Interviews

Arthur Buezo 

DM chats with one man band Arthur Buezo abou this creative process, inspirations, movies, and more!

Who are some musicians that inspire you?

Throughout all the ups, downs, and all around in life, M Ward has lived on my playlist the longest, from my youth until now. His display of how simplicity can pack a punch still insires me to this day. Scott H Biram inspired me to have the confidence in going solo and doing the one man band route, which has been great for me. However the band i listen to the most out of anyone ive listened to ever is King Gizzard and The Lizard Wizard, their genre-bending versatility and spirit is very unique and inspiring all around.

Any recent book and movie recommendations?

 I watch alot of movies, its how i was raised. I tried to give it some thought but theres countless gems out there, but i will always appreciate the only comedy about existentialism, i ‘heart’ huckabees. The last book i read was Desert Solitaire, which was one of the best books ive read. A poetic, refective and comedic journal of a mans experience as a forest ranger in Moab, UT.

What is your biggest fear?

My biggest fear, no joke, is kidney stones. Has been since i heard someone trying to pass one when i was a child. Besides that id say seeing my dog get attacked by a mountain lion and not being able to save her.

As best you can, describe your creative process.

Honestly i cant really control when the creativity wants to come out. I end up with new songs when i just mess around and werent planning it. For example, about 10 minutes ago i was just trying to practice the songs i am recording in a few days, messed around for a moment and a new song is in the making. I continue to be distracted the new one at the moment. The process for me is music first then lyrics, lyrics that i find complete the entire picture. I cant take all the credit for the lyrics though, a few drinks lend a hand.

What have you been doing during this time of COVID19?

That damn Covid... during these times i have been moving forward slowly but surely. Plenty of time to write more. Here and there, Ive been finding venues that are still legally sliding through the cracks of protocol. Itll pass, everything is temporary. 6. This is a tough question, since throughout my musical career i have met alot of musicians/songwriters. Some stand up people, other more of the sit down type, but just people. Sometime you need to seperate the art from the artist because one can ruin the enjoyment of the other. All that said, if COVID-19 wasnt happening and i could just go on one worldwide tour with king gizzard, that sounds like a hell of an experience...then get back to my humble existence

If you could play with any musician(s), who would it be? 

This is a tough question, since throughout my musical career i have met alot of musicians/songwriters. Some stand up people, other more of the sit down type, but just people. Sometime you need to seperate the art from the artist because one can ruin the enjoyment of the other. All that said, if COVID-19 wasnt happening and i could just go on one worldwide tour with king gizzard, that sounds like a hell of an experience...then get back to my humble existence

How can we find out more about you? 

Here are links to my music. 
arthurbuezo.wixsite.com/arthurbuezo 
www.facebook.com/Arthurbuezosmusic/ 
arthurbuezo.bandcamp.com/ 
m.youtube.com/channel/UCWBbmTJbSnEzT7BVmOAfSTA

Stovepipe: One Beard Band 

One of Devil Music's FAVORITE musicians Jakob "Poukepse" Drummond recently chatted with Stovepipe, a singer-songwriter and one man band. Stovepipe also started Devil's Music. This interview will hopefully help people get to know him more, and learn more about Devil's Music.


 

Tell me a bit about yourself. What are your hobbies? Where are you from? 

My name’s Justin Stover. But pretty much everyone except family has called me “Stover” and/or “Stovepipe” since as far back as I can remember. I have had acquaintances and co workers in the past who honestly didn’t know what my first name was. I did music freelance music journalism for about 10 years, but stopped when the money was unsustainably low. Currently and forever going forward, I’m a soapmaker, one man band, and songwriter. My performance name is “Stovepipe: One Beard Band.” 

I’m originally from a very, very small town in Maine called Maxfield. Total backwoods. We were fortunately near a great city called Bangor, home of Stephen King. I currently live in Grand Rapids, Michigan. When it’s not Covid-19, I do get to Maine a lot. 

My hobbies used to be doing music and making soap but now I make my living off that, so they don’t feel like hobbies anymore. I guess listening to muisc and collecting records, cassettes, etc. is a hobby. I also love to watch movies and shows. I'm a big baseball fan, specifically Boston Red Sox.  My favorite movies are usually either horror (good ones and shitty one) and just really solid, well made flicks that have good characters. The last horror movie that blew me away was a little flick called “The Lodge.” It was in the theatre for about 3 minutes. But it was really, truly dark and unsettling. I'm introverted, but I do enjoy spending time with family and friend. I've known a lot of good people in my 40 years. 

 

What inspired you to create Devil’s Music?

I’ve always been into music. Since I was young and up until now, my favorite genres have been folk, punk, and country. A few years ago, I discovered the Muddy Roots scene and was really taken by it. I attended my first Muddy fest a year ago and it was the weirdest experience, but in a good way. I noticed a lot of the performers had strong horror elements in their music. That was good to see because I’ve written a lot of horror-inspired tunes over the past 5 years but hadn’t really found a home for them. The MR scene introduced a lot of new listeners to my music, and I’ve also discovered a lot of other artists that fit this bill. But I noticed there was really very little journalism covering any of it, and what was available was poorly written, poorly designed, etc. So I wanted to create something for this scene that was well done, offered solid journalism and writing, and most importantly was fun.  

