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DEATHSTARS: INTERVIEW WITH WHIPLASHER


Radio Metal: Although many people have already heard about Deathstars, could you give a quick description of the band for those who are not familiar with it?

Whiplasher: Yes, well…what can I say? The members actually come from some death metal bands and also sleaze bands. We have this dark part of it, but also the sleaze influence and although this is very natural to us it’s kind of a hard band to label, and people have problems labeling it. We call it dark rock music, with many influences, from death metal to 80s pop and so on.

Speaking of labelling, as you probably know, many people associate your band with Rammstein, from Germany. What do you think about this comparison?

Oh yeah, it’s because we have those heavy guitar riffs. We think they’re a really cool band, but I think we have quite a different style, you know, ours is much more dark. But yes, we do get that a lot, and I think it’s because not many bands play this style of music. If you for example play in a black metal band, you don’t usually get compared with other black metal bands because there are millions of them, but with the kind of music that we do it’s only like 5 to 10 bands that play it, so that’s why we get compared with them.

Ok, let’s talk now about your latest album, Night Electric Night. It was recently released and it is already very successful. How did you aproach it’s making? Did you have a special plan or was it just like « ok, another day at the office, let’s do it ».

No, we don’t have any strategy or plan how to write any specific song. Me and Nightmare [the guitarist and main songwriter of the band] are best friends and we have been doing this since we were like 14, so we never talk in advance about it. He sends me his ideas and I write the vocal lines for them. The most important thing for us is to create a certain mood in the songs, a certain vibe. So that’s what we are look for, but we never have any plans at all when we write music.

(Whiplasher):  » No, we don’t have any strategy or plan how to write any specific song. Me and Nightmare [the guitarist and main songwriter of the band] are best friends and we have been doing this since we were like 14, so we never talk in advance about it. He sends me his ideas and I write the vocal lines for them. The most important thing for us is to create a certain mood in the songs, a certain vibe. So that’s what we are look for, but we never have any plans at all when we write music.« 
Besides from the music, you have a very strong image; such as the military costumes and the crazy makeup etc. But who came up with this idea? Was it you?

Oh, it’s the same thing here. People think we have a huge strategy or something, but we’re just like “well, what are we going to wear?”. But at the same time we wanted to add to the music because it’s very visual music, and we also like bands like Kiss, Motley Crue, Alice Cooper and King Diamond who put on a great shows and the makeup is a part of that. This is what we’ve grown up with, plus the best thing about being in a rock band is that you can do anything without much responsibility and we’re no different.

How about your tour? You recently toured with Korn. How was it? Was it a good experience?

Yeah, it was good. Jonathan from Korn is a fan of Deathstars and he called us and asked if we could join them on their tour. At first we thought that it is going to be very tough, because their audience is very different from ours, but it turned out being the best tour we’ve ever been on. The guys from Korn were also great so all in all it was a great experience.

Does this hint at the idea that you will be touring the US? You’ve been only ever toured in Europe so far.

Yes, we will go to the US, but we don’t know when that will be.

Are you looking forward to that? They are a slightly different as an audience.

Yes, we’re looking forward to. They probably won’t understand much of our flamboyant ways, but yes, we will go there.

How did you choose your nickname, by the way? The whole band have interesting nicknames.

Yes, this is also from when we were kids, from a Kiss song. They reflect our personalities, but it’s nothing too serious for us. Of course, Skinny because is very skinny right now, and Nightmare because he’s obvious like that, Bone because he used to be very, very thin and Cat because he’s something in between two genders.

About the band, could you say that you have any obvious musical influences? As a whole or some more personal influences of your own…

No, I can’t say that I have, actually. Not from other bands or anything. Some write that we were inspired by many, but I can’t really say anything towards that. It makes a huge impact when you are inspired by something to write a song, but no, I don’t think so.

What do you think about the ongoing conflict with digital piracy, downloading albums and all that? Do you feel like it had a negative effect on your band, or in contrast, has it brought you more popularity?

Overall it’s negative, of course. The positive aspect of it is that more people can access it since it’s free, but it’s also something that is very very destructive for the whole music art, because it makes it very hard for small bands to be able to continue and do albums. So overall it’s negative, but it also makes people discover music more easily.

Ok, now a little quiz for you, choose what you prefer most. Slayer or Metallica?

SLAYER.

Black Metal or Mozart?

Black metal.

Tea or coffee?

Coffee.

Swedish women or French women?

French Women.

Ok, thank you very much for this interview and have you got anything to say to for the end?

Thank you as well, and get ready, because we’ll keep the darkness coming.

Entretien conducted April 21st, 2009 in London
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