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Lockdown
Interview

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When did you decide that a career in music was for you?

 

—— I knew from an early age that I wanted to play in a band. It all started in the 70s when I discovered KISS.  Like many kids growing up in that era, they were the gateway band. I was really into comic books, superheroes, and rock music,… so they were the perfect combination.

 

Who are your musical inspirations and why?

 

—— I’ve been inspired by so many different styles, and musicians throughout my life. There really not a way to describe why something or someone inspires me …. It’s just an overall feeling that makes me feel alive. My inspirations started with Edward Van Halen, Jimmy Page, Billy Gibbons, Ace Frehley, and Joe Perry. Of course, music evolved and my tastes expanded, so anyone from Dimebag to Hetfield had a profound influence on my chops.  There were other musicians and bands that also have shaped my playing. Anyone from SRV, Albert King to Social Distortion, Cro-Mags, Leeway, Akira Takasaki, and Nuno Bettencourt.

 

Can you tell me 3 things about yourself that people might not already know?

 

—— I’m handball fanatic, it’s a street game mostly played in New York, California and Florida. I love the adrenaline rush of the game. I’m also obsessed with the Alien movie series and the original 5 Planet of the Apes movies. 

 

What song of yours best describes you and why?

 

——  Lyrically, I’m not sure if one defines me, but conceptually, the song “ Enlightenment” resonates with me. It’s about the enlightening your soul.

 

What has been the best gig you have done to date and why?

 

—— Opening up for Biohazard. We had been friends for years prior, but that show led to us recording in their studio, and being produced by Billy and Danny. Just seeing how they work behind-the-scenes, and getting to know them better on a personal level was priceless.

 

If you could perform a gig at any venue where would it be and why?

 

—— The Budokan. Cheap Trick recorded their masterpiece there, and I always imagined what it would be like to experience that.

 

What has been your best achievement to date and what would you like to achieve in the future?

 

—— In my first band Napalm, we played a festival celebrating the first day of free elections in Germany when the Berlin wall came down.

 

What do you like best about being a musician and why?

 

——- I love to create music, and being part of a team. I really like the whole process of writing a song and collaborating with a band, because you never know where the song will land. I can present a riff or the framework for a song, and then it completely morphs into something unexpected. I think the best results are the ones of collaboration. 

 

What has been the best gig you have been too as a fan and can you tell us about it?

 

——- Motörhead at the Calderone theater in 1983. It was my first concert, and it was everything I thought it would be and so much more. To this day, it was the loudest show I’ve ever been to. it was practically inaudible …yet it was perfect. Lemmy was a god.

 

What would your ideal festival line up be and why?

 

——- I would have to go with bands that bring the infectious energy and good vibes. Sick of it All, Slipknot, Rancid, Foo Fighters, Murphy’s Law, Fear Factory to name a few. SOIA is the best live band hands down!

 

What would you say is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?

 

——- Perfect is the enemy of good.

 

What things make you happy and what things annoy you?

 

——- Music and comedy is really healthy. What also makes me happy is seeing kind gestures done for strangers. It makes me believe that there is still some humanity out there. What annoys me is loud cell phone talkers and loud eaters.

 

Do you think social media and the internet are a good thing in the music industry?

 

——- It’s a great platform that’s easily accessible and reaches worldwide. 30+ years ago, it was a lot more work to reach people via fanzines, fan letters, and demo-tapes. The drawback to the current environment is the over-saturation. It is extremely difficult to be noticed in separate yourself from the pack due to sheer volume. Plus everyone is so inundated with social media that attention spans are extremely short.

 

How important do you think your look and image is when it comes to being in the music industry?

 

——- if you write great music, it doesn’t matter what you look like, but I do think image is valuable. Imagine what ZZ Top would be without their beards or slipknot without their masks, or KISS in the 70s without their makeup and costumes. I think it’s important to have an image that’s either relatable, or interesting.

 

Can you tell us about any tattoos you have and the significance of them to you?

 

——- I have about 20 tattoos, and the most meaningful is the word “resilience” tattooed across my entire forearm. About 10 years ago, there was an extremely difficult event, and I was surprised how resilient myself and my parents were.

 

If you run the country for a day what would you change about it and why?

 

—— There’s plenty of change that I would like to implement, but the first thing that comes to mind would be severe punishment for animal abusers.

 

If you could say one thing to your fans what would it be and why?

 

——- Have fun, lookout for each other, and don’t be a dick.

 

Who are Lock Down and what are the differences between you as a music artist and you away from music?

 

——- Lockdown is really about brotherhood and sisterhood… basically a community. We play aggressive music, but some of our outside musical interests are Reggae, Jazz, Blues, and 80s/90s hip-hop.

 

What was the first record or song you purchased and why?

 

——- KISS “Hotter Than Hell”…. nobody was cooler than Ace.

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