Eclectic Band, Makes My Blood Dance, Can’t Sit Still

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Makes My Blood Dance can not seem to sit still. Single after single, live show after killer live show, they’ve made a name splicing and mutating the genes of metal with disco, glam, and electropop. Lead vocalist and founder Evan Russell Saffer and guitarist/synth player John Polimeni rip open and hotwire genres at will, whatever the songs demand, like self-taught chemists slowly losing it in a condemned lab. Joined by Filia Luna on bass and backing vocals, and Allan Zapar behind the drum kit, the foursome make every track twitch like a fork in an outlet.   “Power Of The Light Side” is just the latest example of their sleazy, riffy Viper Room grime that somehow – no really, how? – conveys a sense of hope, triumph, and empathy. Hear this band, because they hear you. 

MMBD have found ideal collaborators, including producer Kallie Marie (Explosives For Her Majesty), recording engineer Paul Ritchie (Parlor Mob), Glenn Schick Mastering (Mastadon, Fozzy) and hitmaking mixer David Ogilvie (Skinny Puppy, NIN).  Known for dynamic and dance-centric music videos (check out Youtube).  Power of the Lightside video premiered on and has been picked up by Clubcom (distro to 5K+ fitness centers) MusicChoice (mobile app, TV and Web to 66.5 million households) Viacom (MTV VOD, MTVu, MTV Jams).

Singles and videos for Together Apart and Wish I Knew You slated for 2022 release of forthcoming album Rag Na Rock.

Interview By: Allan Zaparoli Drummer for Makes My Blood Dance 

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 

Bridge: Please describe to our audience how you came about on the music scene?

AZ: I’ve always been in the musical scenario, I guess. I grew up watching my brother’s band rehearsals, frequently going to concerts with my family, and playing a few shows too, like one or two songs with them, so I kind of naturally started getting into music. Sometime later I had my bands too and then I was already into it. But these memories look like flashes in my mind, not so clear like step by step.

Bridge: What are you doing to push a positive narrative as an artist and with your music?

AZ: Just creating, working on new contents with my band mates, I think that’s the structure; to do what I like to do, being always comfortable.

Bridge: Are there any rituals you have developed over the years that are helpful to your music making process?

AZ: Not sure, I think I’m empty of any of these kinds of “behind the scenes”.

Bridge: Could you talk about an UP you had in your career?

AZ: An up was probably when I ended up in New York, where I also had the opportunity, in some moment, to build an interesting structure and experience with this band right here, with very supportive people. It’s been a peculiar adventure so far, professionally, and personally.

Bridge: Could you talk about a DOWN you had in your career?

AZ: When the COVID-19 pandemic started, that was when many things started falling apart. But it was possible to overcome it and adapt some models to the new era, so I couldn’t completely consider it as a full “down” in my career, but it was and is definitely a messy period, I can’t deny.

Bridge: How do you think your experience has helped you shape your career and approach your music?

AZ: Experience brings more experience and consequently maturity to deal with certain topics in some kinds of repeated or similar scenarios. So, I think that the knowledge I’ve developed in my career, with past experiences, is working as a base to sustain what’s happening or coming.

Bridge: How did you develop your community of fans over the years?

AZ: I think just being myself… or ourselves in this case.

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