Daath – Kevin Talley (Drums)
Recently, Alex Gilbert at SMNnews got the chance to chat with drummer extraordinaire, Kevin Talley, who’s currently playing in metal powerhouse DAATH, and has quite the resume playing in bands such as Dying Fetus, Chimaira, Misery Index, and more. Kevin has also recently announced his website, which we are extremely happy to help promote: http://www.drummerkevintalley.com. The site is super cool, interactive, and is a great tool for all you musicians. Even if you’re not a musician, you should still go check out the site for it’s extremely interesting. To get an in depth look into his killer website, what’s going on in the DAATH camp, and plenty more, join us for some fun after the jump!
You are building a website announcing your studio services as a drummer. Care to give some self promotion about your website?
My site explains my studio services, contests for musicians, and updates on bands seeking musicians. This is my official site where people can easily learn about what band I am playing in, the bands I am recording for, my tour schedule, gear setup. They will also be able to hear current audio samples of my session work, download drum tracks, and see pictures and videos of my work. The site will also include free drum instructional video clips.
My site also explains my studio service for bands needing drums for their record. People can send their music recorded to a click and I will write, record, and return quality drum tracks. There are more details at DrummerKevinTalley.com.
You are holding DYING FETUS contest. Can you give us some details on this?
Yes, the site also explains an awesome DYING FETUS contest for guitarists, bassists, and vocalists. People can download (free) my drum tracks for “Praise The Lord” and record their own parts for the song. After winners are chosen, the song will have all the best versions of each part, mixed professionally, and will be included on a project that will be released next year 2010. Among the three prizes, one includes my personal Jackson guitar I’ve owned for 15 years. It is autographed by James Murphy and I will also have it autographed (if possible) by the guitar winner’s favorite guitar player.
You also offer professional drum lessons. How does it feel to inspire up-and-coming drummers and spread the great feeling that music can give amongst others?
I was musically trained in marching band but, unfortunately, I was not able to have a drum set instructor when I was growing up. In addition, the Internet was not around so I didn’t have the luxury of checking out YouTube videos. I feel very honored that I am able to share to the world the tips I have picked up along the way. I have a drum instructional DVD available at my website and will soon shoot a new drum instructional DVD soon that will cover writing theories, groove beats, and efficient practice techniques.
Also at my website, people can watch exclusive, free, drum instructional clips. I am also available to fly to a person’s house and give them instruction for a week or two. All info on this can be found at my website.
After the release of The Concealers, DAATH has been a touring machine! Any upcoming tours you can let us in on?
DAATH just finished a European tour with Chimaira and Unearth but, as of now, we don’t have any touring plans. We will write some more songs over the holidays, record a new album, and will hit the road again next year.
From a live perspective, how does it feel to see the kids in the pits, banging their heads, and having a flat out great time? A job well done? Also, what are some of your favorite songs to play live?
I love looking out and watching people get into the music. It really helps the band when there is a lot of energy coming from the fans. It’s great to know that we are giving people something they want and they might remember for years to come. For some, it might be the best and most memorable concert of their lives, and that is a great feeling to know I can be a part of that. We want it to be an experience, not just another show.
My favorite songs live include “Silenced”, “Sharpen The Blades”, and “Day of Endless Light”.
DAATH’s music video for “Day Of Endless Light” is seriously badass! While you guys are throwing it down hard, the video has some incredible theatrics and effects, making it way better than the average metal video. Cheers, man! Does DAATH have any plans for another music video off of The Concealers?
I don’t think there are any plans to do another video. It’s too bad because I really wanted to do a video for another one of my favorite tracks on the album, “Silenced.” The intro is so brutal, heavy, and catchy. Although it sounds much different, the style of the opening riff reminds me of the intro to Refuse/Resist from one of my all time favorite bands, SEPULTURA.
Each member of DAATH truly brings such a raw, powerful, and energetic talent into the line-up. Seeing that each member can bring so many unique ideas to the team, do you guys have any ideas regarding future material?
Yes, everyone has input, which largely contributes to each songs unique sound. As for future material, we have talked about writing in a more brutal direction keeping our unique sound design, which sets us apart from other bands. We will not lose the musicality that we had on The Concealers, but we will continue to evolve.
DAATH’s song “Sharpen The Blades” really unleashes the beast in DAATH – I love it, and it really gets me pumped up!! You guys must be really proud of the final product in The Concealers. I think fans of all different types of metal are going to have something to headbang to. From The Hinderers to now with The Concealers, how do you feel about the progress of DAATH?
The band is definitely the most musical band I have ever been a part of. Since everyone is musically trained, we can consciously take the music in specific direction, usually breaking the rules of music theory. The most important element in our music is that we are very subtle about what we do. There is a huge variety of music on The Concealers and the next album will be even more different. The new record will still be DAATH, but it will sound nothing like The Concealers. I hate when bands keep putting out the same record so I always try to encourage my band mates to explore new territory.
Another great banger is “Silenced” and really shows the all around monster in DAATH, giving some black metal tones, that straight forward aggressive death metal, and a lot of shredtastic moments. What are some of your favorite songs off of The Concealers?
Silenced is definitely one of my favorites but, since all the songs sound different, I honestly like them all. This record reminds me of my old DYING FETUS albums where I made sure that every song has it’s own identity.
So, you have a pretty guilty pleasure for Abba, haha. What are some of your favorite songs of Abba?
Awe, hell yeah, I love Abba. My personal favorites include “The Winner Takes It All”, “Money, Money, Money”, “Lay All Your Love On Me”, “Take A Chance On Me”, but every song on Abba’s “Gold” album is killer.
Here’s a fun and tricky question. If you were to create a dream tour, who would be on it? Feel free to name a full scale festival if you wish. I’m guessing one act might be Abba?
Awe shoot this is hard and you will be surprised with the lack of metal bands but it’s because I have seen all of them already. Here is one hell of a line up…
Sepultura circa 1995, Blink 182, Nirvana – because I love Dave’s drumming, Queen, No Doubt, Dixie Chicks, The Police, Michael Jackson, Guns ‘n’ Roses (Appetite For Destruction tour), Rage Against The Machine, Foo Fighters (I still have never seen this band), Abba smokes all these bands. Headliners!!!!!
Here is another list. You might think I would put these on my super show but nope! Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, Metallica circa 1989 – they are better now, Slayer – I’ve seen them enough, Pantera – I’ve seen them enough, Tool (They put on an incredible show, but no need to see them again.)
Being a drummer, and knowing the all around aspects, who are some of your all time favorite drummers?
My biggest influences are Lars, Vinny Paul, Dave Culross, Pete Sandoval, and Igor Cavalera. My favorite drummers now are Josh Freese, Dave Grohl, Gene Hoglan, Dave Lombardo, Travis Barker, and many more.
Man, you have quite the respectable resume!! Looking back on the past and what’s to come, how does the future look for you and DAATH?
We are very excited to record music for our next album and hit the road in 2010!
By Alex Gilbert