Bad Seed Rising Interview

Bad Seed Rising Interview

Bad Seed Rising is a band from Baltimore, Maryland and has been turning heads by just being the youngest band on Warped Tour and the youngest band signed to Roadrunner Records.  We spoke to Francheska, Mason, Aiden, and Louey while they were on the Rebel Without a Claus Tour supporting IPrevail.  

We discussed their full length album, Awake in Color, and their success to date and living the rock n’ roll lifestyle.  

 

For more about Bad Seed Rising check out their website: 

www.badseedrisingband.com

You may also be interested in our interview with Bad Seed Rising from Vans Warped Tour 2016. 

 


 

Interview: JOHN 5 – Guitar hero discusses new solo work and Rob Zombie music, his love of his fans, and his collaborations w/ David Lee Roth & Ace Frehley

Interview: JOHN 5 – Guitar hero discusses new solo work and Rob Zombie music, his love of his fans, and his collaborations w/ David Lee Roth & Ace Frehley

                                

Behind The Nut Love Artwork

Ass-kicking axe aficionado, John 5, is about to kick off a month long solo tour in March, with a March 6th Chicago stop at Reggies Rock Club (tickets available now here: click to get tickets to John 5 in Chicago), before he sets out on a long tour where he’ll be playing “every place that has electricity” with his main gig, the Rob Zombie band.

The solo tour will feature his band, John 5 & The Creatures, performing newly released material, as well as other selections from his many solo albums, and promises to showcase his immense guitar slinging talents, as well as the excellent chops of The Creatures.

John 5 recently spoke to Bradley Todd of Bestrocklist.com about his new material and tour, his love of his fans, the upcoming Rob Zombie album and tour, scoring Rob Zombie’s new film, as well as his collaborations with David Lee Roth and Ace Frehley.

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BestRockList: You’ve released two new songs (and accompanying videos) so far this year called “Black Grass Plague” and “Behind The Nut Love” (watch below), with a third, “Making Monsters”, to come out on March 1st.

In the past, you’ve released full length solo albums. What is the direction you are going with releasing the three songs as opposed to a record? Why the change?

JOHN 5: Well, here’s what I’m doing – I’m releasing a song and a video the 1st of every month…

BestRockList: For the whole year?

JOHN 5: Yeah, for the whole year…so why I’m doing that is that the music, the way people listen to music, and all that stuff, has changed so dramatically. And what I did is very simple. You know we’re older, but the kids…what they do, is they have no idea what a record is or pretty much not even what a CD is. How people, how kids, are watching music, and listening to music… it’s just YouTube. And what that means is, the kids aren’t even really watching TV anymore. Everything they want to see is on YouTube. So what I’ve been doing is… I did a little research and I’m looking at videos, and I’ll think to myself, “Ok, what’s a really popular video?” And I thought, “Ok, let’s do All About That Bass,” from that girl artist…I forget her name…but, I looked it up and it was over a billion views, and that’s astronomical. Then, I would look at how many records she sold, and she sold between 3 million, something like that, which is amazing, that’s great!…but, now it’s proven to me that everyone’s just watching YouTube.

So I released a video. I released a song on the 1st of January (Black Grass Plague), and the views were through the roof, and I was like, I would never sell 50,000 copies in a few weeks, it just wouldn’t happen. And that’s what been happening…you know, people are just looking at the video, and the song is for sale…every song is for sale on iTunes…so it’s kind of a new model, and it’s working. And it’s not like by any means I’m some kind of a genius to figure this out, it’s just common knowledge. So, at the end of the year, I’m going to put together a CD, a physical CD of all the videos…a documentary…you know, everything you want. And the album is called Guitars, Tits & Monsters.

BestRockList: (Laughing)

JOHN 5: Awesome!

BestRockList: I like that title.

JOHN 5: It’s great, huh?!

BestRockList: Exactly! Do you have any sense so far of the couple songs that you’ve released, how the videos are affecting the sales of the digital songs on iTunes, Amazon, etc.?

JOHN 5: It’s unbelievable. And here’s what’s going on: let’s say we buy a record off iTunes, ok? The record is…you know…we’ll only listen to maybe the popular songs, or maybe we won’t even buy the whole record…maybe we’ll just cherry pick the songs we like. So, here’s the deal: each month, here you go…here’s a new song by me…and you can check out the video for free, and if you like it, buy the song. And it’s per month, so every month you get a new song and a new video. It’s been really, really successful, and the next video is called Making Monsters and it’s crazy, crazy great! It’s stop animation, and there’s this action figure of me, and it’s really cool and fun to see.

BestRockList: Is the action figure going to be available?

JOHN 5: I don’t know. They want to make it, but it’s so funny because I’m so busy, I’m so unbelievably busy… right now as we’re speaking, I am on my way to another video shoot…and I have a video shoot with Zombie on Sunday (2/28), and then Monday (2/29) I leave for tour…so I have to get to the action figure thing, so hopefully, yes…the answer is yes, I’d love to do that.

BestRockList: So how would you describe the songs that you’re releasing this year?

JOHN 5: It’s a good question. It’s a wide array of music, because you’re not listening to the same thing over and over and over again. I think it’s just very important to have a different kind of vibe…I just want the songs to be really good, and I want it to be really cool guitar music. And when people come to the show, they’re like, “Oh okay, this is rad!” or something like that. Each song is definitely entertaining.

BestRockList: When you recorded this collection of songs, did you play anything besides guitar on it?

JOHN 5: No, I have this amazing band (The Creatures), just killer, killer guys. It’s a great band…Rodger Carter is playing drums, and Ian Ross is playing bass. And they’re just phenomenal musicians.

BestRockList: How long have you played with them?

JOHN 5: I’ve played with Rodger, the drummer, most of my life…on and off, like in the studio…but Ian, for about a year.

BestRockList: Do you write with The Creatures too?

JOHN 5: No, I’m the sole writer.

BestRockList: Do you sing?

JOHN 5: God no!

BestRockList: When you write, do you ever envision what you’re writing with vocals?

JOHN 5: Yeah, I’ll show it to Zombie…I’m his guitar player and he’s my singer, so sometimes if it’s cool I’ll send it to Rob. [Some of the stuff I write] is like little symphonies or orchestras, it’s so much work…there’s a lot going on.

BestRockList: What’s your songwriting process like?

JOHN 5: That’s a fine question. I’m not really sure to be honest with you. It’s such a strange process because I’ll be like, “I really enjoyed that…that’s cool…that sounds really good…let me try to turn that into something.” And then I’ll just work on it. But writing instrumental music is very, very difficult. It’s a lot of time and I just don’t want to get a riff or something and just improvise over it…I just want the whole thing to be interesting. I love it and it takes a lot of brain power, and I really enjoy that art.

