OCTOBER 16th 2017

BEASTO BLANCO EXCLUSIVE

Welcome to Metaltitans, Guardians of Music Entertainment Worldwide, we are here with bassist for Beasto Blanco – Jan Le Grow. Thanks for taking the time to do this interview.

Interview By: Metal Mom

Sure, I'm excited to see what this is all about.

1. You live in Cologne, Germany, have you always lived there?

I have lived all over the place but I was born in Dortmund, Germany and grew up outside of Dortmund in the sticks. I moved to Cologne about 7 years ago to be with my woman and I have never looked back.

2. When you attended school, did you have any idea that you wanted to play in a band?

Absolutely! That was always the goal.

3. Did you take any music classes while attending school?

I started playing music really early when I was about 5 or 6 yrs old. And I took classes for music theory for a few years as well.

4. When you were young, did you stand in front of the mirror and play air guitar? ? Were you good?

Didn't we all?

5. Did you have anyone that was an inspiration for you to learn the bass?

Duff McKagan and Lemmy. 

6. Why bass over guitar?

Eh, Lemmy?!

7. Do you remember your very first bass?

Well, you never forget your first. Isn't that how the saying goes?



8. Do you still have it, what manufacturer was it, and who gave it to you?

It was a copy of an Ibanez Bass. My mom gave it to me. And yes, I still have it. For sentimental reasons I ain't letting that one go.

9. Are you sponsored?

I endorse Rotosound Strings and InTune Guitar Pics. So, it's more the essentials you're going to need on the road. I have a couple of old Fender P Basses and that's pretty much all I play anyway but if anybody out there has a 1976 bicentennial Gibson Thunderbird they are willing to part with, I might not be able to say no to that.

10. How long have you played bass for Beasto Blanco now?

Pretty much right from the get go. Chuck asked me if I was interested and here we are.

11. Did you play in any other band before BB?

Yes, I did. Tim and I played in a band together before Beasto. That is how I knew Tim and I introduced him to Chuck. I was also in a few cover bands and I did my own acoustic solo stuff for a while. Just me and an acoustic guitar, playing bar gigs.

12. When it comes time to do an album, do you have some input on the bass riffs?

 I do. Beasto Blanco really is a group effort. We all kinda pitch in with ideas. For example, “Machine Girl”. We were sitting around Chris' house, talking and we wanted a song for Calico to sing leads on. We were tossing ideas back and forth and I remember asking Chris to give me a guitar cuz I had remembered a riff I had had for years and never quite knew what to do with it. Well, that's the opening/main riff for “Machine Girl”.

13. What is the most fun about being in BB?

Tim

14. Do you ever get stage fright before hitting the stage?

I wouldn't call it stage fright. I get excited to go out there, kick ass and have fun with the audience.

15. You have like 12 tour dates coming up in December, are you looking forward to any one date, maybe the city gives a good response, or just fun to play?

I love 'em all. But I do have to say that Edinburgh is always a personal highlight for me. I love that city, I love the venue and I love Scotch Whisky so there ya go.

Oh, and we get to play Germany, so that ain't too shabby.

16. I guess it is hard to really get a USA tour happening with Chuck being so busy with Alice Cooper, so when he is playing with AC, what do you do to keep busy? I am dying to see you guys play here, just closer to the Pacific Northwest please.

To be honest with you it's a curse and a blessing at the same time. Chuck has the opportunity to play in front of millions of people every year AND promote Beasto Blanco while he's out there, so that's not a bad thing at all. I also think we use our time together wisely. We have done some incredible shows and tours so far. Do I wish it was more? Absolutely.

In the meantime, I play in a cover band and that keeps me busy. And I play in a band called Balls Gone Wild. Just a balls to the wall, take no prisoners Rock N' Roll band with a few of my closest friends. Fun fact: it's kinda like posing in front of a mirror except now we can actually play.

17. When you are on tour, what has been the craziest thing that has ever happened to you?

 Ha! Again, Tim

18. Of the bassists these days, does anyone stand out above the others, someone you think nails it?

There are so many great players out there. I am and I always have been more of a band person rather than about a single player. I love Blackberry Smoke, one of THE best live bands out there in my opinion. And Richard Turner is a bad ass, so I actually answered the question.

19. What is something you do to relax and just get away from it all?

Ha! Beer!

No, in all honesty I love being at home as much I love being on the road. Listening to old vinyl, chilling with my cats and cooking with my beautiful woman.

20. When you hit the road, what kind of music do you take along?

A lot of old school stuff. But yeah, there are some new bands I like. Again, Blackberry Smoke is always there, Gov't Mule, Tyler Bryant & The Shakedown, Monster Truck, The Black Keys, Rival Sons, stuff like that. AND it's always important to have a little Motorhead and AC/DC with you.

21. Do you have any pets?

Two cats.

22. If you were going out for dinner, what kind of food would you pick?

Mexican or Sushi.

23. Tell us something about yourself that no one would know?

I am not Charlie Manson.

24. Other than the tour in December, what are your plans?

We'll also be on the Monsters of Rock Cruise and I definitely look forward to that. Other than that, I'll do what I always do, taking it easy. I don't have a crystal ball, I'm just gonna wing it :-)

25. Is there anything you would like to add to this interview that you think is important for people to know, that I might not have asked?

Beasto is just getting started. You will be hearing and seeing more of the five of us in the foreseeable future.

Thank you Jan for doing this interview with Metaltitans, we really appreciate you taking the time.  Hope to see you on a USA tour soon.

Thanks for having me. This was fun!