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In Conversation with Andrea Daniel

"I guess for as long as I can remember, I’ve always been creative in one way or another. It’s what drives me and makes me happy. As long as I’m creating something, be it music, visual arts, acting or something like that, it’s my passion. “I’ve never really liked the whole gender specification thing. I’m a drummer, I’m an artist. Sometimes I think people feel the need to say female drummer or female artist, female tattooer and I don’t really see how that matters. I don’t want to be judged on that, I want to be judged on my skills and abilities or how good I am at something. I guess I just try and focus on doing the best that I can on what I do..."
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Staff Picks: Vol 4

Spring is here! And what better way to celebrate the end of the cold season than with a new edition of Staff Picks. Check out what our DIRECT MERCH staff have been listening to lately, we hope you find something sick!
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Failure, Subside: An Interview with Sam Dishington

"One of the things that definitely informs the way that I write music is emotional and personal experience; just various things that you walk and go through. In recent years, I started drawing a bit more inspiration from the world around me. The music that I do is still very introspective but I’ve been finding myself inspired by places, specifically nature. I’ve been spending a lot more time up the mountain in Hobart, at the beach or visiting places like that because I’ve found that they wake something up in me. I’ve always been a very indoor kinda guy but now I really like visiting these places and taking them in and just experiencing the different smells, temperature, how the place sounds and what it makes me feel. That’s become a new thing for me in terms of what inspires my music...”
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As The Kingdom Drowns: An Interview With Todd Stern

"Being able to travel around the world with these dudes and play shows is still very surreal to me. I love going to places that kind of blow your mind a bit while touring; the kind where you’ve never seen anything quite like it before. They wanted me to tour with the band because they like having me around and we all laugh at the same shit, we just enjoy each other’s company. I think that’s a way more important ingredient when you’re replacing a band member than just their ability to play the songs. They’re just as sick as anyone could ever be as far as what I’m after in a death metal performance. We’re a really simple band as far it comes to cutting out the bullshit. It's the greatest group of individuals I've been together with...”
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Svart Lotus: An Interview with Tor 'Seidemann' Stavenes

"The name just made sense; a Lotus is also something beautiful rising from the muck, and black metal is also something beautiful that is slightly hidden or not immediately accessible. So that was the other meaning to me. Also, it was an atypical black metal band name, I wanted something different. There was always a lot of stuff happening in my life. One of the most annoying things about being me is that I have moments where I think 100% that this is it, I’m not going to play instruments again. I’m going to cut my hair, get a job and be a normal person. But I fail miserably at those things and luckily I do, so I always return to music. The project was born from this kind of ‘ah fuck it’ attitude. I figured I would try to be a guitarist, vocalist and try to have my own band, so I did the EP and the album and the single after that. I wanted to show myself and hopefully someone else that I could be the guy up front with a guitar instead of the guy with a bass on the side. I can be the guy who writes the songs, fronts and drives the band..."
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