Jared Moran: The Toilet ov Hell Interview

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Once hailed as the lone shining star in a state of subhuman refuse, Jared Moran is a prolific musician and visual artist as well as the head of Speed Ritual Records and Mauler Cabs. I recently got the chance to speak with Moran about his current projects, gear and what’s next for the man who’s already finished four albums in just the first two months of the year.

You’ve already got at least three albums on the way for 2015. Seriously, do you ever sleep?

Yes, new Yzordderrex, Uzumaki, and Corpse Arise are all for the immediate release in this first quarter of the year. They all have been recorded last year I’m just now finalizing the mixes and all aspects of the layout/artwork. Yzordderrex’s album should be in my hands on CD in the next week. It’s already out on shipment along with the debut of Subterranean Birthright‘s first EP. Amazingly I actually sleep more now than I used to. Not really because I want to, more so since my body does need 6-7 hours. Otherwise I rather never sleep, I used to only sleep 2-3 back when I was less productive and I think now of all that wasted good time.

What is your writing process like? Do your songs come from a place of intention or do you just play whatever you feel and see which of your projects it fits?

It’s a slight combination of both, though more writing with intention at the forefront. Going in and playing whatever with nothing in mind is usually when I might have a name in place I want to use for a project, or just want to try a hand at something new that I haven’t done before or at least hadn’t done or covered in some other band or project. Once I have a band started and after the first release of the band, I sort of have a set guideline that I try to keep while writing for that band in the future. Like key elements that I earmark to be later recurring themes to be utilized and expanded upon in meaningful ways on future releases.

Now as far as scheduling what release or what band I’m going to write for…that all is spur of the moment on a daily basis. For example I might feel like playing doom I then go and start riffing about and based on what’s coming out could be a Yzordderrex or a Mountain of Beard song. Usually by the first or second riff I’ve decided what project it’s going to be for and then direct my construction of that into a song that would fit for that band. It’s extremely rare I start out writing something and then changing my mind by the end of the construction of the song.

I also normally write a song entirely in a sitting, it might take more time to perfect it but the main basis and rough skeleton of the song is in place and sometimes changes a bit as I’m actually recording as ideas pop up like deciding to lead in sections with bass or having the drums drop to a quarter time when I didn’t plan to do so when I was writing the song on guitar. So it’s exciting for me by the end of recording it just to see how well it came out from my first sparks of inspiration.

Aside from a few of your bands, most of your projects are entirely solo efforts. Is that by necessity or do you prefer to work on your own?

Originally it was out of necessity due to the lack of actual musicians that shared similar interests in tackling projects. As I grew more comfortable in writing and recording everything from start to finish, I actually prefer to do so on my own. I’m always open to starting new bands with people who can actually deliver on what they claim they can play or write, but as far as anything I start with just myself, that will always remain as a single solo effort. I feel bringing anyone in to something I’ve been doing for years I’d always feel I’d be demanding a certain degree of submission since I’ve already established a sound for the band. Any deviation from that sound would have me dissecting or outright turning down riffs that I might under other circumstances find quite suitable. That way I prefer a brand new project that I haven’t already have preconceived notions on what I feel the band should sound like. A clean slate negates all those troubles.

Do you have any plans or even the desire to take any of your bands to a live setting?

Actually yes, I do. Well, not for any of my solo work. I don’t care to revisit or relearn my own material, [let alone] teach it to someone else. Well, I might take that back, one of the newest projects I did I wouldn’t mind bringing live and I know some people that could do it but I’m not sure if I’m fully willing to do so. Maybe when the debut comes out for The Djentist, I might, but no guarantees. But some of the collaborative bands that I’ve been working on with local musicians and friends can go live or we plan to go live at some point. Titan Sprawl, Spawning Vats, and Dragunov actually do play live, we just don’t do so often. But overall no need or desire to unless it’s one of those brand new slate bands I started with folks and we have already [determined] that it can or will be a possibility in the future.

Besides their obvious musical differences, are there any other distinctions you make (lyrically, ideologically…) between your individual bands or do they all come from a similar place?

There are a few differences in the lyrics for the more vastly different styles. Like I do more overtly confrontational and blunt lyrics in the power violence I do for Kamikaze Pilots, or typical shlock gore/horror in Corpse Arise, but overall they all do come from the same negative hopeless void. So I still utilize the same open poetic structuring, focusing more on the actual structuring of words together than trying to convey an actual easily graspable concept to the audience. I write my lyrics and I can easily see what message I’m meaning, I just don’t particularly care if I’m clear to anyone else. So while I might see an easy narrative of an occult ritual someone else might just see a word salad. I do cover similar lyrical themes in a few of my bands, occult themes, rituals, general psychosis but not anything specific, just main sweeping ideas.

