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to live with 3 essential items, and nothing else, what would they be? SDG: Music, my car, and food. I’d probably need clothes too. 3 items isn’t nearly enough. Can I have 4? I.M: Haha, of course. So what’s your secret geeky pleasure? SDG: Science. I happen to be getting my PhD, actually. I.M: Brains and beauty? Sounds like a winning concept. What attracted you to INclination magazine?
Here’s our first interview with her so you can get to know her, as well as a little bit more about what kind of people we like working with. Enjoy!
goes. I.M: We understand completely. What do you like to do in your spare time? SDG: I like to go out to clubs and dance, mess around with Photoshop and edit pictures, and spend lots of time reading about science and, of course, horror. I really like watching horror movies, or examining anything creative in regards to alternative media. I.M: What’s your favorite movie? SDG: That’s a hard one. I really love Edward Scissorhands, and I also love Interview With A Vampire. It’s a toss up. I.M: Pick one. Zombie, or Vampire. Then tell us why you pick them. SDG: Vampire. There’s more of a culture behind them, as opposed to Zombies who just seem to be representative of the mindless drones of society. I.M: Great answer. If you had
INclination Magazine: So, we’ve seen your work. Tell us a little about who you are and what you stand for. Spooky Digital Girl: I enjoy modeling and working with people who allow me to have an outlet for my creative energies. I love to work with people who are serious about what they do and who put 110% into things rather than doing them half-assed. That sort of thing just annoys me. I.M: That’s great, we certainly feel the same way. Who’s your favorite photographer you’ve worked with? SDG: That’s a hard one. I’ve worked with so many talented individuals that it’s difficult to pin any one person down as a favorite. Each has their own unique style, and each has given me different modalities to work with as far as creativity
SDG: Alternative media is something which I really enjoy dealing with. I like creative people and seeing those ideas brought to life. It seems to me like this magazine is about to do just that, therefore, I’d love to promote it. I.M: Awesome, this is why we’re glad to have you on board. Now, as a quick question, what’s your favorite mixed drink? SDG: I love Pearl Harbors. I.M: WELL now everyone knows! In closing, any last words? SDG: Be yourself, unless you’re an asshole.
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INCLINATION MAGAZINE: How would you classify your band? TODD EVANS: We’ve been saying, Black Swamp Speed Metal, adds a lil mystique about the region we’re from...Metal, would also suffice... I.M: How has your previous experience led you to this point in your musical career? TODD EVANS: I’ve always been in Metal bands, or Punk bands... combined both, sometimes one more than the other...I guess to answer your question, I started out in Speed Metal back in the mid Eighties (yes, I’, THAT old), and now have come full circle, back doing the style of music I’ve always favored. I.M: How do you feel artistic visions should be expressed and created? TODD EVANS: Oh man, any way you see fit! Whoever has the vision, express that shit however the fuck you want, so long as it doesn’t physically harm someone else...um, unless of course they agree to it! =) I.M: Does art exist of it’s own volition, or is it merely something to be enjoyed by the casual observer? TODD EVANS: To begin with, “Art” is subjective. Go out into Nature, State, or National Parks...all you survey could very well be considered Art, yes? Sure it exists of it’s own will too...it’s everywhere... I.M: If you could change anything about the mainstream, what would it be?
We recently had the pleasure of speaking with Todd Evans, frontman for the Black Swamp Speed Metal Band, “MOBILE DEATH CAMP”. Todd is an extremely talented artist, who was previously with the band GWAR as the character BEEFCAKE THE MIGHTY. His new project focuses more on the kind of music he’s passionate about. As you can imagine, we were psyched when we were able to speak with him. We hope you’ll enjoy reading this interview as much as we enjoyed doing it!
TODD EVANS: I don’t consider Mobile Deathcamp a “project”... rather a passion! I’d love it if we could be even just part of the Rock-n-Roll Middle Class. You know, keeping all the bills paid (on time), being able to afford a couple small things...I’m not very greedy, or complicated. I.M: You mentioned the cyclic nature of music, do you feel this pertains to just music, or other areas as well? TODD EVANS: Absolutely, everything works in cycles. Nature being the foremost example. I.M: What’s your favorite track of all time? TODD EVANS: Wow, TOUGH question...I have several, I’ll list a handful:“Man On The Silver Mountain” (Rainbow), “Bonded By Blood” (Exodus), “SATO” (Ozzy w/ Randy), “Warrior” (Thin Lizzy), “Aces High” (Iron Maiden), “Hell Awaits” (SLAYER), you see where I’m coming from... I.M: Any last words? TODD EVANS: If you’re content, and do not contend, then no one will contend with you. - Other people’s opinions of you are none of your business. - Always choose truth over ego. - You’ll never go wrong by doing the right thing.
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TODD EVANS: Nothing...I’m glad the “Mainstream” flows as it does. It changes with society, and the next generations...luckily there’s room for ALL types of music, no matter how “Mainstream” or otherwise. I.M: Where would you like to see media forms go towards in the future? TODD EVANS: Society has all media leaning, if not already going, Online...the Internets... =) Personally, I don’t have a preference, as long as there IS some sort of media...can usually get the truth from the BBC, or Canadian broadcasting. I.M: What would you like to see your own projects accomplish?
POLITICS OF EGO
Politics of Ego is a solo project by Gabriel, and his upcoming album is a beautiful and dark account of his years struggling with mental illness and his “Conversations with Lilith”. Check out his myspace page to hear some of the songs, I’m sure after you read this interview you’ll want to. www.myspace.com/politicsofego is in reference to my own struggles to come to terms with who I am and who I am not. The Ego is that part of the self that determines reality among other things. In my experience, the reality factor seems to be not quite in line with my perception of it. Kind of like politics in general; telling me, showing me, and promising me things I want but never really being able to deliver.
REPO! THE GENETIC OPERA
Ok, so, Repo! The Genetic Opera is great. In fact, it’s so great that I encourage you to go out and buy it. I can’t begin to describe how great it is. Paris Hilton with her face falling off? Check. Music reminiscent of industrial, in a movie with subversive political commentary? Check. A movie directed by the director of the SAW films that mixes fun with the same? Check. There’s this thing called buying the movie that you need to do. Got it? Go now, I implore you. Also, the guy who played Giles in Buffy sings in this movie as the REPO man... When I first saw it I said to myself, “are you kidding me?” Turns out I was wrong. Seriously, go get this now. If you’re disappointed, you fail at life, and I think you need a little bit of surgery... surgery. Much Love,
INclination Magazine: Hi Gabriel. Thanks for talking to us. Why don’t we start with what inspired your I.M: This is a solo project- you album “Conversations with Lilith”? play piano, sing and do all the programming, When did you GABRIEL: For the past fifteen years learn to play piano? You play so I have struggled with mental illness. beautifully. Specifically, I have hallucinations, delusions, mania, and depression. This GABRIEL: Thanks for the complidisease has stolen my physical health ment. I started playing piano at and pushed the ones I love away. age 15. I will be 30 in February so It has left me in a constant state of I guess half of my life. Seems like questioning the reality of everything a lot of “studying” but I can honI experience. Recording “Conversaestly tell you I have had less than tions with Lilith” is an attempt to rea year of actual lessons on it. I can capture some of what was lost along barely read piano music. I had to the way. teach myself most of what I do. Lots of trial and error and a hell I.M: This is obviously very personof a lot of listening to other musial for you. How long have you been cians. working on these songs? I.M: How many songs will be on GABRIEL: I have been actively the album and when will it be recording the songs for about a year completed? and a half. Limited access to studio time, frustration, and life has slowed GABRIEL: The album will have the process to standstill at times. The eight tracks on it. Five tracks can lyrics themselves come mostly from be heard on the Politics myspace my own journal writings. I always start profile and the other three are still the writing process with the words “in production” They will reflect first. This also complicates the writmore of an electronica sound. As ing process as I attempt to match far as the release of the album sounds, riffs, and chords to words goes I am looking at early to mid that are already established. I am April. I have had to push the date perhaps too picky but I want everyback twice already so I am looking thing you hear on the tracks to be in forward to getting this first album line with the thought or “conversation” DONE! behind it. I.M: All of your songs that i’ve I.M: Why did you choose the name heard have had a deep affect on “Politics of Ego”? me, but could you please tell GABRIEL: The name Politics of Ego
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that are on your myspace page? GABRIEL: Yes, I took all the photos that are on myspace page. I was actually inspired by a friend I met on myspace to start taking pictures when I couldn’t bring myself to sit down and work on some tunes. I.M: My last and probably most important question: Did you achieve what you set out to from doing this album?
us about “I won’t cry” and “Waiting in the Rain”? GABRIEL: Part of my hallucinations are continued visits from a woman I know to be Lilith. “I Won’t Cry” was originally written when I was going through a period of “moderate mental stability”. It was supposed to be about liberating myself from her but a HUGE pendulum swing into depression brought forth the poem which ends the piece and the “realization” that I am going to have to live with her for the rest of my life. Waiting in the Rain is about my childhood delusions. Mental illness came to me when I was in high school and it was at this time that I started walking at night in search of “friends” who would call to me through the darkness. I
GABRIEL: This is a good question. I started this album because I felt I would walk for hours looking for needed to gain some form of control the people behind the voices but over a part of my life that, for years, I would never find anyone. Look- felt I had no control over, specifically ing back at this time in my life is my reality. I think that as this project quite difficult as I remember the has moved forward I didn’t gain confeeling of complete heartbreak trol but I found a path towards acceptwhen my “imaginary friends” ing my broken reality. All I need to do never showed up. is take one step at a time. I.M: Do you think there will be another album or more music after “Conversations with Lilith”? I.M: Is there anything else you would like to add? GABRIEL To EVERYONE who has helped to support this project and album; Thanks for listening...
