10 – One day, someone spontaneously asked me a question that I decided to ask every band and musician. Every music fan has his/her own reason to like that particular genre. What about you guys, why metal? How did you start listening to metal? And what did you like about it?
Metal and Rock have traditionally been the stream of popular music in which more invention, freedom and artistry have taken place, since I was a kid, anyway. In it’s pure form, it isn’t designed to be ‘commercially viable,’ but rather to be ‘fucking awesome.’ It also embraces rebellion which, to my mind, is the reason we make art at all – to become something more than the hoi polloi tells us we can be. As they say, milk for babes, meat for strong men.
11 – What makes a music band “Great” besides music, in your opinion?
I think it’s at what stage in your life you come into contact with the band more than anything. There are only twelve notes in a scale and people have been singing about the same stuff since Beowolf or the Illiad. Each generation goes through their own version of the same crap and whatever the best stuff is before they hit the age of 30 is what they consider ‘great.’
12 – As a metal musician, and a metal music listener, do you think Metallica did the right thing by being on the same stage with Lady Gaga at Grammys? Is there any “right” or “wrong” about it? What you would do if you were in James Hetfield‘s shoes? (What Henry Metal would do in the same situation?) and why?
What a great, great question. My personal opinions about the situation may get me in trouble here so I will not speak about them directly. Suffice it to say that when rebellion becomes mainstream it is no longer rebellion. It loses its power and can never regain it. Conversely, it hands over the baton to what will come next. This isn’t bad, it’s the way it needs to be. The old is new again.
13 – Who are the biggest supporters in your musical career? Do you have anybody who can understand what you are doing?
My family and close friends have always been my greatest supporters. Cocaine, I mean, Coffee is also helpful for creativity. The Muse, which visits all artists from time to time, has also made herself available in certain periods