Mid-March 2000 – Jacoby Shaddix Interview (Papa Roach)

Mid-March 2000 – Jacoby Shaddix Interview (Papa Roach)

I drove to Jacobys house. I walked up to the door and rang the bell. Jacoby opens the door. Ruckus and Ruby, his dogs, welcomed me with paws and fur to go with my attire. I guess it has been a while since I have been there. Jacoby and I sat down. I pushed play on my tape recorder. I asked Coby Dick some questions. Coby Dick answered them. This is some major bathroom reading.

JAY- People across the country right now are digging your shit, hearing you on the radio in their hoopties, their Hondasports, Jeeps, and shower radios. What do you think about that?

Coby Dick- Its awesome man. Its been crazy because we are going to towns, and its like, youve been there when we are like in front of nobody and stuff, and pretty much, a lot of the shows we are doing right now, we are not playing with bigger bands, so its just us. So sometimes there are only like five kids that come out, but those five kids are like, “Yo dude, we got the sampler from the street team kids, and we totally love your shit and were telling all our friends. Its just like a fukkin, like a gas, you know what Im saying, to get out there, like get in front of a crowd Ive never seen before. Its trippy , like it would be weird, because Id go to a town and people will walk up to me like, “Whats up Coby Dick,” and Im just like, “Do I know you,” because everyone who calls me Coby Dick knows me personally and shit. So its kind of strange, but its cool. I think like, I think dude, if we become rock stars dude, I think Ill be a good rock star. I think Ill be good at that shit.

JAY- Yeah, you will be. How do you feel when you think of your fan base growing like a fungus each day, show by show?

Coby Dick- Hell yeah dude, its like, P-Roach like the fungus is like the “Dead Cell” virus spreading, and its awesome because we can cancel out all of this wack-ass shit coming out, and come with some correct music, straight from the heart, lyrically and musically. Im not saying our music is superior, Im just saying I think people can connect with their lives more with our music, and the energy of Papa Roach like, the people feel it, deep, all the way down to their toes and shit. So its exciting, its a great feeling.

JAY- I know you have played more than a few shows with Sevendust, but how were these recent shows with Sevendust, playing at the House of Blues in Las Vegas, and Los Angeles, just fat shows?

Coby Dick- Yeah they were dope dude like fukkin, dude you should have been in Vegas dude, Vegas was off the fukkin hook.

JAY- I was there.

Cobe- You were? Were you?

JAY- Yes.

Cobe- See dude, I dont remember anything anymore.

JAY- You tried to jump the fence.

Cobe- Oh yeah, and we were handing out demos, duh dude. Did you see when I jumped into the crowd the last time?

JAY- Yeah.

Cobe – You hear me over the mic, “oh shit.” It was crazy because we fukkin came out and I was stage diving on the first song and shit. I got so excited on the last one I jumped so far I like jumped passed the people, and landed right in the pit, but the shows with Sevendust were awesome. The Hollywood one sucked worse because its just Hollywood, you know what Im saying, but everywhere else, Reno was great, where else did we play with them, Arizona was dope. Also, playing with those guys, that band is like, on the same wavelength as us, as far as a hard working band, putting it down on “real-style,” and I think they saw that in us, and thats why we really clicked well.

JAY- Clint definitely saw it.

Cobe- Yeah Clint was down dude. Lajon, he came out, we played in Phoenix, and the next night they had off, they stayed in Phoenix, and they stayed in Phoenix to see us play at this little little club. There was probably like fifty or sixty people in there and like all of the guys in Sevendust rolled up and they watched our whole set, and they were like “Much love to P-Roach,” and like, hopefully were trying to link up that Tattoo the Earth tour with them. So they are putting in good words for us also, and we are putting in good words so if they read this or see it, or anybody sees it and knows Sevendust, dude tell them P-Roach loves them!

JAY- When you first started out, who were some of your biggest musical and non-musical inspirations?

Cobe- Non-musical inspirations would be that I was completely bored in my town of Vacaville, CA. Like there wasnt really shit for me to do. I played sports in the beginning of high school, but I was always interested in music, but I never had an instrument, or money to buy an instrument. I finally saved up, you know, to get an instrument, and I did that, and I ended up being a singer, but that was my non-musical inspiration, I was completely bored, and I had to find something to do. My earliest musical inspirations were total like Glam 80s, you know, thats what got me into music. Then from there I got into like Chili Peppers, Nirvana, Deftones, Nuclear Rabbit, Mr. Bungle, Faith No More, those were like my earliest, and Primus also, those were like my biggest influences, you know, as a kid.

