Occult heavy metal from USA!
Hi! Tell me about Savage Master. Why did you decide to name the band with such title? What kind of ideas do you explore?
Hello! We are an occult heavy metal band which formed in October 2013. We decided that Savage Master would be a fitting name for the satanic, occult and fantastical themes of the music we play. The ideas we explore are those of being true to oneself, adventuring into darkness into things that may scare you to find the truths of life. We write songs about witches, necromancers, demons and other creatures of the night.
“With Whips and Chains” album was released several months ago. How does that make you feel? Do you feel you have put album into masses without any wishes to change something now?
We are very happy with the way “With Whips and Chains” turned out. I don’t think there is anything anyone would change. We feel it is an even stronger representation of us than “Mask of the Devil” and we intend for our next release to be even more so, of course the goal is always to keep getting better at what we do.
Tell me more about “With Whips and Chains”? Album conception etc…
On “With Whips and Chains” we worked to refine our sound a bit, while traveling new territory still for our work. We wanted to pay respect to some of our musical influences. You will find in the title and in some lyrics we allude to influences of ours. We basically wanted to take what we were doing further, while keeping it cohesive and within the realm of what we love about our favorite bands.
“With Whips and Chains” released in Europe, just like your first album. Have not you searched for US label, to have solid coverage in your country?
We are very happy with Skol Records and High Roller Records. We feel both are very honorable in the way they interact and handle deals with bands. They are there to help the music, not to suck the artists dry. We would love to have more distribution in the United States but it just has to be done the right way. There is a lot to keep in mind when you are approached by these companies. We are also happy to spend a lot of time on the road touring, so if you want our music in the United States it is available at our shows.
Zach Harris is a new drummer, what’s up with Eric McManus? In addition, do you see Zach as long time member of Savage Master? Did he brought some fresh ideas into SM?
Our current drummer is John Littlejohn. We are very happy to work with him. We just did a full U.S. Tour, hitting every region of the United States in 3 weeks. He has proven to be a great addition to the band. A good strong person and a hard worker.
Where do you take all inspiration from?
We take inspiration from a lot of sources. Mostly heavy metal bands from the early 80s and horror movies. We love Grim Reaper, Holocaust, Mythra, Warlock, and tons more. Our image is inspired by Mario Bava’s Black Sunday.
In your opinion, what is the best way to define Savage Master’s sound?
The best way would be to take a listen to our music, but short of that I would say it’s got a lot of early 80s (and even late 70s at times) influences with evil lyrics and that it’s fun to sing along with and rock out to.
So, are you on hiatus now, just relaxed and looking for album feedbacks, or did you started to compose new stuff immediately?
We are writing of course. There’s no reason to slow down. We just got started.
What are your main musical influences? How huge is their influence in your sound?
There are a lot of artists that influence us musically but for us there is a much larger emphasis in doing something unique, rather than simply pandering to people who are fans of the stuff we like or trying to sound like another band. That being said we have thought about bands such as Acid, Santa, W.A.S.P. , Piledriver, and so on when writing our material.
Is there some well-known musician in particular that you would like to use in one of your upcoming albums?
Wow, interesting question. Ross the Boss would be fantastic.
What is your personal strategy for making your music heard by a larger audience?
I personally just try to make it the best music and experience. Sometime I would want to listen to and watch. I don’t know what anybody else likes, but I just want the music and show to speak for itself. If people like it then they will support it and tell others about it, hopefully.
Do you have any other hobby beside music?
Well music is definitely what most of my hobbies are but I also sometimes work on drawing. I also like to watch movies. For horror movies I like anything really visually stimulating and with lots of style.
Are you all supported by your relatives towards your devotion to music?
Yes I am shocked at how supportive my family is. I am happy to see my aunts and my grandparents when we play in Southern California. They come and rock out and it’s really nice. Much more than I could ever ask for.
How’s the metal scene in Kentucky right now? Is it easy to play gigs, to buy records etc there these days?
It’s easy to play gigs. We get a good turn out usually when we play at home. There are several record stores but usually we find the best records (and best deals) when we are on the road.
Thank you for answering my questions, see ya on the road!
Thanks for the interview! See you around! Keep on rockin!