BestRockList: How often do you write?

JOHN 5: Every day.

BestRockList: Do you record all your ideas?

JOHN 5: I’m kind like a fighter. I’ll train, train, train, and get it down so well, like perfectly…and that’s the time for the fight, and I’ll go into the studio and I’ll try and knock it out really quick because I don’t want to waste everybody’s time sitting there writing and trying to figure out what to do.

BestRockList: Tell me about your upcoming tour. Is it a warm-up for the Zombie tour, which starts the month after yours ends?

JOHN 5: Actually the drummer, Rodger, was like, “We should go do some shows.” And I was like, “Do some shows?! I’ve never done instrumental shows….I don’t know.” And he’s like, “Let’s just do a couple.” And so we did a couple, and they were so successful, I was shocked at how successful these shows were. So whenever I have a little time open, I’ll go and play. And we are coming up on doing some shows. I leave Monday. But the cool thing is we’re doing like 16 shows in a row, and you can’t really do that with a singer because you’re gonna blow that singer’s voice out…but if it’s just guitar we can squeeze as many shows in as possible.

BestRockList: I’ve watched some of videos of you and The Creatures from Ultimate Jam Night (an open mic night for professional musicians at Lucky Strike in Hollywood on Wednesday nights) and it was really good.

JOHN 5: Yeah, it’s fun. We just got up and jammed. We have a really cool show behind it (for the tour). It’s kind of like a little Alice Cooper instrumental show…there’s a lot that’s going into it. But that Lucky Strike, we just got up and played.

[But normally], we do stuff that takes a lot of practice. Anything you’ll see us do takes tons of practice because it’s like juggling chainsaws…it’s like, “Ooh, he’s gonna drop that chainsaw any time…” because there’s so much going on.

BestRockList: How long will the sets for the upcoming tour be?

JOHN 5: I’d say probably an 1:20. But they’re really interesting, and here’s the reason why: we’ll be doing heavy stuff, and then we’ll break into bluegrass stuff, and then we’ll break into flamenco, and things like that…and there’s a show behind it, and if you don’t like guitar instrumental music…and most people don’t…but you will definitely be entertained. That’s the whole key to it. You know, people are bringing their girlfriends, and these girls don’t want to sit through this, but nobody leaves and people really, really enjoy it. You know, they’re like, “Oh cool! This is really fun.” We’ll do an instrumental cover of Beat It, and all this stuff, and it’s a really fun, cool show.

BestRockList: Do you guys change up the setlist from night to night?

JOHN 5: It’s a well oiled machine, but let’s say we go to Chicago, you won’t see the same setlist if we come to Chicago again, I guarantee that! It’ll be different songs…not all different songs…but it’ll be probably 3 or 4 different songs, so it’s really always a fresh show.

BestRockList: What part of the upcoming solo tour are you looking forward to the most?

JOHN 5: I really enjoy talking to the fans. So of course, playing is #1, but I love interacting with the fans, and I love listening to what they have to say. I, being a fan of certain things, I like to listen to what these kids are saying, because I’m a fan and I was one of those [kids]. And I think it’s really imperative to do that…I enjoy it, myself.

BestRockList: When does the Zombie tour start?

JOHN 5: The Zombie tour starts April 29th.

BestRockList: Tell me about the new Zombie album.

JOHN 5: What we did with that record is…you know, you have a lifetime to make your first record, and with this record, we really took our time. We were like, okay let’s really live with these songs, and we didn’t rush through it. Because the label’s always like, “Where’s our video?” or this, that or the other thing. [So] we took our time and it came out great…and we’re so excited to get some new songs under our belt, and play those new songs.

BestRockList: So who comes up with the crazy Zombie song and album titles?

JOHN 5: That is allllll Rob. He comes up with everything.

BestRockList: What is the collaboration process like with Rob when you make Zombie music?

JOHN 5: I usually go to his house and we’ll just start writing riffs. I’ll come up with a riff and he’s like, “I like that,” and we’ll work on the music together. And it’s great…it’s a great writing collaboration. We write together, and we work on every single bit together, and it’s really a wonderful, wonderful writing process.

BestRockList: Has the way you write with Rob changed at all over time?

JOHN 5: It’s always stayed the same. You know, if it’s working, stick with that formula. It’s great.

BestRockList: How long will the Zombie tour last?

JOHN 5: A long time…they’re usually like 2 years.

BestRockList: I saw there are Midwest dates already announced, but Chicago isn’t on the list. Will there be a Zombie show in Chicago?

JOHN 5: Of course, it’ll come. We’ll probably be there in the summertime, or somewhere like that. We’re gonna hit every place that has electricity!

BestRockList: Tell me about the movie score that you just did for Rob Zombie’s new film, 31.

JOHN 5: I’ve done tons of movie scores, but this is my second Zombie film. I’ve done Baywatch, I’ve done all these things like that throughout my life…and a lot of weird things that people don’t know about. I’m not a big fan of scoring films or TV shows, but I’ll always do it for Rob because I love his movies and he’s my great friend and I respect him so much. [Scoring] is a TON of work, but it’s so rewarding to see it on the big screen. Now I just saw Rob’s movie…he had a little viewing of his new movie, 31, and I will tell you, this movie is SO good. It’s my favorite Zombie movie. It’s an amazing movie. I remember sitting there going, “It’s over?!” You don’t even know that time is going by because you’re so engulfed in this movie. It’s crazy. I’m so proud of him.

BestRockList: What’s it about?

JOHN 5: It’s a bunch of people travelling in the 70’s and it’s Halloween night, and they get stopped, and they get captured, and they’re in this warehouse thing and they have to survive the night, Halloween night, [from] these brutal killers, and they have to try and survive. It’s like a game. And it is SUCH an amazing movie. You’re on the edge of your seat. It’s great.

BestRockList: I’d like to ask you about your work with David Lee Roth. Is it true you got involved with Dave just by sending 6 of your songs to his management?

JOHN 5: Yeah.

BestRockList: How long had you been writing them before you sent them in?

JOHN 5: Well, I sent 2 songs to him…I think I sent Slam Dunk and Little Texas. And then he said he really liked them, can [I] send more? And so I went into the studio and wrote more. [And this was through] management, I hadn’t even talked to Dave yet…so that’s 4 songs. And then they said, “Hey, Dave likes these, can you write some more?” And I was like “Ok.” But money was tight, ya know? It’s expensive to record these. So I recorded 2 more, and he’s like, “Great, can you record more?” And I said, “Well, I don’t really have the funds to keep recording…” And [management] is like, “Ok, well come to Dave’s house.”

