursuing a Management degree, but, it’s just a back-up for her as well!”

Over the years, heavy metal has gone through a lot of changes and different trends and at times going underground, but never out of sight from its adoring fans. More than any other music, metal lives and breathes through it's fanbase. As a fan myself, I see this music we love going stronger than ever..... What thoughts does the band have on this?
Misty: “I agree with you. It seems like metal is growing stronger right now. I think, it’s real musicians putting their talent and heart into the music They write themselves. Hopefully, the age of ‘creating’ bands that have the right look, that will do whatever song you put in front of them, is over!”

Is there anything you would like to tell the fans about yourselves that maybe the average fan does not know?
Misty: “Go get the CD!!!(http://www.bestbuy.com or http://www.amazon.com). If you like that, you’ll love the live concert. We are pure energy on stage! We give 110% on stage! Also, please feel free to contact the band http://www.myspace.com/levelc. We are the ones, who respond to our fans!”

It has been great talking with you today. Speaking for myself and Metal Maidens, we thank you for your time and agreeing to do this interview. I wish you luck with the new CD and hope the future is bright for the band. Honestly, I see nothing that can stop you, haha. Nick.
Misty: “On behalf of the entire band, LEVEL-C, thank you for taking the time to interview us. This is just the beginning for us, we’ll see you on the road!"

copyright: METAL MAIDENS
interview by: Nick Rohm, Metal Maidens 'zine / August 2008.

Visit their website at: www.level-c.net
or My Space: www.myspace.com/levelc