- Hello, William! When did you first discover Death Metal? At that time, what was the Arkansas metal scene like?
- I had been listening to metal since the mid 80's such as Metallica, Slayer, Anthrax etc...but discovered death metal around the time of Cannibal Corpses Butchered At Birth era. From there I discovered all the bands of that time. Back then there were a lot of different kinds of bands around town but i think Shredded Corpse and Living Sacrifice were the only ones really all in on the death metal sound.
- Do you remember the first metal concert you went to see? How could you describe your local underground community you hang out with?
- First metal concert was Metallica on the ...And Justice For All Tour '88. I don't socialize much but the community is a melting pot and everyone kind of knows everyone else. its not a huge music community.
- Shredded Corpse was found in 1991, but previously you were called Frozen Dawn. Why did you decide to change the name? Did you consider any other versions as well?
- I wasnt there in the beginning.
- How did it happen that the band was basically represented by only two people, you and David on drums? Was it the original line-up? How did you handle the situation with live performances?
- The original lineup was Steve "Mosh" Scott as guitarist/vocalist and David on drums. I came in later and did bass and vocals on the first couple demos. Live all 3 of us played.
- In 1993 you released your first demo, "Ejaculate on the Soul". Tell us a bit about the recordings. Where did you record the material? And as I understand, everything was done by you and David, wasn't it? How long did it take you?
- At this time I had taken over as the guitarist/vocalist. It was just David and I. We recorded it on 8 track 2 inch reel to reel tape. recorded and mixed in a couple hours.
- How many copies did you get? Who was in charge of the cover and the whole design? How did you distribute your tapes? Were you involved into tape-trading? Do you remember the first bands you exchanged the demos with?
- Not sure how many copies we did. I did the cover art and layout. David was into the tape trading and distribution. He was good at that and I stayed out of that area.
- In 1994, you released another demo, "Death Brings Erection", still in DIY format. What can you say about this record and its production?
- Another 8 track recording reel to reel recording. Recorded and mixed in a few hours. Still learning how to write songs.
- The same year you released the last demo, "Vomit". But this time it was recorded as trio, with Mosh on guitars. Tell us a bit about that guy. And why didn't he stay for longer? Having the 3d person in the band, did it influence anyhow your usual song-writing process?
- It was Steve and Dave from the beginning with me bringing an outside opinion on song writing this whole time. I was the more straight metal guy and Steve and Dave were the grind core dudes writing 2 second songs and songs not longer than a minute. I dont remember what happened that Steve wasnt with us anymore after the record.
- Finally, in 1996 you released your debut full-length. First of all, how did you get the deal with Wild Rags Records and did you receive any other proposals as well?
- David sent the record out to everyone and i guess Wild Rags was the first ones to jump on it.
- How did the recording sessions go? How did you like working with Crystal Recording Studio? Considering the fact, that you performed all the guitars, bass and vocals, how long did it take you to record everything?
- We recorded everything at Crystal Studios so it was a very comfortable space (I still produce things there sometimes). For this record we did 24 track reel to reel and recorded on day and mixed the next day.
- Who came up with the idea to add to the "Nailed Open Hole" some kind of deep bell sound? And what instrument or sound was it in reality?
- It was my idea and it is a guitar that you are hearing.
- Who was the cover's artist? And why didn't you put your logo on the front cover?
- I did the cover art and Im not sure what happened with the logo not being on the cover. We kinda handed over everything to the label and they did the layout.
- After that release, did you have any concerts in support? In general, how often did you play live? Do you remember any special concerts?
- We didn't play live very much at all. I'm not sure we did any shows in support of this record.
- Your next release was the 6-bands split. What is interesting, is that it was released on your own label, Frozen Dawn Records. How did you come up with the idea of your own label? And tell us a bit about that split, what also became your first release. How did you choose the bands?
- The Frozen Dawn label belongs to David and he decided who was on there.
- "Human Obliteration" was released in 1998 and became your last album. How many copies did you have? What could you say about it now?
- Not sure how many copies were released for this one, maybe an original pressing of a thousand. I thought this was our best effort and still remains a special record to me.
- Where did you record it? Who produced the album? How could you describe the recording sessions?
- Again we recorded at Crystal Recording Studio here in Arkansas. I produced and mixed it with Ray Brooks who owns the studio. I think we were the most prepared to record than in our previous recordings.
- After that the band split-up, why did it happen? By the way, what did happen with planned "Total Hate Existence" CD?
- I went on to do many other projects. I wanted to go in some other directions. Not sure about that Total Hate Existence cd, maybe we should record that one.
- In 2014, Extremist Records released the compilation of mainly all your records ever done. Who came up with that idea? How long did it take to collect all the stuff and to release it? Why some tracks from "Human Obliteration" were excluded from that CD?
- David compiled all the songs for them so im not sure if some songs were missing. I din't listen that far into the record haha.
- One day, would you like to re-animate Shredded Corpse? Record a new album and to tour around for a while?
- Definitely not going to be touring. I never say never so i wont count out that Total Hate Existence record. I do plan on remastering Human Obliteration and releasing it with new artwork in early 2016.
- Could you tell us about your experience in Evanescence? How did you join them? Did they know about your "past"?))
- Evanescence is from Arkansas as well and I played drums on their very first song that they released on a compilation. We were all friends so it was very easy to step in and be their full time drummer.
- You are still involved into many projects and have a very active music career. Tell us a bit about some of your bands, Living Sacrifice and Soul Embraced. What are your current plans with those bands?
- Hopefully something new with both Living Sacrifice and Soul Embraced in 2016. In recent years Ive expanded my career into scoring video games and movies as well. I just did music for the Killing Floor 2 video game and The Barn movie and video game.
- Thank you a lot for this interview, William! Would you like to add anything in the end?
- Thanks so much for the interview, I appreciate it!
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