I went to Dave’s house, and he said, “We’re gonna make a record!” and I was like oh my god, this is incredible! So, it was kinda that fast. Everything, all of that happened, like, I was probably writing those songs for like a week or two, and they’re just how they are, how you hear them without vocals.

BestRockList: So the arrangements were complete at the time you gave them to him?

JOHN 5: Yeah… you know, of course, Ray Luzier killed it on drums (when the songs were recorded for the album)…but it’s pretty much the same thing that you hear… I probably wrote it in a week, maybe two weeks at the most. And then we’d make a record in two weeks, mixed and mastered. So it was such a fast, fast process. It was incredible.

BestRockList: Was Dave writing the lyrics on the fly as you were recording?

JOHN 5: Yes, never seen anything like it. They guy is a genius. And if you listen to these lyrics, they’re UN-believable! These lyrics…I can’t believe it…like ‘From shack to chateau.’ You know, it’s like, so cool.

BestRockList: Or “Little Elvis is combat ready.”

JOHN 5: Yeah! Brilliant…brilliant! I was watching him just create and it was genius. But one thing he said to me that scared the hell out of me…now this is David Lee Roth, who is my hero, your hero…he said, “We’re going to record this just like Van Halen. We’re going to record it live.” And I was like, “Okay.” And he said, “If you can’t get it in two takes, you can’t get it.” And I was like, “Oh my god!”

So, we did it, sure enough…all those songs on one or two takes.

BestRockList: What’s Dave like personally? Is he always electric and “on,” or have you seen a regular guy side to him?

JOHN 5: You know, that’s a fine question. He’s so smart…I mean scary smart, this guy…so we’ll talk and just hang normal, but then that other part comes on. So it’s like 50/50. He’s so brilliant, this guy. I think he might even be too smart!

He does so much stuff, he will gather all this information, and he knows a little bit about everything. That’s what I love about him. He’s brilliant.

BestRockList: How come you guys never toured the DLR Band album together?

JOHN 5: I joined Marilyn Manson….but [Dave and I] did make another record.

BestRockList: I’ve heard that you guys have a completed, but unreleased album. How many tracks are on it?

JOHN 5: I think like 11. And they’re so good! There’s a song called “Nothing Could Have Stopped Us Now”…I think that’s the title… and this song, I’ll listen to it just as like one of my favorite songs…it’s so good, man. This guy, like his talent, his voice and everything, just sounds like Van Halen[‘s third album], Women and Children First. His voice is just unbelieveable. And we did this record and I’m so proud of this record, so hopefully it’ll see the light of day one day.

BestRockList: Are there any other song titles you could share?

JOHN 5: There’s one called “Somewhere Over The Rainbow Bar & Grill”. It’s genius!

BestRockList: Who played on that album?

JOHN 5: Gregg Bissonette, who played on Eat ‘Em & Smile and Skyscraper, I played bass on it, Brett Tuggle…he played keys, and he was also in the [EEAS & Skyscraper band]. It’s a great album, but it’s not like crazy rock music, that’s the thing.

BestRockList: Is there any intention to release it?

JOHN 5: It’s totally up to Dave.

BestRockList: Have you had any discussions about it?

JOHN 5: Yeah, we always talk about it, you know? It’s so good. And I’m so happy I have a copy…it’s really, really something else!

BestRockList: I heard you moved out to LA from Michigan when you were 17. Did you go out there by yourself?

JOHN 5: Yeah. I was by myself, but I had one friend who lived out here. Luckily I got to stay with him, and I started my life and my career.

BestRockList: How’d you get the balls to do that?

JOHN 5: Well, I just knew I was not going to…I was a pretty wise kid, I guess…I knew that opportunity knocks a lot louder out here.

BestRockList: How did you get involved in playing on Ace Frehley’s new album of cover songs?

JOHN 5: Ace called me and said, “Hey, I’m doing a covers album and I want to have you on it.”

And I was like, “I’m there!” And I was going over the Hendrix song, and we were gonna do Space Truckin’ as well. [Then] he called me and he goes, “We’re going to do ‘Parasite’.” And I was like “Oh my god!” I was [thinking] this is unbelievable. You know I love KISS and I’m like, I’m gonna do Parasite with Ace! You know…KISS Alive…Hotter Than Hell!

So here we are, we’re in the studio, we’re doing it, we’re playing together and he said, “Why don’t you improvise, and I’ll improvise.” And me, being the fan, said, “Ace, why don’t you do the Parasite solo, and then I’ll come in after you?” And he played the solo, and he plays it in one take…but it’s so Ace, it’s so great…one take, boom! And that’s what went on the record. And I was like, “This is awesome!”

BestRockList: Had you ever played with Ace before?

JOHN 5: Yes. Luckily I have had the privilege to play with him.

BestRockList: How did you guys decide on Spanish Castle Magic?

JOHN 5: It’s a classic Hendrix song. It’s one of his favorites and it’s one of mine.

BestRockList: Thanks for your time today, John.

JOHN 5: See you on 3/6 [in Chicago]!

See the photos from the show here: John 5 Concert Photos

Watch Black Grass Plague

Watch Behind The Nut Love

-You can follow John 5 on Facebook (www.facebook.com/john5official), Instagram (@john5official) and Twitter (@john5guitarist), and purchase his music on iTunes and Amazon.

-Bradley Todd is a Chicago based concert photographer who also shoots people (only w/ cameras), events, places & things. You can follow him on Facebook (www.facebook.com/bradleytoddphotography), Instagram (@bradleytoddphotography), and Twitter (@bradleytphoto)

Gemini Syndrome Interview

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Mallory Knox Interview Warped Tour 2015

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Crossfaith Interview Warped Tour 2015

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Miss May I Interview Warped Tour 2015

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I Prevail Interview with Eric Vanlerberghe

Interview with Eric Vanlerberghe of I Prevail

                                

Suzie Soule of Best Rock List sat down with vocalist, Eric Vanlerberghe of I Prevail.  I Prevail published a cover version of Taylor Swift’s “Blank Space” on YouTube on December 1, 2014.  Since then, it has been viewed over 12.5 million times as of print date.  The song has reached #1 on iTunes rock chart.  It was on Sirius XM Octane’s Big ‘Uns countdown for several weeks.  Now, it is gaining radio airplay nationwide.  The song has fast forwarded the band to their first step of dream life status after signing with a label, Fearless Records.  Eric Vanlerberghe was working his day job in January of 2015 at IHOP.   Less than six months later, they are headlining a tour, talking to fans who know all the words to their Heart vs. Mind EP and giving interviews to the press.

I Prevail's Eric Vanlerberghe

I Prevail’s Eric Vanlerberghe and Suzie Soule of Best Rock List

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Rock List (BRL):  You have had 12.5 million views of “Blank Space” video. Congratulations on all your success so far. You basically had overnight success.

