Interview with Pete Devine of Pete’s Rock News and Views (http://petesrocknewsandviews.com)
PD .What type of artist are you?
TN. The Necrosexual is front man and founder of the most electrifying band in corpse entertainment. I consider myself a one man army and a renaissance pervert. I play bass, guitar and provide vocals on my new album. Beyond music, I also perform as a video personality, burlesque performer, comedian and emcee. I want to be known as the hardest working ghoul in rock n roll.
PD. Tell us the brief history of yourself.
TN. Music is my first true love. I picked up string bass in orchestra when I was 10. I picked up electric bass a few years later and got into Metallica soon after. I grew up in the grim Pocono mountains of Pennsylvania, and as fate had it, I had Doro’s longtime bassist Nick Douglas as a music teacher during my formative adolescent years. The Necrosexual was born the first time I heard Reign in Blood on my 14th birthday. This darkness is an extension of my innermost metal demon and comes from a very real place. Eventually I crawled out of my grandmother’s dark basement and began landing video interviews and got picked up by metal injection and metal sucks.
PD. Who are your musical and non-musical influences?
TN. I grew up on 80s thrash metal. You can definitely hear that in my new album. Slayer, Kreator, Dark Angel, Testament, Exodus, Mercyful Fate, Danzig, Absu, Type O Negative, Rammstein, Immortal , Motörhead, Possessed are but a few favorites. My father turned me onto Pink Floyd when I was six, so I’m a huge David Gilmour fan. I dig classic rock like Van Halen, Scorpions, David Lee Roth, Rammstein, also softer stuff like Yanni, Duran Duran, Phil Collins and Rod Stewart.
In terms of newer bands, Mike Churry from Basilysk plays on the Necrosexual GRIM 1 album, so they are a force to look out for on the horizon.
PD. What are your dreams and goals?
TN. My new album is the first chapter in the book of Necromania . We are taking over the world. One day I hope to sit atop a throne on the Wacken main stage and drink poser’s blood out of a challice, surrounded by women of dark desires.
PD. Who writes your songs, what are they about?
TN. I’m the lyricist, composer and arranger. My guitarist Anthony Vigo Gabriele contributed riffs to “my kind of freaks” and “bottomless pit” on Grim 1. My lyrics deal with decadent aggression, graveyards and witches, heavy metal worship, winter and paranoia.
I channel the music from the bottomless pit of riffs in the darkest depths of the Necrodimension. “The Lair Where No Light Enters” is a song about raising hell in grandmother’s dark basement.
“Dead sexy” is a love song told from the perspective of a lonely corpse hungry for action. “Bottomless pit” is originally about the heavy metal Munchies, and I hope it inspires heavy metal maniacs to descend into a bottomless mosh pit. The last song I wrote and recorded on the record is “trust no one,” which was inspired by some late night X FILES N CHILL sessions.
PD. How do you promote your band and shows?
@thenecrosexual on twitter and IG
I’m also on Facebook and YouTube .
PD. What do you think about downloading music online?
TN. Heavy Metal Maniacs are welcome to download free singles off GRIM 1 at necrosexual.bandcamp.com.
I still prefer to buy CDs and music. The Necrosexual’s lair doesn’t have internet. I grew up before streaming services and YouTube, so it still took time to research and seek out new bands. The internet has helped me reach new audiences through my YouTube channel and I’m grateful for that, and of course, porn. But in the wider sense I believe we are living in an age of mass distraction. That’s why music is still so powerful. Blast it loud and remove all the nonsense and extra noise. I believe that through my captivating performances and persistence, the necro cream will rise to the top.
PD. What’s your outlook on the record industry today
TN. I’m an outsider to the music industry and everything up to this point has been self released. I’m more tuned in on creating my own music to pay attention to contemporary bands signed to major labels. But I don’t see anyone coming close to being the next Slayer or Metallica. But the Grim One is up to the task of being the world’s next great heavy metal icon.
PD. What song do you wish you’d written and why?
TN. All the songs I wish I had written are on my new album Grim 1. The realization of your most vicious wishes is delicious.
PD. What are some of your pet peeves?
TN. My new album is the antithesis of all things related to posers. Raw production, loud, distorted bass, virtuoso guitar leads and crunchy riffs, and some killer Necrofalsettos. GRIM 1 will give old school thrashers a heavy metal hard on.
PD. What is your proudest moment in music?
TN. Releasing the new album is a huge a milestone. It’s the end of one era, but the beginning of a new age. I believe my proudest moments are still ahead of us.
PD. Tell us about your next shows and why we should be there.
TN. Experience a true necrosexual encounter. Go one on one with the GRIM 1, and you will know why I am the most electrifying man in corpse entertainment.
January 13 – Kung Fu Necktie in Philadelphia
Feb 9, Century Bar in Philadelphia
FEBRUARY 18 – NECROSEXUAL ALBUM RELEASE PARTY at FRANKY BRADLEY’s in PHILADELPHIA
Band/Artist location – Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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