GABRIEL: I AM considering doing another album after “Conversations”...I have some Interview by Lissy MacMillan material now that has been on the back burner for some time and there is more to me than just the thoughts on this album. I would like to do a more aggressive album with a more processed and industrial feel. I.M: Did you take the photos
DEVI’S GET FREE, NOW AVAILABLE ON ITUNES
DEVI, coming from Hoboken, NJ is Debra (Guitar/Vocals), Dan Grennes (Bass), and John Hummel (Drums). GET FREE is their first release and will not disappoint, featuring guest musicians like Rob Clores (Black Crowes and Blues Traveller), Wynne Paris and Dollie Llama. You’ll love the psychedelic, dreamy “When it comes down” and the amazing tribute to Neil Young with their haunting cover of “Needle and the Damage Done”. Check them out on their myspace: http:// www.myspace.com/devirock
TIMO SATANIS TALKS WITH
Jaye Mayhem is a 22-yearold model from Jersey who has done quite a bit of work in the Alternative Modeling scene. In addition to working with BurningAngel.com, she’s also featured on the upcoming site, BombShellBrats.com. We recently had some time to sit down and pick her brain. We hope you enjoy her intriguing mind!
INCLINATION MAGAZINE: Who are your favorite bands? JAYE MAYHEM: It’s so hard for me to pick my favorite bands. My top band is defnitely the Misfits. If had had to chose two more I’d go with Suicide File and then either Blood for Blood or Ramallah. I.M What’s your favorite style/ subculture? JAYE MAYHEM: My favorite subculture is punk, hands down. I don’t think this subculture has so much heart and everyone is so motivated. So many punks have an outlook on changing this world, and its bands and their lyrics mean something. Not to mention the unity I found within this subculture, I can’t imagine finding that anywhere else. I.M. How would you define yourself? JAYE MAYHEM: Its almost impossible for me to define myself. I feel like it’s better to have other people who know me define me. When people define themselves I feel like they say who they want to be or who they think they are and not what’s actually true. But since I’m doing the interview I’ll give the best description of myself as possible. I try to be very kind. I don’t like to be nasty to people unless they have a reason. I am super artistic and love painting. Mostly I like to use painting as a way express how my favorite songs make me feel. I love to read and I’m always trying to learn something new. I’m pretty low maintenance, the cheaper I get something the more I like it. I.M: What’s your favorite part of the alternative-modeling scene? JAYE MAYHEM: My favorite part of the alternative-modeling scene is all the people I’ve met and the opportunities I’ve gotten. I’ve made so many friends along the way and it’s given me some great memories to look back on. The fans of course are wonderful as well. I still can’t believe it when I get messages saying, “I’m such a big fan of your work.” It’s still hard to believe people are a fan of me, I guess I’m just always going to be modest that way.
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I.M: You mentioned you liked the punk scene. At what age did you get into it?
I.M: It’s nice to see that you’re appreciative of your fans. How can they support your work?
I.M: Any last words? JAYE MAYHEM: Last words: It takes a lot of dedication to do this stuff. It takes a lot of time to do a shoot and you don’t always walk out of a shoot with a lot of money. Starting off, you may not walk out of a shoot with any money. It’s work and a hobby put together. You have to bust your ass not just physically (it’s hard work holding some of those poses) and emotionally as well. Especially in the alt world, there’s not a lot of work and rarely ever find anything steady; the economy doesn’t help the situation much either. As a word of advice to anyone who wants to model or is beginning: stick with it. It’s not always easy, you may not always feel great about yourself but you can do it if you keep your heart in it and stay dedicated. The end result will be worth it. It’s not as easy as it looks and anyone that says so is full of shit.
JAYE MAYHEM: I do appreciate my fans. I feel like I can’t be a model if people don’t like me. JAYE MAYHEM: I can’t exactly I mean how can I do what I do if remember exactly when I got into no one looks at my stuff, right?! I punk music. I always listened to a honestly don’t know how they can lot of classic rock because of my support my work. I don’t sell prints father and I hit that whole rap-phase or anything like that. Its just nice to some of high school because I was get messages and know that peotrying to fit in. I can remember actu- ple like my stuff, so I guess if you ally listening to some punk when I like my stuff let me know, that’s all got the guts to stop trying to fit in the support I need. Of course you and be myself. I didn’t know a lot can feel free to suggest a comof the bands just the main obvipany using me for a model if you ous stuff like Sex Pistols and the see some kind of project you think Ramones. I always had the style I’d be good in, hehe. and the mind frame but I was a shy I.M: What professional model kid and didn’t allow myself to start has been your greatest inspirashowing it for fear of being that tion? weird chick. The whole local punk scene has progressed and made JAYE MAYHEM: I don’t have a itself more obvious in the past 2 specific model that inspires me. years or so, it wasn’t a trend when A lot of them inspire me. I see so I was in high school. In college I many shoots and girls that are met a group of punk kids and that’s beautiful and motivate me. There’s when I found the scene around beauty in every model and I see here. We would head to Philly that in so many different photos almost every weekend to basement that it would be impossible for me shows I took a few trips to NYC but to think of just one inspirational I much prefer Philly so I would go model. there more. We would go to shows around Jersey where we lived but they were more local bands; all the good bands were in the cities. I.M: You also sound pretty creative. When you work with photographers do you ever help design the concepts for your shoots? JAYE MAYHEM: Sometimes I’ll get an idea for a shoot, other times the photographer comes up with the theme. I’m not shy. If I have an idea I’ll voice it. I enjoy shoots more when they are a collaboration of both the photographer’s ideas and mine.
Interview with Yael of Godsgirls
INCLINATION MAGAZINE: Thanks for talking with us! Where are you from, who do you model for, and how many languages do you speak? YAEL: No, thank YOU for interviewing me, guys ^^! I’m from Belgium, this ridiculously tiny country stuck between France and Germany, which some Americans sometimes confound with those two ahah. I study and live in Liège, and my second home would be Paris where I travel to every month. For now, I’m only attached to GodsGirls because I really like working in a “freelance” way. My mother tongue is French, I speak English fluently and I can cope with Spanish and Dutch. I.M: How do you feel about the current state of politics in the world? YAEL: That would be a tricky question because I guess this state isn’t the same everywhere and I wouldn’t dare talking about places where I haven’t been yet. All I can say is that in Belgium and in France, people seem to have lost all interest in politics. They forgot the power they can have if they gather in the streets. It’s incredibly dangerous because in this way, political men can decide what the fuck they want to, as the people aren’t even paying attention. We should never ever forget that we can make a change. I.M: Who are your favorite bands? YAEL: I started to listen to rock and metal in a very classic way, with Marilyn Manson and Placebo when I was 13-14. The tattoo on the back of my neck is related to the French rock band No One Is Innocent and the one on my arm (“Forget to Remember”) is related to Mudvayne. Those two would probably be my current favorites (even if Mudvayne’s latest album sucks in my opinion). And to
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I’m gonna add Garbage...and of course Guano Apes, who is one of the most underrated bands of all time. I.M: Who are your favorite photographers? YAEL: I’m thankful for Julien Reynaud aka Anticmos’ work. He’s a French photographer who made me feel like being a model. When I saw his vision of the woman’s beauty, I was like “Goddamn, THAT’s what I wanna become!” I never worked with him yet. Someday, maybe... Mariko Mori and Cindy Sherman because they can change their own face so easily, you never recognize them from a pic to another and that’s exactly what I try to do. Nick Knight because the pics he shot for the Pirelli calendar touched me more than anything before and after that. Imunme who shoots for his website “Art Irritant” and manages to create something that I’ve never seen before with every single photoset. And last but not least, my lover’s photographer, Laurent Seroussi, who created the most powerful and beautiful CD covers I’ve ever seen! I.M: What’s your secret geeky pleasure? YAEL: Playing to Magic! When I feel like playing, I can go for hours. I’d like to play in some contests but I heard that the other players in Liège are waayyy too strong for me, because they put all of their money in the game to have the best cards. And I don’t do that because I find it silly to spend so much money on a edition and then having to buy another one for the next season...So I guess I’m not that geeky...yet? I.M: If you were trapped on a desert island, what would you want for supplies? YAEL: Well...if we’re talking about food, I couldn’t live without milk (especially when I’m hung-over), feta and salmon (the reason why I prob-
and salmon (the reason why I probably will never be a real vegetarian). If we’re talking about random items, then I demand my CD player and my CD collection of course! I.M: What’s your favorite part of being a GodsGirl? YAEL: We’re a happy family (oh yeah, I’m a Ramones fan too ^^). I’ve never had real friends before. I’ve always been rejected at school and even now at uni. And if a friend is someone you can always rely on when you hit rock bottom...then I found some real friends in the other GodsGirls and the members. It’s an awesome feeling to know that I’ll never be lost wherever I travel in the future. I’ll always have some friends to stay with. I.M: What’s your goal in life? YAEL: Only one?! Well, to sum up: to live the life I’ve always dreamed of. And that would be to stick with my lover and go on tour with him, to become a well-known model and a music journalist, to travel a lot and to go live somewhere else than Belgium. I’m a bohemian at heart. I.M: What are your favorite songs? YAEL: My favorite song ever is “The last day on Earth” by Manson. Everyone’s always talking about his lyrics about hatred, drugs and all, and they forget that he can be really sensitive too. When I first heard this song, I was 14 so my English wasn’t as good as now. Moreover, the lyrics weren’t in the CD. So I understood like a sentence or two. And when I eventually read the lyrics, I realized that I had felt the emotion of the song without understanding it. So I was pleased when I read an interview of Manson, where he was saying that it was his
goal: he wanted everyone to feel his songs, even the people who didn’t speak English. Well, good job, man. And of course, “Forget to Remember” by Mudvayne, means so much to me. Basically, Chad explains that his memories are physically hurting him, he fights them and eventually wins: “Admission for the cleansing / Now that I’ve forgotten to remember”. I hope to be able to do that too, one day... I.M: Any last words? YAEL: Anyone who would be interested in seeing more of my work can find me here: www.myspace. com/theonlyblackorchid and dear Satanis, I guess I owe you a Belgian beer? (Picture by Marc Brouwers)
with Jonny Law
2 guys who produced our record; they are truly 2 of the closest people in my life from the experience I shared with them while making that record. I.M: I love your song, Viper Room, its fun and catchy. Is the Viper Room your favorite venue to play? JONNY: Yes.... but people always get the wrong idea about that song. They hail it as a tribute to The Viper Room... but what it really is, is a message to not get stuck. We’ve made a name for ourselves here in Hollywood with sold out shows at all the venues on the strip, and especially at the Viper Room.... but you get to a point where the venues all treats you like Kings, and you feel that you’ve arrived, musically speaking. It’s so easy to get stuck and stop striving to achieve more because you feel like you’re at the top of the world.... people recognize you on the strip, get you in to any show Continued on next page...