Eric Vanlerberghe:  It was crazy! I never thought…

BRL:  Do you ever pinch yourself and wonder if you are dreaming?

Eric Vanlerberghe:  Oh every morning, I wake up in a new city and have to pinch myself and make sure. Yeah, this a city I’ve never been in before, about to play in front of a hundred kids or three hundred kids or more. Yeah. It is a dream come true.

BRL:  What’s the biggest crowd you think you’ve played so far?

Eric Vanlerberghe:  As of now, up to this date, it’s our hometown show. It was our third show on tour and our first as I Prevail. Eleven hundred kids sold out at our big venue back home. That was our biggest one. That was awesome!

BRL:  Well you guys are definitely on the scene and tremendously successful. I think of how much your video has gone viral and how successful you’ve become. Where are you guys from?

Eric Vanlerberghe:  We are from Detroit area. About thirty minutes north of Detroit.

BRL:  Did you guys know each other before forming the band?

Eric Vanlerberghe:  No. Actually Steve (Menoian) and Brian (Burkheiser) met each other online. On some social media site that you can meet members of bands. Brian’s old band’s drummer was dating someone that I played college baseball with and knew I was looking for a band. And they met me. We found Lee (Runestad) on YouTube doing drum covers and we were like, “Wow, this kid’s good. Holy shit! He lives in Michigan! Let’s pick him up too.”
And then the other two touring members, our bassist, Tony (Camposeo) is a good friend of mine from back in the local Michigan scene. Dylan (Bowman), our other touring guitarist, our producer produced one of his old bands. So that is how we met. So we didn’t know each other until we started playing music together.

BRL:  How did your band come up with the name, I Prevail?

Eric Vanlerberghe:  With bands and their band names, you can usually get a feel for what kind of music they play and what they sound like off the bat. Like Suicide Silence, you wouldn’t just think they were a pop band. Megadeth, you don’t think they’re a pop band or a radio rock band. So we wanted a name that, right off the git-go, you hear and you kind of know that we have positive vibes in music. And being from Detroit, Michigan, you know Michigan’s economy and the area, people already have kind of preconceived notion that it’s not the greatest area to grow up in. There’s nothing really good that comes from Detroit or Michigan, southeast Michigan but we want to change people’s opinions. Because we come out with positive music and such. That right off the beginning, we want people to have a preconceived notion of us.
So we were sitting and thinking…well…really quick what gets some people’s attention that you’re coming out with something positive. I prevail…I overcome…whoa! How about that? How about I Prevail? You’re prevailing, you’re overcoming the stereotype. You’re overcoming anything really, a positive mentality.

BRL:  That’s good. Yeah, all your songs are pretty positive.

Eric Vanlerberghe:  Yeah, even our heavy one, “Face Your Demons”, is. It deals with a pretty heavy subject of rape and abuse. It tries to put a positive outlook on the whole negative situation.

BRL:  And moving forward and facing those issues.

Eric Vanlerberghe:  Yes.

BRL:  You have released the Heart vs. Mind EP which is phenomenal.

Eric Vanlerberghe:  Thank you.

BRL:  What I I recognized is the production of it is just great.

Eric Vanlerberghe:  Well, thank you.

BRL:  What can you tell me about the producer?

Eric Vanlerberghe:  B.J. Perry of Wall of Sound Studio. He is a guy who just writes music for a living. He writes for Fox, UFC Fight Night, and MTV and all that. He is a good friend of ours and went in there to record. He knows what he’s doing when it comes to music. But the funny thing is, you’d never know it was a studio. It is a little basement in a little house in a small farm town out in Michigan. He is very knowledgeable at what he does. That’s B.J. Perry at Wall of Sound.

BRL:  Yeah. Some producers are like that though because really it is what your ear hears.

Eric Vanlerberghe:  Exactly.

BRL:  Will your next album be produced by him?

Eric Vanlerberghe:  Yes. We’ll actually working with him right now. Not sure who it will be mixed and mastered by but we are working with B.J. Perry right now writing and recording our next album.

BRL:  That’s good. It is always good to have a cohesive sound when you’re putting out a sophomore or actually, it’d be a full length?

Eric Vanlerberghe:  Yep. It’ll be our first full length.

BRL:  Yeah.

Eric Vanlerberghe:  That’s what we aiming for.

BRL:  Okay. Let’s delve into some of the tracks on this EP. “Love, Lust and Liars” is getting a lot of airplay on Sirius XM Octane now. Was there a particular person who inspired that song?

Eric Vanlerberghe:  Um. We each had our own person. The best way to describe our writing process for the EP was each day, we’d come in looking to write the next song. So we’d go into the studio and we are going to write a new song. We’d bounce ideas off each other. What are we feeling? We’d either start writing lyrics. Brian and I would come with lyrics, you know. Or we’d have a little bit of a riff or a drum track that Steve or Lee were working on and we’d get the vibe for how we’re feeling and then say “Love, Lust, and Liars” is the first one we kind of all bounced off stories about. Like how a certain girl in our life screwed us over and Brian came back with some lyrics. We bounced it back and forth about how this one girl in each of our lives just really got in there and ruined our lives. That’s why I think the song works so well is that it was influenced by a personal story but it can relate to each one of us in the band. We put on our own little influence in there. That’s why I think it works well with listeners, they can get their own story.

BRL:  Right, the fans can relate to the songs as well. Who does the lyric writing?

Eric Vanlerberghe:  Brian and I do a lot of the lyric writing but we take in from everyone. All four of us throw in the pot there.

BRL:  So when you’re writing. All of you are writing together.

Eric Vanlerberghe:  Yep. We all sit down and it’s usually in the same room. We all sit down and start writing. Sometimes, Steve will come in with a guitar riff. I’ll come in with a couple of lines of to some lyrics. I like to write poetry and stuff so I’ll bring some old stuff that I wrote in. Brian’s very good at writing melodies and hooks. So he’ll come in with, ‘Hey, I’ve got a real good melody’. Lee will have some drum parts mapped out in my head or vice versa. ‘Hey, I’ve got this guitar part in my head. Steve you want to track it real quick?’ So we all work together. We all have our own talents but we all kind of throw in the pot together.

BRL:  Okay, you guys are from Michigan. What kind of music did you listen to growing up?

Eric Vanlerberghe:  Me, personally, it changed dramatically. My dad listened to a lot of Led Zeppelin and classic rock like that.  And that’s what I grew up listening to.  And I had my little rap phase for a couple of years, 50 Cent “Get Rich or Die Tryin’” was the first cd I ever purchased. But growing up, I got into Emo, Pop, stuff like that. Then it got heavier. Now I listen to Beatdown, Hardcore, or Metal. But I also listen to a lot of like, now this is weird, other side of the world, Spoken Word and poetry. La Dispute and Listen are two bands that I really, really enjoy. But that is where I get influence from writing. That’s what I grew up listening to.

