H-P: Greetings and thanks for taking the time to sit with us. First off, why don’t you tell us a little bit about yourself. When did you start playing? Who were your influences and so on?
Loki: I didn’t pick up a guitar until very late. I picked up my first guitar at age 15. But, I crammed like 7 years worth of practicing, playing and learning in just my first couple of years. During that time, I was heavy into Nirvana, Green Day, Alice in Chains, Van Halen, ACDC, Guns N Roses, Slayer and Metallica to name a few. However, I would have to say that Jerry Cantrell, Slash and Van Halen really influenced my guitar playing the most when I first started. With that said, punk rock is buried deep in my roots and I love playing it. Every guitar player has a little punk rocker in them, I enjoy letting mine out often.
H-P: You two have been in a lot of bands together, any favorites?
Loki: The time we spent with Michale Graves, both in Gotham Road and in Michale’s solo project, was invaluable. I am grateful and I appreciate the time I spent in those projects. We were extremely green and maybe a little naive at the time. But the learning experience of life on the road, how to prepare for a show night in and night out, but most of all... realizing the dedication and the level of commitment that it takes to be in this business has really helped us in all our projects since. I owe a lot of thanks for those opportunities. Not only has it molded us into the musicians we are now, but it taught us how to do things the right way behind the scenes.
This music was meant to be J.V.’s outlet. These songs are an honest representation of the real life horrors of dealing with the shit that life throws at you. There’s nothing scarier than that. I’m proud that he asked me to be a part of this project and I’m proud that we were able to see this through to this point.
H-P: Can you tell us what gear you use?
Loki: Crate amplification, Music Man guitars, Ibanez guitars, Marshall speaker cabinets, Gator road cases. KORG, TC Electronics, Rocktron rack effects.
H-P: How many guitars do you own and which one is “your baby”?
Loki: They are all my babies lol. I still own every guitar that has ever come to my possession. I’m not big on selling my shit. Currently, I’ve been rocking a Music Man JP6. That thing is a beast!
H-P: What’s currently in your cd/mp3 player?
Loki: Right now I’m pumping some Bloodbath - The Fathomless Mastery. http://www.amazon.com/Fathomless-Mastery-Bloodbath/dp/B00197X172
H-P: Any Books or movies you would recommend?
Loki: I strongly suggest this for everyone. http://www.amazon.com/Hooked-Phonics-Learn-Kindergarten-System/dp/1931020299
H-P: Anything you would like to add:
Loki: It’s an extremely exciting time for us. We hope that everyone enjoys the fruits of our labor. There is nothing more rewarding than that. Be sure to order both “A Nightmare On Seventh Avenue” and “Darrow Chemical Company: Live in Brooklyn”!
I gotta get that book he suggested. haha
Great interview, thanks Loki!