WARNER DRIVE is Jonny on lead vocals and guitar, Pete on bass, Chris on lead guitar and Matt on drums. They are from LA and have played all the top venues: The Roxy, Viper Room, Troubadour, The Key Club, House of Blues and the El Ray Theater. Their sound is called rock/punk drawing their influences from all genres to make their own version of rock n’ roll. They also won 3 categories in “All Access Magazine”: Best Overall Album of the Year, Best Live PerformanceGroup/Artist and The People’s Choice Award. This is a band you MUST check out! INCLINATION MAGAZINE: Hi, thanks for taking the time to talk to us. I’ve been listening to your sample cd and the music you have on your myspace page and I’m very impressed. how long have you been doing this together? JONNY: Actually, this version of Warner Drive has been together for just under 1 month. We replaced some members who couldn’t fully commit to the touring schedule that the band
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required. I.M: Fully loaded is your first full length cd, right? JONNY: No.... the band was actually called Fully Loaded prior to changing the name to Warner Drive, and as Fully Loaded we released a full length cd and an EP of demo-ed songs from the new record called “The Shocker”. (Both records are available for sampling and purchase at www.warnerdrive.com). We changed the name to Warner Drive about a year ago after a lawsuit from a rap group in the bay area named Fully Loaded..... So we named the album Fully Loaded just to piss them off. I.M: Nice one! What was it like to work with producers Mike Clink (G&R’s Appetite for Destruction) and James Michael (Deftones & Alanis Morissette)? JONNY: It was great, My Father, my hero, was battling leukemia at the time and our studio sessions turned into therapy sessions for me. Mike and James are so much more than the
for free, hook you up with free drinks, you’re constantly shaking hands and even signing autographs, etc etc etc... So that song, and especially the lyric “That night that sealed my doom, one night at The Viper Room”.... is really about working so hard to achieve something and then getting caught up in the hometown-hero attitude that is so easy to get stuck in when you are selling out venues like the Viper Room, Roxy, Key Club, Troubadour, House of Blues, etc... So although The Viper Room IS my favorite venue to play, the song is not an anthem for the venue itself, it’s more of a warning to all those who get caught in the trap of local stardom. I.M: You’ve conquered the west, when do you plan on extendng your tour further east? JONNY: This summer actually. We’ll be headed to Philly for a show for Bam and Raab Himself at a venue out there and we’ll be booking a tour around it. So East Coast here we come! Get Ready! I.M: What was it like opening for The Killers? Did they have any good advice for you?
JONNY: Opening for bands like The Killers is not what it’s cracked up to be. Bands like that have forgotten what it was like when they were small and independent. I never even crossed paths with those guys back stage. They stay in their trailer, eating champagne and caviar and come out to do their gig, then climb back in heir hole. They could care less about the struggles of a band like ours and the opportunity they could potentially present to people like me striving to achieve my goals in music. It’s like that with pretty much every “mega” band we’ve opened up for. The bands who offer support and advice are the “mini-majors”... like Clutch, who were not only amazing to watch play from a musical standpoint, but really nice guys who know how hard bands like Warner Drive work and they do what they can to help us move forward... but bands like The Killers, no
not superstars on a national level (yet), we still strive to achieve the goals n front of us. So staying on my feet is my biggest accomplishment to date. I.M: What do you atribute your success to? Hard Fucking Work!............ and dashing good looks. Hahahaha I.M: HAHA! What music do you listen to? What’s in your cd player right now? JONNY: Warner Drive. hahahaha. No, but seriously, we’re working on a new album so all I’m listening to right now is WD demos. Finding the 10 songs to go on the new record. But other than that, there is only one band that I really like who is semi-new... and that is Billy Talent from Canada. The singers voice is kind of harsh at first, but once you get past that, the band and the song writing is amazing. thanks. Sure you play for a big crowd, but their crowd could care less about us, they’re there for the Killers and the Killers are there for them. I.M: Sorry, you’ve already pretty much answered this one…you haven’t always been called warner drive, why did you change your name? JONNY: The name change came with a cease and desist letter from a rap group in the bay area. They had the copyright for the name and we really had no choice. We went with Warner Drive because I grew up on that street and me and the guys used to jam in my Dad’s garage on Warner Drive. I.M: What would you say is your greatest achievement so far? JONNY: So far my greatest achievement has been not loosing sight of what I set out to do... and that is making a career playing music. Regardless of the local success we’ve seen, we never fell in to the trap of local stardom, drugs, etc.... and regardless of the fact that we’re I.M: What kinds of things do you like to do in your spare time? JONNY: “Spare time” What’s that? I.M: If you could choose any musician to collaborate with you on a song, who would that be and why? JONNY: Dave Grohl. Up-tempo Meloc music... that’s exactly what I do and exactly what he does. If I could work with anyone, open for anyone... it would be him. I.M: Is there anything else you want to say? JONNY: Yup.... The music industry is struggling right now... bands are struggling.... it’s all this corporate BS American idol garbage.... bands like Warner Drive are finding it harder and harder to keep moving forward.. But to all of our fans all over the country, rest assures, you’ll be seeing us again soon. Thank You!