 

Since creating and growing a community of musicians around Devil’s Music, what has been your favorite thing about it?

There have been several bands and artists I’ve written about that had really never gotten much press, in large part because there aren't many publications featuring their kind of music. Their appreciation and the fact that they could get their name out there through the Devil’s Music site makes it all worth it to me. The Facebook group has been fun, too. Some good conversations going on, lots of great music being shared. There have been a few companies and publicists who have tried to get on and use it for their personal advertising space. That has pissed me off but thank god for the “block” feature on Facebook. But 99.9% of the interaction has been very positive, and I think people are liking it. 

 

Do you have any future plans for Devil’s Music? 

I’d like to be more consistent with it. I did read this great quote the other day that said, “Don’t make time: steal time.” I think that’s exactly what I need to do: steal time for Devil’s Music. You know, take advantage of those tiny slivers of time in between projects. I’ll get there, I just haven’t quite incorporated it into the rest of my life yet. I am by definition a “Lazyman’s Workaholic.” I do work very hard, constantly throughout the day, and to be honest I feel unsatisfied if I’m not being creative and productive throughout the day. But I do this so that at the end of the day I can be lazy until bedtime. You know, watch movies and spend time with good people, or alone, or whatever. 

 

You’re a musician yourself. Can you tell us what it is you do? 

I perform as “Stovepipe: One Beard Band.” I play a lot of cigar box guitars, this super beat up acoustic that I like a lot, a OUIJA board guitar, a guitar shaped like an ax, etc. I play drums with my feet. It’s a very cool contraption made by a great company called Farmer Foot Drums. I do like to write love songs and just focus on good songwriting, BUT I’d say I have the most fun writing about ghosts, murder, weird shit, etc. 

 

How long have you been playing? How did you get started? 

My dad was a music teacher, he was in bands when he was young, and still performs, so my life has always been very music-centric. His side of the family is very musical. My brother is an incredible songwriter and was always playing music or listening to it growing up. Music really is the part of life I like most, by a long shot. Even as a kid, I very quickly felt most myself when I was singing, listening to music, and I’d say most of my closest friends have always been into good music. As far as playing goes, I was a band geek for sure. I had a great music teacher. He was really demanding, had no patience for incompetence, could be ornery as hell, but Lord Jesus could he ever get good results out of his students. As tough as he was, he had ZERO problems with us students going into the band room during study hall and after school, and let us just beat the hell out of the instruments. I remember my friends and I howling into the microphone, strumming a guitar with distotion, slamming the shit out of the drumset, and seeing our music teacher in his office, correcting papers and showing no annoyance with our music whatsoever. Because of this, I learned to play guitar, oboe, piano, bass, and drums all quite well in high school, and I’ve continued to play these since (with the exception of the Oboe. Fuck that instrument). 

I remember practicing drums one day during study hall, very loudly, and I snapped the snare head right down the middle. I was horrified to tell him but he didn't seem remotely bothered when I did. He didn't even charge me for it. He just made me put it back on after showing me how. He got really mad at me once because I  left the school's expensive bass amp at another school that was two hours away during some competetive music event, and he had to go get it,. But that anger was totally deserved. I'm really glad I had a a solid music teacher.  That's why I get so fuckin' annoyed when I see another school shut down its music program, or cut the budget to $3. I saw firsthand from him and also my father how vital music education is 

My friend Mike and I would play constantly in my parent’s basement during high school as well. We sorta were like Andy Dwyer in Parks and Rec. Always had different band names. My brother and I were in a band with his dorky friends called “Fretting About Nothing.” Horrible name, but  we were actually pretty damn good. Our first paid gig was at a VFW hall. it was the first good band I was in. In college I played in some bands. I started doing solo stuff in 2002 and have played consistently since. My early music was your basic “Sad Bastard with a Guitar” music. I think starting the one man band, getting the Farmer Foot Drum, and going for a more raw sounds and writing about weirder things is the best step I ever took in music. Man, that was way too long an answer but you got me thinking about the past.

 

Do you have any links you’d like to share of your performances? 

Yes! Best place to start is stovepipemagic.com, onestovepipeband.bandcamp.com, and the social media below. My soaps are available at stovepipesoaps.com 

 

What inspires you when making music? 

Honestly, the actual act of it is what inspires me. Creativity is the part that’s most inspirational. I don’t wait for any muse. Honestly, I just get to work. Like, I love to get out my iPad or recording software, grab a bunch of weird instruments, drink copious amounts of coffee, and just make something. Even if it sucks ass, or I ended up scrapping it, the act was the inspiration. 

 

Why do you like scary shit so much? 

