You have worked with a few bands: the highly successful baby Dead Animal Assembly Plant and the incredible 16Volt. What have you learned from each of these experiences?
Eric: DAAP has been making ear babies for a little over 7 years as far as a live show, but longer with Zach as a solo project for the most part, and it’s been quite an insane run so far! As a whole, I think every member, past and present, has learned a lot in the respect of how to take critiques and to work as one entity in order to produce the very best out of each other collectively. Truly symbiotic!
Working with 16Volt was a dream come true, been such a fan since high school, so when Eric Powell asked me to help out with some drum work on their upcoming album, I was more than honored to be a part of it in any fashion. That album absolutely crushes! All those guys really are fantastic musicians to put it lightly and so knowledgeable.
Out of all the tours and the stages you have played with DAAP, which was your favorite and why?
Eric: Gosh, that’s a tough answer to find truthfully. Every show and concert is great in it’s own way, even the off nights where you learn what not to do or what to fix to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Knotfest is certainly up there as an amazing experience for sure but its hard to pin a particular one down. Just being able to share a stage with over 80% of the bands/artists I’ve grown up listening to has been something I never would have ever imagined possible. Truly grateful!
How do you feel about having transplanted yourself from the home base of DAAP in Portland, Oregon to another city? What is the biggest challenge you see and how do you feel about making sure this latest album you are working on is as fire as the last?
Eric: Thankfully with the help of professional recording equipment, recording at home or on the go is easier than it ever has been. Swapping files through Dropbox is an amazing tool to utilize! We’ve been writing together for so long and it’s great to hash out ideas in a room and let out some steam with one another. I think most musicians would agree that unless you’re in the studio writing and working it has got to be THE most boring thing ever, it’s very repetitive to say the least... just redoing parts over and over 'til it’s done correctly. I’m usually never satisfied with a lot of takes, but if it’s not right then it’s not right.
We’re going a bit harder and heavier- everyone has seemed to let go of a lot of things that have been pent up and kind of said “fuck it” and you can hear it in these tracks, very exciting stuff! I think the fans and crowds will be very pleased but despite the more aggressive sound the old fans will still hear what we’ve always been for sure.
DAAP’s last EP titled “Prime Cuts” (produced by Marc Jordan and mastered by Howie Weinberg) has some incredible songs on there! How did you guys end up connecting with them to create your final albums?
Eric: Honestly, we had released an album called “Old Fashion Hellfire” and it has some amazing tracks but after some critiques on sound we decided to breathe some new life into them. We took the tracks that best represented us as a band and hired Marc and Mr. Weinberg to help and punch them up to 11. Marc has worked with bands like Velvet Revolver, Slash and Stitched Up Heart and Weinberg has done everything between Ozzy Osbourne, Rammstein and even Ice Cube…they did a fantastic job with our art for sure!
Eric Gustafson from Adoration Destroyed was seen in the video for the rendition of “Gods Gonna Cut You Down." Is there anything you can tell me about that? How do you guys know each other?
Eric: Oh yes! Eric is a great friend of ours and we love that guy to death, no doubt. We had asked him to do some backing vocals on that song and he did amazing as always! I had actually met him through the 16Volt crew and he was just so genuine from the get go and became a great friend to me and Dead Animal Assembly Plant. We were even more fortunate that he was able to take the time when he was on tour, if I remember correctly, to jump in front of the camera with our video producer Karl Whinnery (HotKarl Productions) and film his segments. His band Adoration Destroyed is phenomenal and he is now about to be on a lengthy tour as Grendel's new guitarist, we wish him the best of luck!
One final question. Sitting on Death Row for a crime, what is your last meal?
Eric: Street Tacos, no better way to go out in my opinion.
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