|Interview by Burt Wolf with Kemao, vocalist for CODE NAME.
Interview done February 28th, 2007.
COULD YOU GIVE A LITTLE BIT OF CODE NAME'S HISTORY UP TO THIS POINT? HOW DID YOU
GUYS GET TOGETHER?
It was near the summer of 1999. We were parts from two different bands & when we left these bands we
decided to form CODE NAME. I'm the only member that remains since the beginning of CODE NAME.
WHAT ARE SOME OF THE PREVIOUS BANDS MEMBERS OF CODE NAME WERE IN BEFORE?
ANY SIDE PROJECTS CURRENTLY GOING?
Yes, I was part of a Punk Rock band called COMPULSORY. Henry, Betty & M0-Zombie6 are at the moment in
another band called FRAGMATIC.
WHY WAS THE NAME CODE NAME CHOSEN TO REPRESENT THE BAND?
We are fans of action figures created in your country & Japan. When I was a child (and still nowadays) I used to
collect G.I. JOE, as well as MASTERS OF THE UNIVERSE, SAINT SEIYA figures, among others. Each
figure had a technical card where their code name was specified. Foe example: Code Name: CROC MASTER,
figures. As you can see, we are very much freaks.
HOW WOULD YOU BEST OF
CODE NAME TO SOME ONE
WHO HAS YET TO HEAR YOU
We are a fusion between electronics
& guitars. We always look for a retro
80's sound because we are very
influenced by this decade & most of
the horror movies filmed at that time
in the USA.
WHO OR WHAT HAS HAD SOME
INFLUENCE ON YOU CREATING
YOUR MUSIC & IN YOUR LIFE?
Horror movies are our main topic,
that's what differentiates us from
most of the Spanish bands. Which
motivates us in a rage we feel because
we don't have any support from a strong record company. We can't stand seeing how bad bands triumph & they
last just a few months. We hate crazes. That's the reason why we always follow different musical ways.
YOU GUYS ORIGINALLY STARTED OUT AS MORE OF A METAL BAND. WHY THE DECISION TO
CHANGE & GO IN A SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT DIRECTION BY ADDING IN THE ELECTRONIC &
It was pure experimentation. At that time we liked ORGY, NINE INCH NAILS & DEADSY. We wanted to try
new things, so we began to use keyboards. We like the sound we have now.
SINCE YOUR MUSIC IS HEAVILY INFLUENCED BY HORROR MOVIES, WHAT ARE SOME OF
YOUR FAVORITE HORROR FILMS?
EVIL DEAD, NIGHTBREED, NEON MANIACS, REDNECK ZOMBIES, THE TOXIC AVENGER,
BRAINDEAD, among others.
ARE YOU INTO OTHER MOVIES BESIDES HORROR? WHAT ARE SOME NON HORROR FILMS
Obviously PULP FICTION, RESERVOIR DOGS & any movie about comic heroes like GHOST RIDER or
BATMAN for example.
YOUR NEWEST ALBUM "BIZARRE ACTION FIGURES" HAS BEEN OUT FOR AWHILE NOW. HOW
WELL HAS IT BEEN DOING? WHAT HAS BEEN SOME OF THE RESPONSE TO IT?
For the time being the reviews are quite good. We are very surprised about it, because we thought that we have a
style which not too much people like. The problem is that we find difficult to distribute the CD. However, it
seems that we will soon find a solution.
THE CD IS PUT OUT BY
LACREME RECORDS /
HOW DID YOU GET HOOKED
UP WITH THEM & HOW HAS
IT BEEN WORKING WITH
The truth is that we chose this
label, because we are friend with
them. But, in fact, they haven't
distributed anything at all. Maybe in
the future, they will do it, but we
think that no band is being
distributed by them. More than a
label, this is rather an insurance
which guarantees you that you will
receive the CDs for sure. We are
searching other ways to sell the
album on line & forget about the
CAN YOU EXPLAIN SOME OF THE AMAZING ARTWORK ON THE COVER & IN THE CD BOOKLET
& WHO DID IT?
I study fine arts & in my degree I have met great artists. Those designs were made by Adrian Cardona & Carlos
Guijarro. Adrian made the video clip as well. He's a very good friend & he really knows what we want. Four our
next album another friend artist will do it next. We are very lucky to have friends with talent.
ARE THERE ALREADY OR WILL YOU TRY TO ACTUALLY GET SOME COOL "BIZARRE ACTION
FIGURES" MADE OF THE BAND THAT ARE PORTRAYED IN THE CD?
We are thinking about it. Some friends suggested it to me, but it would be too expensive. Maybe they will try
with my figure first. If we had money we would order the figures to Todd McFarlane. Meanwhile we dream
WHICH IS YOUR FAVORITE SONG OFF THIS RELEASE & WHY?
My favorite song is, without question, "Critters". It's the most accessible & it's been the most successful one.
We don't know how it sounds in English, maybe a little bit funny for you, but we don't mind. Actually, that's
what we expected. Our songs are hilarious & full of jokes, specially the Spanish ones.
HOW DO YOU FEEL THE BAND HAS PROGRESSED SINCE YOUR FIRST ALBUM "HERE COMES
A NEW CHALLENGER" TO YOUR NEW ALBUM?
