Hey there guys DJ Dizzy here & I had the esteemed pleasure of interview a band who call themselves Count Your Dead as they shared their success & humble musical beginnings. (This interview was done thru Twitter)
Answers to question #1 My career in music began in late 1999 early 2000 at the age of 13. After moving from Las Vegas back to my hometown in Texas and briefly sobering up after years of indulging in a lifestyle of "Sex, Drugs and Rock & Roll," traumatic and inspiring events lead me to the realization that my life of constant madness, depression, abuse and rage were in many ways the makings of an artist, or of my own self-destruction. So I chose the path of "Artist" and discovered that I had a knack for writing heavy- metal song lyrics. So to cope with my struggles, I began my journey towards putting together a "Heavy Metal" band in my small hometown in South Texas. Early on in my freshman year of high school, by a great twist of fate I met Julio Salazar, who joined me in the adventures of putting together our first band. Being that we had virtually no band equipment to speak of, Julio and I got a job working construction on the weekends and we were paid in guitars, amps and other band gear. Throughout the remainder of our high school years we went on to write dozens of songs and perform countless house-party shows, as well as a handful of shows around the state of Texas. Thus were the beginnings of what would eventually form into "Count Your Dead."
Answers to Question #2 Lyrically, my inspiration comes from many different personal and shared life experiences. I find my inspiration in both the horror and beauty of the world around me, the many roads I've walked and all of the long years of love and loss that I've endured. My influences in music and lyric-styling come from many different sources. From a very young age and still to this day I have been both influenced and inspired by bands such as Metallica, Pantera, KoRn, Sepultura, Slipknot, The Doors and countless others. I have found so much inspiration in not only the music of these great bands, but in the overall character of each individual member in said bands. Though the nu-metal movement of the late '90's early 2000's inspired my style of lyrics, it was bands such as Pantera and Metallica, through their attitude, humor and grit that inspired me to become a singer/songwriter and performer.
Answer to Question #3 My advice would be: "Rehearsal is the time to focus on refining your act and the synchronization of your performance as a band. When on stage, don't hold back and be as true as you can to yourself and your art. And most importantly, have fun."
Answers to question #4 How I set myself apart from other singers is by accepting the fact that though there are many other singers and performers that are far greater than I could ever hope to become. I am the one thing that no one else on this planet could ever possibly be, I am the one and only Jonathan W. Haubert and I never attempt to be anything other than myself. Count Your Dead has been a band for over 14 years now and our longevity speaks for itself. We don't focus our energy on things such as "Genre, Appearance or Popularity." We focus ourselves on the writing and performing of original music that will both inspire and entertain. Being in this band is not just something that we do. It is who we truly are... "We are Count Your Dead."
Answer to Question #5 Count Your Dead has many projects in the works right now, such as new music videos, a yet-to-be titled new full-length album and we are currently working on putting together a festival in our local area in South Texas. There are no official dates yet for any of these projects at this moment, so keep an eye on our official website: http://countyourdead.com and all of our social media sites for updates. Until then, don't forget to like and subscribe and enjoy our albums on Spotify, Apple Music and other online venues... We hope to see you all out there on the road again, real soon.
Special thanks to them for this interview & much luck to them in their music so until then I'll catch you on the flipside! Stay awesome & rock n roll!
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