- Hello, Shaun! It has been announced that you are going to the studio to record your new album entitled "Paraphiliac Perversions". What can you say about this CD?
- I'd like to say that I am very excited about this new disc!!! I worked very hard at it and I think that my fans will definitely love it and maybe I will be gaining some new fans when this is released soon on Sevared Records! I have a lot of elements in this disc. Brutal death, grind, Tech Death, stomp, slam, Harmonies..... I really do many of these things on all of my albums, or try to anyways lol. But the separations are really pronounced on this new disc and it all really crushing I believe to say the least!
- What will be the main difference in comparison with the previous release? With every new CD, how do you challenge yourself?
- I challenge myself by trying to think outside of the box and to do new things. New things or styles that are out of my comfort zone as far as my own sex criticism goes.... It's very challenging in itself to try and do these things whilst attempting to keep my old fans hunger fulfilled. I don't want to alienate any of my fans or turn them off or push them away because they are what mean the most to me because I have a very strong any loyal fanbase I have built up for many many years, and I don't want to disappoint them in any way. Some bands don't care and they do what they're going to do as musicians to keep themselves happy and interested in playing and writing music. But that isn't what I want to do. I want to push the envelope and myself sure.... But I have to also stay true to the legacy I have built with Pile
- Considering the fact that you are in charge of everything, how long did it take you to compose all the songs?
- Some songs kinda write themselves and could take a day.... Others can take a couple weeks. It all depends on how it is flowing together and all depends if I'm able to write quickly or am in a writing rut. And also how much time I am able to sit down and write because I work full time and also have a son so very much of my time gets taken up with the "real life" things I have to take care of. But all in all I'd say on average about one or two weeks it takes me to write a number.
- How much time do you usually spend in the studio recording the material?
- It doesn't really take me long to record in the studio when I'm tracking and have settled in tones and such really... It's just finding the time to get in the studio is the hard part sometimes because myself or my engineer have conflicting schedules and such many times.... But when I can get in there things normally roll quite smoothly really... Maybe a day for cymbals, two days for my guitar tracks, a day for bass, and maybe a week or so for all of my vocals because I go in and probably do 2-4 songs in one sitting so I don't blow my voice out and give a day or so for resting. All depending on how the 'ol throat is holding up at the time.
- The album is going to be recorded at the "Mercenary Digital Studios". Looks like Scott Creekmore is an old friend of yours. Tell us a bit about this cooperation.
- Scott is my boy and we have been friends for many years. Even before I was ever thinking about starring Putrid Pile. Since back in my Numskull days when we shared the stage together as a band.... Scott and I share a lot of the same likes and dislikes when it comes to recording and we work really well together. We always have.... He's pretty much like a silent member of the band and has always tries his hardest to give me the best production he possibly can and is very patient with me in the studio as I can be very meticulous at times and a stickler but everything always works out the best for both of us in the end result and we're both always happy with the finished product. I will be going to Scott and Mercenary Digital Studios for as long as he is around. I've recorded a demo, a split, and five full length albums there so it's safe to say I don't think I'll be going anywhere else but there! Lol
- What could you say about your participation in Num Skull? How did you join them? What was this time for you like?
- How I joined the band was fate really... I can remember it well. It was early afternoon or so on he weekend and my father asked me to go to the music center because he wanted me to the some guitar or something.... I didn't really want to go to be honest... Probably hungover or something.... But I said no at first... But he kept asking me so eventually I gave in and headed out to the store with him.... I was trying a guitar out and I was playing Black Magic by Slayer. Apparently that caught the ear of the guitar player Tom of Numskull that was walking around checking out guitars at the same time! So one of the salesman me and my father knew well Rob came over to us and goes.... Hey that dude over there is in a band named Numskull and they need a guitarist. Here is a CD from them. Check it out and get back to them if you're interested." And I was like "cool I'll check it out and do that!" And his point Tom came over and introduced himself. I went home and listened to the disc "When suffering comes" and the rest is history. Being in that band with those dudes was absolutely the best time I had ever had in a band. There was no drama and everyone was on the same page and professional. It was what I had been searching for, for people to jam with for many years prior. Scott and Tom introduced me to the underground which were the seeds that were planted for the whole Putrid Pile thing to take off some years later.... I owe all of this to my Father and to those wonderful Gentlemen in Numskull that showed me the way and helped me as much as possible and always supported me and had my back from the very start..... Love those guys.... All of them
- How and why did you decide to become a one-man band? Is it just because it's easier for you to control the whole process?
