DR DEATH AND MR VILE INTERVIEW
Dr Death and Mr Vile conjours up thoughts of a Jeckyl and Hyde, any connections in what you do to the stories of Jeckyl & Hyde?
DDANDMV – In a way. We represent two sides of the same coin. It’s like Dr. Death is a Hannibal Lector while Mr. Vile is a leather face. We are both psychotic. But one of us presents it in a charismatic, charming and stylish way while the other presents it in a darker more violent way. In the same right our music also does this. While one of us is more a fan of pop and electronic music, the other is a fan of industrial and circus music. So the Jackyl and Hyde influence shows itself in that sense.
Your music is dark but yet its not, its got lovely 80’s tones but yet on certain aspects its quite dark. Do you seek darkness in your music at all?
DDANDMV – I don’t know that we seek darkness. But it tends to find us even within the most upbeat songs. It’s a natural progression when you work with people who have such a vast taste in music and mood.
You are very active on Vampire Freaks, how has this helped you to reach out to your fans?
DDANDMV – Vampire Freaks has been a huge help to us getting our music out there. The people who are on here tend to be fans of both our type of music and the music that inspires us. We have talked to some amazing people on here and they in return have become lifelong fans that continue to show their support.
What is your idea of a perfect rock out?
DDANDMV – Sometimes the shows with less people and small stages can be the most fun. You can connect with the crowd more intimately and the nerves are not nearly as bad as when you are playing in front of a packed house. Plus on the smaller shows you get a lot of people that are true fans, that know all the words to your songs better then you and are truly there cos they love your music.... Plus most shows where a few too many drinks are involved tend to be amazingly fun... That we can remember at least.
You let people name their own price for your music on bandcamp, do people pay you for your music or do most of them just download for free?
DDANDMV – We have had a wide range of support by releasing our music this way. One way or another almost everyone pays for our music at some point. They may download it for free but then at a show hand us what money they have and just say thank you for your music. It has been very successful.
Your music has appeal on both the alternative scene but also you can also reach out to fans of other genres too. Where do you feel is your biggest fan base?
DDANDMV – Our fans vary just as much as our music does. We have never been able to pin point who our core fan is or what they look like. But in some way every single one of them just tends to be good people that are passionate about music. We have the best fans you can imagine.
You have quit a few masks Mr. Vile, which one is your favourite and which one of your masks is closest to the inner Mr. Vile?
DDANDMV - I do have quite the collection of masks! It’s hard to say which one is my favorite since there all so unique and based around different themes, but I’d have to say the mask from the album cover of Blood is the one I find myself hiding under when we perform live. I’ve yet to create the mask that screams the inner vile…
Here you have a chance to sell yourselves, lets get you signed. So apart from the talent you hold what sets you apart from all the other EDM bands out there?
DDANDMV – Our music varies widely and therefore can reach far more people than a lot of other bands. Our live show is very entertaining and we try and connect with the fans and also entertain the hell out of them. We have a wow factor live and also a spontaneous spirit where anything can happen. We are truly passionate about what we do and just continue to grow in every single aspect of our music. In every aspect of our music our goal is to never let ourselves or our fans down.
One of your likes is B-Movies, to me the ultimate B-Movie director has to be Edward G. Wood. Now everyone knows him for Plan 9 but I feel one of his best was Bride Of The Monster. So who is your favourite director, film and actor B-Movie related?
DDANDMV – Hard Rock Zombies Directed by Krishna Shah is pretty well amazing. Robert Englund is pretty awesome. Especially in Zombie Strippers. . . . Skin Deep is beyond words awful. Vengeance of the Zombies is a Masterpiece... Oh and of course. Allan Quatermain And The Lost City Of Gold, Red Sonja And Krull.
What would you do if there was no music in the world?
DDANDMV – Die...
What is your greatest musical achievement?
DDANDMV – We are working on it now. Our next album. We are pouring our hearts and souls into this thing in such a way that we cannot began to describe. It is crowd funded and so we owe it not just to ourselves but to our fans to create the most amazing thing possible.
What is the sickest thing you have ever seen?
DDANDMV – We all watched the movie Nekromantic together... Then we watched the sequel.
If budget was not an issue what is the one thing you would like to do musically?
DDANDMV – Record an album where we could record each song in a different country. Soak up the culture and let it shine through our music.
Describe your demonic disco
DDANDMV – We love to have people try to describe our sound and demonic disco is one the best ones we have heard. We feel our music is danceable yet very dark.
What is the best insult you have ever heard?
DDANDMV – A German blog once posted that Dr. Death’s voice sounded like “A breast feeding baby”
Thank you so much for giving Vampire Freaks this interview, is there anything you would like to add?
DDANDMV – Just that we are very thankful for VF interviewing us. We are trying very hard to get our music to everyone’s ears humanly possible. Every step we take is so that we can get more fans and continue to grow as artists. We have the best fans on the planet. If you would like to check out our stuff we would be honoured. And we would be even more honoured if you would show it to all your friends and help spread the insanity.
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