JAY- In my opinion, you have just about the best stage presence Ive ever seen. You visually take control of the crowd, and if they are not playing football in the pit, they are staring at you guys, so like, standing high up on the stage what is some of the craziest stuff you have seen while you are up there?

Cobe – Ive seen, Ive seen, some, fukkin, titties man. Girls, I aint mad, you know, if they want to do that you know, its cool you know. Im not out there like, “Show me some titties,” but Ive seen some titties, and I aint mad about that, and dude, crazy motherfuckers, stage diving dude, motherfuckers doing flips into the crowd. Vacaville heads and shit, I got hardcore friends that are out there doing hardcore dances, you know, hardcore kids doing that shit, and that trips me out because not a lot of hardcore kids are into this kind of music. I think its just because we are in that scene in Vacaville, and kids grew up with us, and they kind of like went into hardcore, but they are still down, and thats awesome, plus hip-hop kids come out to our shows. Plus another thing is that its just not fukkin white kids, its totally diverse and thats awesome, like Im totally about unity, and thats awesome that I see that at our shows. In the pit, sometimes people get fucked up, but they are picking each other up, and its like a love vibe, you know what Im saying. Even though its aggressive and violent, it still has a positive thing, and thats awesome, and another thing about the shows, is just, we just completely have a great time, and thats important as hell.

JAY- On this new album “Infest,” what song was finished in the least amount of time?

Cobe- You mean as in recording process, or writing process?

JAY- Recording.

Cobe- “Tightrope. Dave went in, we had the drumbeats, he just went in and laid down a chorus beat, and a verse beat. Then we just cut and pasted it. That was like hella quick. We didnt have to do all kinds of edits, and the vocals were totally just. That was like the easiest song for me to record because it was like, totally just chill vocal styles instead of like, because I really push myself a lot of the time, so it was like really mellow, and that was really cool. I got to actually like, Im sober when I record, and Im sober when I play, and that was the only track where I like, had a bottle of wine, I smoked a little joint, I was like “whoooooo.” It was exciting, and that was probably one of the most exciting songs to record because it was so different, we didnt know we could do anything like that, plus mixing it was easy because it was a real basic mix.

JAY- Yeah Cool. What song means the most to you on this album? What was the song that when you heard the final master just hit you in a certain way like no other song on the album?

Cobe- I would have to say “Binge” and “Broken Home.” Those are the two songs. “Binge” kind of got a new life, you know, because its got that thing in the chorus, that high part in the chorus that kind of like, takes it to kind of like an 80s feel. It reminds me of something U2 would do on top of something, which is like, exciting you know, because its like, adding those overdubs brings new life to those songs, and also like “Revenge” too. I talked to somebody that has the new version and said they really didnt like it as much. I was like, to me, I like the new version more, kind of like, because I think its just like the overdubs and we were in the studio putting it down and putting it together, and like doing all of these extra things was like, fun, and getting it to the end and mixing it down, and putting it in and having the DJ on that song, like gave it the, the hip-hop break-down is like, SUPREME, it totally flips the script. As far as “Broken Home” goes like, the intro with the delay panning from side to side, we werent even like, we didnt like it at first, we were like “nooo,” but then like the more and more we listened to it you know, its got more like a trip-hop kind of feel, plus the lyrical value of that song is like totally deep to my heart, and, so those are like the three songs that most like, struck me.

JAY- Last night, there was a party at the Bottom of the Hill (San Francisco, CA). The last band that played, literally caused a riot in that place.

