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Interviews: False Deity

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Deathcore/Death Metal/Slam band, False Deity from the USA. Check out the interview and follow the band on their FACEBOOK PAGE.

1.Where did you get the idea for the band name, you planned it or came out just like that?

False Deity: “We thought of the band name somewhat on a whim. We knew the album was going to be a zombie concept so we were trying to think of names that were relevant to that concept. False Deity seemed appropriate as there is a leader in the story to help guide everyone, but it's all a facade; False Deity/False God. We also created our own genre, Zombie Slam, due to the slamminess of our music and the concept of zombies.”

2.Why did you want to play this genre?

Stefon Cricks - Vocals, Samples: “I always loved the Heavy, and always thought it would be awesome to play this Type of Music. Iv been in the Deathcore Scene for over a Decade now playing From Djent to Downtempo Hardcore to DeathRap, Now we are making our own paths in the Music With our Zombie Snarls, Melodic Solos, Gravity blasts, and Beefy Bass tones. ”

Jake Wright - Lead Guitar, Web Design, Graphic Design: “I wanted to play this genre because it was something new. Not everything we wrote was a reinvention of the wheel, but we do tend to change it up a bit and somewhat stray away from the typical sounds you would hear in deathcore (Zombie Slam) ”

Tim Oyster - Rhythm Guitarist: “I wanted to play this genre because it was something I've never done in a band before, it's heavy, hard hitting, and super fun to play. I love playing shows where the music just makes you move all over the stage.”

Roger Oviatt - Drums: “Because it’s intimidating.”

Richard Harris - Bass: “Was something that seemed like a lot of fun. Playing and hearing the music just makes you want to move.”

3. Did you know each other before the band was formed?

Stefon Cricks: “Me and jake go way back in Music, we always collaborated so well at any type of music we played, one day i found out that was kinda decent at drums and that opened a whole new door for me. We wrote the Album and wanted to Expand our Roster. So I reached out to a Few guys that I've known since the 2008 open this pit up in the church days, Tim and Richard. I didn't know Roger for too long but a while ago Jake sent me a video of him killing the drums with his fast hands and feet. They hopped on board and helped us reach our Final form. ”

Jake Wright: “I’ve known Stefon for a long time. We’ve always had some kind of band together. Whether it be a deathcore band, or a rap metal band, we were always collaborating. We found out one day Stefon was pretty good on drums, so we wrote a deathcore (zombie slam) album but then we needed band members to play shows. That’s when I was introduced to Tim and Richard. I’ve also known Roger for a good while; We always talked about starting a band, never did but he was eventually recruited to join the False Deity Slamily.”

Tim Oyster: “With the current line up I knew Stefon our vocalist since about 2008-2009 when there was an older music scene based around local hardcore Christian bands playing in churches. And Richard, our bassist I've known since middle school for about 19 years. Finally in a successful project together and we're excited about it.”

Roger Oviatt: “No, but I’m very fortunate to know these guys now.”

Richard Harris: “I have known Tim for 19 years and have done a lot of various projects over the years. I have known Stefon since like the 2nd grade but never really stayed connected.”

4. Each band member's favourite band?

Stefon Cricks: “This is one of the Hardest questions I can answer, it always has been because I have many favorites, So I will have to List a few because of its a Huge list. Spite, Strangled, Paleface, I Am, Slaughter, to Prevail, Shadow of Intent, Bound in Fear.” 

Jake Wright: “My favorite band of all time would probably be Chimaira but i have many other favorites that have inspired me along the way; Killswitch Engage, Kardashev, Vehemence, Paleface, Strangled, and Andromida just to name a few.

Tim Oyster: “ Favorite bands are currently, Spite, The Acacia Strain, Sleep Token, Silent Planet, and always August Burns Red”

Roger Oviatt: “Pass”

Richard Harris: “Rammstein, Lamb of God, Buddy Guy”

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

Stefon Cricks: “My bandmates inspire me the most because we are all unique and we all put in. So writing music with these dudes makes it all worth it. ”

Jake Wright: “Life in general would be my biggest inspiration and motivation to write new music. There’s always something new going on in life these days and it’s nice to just focus all that energy into one and spirit bomb it into a new song”

Tim Oyster: “Listening to other bands and music, hearing new releases from bands gives me ideas for something new, sometimes listening to other genres besides metal also helps.”

Roger Oviatt: “Mumble Rappers”

Richard Harris: “Life Experiences, Depression”

6. Where was your last gig?

False Deity: “False Deity’s last gig was at The Outpost in Kent, Ohio with Paradox Rift, Kuhmora, and Lost in the Shadows (All acts out of Ohio).

7. Where would you like to act?

Stefon Cricks: “I want to tour, so playing in other states and countries would be amazing.”

Jake Wright: “I would love to play at a huge video game convention, or at a presidential hearing.”

Tim Oyster: “I'd love to play in a lot of different states across the US, would love to go to different countries like Australia, Germany, Russia, Tokyo.”

Roger Oviatt: “Any European Metal Fest for travel, The Agora Main Stage for local”

Richard Harris: “Being able to perform internationally would be amazing.”

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

False Deity: “False Deity is down to collaborate with anyone who wants to. We all enjoy a variety of music!” 

9. Whom not?

False Deity: “We would not be down to collab or jam with anyone who is not a supporter of False Deity.”

10. Have any of you ever suffered from stage fright? Any tip for beginners on how to beat that?

Stefon Cricks: “My first live show ever i was a Guitarist, so trying to not mess up on stage or lose your step was always a worry. I killed it, had the greatest time of my life halfway through the set as soon as that fright was lifted, I'm just grateful my string broke on the last song, and not the first. ”

Jake Wright: “The only time I really suffered from stage fright would have been my high school years, just starting out, but I quickly got over it. My advice would be to just go out and do it. Once you have, it’ll be one of the best feelings you can feel. Also practicing stage presence at home, sounds strange but helps tremendously.”

Tim Oyster: “ I almost always suffer from stage fright, most of the time before a show I always have a little bit to drink from the bar, it usually takes the edge off and helps me let loose. After the first song is over the fright is gone.”

Roger Oviatt: “There’s always the initial nervousness before a set. I feel all musicians experience some stage fright before the show, you just don’t know how that crowd is going to react.”

Richard Harris: “Had some nerves before our debut show as it had been a while since performing live but it all comes back to you. Have a ritual before a show, whatever it is, show be something that distracts you from the nerves. By the time you finish the first song everything will be alright.”

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Stefon Cricks: “As blood runs black, Infant Annihilator, Lorna Shore. ”

Jake Wright: “Pink Floyd, Chimaira, Bound in Sacrifice, Mick Gordon, Andromida” 

Roger Oviatt: “Grunge. It all started with grunge around age 12. As I aged I’ve dug deeper into the underground constantly searching for the next heaviest riff.”

Richard Harris: “Pantera, Black Label, Slayer, Joe Bonamassa etc and of course the listed favorites.”

12. What's the weirdest thing a fan has ever asked you for?

Stefon Cricks: “A Snickers.”

Roger Oviatt: “Free Merchandise.”

Richard Harris: “N/A”

13. What do you think of your fans?

False Deity: “We think our fans are amazing, very dedicated, and always having a good time! Without them we would be doing this for nothing, and they make it all worth it. From buying merch to attending shows, it all goes a long way and we will be forever grateful.

14. What do you think of our site?

False Deity: “The Breathing the Core site is very informative. We are very humbled for this interview and hope there are more to come.”

15. Something to add?

False Deity: “We just want to thank you for this opportunity and don’t forget to check out some merch on our website!!

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