This was supposed to go up at 9AM, but it didn’t for some reason. So here it is.
A year ago I was turned down by a major metal publication. My aspiration was to be a freelance writer for Decibel magazine but, at that time, freelancers were not needed. I also realized that I didn’t have a lot of experience in writing about metal. Well, I took the rejection quite well. The very next day, I started a blog and I was determined to report on extreme music and interview my favorite bands. It wasn’t easy at first. I was shy and I wasn’t good at posting news.
I started right away, signing up for news letters from numerous record labels and bugging the shit out of them to let me talk to their bands. I started interviewing underground, unsigned bands until I actually got a hit back from a big time label. My first interview was with one of my idols, Jacob Bannon of Converge. Of course, I didn’t know how to interview people so my questions were total shit. For a while, I would get a few interviews here and there, slowly working my way down my list of bands I loved.
Since the beginning of September last year, I have interviewed the aforementioned Jacob Bannon of Converge as well as Ol Drake (Evile), TJ Cowgill (Book of Black Earth), Ryan McKenney (Trap Them), Rob Kersey (Psychostick), Troy Medlin (Sourvein), Paul Mazurkewics (Cannibal Corpse), Michael Bertoldini (The Secret), Stavros (The Atlas Moth), Topon Das (Fuck The Facts) and many, many more.
I has planned to do something special for this anniversary, but things didn’t exactly work out as planned, but this morning’s jam is dedicated to my first actual interview, Jacob Bannon. Converge, motherfuckers. Converge. Enjoy the tunes after the jump.
~R. Gnarly//Dig It or Die.