Cobe- Yeah we blew that place up fool. That place was off the hook, like sweat was dripping off the ceiling in that motherfucker. Kids went off, we played a real tight set I think, and its crazy because so many of the same people come out every time and they dont get tired of it, and thats awesome to me. That says something to me that this is really special. People really connect to this, and even if it is, you know, sometimes we play the same set a few days in a row, and you come see us, and its like the same thing, but its got that new energy every time. I dont believe that the P-Roach energy becomes old. Its always exciting, and to us, every show is like a new challenge, and I always want to maintain that everyday, like our manager Bret came to our past couple shows and Im like, “Dude do we still got it?” We have been playing a lot of shows, and sometimes for bands, it deadens them, they sometimes become jaded, and like one thing that Im paranoid about is becoming that. I dont want to become that. I think a band that does not do that, like Sevendust, they put on a good show every night. We went out with them for five days and they just blew it up every night, and it was just awesome to see that, and that was inspiring to me to know that bands are still out there blowing it up every night, you know?

JAY- Yeah. Was that your first time playing there?

Cobe- Um, second time. The first time we played there was like in front of like 50 people, and that was like days ago, but Live105 has been pushing the single too, so that really helped. Plus they were like, not really even, like, I dont even think pushing the single helped the draw of the show. I think its just that they announced the crap out of it. We already got the fans to come and see, its just a matter of fukkin, “Yo whats up, P-Roach is coming to town.” Also dude, thanks to Live105, the city of San Francisco, the area, because they have really helped us a lot. Plus 98 Rock too, like because this is going to be in Rant dude, props to 98 Rock because, its not like we kissed their ass to get on, but they were like, they got on P-Roach, and we were down, we made a relationship, you know, so for a Sacramento radio station, 98 Rock got the bomb.

JAY- Ok, the last two questions. From all of the cities you have played, where was the one most “off the hook” show, and then tell me what city gets the craziest every time they see you play, which I already know the answer to.

Cobe- I dont know which one is it? I dont know?

JAY- Well I dont know the best show, but the city

Cobe- Vacaville and Sacramento.

JAY- Well.

Cobe- Sacramento more dude, the pass few shows in Sacramento, have just been going off. San Jose too.

JAY- Thats what I was going to say.

Cobe- San Jose, its like really weird. Northern California as a whole dude, like just goes off. Its weird because when we go on the road, like, I want to be able to have the energy that Northern California has, like what we have and what the crowd gives to us because, they are screaming the words, and its like, I dont want to compare us to a hardcore band, but the drive behind the music, and the desire, and the intensity, and the passion behind the music, is like what hardcore bands have. We are not a hardcore band, and Im not gonna claim that at all, you know, and if a hardcore kid reads it and goes, “ohtheyduh, they tryin to claim this,” well whatever they can think what they fukkin want, but I see the passion behind their music, and I think that we also have the passion that they have for their music, and our crowd also, they are really passionate, and thats what I really appreciate. I dont even know what the question was, oh “off the hook.” Dude, like Northern Cali as a whole is “off the hook” right now, like the best crowds. The one that really surprised me the most, and was a brutal show, was Santa Cruz, and Santa Cruz is like a punk rock town.

JAY- Really?

Cobe- Dude you should have been at the last Santa Cruz show, it as packed as fuck. There was probably like five hundred and fifty people there, and we headlined it. It was crazy ill, and like, its a punk rock scene, and I was like, I said that into the mic, “Yo, this is a punk rock scene, but you are open to different kinds of music,” and thats awesome. We got kids in tri-hawks, and punk rockers out there (Jacoby says to his wife) “You saw that shit that was “off the hook” huh?”

Cobes wife- Thats where you saw all the titties.

Cobe- Yeah thats where Id seen the titties. Well, that didnt really add to the “off the hook” sense, I mean that was just like, “off the shirt,” but you know, it was like, Santa Cruz really surprised me because we have not really rocked it really before like we did the last time so that was awesome, but Northern California as a whole, I got love, you know, Vacaville, Sacramento, San Jose, Santa Cruz, Chico, you know, all of those towns, you know?

JAY- Yep

Cobe- Tight.

Jerry Horton Papa Roach Interview 2000

Mid March 2000, around the same time I interviewed Jacoby for Rant Magazine (Sacramento, CA), the day before I interviewed Jerry online since I could not drive to his house that day.  Here is how it went.

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jAy: How are ya?

Jerry:  I’m good….it’s nice to have a day off

jAy:  I hear that. I got home at 5AM last night.  Here is a comment, and question straight from a fan. It was so awesome that the fans were able to partake in the making of the “Last Resort” video. That meant a lot to you truest fans. Was that a decision of the band, or was it Marcus, the director of the video, his choice?