So many reasons. Stephen King looms large, because of when I grew up and also because I’m from the Bangor, Maine area. I just remember EVERY kid in Maine carried around a copy of IT when it came out like it was scripture. I just love his stories. Maine is a creepy state. Lots of dark forests, ghost stories, the weather is scary, the people can be very strange. Also,my brother was really into B-movies and would have movie-watching marathons with his friends, and I always watched with them. I was never a “goth” or anything, though I met some cool people that were. Two years ago a friend of mine, who is an adult goth from head to toe, had a cigar with me at a longue. I asked him for a ride home since my car was in the shop, and he gave me one ina hearse! So there's some affinity for al of that. I remember when Hot Topic was just a store for kids who wore black, listened to Coal Chamber, and scared their parents. I don’t know, something about scary shit just makes sense to me. Honestly, the older I get, the more I like it. Also, I have awful anxiety and horror helps me with that. And there are actual studies done about how scary movies can help people with anxiety. Right here: 

www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/talking-about-trauma/202004/horror-films-may-reduce-anxiety-some-individuals

 

FB: facebook.com/stovepipeonemanband
IG: instagram.com/stovepipe_stove

BC: onestovepipeband.bandcamp.com

Smokin' Headsmen 

Smokin' Headsmen are a dark country/blues band from Germany. They sing about all KINDS of weird shit, and sound incredible doing so. Devil's Music recently chatted with them about influences, current musical projects, and more!

Talk about how you started as a band.

Founded 04/20 after a couple beer... not joking We listened to music and then I began to sing. It was "Reach for the Sky " by Social Distortion. And soon that became kind of an attitude.



What is a specific way that you and your band "reach for the sky"?

Our music is 100% selfmade.. Recorded in the guitar players flat. All logos etc. are selfmade and that's a thing we want to carry on with.

 

You describe your band as "dark country." Is there a big dark country scene in Germany? Also, how did you come up with the name "Smokin' Headsman?"

The scene "dark country " is very small in Germany and nearly nobody knows what it is. But it's a fascinating scene and music genre. We choose Smokin Headsmen because yeah... we smoke a lot... unfortunately. And headsmen because it's a fascinating word for an executioner. And sounds similar to "Hat". Because I always wear one.

 

What do you smoke?

Nothing special. Normal cigarettes and sometimes a good cigar or especially me (the singer) sometimes a pipe. 

 

What are your biggest fears?

Biggest fears... Losing people who are close to me, another world war or something like that and loosing job, home etc.

 

Who are some of your main influences? Also, what do you all like to write and sing about?

Colter Wall BlackBerry Smoke Tejon Street Corner Thieves Motorhead Johnny cash, to name a few. Themes we sing about are: Drinking-Smoking-Rambling- Gambling. And the dark side of the "American Dream" And we don't want to glorify anything we want to keep all this themes down to earth.

 

What are some current or upcoming projects that you're working on?

We are going to release our first ep soon and can't wait to show the world our Music.

 

FB: facebook.com/smokinheadsmen/
YT: youtube.com/channel/UCErkDN6OqbZB_TFb-GA1CUg

Bad People 

Bad People are a  7-piece folk-country gang from Saint John, New Brunswick. DM recently chatted with frontman Cole Savoie about the murder trial of his landlord, being afraid of the dark unknown, his musical influences, and more.


I understand your landlord was on trial for murder. Please tell anything you can legally tell about this. How did this affect your songwriting? 

My landlord of  about 4 years, Dennis Oland, was put on trial, convicted of murdering his father, went to jail, had his case overturned, got out of jail, went back to court accused of murdering his father, was found innocent. Just a wild time all together, right around the second trial he had sold the building and was no longer my landlord. Click here for a link to the murder. 

It was right around this time I started writing some murder ballads. I failed to mention above the that murder had taken place in a building across the street from my place of work In 2011, was directly behind my apartment and there is a jam room on the floor above the murder scene Bad People ended up jamming at a handful of times. Basically I was surrounded by it, so it was bound to come out I guess.

 

What are some non musical influences that influence your music? Include anything: movies, tv shows, comics 

For this record in particular I would have to say the shows like Forensic Files, Unsolved Mysteries, watched a lot of CSI growing up. My favourite book growing up was the Serial Killer Files, I ended up buying a second copy cause I had lost the first.

 

Which musical artists have had the most consistent influence on your music? 

Nirvana has always been there for me, Spoon, Modest Mouse, Johnny Cash, Hank. A nice mix of things.

 

What has your band done to adapt to the COVID19 world? Are you doing any livestreams? Are you able to play out still? 

I have played a handful of solo live-streams during the pandemic, I’ve played a couple solo shows prior too as well. The full band hasn’t played together for a little bit, but that will change as time moves on.

 

What are your biggest fears? 

I get creeped out late at night, or when it’s dark out anyway, walking through a trail my dog always pulls me down/towards. I also don’t like being in water with no ground underneath me, it freaks me out, I need to be touching land. So I guess the deep dark unknown stuff is a fear. I’m sure they’re are other things that scare me or will scare me

 

Explain your songwriting process as best you can. Be as specific as possible. Ie. Do you write in the day? Night? Highly structured or a fuckin' mess?

It’s always different, there is no set time or day for me. Sometimes I’m at work and I whip out my phone to sing a melody to try later at home. Other times the words just fly out and fit perfectly.  Most of the songs on "You’re This Close" are just stories, be it a stalker waiting in his “lover's” house for them to return or a man left by his lover with no explanation who drinks himself to death. At that time in my song writing stories were easier to write about than situations or feelings. 

