We are having a nostalgic look back at our featured ALT-MU for the 2015 Halloween Issue. He is a bass player for the hugely popular Industrial metal band The Defiled from England. A band that mixes groove laden hardcore/metal with electronic influences. They have been described by Kerrang! magazine as “The saviours of UK Metal” and championed by Metal Hammer as one of the leaders in a new wave of British metal along with bands such as While She Sleeps, Bury Tomorrow and Devil Sold His Soul. The band have built a fan base following support slots with bands such as Murderdolls, Godsmack and Deathstars as well as regular spots at Download and Sonisphere. He is an ALT-MU indeed because he is also heavily involved in his own clothing line as well as many other interests outside of music. Let’s get started…
For anyone that doesn’t know you, explain in one sentence who you are?
I’m a time travelling circus.
Apart from being a great bassist, do you have any hidden talents?
Nah… I don’t think I’m great, but thank you. I enjoy a bit of everything really. Guitar, writing stories, acting, sketching, making masks, making stop motion animation, stitching up clothes… the list can go on but I just like to learn new things and keep myself busy at all times.
Tell us more about your clothing line, ‘Vile Attire’…
Vile Attire, it’s a low key, affordable custom clothing line were I give folks more creative control on what they want made and I bring it to life. Most the time customers just want me to go crazy with my imagination which is fine by me but I like giving customers the option. At the end of the day it works both ways creatively and that feels nice.
Do you think it’s important to have other passions outside of the music industry?
I think it’s important to just do what makes you happy, without a doubt. Back up plans are wise because you never know what’ll happen next in your life. Although, if one can juggle two careers at once anything is possible. Most importantly just make sure you see those passions till the end.
Do you think that it is important to keep reaching out and engaging with your fans?
Hell yeah, why not? When I’m not busy or in a mood I’ll make the time & day. I like to keep things levelled.
When you were younger, what did you dream you’d be doing when you grew up?
Why do you think ‘The Defiled’ have reached the popularity that they have?
Well, The Defiled don’t sound or look like most of the bands kicking. Now don’t get me wrong, IT IS ABOUT THE MUSIC more than anything; before all the make-up & get ups but, there are some bands that just look & sound like a copy of a copy. To each his or her own but where’s the fun in that? Mix & Match, that’s what makes us stand out.
A lot of fans have said how ‘nice’ you are when they’ve met you, do you think this has helped you gain respect from them?
It doesn’t help that I have a gun pointed at their face… I mean yes, good question. Honestly I don’t know, I don’t really think about it. I just like conversing with people in general.
Do you have defined job roles within ‘The Defiled’?
We all do a bit of everything, Like on this next album coming out we’ll be recording it as band so not only will it be exciting for us but to our listeners as well.
What was it like to film your first music video or play your first festival?
My first festival experience was my first show with The Defiled at Sonisphere 2010 and that was pretty damn groovy . I remember feeling quite calm as usual with no expectations, just ready to lose my mind and as soon as we arrived to the stage…no exaggeration, it was jammed packed. It was a beautiful disaster! The first music video I was in was for ‘call to arms’. I gotta say it was fun and painful to smash that grand piano.
You have a unique style, what or who are your influences?
It’s more about expression than influence. I just like to dress how I feel.
What has been the highlight of your musical career?
I get asked that question a bit and I can never give a full answer. Opening the Main stage at Sonisphere Festival was quite a step for us.
Do you have any advice for any up and coming metal bands that want to break into the scene?
To all musicians and people in all sorts of careers on the pursuit. Don’t Be Scared. Don’t be a follower. Do whatever the hell YOU want.
Is there anything else you’d like to share with our readers?
Thank you very much. I’d like to share some of my ice cream I’m currently feasting on but unfortunately I just can’t. Until then, see you at my next gig folks. Shazam!