Jerry:  That was completely our choice. They wanted to shoot it in L.A., but we wanted to have our fans in it, and we couldn’t do that in L.A., so we did it in Sacramento

jAy: Cool…The fans are thankful for that, as you saw that day.  How has the experience been, playing in towns where you have never played before? What are the feelings you get seconds before the first note on those nights?

Jerry:  Well, some of the shows are literally in front of 10 people, but we always rock our hardest, because we know that those 10 people will tell all of their friends about a kick-ass band they saw. Sometimes we wince at the sight of 10 or 20 people, but we adjust mentally, and rock out anyway.

jAy:  Making the “Last Resort” video, how was that experience for you, and how did the idea for the video come about?

Jerry:  Well, let me just say that previous to the shoot, I had heard people in bands say that they hate doing videos, and how horrible they were. To the contrary, I had a really good experience. I think having our fans in the video brings a realness to it that is really intangible. The idea for the video actually came from Marcos. He had lost a friend to suicide, so he had some idea of how to convey the message of the song without being really blatant.

jAy: If you know, when might the video be released?

Jerry:  Actually, I don’t think there is a scheduled date yet.   Probably sometime within the next 3 weeks.

jAy: When on the road, in the van, what are some of the things you guys are doing to pass the time?

Jerry: We sleep, or listen to music, or sleep.

jAy:  Haha……yeah.  OK, Jerry, as consistant as you all play, and in most cases, errorless, when was the last time you can remember while performing, your equipment, the vibe, the rest of the band, and everything else was on point, and going good, but you fucked up?

Jerry:  Me personally?

jAy:  Yeah, can’t have you talk about the others.

Jerry: That would be last night, at the Bottom of the Hill.

jAy:  Was that you, when it happens, are you always aware, or do you sometimes not even know?

Jerry:  I can usually hear myself well enough to know when i mess up.

jAy:  What have you been listening to lately?

Jerry:  I’ve been listening to the new Snapcase record, Refused, Jimmy Eat World, Mock Orange, Fear Factory, Tori Amos, Helmet, Smashing Pumpkins, RHCP

jAy:  What does Mock Orange sound like?

Jerry:  Well, if you know what Refused sounds like, they sound like them, but a little more emo….really tight stuff.

jAy:  I shall check them out.   Why isn’t “Blood Brothers”, and “Legacy” both on the album, why one song for the clean version, and one for the unclean version?

Jerry:  Well, “Legacy” wasn’t going to make the record at all, but “Blood Brothers” wouldn’t have been able to be edited, and still mean the same thing, so to fill that spot on the clean record, we chose “Legacy.”

jAy:  Whoa……Yeah, I can see that.  By the way, You know I haven’t said it to you guys too many times, but the album is definately bangin’.

Jerry:  Hehe….thanx

jAy:  What is something that you have always been doing, that you cannot do now, or as much since signing with Dreamworks?

Jerry:  Well, pretty much the only thing we can’t do, is release our older stuff on our own.  I know a lot of people want to get 5 Tracks Deep, and Let ‘Em Know, but some of those songs are on our new record, so we can’t release them.

jAy:  Out of all of the songs that you have written, which is your favorite? One song, out of ALL songs you guys have?

Jerry:  You HAD to ask that question, didn’t you?

jAy:  I’m sorry, but there’s gotta be at least one.

Jerry:  Right now, I think it’s “Blood Brothers.”

jAy:  Alright, last question.   What was the last show you went to where you were not performing, who and where?

Jerry: The Last show I went to see was Sno Core in Sacramento, CA

jAy:  So, do you have any last words?

Jerry:  Thank you, and thanx to all the fans for all of their support.

jAy:  Dope, thanks a lot for your time….Later Jerry.

Jerry:  Later Jay

Candiria Interview, 12.11.99

This Candiria interview was done on December the 11th, 1999 @ Big Shots in Roseville, CA with Michael Macivor (bassist), John Lamacchia (guitar), and Kenneth Schalk (drums)

Well this is what happened. Kenny, the drummer for Candiria did most of the talking during the “first try” interview. John and Mike did quite a bit of talking too. All three can get pretty deep in their thoughts about music, their music, where they see music going, and where they would like to see their music going. The problem is this. I did not record any of the “first try” interview, because my tape recorder was on pause, the WHOLE TIME, BUT, listen to this. We did it over, but Kenny had to go do some other things to get ready for their set, so John and Mike re-answered the original questions, added some more statements and thoughts then they did before, and when I had to leave the interview to get my girlfriend waiting at the doors, John asked himself the questions and finished the interview for me. Candiria is dope!!! So, here is the 2nd interview. This so far is the best interview I have done. Thanks guys.

