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mindless interview
2001-05-26, 7:22 p.m.

the crow is moved. and there are tire tracks.

pilfer is done.

i think i also saw the buick.

since i cant post recordings (yet) here is a transcript a sample interview. The interviewee is jason of godhead.

the interview happened 11/00 at somepoint in detroit

iv: hows it working with him (manson). Like day to day is there any tension or is it smooth.

Jason: Its really smooth I mean when we were working on the record together it was very smooth he would give us suggestions here and there but ultimaly he said it was our decision on uh so to me that was great because we listened to what he had to say if we disagreed with it then we could do whatever we wanted with that.

iv: the protestors how do you feel about those people (laugh)

Jason (laugh): I donít know they help sell tickets and bring attention to the concerts. I think they realize that, some do some donít. but you know

iv: ah. The next is complicated and more complicated indepth but related to protestors. Music is being blamed a lot these days and theyre rexamining, as in they are looking for a place to put the blame and a lot of people are out to censor. How do you think music effects youth culture?

Jason: I donít think it affects youth culture anymore than movies do. Thatís to me what was so ironic about when ice t was being criticized for cop killer. I mean you had Arnold Schwartzenager standing next to George Bush critizing cop killer. And ice tee. And he was just going into a character for that (song). While in the Terminator Schwartzenager killed like 30 cops. Whats the difference, in the movie its even more visually depicted than in a song. I mean the irony of why you know government goes after certain parts of the entertainment business but leaves others alone, you know I donít know.

iv: ya its just the American way you know, picking on people. Same shit happens at my school. Whats your opinion on the current state of music?

Jason: you know I think its like, I donít know if its trouble, everything goes through cycles, like right now I think its at a pretty crappy cycle although its good to see that theres a place for heavy music to come back but at the same time I think thatís a reaction to all the pop music that s out there thatís just you know such crap just mass marketing to kids or whatever. Its just a product like everything else.

Iv: where do you expect (cant understand the question because ginger fishes warm-up is so goddamn loud on the tape but something about mtv show and coming up publicity)

The first is where would you like your music, the music to go, godhead, yeah.

Jason: I just want obviously being on a larger label know I just want people to, I just want to connect to more people, and if more people can relate to the music and identify with it thatís what its about to me you know im not trying to dominate the world or anything. I just want our music to affect people in a positive way. A lot of our subject matter is negative but that is only because that might be how im feeling and if other people can realize that have those feelings and in turn realize that they are not alone maybe that can help them work through problems

Iv: some of the other questions are filler questions like whats your favourite breakfast cereal. And things like that . they told me to ask em but I donít think im going to go through that.

Jason : thanks

Iv: talking about the album now. I heard some of the tracks of it its pretty sweet. But uh, what kind of music would you classify it as?

Jason: thatís tough, you know most people would classify it as industrial rock. I can say thatís okay but you never really want to pigeon hole yourself into one thing you know. Id rather let the music speak for itself. How do you classify Korn you really donít they are just Korn, how do you classify Manson, I donít know heís just Manson. Thatís what Im hoping that we can establish ourselves to the point when were not in a category we are just a category by ourselves.

Iv: like when you made the album what kind of processes did you put yourself through? Or not nessisarily put yourself through but what kind of things did you go through. I mean unusual recording techniques or unorthodox methods?

Jason: we did most of it at our producers house, Danny Saber, used to have a studio at the record plant then he moved all that stuff out and into his house. Already we had advantages where if we wanted to start working at midnight we could most of the time we started working at 8 oíclock at night and went till four in the morning. At a regular studio you couldnít have that luxury. I think that alone plus a better mind set, I mean it is music where there are dark subjects, night music, why record it starting at ten am. Having the luxury of not having to force anything, just sort of going with it not worrying about we payed this much for this day we gotta get this much done or were over budget. We didnít have to worry about that since we were doing it mainly at his house we were just kinda. (ginger starts drumming)Ö better mind set.

Iv: um, if you could tell about the message whether its political or revolutionary of the album, in one or two sentences.

Jason: well its um not more than two sentences. Its sort of a collection of a thought that means, that have gone along with this band since it started. I didnít want to do a concept album since its our major label debut and I didnít want people to get the wrong idea. There is some social commentary in there, thereís some religious commentary, some introspective thoughts that deal with a one on one issue. It sorta sums up the theme of what all our songs have been about through out the years. This is actually our forth album. One out in Europe and two indies in the states, its sorta a collection. The songs are all new songs but itís a collection of thoughts about you know what music meant to me and the different avenues Iíve explored with it.

Iv: um, (ginger drummingÖsomething about the album) more digitally

Jason: the mix pretty much the same but as opposed to our last album we wanted to have a more guitar heavy album. Only because the last album we did, whatever happened with the way things were mixed, we wanted to go that extraÖtouring constantly on the last record we got really heavy so we wanted to capture that feel when we brought it to the studio.

Iv: Power Tool Stigmata sounds more.. uh than the new album.. uhh sounds really different, not like super different, but more, um I donít want to say bright, but more intense, I think. In my opinion, up beat maybe.

Jason: I mean to me its thinner as far as sound wise, sound spectrum. Were dealing with a lot more dynamics on the new record and dynamically we were able to do that where as on the older one it was like when you donít have much say on how things are being mixed its really hard to get it to sound the way you want so we got it a lot closer this time.

Iv: how do you see your progression over the next couple of albums you put out? It might be hard to say from this point. More experimental more conscious albums

Jason: Once you are established as an artist it gives you a lot more freedom to do things you want to do. So thatís my idea behind that. If we experience some commericail success that would certainly help being able to open up creatively and do some more experimental things.

Iv: Are you shooting any videos?

Jason: yeah one after this tour.

Iv: alright thatís pretty much it for now.

okay so i sound like a surfer apparently. because that is a direct transcript.

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