Can you tell us the basis for Master Of Decay please?
3TEETH (Lex) - The basis for master of decay was centered around a pentagram version of Anubis (the egyptian god of death ) that I had designed and started writing lyrics for. After that, Xavier pretty much starting doing sound design ideas around the visual concept and eventually we had a song.
How do you make sound and visuals match each other?
3TEETH (Lex)- The short answer to that is communication. I think all language is essentially metaphors anyways, so really we’re just pushing that into a more literal context by saying “make it sound more like this looks or make this look more like this sounds.”
Which comes first the visual image for the song or the sound of that song?
3TEETH (Lex)- It really varies to be honest. Sometimes we’ll have a clear idea of what were going for conceptually and we’ll create some visual identity like a mood board for the concept just to get everyone on the same page. Other times Xavier, Chase or Andrew might just start writing something that becomes a seed to the rest of the song. We try and be as methodical about our process as possible but we also embrace the chaos that is innate to it.
There is a lot of debate about industrial music as a whole these days over what it is. But in your mind what bands defined the genre in the early days and why do you consider them pioneers?
3TEETH (Lex)- Personally, I think of industrial as an art that has the capacity to suck the poison out of a mass production society and spit it back in its own face. But at the end of the day, I don't exactly consider myself an aficionado of the industrial music genre or its history and I don’t really care to talk about its pioneers because all that does it open up more pointless debates.
You are a relatively young band who has quickly gained notoriety, what do you feel it is about you that has caught the attention of your fans?
3TEETH (Lex) - We try and create as much sensorial experience with the project as possible and not just passively put out music. We live in a time where we are bombarded with media and being that we are natives of the preverbal media jungle, we really aim to use these same resources in order to disrupt and thrive.
You play Aftermath festival this year, of the bands you share the stage with on the Saturday night which one are you most proud of playing alongside and why?
3TEETH (Lex)- DJ Matt Hart because that guy is an all around fucking hero and he came to every show of our last European tour.
Your individual styles you have make up the uniqueness of the band in the way that you look, where do you all gain inspiration for the way you look?
3TEETH (Lex)- Well I can only speak for myself but I dont’ really know. As a kid I probably watched too much Terminator and read too many Lobo comics, so i’ll go with that as a my answers. I’m also fortunate enough to have some very talented friends like Carrie Sleutskaya who makes custom clothing for me.
What do you feel is the importance of supporting festivals like Aftermath not only in Canada and the USA but worldwide too?
3TEETH (Lex) - I tip my hat to anyone across the globe who supports underground music because they definitely aren’t doing it for the money and I think it’s a dying breed of people who still do shit for the culture of it.
In Europe they seem to be able to run huge alternative festivals, but like in the UK they can’t. Why do you think Europe can maintain the bigger alternative festivals when it seems like elsewhere its impossible?
3TEETH (Lex)- There is probably some socio-anthropological answer to this that i’m very ill equipped to provide but my guess is that Europe has more history of doing big alternative festivals then other places therefore it has more cultural traction.
The whole EDM scene, what do you think is the stereotypical EDM style that everyone seems to follow?
3TEETH (Lex) - I’m not even sure what you’re really asking here but I’m pretty sure I’m pretty sure the answer is Molly.
If you had to make an EDM project then how would you break the mould?
3TEETH (Lex) - I’d go by DJ Burny Lomax and set myself on fire when the bass dropped. I don't know… Maybe people aren't ready for a Weekend at Bernie’s conceptual immolation DJ set.
Why only 3TEETH when there are four of you?
3TEETH (Lex) There’s a lot of reasons but mostly because we are 4 humans and not 4 large teeth.
How did LIL DEATH pave the way for 3TEETH?
3TEETH (Lex) - LIL DEATH was a party in downtown LA that I started with my friends Tamara Sky and Caleb Gauge back in 2011. At the time we were really pushing some interesting boundaries aesthetically and sonically which essentially brought a lot of like-minded people together including the current members of 3TEETH.
Who is your favourite WWE wrestler?
3TEETH (Lex) DEMOLITION because they were bout that BDSM life for sure.
Do you carry any typical LA traits, if so which ones?
3TEETH (Lex) - Only that I like to go on hikes, complain about traffic and i’m secretly a lesbian. Other than that, not really.
Besides being home what does LA truly mean to you?
3TEETH (Lex) - I personally have a lot of mixed feelings about LA. In someways it’s pleasant and others, not so much. That being said, for myself but LA is a great place to write songs about societal collapse as there is an obvious derangement of priorities in this town that sometimes feel like a caricature sketch of some very universal problems in today’s world.
Thank you so much for giving Vampire Freaks this interview, is there anything you would like to add?
3TEETH (Lex) - Just to check out our upcoming tour dates on our Facebook page and come out to one of our shows to lose your mind.