Hi there. Jesse Dracman(Vocals)for Darkc3ll.
You have been touring America, of all the places you have played where holds the most magic for you?
Darkc3ll – Good question. There were many highlights and special places. Our night at the Whiskey A Go-Go in LA will always be a crowning moment, playing to a packed house, who embraced us completely. That place is something else. We’d only got asked to play the day before, so we knew we had to pull something really special out of the barrel. To walk in and see a “Welcome Home Motley Crue”sign up high on the hall from the “Kickstart My Heart” video to a portait of Jimi Hendrix and knowing the history of this venue was a life moment. There were many other highlights also. Minneapolis at the Skyway was a trip, as too were our shows in Texas. Dallas gave me the warm fuzzies. The special part for me? Every venue, every city, had a story to tell, and I like that.
You mentioned that you were in the land of Dimebag Darrell, what does Dimebag’s legacy mean to you?
Darkc3ll – Dimebag was a guy that personified the rock star without all the bullshit and glitz and glam. The guy could shred like nothing else, and his ability to connect with people was uncanny. I was completely(and still am)inspired by this guy, and to be in Dallas, I could see his spirit celebrated everywhere. Painted on walls, locals walking the streets in beat up, well worn Pantera shirts, and at Trees where we played, the entrance was lined with Dime guitars. The cool thing about Dime too was he was a fanboy like anyone else. His love of KISS and Ace Frehley was so cool, and inspiring. Always celebrate your heroes.
There are a lot of bands/artists who get a sniff of fame and forget their roots, what is the importance of remembering exactly who you are and where you come from?
Darkc3ll – It’s every bit important to always remember where you came from and how you started. I feel extremely grateful for what I’ve achieved and the journey so far to reach this point. As my TM says, “Every day is a school day.” You can never learn enough, and I learn something new every time I play. I like to remember my early days of starting out, because it does remind me that patience, determination and having fun are crucial in your formative years.
You have been writing a bit of new material, can you give us a sneak peak into what is on the cards concerning this new stuff?
Darkc3ll – Hahahaha! Well, all I can say is that it will be a step up. More groove, more hooks and more evil. We just love making Hate sound fun!
You toured with Davey Suicide, did you get up to some daft antics on that tour? If so what?
Darkc3ll – Those guys were super cool to hang with. Watching NBA finals in Dallas with Davey & co was a hoot. We had much quality time together, and as we were travelling in an RV(named Rock Vomit), Drayven & co enjoyed hanging out after shows. I believe crazy dancing with Derek & Nico & even Davey joined in. It was goofy cool fun. To be honest but, the conversations had were the most treasured. Much love and respect shared between our bands. Drayven(drums) had toured Australia previous with Genitorturers and we’d supported. Post Mortem Matt filled in on Bass duties for that tour, getting to play with Gen & co. So we had some history and it’s safe to say there’ll be more to come.
You wear makeup on stage, what does the design of your makeup signify? Do you have a persona that you only have on stage?
Darkc3ll – Our makeup has been a constant evolution since the early DC days of bandanas and guyliner. The makeup is more of an extension of who we are, and by no means a crutch that we neither lean on nor rely on. The music has always since the beginning been vital and our main driving component. Over time, with touring and a past of playing in Horror bands and working in a Vampire themed cabaret restaurant, I was compelled to start expressing myself more visually, and the band were very keen also. Our look is not a persona, but who we are.
We all have our addictions, mine at the moment is Halo - The Master Chief Collection video game. What is your own personal addiction?
Darkc3ll – I love writing, comic books and video games. All are therapeutical, but Darkc3ll is an addiction like nothing else.
What is the greatest song lyric you have ever heard?
Darkc3ll – Hmm….too many to consider, but I can give 2 that get me everytime:
1: “Squeeze the lemon, till the juices run down my leg”- Led Zeppelin( The Lemon Song)
2: “There is no Heaven, without a little bit of Hell”- Darkc3ll( Freakenstein)
At what point in your history did Darkc3ll turn from being based in Australia to a band that tours the world?
Darkc3ll – 2014, we toured Australia with some of the worlds most iconic bands( Rob Zombie, Motionless in White, Black Veil Brides, AFI, Gwar, Mushroomhead, FFDP, A7X, Korn, Ill Nino, The Defiled, Satyricon and more) and proved ourselves in the eyes of audiences and media to hold our own as a world class act. This tour made us more determined than ever, having also toured with Wednesday 13, Otep & Combichrist, we learned that we could be that band to tour overseas and make an impact. In 2015, we have done just that and could not be prouder and even more determined to spread the darkn3ss even further worldwide.
Seeing the world is an amazing thing, but what are the disadvantages of touring worldwide?
Darkc3ll – Being away from home, not knowing what day of the week it is, adjusting to another world from that comfortable place. Touring is like nothing else, and certainly not for the wannabes. You have to make sacrifices.
We are all in some way bound by rules, are there any rules for being in Darkc3ll?
Darkc3ll – Loving what we do and having fun & giving 110% every show is our rule.
Is there anything you have lost that has made you feel very low?
Darkc3ll – Life is full of obstacles and disappointments. In this industry, you learn very quick to have a tough skin, because there are many beatdowns along the way. What doesn’t kill you definitely makes you stronger!
We see so many scandals in the media, so lets have some fun. There is a Darkc3ll scandal on the horizon, what is it and who is involved? Tell us the story
Darkc3ll – The Mystery of the Phantom Smearer…..the band travels across America in their Rock Vomit RV, and all along the way toilet seats are smeared with shit, especially on the RV’s own toilet. The culprits are many but this is one mystery never to be solved…..All we know is 37 cent Burritos, beer, whiskey and hot sauce are consumed by all band members and no one is innocent. Who is THE PHANTOM SMEARER???
Thank you so much for giving Vampire Freaks this interview, is there anything you would like to add?
Darkc3ll – Thank you so much. It’s an honour to chat to you. We’re huge fans of VF and invite everyone to come visit us at www.facebook.com/darkc3llofficial
We always write back and love our fans. Thanks for all the support, crank our music and #spreadthedarkn3ss
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