EMQ’s with DAYEATER
Hi everyone! Welcome to our new EMQ’s interview with Austin, Texas based Heavy Psychedelic Rock band, Dayeater. Huge thanks to guitarist, Jesse Lee, 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?
Jesse Lee, Best One Handed Guitarist.
DAYEATER formed in 2015 and have been bringing heavy psych riffs and 3 part harmony to Texas ever since.
How did you come up with your band name?
Our drummer Landry thought of the name after Jesse Lee played the riff to ‘Day Tripper’ by the Beatles and “Beat It” by Michael Jackson together at a jam…
What country/region are you from and what is the metal/rock scene like there?
DAYEATER is from Austin Texas USA and the metal scene is huge, open and inviting….eager to mix metal with different genres to create something completely new.
What is your latest release (Album, EP, Single, Video)
In early March DAYEATER released our new single titled ‘Sweet Earth’…a powerful commentary on the perception of the damage we, as society, have caused on our precious, sweet earth.
Who have been your greatest influences?
Aside from the power house bands like Black Sabbath and Jimi Hendrix DAYEATER finds influence in our community of local musicians pushing each other to be better than we were.
What first got you into music?
I remember being a little child in the back seat of the family car and my dad was playing “Ride The Lightning” by Metallica everywhere we went…and I thought it was the heaviest, biggest thing I’d ever heard in my entire life…I wanted to be just like Kirk Hammett!
If you could collaborate with a current band or musician who would it be?
We really like what the band Fuzz has been doing these days also we are fans of Jack White and Duel from Atx.
If you could play any festival in the world, which would you choose and why?
Ya know…I feel like there will be another LIVE AID soon seeing as the world might be falling apart sooner than we thought….a gig to help the would keep going would be top of the list.
What’s the weirdest gift you have ever received from a fan?
In the early day I received an Epiphone goth SG from someone who saw us play a back yard party…He went home grabbed the guitar and came back to the party to give it me.
If you had one message for your fans, what would it be?
Thanks for hanging out with us so far and remember always eat your veggies and NEVER believe a word Eric Clapton tells you!
If you could bring one rock star back from the dead, who would it be?
Oh, please give me back Dave Brockie. The world needs ODERUS URUNGUS now more than ever!
What do you enjoy the most about being a musician? And what do you hate?
I really love the sense of accomplishment from learning a new piece or even understanding a new skill like marketing for social media advertising…at the same time sometimes all that work can be frustrating and seem like it’s not leading anywhere but in the long run it’s all worth it.
If you could change one thing about the music industry, what would it be?
Well, that’s an easy one…Fair compensation for the artist, it’s too old of the story how the music industry takes advantage of artists and it needs to change…
Name one of your all-time favourite albums?
One of my all-time go to albums is “Diary Of A Madman”, I can’t get enough of Randy Rhoads.
What’s best? Vinyl, Cassettes, CD’s or Downloads?
Ya know each one serves its purpose in a particular setting but for some reason I got to give it up to CD’s. I saw the transition from tapes to CD’s and they kind of stuck with me.
What’s the best gig that you have played to date?
I think collectively the three of us agree that Eyores birthday in Austin, Texas summer of 2017 is probably one of our most fun gigs to date…
If you weren’t a musician, what else would you be doing?
We talked about that amongst the three of us. We really can’t see ourselves doing anything different. Music would probably end up in our lives one way or another!
Which five people would you invite to a dinner party?
Let’s get Aleister Crowley, Kurt Vonnegut, King Buzzo, Ronnie James Dio and Abbie Hoffman…seems like we have plenty to talk about!
What’s next for the band?
Well, we’ve released our next single titled ‘Sweet Earth’ and we really hope to come out of this pandemic stronger and smarter… We’re hungrier than we have ever been to get in front of as many people as we can and put on a high energy rock show full of what the people have been wanting for longer than they know…
What Social Media/Website links do you use to get your music out to people?
DAYEATER is all over the place. You can find us at.
Or on FB, IG, Twitter and Tick tock by simply searching for “dayeaterband”!
Jaffa Cakes? Are they a cake or a biscuit?
So, I’ve never heard of Jaffa Cakes till now but I’m gonna have to say…after checking them out online it looks like a biscuit… but that might change if I ever try one here in Texas.
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