I wrote the songs on acoustic guitar and would bring them to the rest of the group and they would put their own pieces onto it. I provided very little to no direction for what they were playing. They are all so very talented. I am very fortunate to have had them play with me.

FB: facebook.com/Iambadpeople/

BC: badpeople.bandcamp.com/

The Barroom Billies 

 A foot stompin’ roots band with a taste of some hillbilly, mixed with honky-tonk and bringing rowdy good times! They are from Missouri. DM recently chatted with  JT, who plays banjo, rhythm guitar,  and backing vocals in this incredible band.

What artists have you most consistently listened to throughout your life, who have also definitely influenced your own music? And name some artists that you've more recently discovered. 

When I was a child my parents were into a lot of what I would call Rock N Roll. Kiss, Skid Row, Poison, Motley Crue, Ozzy, ACDC. I can remember dragging out the CD tower and pulling out my suitcase built for cassette tapes and crank up the home stereo entertainment system. You know the one that had giant speakers with a dozen different EQ and routing systems all in a center tower with the glass door that seemed to get cracked everytime we would open it to play an album. It seemed that my dad was into more of the "Outlaw Country" style of music. George Jones, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson. I believe I would listen to "Rock" more than "Outlaw Country" as a child. The album or artist that I listened to the most would probably be Skid Row or Motley Crue. I really couldn't get enough of it. But as I got older my taste seemed to stray all over the place. Country, Rap, Rock. When my teenage years came along, I was all about the Punk Rock music scene. Grimey grungy blood and spit Punk Rock. That genre stuck with me hard. Floppy mohawks, torn jeans, boots, safety pins. But it wasn't because it looked cool (it looked really cool to me), but it was because it made me feel better about where we were financially. The safety pins held my close together cause we couldn't afford new clothes. Boots lasted longer than shoes. I had no idea punk was a thing until later in my life. All these different genres and artists drove me to play music. It has always been a major part of my life. The structure of a country song with simplistic note progression mixed with the wild style of Rock N Roll was just what I wanted to do. Bring all my influences into one. After creating multiple bands playing similar styles of the last act. I always found a new act that just impressed me to where I wanted to have that sound added to my sound. My biggest influence to the music I write today would have to be Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy. I can't get enough of them. They have all the influences that I do too. Realizing that there was a whole genre of music that was just like what I wanted to write and play blew my mind. I am still finding new and remarkable bands today. It's hard to say who I have more recently discovered because every day is a new discovery. Some of the acts who I have had the great opportunity to share a stage with and still drive me to make music would be, Filthy Still, Joseph Huber, Saint Christopher, Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Split Lip Rayfield, Legendary Shack Shakers, Hooten Hallers, James Hunnicutt, Whiskey Dick, Black Eyed Vermillion, Goddamn Gallows, Gallows Bound, Smokestack Relics, Carrie Nation and the Speakeasy, Wonky Tonk, just to name some. I get why they call it Roots. It takes all the influences from our childhood and makes a cesspool of sound that I now call home. 

 

Got any good movie/book recommendations as of late? 

I never really read books. I guess the books I read now would be the operations manual to the recording equipment I can't stop buying. I am a full blown DIY LIY. Do it yourself, Learn it yourself. I have learned a lot over the years from how and why. From recording to maintenance. Books never impressed me. I would rather be playing an instrument than read a book. I find books to be a form of entertainment. Being an entertainer, I find that using a book for knowledge is better for myself. I can learn, and apply that knowledge to better myself. I do watch a lot of movies. Its a great way to unwind from this wild and wonderful life we live as musicians. I have really been into the Black Sails tv show. I tried to watch that Tiger King show but being that I live in Mid Missouri. I have enough of that weird shit going on outside on my street. I seem to watch a lot of Futurama, Simpsons, Family Guy, American Dad. It winds me down after the day. 

 

What are your biggest fears? 

My biggest fear is that I will never be able to play music again. Plain and simple. Music is my life and my life is music. If I couldn't play or be a part of music then I would have nothing. Just thinking about it makes me uneasy. I have given everything to music. I have lost friendships, family, jobs, money, all due to my pursuit of music. Its a thought I dont want to think about. That and spiders. Fuck Spiders! 

 

As best you can, describe your creative process? Be as specific as possible. This can even include where you writer, where you record, what context you work best in, what time of day are you most productive, etc. 

I write the majority of songs for The Barroom Billies. We have been very fortunate to be and stay an all original band. I can have a melody stuck in my head for months before I get anything put down on paper. Then sometimes I will sit down and in 30 minutes I have composed, written, and recorded the song. I have notebooks full of half written songs and chord progressions. There are times I will have something I have been working on for weeks/months just to call another band member over to finish a song. We do all of our recording ourselves. We work out of my studio (MPF Studios for a quick plug), to record and master our albums. There are weeks where I can bang out like 5 songs. Then I can spend months trying to write one. Motivation can come from anywhere at any time. Some songs just come out. Some songs I feel as if I struggle to find the targeted audience, the correct progression, where and when to put in the key changes (If any), when to be soft or go hard as fuck. But after the song is finished and we get to play it for the first time on stage, it makes it all worth the effort that everyone in the band has put forth to create. 