A.M.P.- In the cities where you have never played, what are the people’s reactions, and which has been your best and worst shows so far on this tour?

Mike- Well, I would say that our worst show ever, would probably have been experienced on this tour alone. See what happened was, we played in Columbus, Ohio right, and we did play there once before with Clutch, and the audience was pretty cool, but this time around we played with GWAR and the Misfits, and they just completely hated us.

John- They HATED us.

A.M.P.- Damn, that definitely wasn’t a good feeling.

Mike- Oh yeah, no. It was a terrible feeling when you actually have to fight and curse at people in the crowd.

A.M.P.- Are you serious?

John- OH YEAH, they were like, “You suck,” “Get off the stage.” Man, we were so pissed off.

Mike- It was hysterical though, but ill tell you the truth. Even though it was one of the worst shows, I think just because of the weird dynamic that we are not used to things like that, made it one of the most amazing shows in my mind because I was out there giving a thousand percent while these people hated us, and it just fired me up even more.

John- Yeah, it fired me up too.

Mike- Our best show in a city we have never played in is Seattle, Washington. We played, what was the name of that place…..

John- It will probably come to me but it will be five questions from now.

Mike- We had never played there before, and we roll into Seattle and it was like, ya know, as if we were a Seattle band, the way they treated us.

A.M.P.- What are the motivations of the instrumentals on the album?

Mike- Well let see. According to Ken, folklore has it that, ways back when……Everyone was getting into different styles of music and just, incorporating more than just heavy heavy balls out kind of music, and um, Eric (guitar) and Kenny (drums) started experimenting with some other stuff, listening to different styles of fusion, and what not. They decided to try something new and experiment with heavy music, and someone started experimenting with like, fusion, jazzy kind of fusion. It just kind of clicked, ya know. The band was then approached by a label to put out a full length album and the band was not prepared to put out a full length album, so instead of rushing to put more metal songs on it, let’s put out all of the different styles of music that we do, and that’s kind of like where the instrumental music came from.

John- I also think that now, more than anything, it is to satisfy our own musical tastes as well…….

A.M.P.- That’s how it should be.

John- …And to just experiment with all different kind of things because, I mean I guess Candiria will always be doing what we are doing, but ya know, we are going to be branching off and doing other things as well, and ya know, we can’t wait, it’s in our hearts, and we are going to have to play it, and it just so happens that Candiria’s audience is just waiting for us to do something like that, and this is what the band does and I think it is the perfect position to be in.

Mike- It is just the perfect dynamic, especially if you are a real serious musician, serious about what you do. You must have a dynamic, just like life has many dynamics, you cant have light without dark, you cant have something beautiful without something really ugly, if you don’t have anything to compare it to. So that what we feel like we do with our albums, we try to put the most ugly things and most beautiful things together.

A.M.P.- I believe Kenny says he messes up the most during practices?

John- Yeah I believe Kenny messes up the most.

Mike- Ken probably takes the most risks out of everyone of us, and that’s why he messes up the most.

John- There’s that room for that improvisation, and there’s room for him to attempt to make something amazing happen, and like I said before…… (when it was not recorded), that I think id rather him take the risks during the improvisational parts, and try to create something amazing, than just playing something regimented.

Mike- Even when Kenny messes up or any one of us messes up, we kind of have this good bond between us musically that we can fix ourselves without ever stopping. Ya know, if someone really messes up, someone else will just cover up that person and we will go right into the next part, and a lot of people sometimes don’t even realize it.

John- I think we call that “Coltrane-ing” it….We call that, “Coltrane-ing” it. As far as just like, it goes somewhere, go with it, take it somewhere else and try to bring it back, to make some beautiful music.

A.M.P.- Well that shows true communication.

Mike- I mean what do you do when you mess up, stop? hell no.

John- Nah, there’s no starting over.

Mike- No way, there’s no such thing as starting over.

A.M.P.- Ya wanna go back to the break?