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I.M: Which song off the album is your favorite and why? Ivan: We’ve been rehearsing a lot for upcoming tour dates so right now my favorite songs are the ones I don’t sing much on live like “Pretty Girls”. On the Album? “Sneaking Cigarettes” was a really ambitious move and it was the last song I wrote for the album so when I listen to it, I always feel like the ink isn’t dry on the lyrics yet, it still surprises me in a way. “It’s True” is a blast to play live and it has my favorite lyric on the album “the gun shots are getting closer, but I’m bullet proof in your kiss” I like the imagery that eludes to a lot. In a lot of ways I write songs that I like but more so, in a way that they would impress me if I hear someone else doing them, well doing them well. I.M: You have a really cool video for “Skipping Hearts” who made that for you? Ivan: Our Video for “Skipping
Being that I live in Chicago I get very excited when I get the chance to do an article on a band that gets my Cerebral juices flowing and they’re from…you got it: Chicago! With their solid bass sound they will remind you of 1970’s Bowie, and Iggy Pop. Really, they just sound like MR RUSSIA. Check them out on their myspace after you read this interview to see what I’m talking about. Inclination Magazine: Hi, Thank you for doing this interview! You have your debut album coming out Valentine’s Day and a CD release show at The Metro on the 13th- you must be so excited! I.M: Why are you called MR RUSSIA? Ivan: Duran Duran was taken
Hearts” was filmed and directed by Bill Holland. Bill really got what we wanted to do; we talked about bloated overly ambitious music videos and decided to focus on the strength of a live performance. We got together over some drinks watched some 70s documentary footage from rock and punk bands and wanted to mix that honesty with some tight edits and modern pacing. After some more drinks we watched some of our favorite videos including Belinda Carlisle’s “Heaven is a Place on Earth”, and it’s still as weird as I remembered with those children in masks holding globes. A few days later the video was filmed on stage at Chicago’s Double Door where MR RUSSIA plays regularly, with the front of house sound guy working lights. One Camera, a ladder and a handful of hours later the video was done. I.M: How did you get involved with Lens Records? Ivan: Rob the label owner is a dear friend and who I’ve played with over the years on again and off again. Rob played drums initially in MR RUSSIA and wanted MR RUSSIA on the label, I flatly refused citing conflict of interest; I wanted all the focus on MR RUSSIA. So when Rob amicably left MR RUSSIA because the label was demanding so much of his attention it was easy enough to sign with him. He has a good understanding of how hard I work and has no interest getting in my way or making MR RUSSIA into something it is not. I.M: You seem to have been around for quite a while- when and how did the band form? Ivan: Actually I read in the Decider Contined on next page
“Local rock band Mr. Russia has seemingly been playing around town for ages” I am not sure who started this rumor but I think it’s funny. The band was connived as a two piece bass drums and vocals. From there it grew into two basses drums & keyboards. Mostly the idea stems from the fact that I am a bass player first. Drums are rock n roll. If more guitar players played like Andy Summers from the Police or The Edge from U2 then the world would be a better place, but instead they play that Van Halen inspired stuff and you can’t hear the song. Rockn’Roll started before the electric guitar and I opted to just take it back to that place. I.M: You’ve shared the stage with lots of great bands… who’s been your favorite so far? Ivan: Ah, I have different favorites for different reasons, Two Ton Boa was a personally victory to play with, and standing there watching them play made me happy like a little girl. Girl in a Coma who are a great band are actually the biggest sweet hearts and we just wanted to stay back
I.M: What would you say is your greatest achievement so far? Ivan: I’m always looking forward, working on new songs for the next record and what not. If I live to old age I’ll have time to re minis and name the high point of my career. At this moment the best is yet to come. I.M: What are your plans for the rest of the year? Ivan: We will be on the road. We are recording a track for a Radiohead tribute I’m producing for FTC Records. I’m working on some songs for a friends record; I away like to write for other people when the opportunity arises. Some where I’m going to finish writing the next album and record it I’m not sure when I may have to stop sleeping five hours a night. I’m really excited about what I have together so far. I.M: Is there anything else you’d like to add? Ivan: That’s the short of it, thanks.
stage with them all night. Von Iva really blow me away Kelly the drummer is one of my favorite drummers around, I would put her in my top 10. I.M: What would one expect to see when they go to a MR RUSSIA show? Ivan: Our shows are something to behold, sweat soaked and wideeyed. It varies from night to night; the audience really dictates the behavior of the band, especially if they buy us vodka.
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Exclusive Interview with Peta2 by Timo Satanis
INCLINATION MAGAZINE: Thanks for taking the time to sit down with us. As a vegan, your group sparks a lot of interest for me. Why don’t you tell us a little bit about what peta2 is? Peta2: peta2 is the world’s largest youth animal rights organization. It is peta2’s goal to make every young person aware that animal rights are the most important social justice issue of our time. We help young people get vegetarian and vegan options in their cafeterias and alternatives to dissection at school, and we help them reach their friends with the message of compassion for all animals. I.M: First and foremost, I’m curious to let people know about the “Meat’s Not Green” campaign. What is peta2’s intention behind letting people know how eating meat is bad for the environment? Peta2: Our goal with the “Meat’s Not Green” campaign is to let people know that adopting a vegetarian diet is the best thing that they can do to help animals and the environment. A recent U.N. report concluded that the meat industry causes almost 40 percent more greenhouse-gas emissions than all the world’s transportation systems—that’s all the cars, trucks, SUVs, planes, and ships in the world combined. The report also concluded that factory farming is one of the biggest contributors to the most serious environmental problems at every level, from local to global. I.M: I also noticed that peta2 is going on tour with the Taste of Chaos tour. What’s that all about? Peta2: peta2 spends a lot of time out on the road talking to people about animal rights issue. We’re always on Warped Tour and Taste of Chaos, as well as Mayhem Festival. We’ve also joined different bands on tour, including Rise Against, Nine Inch Nails, Silverstein, and others. We’ve worked with most of the bands on this year’s Taste of Chaos tour and are excited to have people sign the “Meat’s Not Green” petition. I.M: I know groups like peta have been opposing the chain KFC for years, and that you’ve started a campaign known as Kentucky Fried Chaos. What exactly is going on with that? Peta2: PETA is calling on KFC worldwide to stop its suppliers from breaking birds’ wings and legs, cutting their throats while they’re conscious, scalding them alive, and breeding them to grow so large so fast that many suffer crippling injuries. Continued...
Haven’s 13th Anniversary Ball
By Timo Satanis
Well, I’m sure nursing my hangover from Haven’s 13th Anniversary Ball. 2 words... Holy Shit. It was probably the best fun I’ve had in quite some time. I got to hang out with Kat, The Midget Entertainer, who I’ll also be interviewing shortly, and watch The Lizard Man talk about porno and politics. For those of you who don’t know what Haven is, it’s Western Massachusetts’ weekly Goth night at Diva’s Nightclub in Northampton. They have $1 PBR, sick DJ’s, and hot chicks who are often scantily clad or wearing Goth clothing. If you’re not interested in any of that, then you’re fucking stupid. It’s run by my favorite piercer, Penelope, who I was drunk around one time and got me to give her word that I would get my dick pierced. How cool is that? So, if you’re ever in the Northampton area on a Tuesday night, head on over to Diva’s and get your Haven on. I’ll be there, getting wasted!
products. We have a lot of interviews at our website with many new musicians as well as established ones, so I encourage everyone to go and take a look I.M: A lot of people believe that converting to not using animal products is a difficult process. Do you have any resources you could provide people with so they can help make this choice? Peta2: People interested in vegetarianism or veganism should visit GoVeg. com for recipes, tips on dining out, and lots of background information on why this choice is better for animals, the environment, and your own health. We’ll even send anyone who requests it a free “Vegetarian Starter Kit”! The important thing to remember is that this isn’t about a list of things to avoid. It’s about the cruelty-free alternatives that are everywhere—from your local grocery store, which most likely carries soy milk, to your nearby Chinese restaurant, which probably offers lots of tasty vegetarian options. I.M: If peta2 had a superhero power, what would it be? Peta2: We’d shoot some sort of beam of compassion into people who don’t understand how horribly animals are treated and how easy it is to choose cruelty-free alternatives! I’m sure it would get them to go vegan and be kinder overall. I.M: Any last words? Peta2: People are so conditioned to ask others to make the changes they’d like to see in the world. But by simply eating a vegetarian or vegan diet, each person can save thousands of animalsfrom the misery of cramped cages, chains, and a bloody, violet death at slaughter. Visit peta2.com to learn more.
In fact, our recommendations are based entirely on those made by former members of KFC’s own animal welfare council. The group that controls the purchasing of chickens for KFC restaurants in Canada has committed to making major welfare improvements, and most KFCs in Canada have added a faux-chicken sandwich to the menu! Now it’s time for the rest of the KFC restaurants around the world to follow suit. I.M: How can we get involved in political activism in regards to opposing animal cruelty, and supporting animal rights? Peta2: Anyone interested in getting involved can visit the website and join the Street Team. We’ll send updates on campaigns, offers for free resources, and tips on how to get active at school, online, and in the community. I.M: It seems to me like grass roots political movements harbor a lot of power in the country today. In fact, we like to think of our magazine as a grass roots venture for us to share great things with similar people. If you could give any advice to someone interested in starting their own movement, what would it be?
Peta2: The most important thing is to set your goals. A lot of people put time and effort into sincere efforts to make the world a better place but forget about planning around a set of goals. Once you have decided what you’re trying to accomplish, you want to make sure that your actions and resources are consistent with making that happen within a realistic timeframe. Animal rights are consistently among the most popular issues for people to support at school, online, and in their local communities. No one wants to see animals suffer, and we gain a lot of support once people learn about how animals are confined to cages, chained for their entire lives, and otherwise subjected to abuse. I.M: It’s well known that veganism and vegetarianism have firm ties to the punk subculture. Does peta2 have any involvement in that movement? Peta2: A lot of us at peta2 grew up going to punk and hardcore shows and listening to bands like Earth Crisis, Propagandhi, and even The Smiths. It makes perfect sense that people who are into punk for its DIY spirit and essence of resistance would also be opposed to treating sentient beings as nothing more than profit-making
By Lissy MacMillan If you’re a fan of old school punk, you’ll love Mongrel. They play cool rock n’ roll riffs and sing about subjects most people don’t have the balls to go near. The band formed in 2003 and they are: Drew Barker (Vocals), Adam Savage (Guitar), Rev (Bass) and Ed Loguercio (Drums). Before they even put out their album they caught a lot of attention by playing with some big and varied acts like The Misfits, GWAR, Otep, Wednesday 13, Mushroomhead, and All That Remains among many others. They have been called “The Hardest Working Band in Boston” and I can believe it! There are always dates up on their calendar; they average over 70 shows a year and I couldn’t believe the plans they have for this year! “This year we are planning on releasing a new EP in May, and a new full length album in July (hopefully).” Adam tells me, “Around or soon after the new album comes out we’ll be looking to do some more extensive touring - hitting areas of the US we haven’t gotten to yet, as well as finally getting over to Europe. We’re definitely excited about the new material and seeing where we can take things this year!”