 

What have you been doing with your time during the COVID19 quarantine? 

The COVID-19 quarantine has hit the music industry harder than anything else I believe. Going from a full summer bill to having nothing is agony. We all have felt the blow. We all have jobs that we go to in between gigs. We have spent a lot of time working on our new album. A lot of time in the studio (MPF Studios for another quick plug), writing, recording, re-recording, mixing, re-mixing, laughing, cussing, drinking (A LOT). There is not a lot to do right now other than spend time with family and friends. Trying to book a show only to have it canceled the same day. It's hard to do what we do as entertainers when there is nowhere or no one to entertain. Trying to stay positive in today's world is hard, but having a band with some of my best friends is definitely making it easier to cope with today's regulations. I will say that since the COVID hit. This is our best sounding album yet. 

 

If you could spend the day with any songwriter, who would it be and what would you want to do? 

I would have to say Kris Kristofferson or Bob Dylan. No way I could just pick one. They are just a couple of my favorite songwriters. Both are brilliant musicians. I could spend more than a day with either one of them. Their writing styles are well crafted, simple, difficult, mesmerizing, song after song. Definitely some of my inspirations seed from these two. If we were to spend the day together, we would spend it playing music, sharing stories, reminiscing about the days before COVID. Talk about their influences and what made them become the musicians and songwriters they have become. It would be a wild and interesting time.

IG: www.instagram.com/thebarroombillies
FB: www.facebook.com/TheBarroomBillies
BC: barroombillies.bandcamp.com/releases

 

 

 

Blue Rose Down 

Blue Rose Down aptly describes their music as "the story of one's peace and oppression, which eventually escalates into a sound wall of fuzz and bastard blues."

What artists have you most consistently listened to throughout your life, who have also definitely influenced your own music? And name some artists that you've more recently discovered. 

When I was a child I was listening A LOT to Michael Jackson. - Actually all the time. I wasn't listening to anything but Michael Jackson, I was so obsessed with that guy: His moves, his performances and his music! A legend in my eyes! 

When I got a little bit older (7-8 years) I began listening to rock music such as The Strokes and Aerosmith, but then I discovered AC/DCThat was mind blowing to me! 

I have also listened to a lot of Bob Dylan, Fairport Convention and Lindisfarne because my father has always listened to folk music. Therefore a lot of my inspiration today actually comes from my fathers taste in music - A fun mix of folk music, Shawn James and Jack White (...and a bit of Slayer! Of course!) 

Names I recently discovered are: Dirty Honey, Tyler Childers, Brother Dege, Benjamin Tod, Casper Allen, Matt Heckler and I would highly recommend checking these guys out! 

Bands that influence my music (from my childhood) are bands like: AC/DC, Metallica, Slayer, Fairport Convention and The Strokes. 

 

Got any good movie/book recommendations as of late? 

I hate watching movies, I think it's a fucking waste of time, but one of my favourites are ''Detroit Rock City'', a Danish movie called ''Blinkende Lygter'' and everything by Quentin Tarantino! 

I don't read that much but I can recommend a book called ''The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck'' - that book helped me trough a shitload of stuff. 

If you're dealing with some mental shit, like me, then I'll highly recommend it!.. And if you don't deal with any mental shit - read it anyway! 

 

What are your biggest fears? 

I fear traffic and unempathetic people - Unempathetic  people are fucking dangerous and I fear them especially when they’re driving.

 

As best you can, describe your creative process? Be as specific as possible. This can even include where you write, where you record, what context you work best in, what time of day are you most productive, etc. 

Fucking tough question! 

Songs come to me - it often starts out with a simple sentence when I'm drunk, mad or insecure. Sometimes it's just a random riff while I'm rehearsing scales or chords. I usually have a riff in my head that I need to get out, and then I work with it from there! 

I like to think: ''What themes are important and what would make me want to listen to this kind of music?''. 
With this in mind I basically write songs that I like to be listening to. I'm very critical 'cause I know there's a lot of people out there listening to my music and I want them to be excited and feel how I feel. I often ask people on Instagram what they want me to write about and how the song can be developed! 

 

What have you been doing with your time during the COVID19 quarantine? 

I started my quarantine with a huge writers block, but suddenly I broke it, and then I went to my rehearsal room, wrote two songs and went straight to the studio! 

I've also been drinking more than I expected or wanted to. This habit intensified due to me losing my job. I guess I’m not the only one? 

I tried to take care of myself and deal with a lot of my mental shit, which has been good. 
I've been trying to be a better person (especially to myself and my family) and it has been tough but an important ride for me! 

So basically I've just been drinking, dealing with myself (and my drinking), writing songs, walking a lot with friends whilst trying to work with (or against) the demons within me. 

 

If you could spend the day with any songwriter, who would it be and what would you want to do? 

I would LOVE to spend a day together with Brother Dege! That's my dream and my goal! 

I just love his music and that man has experienced a lot of stuff, which I can relate to. 

I believe him to be a wise man and it would be an honor to get the opportunity to write some songs or work collaboratively with him. 

It would be great to write a song, maybe have a few pints and talk music, professional life, how to write and just nerd with guitar effects, resonators and slides!

