EMQ’s with DEMONHEAD
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Melbourne, Australia based Metal/Hard Rock band, Demonhead. Huge thanks to them 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?
We are Demonhead, a four piece from the most Metal of Aussie cities, Melbourne. Dave (Vox/Axe) Rüe (Axe/backing vox) Az (Bass/backing vox) & Dean (Drums). We play a combination of Thrash and Trad Heavy Metal. Demonhead was spawned in the mid to late 2000’s off the back of a punk band breaking up. We’ve released one EP “Demonology 101” (Released 2011) and two albums “Bring On The Doom” (2014) and “Black Devil Lies” (2019).
How did you come up with your band name?
Dave the lead singer was hanging out with his brother listening to Motörhead (the song Motorhead) when his bro started singing “Demonhead” over the chorus instead of Motorhead.
What Country/Region are you from and what is the Metal/Rock scene like there?
We are based in Melbourne Australia. The Metal scene here is awesome. We have some of, if not the best talent in the global metal scene. It’s quite a tight knit community and even spreads to the other cities of Australia. It’s rad.
What is your latest release? (Album, EP, Single, Video)
Our latest release is “Black Devil Lies”. We released it in September last year (2019). It’s got 10 tracks, with 2 bonus tracks on the physical CD.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Dude, that’s like asking a parent which child is their favourite…. Influences range from Turbonegro, Testament, Motörhead, Corrosion of Conformity, Guns n Roses, early Metallica, Death, Deicide, Morbid Angel, 3 Inches of Blood, Iron Maiden (most NWOBHM bands to be honest), 70’s/80’s Punk, Skid Row…..dude, I could go on and on.
What first got you into music?
We all come from musical families, so first and foremost, they would be the biggest initial influence. Dave and I grew up in the 80’s and 90’s so we got to benefit from a lot of awesome heavy music that was around then which formed our understanding of what music should be, how it should sound.
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
I can only speak for myself (Rue) when I answer this, because I don’t have the others with me…. I’d love to collaborate with the lads from 3 Inches of Blood, but they’ve broken up, so I’ll say the lads from Corrosion of Conformity. And maybe Satan… not the real Satan, the Satan from the Pick of Destiny… coz he’s rad.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Wacken! Without a doubt. The reason would be obvious, it’s one of the biggest Metal festivals with some of the world’s best heavy music talent.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
A cupcake. But the one where they fart into their hand and throw it in your face. Yup. It was done with love and affection, though, so it was kind of lovely.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Just be rad to each other. That’s it. All our fans are Rad, anyway. I’d rather give a message to other artists… that would be to appreciate the people that buy your music and come to your shows, without them, you’re nothing.
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
I’d say Dimebag Darrel, but I can’t speak for the others. That dude could melt faces.
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
Playing live is THE best thing about being a muso. Especially when you’ve got a rad crowd, it’s the best. Packing up after playing live/rehearsing. It sucks balls.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
I think it would be the perception of Heavy music, but that kinda sounds a bit general. I don’t like the state of the industry here in Australia. We have some of the most amazing independent artists of all genres, yet they struggle to make a living from their work. Musicians can’t make a decent living here and that is just shit. It’s not a recognised trade anywhere and it should be because our society uses Music day in and day out.
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
One of? This goes back to my favourite kid reference earlier…but the first one that comes to mind would be “Wiseblood” by Corrosion of Conformity. That album is awesome from start to finish, and it was released at the height of the Nu Metal craze in the late 90’s and they stuck to their Stoner/Sludge roots and wrote some killer songs on that album. It’s one album that helped shaped my ears early on in my life and it’s got some awesome messages in there as well. You should give it a listen if you haven’t.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
I think Vinyl. Although, I wasn’t fussed either way until I heard our latest album, Black Devil Lies being played on an awesome record player/sound system. So yeah, Vinyl. It’s warmer and brighter. It’s kind of like the difference between a solid state or transistor amplifier as opposed to a valve/tube amp. The tube amp will win, even to someone that doesn’t know much about timbre and tone quality.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
We’ve played some rad shows with some amazing bands and it’s always hard to compare a great gig from a few years ago to one that happened just recently, just because the post-gig buzz only sticks in your mind for so long. We just toured Black Devil Lies late last year and some of those shows were amazing. The album launch itself sticks out in my mind because we organised the show specifically to release our album and all those amazing people came to see us, not to mention the support we got from other bands that played with us that night. It was awesome.
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
Probably barely existing in a horrible world!!! I can’t even think about that. That would be a nightmare. Why would you even ask that question??
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Ozzy Osborne coz he’s cooked and funny as fuck!!! Bill Murray coz I’ve heard he’s an absolute dude; Chris Farley coz he was a bit tapped in the head; Hunter S Thompson (I reckon that’s pretty obvious; and Tommy Lee Jones…that would be the raddest dinner party ever!!!
What’s next for the band?
Writing the next album, polishing the live show, just the normal stuff. We’re keeping the pedal to the metal (yeah…I said that!! METAL!!) and we want to keep the pressure on to write and keep performing great tunes.
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
We are also on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp and Google Play.
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
Biscuit and they’re friggen delicious.
Thank you for your time. Is there anything else that you would like to add?
Thanks for having us, we feel had!!! Also, check out our latest Album, “Black Devil Lies” on any of the music streaming platforms, we reckon you’ll dig it \m/
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