Frigoletto do the mastering, Adam said:
“Jay was very cool to work with. Very down to earth and knowledgeable about his craft and we were very happy with his work mastering the album.”
I know I’m hoping they’re going to be coming to Chicago! I’m still totally loving their album “Fears Lies & Propaganda” that they released last year. It took them a couple of years to write and a month to record at Moontower Studio in Cambridge, MA. They had Grammy Award Winner Jay
There are fourteen foot-stomping songs on the CD that has now been released by Screaming Ferret Wreckords. Don’t expect any love songs here: the topics in these songs are political- how America is fake, we’re fed bullshit on TV, it’s about hypocrisy, not selling out, free thinking. Here’s what Adam said about the song “West Memphis Hell”
of bad police work, railroaded trials, and a “satanic panic” - 3 local teens (at the time) were accused and convicted of these murders cause they wore black clothes, read Stephen King and “occult” books, and listened to heavy metal despite no physical evidence linking them to the crimes. 16 years later, 1 of these (now) men is on death row, 2 still in jail, and all three still fighting for their freedom. The HBO documentaries “Paradise Lost 1 & 2” were about the case and much more info can be found at www. WM3.org” I really love the song “No Gods No Masters” and the guitar work on “Shut Up Get Dead” must get the ladies drooling while the guys are all busy headbanging. The vocals and guitars are also heavy enough at times for them to cross over into a more metal genre which gives them that Continued...
“The song West Memphis Hell is about the case of the West Memphis 3 - which, long story short is about 3 murders that took place in West Memphis Arkansas about 16 yrs ago where 3 kids were murdered and in a series
versatility to play with so many bands. It’s what gives them their amazing sound. It’s obvious from their music these guys are no posers. They are true to their beliefs in what punk is. “Punk” to me means freedom to do what you want, to not be confined to some “spirit of ‘77” sound” says Adam “to some fashion police standard of what hair cut and how many spikes your jacket has to have to be cool. “Punk” started out to be about making the music you wanted to make no matter if it wasn’t the style or trend of the day, to provoke thought, to provoke change, and just about expressing yourself and that’s what we strive to do without getting caged in to what’s become a genre that is often very restricted in it’s sound and look” So, with that in mind, I was very curious to know what punk bands Adam admires and why. “Tough call, I admire Black Flag for their intensity and work ethic, The Misfits for how well they’ve stood the test of time and how classic their songs are, The Sex Pistols and Ramones for kicking it all off and showing that at the core it’s all about writing a good song, and for modern day punk bands AMEN for their intensity, confrontational style, awesome live performances, and struggle despite a lack of acceptance in the US even though they’ve done well in Europe.” Great answer!! Well if you’re not in love with these guys yet…read this again, check out their myspace page and listen to some of the songs of their album “Fears Lies and Propaganda” and if they’re playing near you make sure you check out their show. www.myspace.com/mongrel
LIVE SHOW REVIEW
MFEB 15 2009
On Sunday I had a very long and busy day as I went to two shows. The first one was the Wednesday 13 Matinee show, then in the evening was Mudvayne with Nonpoint and In This Moment. It was important to me to be at the early show because Thorn Fetish, a band I really like were playing and I wanted to show my supaport. They’re a hard rock/metal band from Valparaiso IN and are Dorian Grey (Lead Vocals/Rhythm Guitar), Pumpkin D Psycho (Bass/ Death and Backing Vocals), Kaige (Lead guitar/Backing Vocals) and Doc Neanderthal (Drums). I first saw them play for the Motley Crue after-party last year and I was very impressed. Not only with their sound, but also with the whole stage set-up of scaffold, mannequins and dancers, as their slogan and name of their first CD is “House Band For The Devil’s Strip Club” It all just fits. The venue today, however is a lot smaller, so there is only one dancer, but what a fantastic job she did! Out of the
four opening bands they were definitely the crowd’s favorite, and were light years ahead talent-wise. Dorian will remind you of Chuck Billy although Thorn Fetish’s music is slower than TestAment’s. Today’s show just proved that whether on a stage big enough to play to 2000 people or in a small bar playing to a handful, Thorn Fetish will always give you more than your moneys worth. It was the quickest 30 minutes of the day and it was a shame they weren’t on right before Wednesday 13 as everyone was definitely all fired up and ready and unfortunately the forth band was a bit of a buzz kill. Their fans- or “sinners” are very important to them so they are all very approachable. These guys also like to get out on the road so if you see that they’re playing near you, make sure you check them out. www.myspace.com/thornfetishtheband
Kat, the Midget Entertainer
by Timo Satanis
INclination recently had the pleasure of meeting with Kat, The Midget Entertainer. Kat is available for a multitude of gigs and happens to be a riot in real life. We enjoyed talking to her, and we know you’ll enjoy reading about her! Inclination Magazine: Thanks for taking the time to talk with us. So, who are you and where are you from? Kat: I’m Kat the Midget Entertainer, and reside in Columbus, Ohio. I.M: I know the answer to this already, but some people probably won’t be clear unless I ask... What exactly is a Midget Entertainer? Kat: Me - a midget who is attractive and willing to host your show, or be entertainment at your bachelor/ette, any occasion party 21+, and dance for bands onstage at shows. I.M I saw that you were on Jerry Springer. What was that like? Kat: Completely nuts, false story, only paid $100 in check form, and rushed the whole time. I.M: Who are a few of your favorite bands? Weren’t you in a music video? Kat: I’ve been in a couple. Odious Deadgirls never say no, and American Dogs - Sometimes you eat the pussy. XFactor1 is my all-time favorite. Another favorite is Mindless Self Indulgence. I.M: How can people get in touch with you if they’d like to utilize your services? Kat: they can write to me on www. myspace. com/katthemidgetentertainer and retrieve my business cell number in a response to get things goin’. I.M: What kinda things do you like to do for fun? Kat: Karaoke, drink, party, make people smile..Did I mention Party? I.M: Do you have any events coming up that you’d like people to know about? Kat: Always new events posted in my tour section in my myspace, adding up every day. I.M: Any words of advice for other entertainers out there? Kat: Keep your heads high, you think big, you can achieve big. I never thought I would be where I am today 5 years ago. I.M: If you had to choose one possession that you have that you couldn’t live without, what would it be? Kat: My camcorder, it goes everywhere with me. I.M: Any last words? Kat: I’m always up for a good booking, don’t be shy. Also, I’m not high price, I understand money can’t be planted, and love to travel. You’ll never find a more professional entertaining female midget that won’t overcharge you. Peace, Love, and midgets. WWW.MYSPACE.COM/KATTHEMIDGETENTERTAINER
Chicken” style stop-motion animation. I.M: If you had an unlimited source of cash, and a whole load of time, what would be your dream project? GREG: I’d love to do a whole series of weightless nudes on Richard Branson’s new “Virgin Galactic” spacecraft. I.M: Who are some of your favorite bands? GREG: Soul Coughing, as I mentioned earlier. Faith No More and anything Mike Patton touches. Brand New puts out some incredible work. And, of course, Coldplay. I don’t think anybody doesn’t like Coldplay. I.M: How do you feel about the current state of politics in this country? GREG: Well, I have to admit that I’m a registered Republican and I voted for Captain CuckooBananas. Twice. And I’m sorry. I think we have the right man for the job in there now and I hope he’s everything we need. I.M: Do you think art can be used as a tool to subvert popular media? GREG: I think if art can subvert popular media it should as often as possible. But subversive art has it’s own series of problems in the post-9/11 world. Just look at the poor bastards that got arrested for putting up the Aqua Teen Hunger Force ads in Boston. It really makes you think twice about kicking the establishment. I.M: Any last words? GREG: Everybody should read “The Tao of Pooh” at least once.
