By: Kreig Marks, June 2020
TRR: Explain the name VOXX.
REGIS: Actually, it used to be Regis Vox (solo project), but since I put a band together, we
changed it to VOXX. We added another “X” and took off Regis.
TRR: How’s the music scene in Tampa these days?
REGIS: It used to be bigger and better. It has died down a lot, especially the original bands.
TRR: And, with the current pandemic, it has to be rough on all the bands along with the live music venues.
If you were not in the music profession, what would you be doing?
REGIS: My second passion, which is teaching Martial Arts.
TRR: What style do you teach?
REGIS: Taekwondo and Brazilian Jiujitsu
TRR: How has the pandemic affected your Martial Arts classes?
Regis: It has hit us hard. We lost more than half of our monthly income.
TRR: Yeah, that's tough. I sympathize with you, it's a bad situation. What is the best thing about being in a Rock band?
REGIS: Performing and connecting with the crowd. Writing and recording songs that will last forever, and your grand kids can talk about it, regardless if the songs were hits or not.
TRR: The most challenging thing about being in a rock band?
REGIS: Keeping a band together and finding people with the same vision and passion.
TRR: To date, your proudest moment as a singer?
REGIS: Releasing my first single “Two Sides”.
TRR: How did it feel the first time you performed "Two Sides" live in front of an audience?
REGIS: I was excited, nervous, and at the same time, happy for being able to share my first original song with the crowd.
TRR: Your most embarrassing moment on stage?
REGIS: Forgetting lyrics of a cover song lol
TRR: The current band lineup; how does it compare musically to the original lineup of VOXX?
REGIS: Same level, great musicians and great guys.
TRR: Are you very critical of yourself as a musician, singer/songwriter?
TRR: In what ways are you critical of yourself as a musician? Anything specific?
REGIS: Mostly the singing part, especially because there are a lot of critics out there. LOL
TRR: Who is your biggest supporter?
REGIS: My wife, Lisa Lima.
TRR: Did she know what she was getting into when she married you? She wasn't just getting you, but a whole band, too.
REGIS: Yes she did! Right from the start! LOL
TRR: What’s your dream show? (Venue and supporting acts)
REGIS: Sharing the stage with acts like: Godsmack, Rival Sons, Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, Shinedown..I don’t really care about the venue, as long as the bands and the crowd are great!
TRR: Is music your passion?
REGIS: No doubt about it!
TRR: When did you know that you wanted to be in Rock music?
REGIS: Around the year of 2000.
TRR: What was significance of 2000?
REGIS: Well, I started paying more attention to the lyrics, since I was learning English at the same time. I started enjoying it more and more from that point on, since before that, I had no idea what the meaning of the lyrics were.
TRR: What’s your favorite VOXX song to perform live?
REGIS: It’s hard to say, because every song is different and has its own meaning and vibe. I like to perform them all.
TRR: What may some fans find surprising to learn about you?
REGIS: I started learning English when I came to US from Brazil in 1999 at the age 25. Before that, I knew nothing about the language, and now, to be able to sing in English, even with some accent, lol
TRR: Wow, that is an incredible thing, to be able to do that is impressive. What is your favorite song?
REGIS: Gasoline – Crobot, I have to sing along to it every time.
TRR: If this quarantine continues until the end of the year, how will you handle that?
TRR: Do you want to be signed to a label or remain independent?
REGIS: I’d love for us to get signed, as long it’s beneficial to both sides, band and label.
TRR: How did Maverick find you guys?
REGIS: We found them! They were looking for bands to endorse, so we sent all our info, songs, bio, social media, etc… and thankfully, they agreed to endorse us and brought us on board.
TRR: They're a great organization. Maverick endorsed bands are top notch. Where is VOXX going to be 2 years from now?
REGIS: Sharing the stage with some or all bands I mentioned previously! (Shinedown, Breaking Benjamin, Linkin Park, Godsmack, Rival Sons)
TRR: Who would you like to give a shout out to?
REGIS: First, to all the support we have had lately from friends and family, and then personally, to my wife, Lisa, for never trying to pull me from music. Also, to my vocal coach/ co-writer and mentor, Larry LaFalce, my brother Billy Varga III, for writing songs with me, and Brett Hestla, for producing our music so well and so creatively.
TRR: Thanks for giving us your time, Regis. We're looking forward to hearing more from the band once this crazy pandemic is over.