Crematorim’s Daniel Dismal Speaks Up About Closing of the Knitting Factory
CREMATORIUM frontman, and long time supporter of the LA metal scene, Daniel Dismal has spoken up about the recent closing of the Knitting Factory:
Why did the Knitting Factory close?
Money just wasn’t being made and the property management company never made it easy for the club to stay open. A lot of the battles that the Knit had with the city were made public as the club was always trying to get people involved in keeping the club open but things just got to the point of being ridiculous sometimes. Whether it was the fire department showing up out of nowhere to check the occupancy load or the health department rolling through trying to shut the club down and fine it for the smallest of reasons, things just became too tough to keep going. If the club was actually accepted at the location it might have not shut down because losing money might have felt a little better. I know it sounds weird but when you’re made to feel valued, losing money doesn’t seem like such a bad thing but when you’re made to feel unwanted, it makes you just want to pack up and move away. I am sure there are more official reasons as to why the club shut down but that’s honestly the way I saw it. The club was built around an entertainment compound and as the “climate” or the “orientation” of the businesses changed so did the overall treatment to the club from the property management. The ironic thing is that the Knitting Factory was the only constant business for almost 6 years there which kept things going for the property owners so in all honesty, without the Knit that whole property would have been emptied out and making no money for anyone. Even when the new businesses rolled in, they pretty much owed a lot of their walk up business to the club patrons and now, it’s just another empty shell of a building in Los Angeles. Like more of those are needed?!
The economy has hit the mainstream touring acts hard. How has the metal underground weathered the storm?
I wouldn’t really say that the Metal underground has weathered the storm to be honest. The touring bands of course charge us guarantees and when show attendances are down the losses come out of our pockets and though we appear to be a full-on company, when the chips are cashed in those losses come out of my pocket as well as my partners pocket. Metal in itself though has a pretty loyal fan base, always has and always will. We book all styles of music though and will continue to do so, so our losses come from all over the place besides just Metal. I can say that working with other styles of music while putting on Metal shows has shown me that Metal is still bringing out the people even though there’s less of them overall so I guess it does appear that Metal has some sort of immunity to economic climates. I guess the thing is that when things get tough in the world more extreme forms of music flourish. I think that’s because people just want an escape from it all and it’s easier to vent frustrations while listening to some Death Metal band over listening to some sort of easy listening band. That old saying of “take it out in the pit” becomes something a little more personal when you’re unemployed and eating all sorts of crap just to survive.