Thank you for taking the time to answer these interview questions. I am honored that you can make an appearance on my blog. As your facebook states, you are an internationally known artist who plays music of many genres. You have also appeared on television, the radio and magazines. You were even voted man of the year in 2008 by the listeners in the Hampton Roads 7 Cities area of WROX FM Alternative Rock. So let me get things started.
Who are your musical influences?
My musical influences are too many to list. They run from Ancient Folk music, Eastern Tribal, to Classical, to Big Band, Rock, Electronic, and Country music. I believe listening to a wide range of sounds, music is good for the development of ones own music style.
What are the important themes and messages of your music?
I cover a wide range of themes in my music. I’ve done everything from fantasy and horror inspired lyrics and music to reality everyday experiences in country music.
One of the main themes in my music currently is the fight to remain
yourself and to keep your heritage and culture in an ever increasing climate which wants to wipe away individuality, personal identity and European cultural heritage. You will find and hear many new Heathen, Pagan or “neo-Pagan” singers and bands emerging with those same themes today. Getting back to ancient truths and heritage. Protecting them and being proud of their culture and heritage.
On your facebook it says that you are known for your award winning tattoos. What is the significance of the tattoo on your face?
I have many tattoos on my body which all have meaning for me. My face tattoos represent several things.
They represent my heritage which is part Scottish and the warriors, such as The Pictish people. They represent my struggles and pain, past , present, and future. They are a constant reminder of what I have been through, go through and will endure in this world of struggle. They are my war paint which never washes off. They are tattoos such as warriors have worn throughout history in their struggles and representation of their heritage, people and culture. They also represent the animal aspect, the primal force of nature I am connected to and so many have now lost in this materialist, culturally adrift age.
I’m a big fan of your song “Sabbat.” Do you yourself practice magick and if you do, what are your beliefs about magick and ritual?
My beliefs are of Heathen roots. I have studied different beliefs and found the aspects of Heathen/Pagan spirituality and connection with nature hold the truths so many seek. I draw from several belief systems. Practice of these beliefs is basically applying them to everyday life and in what you do from the simplest task to other work. Rituals can be as simple as meditation and reflection somewhere quiet in the woods to doing a ritual or spell work. I have a fondness for basic Nordic and Celtic beliefs as well as traditional folk magic/magick or what some would call country witchcraft.
I’ve never been about some big “show” with rituals or sects, covens and such. I’ve always been fairly solitary and private in my personal spiritual beliefs. I also draw heavily on animal symbolism and energies and what they can teach and how they can help an individual in day to day living and survival. I am a firm believer than no animal should be killed for “sport”.
The only reason to take an animal’s life is if an over population is causing destruction or threat to humans or other animals, sickness of the animals themselves as a result, or you are attacked and you must defend your own life or someone else’s or for food and clothing and no usable part of the animal should go to waste. Under no circumstances should any endangered animal be hunted or killed for any reason other than if you are attacked and have to defend your life.
Those are my honest views. Some may agree or disagree but I believe in truth and not sugar coating my words to make anyone feel better and thus be deceptive.
Of all the things you have written, do you have a favorite song? If you do, what is it and why?
I can’t pick one favorite song because I have several I have written. Certainly “The Pack” a new Heathen folk song which will be release on one of my new albums in 2012 is a favorite. A warrior song that is about the primal savagery of mortal combat to save your people. “Sabbat” is a “witchy” song which is both a personal and observation piece that I think has a great rock groove and hook.That song is also part of another project I am working on at the same time as my others.
Another song which is very basic lyrically but is entertaining is “The Vampire”, an older song I have re-recorded for the album “Sabbat” will be a part of.
The most I can say is 2012 and on into 2013 will both be years when I will release a lot of new material which will cover many styles of music.
I should add there is yet one more new song which is building the foundation for another album titled “Animals” which is a hypnotic, tribal, fusion song that I am very proud of. It’s a departure for me and I really enjoy the primitive feel of it.
Just for fun – I see from your myspace that you like horror movies. In your opinion, what is the best way to pretty much guarantee that you’ll be caught/eaten by the monster in a horror film? What is the biggest mistake that horror movie heroines/heroes tend to make?
You would think that the characters in these horror films (at least in the ones which are taking place in their “reality”), would have seen at least one horror film. In some cases they are actually watching a horror film in the “reality” they are in. They should know better than to do stupid things like hear a noise or go investigating when the lights suddenly go out, or not have a weapon and know how to use it when stranded at night on a lonely road.
There’s a bump in the night. The lights go out. The phone doesn’t work.
What do they do? They go investigate. “Who’s there”? “Is somebody there”? Yes there is. A monster or psycho killer.
Stupidity will get you injured or killed every time.
With that being said, I think John Carpenter’s original “Halloween” is still the superior film to Rob Zombie’s remake because it’s actually creepy. What you don’t see is worse than what you do see. A little blood goes further than a lot of gore.
I wish horror film makers would learn to originate something again and learn the art of suspense rather than just throwing blood and body parts everywhere to compensate for a lack of story telling and skill.
I hope these answers are satisfactory and I thank you and appreciate the opportunity to give them to you.