EMQ’s with KINGS NEVER DIE
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with US Hardcore band, Kings Never Die. Huge thanks to guitarist/vocalist, Dan Nastasi for taking part.
What is your name, what do you play, and can you tell us a little bit about the history of the band?
I’m Dan Nasasti, guitarist and vocalist with Kings Never Die. We’re a pretty new band, we only formed March 2019. Myself & Larry “The Hunter” Nieroda had a phone conversation that led to us get together at his place in Jersey City one night. We traded ideas and talked, I think by the time I left, we were both pretty certain we had something different and that would be special. The last time I was part of starting a band was 1992 (Dog Eat Dog). I always said I would never do it again, unless it was something I knew I truly believed in. Well, Kings Never Die basically started that evening. Larry had played with Jay Kalfin previously for a bit in SubZero, I asked my best Friend John Milnes who I had played with from 1986-1992 in (Mucky Pup) to get us started playing the drums. We basically went into the Studio in April, tracked a bunch of songs, 4 of which are the “RAISE A GLASS” EP. We released ‘Before My Time’, the single & Video in September 2019, and now we’ve released the EP, on Jan 24th 2020 Digitally, and Vinyl on Feb 7th2020.
How did you come up with your band name?
KINGS NEVER DIE was actually my Business slogan. Kings Clothing Company – Kings Never Die.
What country are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
UNITED STATES – New York & New Jersey. The scene as in most areas is really making strides. Hardcore/Punk Rock Music in general is alive & well. Better now than it has been in the past actually.
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)?
RAISE A GLASS EP
“Raise A Glass” (feat. Vinnie Stigma & Mike Gallo) Single & Video available NOW!!!!
Who have been your greatest influences?
I’ve been doing this so long I honestly can’t even answer that. I’m influenced by what I’ve done, what others have done, and of course what I listen to now and through the years.
What first got you into music?
I’ve always loved music. I Loved the Big Beat and Groove of The Doors. I loved the power and riffs of Sabbath, loved how fuckin crazy Ozzy was. I found the Dead Kennedy’s and was influenced, heard “Born to Expire” (Leeway), and was influenced. So many great bands! I’m also a big ICE CUBE fan…; “America’s Most Wanted” era, “Death Certificate”. I love hardcore music, the power and message. My favourite band in the world is Sick Of It All. Hands down!!! AF, incredible! Wisdom in Chains, great song writing..! So much great music out there now and then.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
We’ll, we just did… Vinnie Stigma, on ‘Raise A Glass’. That was just an honour and a true life gift. Also, I love what we created. Really proud of it! I also wrote and recorded a couple of songs for Eddie Sutton from Leeway last year, one was ‘I’m Your Pusher’. If I could choose another…, I’d say I’d love to write a song with Jimmy G & Murphy’s Law. Still the greatest frontman ever! Also, I played in Murphy’s Law in 1989-1990 and didn’t get the chance to finish writing any record. That would be awesome.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Any Festival would be great. I’ve played a bunch but missed out on playing some as well. My son was just born when Dog Eat Dog played Dynamo 1994. I missed out on that since I was home. If you could recreate that gig, I’d say “IM IN”… Ha Ha!
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
HERMAN THE GERMAN gave me a Dog Eat Dog Baby Shirt for my son! Very thoughtful and I still have it to this day. My son is now 25 years old so I’m dating myself there! But I never forgot that.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Be yourself… Love what you Love… Dont let others influence you on what you believe in.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Jim Morrison or Randy Rhodes! It would be a tie between those two.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I love to write and create music. That’s number 1 to me… Take a thought or an idea and re-create it into song form. I don’t hate anything.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Honestly, musical download system. You obviously want people to hear your music but artist getting paid half a penny is a joke. I’m torn on all that.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
SOIA- “Just Look Around”
Leeway- “Born To Expire”
The Doors- “Morrison Hotel”
They’re all equal to me.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
Well, certainly not the biggest show I’ve ever played, but the best is definitely THE ACADEMY THEATER, with Biohazard, Onyx, and Dog Eat Dog. Just violent, and by far the best vibe from a crowd!
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
What’s next for the band?
PLAY LIVE, PLAY LIVE, PLAY LIVE and support the EP Release.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
Jaffa Cakes! Are they a cake or a biscuit?
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