Interviews: Droid Killer

On this new occasion, we have had the opportunity to interview the Sci-Fi Metal band Droid Killer. Check out this band and follow them on their WEBSITE.

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

Droid Killer began during the recording sessions for Serpent Garden's debut album "Subterranean Arena Metal". We had a party one night with the members of Serpent Garden and the NOLA Doom Crew, and this is what would become Droid Killer. We were switching it up, seeing who could come up with the heaviest sound and all of a sudden we started playing the song Droid Killer which is on our debut EP The Hive... as in that is the live recording of that jam that we used on the album. All the lyrics were freestyle, nothing was rehearsed, and everyone agreed that was the heaviest sound EVER. Everything just came together in time and space and it all added up. Serpent Garden immediately said Droid Killer is the heaviest band of all time and we started playing with members of Serpent Garden and someone from the New Orleans Doom Crew that had to remain anonymous to release the song.

2. Why did you want to play this genre?

Lifelong Metalheads. Love the Metal. Metal is spiritual music. Metalheads have their own culture. Metal is not bogged down with politics, it is no holds barred living, creating something timeless, true, and pure. Metal never goes out of style because Metalheads love metal and good Metal is good Metal all the time. For Droid Killer it is always about creating the heaviest songs possible, sonic landscapes that tell a story and are larger than life. Sometimes slow is WAY heavier than fast, it just has that gravity to it. It was also important to have an album that tells a story that takes you on a journey where you want to listen to the entire album from start to finish.

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

The original line up and the Black Halo Records family is all friends and all the bands and musicians work together. I (The Preacher) am the main guy in Droid Killer and I bring in the best musicians to get the job done. Droid Killer is bigger than any member, it is about being the heaviest and most mind-blowing Metal band ever. We have a lot of room to grow to be the Frank Herbert (Dune) of Metal.

4. Each band member's favorite band?

Droid Killer of course but everyone involved loves Nile, Aborted, Megadeth, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden. Not necessarily in that order.

5. Who or what inspires you to write songs?

I love music, it is part of me, and it is what I do. Sometimes events, moods, or visions but I am always riffing in my head. 6. Where was your last gig? Asheville, NC

7. Where would you like to act?

At the next Maryland Deathfest if you're referring to shows, Droid Killer also wants to do a Hard Sci-Fi movie, complete with expensive special effects and including the soundtrack.

8. Whom would you like to feature with?

That is too hard to answer, so many great bands out there.

9. Whom not?

Sellouts & Traitors... that'd be a great band name though.

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

Not like the dude in the movie Heavy Trip but everyone wants their show to be great so that can be stressful. When I first started I'd walk on stage and just start screaming immediately to expel the anxiety. It was not always in a cool way, but I'd power right through the anxiety and start getting an adrenaline rush. Just remember, it's ok to make mistakes, that's how we learn to do better. Be sober and you will get to know yourself better, then you can better learn mastery of your mind and body.

11. What bands have inspired you the most?

Bob Marley. He was shot by assassins and came back doing shows 2 days later. He is harder than any other musician. Music is supposed to mean something and everyone knows that, that is why people love Metal. Metal is passionate and has no boundaries. Many artists don't create metal to have a lucrative career, we do it because we love the music. Black Sabbath with Ozzy laid the foundation for all great Metal. For the real heavy stuff, Aborted's Global Flatline is one of the greatest Metal albums of all time. Ken Bedene's drumming is amazing, and Sven's vocals are so strong. Aborted is an amazing band and one of the tightest shows you will see. Nile too, every album is great and with huge books of Egyptian stuff and sentence-long song names, Nile is true elitist Metal with superb musicianship. Self-titled Rigor Mortis, a classic extreme Metal album that had great production, and massive vocals, was way ahead of its time. Autopsy, Severed Survival is a classic Death Metal album that is firmly rooted in Doom and massiveness.

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

Before I was sober and in our early daze, things were crazy but I don't want to talk bad on no one or call anyone out, I might be the weirdest one. Life is good. Those weird and unique personal experiences are why people need to put down their smartphones, go out to the shows, and go out with friends and make memories that aren't on video but burned into their minds because they LIVED a once-in-a-lifetime moment.

13. What do you think of your fans?

I love the fans. Droid Killer has the best fans, friends, and family. It stokes me out that something I worked so hard to create is bringing fun, happiness, and joy to others. I think of the art, bands, musicians, and writers that inspired and influenced me and I want to give that experience to the next generations. I have been a loner and an outcast. The artists, the bands, and the writers that I love are my friends along the trail in life and I want to share that with others. I have had moments in the spotlight, and parties thrown for me, and still felt empty but to go listen to a great album or read a great book and think with the explorers of the universe is invigorating and brings so much joy. It is all about connecting on a higher level. That's what the art and the music do, it helps bring people together to connect on a higher level. The people out there still buying music so artists and bands can continue to create are the ones keeping underground Metal alive! Much gratitude to them.

14. What do you think of our site?

The Breathing The Core site looks great, lots of bands, and the genre description part is awesome and a lot of fun. Everyone reading this should go check it out. 

15. Something to add?

Thank you for the interview. The whole team for The Terminator vs. The Preacher went all out. The hand-painted artwork by acclaimed Sci-Fi artist Ryan T. Hancock is absolutely awesome and the book The Terminator vs. The Preacher: Origins brings everything together. You can grab the book and the album and go anywhere to escape into another world. The Terminator vs. The Preacher is being released on cassette and digital on 10/10/2023, the companion novella The Terminator vs. The Preacher: Origins and the official album shirt includes a high-quality digital copy of the album. Feel free to get in touch with me, I'd love to hear from you. You can do that through our official site, our Bandcamp, and on Twitter

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