IG: instagram.com/bluerosedown

FBfacebook.com/bluerosedown

BC: bluerosedown.bandcamp.com

Trash Bats  

Devil's Music recently chatted with Father Dawn, vocalist for the righteous brotherhood of the Trash Bats. They coined their style as Grindhouse Gospel and pull from psychobilly, folk and country music. They've been a recording project since 2017 and released one full length album and a slew of EPs. Trash Bats currently has a second full length album, Lazarus, slated for release on August 14th, 2020 on Road Rat Records.

What artists have you most consistently listened to throughout your life, who have also definitely influenced your own music? And name some artists that you've more recently discovered

Throughout my life I've always listened to Type O Negative, Demented Are Go, Nekromantix. A lot of psychobilly and horrorpunk. Also been a big fan of Warren Zevon since I was young. Demented Are Go, Stitch Hopeless , Goddamn Gallows, other groups like Mad Sin, Harley Poe and Devil Makes Three have probably done the most to influence the Trash Bats music and how I write.  More recently I've been listening to Cruel Bomb, a local thrash metal group, Black Knife and different black metal bands. While finishing writing and recording Lazarus I played through a lot by Builders And The Butchers, The Limit Club, Creepsville 666, Mutant Members Only Club and Stellar Corpses. Idk if any of that counts as "new" but its just shit that's constantly in rotation. 

 

Got any good movie/book recommendations as of late? 

Since the whole quarantine started I can't remember the last movie I was excited for but books, I'll always recommend anything by Brian Keene. He can make an obscure concept convincing and engaging. 

 

What are your biggest fears? 

Sharks, maybe deep water but mostly just sharks. I'm pretty sure that's the only thing that can kill me so I steer clear of the ocean. 

 

As best you can, describe your creative process? Be as specific as possible. This can even include where you writer, where you record, what context you work best in, what time of day are you most productive, etc. 

I'm most productive at night, that's usually when I work on album art or write lyrics or mess with songs. I don't have much of an actual process for writing, nothing i generally conform to. Our group is split up amongst PA, MA, OH and OK. Usually one of us will come up with a riff or song idea and email it to each other to start building off of. For me, when I have something I wanna get out I generally pen the lyrics with no rhythm or riff idea. Lazarus or Red will interpret the riff based off the lyrical tone. Its hard to peg our process one way though since we all function at different levels and different times. Its probably closer to chaos, just multiple musicians spitting shit out until something righteous forms. 

 

What have you been doing with your time during the COVID19 quarantine? 

Not much changed during the lockdown, for me at least. We did manage to finish the final touches on the new album but idk if that had anything to do with COVID or just that we got there anyway. We can  say COVID helped, one final chance to save some souls before the apocalypse kicks off! 

 

If you could spend the day with any songwriter, who would it be and what would you want to do? 

Ryan Sollee, Joe Whiteford and Mark Phillips are some of my biggest music idols. Any of them would be awesome to write or jam with though realistically it'd probably just be an awkward fan boy experience and end with them being super uncomfortable.

Check out their latest track "Bear the Mark" below. And while you listen, also check out their social media listed below

IG: www.instagram.com/trashbats
FBfacebook.com/therighteoustrashbats
BC: trashbats.bandcamp.com



 

King of Nothing 

King of Nothing offers dark country music at its finest. Listening to them is like living inside of a haunted Western. DM recently chatted with them. 


What artists have you most consistently listened to throughout your life, who have also definitely influenced your own music? And name some artists that you've more recently discovered. 

Hi! First of all thank you very much for your interest. 

I started listening to music when I was a kid (seven years old), the first record I listened to was Iron Maiden "Life After Death" live album. It was amazing for me listening that heavy metal music with all those horror covers. I still listening Iron Maiden, so here you've got one answer.  

Now a days I listen to very diferent kind of music, but I love it on his darkest way. Musically, with this project, my greatest influence is Johnny Cash, but I love to put my metal influences lyrically (Venom, Bathory...). Recently I'm listening a lot of stuff from Dune Messiah, a danish Neo Folk artist, also By The Spirits, another artist from Poland. I recomend them for all the Dark Country / Folk lovers.  

 

Got any good movie/book recommendations as of late? 

I'm a man of classics. So maybe I'm not the correct person for recommendations. I love the old seventies horror movies, The Devil Rides Out, Rosemary's Baby, The Omen, The Wicker Man, The Exorcist... As You see, these movies don't need any recommendation. My favourite book is Der Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse (another classic) haha. 

 

What are your biggest fears?  

Nice question. I started traveling back in 2016, I left my home in the Basque Country (Europe) and went to America (Canadá, USA, México). When you live that way you expose yourself to very diferent situations, some of them are good, others not, but at least you start to lose your fears and learn a lot of things about yourself. I cannot say I don't have fears but I try to overcome them and traveling is a good way to do it. I can say my biggest fear is not to live a full life. 

 

As best you can, describe your creative process? Be as specific as possible. This can even include where you writer, where you record, what context you work best in, what time of day are you most productive, etc.  

