Jon Zazula is a man after my own heart. He rose from the ashes of Wall Street in the early 80s. In order to make a living, Zazula established a record store, Rock N’ Roll Heaven, and eventually a record label, Megaforce Records. Starting a record label wasn’t part of his original plan but after receiving a demo tape from an unknown band called Metallica, Zazula changed course so that the world could hear their music.
He has recently released a book, Heavy Tales, that is available on his website and Amazon. It’s an honor to have the opportunity to be able to interview Mr. Zazula. Keep reading to find out more.
Jon Zazula Interview
Who was the first band/artist that you saw in concert?
The first concert I ever saw was a Peter Paul and Mary folk concert. I was very young. They were great.
But my first Rock Concert was a young Stevie Wonder and the Young Rascals on the same stage. I was 12/13 years old and took a train myself from the Bronx to Blayne Ny
What was the last concert that you attended?
The last concert was an The Absence local hometown show in Tampa. I was hoping to see King Diamond Nov 5th but I’ll be out of town . I’m bummed
Is it ever too late to start something new?
For me putting out this book is a new endeavor. If something really blew me away my juices might start flowing again but nothing has has.
What is involved with starting an indie record label?
You gotta be crazy and lucky. I also don’t advise starting a label unless you plan to really get out there and promote your acts.
Are there any unheard of metal bands that you think people should know?
I’m very big on The Absense and ARCANIA from France
Do you have a favorite scary movie?
Yes the EXORCIST but I love Devils Rejects
How is the music scene different than in the 80s?
In the 80’s it was more fresh and exciting. People were getting turned on to it. Now it’s a more acceptable art form and people know what to expect. Metal is also much more abundant and bigger than ever. Just look at how many massive metal festivals there are all over the world. A band can now tour for years.
How is it the same?
The love for it hasn’t changed. The best aggressive music remains
Is there anything that you haven’t done yet?
I haven’t personally promoted a stadium show.
I’d like to do that….. NOT
Truth : Walking away from The Disco Biscuits and not staying on to make them one of the Biggest bands in the world really bothers me.
What do you want people to know about you?
That I was a very lucky and blessed man . When you read the book you’ll see just what I mean. Metallica, Anthrax,Ministry,Testament, KingsX,Ace Frehley,Overkill,Warren Haynes,Anvil,Raven , Mercyful Fate and the Disco Biscuits all miracles.