Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Interview: Jonny Davy of Job for a Cowboy



It’s been a while but last night I had the opportunity to speak with Jonny Davy from a death metal band called Job For A Cowboy. This is the first face to face interview I’ve done in my own format since I’ve had Booze, Beats & Bites!

Enjoy...

BOOZE:

What are you currently drinking?

Whiskey. Jameson.

What was your first ever alcoholic drink? How'd that go for you?

My uncle gave me a taste of peppermint schnapps when I was a kid because I was curious to try it. It was disgusting!

One beer. One Spirit. One Non-Alcoholic drink. Go:

Blue moon; Yeah, I know it’s a pretty standard answer but it’s really refreshing and the slice of orange on the edge of the glass is a nice touch. Whiskey, Jameson. Water is pretty much it.

What's the most absurd thing you've done while drunk?

We were on tour with Behemoth, and I was sleeping above their guitar tech. Woke up, blacked out and started peeing on his curtain. He was asleep, woke up, opened the curtain got pissed on. Then 2 days later, our old guitarist Ravi who was sleeping above Behemoth’s guitar tech was drunk and started puking, puked right on the tech!

BEATS:

The boring one: Why'd you get into the music industry?

I don’t really know. I grew up with a mom who was into heavy metal and there wasn’t a lot going on in Arizona. Made the band in high school and started playing in their parents’ garages. I really didn’t expect to get to where we were today, touring the world.

What's the first ever musical artist you remember enjoying listening to?

Michael Jackson. First thing that really struck a chord.

If you could only ever listen to 3 musical artists again, who would they be?

Radiohead, Goreguts & Bjork.

[This was a difficult question]

Why the hell is your band called that?

We’ve been trying to create a story that makes sense for years. In interviews we like to make stories up and just lie. We didn’t know what to call a band because every generic name was taken so we just called ourselves that for a joke and it kinda stuck

So, your latest album Demonocracy'. Tell me about some of the meanings behind the album…

Well as you can tell from the album title, it’s a bit political and it strings off of Ruination. The easiest way to describe it is that so many Death Metal bands have a stock of ideas of what’s right about gore and death but we wanted different. I love bands like Misery, Napalm Death & At The Gates so we wanted to follow suit and write about the true evils of the world.

Speaking of your latest album; you've changed quite a bit since your first E.P. with line-up changes and musically - what's the next step?

Our evolution been pretty dramatic and I think it’s just about all of us growing up. A lot of bands find their safe zone and put the same record out over and over but we didn’t want to do that, we want to constantly challenge ourselves and keep evolving. The next album will see us evolve even more regardless of whether it works; we just want to keep ourselves interested in being a band.

You shouldn't really feel guilty about any of your choices in music, but really, what's the one musical artist you feel really embarrassed about telling people you listen to?

I don’t really.  Actually, well, I like Green Day [Laughs]. Any metal fan who tells you they don’t like anything other than metal, especially if they’re in a band is lying.

Bites:

What are you currently eating/last thing you ate?

Chicken sandwich.

Can you cook? What's your signature dish?

I cook a lot when I’m at home. Before moving to live with my mum in Arizona, I grew up with my grandparents in the Dominican Republic so I ate a lot of Spanish food so that’s what I cook. Lots of Spanish food.

One Fruit. One Vegetable. One Meat. One Cheese. Go:

Pineapple. Green onions. Beef. Pepperjack.

What's the weirdest thing you've ever eaten?

Y’know, I haven’t really eaten anything that weird. Oh, I have eaten baked worms. And Chocolate covered crickets once!

BONUS ROUND:

What sports do you follow? What are your teams? Do you play?

I don’t really follow any sports... unless professional wresting counts. I also like a bit of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). I don’t really play any sports now but I played some basketball and soccer when I was younger.

Where's the weirdest place you've had to take a shit while on tour?

I’ve been lucky and have successfully found a toilet everywhere but I’ve been on tour with guys and seen them go in a trash can or dumpster.

Can you rap? I dare you to record a rap as a hidden track on your next album…

[Laughs a lot] What a strange question; asking if I can rap. Nope. Absolutely not!

What would you do if you came face to face with an antelope? [Courtesy of Jadeski]

[Laughs a lot] I don’t even know how to respond to that. I really don’t know [Continues laughing]

How many times can you bounce up and down on Satan's big old trampoline? [Courtesy of Chris - @ckdsaddlers on twitter]

On whose trampoline?

[Me: Satan’s]

Oh, well I’m gonna say 17.

[Most people think I’m talking about penises]

Yeah, I’m gonna stick with 17 then! [Laughs]

When your music career all goes terribly wrong and you end up more hated than Metallica after they released St. Anger, what's your fallback career?

I’ll just continue putting out albums like Load, Reload and St. Anger. I’ll just keep doing it, regardless. Realistically, if it every comes to that I’ll probably find something.

What's the most bizarre thing you've currently got in your wallet?

Nothing out of the ordinary.

I would like to thank Jonny for taking the time out of his schedule to sit with me and chat about Booze, Beats & Bites. Was really great to talk to him and find out about things more than just the music!

Job For A Cowboy's latest album Demonocracy is out now.


Nate

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