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
We hope to see you all out there on the road again, real soon.