The Complete Interview List
1 - Tell us how your project(s) were started.
Hammers of Misfortune evolved
out of other bands, and a solo project that I had goin. The band proper
condensed around a 3 act opera that eventually became our first
album: The Bastard.
Ludicra came out of Aesop (ex Hickey) and I really wanting to get fucking NECRO.
2 - What does music, in it's entirety, mean to you?
Music is my cruel mistress.
The bottom line is that music chose me, I didnt have any choice. Its
absolutely compulsive that I play and everytime Ive tried to do anything
else she snaps the leash and Im right back in the studio or onstage before
I even know what happened.
I sometimes think that Ive thrown away every chance for stability, health and sanity on her account. Other times Im thankful that Ive been led down this road, as Ive met people and done things that most people can only read or dream about. The thing about music is: she can take everything from you, and be really horrible, but when shes good, shes so good
3 - What does art, in it's entirety, mean to you?
Art is the only thing that seems to make any sense anymore, besides suicide. Its the only reaction that I can muster to a world that I see as a hopeless, smouldering heap of lies, corruption, pain, injustice and extinction. And this in what must be the worst time in human history to be any kind of artist.
4 - Who is your favorite author, and why?
Edgar Allen Poe for several
reasons. Firstly because E.A. Poe was the first author that I fell in love with
as a kid, but mainly because of his prose. Its so beautiful. His insight
into the human psyche is awesome. He invented the horror genre and also the
detective story/murder mystery (to keep himself from going insane
he supposedly said).
I love his poetry as well. The Raven and The Bells are two favorites of mine - so skillfully rhymed and musical!
5 - As your best friend, describe yourself.
Helpful, nice, smart, funny, good looking and succsessful in my own sort of way.
6 - As your worst enemy, describe yourself.
Egotistical, stuck up prick.
7 - If your persona were immortalized as a cartoon character, who would it be?
Mr. Magoo, or that Martian in the helmet from Bugs Bunny.
8 - Do you think there are conspiracies against the "everyday person"?
Is there really any question
that there are? I mean they are so blatant that one can harly call them conspiracies
anymore. The bottom line is that the rich and powerful do and get whatever they
want, and they will lie, cheat and steal as much as they have to in order to
secure their place above the law. Laws are for the everyday person,
as is public education and the military. All in service of the rich.
In the future it will be increasingly bad, as religeous fanatic millionair oil-men continue to run rough-shod over everything in their path: the environment, international relations, the Muslim faith, the Constitution and anyone or anything else that might oppose them all the while trusting that they are acting in accordance with gods plan.
Meanwhile education is gutted, the states are bankrupt, healthcare is a luxury for those who can afford it, and all our money is being pumped into the military, which is in the hands of the aformentioned christian corporate madmen. Elections are a sham, the media is completely bought and subservient (theyre getting rich too), and the people are being dumbed down as much as possible.
Fear, double-speak and racism are used to keep the people divided and ignorant, and now we have Orwells worst nightmare come true: War without end, againt a faceless enemy an abstract concept that can never be defeated.
At the end of the day the everyday person will be left to pay the bill, clean up the mess, breathe the toxic air, fight the war and so on. It will become increasingly difficult to find work, get health care or get educated as this culture continues down this road to its eventual collapse. Someday, perhaps soon, the military will be the only way for the everyday person to get any of these things. Voila: military dictatorship with sham elections. Sound familiar? Have a nice day!
9 - What do you do with your spare or free time?
Whats that? Sounds nice. Got any?
10 - Please give us your interpretation of "the meaning of life".
OK, Ill try
Life is a struggle. The best way to get through it is to do whats in your
heart and fight the good fight. The concept of happiness
is a scam. We are built for struggle and conflict. Take struggle away from us
and we become fat, squabbling motards with hardening arteries duking it out
on Jerry Springer. We create conflict in its absence. There is
meaning and even true joy to be found in this life, but it must
be earned. Anyway, what the fuck kind of question is that???
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