XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
V: We’ve been releasing a song almost every month since we launched. Our latest single is a cover of ‘Break On Through (To The Other Side)’ originally by The Doors. Our version features the amazing guitar shredder from the UK Andy James with a guest solo. We just finished recording our first EP with producer Kane Churko in Las Vegas and are already beginning work on the next batch of material!
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
V: We dropped our first song which was Jon Moxley from All Elite Wrestling’s entrance theme song back in August. That was the official launch of the project even though Violent Idols has been developing behind the scenes for over a year.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
V: I think the desire to create has always been a deep-rooted instinct inside me. Making songs is the best way I know how to create. It makes my brain tingle and my senses light up. I’m drawn to it even when I don’t want to be.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
V: I am a self-taught multi-instrumentalist. I grew up around lots of musicians though so always had some sort of instrument to tinker with. I started writing songs as a young child even before I understood what songwriting really was or the mechanics of it.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
V: Our music is unapologetic and aggressive. Our messages are in your face and could be challenging for some listeners. I don’t know why somebody would listen to a band named Violent Idols if they can’t appreciate violence though.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
V: To maintain our uncompromised attitude towards making music. It’s easy to give away pieces of your own integrity as you become more successful and the industry attempt to feed off you. I like the mental space I’m in right now with this band and the creative freedom we have. I just want to make the best most honest music that we can.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
V: Writing new songs is way more fun. You have an immediate artifact of an idea that could potentially live on forever. Playing shows, while fun is always a more single-serving disposable version of creativity. I’ve forgotten more shows than I’ve been to but important songs provide eternal emotional nourishment.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
V: I think on this first EP I am most focused on hypocrisy. I’m not sure why I find it so fascinating but to me, it’s an epidemic that needs to be fought. It’s infiltrated the culture, government, and religion and is an issue I’d like to shine several spotlights on. Until we can break through our own bias and delusion we are all prisoners.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
V: Freedom. The idea of being contained or enslaved to anybody or anything is absolutely frightening to me.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
V: I’ve played hundreds of shows in previous bands but Violent Idols have actually yet to play our first show. I am still putting together the live lineup and developing the spectacle that will be a VI show. It will be no regular experience. I hate regular.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
V: I don’t know if it’s because I find very little to be strange but I haven’t had any that immediately come to mind. I’m probably blocking something out though.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
V: The handful of people in my life that know I am behind Violent Idols do. I’ve only entrusted a few with my secret identity. Starting this band, I was more concerned about whether or not people that I didn’t know would support the music or not. I’ve been in bands before and friends and family can only take you so far. Wearing a disguise is part of my social experiment to see if people can
get behind Violent Idols WITHOUT knowing who I or the band are. So far it’s been one of the best parts of being in this band. I would rather people care more about the music than who I am at the end of the day.
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
V: Think long and hard about who you are. Put that uniqueness and originality into your music. Don’t follow trends. Don’t imitate others. Find who you are and become the best version of it.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
V: At rehearsals Break on Through (To the Other Side) has been a lot of fun to jam. It has so much energy. I feel like I could almost throw up from the adrenaline after playing it enough times. It’s amazing.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
V: NIN was the first time I saw a rock band that made me go “that looks fun”. David Byrne introduced the idea in my brain that music and live performance could be explored in more unconventional ways.
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
V: NINE INCH NAILS, ROB ZOMBIE, MARALYN MANSON, SLIPKNOT, AND VIOLENT IDOLS.
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
V: The theme song that we did for Jon Moxley of All Elite Wrestling has been a runaway train for us. It’s driven so many fans our way and has helped us establish our violent identity. Over a million people a week get to hear our song on AEW Dynamite every Wednesday on TNT. As a wrestling fan myself it’s been really exciting to be a part of.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
V: An astronaut or an archaeologist. I like space and history.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
V: Vocals, drums, two guitars, bass, keyboards, and percussion. Because our producer Kane is a wizard our songs sometimes have hundreds of tracks on the recordings. It requires us to throw everything and the kitchen sink at our live show.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
V: I like the platforms the exist today for new artists. It’s easier than ever to find likeminded people without having to sift through the mainstream first. I think artists and creators are still a little bit behind the curve of maximizing how weird and interesting their art can get because of it. We’ve spent decades in a system trying to reach EVERYBODY – you don’t need to do that anymore to make a living.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn't know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
V: My real identity if you meet me as V or my secret identity if you meet me as my real-world one.
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you'd like to promote or say to your fans out there?
V: Follow our mailing list at ViolentIdols.com and hit us up on socials @ViolentIdols. We have a new EP coming out featuring special guests Aaron Nordstrom, Andy James and K.A.Z – we are dropping a new song every few weeks! Come join our violent community.
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!