First of all Luke, thank you so much for giving us the opportunity to conduct this interview with Metalicos.com
Luke: No prob man. Thank you.
For the people that don’t know you, can you tell us a bit about the history of Sleep Terror?
L: I started it about 2003 that the project finally acquired a drummer and we started gigging in ’04 to ’06. Currently preparing to head into the studio for the first real album through a trustworthy label.
When did you start playing guitar?
L: 11 yrs old (1993).
Who do consider to be your main influences?
L: There are too many to list. From a metal perspective: old Cryptopsy, old Sepultura, old Megadeth, Disgorge (Ca), Gorgasm, old Dying Fetus. From a guitar perspective: Malmsteen, DiMeola, Friedman to name a few. Experimental bands like Naked City, Bungle, and the like have always been a dramatic influence from an early age. I am a huge 80s pop fan and I’m very big on funk and blues as well.
Now, getting back into Sleep Terror, you involve various types of genres into your songs, like technical death metal mixed with an occasional jazz/funk section. What is the main reason for this particular but original way of composing? Was this something that you always to write or it just simply happened?
L: It really just came from an appreciation of every style of music that I grew up listening to and not being afraid to mix them tastefully and setting aside the barriers and rules most bands hang themselves to. I have always felt very bored just simply writing a song that is strictly jazz, or death metal, or hardcore, or whatever. I set out to basically create something that sounds like the spinning of a knob through one radio station after another in a somewhat humorous but cool way.
“Probing Tranquility” was the first album that you made for Sleep Terror, but the curious thing about that is that it came out two years and it’s impossible to find. Can you tell us why the record is so hard to get?
L: The label it was released through were rip offs and basically take money and don’t send the cds in return to the fans. They were also overcharging us for copies and we incurred a small debt and things just got a bit out of hand. They were not really doing much for us to begin with and it was just a joke of a contract. Live and learn I guess.
Speaking of records that are hard to get, as you know, downloading music is major issue that is occurring in the industry. I wanted to know what your thoughts about that are. Do you support it or oppose it?
L: I think there are pros and cons on it. I’d rather someone download my stuff than buy it through say... our last label when we don’t see a penny anyway. Also if downloading means an individual getting into a new band they’ve never heard of and hence them coming out to gigs and buying other merch, I don’t see a major problem. Either way you look at it, cds are slowly becoming extinct. For better or worse.
I recently saw the band’s DVDs, freaking amazing by the way! I wanted to ask, who is Dave McGraw and where did you find him? He is one the sickest drum players I’ve seen in the metal scene in the past few years.
L: We met through a classifieds in Seattle a few years ago. He really is one of the few players I’ve met who shares the same interests and abilities in various styles of music as I do.
Now, you are currently playing with two other groups, one of them is World Under Blood. It sounds more like a traditional death metal band. What’s the story behind this band?
L: I was asked to be apart of it about a year ago. So far we’ve accomplished a photo shoot. Haha. The future of that band is pretty much up to the leader. I’d love for it to work out, we’ll see.
Hunab Ku is the other band that you are playing with, more like an Avant Garde Metal. Can you tell us a little more about your involvement with the group?
L: They are a pretty kick ass experimental metal band out of Seattle who were contacting me for awhile to join. I finally did and we’re currently writing new material. We rerecorded and will be rereleasing the last album with all of my guitar parts and its pretty wicked.
So, what is currently happening with Sleep Terror? Are you planning to make another album anytime soon? I heard the song “Dispomaniacal Chronotherapy” on the band’s Myspace. With that song, I suppose that you are working on new material.
L: There are about 5 new songs that will be on the upcoming record. I’m very proud of them all and hope the audience responds to them likewise.
What bands are you currently listening to these days?
L: A lot of Chili Peppers old and new, Thompson Twins, Meshuggah as always, Belinda Carlisle. Heh.
Are planning to visit Latin America anytime?
L: Certainly hope so. The future is bright, but it takes a lot of hard work to make it to these countries. Especially if proper label support is lacking. We’ll definitely see.
To finalize the interview, do you have any message for our readers for Latin America?
L: Keep your eyes and ears peeled for the next release, and thank you dearly for your patience and continual support of the music!
Once again Luke, thank you for your time. We wish you much success for the future!
L: Thank you man. Be well and keep in touch. Cheers.