By Timo Satanis
I usually start with comics and comic art. I have always been a huge music fan and sometimes I pick lines out of songs that I get mental pictures from and try to develop those. I.M: Are there any particular concepts we can look forward to seeing portrayed by you in the future? GREG: I’m working on a whole series of images based on the lyrics of Mike Doughty of the band “Soul Coughing”. It’s still early in the process and as it’s bitterly cold up here in New England I haven’t been able to get out of the studio to shoot a lot of them yet. I.M: Do you just work with still photography, or do you use other techniques as a creative outlet as well? GREG: I’m an artist and photography is my current medium of choice. I’ve worked in acrylics and watercolors and clay. I’ve built dioramas for my action figure photography and occasionally I’ll paint a Munny figure to pass the time. I’ve even dabbled in “Robot
INclination Magazine: How long have you been doing photography for? GREG: I still have my first SLR camera. A now vintage Ricoh KR-5 that I got about 20 years ago. I was one of those geeks that was a photographer for the school yearbook in high school. I.M: Who have been some of your favorite models to work with? GREG: Considering I reside in the smallest state in the union, I’ve had no shortage of exceptional models to collaborate with so I can’t name them all here but Spooky Digital Girl is, of course, incredible to work with and Courtney Vesper and Sahra Starr are my muses. I.M: Where do you find inspiration for your creative projects? GREG: As a comic book geek
Some people love them, some people hate them, but most people know what they are. They’re associated with lust, greed, and plain old debauchery. Their origins are questionable. They’ve been known as Titty Bars and Gentleman’s Clubs, but as a whole, they are more often known as Strip Club. In early December of 2007, a brand new strip club opened in Boulder, CO, in a back alley of the Pearl Street Mall, an area known for it’s family friendly activities and wholesome atmosphere. Club Nitro came to being right under the nose of city council, and was shrouded in controversy once those persons who have problems with such establishments found out. It’s remained opened, despite attempts from several parties to have it removed from the popular outdoor mall, and to me, it signifies a form of deviance that I truly admire, and seemed like a great place to do some research on this infamous subculture. All that being said, I found myself wanting to know what makes a place like this tick. I’m no stranger to fetish models, internet porn, or even soft-core modeling shoots, but I’d never quite taken the time to actually ask questions at a strip club, as opposed to throwing dollar bills for the privilege of having my face being rubbed by some well rounded breasts. For years, large majorities of people who go to these sorts of clubs have made the claim that it’s an industry dedicated to the exploitation of women. However, upon closer inspection, I’m beginning to have my doubts about that theory. It is true that there are often customers who go in with a misogynist attitude, who throw dollar bills at the women as if to show some sort of dominance. However,
The Strip Club Culture
By Timo Satanis
as one girl put it to me, “Money is money... If they throw it at me while I’m on a pole, they’ll only get the pleasure of watching me pick it up.” At the end of the night, guys like that end up going home to nothing but their right hand. Sure, they looked macho at the time, but in the end, they’re just another sucker If I could say one thing about the industry, it’s that no matter who’s on stage, judgments as to the kind of lifestyle they live outside the club rarely reflect the truth. I’ve met girls who live in trailer parks and have kids, girls putting themselves through college, and even girls who participate simply for the thrill of being nude on stage. None have been unintelligent, and all have proven that this industry can be deduced to a single practice. It’s all about hustling the men who come in. As one professional put it, “You try to be as dissociated as possible.” At the end of the night, going home with a purse full of cash, and the knowledge that you just got that cash from some guy who’s simply coming there to look at something you see every day has its rewards.There are some rules of thumb I have learned through my observations as well: 1) If you bring your girlfriend or a friend who’s a girl, she’s probably going to get more attention than you are. After spending a night being hit on by a bunch of guys, these professional ladies would
rather deal with a girl than a guy, no matter what her orientation. As a dancer named Jenny put it, “Guys are more promiscuous than girls, all they do is squirt and run!” In other words, girls are more appealing than players any day of the week. 2) Bachelor parties are both hilarious, and typically abusive towards the girls. 3) Don’t ever be an idiot and try and jump on stage yourself if you’re a guy. You won’t get dollar bills, but 4 large security guards will escort you out. 4) If you’re a patron, don’t ever assume you’re special. Sure, she might have given you a lap dance, and you might have felt special during that whole 5 minutes during which she did it, but in the end, you’re just another mark. 5) Don’t get too drunk, and don’t start any fights. You will get hurt. The guardians of strip clubs are the bouncers, who help to regulate and hustle the customers, most often ignored, but ever present in the background helping to maintain order. Some might make the claim that these guys simply stick around to get a free show, but at the end of the night they’re making good money and have probably seen enough naked breasts to fill out any kind of pervert’s dream. As one bouncer, Adam, put it, “Stop sexism – bitches hate that.” At the end of the night, he’s more concerned about their safety than he is at ogling their naked bodies. So, next time you decide to make a judgment on such an establishment, be sure to think twice. Whether Continued .....
LUIZ SYREN FROM BRAZILLIAN BAND “SYREN” BY GUEST INTERVIEWER DJ LOVELY LAURA OF METAL MESSIAH RADIO.
DJ Lovely Laura had the pleasure of talking with LUIZ SYREN of the Brazilian band “SYREN” We hope you check out the band and the radio station. Enjoy the interview… DJLL: Hi Luiz, been enjoying your band Syren a lot on our station. Thanks for joining me today. LUIZ: Thank you for your support and attention... DJLL: Luiz, you and Alex are original members of the band; tell us how the band was put together from your old Prog Metal band Atlantida? LUIZ: so, I was needed a professional guys to play with me and I found the Atlantida band...GOD, those guys were fantastic progmetal musicians...we released a demo and an awesome album called Painted Reality, but is very difficult to deal with all those stars around you..ahhahaahhah. So, I was very sad about my career, greats bands and nothing.... I was feeling “ I was the problem, forget all, found a good job,ok?” One day I called Alex and talking with him, I said “ Alex could you send me one good riff?” so...he sent 3 fantastic songs without voice or melodies...you know about that songs...lol, and the story carried... So, Syren is not a project, Syren is a real and awesome band formed with drunk guys and lovers of good rock metal ...lol DJLL: So how would you describe the soul Metal sound of the band? LUIZ: Its a hard question...let me see...I don’t know, we have a lot of influences, like our hard life in our country, wrong friendships, our good friendship, our beer, vodka, movies and books. All strange things in our life reflected in our sound. DJLL: Your debut album “ Heavy Metal” was produced and mixed by Alex Macedo what was it like working with him and who were the two special guest appearances on this album? LUIZ: So, Alex produced all that I have sang and this partnership is awesome, he is like a brother of different mother for me..lol, yea, we have just one guest in this album, the drummer called Braulio Azambuja from a Brazilian thrashmetal band called Vulgar. Continued on Next Page...
The Strip Club Culture Continued.
you love them, or you hate them, chances are they’re making money off of someone you know. That money could be going towards the feeding of kids, a college education, or towards the monthly booze budget of a rich party girl. Either way, you’re being hustled for cash, and though it is in exchange for what some would call exploitation, those in the know will tell you that it’s the men who go who are being exploited more, and that in itself is a very beautiful thing.
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DJLL: I see you’ve been compared to vocalist Bruce Dickinson what are your thoughts on that? LUIZ: its not disturb me anymore, Bruce is an amazing singer, I try all the time escape this, I put my influences and my soul when I sing, NEVER try to copy him, a lot of people tell me it “you don’t copy him, just your voice reminds Bruce sometimes” so, I’m trying change it putting more aggressive voices.. like a mix voices..;) DJLL: “Keep Walking” is the newest song posted up on the band’s myspace page. What brought on the different sound influence on this one and is it a favorite one to play live for the band? LUIZ: Keep Walking have a different groove, your intro is very strange with the Alex voice...some people can to become afraid with the intro, Alex and I love “groove” in the sound and its a strange thing in some metal songs...ahahhaha DJLL: Give us details on your experience with working on “Tales of Enchantia” with Tower of Stone. LUIZ: aaaaahhhhh, it was awesome, Egon is a great friend of mine other brother too, and ask me to record a song in your new project, I said “of course” and delay all your projectAHHAHAHAHAH, but its ok..He is my friend... still, I think so...hahahahah...a great new experience to sing about ogro in the wood, little child captured and etc...I tried to find my actor side. ;) DJLL: Why the line up changes with Flavio Pascarillo and Dennis Pombo, what happened and who are the new line up? LUIZ: so, Flávio have to played with Tribuzy band and produced some metals bands and Dennis is a producer too and have played with Imago Mortiis band, so, both are a hard free time to play with us...just it...we are great friends... So, Carlos Losch is new guitar an amazing rocker guitar our influences are Van Halen, Steve Ray Vaughan and some great rock n roll names, Markus Kult is a great drummer, he have played with some (trust me) black metals band...ahahahah, he have a great black metal band called Cold Blood. DJLL: You guys also released a 3-song demo “Stay Alive”,”The End”, “Winter’s End” pick your
favorite and tell us why and what the song is about? LUIZ: love all Syren s songs, I have heard always the album...its a hard question for me...all songs reminds me a differents feelings, the differents things in my life... DJLL Did you at one time want to change the name of the band and why? LUIZ: yea, ´cause, I don’t wanted that people think it “ Is it a solo band from Luiz?” but, the guys tell me “keep the name”, its ok, I will, if some wrong thing happens I ll be the first in the Gallows pole”...ahhhaahahhaha DJLL: What can you tell us that sets your band apart from all the other Brazilian Heavy Metal bands already out there? LUIZ: hummm, let me see...maybe the alcohol quantity...ahhahahaha, I don’t know...Brazil have greats and different bands here, a lot of bands are differents each other;) DJLL: So are you guys touring now or playing any local gigs we can let all the fans know about for 2009? LUIZ: we are thinking about a European tour and maybe US tour too, but, before we will release the new album. DJLL: Thanks Luiz for your time and good luck with the band. You know we will always be supporting you guys here on our station! LUIZ: Thanks again, I hope we can visit your city and to play and to drink with you, as soon as possible! visit our myspace and site, and keep the metal faith
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Interview with Da5id Din and Tyler Newman of Informatik
By Timo Satanis
Inclination Magazine: Thanks for taking the time to speak with us today! I’ve been listening to your new album, “Beyond”, which I think is fantastic. What was the main intent behind this current album? Was there any specific concept that it’s trying to address? T: While I can’t speak to the lyrical direction, I think musically we were both interested in trying something new. Something a little more direct and intimate, a little more mature and soulful... continuing to make future-pop was just not something that we wanted to do. It’s safe to say that neither of us really listens to much “industrial dance music” or anything like that, so trying to direct our creativity in that area would have been somewhat pointless. Personally, I think we write really good songs, songs that can stand up to any critical listening, which does not usually apply to club music. “Beyond” is more down tempo and funky, there’s not a “four on the floor” club kick drum anywhere in sight. I think it’s a really unique sound, which is what we were going for. D: As for the lyrical content, “Beyond” is comprised of personal themes of love, loss, hope, and
renewal. Each song is a representation of what I’m feeling at the very moment that I am creating it. I.M: In regards to using music as a vessel to portray specific messages, are there any bands that you have found inspiration in?
