Fonda (Saracen Charge Productions) interview

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I have known Fonda for close to a decade now. We met while she moved to Dubai and was writing for a zine. A couple years ago, she got involved with organising shows in Dubai and started Saracen Charge Productions earlier this year. This weekend is the first edition of the Desert Demolition Fest.

Find out more about the festival, organising shows in Dubai and also the upcoming shows from Saracen Charge Productions in my interview with Fonda below

Hi Fonda, you are working towards the Desert Demolition Fest Vol.1. How is it going?

Hey Pedro! Well, we can feel the stress but then, we’re pretty excited to have this simple fest having awesome bands representing 4 different countries. And it’s worth the eye bags by end of the evening, hehehe

You started Saracen Charge Productions earlier this year. How did you get involved in organizing shows?

Well, back in college, I was involving myself in doing underground metal gigs or even volunteering, and I was pretty active also with my band. Then later on, as you know, I became a zine writer too. And here in Dubai, I also worked in an event company for four years but it was more on the corporate level, but it did help. Then, working as well in a law firm which added my knowledge about the laws.. or not to get caught if I do shows! Hahaha! kidding

Combining all this, it broaden my network or contacts and it gave me the urge to be back in doing this. A friend of mine convinced me to start doing DIY event and for almost two years, I was involved doing this with them. But later on, things went on different direction so I decided to start this SCP. I’m also glad that friends and a lot of people was willing to help out for the sake of keeping the metal scene alive. And the result was a positive feedback for the first show, and this makes us to continue further!

How do you select the bands that will perform at your shows?

We don’t get bands just because they are well-known or we think about getting profit. The key to running a production is the passion for it before anything else. First, I make sure that I believe in the craftsmanship of their music. I listen to different genres whether it’s black metal, brutal death, prog, grindcore, hardcore, punk, goth, thrash, folk metal, hard rock, etc.

It’s either we approach a band that we’ve been admiring or, search for new ones that we see there’s potential. We highly welcome those who sends us message and introduce themselves and wants to come here. You know that feeling when you listen to their music and you be like “damn, these guys should be heard here in this region!”. But of course, this is risky as well, thinking about the expenses of promoting a new artist and wondering if we can even get a break even at least. However, it will always be a great feeling when sooner or later the band will soon be recognized globally, and they will look back and say that SCP crew was there to support us from day one. We gain friendship with the musicians, and that’s rewarding already

What have been the memorable moments so far? Any funny incidents?

I think I am totally brain-dead replying to this interview so I can’t think of one now! Memorable moments will always be touring the band members as if you are just chillin’ with friends. Funny incidents usually happens when wasted, lol

What are you currently listening to?

Oh, I enjoy discovering new bands or music, or stick with bands I’ve been listening to for ages and check their new album. But for now, I can give five on my playlist would be the Wardruna, Archspire, Dyscarnate, Katalepsy, and the young kids Alien Weaponry! Wait, I will add also The Sixpounder on the list

What are your plans for the coming months?

We have scheduled gigs until November 2018! Awesome really! Some are tentative, but the rest, we are furnishing everything and pretty excited to have them perform here, So we hope to get the local support that we need!

Thanks for answering all my questions. Do you have anything else to add?

Hey thanks also for this interview. I hope I gave you a good scoop about me and the production, hehehe. Don’t forget to follow our page Saracen Charge Productions or drop us an email if you want us to check out your music:


Dubai folks, don’t miss Desert Demolition Vol. 1! All details below.

Written by trendcrusher

November 20, 2017 at 11:00 am

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