BRL:  Yeah. Those are all good. Poetry is always good when you’re writing lyrics. You’ve said that you would love to tour with some of the bands that you love. So, bands like A Day To Remember, Bring Me The Horizon, We Came As Romans.  Now, We Came As Romans is from your area so do you guys know each other?

Eric Vanlerberghe:  No. I grew up going to see them all the time when I was younger. When they put out their first album, I went and saw their cd release show back in Mount Clemens (Michigan). I don’t know them personally. I’ve seen them around town and stuff. It’s cool saying we come from the same city, same town. Same as Chiodos and I See Stars but trying to the next band to come out. It’s awesome to follow in their footsteps. It would be awesome to tour with those bands, A Day To Remember, especially, and Bring Me The Horizon would be really cool.

BRL:  Okay, so you guys on tour over the summer. We’ll follow your tour on your social media. Then, what are your plans after that?

Eric Vanlerberghe:  Well, we have a couple of weeks off after this tour to go back and write in the studio. We have a big fall tour planned. We cannot announce anything yet. It’s going to be one hell of a tour.

BRL:  Hmm. Is it a headlining tour or not? (I am trying to get as much information as possible.)

Eric Vanlerberghe:  The only thing I can say is that it’s not a headlining tour. That’s all I can say. Don’t twist my arm anymore because I will get in trouble. But it’s going to be a blast. It’s going to be an amazing tour.

BRL:  Okay, we’ll look forward to that. Thank for you taking the time to talk to me.

Eric Vanlerberghe:  Of course.

 

Be sure to catch the Crossroads Tour.  With the rate of their success, I Prevail, will be selling arena shows before you know it.  You can say you saw them way back when.

Crossroads Tour

From Ashes To New Interview

Best Rock List From Ashes To New Interview

The band From Ashes To New (FATN) talks to Matt Brandyberry and Chris Musser about the meaning behind some of their biggest songs, where they come from and their touring plans for the fall.

                                

P.O.D. Interview

Best Rock List  P.O.D. Interview with Marcos Curiel

Suzie Soule sat down with founding member, Marcos Curiel, of P.O.D. and we clarified the band’s name origin. We talked about their new album The Awakening that comes out August 21st with guest vocalists, Maria Brink, of In This Moment and Lou Koller of Sick Of It All.  Watch the exclusive interview here.

                                

September Mourning Interview

                                

 

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Best Rock List September Mourning Interview

September Mourning is an alternative hard rock band that has toured with Marilyn Manson and Gemini Syndrome.  September (Emily Lazar) is the vocalist and creative force behind the band and their multi-media offerings. Along with an album that is scheduled for release this Summer, they are releasing a comic book to chronicle their story.  September Mourning has worked with comic legend, Marc Silvestri, for production of their comic book. Marc Silvestri is best known for drawing many X-Men issues. The beautiful September has an amazing voice and a compelling presence.

Best Rock List asks September about the concept and imagery of September Mourning, what bands they would like to work with, and their plans for the summer.

BRL: Your band is one part of your greater idea including comic books and concept of a fantasy world. What is September Mourning about?

SM: In a nutshell… The character of September Mourning is a human-reaper hybrid, who feels the need to give some human souls a second chance at life, and thus disregards the direct orders of Fate.

BRL: The girl reaper, September, has a lighter image versus the rest of the reapers. Is there a reason why she is dressed in white while the others are in black?

SM: On a symbolic level the white costume stands against the black as a sort of reminder of September’s humanity. She is unlike all of the reapers that have been made by Fate. The others are warriors of death sent for a purpose to take the souls that Fate has asked for. She became a reaper hybrid when another of Fate’s reapers sacrificed himself for her, instead of taking her and in doing so gave her eternal life and his powers alongside her humanity. Because of her inception, She is the only one of her kind. On a personal level, I have always had a fascination with death. For me death is just another part of life as we know it. The final part but still a part in itself. An inescapable truth. Without the knowledge that our life on this planet is finite we wouldn’t have the appreciation for the time we have. That knowledge and appreciation is a beautiful thing. I find that people tend to vilify death in a way… and in doing so, everything about it and the culture that surrounds it is often dark or black in color. I went against that…. I wanted to make September angelic… like a Valkyrie… this being that at its core is angelic and beautiful but you know once you see her she is the last thing you will ever see.

BRL: You call your fans “Children of Fate”. What is the significance of both the child and fate references?

SM: Each soul on this planet is a product of fate…. thus coining the phrase, “Children of Fate”…. On a deeper level, it is meant to be empowering. To remind us all that we have the power to forge our own future and destiny… that nothing and no one can stand in our way of what we want to become.

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BRL: September Mourning is a concept band that has a sound that pulls from different genres and I hear a lot of symphonic metal in the sound. You have toured with metal bands in the past. What bands do you want to work with in the future?

SM: Symphonic metal does have its place in our sound, although we pride on having more of an alternative hard rock band sound. Bands such as Avenged Sevenfold and Black Veil Brides could definitely be fun on the metal side… although I would love to be able to share a stage with bands such as Muse, 30 Seconds to Mars or Paramore… and on an even different level maybe even Lady Gaga because I love her theatricality.

BRL: On your Facebook page, it states the band is from Mortem but is there a place in this world that your original selves are from?

SM: I’m from New York. The others in this band span across the United States to California, Kansas, Texas and even across the globe to France.

BRL: Is there a release date and name for your upcoming album?

SM: All will be revealed very soon… we are looking at summer for a release.

BRL: You are slated for Rock On The Range in a couple of months. What are your other touring plans?

SM: We will be collecting souls across the US as a warm up for Rock On The Range as well as Atlantic City Comic Con in New Jersey. After that run we have a lot more Soul Collecting to do… You can keep in touch with them all on our social media sites or go to Septembermourning.com for the links

 

Islander Interview

Islander Interview with Mikey Carvajal

Vocalist Mikey Carvajal talks to Best Rock List and tells us who he wants to collaborate with on their next album. You might be surprised to hear who it is.

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J.O.S. Interview

J.O.S Interview

British rockers J.O.S. band has recently released their eponymous EP.  The band consists of David Clarke, Anna Thomas, Rosie Botterill, and John O’Shea.

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“J.O.S. believe we live in an age of lowered expectations, where tweets mean more than tracks, where social media means more than song writing and where ‘Likes’ mean more than real fans. In an industry where labels would rather invest in talent shows rather than songwriters, where pop stars are porn stars, where rap stars are disconnected from their roots and where rock stars have become a distant memory, J.O.S.are dedicated to putting music back at the heart of the industry, and back into the hands of musicians.”