Besides living in the hellhole that is Mississippi, where does your lyrical or musical inspiration come from?

Lyrically it’s from literature actually in general. Just anything I’m reading and seeing certain words playing off each other or I start placing them in what I feel is something interesting. It could be a piece of classical literature like Pride and Prejudice or an article on the wiring of transformers to the breakdown of the economic growth of a foreign land. I’ve written a ton of Yzordderrex lyrics while on the road traveling for work just reading art and antique magazines. Musically I could get inspired by the very bands I enjoy listening to, or something I’m reading or watching conjures up thoughts and feelings that I would associate with certain sounds I would recall from bands. Hell, listening to top 40 pop on the radio inspires me enough to write the perfect anti-music to combat the bubblegum fluff that I was hearing moments before. Sometimes just pairing up different amps in my collection of gear and riffing some familiar ideas can inspire me to do something with the tone I just created. Like damn these two heads pared with these cabs and this guitar is perfect for some OSDM that sounds like it’s falling apart at the seems and then I just start writing with that tone at my disposal.

Speaking of gear, what kind of setup do you use? You build your own cabinets as well, correct?

That’s correct, I started building my cabs last year under the name Mauler. Thus far it’s been pretty successful with 25 builds under my belt. Something I enjoy doing and started cause I wanted to fill a void in my gear horde since I have a multitude of heads but only a dozen cabs. So I thought about special ordering some and then thought I could put the decade of carpentry experience and the tools I have to use building the very tools I use to create the music I do.

10830805_391350377706378_4152998795218695986_oGear-wise for recording is pretty simple. I use a Presonus Firepod that runs into a Windows-based PC and various Shure mics for everything. For the drums I use just a normal Tama 6 piece kit with 8 cymbals of various makes. I’m not loyal to any particular brand. For bass I have 3 main ones I utilize for the different tones and tunings I use: a Dean MLX, a Fender Jazz, and an Epiphone Thunderbird that I run into either an Ampeg B4R to an Ampeg 810 classic or a Sunn Concert Bass into a Peavey 3620 218/210, sometimes with a Green Big Muff or a DOD overdrive.

Guitar-wise I have a dozen guitars that I utilize all in various tunings and in different combinations for different bands. I’m fond of Jacksons and Deans the most, but have Washburns, Ibanez, and BC Richs that I use. Most of my older material was just using Ampeg SS150s and SS140s into a Krank 412. Now I use more of my Mauler cabs as the base, or in tandem with some of the other cabs I have like Krank, Peavey, Sunn, or Kustom. I have a vast array [of heads] now that I spend a nice chunk selecting from. Ampeg SSs, Ampeg VHs. Sunns, Randalls, Peaveys, Kustoms, Sound City, Madison, Traynor, Orange, Marshall, even Crate…I think that’s it in a nutshell.

It all just depends on the band and the overall tone and sound I’m going for nowadays. I had a special pedal built by Analogue Saboteur in order to run five full rigs at once if I so desire, with a built-in fuzz. So that way I can easily pick through amp set ups and see how they pair up before I even hit the record button.

[peruse Jared’s literal mountain of gear on his Youtube channel and ponder the injustices you’re doing your guitar tone]

That is an insane amount of gear, and I don’t know how you’re not deaf yet. You also do all the artwork for the albums you release on Speed Ritual, right? Can you tell us more about your visual art?

I use ear plugs, all the time. For everything. Haha. I do almost all the artwork, there are two releases on Speed Ritual that I didn’t do and that is 54R‘s Fuck You and Then Some and Yzordderrex’s self-titled. Those were handled by my good friend Anderson Cook. But yes the rest I drew or did the photography.