Usually, I write my songs at home, at night time. I'm very nocturnal. But when I'm traveling and I get inspired I just write on a bloc note. Traveling inspires me a lot, also satanism and dark and personal thoughs. About the recordings, I recorded my first Ep in the old barn of a friend (the bass player of the grindcore band Mutilated Judge) in the valley of Arratia (Basque Country). I don't need big or expensive studios, just some alcohol and good friends who know me well. My producer on that Ep is Jon Napalm, the guitarrist of the band Crucifucked (Dbeat/Death and Roll) where I used to sing before I came back to América.  

 

What have you been doing with your time during the COVID19 quarantine? 

These quarantine days are being very productive for me. Right now I'm in Baja California Sur (México), recording my second Ep "King Of Nothing, Vol. II" at home with the help of my very best friend and fellow traveler Aitor. I also made some covers of Hank III, Johnny Cash, Those Poor Bastards, King Dude and Charles Manson with my mobile phone. You can listen to them on my YouTube channel.  

Outside the musical aspect, I'm selling cochinita pibil (which is a typical mexican food) with my girlfriend doing delivery service, just to make some money until I can continue doing shows, etc. I'm also looking to get my mexican residency. I love living in Mexico. 

 

If you could spend the day with any songwriter, who would it be and what would you want to do? 

I like Morrissey has a songwriter, but maybe is not the perfect person to spend the day. Who knows... It could be nice inviting him to eat cochinita pibil. No, just a bad joke.
 

Enjoy this video! And find out more about King of Nothing at links below.

 


IG: www.instagram.com/_.kingofnothing.

FB: www.facebook.com/KingOfNothingOfficial

Bandcamp: kingofnothingofficial.bandcamp.com

 

Jakob Drummond 

Jakob Drummond is an absolute hidden treasure in the dark folk/country world. DM recently chatted with him about his music, interests, and fears.


Who are you listening to these days? 
Lately I’ve been listening to a lot of Benjamin Tod, Charley Crockett, Turnstile, The Carter Family, Beach Boys, Billy Strings, and SAINt JHN (Can’t believe that dude isn’t bigger) . The music I listen to really tends to fluctuate depending on the mood I’m in when I wake up on any given day, but the artists that I listed have been pretty influential to me as of late. When I’m not listening to music, you can usually find me listening to a podcast. For anybody interested in all things strange, I recommend the show “Astonishing Legends”. 

What are you reading and or watching these days? 
I honestly haven’t been doing too much of either in the sense of books and TV. I’ve been practicing almost all day - every day, writing new material, day-dreaming of twist endings I could write into my songs, or spending time with my family. It’s an easy life. 

How has the quarantine affected your creative endeavors? 
Speaking of writing new material, I’ve written 16 songs since this stay-at-home-order began. 12 of which I would say are barely acceptable and need some “re-working” done to them. 4, I’d say are good, solid stories, with a fun melody or catchy chorus. Prior to this, I had writer’s block for years. Writing any sort of full song was incredibly difficult to me. It feels like honest-to-god having nothing else to do really “opened the flood-gates” to the musical part of my brain - I think a huge factor in being compelled to write music is that I used to try to write ONLY these very intense and personal songs. Removing myself from the song entirely, and thinking of myself only as a narrator spinning a tale has been very freeing. 
I know that being stationary is incredibly difficult for a lot of folks out there, and I welcome anybody going through a rough patch to reach out to me if they need somebody to talk with. 

Where can people find you perform? Any livestreams that you are doing? 
At this point, I have no idea where people will see me play in the future. Hopefully in venues around the Northern California area, but I’d absolutely jump at going on tour if the opportunity arose. I haven’t been live-streaming, though I’d like to eventually. My house is far too loud to have any sort of “professional live session”, and I’m not sure that many people would care to tune in, anyways. Most of my presence has been on Instagram, it’s been a great platform and very easy method of connecting with some really interesting and talented people. In lieu of any livestreams, I’ve been recording full song’s on video and posting them to IGTV and Youtube.  If the demand for live-streams were to suddenly grow, I’d probably use Instagram as my medium to go live. 

I understand you have been releasing new songs gradually. What is your most recent one? Tell us a little bit about the song. 
The most recent song I’ve released is called “Find The Man”. I won’t spoil the ending, but it’s a story about a man traveling the world to track down the individual responsible for the murder of his wife. It’s got some catchy tunes, and it’s dark, but fun - with some cheesy honky-tonk guitar leads that push the chorus forward. It’s exactly what I envisioned that it would be (besides not being professional studio quality) 

What are your biggest fears? 
My biggest fear at this point in life is failure. I’ve set some pretty high bars for myself in regards to how I live my life now compared to two years ago, and I don’t plan on moving backwards. I’m afraid that all of this passion for music I have will be dulled out by myself and the folks around me until it numbs and lays dormant inside of me when the world returns to normal. I know that the majority of folks around me don’t take the music and vision I have as seriously as I do (besides my brother), and don’t see it as a viable way to live my life. I know they’re right on that front, at least if they’re talking about money, but I can’t begin to explain how many times I’ve sat around full of stress pondering what the hell I want to do with my life when it has been in front of me the entire time. 

