Can you briefly summarize how the band formed and what you do in Destroy Destroy Destroy?
I am the guitarist and one of the original members. we formed in january 2003. we all met while attending college at Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU) in the Recording Program.
Your lyrics are infused with heavy detail and raw emotion. What is it that normally gives you inspiration when writing lyrics and is there a concept behind the writing of Battle Sluts?
we write about fantasy, war, ancient realms, far away lands, and mythical beasts. The concept with Battle Sluts is that we are a
band of evil warriors traveling the lands and conquering all in our path.
When it came to releasing Battle Sluts how did that whole package come together? What was the recording process like, how long did you have, was their any pressure on you?
fans like the new stuff. it was much more thought out and cohesive. I produced the record so I did in in pieces here and there
in my own studio. I was working on 2 other records at the time so the exact amount of time it took to record this one is pretty much a variable. When fans pick up a copy they can expect very orchestral and thrashy songs that hit several types of metal. A friend of ours, Chris Dauphin, is a very talented guy who helped us with all the orchestration. That stuff really made the record what it is. I want him to co-produce the next record with me, to make it that much more epic.
How do you think you will effect the Metal scene you are part of? What are your thoughts on the growing popularity in it as well?
we don’t fit any trends right now, so its hard to clump us with other metal bands for tours and shows. i think our influence on the scene is that you don’t have to stick to the trends of breakdowns and tempo changes to fit in. there are still plenty of metalheads that enjoy bands without these elements. kids are the crowd, so you have to play what they like if you just want to be popular. most of them like breakdowns. as long as that style keeps getting more popular, we will loose popularity. however, it is a fad, so true metal will prevail in the end.
How has Black Market Activities been thus far for you guys? Who approached who?
Guy Kozowyk approached us after seeing us play one night when we opened for his band, The Red Chord. I think he liked our stage presence so he asked for a demo. we handed him one and he called us later saying that he felt like he was flying on the back of a dragon while listening to us. i think he got the picture.
Who did the artwork and title for the album, when you look on the final project, is there anything you wish you could have done differently?
Steve Ellis of hypersteve.com did the artwork . He is an awesome comic book artist who also did stuff for Magic the Gathering and stuff like that. We definitely want to use him again. Bryan, our singer at the time did the layout. Adam our bassist named the record. it was a perfect choice for us.
The name of the band Destroy Destroy Destroy, is interesting to say the least and sounds as if there is a story behind it. Where did the name come from and what is the story?
We wanted to create a band for the sole purpose of destroying this local bar/venue we use to all hang out at. They pissed Bryan and me off one night so we joked about starting a band called Destroy Destroy Destroy just so we can book a show there and smash tables and chairs with battle axes. after a few practices went by, we actually liked jamming with each other so we just played normal shows and tried to keep moving. The name stayed, as well as the battle axe motif.
Many of your songs are so hard and intense that I am sure they translate well into a live setting taking on a whole new life in front of a live audience. How does it make you feel when the emotion and power that you envisioned in the recording studio, come to life while playing in front of a crowd?
when I write i try to envision what the crowd will do. For example. “this a great circle pit riff” or “i can see the crowd
pumping their fists right here” this mentality i think helps us to steer clear of crazy spastic riffs that are hard to move to, like so many bands do nowadays.
Different groups have unique ways of writing their songs. How do you guys go about writing your music? Is it a collective effort or is it more the efforts of one particular member of the band?
Way, Brian, and I write the music. Bryan writes the lyrics. we write the parts individually then get together with the whole band for arrangements.
What are the upcoming plans for Destroy Destroy Destroy?
we try to tour as much as possible, we are trying to line something up for europe before 2009 is over. We also have a new singer, Chris Bazor, who is a bad ass.
Going back to the music business, what do you think of everyone downloading music, possibly even your music? Do you think it helps or hurts bands in the long run?
it is inevitable so you must embrace it. of course it hurts the bands, but there’s nothing you can do about it.
How has MYSPACE and the internet impacted your band and do you think downloading helps or hinders the artists?
we aren’t one of those myspace bands that sit on the site hours everyday posting and adding friends. the site is a great tool
and resource, so it must not be taken for granted, but we aren’t 18 year old kids so sitting on a social website all day doesn’t appeal to us very much.
What is the toughest lesson you ever learned in the studio and on the stage?
even though you are having tons of fun, you sound like shit when you are drunk
What bands would you like to tour with and who has been your favorite to tour with this far? Any particular reason?
any of the viking metal bands. we like black metal a lot too, so Dimmu would be cool. we had a lot of fun touring with label
buddies Woe of Tyrants.
What is currently playing on your iPod or CD Player?
Adam our bassist is listening to The Backwoods Boys in his room across from mine. they are bluegrass.
Describe Destroy Destroy Destroy in three words.
Epic Battle Metal
If you had a chance to go back in time, where, what, and why?
about 8 pm last night, so i could eat a little more before I drank on an empty stomach. I feel like shit today.
How do you think the recession is affecting musicians like yourself? Is it at all?
musicians will never have it easy. get use to it or get the hell out. no sense in bitching about it.
What’s your reaction when/if a fan told you a very meaningful statement such as “Your music changed my life?” Has this ever happened to you?
it does quite a bit actually which is surprising since we aren’t a very popular band. everyone remembers that first show they
saw that blew them away, so its usually pretty young kids who flip out. I think if you treat every show like you need to give it your all, you will always be on point to impress people. just because there may only be only 20 people in the crowd, they paid, so give them the best show you have.
Every band has its musical influences. What are some of the other bands and artists that have greatly influenced you guys and your music?
manowar, Dio, Iron Maiden, basically very large production metal bands that try to always put on top notch shows.
All of that passion that you play with must be tough on you physically. How do you prepare for the physical demands of a tour?
we don’t prepare. we just hurt for a week then after our thrash neck goes away and we are conditioned for the road again.
Anything else you’d like to add?
we did our first music video recently for a song called “The Wretched Forest” it can be viewed on our myspace profile. We also have a shot named after the album… The Battle Slut – one part whiskey, one part Jagermeister, and 2 parts beer. it tastes like shit but its pretty manly. thats what we were mixing when we recorded “the battle slut drinking song” on our record. basiclally those are the ingredients you could always find at a true metalhead’s house, if the bottles aren’t already empty.