How do you usually write the lyrics of your songs?
The band and I usually have songs laid out before hand allowing me to really sit with the music. I’ll find a central idea and go from there. Sometimes the music can even dictate the lyrics.
In your opinion, what is the most important thing in songwriting?
I feel its important to write about things that are personal or hit close to home while trying to maintain a connection with anyone willing to listen to the song. Some people connect with the music while others connect with the lyrics. My goal is to have people appreciate both simultaneously!
Are you ever scared of revealing aspects of your personal life/experience to strangers through your music?
Yes, absolutely but it can be therapeutic. You have to be able to put it all out there if you want to be taken seriously.
What is the best lyric that you ever wrote (the most meaningful for you)?
“The seasons are changing and my love for this world is fading” Its heavy and its dark but its true!
What inspired your song “Death of a Nation”?
There is so much nonsense and misinformation being fed to the everyday person. Everyday is an onslaught of repetitive garbage. I’ve had moments where I thought to myself, “Am I on the wrong “side”? Are my convictions those of a fool”? Ultimately I know that things I stand for and the world I strive to live in will be justified in time. DOAN is about the current political and global climate we live in. DOAN is about taking all that garbage with a grain of salt and creating a better place to live. I also find it entertaining to hear listeners interpretations!
And “Grey Lines”?
“Grey Lines” is about my frustration with how people can feel content with some of the things that go on around them, more specifically the commercial slaughtering of animals for mass consumption. Most of us are born into this world where all the machinations of life, religion, nationalism and capitalism are downloaded into our minds so it can feel difficult to break out of that mold. We still standby and accept things that are better left to history.
Do you remember the day you wrote “Crooked Smile”?
Not that I can recall. The song started as an idea our bassist had with the rest of us throwing in our two cents. More parts came to fruition and what may have taken days, months or minutes becomes a finished song.
Is there a link/a common theme among the songs of the new EP?
Big ideas. Things that everyone deals with on a daily basis but rarely take the time to analyse how it affects them.
What is the best suggestion your producer gave you?
The best suggestion that a producer ever gave me was that you don’t need a producer!
What are your plans for the upcoming months?
We’re all looking forward to the release of our first full length record “First Flesh” in October of 2019. We want to be able to get it in front of as many people as possible!
To conclude the interview a short Q/A session, please answer the first thing that comes to your mind:
- Define in one word your EP “First Flesh”: Cathartic.
- The best show you ever played: Detoxi with Rikk Agnew’s Only Theatre of Pain.
- The one thing that you must have in your backstage: Water is cool.
- The soundtrack of your childhood: Ziggy Stardust.
- Your favourite song lyrically speaking, but not written by you: Bowie’s “Changes.”
- Last question is “unusual,” we want to know your best relationship advice: Be honest!