Metalachi's Maximilian Sanchez on Embracing Metal's "Cocaine Insane Egotistical Over-The-Top Drugs and Alcohol and Sex Image"

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Metalachi is scheduled to perform on Sunday, April 6, at Rhythm Room.
Those able to picture Axl Rose adorned in an ornate, oversized sombrero, or a bandanna-wearing Bret Michaels strumming a fat guitarrón, or Motley Crue wearing rivet-edged chaps, vests and pointy toed boots among the eyeliner, then it's also possible envision the spectacle that is Metalachi.

Made up of five half-brothers, Metalachi combines the force and at times over-the-top exuberance of heavy metal with the stoic and storied history and tradition of Mexican mariachi music.

Somehow, it works, really well -- in kind of a tongue-in-cheek manner -- though in the beginning there were many skeptics, including the band members themselves. Up on the Sun caught up with Metalachi violinist Maximilian "Dirty" Sanchez a day after missing a scheduled interview due to a "rock star" hangover. Feeling more fit, Sanchez discussed the unusual band's evolution, his mariachi roots and the outrageousness that makes it all work so well.

Metalachi's Maximilian "Dirty" Sanchez: Hey, sorry about yesterday. I passed out and was really hung over. I spaced it out.

Up On the Sun: No worries; it happens. That's the life of a musician, especially in a band that has as much fun as Metalachi.

For sure, it's definitely like rock star status.

So, I read the bio on the website, and it's fun and all, but how did the band really come together?

You know, we're all like professional mariachi musicians for a long time. We're all half brothers. We all have the same mom, but different dads. We had been playing mariachi for a long time with different bands in different clubs and this gringo, uh, Eric (Travis) our manager came to us and said, "I want to put you guys together as a group and develop Metalachi."

All of us were in rock and metal bands beforehand, so it came to us naturally. He did the packaging and marketing to give us that extra to stand out. Obviously, the story on the website is very hokey and over the top, but I think that plays into our whole presentation, our whole show and everything we do. It's all over the top. It's exaggerated, it's fun and silly and entertaining.

When Eric came to you with this idea, were you skeptical? What did you think when he suggested doing mariachi-style heavy metal songs? Did you laugh him off, or think it was brilliant?

I laughed, and at the same time, I got really excited. I saw the potential right away. I was almost mad at myself for not coming up with the idea first, you know what I'm saying? [Laughs]. When he approached us and talked to us about this idea and started grooming us for this I understood it on a musical level, but I didn't really anticipate it on the artistic performance level that it (has become).

At our first show I think we all thought, "Wow, we're part of something big. We can step outside our everyday mundane lives as mariachi musicians." Mariachi is very limited creatively as far as song choice. We're just regurgitating songs. We wanted to do something new for mariachi and represent it in a new light. It's very very exciting. For me it's been a huge career experience and has helped me to discover a lot of myself that I had not had the opportunity to explore. I think it's been a fun and amazing experience.


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1019 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix, AZ

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Jason P Sork
Jason P Sork

These guys are amazing! Do yourself a favor and check them out live!

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