- I decided to become a one man band because things happened in Numskull which were beyond anybody's control to fix so we just basically disbanded. All of us I don't think ever really wanted to we just kinda didn't have a choice in the matter.... So at that time I was just getting into the underground death metal scene and wanted with all of my being to be a part of that and write tunes and put out CDs so I just picked up my drum machine that was collecting dust in my basement and started writing songs for the Putrid Pile "Bleed for Me" demo. There wasn't really many musicians around the area that could do what i was looking for so I just full steam ahead started writing songs with the mindset that I will find members after I hurry up and get some music out there. It just never really happened as some members came and went but never really were able to stick around for too long so I just gave up on the whole band thing and decided to keep PP as a one man thing.
- How do you feel playing alone on the stage? Do you feel any lack of support sometimes?
- I love it sure but it gets lonely sometimes. And all droids and countries are different and have different vibes and energy.... But in all honestly I can say I pretty much always have much love and support from the crowds and I always have.... No bullshit. I've been really lucky to have the support and energy that I have had throughout all of these years that it's utterly amazing!!!once in a blue moon there might be one dude that blurts out a "get a band" "or "you suck" but normally at those times I have so many dans in the crowd that those assholes don't know about they shut them down fairly quickly lol. But I've been lucky that that doesn't happen very often at all... People are more open to drum machines these days. Not like when I first started. So times are different and people seem to be more open about the whole thing... And people are realizing that it's not in the number of members on the stage.... But the music itself. They can tell where my heart is at and see that the music is legit and all of that speaks for itself.
- In 2012 you released a DVD "Live at Obscene Extreme 2011". Why did you choose to record exactly that performance? What can you say about the local fans? While playing, was it hard not to laugh when a "Banana-man" and other crazy guys were dancing in front of you?
- LMMFAO! THATS THE WHOLE POINT!! it's all about laughing and partying and having a good time. Letting loose and not being so serious... But still being professions and crushing at the same time. Thats why I chose to record the Obscene Extreme show... I love that festivals and everybody always goes nuts and dresses up and loses their mind. And travel from all over Europe and the world to come cut loose for three days. Anybody that's been to that festival knows exactly what I'm talking about. I've always have much love and support from Curby and OEF as well so that's why I chose to record a DVD from that festival.
- Putrid Pile has an official video for the "Blood Fetish" song. As I understand, the complete "4-members" band is presented by you? Why did you decide to film it this way? Where did you find those girls for gore scenes?
- I basically wanted the video to be that way to 1. Poke fun at myself a little bit and thought it would be a good / fun idea. And 2. It hasn't really been done before and I thought it would be interesting. I try to not take myself so seriously... I take my music very serious.... But everything else is always tongue and cheek so to speak... The actors were hired by my friend who filmed the video for me Andrew Tippett. They were all soldiers and complete professionals and they did a great job for me and I thank them for that!!
- Is there any new video planned to promote the upcoming album?
- Yes I have plans for something for the new disc. Maybe two videos in not sure yet.... But one will probably be a "studio" video
- When can we expect the new album and how will you support it? Will there be any tour or anything like that?
- The new album "Paraphiliac Perversions" should be out fall 2015 on Sevared Records. I don't know about tours and such as its really hard to get such a long span of time off of work at one time but I know I will be hitting festivals here and there and shows as I always do! I try to play as much as my life will allow me to lol
- Thank you, Shaun. Would you like to say a few words to our readers and your fans from all over the world?
- Thank you Dima for This opportunity and for the awesome questions! And here is what I would like to say to all the friends and fans reading this that have supported Putrid Pile for all these years: You rule! And I'll be seeing all you crazy sickos on the road soon! Pick up the new disc when it's released and let me know what you think! Cheers and all the best everyone! \m/\m/
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