Mike- Try telling that to the audience, we are gonna stop now and do it over..

A.M.P.- So do you notate your music?

John- No, there have been a few cases where we have written some rhythmic formats and time signatures and accents, or chord progressions or just basic notes, but we have never written out music.

Mike- in the traditional sense of notating music, no.

John- I think the only time we ever did have anything written out was when um, Tim, wrote out “Matter.Anti.Matter” for the album (Process of Self.Development).

Mike- Yeah for the jazz part so the horn players and stuff could sight read it and stuff because we obviously didn’t have time to come down…..

A.M.P.- I could not think of what the name of the album was…

John- It is off the process of self development album.

Mike- It is off process.

John- The jazz song off that.

A.M.P.- Because the one I’m thinking of is…..(I try to mimic the song to them)….. but I think that’s off of………..

John- That’s off of surrealistic madness, and process of self.development as well…its on both records.

A.M.P.- Who do you listen to now?

Mike- With the risk of offending anyone, I will not say that I do not like music that comes out nowadays as I did before, but I will tell you some bands that I do like. I love the hell out of Neurosis, one of my favorite bands, fantastic band.

John- I’ll second that motion.

Mike- I love Isis, out of Massachusetts.

John- I’ll second that.

Mike- Cave in from Massachusetts, Botch, I believe they are out here from Washington state, or Oregon, I’m not sure exactly, they are a fantastic band. Um, I don’t know lets see, what else am I listening to, still like the same old shit, ya know, Bad Brains…Ya know, things like that. Me and john were just talking about, we are really anxious for the new Tool album to come out.

A.M.P.- I heard that some of their songs have been like 20 minutes long so far.

John- WOW.

Mike- I hope that’s true, they are a phenomenal band.

Mike- What else do I listen to…Black Sabbath…I like Indecision…Very few hardcore…I like a lot of old hardcore…The newer stuff, its just….I am into a lot of other things now, so I cant, you can’t like everything you did like when you were 15, because there are so many new things you like when you are 25, or something like that.

A.M.P.- Do you think this type of music or I guess, I wanna sort of see it as freestyle like, because things these days are not free form, its sort of like, you gotta play this type of music because the people like it, for you guys to actually be doing what you like first, and enjoy first, do you think it’s going to become more popular, or it’s going to become marketed, do you think its time for it to become known, or is it just the way it is now, is perfectly fine. If they are gonna like, they are gonna like it…no need to over promote to get more exposure…

John- Well..I think it will always remain unique because I think there a lot of musicians that are just coming out, learning a few chords, forming a band, and making music, just like that, and I think, not that that is good or bad, ya know, I mean some of the best music is the most simple stuff.

Mike- ……To song writing, and writing a decent pop song.

John- But what we are doing takes some musical knowledge. I wont say a lot compared to other musicians, it’s not, we are not as great as some musicians, but we do….

Mike- None of us studied at Berkeley, or anything like that..

John- We do try our best to make the greatest music we can, and we do try to always learn more and more as we go along.

Mike- We are always pushing the limits.

John- We always push each other and we always challenge each other, and that, I think will set us apart from everyone else, and as long as people are out there pushing themselves like that, they are gonna make some great music too.

Mike- I think also that as far as, saying it’s time for things, I mean, if it stays at the underground kind of level where it is, I think it’s fine, but I do also think that, a lot of music fans are looking for something. A lot of people will just stick with “the norm” because ya know, “I know this,” “It’s 4/4,” “I can dance” ya know, it’s cool, and that’s great, but I think a lot of people out there are getting sick of that. They want to see something different, I think, maybe Candiria isn’t what they wanna do, but they do wanna see something different at least, and they’ll be like, “WOW,” this is different….

John- It’s different alright…I believe if people are exposed to something better, they will gravitate towards it. Lead them to freedom, and they will follow.

Mike- You cant force people to eat shit forever. Eventually they are gonna say no “thank you.”

John- (referring to eating shit, ) Can I have my influences in there?………..I don’t listen to to much heavy stuff, but I do like bands like ( A.M.P.- I am not sure on spelling on some of these, if you know the spelling, please let me know, please…) Corelles, Neurosis, Isis, Cave In, I like a band called Failure, I think they are really cool. I also dig some lighter stuff, there is a band called Idaho I really love, I love Radiohead. I like this neo-classical band called Rachels that I think is great, and I think some people that are a little bit more open minded should check that out.

