INTERVIEW: Shut Up & Rock On (Todd La Torre)

I know you’re from Florida, especially in the Tampa area- that’s all death metal. Growing up were you a big death metal guy?

I wasn’t a huge death metal fan, but I can remember as a teen walking through a local mall and seeing the guys of Deicide. They were young! They weren’t even huge at that point. And they would walk around the mall and you know, all those bands- Death was from my area, I think Cannibal Corpse might have been from Tampa. But yeah, that whole death metal scene. I think Tampa is credited as its birthplace. So yeah, those were my influences. And then you know: Iron Maiden, Queensrÿche , Overkill, Testament, Slayer, Stryper- just a big mix of stuff like that.

Now being a drummer, primarily, when did you realize you had this amazing voice?

Oh gosh, I don’t know.

What, did it just come out one day when you were singing?!

I mean, I always loved to sing but I never sang in bands. I was always the drummer in bands. I didn’t think I was good enough.

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