                       

 

Best Rock List interviewed J.O.S. and asked them about their background and what their plans for the future are.

Best Rock List . com:  In today’s music culture, you could have chosen to be a pop group but you chose rock.  Despite some lamentations of rock being dead.  Why choose rock?

John:  Rock isn’t dead. The problem is journalists use the charts as barometer as to what people like, which is extremely misleading. For example in the UK, the Conservatives won the General Election with 36% of the vote. That means 64% of people, who voted, did not vote for our current government, in fact 35% of the UK didn’t vote at all. Yet David Cameroon is still our Prime Minister.

A similar thing is happening with our music charts. Today’s charts just reflect the minority of people who like that music and choose to buy it. It doesn’t reflect the majority of people who don’t like that music and choose not to buy it. It doesn’t reflect the majority of people who switch off their radio every time a chart songs comes on the radio. It doesn’t reflect the majority of people who choose to ignore the charts completely and listen to other kinds of music on Youtube.

Hell, even the people who do listen to chart music don’t even like it that much. Record sales are the lowest in history, even when you take into account illegal downloading and streaming. To have a No 1 single in the UK you only need to sell 30,000 copies, with a country whose population is 60 million that’s hardly reflective of the tastes of the country as a whole.

That then leaves the question ‘If it’s so easy to get in the charts, why aren’t more rock bands on there?’ There are loads of reasons for this. One of them is that a load of rock bands are counter culture and pride themselves on not being in the charts. Personally I think that is stupid because that attitude creates a vacuum which is filled with the very music those rocks bands claim to hate so much. Another is that most rock fans are into albums, rather than singles. The fact that album sales for rock bands are holding up reflects this, for example the recent No 1 for Pink Floyd and No 2 for Foo Fighters in the album charts.

But I think the most important factor is this.

Rock has produced a lot of wonderful bands and a lot of talented musicians in the last 20 years, but I don’t think Rock has produced a truly great band in that time. For me the last great band was Nirvana. Personally, no band since then has produced albums as raw as Nirvana, that captured the hearts of a generation like Nirvana, and captured the imagination of mainstream culture like Nirvana.

For me, every band that has emerged in the last 20 years has failed to do this. As a result there is now a generation of rock fans who are waited patiently, and silently, for that next great band to come along. And when that bands does come, they’re going to be massive.

David:  Rock is far from dead. New bands are coming through all the time and the Foo Fighters have got a great new album out. Rocking out is fun and your body can’t help but to nod when you hear a great rock riff or beat.

Anna:  I think any artists chooses his/her/their own sound, it’s down to influence of individuals and then collaboration with others…if you deliberately choose a genre of music to play because it’s the ‘in’ type of music at the time then it’s done for potential fame and fortune. J.O.S is a band, like many others, that does it because we all love the music. Anything extra is a bonus!

I guess what I’m trying to say is, there was no choosing… it was a natural fit for us all as musicians. And we love it!

Rosie:  I didn’t choose to be in a rock band as such.. I wouldn’t really say it was much of choice. I learnt guitar as a child because I fell in love with it and the music that it features in. If you are working in a band where you put in a lot of time and money and you don’t really get a lot back, you have to love it! I play rock because I love rock, I couldn’t just decide to play a kind of music just because its popular if I don’t love it.

 

Best Rock List . com: Your sound is definitely influenced by 80’s rock.  I  was reminded of Siouxsie and the Banshees and also Talking Heads when listening to J.O.S..   What other music influences your sound?

Rosie: I wouldn’t say it was specifically influenced by a certain era, we are influenced by bands from every era but yes my main influence is 80’s rock band Gun N Roses. However our influences spread from The Beatles in the 60’s to Nirvana in the 90’s

Anna:  Personally, I’m a major punk-head. I’m heavily influenced by 80’s/90’s punk bands like Bad Religion, Social Distortion and The Offspring. Like to think that punk music had an influence on the music, even if it’s the performing style.

John:  We’re influenced by a lot of bands. For me it’s The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Guns ‘N Roses and Nirvana. I think a lot of modern rock has abandoned melody for fear of appearing mainstream, where as we put melody at the heart of everything we do. Whether it’s mainstream or not.

Best Rock List . com: What music did your parents listen to and how did that influence your sound?

David:  My mum and dad were completely split. Mum listening to Whitney, Sade and Berlin and dad listening to Van Halen, AC/DC and Metallica. I know like all sorts of music thanks to growing up with diversity. All music has its plus points you can learn from.

Anna:  My Dad likes different types of music, and my Mum was always into trendy music when she was younger. Used to listen to a lot of Dixie Chicks, Shania Twain, and 60’s mix CD’s in the car with her. I wouldn’t say Shania Twain was an influence on our sound though!

Rosie: My dad’s main musical influence was jazz! Which yes did inspire me too but in a different way. His job though involved him working with a lot of big rock bands, so I spent my childhood surrounded by amazing bands and musicians and that was no doubt one of my biggest influences not only on my sound but on my future career.

John:  My parents aren’t really into music in a big way. When I was a kid I would steal my sisters Guns ‘N Roses cassettes and listen to them endlessly. So they’re kinda to blame for me being musician.

Best Rock List . com:  You formally studied at Tech Music School.  How did that enhance your career?

Anna:  I became a better drummer…I study at Southampton Solent, in my 3rd year. I think Solent gave me more opportunity to explore the musical side, instead of focusing on paradiddles.

Rosie: It was a huge reality check to me! You go there thinking you’ll be the next Joe Satriani and then you soon realize they are there to train you as a professional musician and teach you how to work in the current music industry. The teachers are world class and I’d say that it made me grow as a musician in so many ways.

David:  By improving playing massively and networking. There is a huge hub of like minded people there and if you put in the right amount of effort with the right attitude then good things can happen.

Best Rock List . com: What are your upcoming touring and/or performance plans?

John:  We’ve been gigging London clubs for the last few years now. The next step for us is getting Management and going on a UK Tour.

Anna:  I hope for a tour with some cool bands around UK and Europe, preferably Europe though!

Rosie:  Hopefully a tour and management on the horizon! We’ll see how the next few months go but all is hopefully!

 

We hope that J.O.S. can obtain a manager and tour the U.K and the United States as well.

You can download their EP here

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We As Human Interview with Justin Cordle and Justin Forshaw

We As Human Interview with Justin Cordle and Justin Forshaw

Suzie Soule sat down with We As Human while they are on the Hard Drive Live Tour with Black Stone Cherry. She asked them about the meaning behind their songs “Take The Bullets Away” and “Sever”. Find out how Lacey Sturm, original singer of Flyleaf, was included in “Bullets” and their take on being a Christian Hard Rock band.

