Can you talk to us more about your latest single “Worldstar”?
“Worldstar” is the first single and video off our upcoming full length album “CRIMEWAVE” — it’s a big “fuck you” anthem for anyone who’s got some haters to prove wrong out there.
Did any event in particular inspire you to write this song?
People say, you’ll know who your “real” friends are when you’re at your lowest — but I think the opposite is true — there is a quote that says, “pay attention to who isn’t clapping when you’re winning.” The more success we’ve had, the more hate we’ve gotten — always on the low, behind our backs though, because the biggest mouths are also often the biggest cowards. So we wanted to take the biggest middle finger we could, and push it right into their faces.
How was the filming process and experience behind the video?
It was a long day and a lot of hard work, but it was surreal. Very empowering to see years of blood, sweat and tears coming together and bringing a dream to life.
The single comes off your new album Crimewave – what’s the story behind the title?
We’d been listening to a lot of Drill music, trap, and gangster rap during this album cycle, and because of a lot of things that were going on in our personal lives, the vibes from those genres were really resonating with us. In addition to the obvious metal, there is a lot of gangster rap and EDM influence, to the point where we felt we’re on the fringes of forming a sub-genre: heavy gangster rap and darkwave influence, so the term “CRIMEWAVE” emerged.
How was the recording and writing process?
It’s like childbirth; it’s one of the most beautiful, and most painful experiences you can go through at the same time. For me personally, I was going through some of the hardest things I’ve ever gone through in my life during this album cycle, and writing and recording was the most therapeutic and cathartic thing for me to do, and more importantly, a way for us to use the pain for something positive — to empower others.
How Slipknot and Linkin Park has influence your writing?
Slipknot set the bar for everything as far as artistic expression beyond the limits of an auditory/sonic medium, and also set a standard for the sincerity of and authenticity of the raw level of emotion we put into our work, and Linkin Park really was the major catalyst for unifying any separation that may have existed between the worlds with the genres that we’ve all felt were a part of us since the beginning.
What aspect of crime did you get to explore on this record?
The fish that keeps it’s mouth closed, never gets caught.
Where did you find the inspiration for the songs and lyrics?
The things I was going through at that time — relationships, both personal and professional. Circumstances and fighting to survive. On another side though, another thing that was a big inspiration are the fans themselves; I’d meet and see a lot of kids at shows or get messages from people who were fighting their own battles and going through their own wars, and I really want to do something special for them by succeeding with this album; there are a lot of messages about never giving up and refusing to quit, spitting in the face of adversity and giving the finger to all of your demons, and I am really driven to empower people through the messages in these tracks.
Any plans to hit the road?
Absolutely. No definitive dates set yet, but it’s happening.
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