Interviews: Devil´s Whiskey

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Heavy Rock/Stoner Rock/Metal band, Devil´s Whiskey from Mexico. 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?

When I created the concept of DW I wanted to be clear that the music lures around the dark desert (and border problems) and spirits (mostly mezcal and whiskey as a substance to ). So it was not really hard to come up with the idea of DW as a moniker for the band. It represents two primal elements that inspire the whole music.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

We love rock and roll and metal, but also I have a very special root in the 60 ́s and 70 ́s psych rock and spaghetti western movies, so, when you have this kind of sound in your head, DW is an obvious result of all this influence.

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

Yes. Fernando the drummer and I know since 2008 when he entered our thrash metal band called PIRAÑA. I knew Alejandro the keyboardist since high school when we played in a record of a punk-thrash band. Robert was an old friend from 20 years ago and Koke was my student at the university. So yes, we have some old stories.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Hard question. All of us have many favorite bands in many genres. But just to point some hints I would say that for Alejandro could be Deep Purple, for Fernando Judas Priest, for Koke surely Kiko Loureiro, for Robert recently the Ocean and for me could be Magma.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

The blood and death that surrounds us. The despair, the desert, the existentialism as it is. You can find this in the news, in books (authors like Juan Rulfo and Sartre), history. Sometimes an inner trip of self-knowledge with some spirits and soul lubricants. The need to achieve something that is never there.

6. Where was your last gig?

Two weeks ago on an underground stage here in our city.

7. Where would you like to act?

Surely in some stoner rock festivals and bars around the world.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

Well, we love to play with everyone as long as we share some rock in our veins, but there are some bands that we like a lot and seems we can make some matches, like Danzig, A Pale Horse Named Death, Blood Ceremony, Hank Williams III, Down, The Ocean, Maligno or the all mighty Eric Burdon.

9. Whom not?

We think as long as there is respect from the bands and from the audience we can perform with anybody. But obviously, it will not be very wise to promote in the same gig some reggaeton or dance music mixed with stoner rock or doom rock, I think is not the right mix for the mood of the audience. And, also if we spoke always for freedom, we would surely avoid playing with fascist or religious extremist acts.

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

If you lose the right to go onstage I think then you are emotionless. It is always there. Sometimes with more intensity, sometimes less, but I think that the way you go on stage even though you the scared of being a disaster is the same way you confront everyday ́s life. You open up your eyes and know that there is a day of shit ahead, you feel the anxiety of work and problems, but anyway, go out of bed and start to deal with that existence. Well it's almost the same. Go onstage is confronting existence itself. So do it, or die.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Personally Johnny Cash, Eric Burdon and the Animals, Paradise Lost, Danzig, Type O Negative, The Doors, Magma, La Barranca, Ennio Morricone, Goblin, John Carpenter, Anathema, Alice in Chains, Jerry Cantrell, Oscar Chávez, Herbie Hancock Masadori Adachi, Taro Kudou and Osamu Kitajima.

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

Sometimes a guy asked us to announce his wedding proposal on the mic.

13. What do you think of your fans?

We love them.

14. What do you think of our site?

We like you a lot your site. It has a lot of music and it is well organized by countries, genres, releases, and many ways to buy music or hear it. The “bands” section is particularly interesting because you can find bands from each country you like (even pointed with their flags) since you cataloged this. It is really great, we also see many bands we know. We think is a great and organized site to promote bands.

15. Something to add?

We are very thankful for this space, and invite people to hear from us and buy some music with our record label Wormwholedeath.

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