3743098_origAs far as an overview, I’ve been drawing since I was a child and come from a very artistic family. So I guess you kinda say it’s in the blood. I didn’t have any formal training, any art classes I took in high school and the single one in college only pushed me towards not doing any at all, which for several years I didn’t. Only after Hurricane Katrina when most of the full membered bands I had running split up due to people moving away since there was nothing left for them, did I start getting back into dabbling in painting and drawing once again. I had the free time so I pursued this avenue of creativity that was fulling before I started recording for myself. I started selling my paintings to an audience that I’ve slowly grown over the last 7 years and my inkwork to a few bands just for merch. A large part why I do most of the artwork for all my bands cause it’s a certain look I’m going to capture and it’s just far easier for me to just create it myself than to hire out or seek anyone else for it. Plus I enjoy it since I’m already creating the item from the ground up I might as well do all the visuals ’cause I feel only I can truly display what I feel the music conjures. Also the added bonus of not having to deal or wait on anyone else is just so greatly appreciated. It just seems working with anyone on anything takes way too much time ’cause by the time they are completed I don’t feel like working on it and I have to get in the mood to do so to complete it.

Is that why you choose to self-release all your records or, if possible, would you choose to work with a larger label?

I have no problem working with other labels of the same stature as me or larger. I just don’t have the time to devote to basically shopping my material to other people in hopes they put it out or work with me. I’ve never cared about doing that and feel I could be more productive in my time than to basically cold call (email) various labels to see if they are interested in X of whatever I’m doing at the time. I am happy to skip the middle men and go straight to the source of having it pressed and released myself. I have complete control over when and how I distribute it. Speed Ritual came from knowing that I had planned on releasing a few different bands of my own so why have them all self released as separate from each other. Why not group them under a single label or imprint as in establishing a brand of sorts? That way possibly people who might have heard of one band might find something else I might do that they equally like or enjoy more so than whatever they first heard of me. I know I’ve gotten feedback from people who love certain bands and actually hate the other ones, and I’m quite happy with that. I don’t want it be an all over if you like a single band then all the rest you will like cause they are similar of some sort…because they are not and that would be missing the point.

For the record, I’m a total unapologetic fanboy and love everything I’ve heard from you, but I digress. Would you ever consider expanding your operation and releasing albums by other bands or does it exist with the express purpose of being your personal artistic brand?

Thank you for being so, I’m glad that you love everything because you are a fan of all those styles. I’m certain it’s not cause of my smiling face.

6545844_origI started it out originally as solely for myself. Then I actually reached out to a couple of bands that I came across that didn’t have anything out and neither worked out. One had changed their sound to a much cleaner approach that I didn’t enjoy and the other didn’t get back with me and then released their album digitally a couple of months before and then came back and asked if I was interested, at that time I didn’t care anymore. I did put out my friend’s collective works under his band Pornography ’cause I enjoyed it that much and he was about the idea of doing so. So I’m not completely uninterested in putting out other bands’ material, it’s just not any sort of priority to me. I don’t seek out any bands and rarely do I respond to requests that I’ve been sent. I try to at least tell the bands I’m not interested but sometimes it’s just hilarious when a band that has no similar sound to anything that I would ever bother doing contacts me and asks if I want to release their clean singing ambient folk metal album. I guess I rack up the non-caring of others’ releases due to severe narcissism. Only ’cause I feel if I’m going to work that hard on something I might as well do it for something I’ve done that pleases me foremost. All else is secondary.

How much time per week do you spend writing or recording? You practically put out more music than there are hours in the day. Do you work on songs or albums all at once whenever inspiration strikes or spread it out over a longer period of time?

I can usually spend around 20 or so hours a week writing and recording. More so when you consider mixing ’cause that can easily add another 20. But I tend to break those up, if I’m in the mood to write and record I just constantly do until I get to a point I feel I need to start mixing and I hold off a bit on writing so I can focus a bit more on getting things completed.

I used to do entire releases all at once being my total focus, but as time has gone on I do with whatever is most inspiring to me at that time. Sometimes I’ll knock out an entire album cause that’s what’s burning a hole in my head to complete like I did with the Djentist and Ishimura albums I did earlier this month. It was all I felt like doing and once I hit a certain point I just stop and start working on something else. That’s also how certain releases become EPs instead of full lengths. I’ll write and I might a few songs go working on something else and when I come back to the material I might have changed my setup or possibly can’t remember the setup I used to record the first batch of songs so I call that an EP and start on newer material for a different full length. Sometimes it’s been such a long time between when I stop and when I start back up that I feel there will be a disconnect in the material so I rather split it as well.

I think the longest I’ve spent working on an album is 6 months putting songs together as I go. But on average I try to complete it in a more timely fashion like one or two months. At that point it feels like years have gone by in my mind and I just want to move on to the next creation.