Sebastian Bach Interview

Sebastian Bach Interview

Sebastian Bach and his band are touring in support of his newest album “Give Em Hell” which is a metal album that reminds us of the energy of Skid Row. His vocal skills are improving with use. He tells what helped him to hone his skills to use his voice more. We also asked him about his background and got some insight into what bands he grew up on.

Alive Like Me Interview

Alive Like Me Interview

Alive Like Me was on part of Van’s Warped Tour this year. We talked with Jairus Kersey and David Knox from the fledgling band. Since forming in March 2013, the band has signed to Rise Records and joined up with some dates on Warped Tour. Those are quite a list of accomplishments in a short amount of time.  The future for Alive Like Me’s looks promising.

 

Don Jamieson of That Metal Show Interview

Transcript of Don Jamieson of That Metal Show Interview

You can listen to the interview below.

Suzie Soule: This is Suzie Soule of Best Rock List interviewing Don Jamieson, comedian and host of “That Metal Show”.  I listened to your cd Hell Bent For Laughter and it was a great listen.

Don Jamieson: Okay.

Suzie Soule: Who would have thought that you would be talking about diapers and geometry in your newest cd?

Don Jamieson: I, yes, I cover a lot of ground in it…there’s a lot of crazy stuff on there and obviously I talk about all my favorite bands that I love.  And I poke a little fun at them so…you know it’s(sic) a little something for everybody in there. For metalheads and math majors alike.

Suzie Soule: There’s also some pop music references in there too that are pretty funny that they’re interesting so….

Don Jamieson: Well, i’m not, well, you know, I mean…there are some bands that naturally get a big laugh.  I mean if you just say Mumford and Sons, people laugh even if they don’t know who that is. There’s a couple bands out there, look I have a one track mind with music.  I only like hard rock and metal so…it’s no offense to any particular band but you know anything that’s not metal, I generally don’t like.

Suzie Soule: So, interestingly on your cd, it seems that you have no fear to offend a lot of different ethnic groups, myself included.  I’m half Korean and then I’m half Scotch-Irish.

Don Jamieson: Oh wow, I probably insulted you two or threes times on the cd.

Suzie Soule: Yeah…

Don Jamieson: You know in all fairness, the person that takes the beating the most on the cd is me so…Look, you know, I’m a night club comic, you know, it’s just jokes and people laugh at them so it’s all good.

Suzie Soule: So you’re not worried about possibly offending someone because of what you say in your jokes.

Don Jamieson: No, this country is just now a bunch of tattle tales and people pretending their offended by it and by everything.  You know with Twitter and Facebook and everything, that is just what society has become but the comedy stage is the last place that we have left to you know, make jokes and kid around about stuff and nobody gets offended because it’s just in good fun. We all laugh at ourselves. You know it’s all right.  There is nothing personal about it.  It’s just comedy.  You know people who come out to comedy shows just want to have a good laugh and they’re not going to get worried about it. Just everybody else who hears stuff and you know, “Oh why did this guy say this?” and you hear this guy say this?  You know everyone’s just a bunch of babies nowadays.  It’s just everyone’s got to relax, listen to some comedy and if it’s your thing great.  If not, then you turn it off, just like music.

Suzie Soule: It is a lot like that and I think your comedy style is a lot like metal in that respect.  It’s brutally honest. It’s just like, there’s no sugar-coating or a…

Don Jamieson: Yeah, that’s how it’s going to be, you know, that’s all our favorite bands…they wear their emotions and their lives on their sleeves through their music.  That’s how it is, you know, that’s why a lot of my favorite bands are still around and they’re still making albums.  Bands like Motorhead and Judas Priest has a new album out after forty years.

Suzie Soule: Yeah.

Don Jamieson: You know just like all these bands have sort of worn everything on their sleeves.  They just put it all there and just trying new things over the years which is important. You know to try new things, whether they succeed or fail.  But, you know that is always the mark of a great band. But in metal especially, you know, these bands stay true to what they do. A lot of these bands are still kicking, you know, after thirty-forty years so you know, and I love that.  I’m the same way.  I’m forty-seven years old.  I am who I am.  I wear jeans and t-shirt.  You know, I’ve been wearing the same clothes since I was eleven.  You know, I’m not going to start wearing a tuxedo tomorrow.  That’s not me.

Suzie Soule:  Okay, so what bands are you listening to now?  Are there some new bands out there that you’re really liking?

Don Jamieson: There are.  There’s actually a lot.  I mean, now’s a really good time for metal.  You know, I just tweeted out some new friend I made at Rock On The Range who I’m big fans of.  Kyng is one of those bands.  Kyng K-y-n-g.

Suzie Soule: Yeah, they were good.

Don Jamieson: Who are awesome and another band called Crobot.

Suzie Soule: Oh, I loved Crobot.  When I saw them, they were fantastic.  I’m big fan now of Crobot.  I hadn’t heard them before.

Don Jamieson: So those are a couple of the bands that are getting a lot of buzz and I’ve been able to check them out.  I’d say those two right now are my top favorites.

Suzie Soule: Okay, so how do you get your new music?  Obviously, people send you stuff.  Do you like to have like the cd’s?  Like a lot of people…a lot of delivery is being done digitally, even with publicist are sending stuff digitally.  Do you…how do you get your new music?

Don Jamieson: Pretty much all those ways.  You know, I got a turntable for Christmas so I’m actually buying vinyl again.  Which is so awesome! Cause, you know for people now, kids now, never got that experience of going to a record store and buying the vinyl.  It’s such a communal experience, to do that.  I mean, you meet other people there, you look through the bins.  You know, even just the packaging of the albums and stuff like that.  You know it’s all exciting to me still.  And I love that I’m buying vinyl again.  I just bought the new Clutch on vinyl.  I just bought the new Pantera “Far Beyond Driven” vinyl that just came out with the original cover.  I’m getting stuff so I’m going back old school again.  But even with the new stuff, a lot of the new bands are putting that stuff out on vinyl too so but yeah if I want to check something out, if you send me a download, I’ll definitely check it out that way but I like the physical product.

Suzie Soule: I do too.  I agree.  I think that the industry is going back to that, especially metal because people do like that experience of touching it and feeling it and vinyl is making a huge comeback.  More bands are putting out albums on vinyl, the limited edition and etcetera so it’s pretty exciting to see that.