on, but I think you get my point. To me it’s much more important that the music have some kind of resonance with me than as a “message”. D; I don’t listen to a lot of music. I tend to absorb what’s around me although I must admit I’m rather fascinated by the hits of the 70’s, 80’s, and the 90’s at the moment especially classic rock. More cowbell. I.M: If you could say one thing to your fans, what would it be? T: We love you guys, but please stop expecting us to rehash our old material over and over. Making another “Syntax” or “Nymphomatik”...it’s just not interesting. I’m not interested in making two albums that are identical, and I’ve rarely seen a band that can get away with that without inviting critical comparisons to it’s predecessor. If we made another record that sounded like “Syntax”,
T: Hmm. I guess I’m not that interested in specific messages from other bands. The music that I listen to tends to be based more around atmosphere and some kind of emotional resonance. I listen mostly to music that doesn’t have vocals, like ambient music, or music in a foreign language... any situation where the vocal isn’t necessarily the primary point of the music; all of which is stuff that tends to affect me on a more emotional level. On that level, there’s plenty of music that I find inspirational, and it comes from all over the musical map. A short list would include: Sigur Ros, Goldmund, Brian Eno, Mogwai, Lustmord...I could go on and
it would be met with a chorus of negative criticism, so what’s the point of that? I’d rather do something new and different and let the album walk on it’s own two feet with no reference points as crutches. I think we did that with “Beyond”, and we’ll continue doing that in the future, as far as I can tell. D: Try listening to something other than industrial for a change. There is so much more going on all around you. Also, listen to non-music. I enjoy the sounds of nature, mass transit, and the everyday cacophony of human endeavor. Just listen. I.M: If you had to choose one instrument to create music with for the rest of your life, what would it be? T: Tough question. I’d say my laptop, since it’s essentially a mobile production rig, but that might be cheating since it’s not exactly “one instrument”. So, I’d choose a nice, well-tuned piano. They never go out of style, and who knows, maybe someday I’d actually be able to play it well. I listen to a lot of solo piano music, so that would suit me just fine. D: Although the computer is my favorite instrument it would be harder for me to live without a voice. I.M: Do you find any inspiration from artists who are not musicians? If so, who are they? T: Sure, I get most of my inspiration from reading and films, actually. Some big influences on my music could be directly correlated to writers like William Burroughs, Don Delillo, JG Ballard, as well as filmmakers like Peter Greenaway, David Lynch, Jim Jarmusch and David Cronenberg. Again, the thing that’s important is sort of an aesthetic that affects me on a sort of an aesthetic that affects me on a more universal level, rather than any specific film or book or record. Things that tend towards the dark and cynical, yet still retaining some element of light and hope...a reflection of the human
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would you create? T: I think the atmosphere is a huge component, but when you’re doing club shows it’s really difficult to convey a visual component effectively. My job is to get up and perform the songs, not prance around in Hot Topic outfits and check my email behind a laptop. I focus on playing to the best of my ability, that’s difficult enough. If it was up to me, sure we’d have a NIN size light and video show, but I think we do ok with what limited resources we have. That said, you can always do better, and we’ll be focusing on the visual presentation a bit more on the next tour. I.M: What’s your opinion on the current state of electronic music? T: Electronic music, in general, is doing just fine; I never have a tough time finding music that can blow my mind. I guess it just depends on the kind of stuff you’re looking for. I don’t listen to “industrial music”, outside of a very small handful of bands, really at all. That scene seems kind of stagnant and boring, so it’s not something I’m really interested in. However, there’s lot of other really great stuff happening out there these days. I.M: Do you find that most of your fan base is based in the states, or do you find them to be more of an international variety? D: It feels like the majority of our fan base is in the U.S. not to say that we are unknown in other Countries. We simply haven’t performed anywhere outside of the States and that is probably the reason why. Don’t get me wrong; we would love to tour Europe. Unfortunately a suitable opportunity to has yet to arise. I.M: In regards to production, when do you feel you get the most work done? Are there any specific times or atmospheres that you find to be conductive to creating music? D: Anytime is a good time. The best thing is not to force it. For me I find that thinking about anything other than music is
the best way to guarantee that music will pour out. Taking a walk or a shower is usually a great time for musical creativity. Sleeping can also be productive. Go to bed and the song will be ready when I wake up. T: My usual creative peak hours are between 9pm and 2am. But in all honesty, I’m usually so tied up with multiple projects that I’ll take any timeslot that I can get, in order to get something done. I find that my most creative times in terms of bashing out the skeleton of a song idea happens late at night, usually drunk or stoned, just sort of free-form jamming until something starts to click. Then I can use more sober hours to refine the piece until it either hits a dead end, or takes off into something amazing. Because I’m constantly working on different projects and different styles of music, over the years I’ve gotten better at recognizing when a song really isn’t going anywhere, and just jettisoning it in order to start something else. I’m not a big believer in polishing turds, so to speak. If a song isn’t screaming to be born, then you shouldn’t waste a lot of time on it. And of course, not every song is a gem waiting to be discovered; I think that’s a big myth that a lot of artists may believe. Yes, it takes me a long time to complete an album, but that has more to do with the fact that I’m usually working on a minimum of two or three albums at any given time. It’s not because the songs are intensely labored over, and painstakingly rewritten over the course of several years. If a song needs that much refining, it probably didn’t have that much emotional connection for me to begin with. I.M: Any last words? D: As we speak we are putting the finishing touches on our latest album ‘Arena’ for release in the late summer followed by an early fall tour. We hope to see all of you there.
condition, or at least my interpretation of that.