Besides the upcoming Subterranean Birthright, Yzordderrex, Uzumaki, and Corpse Arise records, what are your other plans for the coming year?

Oh there is plenty that I have to finish mixing or finish writing for. The ones I can confirm that will be out is the debut EP of Maggot Crown; debut EP of A Wall; a Kamikaze Pilots EP, another Yzordderrex album; split between Eats Aids and Nostril Caverns; full lengths for Filtheater, 54R, Vomitwolves, Flittering, Dragunov, and the Djentist.

There are more collaborations in the future as well but I can’t really confirm the completion of any of them since I won’t fully be responsible for everything.

Well it sounds like you and we both have got a lot to look forward on the horizon. Any final words you’d like to share with our readers?

Absolutely, plenty plenty of work for the future. I greatly appreciate the interview and all the support. And to anyone who listens or reads this, I appreciate even taking a glance over what I do, be it they like it or not. I enjoy doing what I do for satisfying myself foremost. Thank you again Christian and Toilet ov Hell!

Thanks again to Jared for his time. Check out Mauler Cabs, Speed Ritual Records and Cave Paints and try to keep up, you lazy slacker. All photos courtesy of the artist.

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  • “…but overall they all do come from the same negative hopeless void.”

    He is our void brother. Sweet!

    GL

  • Pornography reached out after the Mississippi post. I enjoyed this split, you might as well.
    http://prngrphy.bandcamp.com

  • Tyreeling In The Years

    Well goddamn. Bravo Sir! This guy is a machine, and I love filthy heavy shit. Looking forward to these releases this year.

    http://38.media.tumblr.com/1846afad7c0701ca3f3b0a47cc151986/tumblr_mxmufqZOns1seuch9o1_500.gif

    • That gif is horrifying!

      • Tyreeling In The Years

        I’m assuming you have not seen Pink Flamingos?

        • No sir ~ given that imagine I am going to have to pass if I get the chance, lol

        • more beer

          It`s pretty disturbing I have seen it.

          • sweetooth0

            It rules, everyone should see it. Go! Filth!! Go!!!

  • Christian,

    Great interview man. Lots of great content. I am floored that he writes/records 20+ hours a week. That is a ton!

    GL

    • The sleep question was totally srs. I dunno how he has time to do anything at all.

      • Tyreeling In The Years

        Plus he builds cabinets.

        • Dagon

          It only adds to the majesty of his lumbermill beard.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            He reminds me of Ron Swanson. He builds things out of wood and he has magnificent facial hair.

          • The wife and I are on season 5 of the show. He is a pretty sweet character and person.

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            He is a Hero.

          • He is one hero that I will not protest.

            GL

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            Enjoy the rest of the show. I’m going to miss it.

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            Srs, sorry, what show is this, I have watched it but it’s name escapes me and therefore I can’t find it.

          • Parks and Recreation!

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            Dank(s), I shall loan it all now.

          • SUNLIGHTBEARD

            You won’t regret it

  • Dagon

    This is great, love how interested in the interview he seemed to be, very informative answers as well. Great stuff, Cristiano.

  • Pagliacci is Kvlt O)))
    • SUNLIGHTBEARD

      It is nice. But I’ll never understand the whole shaving of the mustache thing

      • Enemy Of The Free World

        Some men can have a beard, but the stache eludes them

        • Some men cannot have either 🙁

          GL

          • I feel your pain. I can form a neck beard but not much else.

          • I am not sure how well it grows north of my neck… It always looks so friggin horrible after 4 or 5 days that I bail on it and shave. I hate shaving.

          • I do too. I just stopped caring and embraced it.

          • #failedbeardbrothers

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            The trick is to make it past that period where you think it looks awful. Stick it out and see what happens. I didn’t grow a beard until I was like 30 years old for the exact same reason.

          • Well… maybe I will try when I hit 30. I need to take like 2 weeks off work to get it done. Since I am in a professional setting I cannot justify looking as bad as I do for that long, lol. And I will never be able to take off for that long. Damnit

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            I fought for growing a beard when I was like 15 or so, ’cause my Pa kept telling me that’s when he got his. A few years later I called it quits and shaved all that ridiculous fluff away.

            Next day, my beard appeared, sigh

            Shaved it now though.

          • Lacertilian

            I hate shaving too, you just gotta not give a fuck what you look like

        • SUNLIGHTBEARD

          Another genetic defect/mutation?