"Find the Man" link: jakobdrummond.bandcamp.com/track/find-the-man 

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Facebook: @JakobStevenDrummond 
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Silas J. Dirge 


 

 

Netherlands-based singer-songwriter Silas J. Dirge composes songs that are rich in imagery and imagination. Musically, there is a simplicity at play that becomes more sophisticated, more layered with each listen. And though each of his songs are beautiful, they are also violent and at times flat out horrifying. His recent album “Tales of Woe” is one of the best albums I’ve heard, period. So it is with great pleasure that he chats with Devil’s Music. And be sure to check him out at silasjdirge.bandcamp.com

What are your biggest fears? 

That world leaders stop believing in science and dismiss the significance of arts and culture in general, forcing a new dark age. Or just as bad, a government that puts religious doctrine before common sense. Closely followed by running into a grizzly bear when hiking. 


How's your Coronavirus quarantine going? What have you been doing to pass the time? 

Staying at home with my family. Working on new music and catching up on some overdue maintenance on the house. You can locate me by following the smell of paint thinner and baby milk powder. 

Who are some of your favorite musical artists? 

I recently realized that I have a preference for songs that expand reality or create their own and draw me into that world. I guess my own little dabblings are my attempt at that. 
I think like most people the music I listen to changes over time. There are albums that I used to listen to when I was younger that I loved at the time, but now don’t cut it for me anymore. It’s not them, it’s me. It’s always me. 
But there are some artists that do stand the test of time and that I keep coming back to: 
Townes Van Zandt: his voice, his lyrics, his guitar picking are the real deal for me. His music goes straight to my heart. 
Hank Williams: I love the simplicity of his songs - he only needs a few chords - and his direct, deeply poetic and awfully sad lyrics. That, combined with his characteristic voice, is what defines country music for me. 
Radiohead: a band I’ve been listening to since the early nineties. I love how they keep evolving. It’s never about reinventing but always a natural next step. Thom Yorke’s voice is so fragile yet so powerful it’s creepy. His lyrics are out of this world and make me feel like I’m being taken on a journey through a mystical dark and very disturbing alternate reality. 

I can name a lot more artists and tell a lot more about them but I’ll stick to these because I think they’re the ones that changed how I listen to music, and how I write my own. 


Pick one song that you are especially proud of, and tell a story about it. It could be something that happened in the studio. Or tell us what the song is about. Ready, set, GO! 

I’m going with the one I’m most proud of which is “Flowers on her Grave.” A two chord murder ballad. I always wanted to write a song that everyone could play on their guitar, even if they’re just learning how to play.  I had a lot of fun recording it with the guest musicians. I prefer to work with like-minded people, it makes communicating easier and things move faster.  Also enjoyed writing the lyrics. I tried keeping it lighthearted and spooky at the same time. At the time my girlfriend and I were in between houses and temporarily staying in some small holiday resort cabin. Really small. And it seemed to get smaller as time went by. I kept bumping my head against the weirdly slanted ceiling and was slowly driven mad by the constant drone of leaf blowers. Ah, the memories. My girlfriend came up with the idea of making a stop motion video for the song, narrating the story line by line. Insanely time consuming, and something we probably won’t ever do again, but we had a great time working on it. 
 

What have you been reading and/or watching lately? 

I’m the kind of person that starts reading a book and then starts reading another one before finishing the first one. So at the moment I’m reading 7 books. In no specific order: 


1493 by Charles C. Mann 
The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho 
Tales of Mystery and Imagination by Edgar Allan Poe 
The complete Sherlock Holmes (been reading this one for nearly 2 years now. 1077 pages, only 30 to go!) 
Arnhem by Antony Beevor 
Kentucky Book of the Dead by Keven McQueen 
Astrophysics for people in a hurry by Neil DeGrass Tyson 

As for movies/series, I’m not an avid movie fan and I don’t binge watch series so the Monday-morning-coffee-machine-chat is not for me. 
I like slow movies/shows, with a lot of background and not too obvious storylines. The shows that I have been watching are not very recent because as I said, I don’t watch that much. I hope that’s okay. 

One show that left a permanent impression on me is Deadwood. A brilliant show written by David Milch, focussed around the town of Deadwood, SD in the late 19th century. The dialogues are especially great, almost Shakespearian, alienating and captivating at the same time. It was a shame they cancelled the show after the third season but they wrapped it up pretty nicely with a movie last year. 
As a kid I had an unhealthy interest in the old west but somehow I missed that two of my childhood ‘heroes’ - Wild Bill Hickock and Calamity Jane - actually lived and are buried in Deadwood, next to each other. I found that out when I visited the town and its famous cemetery a few years ago. My inner child was pleased. 

I also enjoyed the Icelandic series Trapped. The story, set in a remote town, surrounds two police officers investigating the case of a washed up and cut up body. The show oozes desolateness and claustrophobia. An atmospheric masterpiece. 

As for atmosphere the same goes for Les Revenants, a French series about a small town where people who died years ago suddenly started coming back. Alive, I mean, it’s not about zombies. I think there’s a US remake called The Returned. The show has a very unsettling and perfectly fitting soundtrack by Mogwai. 


What do you do for fun, besides music? 
I try and visit remote places to get my shot of wilderness now and then. Not too wild though. Not grizzly bear wild. Black bear wild at most. Alright, squirrel wild.