D: To list a few Salvador Dali, Woody Allen, Richard Linklater, Paul Auster, and Chuck Palahniuk. I.M: When doing a show, how important do you feel set design and atmosphere are? If you had an unlimited budget, what kind of atmosphere
recognize. One thing I’ve liked to hear is how many of the other songs have gotten played here and there around the area. Fans or sometimes the DJs themselves will let me know that a song was spun, and I think that almost every track off of both the EP and the pre-release of the upcoming album have gotten played at least once somewhere. Leanne: I think people should also check out “Deviate” when our new album comes out. It’s the first song that we collaborated on, and proved to be extremely popular and talked about at our show at Machine [opening for Seabound and De/Vision]. I.M: What about CDs or mp3’s, where can be find those so we can support your band? paTrick: Currently the Ground To Dust EP is available on iTunes, Amazon Mp3 and EMusic. This was a 7-track instrumental-only release that I put out when I started. Since her joining, Leanne and I have been working on our new album called ‘Everything Ends’, which will see a digital and physical release later this year. I.M: What direction do you feel electronic music is going to take over the next few years? Leanne: I think we are going to see a lot of “genre hybrids” emerge in electronic music. As more and more bands develop with their own individual styles and influences, the music continues to change and take new forms. As for Ground To Dust, we are looking to find our own niche in electronic music, bringing in edgy influences help-
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Ground to Dust is a great band that you may not have heard of, but who we hear all the time at the clubs. They’re on their way up, and we’re happy for them. Enjoy the interview! Inclination Magazine: So I know I’ve heard of your band, but a lot of people probably haven’t. Tell us a bit about your band, where you’re from, and what kind of music you produce? paTrick: I’m paTrick and this is Leanne, and we are Ground To Dust. We’re on the EBM and Industrial side of Electronic, although we try to bring in influ-
By Timo Satanis
ences from the other music that we enjoy. I had been writing the music for a couple years now as an instrumental outfit, but was always looking to have vocals. Most people who know the music think of it as being instrumental only, so it’s interesting to be taking the next step forward on the new CD. I.M: What songs might we want to check out, or may have heard being played in clubs? paTrick: ‘Digging My Way Out’ off the Ground To Dust EP has gotten a lot of play in Boston clubs and around New England, but there are some others people might
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ing to refine the sound in a unique form, while helping to push electronic music towards a wide range of listeners in a way they can relate like never before. paTrick: I see musical evolution as a series of hops forward, and I think for now we’re looking at the downtime between hops, where some bands work to refine and polish their style within the framework they’ve established, and some others just keep putting out more of the same old. I don’t know how long before the next real advance comes, but I’m curious to see what it is. I.M: Who are some of your favorite artists - musicians or otherwise? Leanne: Bjork, Shirley Manson of Garbage, Trent Reznor of NIN, and Amy Lee of Evanescence are some of my favorites, as well as Kidney Thieves, Tool and 30 Seconds to Mars. I draw from a wide range of influences, from metal to classical. I grew up listening to Pantera and Nirvana, and listen to anything from Marilyn Manson to Madonna. paTrick: Trent Reznor still remains my favorite example of someone who does what they want, how they want, with a clear plan of attack, but always seeks to push himself further. I.M: Do you have any live shows coming up? paTrick: We’ve taken some time off from live shows in order to finish the album, but I hope to do some more once we’re done. Unfortunately we’ve had to turn down some good offers, as we really need to focus on getting it together. I.M: How do you feel about the “Goth” scene here in Massachusetts? paTrick: I like it. It’s small enough that you can have your circles of friends and know most everyone through some sort of friend-of-afriend connection. There’s plenty of things going on, both regular and special events. Most of the DJs around here like to mix Old and New and not just the standard ‘scene’ styles of music. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, we’re relaxed in a way that you don’t really notice until you encounter someone who’s unused to it, and it can take them a bit to ease up and adjust. Leanne: I really love the scene. It’s a nice network of people to get into and a different kind of energy and atmosphere all together that is both positive and motivating. From a musician’s stand point, it is extremely rewarding and motivating to have such a dedicated following and you can definitely sense a different kind of appreciation for the music from the crowd. I.M: Any favorite movies that help inspire your music? Leanne: Oh wow! Where do I even begin? I’m such a huge movie fan; I love Horror, Action, Drama and cult films. I love love love Tim Burton and Quentin Tarantino. As far as musical inspiration goes, that is more from personal experience, but I do love film composers such as Danny Elfman and Clint Mansell. paTrick: I’m almost always watching movies when I work on music, but I don’t know that any specific ones have influenced me overall. I remember that I was watching Little Miss Sunshine when I was writing ‘Filthy’. I.M: We know Leanne is a new addition to the band. What’s that been like??
Leanne: While I’ve always had a deep appreciation and love for electronic music, I hope to bring my wide range of eclectic influences to the mix, making our music stand out from many others. Working in this kind of band has always been something I have aspired to do, and feels the most natural and comfortable. While working with paTrick, I truly get to be myself, express my opinions and bring new ideas to the table. paTrick: Working with Leanne has been great. She came on just before a show and was ready to go right away, and since then she’s been working hard on the new album. She adds a human element to the music that I think will help people connect with it. These tracks were pretty much done when she joined, so I’m looking forward to starting new ones from scratch with her. I.M: Any last words? paTrick: Never be too afraid to follow what you love, nobody ever said, “I wish I didn’t pursue me dreams so much.” Leanne: “Stay curious...”
By Lissy MacMillan
Interview with Joe cafarella (lead vox/guitars) Even if you haven’t yet heard the name “STEMM” you have probably heard at least one of their songs. Their music is used on the ultimate fighting championships (UFC) televised on spike TV, payper-view events and fox network. STEMM is Joe (vocals/guitar), Dan (drums), Steve (bass), and Alex (guitar). They come from buffalo NY, but are coming to a town near you this year to promote their newly released CD: “blood scent”! So watch their page for datesStemmlins!! INclination Magazine: Hi, how’s it going? You just released “Blood Scent” in November; this is your second album right? JOE: That’s right, Blood Scent is our 2nd national release!
I.M: How does this one differ from your first? JOE: Well, we went through a few line up changes between releases. I always used to sing for the band but, we had a front man (TJ Frost) who was also our screamer. When he left the band, I took over full vocal duties, which was a challenge since STEMM has always been known as a 2-vocalist band. With the release of ‘Blood Scent’ this is the 1st time the band appears with one vocalist fronting the band. I was mostly known for singing melodies and it was a challenge for me to also be able to sing more aggressively along with playing guitar. We feel that we captured the essence of what STEMM has always stood for but we also were able to evolve and try new things on ‘Blood Scent’, which we are very proud of. I.M: What does the album title “blood scent” mean and can you tell us about the CD artwork?
JOE: We have been through some hard times over the years. Internal band problems, industry problems, label issues.... We have been doing this for a long time and were quite proud to be able to say that we are still an independent band. But, a lot of un-necessary bullshit flies and are ways, which always seems to hurt the band... The writing process for ‘Blood Scent’ spawned a new attitude....We would sit and discuss some past issues and the over all consensus of the band was that we are pissed off that we let such scum bags hurt this band and, this time around... Its going to be a lot harder to fuck with us... ‘Blood Scent’....We are on the hunt....We are on the attack....We have confronted our demons and fears and they are on the run.... The artwork is more symbolic without a direct meaning. There is a message in the CD cover, which any diehard STEMM fan can connect with though. It’s been cool hearing from them that they made the connection! I.M: I really like the song “awake”; you chose that one as your first single from the album, why did you choose that particular song? JOE: THANK YOU! Its one of our fav songs to play! We didn’t really choose it as a single ourselves though. After the CD was finished, we sent it to some good friends of the band as well as industry friends and asked them which song they thought was a solid single. Just about everyone said ‘Awake’ was it... I.M: You’ve also made a video for awake, who did you have do that for you? JOE: GDM Video Productions: my brother and his friend run this company. They had a great idea Continued on next page...
for the video so; we let them take the reins for ‘Awake’. I.M: You mention Pantera when talking about your new CD, who are your main musical influences? JOE: Pantera, Metallica, Slayer, Chimaira, Sevendust, Soulfly..... The list is endless... I.M: I’ve noticed that there’s a lot of focus on what genre of music and what style of metal you are when people are talking about you- what would you call yourself if you had to stick a label on it? JOE: We never really tried to fit into a click or be pigeon holed into a ‘genre’...Over all, we’re a metal band....a hard rock band...I think we offer a wide spectrum of what metal is truly about. I.M: What I thought was just so totally cool is that one of your songs from your first CD is the theme song for UFC! What kind of impact has this had on your career? JOE: The exposure the Ultimate Fighting Championship has given us is absolutely huge! To have your music played on TV every week has exposed us to fans beyond the metal scene. It’s a crazy cross over because not all UFC fans are metal heads. We’re honored to be recognized in the MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) community and be able to cross over aggressive music with aggressive sport. I.M: Now you also have a song from your new CD as the theme for fox’s “UFC wired” with Joe Rogan, right? JOE: Yes! What an honor! From what we understand, Joe Rogan picked the song himself, which is
pretty cool if you ask me! I.M: Does this mean you get to go to a bunch of fights and hang out? JOE: We have been very fortunate to have been flown out to a few fights over the years. There’s nothing like sitting ringside at a UFC fight and literally feel the knock out! ;-) I.M: You started your own label, catch 22, are you finding things to be much easier this way and do you plan on signing on any other bands? JOE: We found that we already accomplished more with our own personal label than our last label! It’s a lot of work but it’s interesting to know how the business works ya know? I mean, no one will ever work harder for this band than ourselves (If you know what I mean) we are able to sign other bands but right now, we are focusing on our release to see where that may wind up! I.M: What are your touring plans for this year? JOE: We want to be out touring for as long and as much as we can. We recently began working with an agent and he’s been filling dates in to build up towards summer. The dates are posted on our myspace page. I.M: What’s the biggest crowd you’ve played to? What was that like? JOE: Rockstar Mayhem Festival....There were about 10,000 people watching us play. It was
insane because we were filming for our DVD, which is now packed in our ‘Blood Scent’ CD as well. We were able to do that show in what was practically our hometown.... Jagermeister is good to us! lol.... I.M: What would you say has been your favorite tour so far, and what made it so special for you? JOE: Touring with Chimaira. Those guys are like our big brothers....They teach us so much.... I.M: What would you say is STEMM’S greatest achievement so far? JOE: Our new CD ‘Blood Scent’ go get it! ;-) I.M: Ok before we wrap up, I have to ask- who came up with STEMMLINS as the name for your fans? I like that! JOE: Ha! I actually did! Our fans are so insane, rabid...We were watching a few fans some years ago before we played and they were going apeshit out side... Someone said they were acting like Gremlins....I immediately responded with ‘Stemmlins!’ I.M: Is there anything else you would like to say to everyone reading this? JOE: We can’t thank the fans for being there for us not only during our high points but our low points as well... You kept us going when we felt like quitting. This new CD is for all of you, thank you so much for your support! Go to our space to check our tour dates to see if were coming to a city near you! We need all of the help we can get!
Timo and I would like to thank everyone who has been helping us with promoting the magazine, encouraging us along the way, the artists that have been a part of the first issue, and everyone who will be there in the future. You all rock!! Lissy
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