          • more beer

            Not enough testosterone!

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            Possibly, all I know is, I could shave the beard daily, but it takes three years for me to grow a proper stache, srs fucked up.

        • Edward/Breegrodamus

          I’m thinking of shaving my beard off but keeping a porn stache.

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            I would cry NOOOO
            If I didn’t have a thing for porn stache done Günther-Himonussija style.

  • Dagon

    “I use ear plugs, all the time. For everything.”
    Specially when I’m with my GF.

    • Tyreeling In The Years

      Chris Barnes doesn’t any more. Look what happened to him.

      http://www.frostibjarna.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/291213.jpg

      • Dagon

        That looks disgusting.

        • Enemy Of The Free World

          It looks disgusting indeed…. GAWDLORD what’s with his ear???

          • more beer

            It`s gauged in a big way with no hardware in it.

      • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

        All seriousness, that looks horrible.

        • New here? If so, welcome to the toilet!

          GL

          • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

            I’ve been here for a few weeks, but thanks anyway.

          • yup!

      • His new single is pretty lolbuttz (in my opinion). The vocals made me laugh so much: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I9sV53DozPg

        • Tyreeling In The Years

          He seriously needs to fucking stop. What a joke.

          • He’s just hitting his stride.
            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=73XkojmhZ2w

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            EWWWWWWWWWW!!!!

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            Is this a feat or a new band?

          • It’s one of his projects. This is a year or two old tho

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            Fuck this is bad. TERRIFUCKINGBAD.
            and seriously, are those like the world’s worst lyrics or what.

          • MoshOff

            SO he wrote a song about his earlobes?

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            IHATE this.

          • MoshOff

            Let this be a lesson: this is what weed and dreads do to your voice.

          • Not sure the drums and guitars did to deserve that tone. Mortal crimes, I assume.

          • The sound very early 90’s ish. They are just terrible.

          • Scrimm

            Bongs are bad for you.

          • He must be braindead high thinking that this is any good.

          • Scrimm

            Its bad, But still not the worst thing I’ve heard.

        • That is a terrible song name, wow

        • Enemy Of The Free World

          Going to listen to this, but I liked some songs off of Undead/unborn

          • Undead happened to be the first good record they wrote.

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            And Unborn was apparently the last.

          • Scrimm

            Haunted is good.

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            I kinda like it too, not really, but kinda

          • Scrimm

            When it came out it was a monster, and they headlined the first DM show I ever went to.

        • Hubert, Goat ov ……Satan

          Some creative riff writing here.

          EDIT: It’s actually not that bad. The intro has lolbuttz riff, but hey.

        • Formerly Known As Oli Sykes

          Jesus christ, his vocals make my former character’s live voice from 2009 to 2012 sound like Pavarotti’s by comparison.

        • Enemy Of The Free World

          Oh man this is bad SFU again, like, bad even for SFU

          • Based Tapir

            Is there good SFU?

          • Enemy Of The Free World

            I mean like if SFU is bad, this is bad even for that level.

            But as I mentioned before Undead/Unborn, which are far less groovy, slightly more technical have some nice jams. So nice indeed that Frozen At The Moment Of Death could be a good song if not for Barnes.

  • SUNLIGHTBEARD

    I’ll have to peruse this guy’s extensive catalog when I get home. Nice interview, C

  • Scrimm

    Great length on this interview, need more like this. All the gear gives me a chub.

    • Check out some of his videos on Youtube, the guy has EVERYTHING.

      • Scrimm

        On it. I wish I had a tenth of that.

  • EsusMoose

    Is the uzamaki name taken from the Ito Junji manga of the same name?

    • Enemy Of The Free World

      Ain’t Uzumaki a food too?

      • EsusMoose

        Slightly or better to say a more common known name is named after a food, uzumaki means spiral and naruto uzamaki from the naruto manga takes that character’s first name from narutomaki a weird white food thing that has a pink spiral in it. I had to wikipedia some of that

        • Enemy Of The Free World

          I just thought I’d eaten Uzumaki. Never got to Naruto even though I had a big-ish manga-phase.

