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..: Interview January, 1998 by MB :..

MB: When did you decide that music was what you wanted to do?
JD: When? Probably when I got out of High School. I realized that you had to do something for the rest of your life. So you better do something that you love, because you have to do it for the rest of your life.

MB: Who would you say were some of your biggest influences musically?
JD: You know, just Heavy Metal in general. Deep Purple, Black Sabbath, and bands like that.

MB: I heard that you roadied for Black Sabbath for a while, too.
JD: I didnít really quite roadie. I did a lot of different things. But I wasnít reallyÖ I never really had a sort of fixed position. I just sort of floated around and did a lot of different things with them. And I helped Geezer with some of the equipment he needed for his bass. MB: Cool. JD: I did a lot of different stuff. I did pyrotechnics for them, too.

MB: What do you think about the original line-up of Black Sabbath just doing those couple of shows, recently?
JD: I think itís okay. I wish Bill Ward was still on drums, you know. That would be good.

MB: I know you guys are big defenders of "True Metal". How would you describe that? What does "True Metal" mean to you?
JD: "True Metal" is music thatís true to the style of classic Heavy Metal. Itís not diluted. Itís not pussied out. Itís not wimped out. Itís played from the heart, one hundred percent.

MB: What bands out there right now do you think are really on the right track, besides you guys? JD: Well, thereís a lot of bands out there. I mean, you know, a lot of the Black Metal bands are really good. A lot of these Death Metal bands are good. That kind of stuff. There are a lot of new bands starting right now coming out of Germany that are playing really, really good music. Bands like HammerFall, Sacred Steel, stuff like that. Thereís a lot of stuff thatís happening.

MB: Oh, yeah.
JD: Yeah, itís real good. Itís nice to see.

MB: I know you guys seem to portray the image of modern day warriors from your song lyrics, album artwork, etc. Was that your original plan to create that type of image?

JD: Yeah. Our whole thing was always to be something to people. To be able to appreciate us for being real, you know. And we sort of feel like life is a battle, and every day you gotta kick ass totally.

MB: Do you think that makes it easier for people to follow the band, makes it more interesting for them?
JD: Well, I mean, you are either into it or youíre not, you know.

MB: Oh, yeah.
JD: You are either into Metal or youíre not.

MB: Oh, yeah.
JD: For us, itís always been question of this is what we are. This is what we do. And if you like it, good. If not, go f**k yourself.

MB: I know you guys have a very large and loyal fan base outside of the U.S., but in the U.S. the music industry seems to almost ignore you in comparison. How much does it bother you that people in the U.S. havenít really heard of you while bands like Metallica get to play in sold out arenas here in the States?
JD: Well, you know, for us itís always been a question of we are not into compromising what we do. We play Metal pure, you know. We donít play radio bullshit. We donít suck ass. So for us, thatís the most important thing.

MB: Oh, yeah.
JD: Thatís the most important thing, period. So thatís the story. I mean, if we were into money, we would be playing happy love songs, you know. But thatís not what weíre going to do.

MB: Do you think that the United States can ever develop a Metal community like they have over in Europe?
JD: I hope so. I hope so. Something has to be done pretty soon.

MB: That would be nice.
JD: It sure would. It really would.

MB: How do you guys go about writing most of your music? I mean, whatís your main inspiration? How do you put it all together?
JD: We just blast. Thatís it. We just plug in and we blast. Thatís our secret.

MB: Cool.
JD: We just live the part of Metal, you know. We are here to rock, drink, and f**k. And thatís it. The power is in the music.

MB: Cool. Iíve heard that outside of music you guys are all into weightlifting, and that you are also into karate. Is that right?
JD: Yeah, we are into working out. We are into working at staying in shape. Which is having a good time. You know, if you are going to party hard, you have to work hard.

MB: Thatís for sure. Is that what you enjoy most outside of music?
JD: Well, you know, we like to live life. Thatís kind of whatÖ for us, thatís the most important thing - just be yourself. You know, be happy. You just donít give anybody any shit. Donít take any shit. Be yourself. Thatís kind of how we live. Thatís always been our platform. You know, donít mess with anybody. Be your own. Be yourself.

MB: What is it that motivates you to keep going, to keep touring, to keep writing new music?
JD: Well, we just feel that there are people out there that live for good hard musicÖ for True Metal, you know. And we canít let the people down. Theyíre our people. Theyíre what weíre all about, you know.

MB: Oh, yeah.
JD: You know what Iím saying?

MB: Absolutely.
JD: Thatís what we live for.

MB: I know there have been a lot of bands coming back lately after calling it quits. Bands like Exodus, Kreator, etc. Do you feel that this is part of a resurgence? Do you feel that itís good for Metal to have these bands back and active? Or do you think that these bands are just jumping back on the bandwagon because they feel that things are coming around?

JD: I donít know. I mean, Iím not really sure what they are into and what they are doing, you know. Who knows? You know what I mean? I really donít know. And to be honest with you, I donít really care. Iím into what we are doing. Iím into our fans. Iím into our music. And everything else is just unimportant to me.

MB: Yeah.
JD: I canít change my focus and worry about what these others are doing. Iím here just to deliver power to the max, you know. And melt peopleís faces.

MB: Oh, yeah.
JD: But thatís our trip.

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