OBM: Hi guys, thanks for your time, how are things today?
Same old shit; nothing too exciting.
OBM: For anyone that might not heard of you, can you tell us a bit about the band?
I wrote and recorded the record with Jason Suecof and Dave Elitch. Jason has produced a number of bands in the metal world from All That Remains, Daath, Trivium, Etc. Dave is an amazing drummer that has worked with Jason in the past. In a sense that is pretty much the band. Since neither of those 2 guys were able to tour live I've searched to find the right people to become a part of this music and become the band.
OBM: There are many different elements to your sound. How would you describe the sound of "Devil's Gift"?
Straight up metal.
OBM: What are your main influences?
My main influences are songwriters that deliver stories in their songs. I want the audience to be able to have a connection to the music and lyrics that they are hearing. I write a lot about things that have occurred in my own life and those around me.
OBM: In a scene that is saturated with image-obsessed bands, how important is a band like "Devil's Gift"?
Devils Gift is about the music. The music itself should be what makes it stand on its own, but like every other business that involves selling a product a good image doesn't hurt.
OBM: Do you think people can see that with you guys this is the real deal?
I hope the songs themselves deliver that.
OBM: What are some of the lyrical themes you've been exploring on the record?
Hell anything from questioning god, bad relationships, to just getting a lot of built up anger out.
OBM: What inspires you when you're writing?
My own life and sometimes tv.
OBM: Your sound is quite experimental on this record. How does the writing process work? Is it a band effort or do you each write individual parts?
Jason and Dave would start by just jamming and during that time they would usually come up with something they liked. Once they would figure out the structure of the song I would usually start working on the melody and the lyrics. We wrote and recorded the entire record in 2 months.
OBM: What did you want to achieve with the record?
I really just wanted a good record that I could be proud of.
OBM: Could you tell us a little bit about what inspired the title?
The title "Devils Gift" came from the band name. Basically everyone always says the music is a gift from god, and considering playing music isn't always the most joyous of professions it seems more like a gift of the devil.
OBM: It seems like the cd has been recorded and produced by a great team, how was that process?
Working with Jason and Dave was great. Having no idea what we wanted to create in the beginning and being able to finish with a record like this was just amazing. Just the right people at the right time.
OBM: Your sound is very complex and experimental, how easy is it to replicate live?
With the right people it's still hard. Jason is an amazing player and it really hurts to not be able to have him perform the songs live.
OBM: What sort of music are you listening to at the moment?
Currently just a lot of different things. Just depends on the mood.
OBM: What are your touring plans for 2009?
To just keep going. Nothing definite yet, but working on that.
OBM: Thanks for your time, good luck with the album, is there anything else you'd like to say?
Check out the record.
Devil's Gift-Shadow Never Ending
Devil's Gift-Devil's Gift
Jason Suecof - Gitarre