          • EsusMoose

            I read a fair bit of stuff, I mostly read naruto out of my extreme dislike for how terrible the story ended up being. If you ever want a great horror manga read Uzumaki, it’s fantastic or any of Ito Junji’s works for that matter

  • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    world health organization—recently ran psyops about wearing earplugs–in music website

    to make their presence known—–if you watch that movie “battle in seattle” where they have woody harrelson(son of jfk shooter supposedly)—beating on americans –in the name of the u.n.—it was for the wto (world trade organization_—

    this is where they expected the fight to be—-in the pre internet times

    but now it’s a world rocknroll party—–so it’s with the world health organization—that they try to let themselves be known—on a totalitarian wannabe level

    piss on those motherfuckers

    back in the country and western days—the indian tribes would sometimes have wars—but not always—

    sometimes it was visionquests

    • It was quite humorous to me that the report said “Exposure up to 23 seconds at a rock concert can damage your hearing foreva”. To which my natural response was “no shit”. I swear what a waste of money.

      • SUNLIGHTBEARD

        What’d you say?

      • Edward/Breegrodamus

        My hearing blows. I’ve gone over this before but at the risk of being that guy I’m taking steps to preserve it now.

        Music >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

        • more beer

          Playing music louder is the cure!

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            While I agree in spirit, spoiler: it isn’t. Haha

          • more beer

            I never claimed to be a doctor.

          • zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

            thats true—-the u.n. only cares about trying to have jurisdiction on people—on whatever level—- so they will have studies to “help’ people—–so they can eventually outlaw loud concerts–which they feel are a threat—and are not able to “regulate”

            also they did 911—and you dont see them doing any studies on that situation

        • Scrimm

          You’re not alone. I’m half deaf in one ear now.

        • I am afraid when I am old that I will have such bad hearing that I will not be able to hear the deer walking up when hunting. Otherwise, I am OK with some loss.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I do fine in one on one conversations, but if there is a lot of background noise (busy restaurants, the plant where I work, loud fan on at home) I have some trouble hearing what people are saying. I ask people to repeat what they are saying a lot. It’s likely from: really loud music in headphones for years, really loud music in my car and home otherwise, a lot of concerts, and possibly the place I have worked in the last four years (a dry cleaning plant, lots of vibrating machines and loud steam and shit). I stopped playing music so loud and I bring earplugs to shows now.

            Music >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

          • Tyreeling In The Years

            I never wear ear protection. Not even when I play the drums or go to concerts. I hate having the sound be distorted/muffled. Although, I never tried high quality hear plugs.

          • Get yourself some plunger style ones. You can wash and reuse them. They are unbelievably awesome!

            http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/213THRAcqRL.jpg

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            I wrote about this for the Toilet, but not everyone remembers every word of everything that was written here: Doug Moore of Pyrrhon had some pretty high tech hearing protection that he brings with him on tour.

          • Edward/Breegrodamus

            Conversely, Will Smith of Artificial Brain did not have hearing protection after their more than month long tour and he said to a fan that night I can’t hear shit I have been on tour for a month.

          • Scrimm

            Me either. I have some high end ones and I can get by with them but it still bugs me to no end.

          • Higher end Hearos are 15 bucks duder. Highly, highly recommended.

          • Scrimm

            I got some musician specific ones with different inserts to use depending on the level of noise you want blocked. Can’t remember the brand but they were about 25.

          • CT-12

            I can’t use ear protection when I play drums, everything sounds completely off to me. I used plugs for a while, and noticed when I took them out, my kicks were completely off time, but sounded fine with plugs in. I use hearing protection for everything else though (though with shows I usually don’t either) and I’d say my hearing is pretty good.

  • Hubert, Goat ov ……Satan

    This is the way I like my interviews. LONG. Good interviews are LONG. I’m ever so slightly of all those interviews that are like: “What do you like about things?”
    “I like the things in the things”
    “k cool”

    • Enemy Of The Free World

      This is the way I like my statements. Short and devoid of bullshit.
      I’m done with statements that are just tediously long and vapid and say nothing.
      I like this statement. I agree with this statement.
      Stuff, crap.

    • Unfortunately, that often depends on the person you’re interviewing. Some dudes just don’t wanna fuckin’ talk.

  • B00mhauer

    This guy posts a lot over at the Metal Archives. Probably the only one there that’s not completely aspergers-ridden, and his music is excellent. Very productive artist.

  • Fascinating interview, that’s an insane amount of music to be putting it out while doing it all yourself.

  • Joe,

    I am going to leave this right here for you.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=92_8eyfXjUQ

    GL

  • Good interview, Christian! Thumbs up!

  • CT-12

    Awesome interview Christian, dude sounds like a fucking workhorse! Wish I had that dedication.