Friday, June 17, 2011
This is an excerpt from an exclusive interview with Dave Hammlin, a.k.a “Big Dave”, from the band Majycc, conducted by People’s Choice Rock Icons magazine. The interviewer is Steve Wetcomb. Circa 1990
“Big Dave”: Thanks. Me too.
Steve: Now Dave, you are one of the founders of Majycc. What inspired you to form this band?
“Big Dave”: Well Steve, inspiration can come from many places. Sometimes it just falls out of the sky and hits you. I can’t tell you how, or when, or even why Majycc formed. It just happened. It was written in the stars.
Steve: I see. Now, what would you say your early influences were as a band?
“Big Dave”: well you know…Sorcery. Plants. Nature. The Universe. All kinds of Voodoo magic really. We came together and did some crazy stuff. Sometimes we would shoot of rockets and recite spells before going on stage.
Steve: What about musical influences?
“Big Dave”: One time we managed to bring back our old bassist from the dead.
Steve: I’m sorry?
“Big Dave”: He was literally dead.
You’re the main songwriter for the band. Is this right?
“Big Dave”: Yes
Steve: What is the songwriting process like for you?
“Big Dave”: It’s filled with ups and downs. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve started writing a song, and then stopped midway through and trashed the whole thing. Sometimes I even break my piano.
Steve: Do most of your songs start out as ideas on the piano?
“Big Dave”: I don’t play piano.
Steve: What about the Majycc song “Caretaker for the Doomsday Crypt.” Where did that one come from?
“Big Dave”: That one’s about love, Steve.
Steve: I see. Now, Majycc has been around for 20 plus years, and you guys have put out over 30 albums. That must take a lot of time and dedication to your music.
“Big Dave”: Yes it does, Steve. It’s taken a toll on me personally, having been on the road for so long. Most people don’t understand the lifestyle.
Steve: Your new album “American Haymaker” hits the stores in two weeks. What would you say is your favorite part of the album?
“Big Dave”: The Drum solos. Most definitely. They’re really spicy. Our drummer is a God.
Steve: Do you enjoy being in the studio?
“Big Dave”: I do for the most part. But I’m not in there just for fun. It’s strictly business. I’m in the studio more than anyone else in the band, I can tell you that for sure. I slept in there for two weeks once.
Steve: That long huh? (Laughs)
“Big Dave”: Yeah (Laughs) Most of my time there is spent finding a guitar tone. I’m also the drummer for the band.
Steve: Wow. I didn’t know that. That must be very difficult on stage no doubt. How do you manage that?
“Big Dave”: Majycc.
Tuesday, May 31, 2011
I had originally planned on making the next post an epic post on Devourment, Pyrexia, Immolation, and Internal Bleeding, but I have decided to bypass all of those (important) bands and write a post on this brand newish band/thing.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
- 3% Keratin
- 9% Fur
- 87% Rubber
- 1% Alcohol
- Cats do not understand the act of pointing. They will always look at your hand, which is hilarious. Test this and laugh! (Alternatively, declare: "Strength!")
- Cats spend 30% of their waking hours grooming themselves. That's almost as much time as your girlfriend spends!
- If you see your cat's legs twitching, that means it's dreaming of kicking the shit out of you for throwing your cum-sock on it.
Sunday, April 24, 2011
Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Reading makes the world go round. Reading has the power to build nations and destroy cities. What makes us human? The ability to read. But can all humans read? No. (I will explain this phenomenon later in the context of racism) Reading has the power to take you places you’ve never imagined and never wanted to go.
If you can’t read, go learn how. The more you read, the more you know. Learn to read books. Learn to read poems. Learn to read nutrition labels. Learn to read binary code. Learn to read minds. Think of it this way. Reading is like eating. There’s a whole world full of food out there for you to eat, so don’t discriminate. Indulge yourself. Become obese with knowledge. Find your favorite dishes and eat them every night. As a citizen of the human race, you’re standing in the midst of an extensive potluck feast. So tonight for dinner, instead of eating, try reading.
There has never been a better time in the history of the world to start reading than now. It’s easier than cooking and better than drugs. Not everyone reads on the same level, so it’s important to pick the literature that’s right for you. If you feel challenged by big words and punctuation, don’t be discouraged. Try reading something easier like billboards, magazines, or catalogues. Don’t give up. Reading is a useful tool. Reading will grant you power over the culturally inferior. Recite your favorite sonnet to your love interest to put them on their knees. Read a Bible verse to an ethnic minority to save their soul. You can have the power. Simply pick up a book and read it.
Is reading fun?
Reading can be fun. It can also be terrifying. Reading is as enjoyable or gruesome as you make it.
Is reading dangerous for children?
It depends. For many children, reading can be a traumatizing experience. With the power to destroy young minds, parental discretion is advised when teaching kids to read. Until the age of ten, I was lost without reading. Then I found how rewarding of an experience it can be.
Can black people read?
No. This is a common misconception. In addition to using jive talk and a collection of click dialects, black people commonly convey their thoughts with one another via the Retinal Authorization Process, or R.A.P. Nowadays a few white people use R.A.P., but this rudimentary form of communication is best left to the nappy-haired and socially unruly.