XS ROCK: Tell me about the latest band news? Any new projects coming out, live shows or announcements?
JDN: Our debut album, Cross & Divide, comes out Sept 7 on Metropolis. Groovie Mann is finishing the new Thrill Kill Kult album and I’m finishing the new Blue Eyed Christ album.
XS ROCK: So how long has the band been together?
JDN: Groovie Mann and I have been writing songs together for 3 years now.
XS ROCK: What was your main motivation for originally starting or being in a band?
JDN: Groovie Mann and I started hanging out socially a few years ago. We toyed with the idea of starting a project. He came over to my studio one day and we wrote our first song, “Run 4 Your Lies!” We liked it so much we decided to write an EP, that went so well we decided to expand it to an album.
XS ROCK: What is your music background?
JDN: Groovie Mann is the singer and co writer in My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult and I have my project, Blue Eyed Christ. I also engineer, produce, and mix other major artists. My background Is keys and programming and Groovie Manns background is being a super star diva frontman.
XS ROCK: What image do you think your music conveys?
JDN: I would imagine our music conveys a lot of abstract and dark images, it depends on the song really.
XS ROCK: What are your current music career goals?
JDN: Getting Trash Deity off the ground with Groovie Mann, continuing mixing and producing other amazing and interesting artists, those are the short term ones. Finishing the new Blue Eyed Christ album too.
XS ROCK: Which do you prefer? Writing new songs and recording or playing for a live audience?
JDN: I like both but at the core I’m a studio nerd, being a Producer and Engineer professionally.
XS ROCK: What are your songs’ lyrics about? (What specific themes do they cover?)
JDN: I don’t think there’s any 1 theme at all, each has its own story to tell. Our lyrics are pretty abstract and open for interpretation.
XS ROCK: What is the single most important thing to you as a musician?
JDN: To always continue to challenge myself.
XS ROCK: Do you have any outrageous tour stories from the road?
JDN: Oh man, That’s really a Groovie Mann question!! He’s done a ton of touring with Thrill Kill Kult, you can imagine how wild some of those are.
XS ROCK: What’s the strangest request that you’ve ever received from one of your fans?
JDN: That’s another Groovie Mann question, my fans like to tell me their personal connection to the music but never request anything odd from me.
XS ROCK: Are your friends and family supportive of your choice to play in a rock band?
JDN: My friends are, my family has never been particularly supportive or understood what I do. I
XS ROCK: What advice do you have for new bands trying to get started?
JDN: Do it for the art from your heart with all your passion and hope success follows…or sell out and try to cash in..haha. whatever works really.
XS ROCK: What are your favorite tracks to play live?
JDN: we haven’t played out live yet, but I’m looking forward to it. I’m involved in the production of a lot of big tours and really enjoy putting the music together and creating a show.
XS ROCK: Which band or artist inspired you to perform? Why?
JDN: Prince was the ultimate performer, right?
XS ROCK: If you could design a dream tour for your band, who would be on the bill?
JDN: I’m not sure, but we’d be headlining in that dream!
XS ROCK: What do you consider your greatest accomplishment so far?
JDN: My career highlight was working with Prince Engineering the Musicology album. My personal highlight for my music is Blue Eyed Christ “Catch My Fall”, it’s always the song that seems to make the personal connection with fans.
XS ROCK: If you weren’t performing in a band what kind of career do you think you would have?
JDN: Maybe a lawyer, I like to argue.
XS ROCK: What type of equipment do you use for live shows?
JDN: We will have laptops, and synths, some guitars and all sorts of fun things.
XS ROCK: What do you think of the current music scene?
JDN: I think there is more music than ever, and more access than ever, the trick is finding the substance and great, it’s out there, you just have to search.
XS ROCK: For anyone that doesn’t know you, what would they be surprised to know about you?
JDN: I Love Dogs
XS ROCK: Is there anything that you’d like to promote or say to your fans out there?
JDN: Just that we’re very proud of our debut Album, Cross & Divide, coming out September 7 on Metropolis. It took us 3 years and we put our heart and souls into it and certainly hope your readers enjoy it.
XS ROCK: Thanks again for taking the time to talk with us at XS ROCK!