We feel a strong change. In the first CD we had a lot of problems because the members were not as closed to
each other as now. Finally, some of them left the band because they have different opinions or they just didn't
want to work hard. Now I think it was better for us. We have improved musically although we admit that we
must keep improving. The advantage of being 7 monsters is that we help each other.
WHY DID YOU CHOOSE TO HAVE TWO SINGERS (MALE) & ALSO A FEMALE VOCALIST?
Firstly we were two male vocalists. Two voices that support each other. I liked that because it was original in
our country. Regarding to Betty, she enter the band as a keyboard player, but when we listen to her voice, we
decided she should sing with us. This way each song is different.
YOU WON FIRST PLACE IN TWO ROCK CONTESTS. CAN YOU GIVE SOME INFORMATION ON
We won because we offered a wild & fresh live show. The hillbillies had never seen a show like that. He only
had seen typical concerts of typical bands. We wanted to win because we needed the money. We triumphed on
both contests. In one of them, they got us part of the money of the award, because we broke material during the
YOU ALSO HOOKED UP WITH A MOVIE PRODUCER OF ESKORIA FILMS & HAVE DONE SOME
SOUNDTRACKS & AS WELL AS STARED AS SOME MAIN CHARACTERS IN HIS FILMS. WHO IS
THIS & WHAT FILMS ARE YOU IN & ON THE SOUNDTRACKS?
It's the film company of our friend Adrian Cardona. He produces his own movies & then he brings them out on
DVD. We have participated in the soundtracks of his movies & as actors as well. I have acted in IMPACTO
NUPCIAL & MORID HIJOS DE PUTA. Crazy & I are the main characters of COP MODELS, which Adrian
is now post producing it. It will come out at the end of this year & it will be very positive for us. It;'s very well
I WATCHED YOUR VIDEO "HELLRAISER" ON YOUR MYSPACE PAGE. HOW WAS IT FILMING
THAT VIDEO & WHAT WAS THE EXPERIENCE LIKE?
We had a lot of fun. We love to do these kinds of things & specially with Adrian Cardona. We will repeat the
experience in a few months. We are going to produce another video clip. We are very excited about that.
DOES CODE NAME PLAY OUT A LOT? WHERE ARE SOME OF THE PLACES YOU'VE PLAYED &
WHO ARE SOME OF THE BANDS YOU'VE SHARED THE STAGE WITH?
We often play around our cities & some times we play in different parts of Spain. In Spain it's very hard to play
outside, because it's very bad paid & it's not always worthwhile. When we travel we spend a lot of money
because we are 7 people & the clubs where we play are usually very small, we don't have hardly any space. We
have not been support band of any of the greats yet, although we were going to play with CLAN OF XIMOX,
but finally it was cancelled. Anyway here in Spain, the great bands play always in Madrid or Barcelona. In
Valencia there are just disco & a few concert clubs. In summer we have more lives. That's when we get some
ARE YOU INTO ANY OTHER
STYLES OF MUSIC BESIDES
WHAT YOU PLAY? WHO ARE
SOME OF THE BANDS YOU
HAVE CURRENTLY BEEN
We have different musical styles. Some
of the members like Punk or Metal,
some of them Death Metal or Gothic &
Industrial. We like bands like KMFDM,
NINE INCH NAILS, MINISTRY,
PANTERA...When Dimebag Darrel
PANTERA...When Dimebag Darrel
died, we did a tribute to died, we did a
tribute to PANTERAPANTERA with
other bands from Valencia. It was
WHAT DO YOU DO WHEN NOT DOING ANY WORK FOR THE BAND TO OCCUPY YOURSELF?
Some of us still study, the rest work. I'm a student, but I work at the same time. Here it's almost impossible to
live just from the music & we assume it. We just want to keep recording CDs & enjoy music. My dream is that
one day our work will be recognised.
ARE THERE ANY INTERESTING OR FUNNY BAND STORIES YOU COULD SHARE WITH US?
We have a lot of stories. Some years ago we played in a wedding. A friend of us invited us to her wedding & we
got very drunk. It was a disaster. The sound was terrible & I broke my knee during the first song. While I was
driving back home, the police fined me because I was drunk. Last summer we played near the beach & they let
us an entire disco pub for us where we could sleep & drink for free. We had a lot of fun & we got more money
than ever. The next morning we went to the beach in underwear & with the face full of make up from the night
WHAT CAN WE EXPECT TO SEE NEXT FROM CODE NAME?
More movies made into songs. We have already "Nightbreed" & "Cop Models". We will record a new album
when we have enough material, but first we will take out a new single. The only thing that we are sure is that no
one will stop us!
WHAT WERE YOU DOING BEFORE THIS INTERVIEW? WHAT WILL YOU DO NEXT NOW THAT
I was watching the Backlash of the WWE. The fight between John Cena vs. Triple H vs. Hedge. When I finish
with this interview I will give it to my girlfriend & she will translate it. She studies translation & interpretation of
English & German & she helps us a lot too. After that, I will watch an episode of Smack Down, Raw or ECW.
Or maybe DEMONS or HELLBOY. I have so much movies & TV series that it's hard for me to decide what to
THANKS FOR ANSWERING THESE QUESTIONS. FEEL FREE TO ADD ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D
LIKE TO FINISH UP!
Thanks for supporting a bullfighter-monsters band. We hope you like our new album in the United States. You
can visit our MySpace, because our website is under construction. Regards & keep watching Horror movies!