Don Jamieson: Yeah and the sound is a lot better for people who have never listened to LP’s.  I mean, especially some of the shorter albums, like Slayer’s “Reign In Blood” is twenty-nine minutes so those are big thick grooves on that album.  It sounds amazing!  Now everybody tries to jam in a hundred bonus tracks on every cd and they compress it all the way down so that the sounds not even recognizable to the band anymore.  Like the way they recorded it, the way people are hearing it.  You know, look, with metal and metalheads and that’s why with “That Metal Show” is successful.  We seek out the stuff we like and you know, we’ll take it however we can get it.  So, if I can’t get something one way, I’ll get it the other.  So, give me a bootleg cassette.  I’ll check it out if it’s something cool that’s worthwhile, just get it to me so I can see what’s up with it.

Suzie Soule: Okay, I see that you are going on a live tour with Eddie Trunk and Jim Florentine.  You’re taking “That Metal Show” out on the road?  What’s the format going to be for that?

Don Jamieson: Well, Jim, Eddie, and I, you know, we host “That Metal Show” on VH1 Classic and we just finished up our thirteenth season. So, thanks to everybody who’s been supporting us and watching ’cause we continue to have life because of all the loyal fans of the show.  But, you know, we got a little bit of a break this spring and the summer. We pretty have off until we do some new episodes in the fall.  So we said hey, let’s try to our version of “That Metal Show” live in clubs so we’ve been doing it and it’s been really fun.  We’ve been all over the country.  You know we did Jersey, Pennsylvania, Detroit, Seattle, Portland…we even went to Mexico City…and it’s kind of a loose version of what you see on “That Metal Show”.  But on steroids and Jack Daniels.

Suzie Soule: So there is definitely going to be a Stump The Trunk?

Don Jamieson: Oh yeah, we always end the night with a Stump The Trunk.  You know, people line up all the way around the back of the club waiting to try to stump Eddie (Trunk) and if they can’t get him.  They run back to the end of the line and try to come up with another question so yeah, that’s a really fun part of the show.

Suzie Soule: I think a question too for a lot of the fans, does Jennifer go out on tour with you?

Don Jamieson: No, we don’t have…

Suzie Soule: Aw.

Don Jamieson: We aren’t lucky enough to have Jennifer with us but we always recruit somebody in every town that we go to.  So you’ll just have to look at our three ugly mugs the whole time.

Suzie Soule: Uh, yeah.  You might want to see about bringing her out, she might bring a different draw to the audience.

Don Jamieson: We love her.  Obviously, she’s been a great addition to the show and we love working with her.  She’s also a…she’s an actress.  She does gigs, you know, she does acting gigs when she is not on the show with us.  She’s got a pretty good thing going for herself too.

Suzie Soule: So here’s a question, if you couldn’t do what you’re doing now, I mean, which you have a great life.  You get to go to shows.  You get to host different shows.  You’re also hosting other shows and if you couldn’t do that, what do you think your career would be?  Just as a hypothethical?

Don Jamieson:  Ha ha. I don’t know.  I’m not a suit and tie kind of guy.  You know, I could never get up and go to an office so uh, I don’t know.  I’m not handy so  I couldn’t really do any physical labor.  You know, I couldn’t do mechanic or any of that stuff.  So uh, I have no other skills, this is it.

Suzie Soule: Ha ha ha.

Don Jamieson:  You know it’s either this or nothing.  You know Lemmy (Kilmister) said it the best when they asked him to what do you owe the longevity of Motorhead?  He just said, ‘We never quit’ so if you never quit, then they can’t get rid of you.  That’s my philosophy, I’m going to keep doing this whether people want me to or not and if I don’t quit, they can’t get rid of me.

Suzie Soule: That’s true. That is absolutely true.  So I asked you at Rock On The Range, can we expect newer bands on “That Metal Show”? And you said that you had…

Don Jamieson:  Well, we’ve been doing a lot lately, especially the last few seasons, you know, we had M. Shadows from Avenged Sevenfold.  And we have a thing called the metal modem where we Skype people in from around the world.  We’ve used that a lot of times to give people,  you know, a little taste of some of the newer bands like Volbeat, and uh, Dillinger Escape Plan, and then Amon Amarth… You know so we have been highlighting newer bands.  Definitely, we had Jason Hook from Five Finger Death Punch play guitar on our show.  You know it’s still VH1 Classic so it’s always going to be rooted in the classic bands.  But, obviously, there is always room to expand and grow.  We’re doing that more and more as the seasons have progressed. Including, we’ve also gone a little more the other way including some classic rock bands on the show like Leslie West, Mick Jones from Foreigner.  We’ve certainly gone both ways with expanding out the scope of the guests which I think is great.

Suzie Soule: I think it’s great too.  I think it gives your audience a varied, you know, to pick from different artists.  Maybe introducing newer, younger fans to the classic and then also the older fans to the newer music so it’s good.

Don Jamieson:  Oh yeah, because our fans know that we’re old school guys. Yes, nine times out of ten, we’ll put on a classic band we’re home listening to music but to put our stamp on a Five Finger Death Punch or a Volbeat or something, that lets the audience know okay, well these guys are old school but they like this so I should check it out too. You know because all these new bands that are making waves were influenced by the classic bands.  I mean Avenged Sevenfold just had a wave of publicity about them wearing their influences on their sleeves on their new album but you know what it’s the number one album.  It’s a great album but it is, it’s influenced by old school bands which is great.

Suzie Soule: Yeah, yeah, their new album, sound just like seventies and eighties metal.  It’s crazy but that’s…

Don Jamieson:  Those guys don’t do the same things on every album either.  They always switch it up.  Like I said, those are always the bands for me, that will be in my collection.  I like when bands take chances and do different things.  But yet, you still know it’s them.

Suzie Soule: Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me today.

Don Jamieson: Yeah, it was a pleasure.

Suzie Soule: Your new cd, Hell Bent For Laughter is out now.  You guys are going on the road with “That Metal Show”.  Tell me what are your social media contacts.

Don Jamieson: Okay, I have a website, DonJamieson.com, you know my tour dates on there and @realdonjamieson on Twitter.  So come tweet at me like you did and find out all the interesting things going on in my life.  Like I’m just about to go out and weed the yard.

Suzie Soule: Woo!

Don Jamieson: You see facinating things like that on my Twitter that I’ll be out weeding my yard today for a few hours so if you’re in New Jersey and you want to come by and help me.  They’re pretty bad.

Suzie Soule: You know what? I don’t think I can make it out there. I’m in the middle of the country.  I’m in Normal, Illinois so I don’t think I’m going to make it out.

Don Jamieson: Alright well, if you’re ever out this way, I could use a hand, these weeds are really getting out of line.

Suzie Soule: I’ll be sure to come out.

Don Jamieson: Thank you Suzie.  I really appreciate the support.

Suzie Soule: Thank you.