December 2009 :: Interviews
By all accounts, Adelitas Way vocalist/songwriter Rick DeJesus should have become a statistic. Ink 19's Elianne Halbersberg talks with the artist about how music -- and VH1 -- saved his life.
Despite a discography that would make you expect a persona along the lines of a reincarnated Captain Beefheart, in conversation, Arrington de Dionyso is polite and eager to communicate his artistic mission in as understated a manner as possible. Ink 19 caught up with the artist on a rare day off, somewhere in Texas, to speak about his new album Malaikat Dan Singa, performance, and making music to conjure spirits.
Too young to be fully cognizant of the more embarrassing excesses of Gothic music over the past twenty years, the young Turks of NYC's own Blacklist are, perhaps unwittingly, the best hope of redeeming Goth-metal. Fresh from a European tour complete with horned hotel antics, Blacklist frontman and provocateur Josh Strawn told Ink 19 all about how he learned to stop worrying and love Motorhead and Scott Walker equally.
With their latest release, Tri-Polar, Sick Puppies' luck and perseverance begins to pay off with big-league success. Bassist Emma Anzai gives Ink 19 the dish on craigslist, the glamorous rock and roll lifestyle, and why you should never skimp on vitamins.
Fans of cutting-edge electronic music most likely have Michael Rother to thank. Rother was one of the prime movers in a German music scene, dubbed krautrock, that still sets the standard for exciting, weird, and groovy music. Ink 19 had the pleasure of chatting with Rother, who seems as comfortable with creating new music as he is with being a careful archivist of the music and legacy of his previous bands.