Mike- It is a little sad.

John- Sad band, but they are very cool.

A.M.P.- Who were the extreme influences in the beginning.

Mike- I would say, probably, lets see, who did these guys really like, with the death metal roots, Obituary, Morbid Angel, Slayer, Metallica, Suffocation……

John- Metallica, definitely a big part of it.

Mike- Right off the bat when it started out, these guys were death-metal heads, Eric and Carley………..Eric, Carley, and Chris Puma the original guitarist. They were into DEATH METAL. They also liked hip hop and stuff, but for the most part, they were into DEATH METAL, ya know what I mean. They liked it, and really were into that stuff, and I that’s where I think, Candiria’s intensity was formed, in death metal.

John- As far as the diversity goes I think there were groups like Yellowjackets, King Crimson, also a group, I remembering them listing a group of musicians, Primus, Alice in chains, and stuff like that..

A.M.P.- You guys are from Brooklyn, NY right?

Mike/John- Yes.

A.M.P.- Are you just known in the hardcore community, or are you known any popular hip hop groups, or like the jazz artists, if they have heard of you, what do they think of your guys?

John- It’s mainly a heavy audience, but it is definitely mixed, id say it 65 heavy audience, hardcore audience, metal, and the rest is just mixed with all kinds of people that just come down and enjoy the music.

Mike- It’s a little bit hard for all the scene to intertwine, just for the fact, people are gonna listen or not, but the jazz community is, I would maybe say 75% to 80% maybe higher are snobs who don’t wanna hear anything but jazz. There are a few people like John Zoran, a lot of different other guys who are totally into experimenting and hearing news sounds and they love heavy music, but a lot of the guys are not like that. So I don’t know really about the jazz community in New York if they are aware of us, or if they are into us, if they are cool, if not, alright, whatever.

A.M.P.- I don’t know exactly how big Brooklyn, NY is, but I mean going from the hip hop part of Brooklyn, to the jazz artists of Brooklyn, to the hardcore that are in Brooklyn, NY, going by Carley’s hip hop, aspect, it would seem like, maybe some other people already in the hip hop genre would see him, and sort of be exposed to the rest of the jazz, and fusion, and some of the hardcore that way, and vice versa.

(About now is when I leave to get my girlfriend, Mike is called away to get ready for their set, and John then precedes to ask himself the remainder of the questions I should be asking him.)

John- Alright, I’d like to add on that, I think that um, ya know, this is insane, I’ve never done an interview like this before, but, I’m gonna have some fun with it. The next question is:

How long have you been in Candiria, and are these the original members?

John- No, these are not the original members. I have been in Candiria, for three years in March or February. They called me up and asked me, I was just splitting from my old band, things were not going so well, as a matter of fact Mike, our bass player, who just left the interview, he used to be in my old band, a band called Dead Air, we didn’t really do much, but um, he split to play in Marauder, and then after that, everything kind of went downhill, so when Candiria called me up, I was all for it, and I joined the band. Then we played without a bass player for a while, and then about a year later, or little under a year later, I called up Mike cause he was finished doing what he was doing with Marauder, so that’s how that all came together, and so I wound back up with this guy. So we have been playing together for about almost ten years now. The next question is:

How was the San Francisco, CA show? Were the people appreciative?

John- Well, I can’t tell you that right now because we are gonna play San Francisco, CA tomorrow. So hopefully people appreciate it, and we haven’t even played the Sacramento, CA show yet, so I wont even be able to tell you about that, but, the Seattle, WA show was awesome. So this is the last and final question.

So is this your first time in Sacramento, CA? When was your last time on the West Coast?

John- We have never been on the West Coast, this is our first time, and this is our first time in Sacramento, CA like I said, and we are about to play a gig in about twenty minutes or so, so we will see how that goes. So far the West Coast, Portland, OR, Seattle, WA, have been really kind to the band, Utah has been really great, Denver, CO, getting close to the West Coast has been really great, Albuquerque, NM has been really great too. So, this will be the end of now, and here comes the man who should be asking me questions, but had to run and get his girlfriend, so…take care.

A.M.P.- Ah man, thank you so much.

John- No Problem.