Hammerfight's new album 'Profound and Profane' is out now.


M: At what point did you decide to become a working musician?

D: I guess I’ve wanted to do it since I was very young,  I started my first band when I was thirteen and ever since then it was all I wanted to do so I’ve just been trying ever since.

M: What would you say the Hammerfight journey has been like so far?

D: It’s been fun and it’s been tough, but it’s all been good. We’ve had a lot of ups and downs and problems with line-up changes in the past and being touring musicians and being in hard rock and metal these days is not easy.  There’s not a whole lot of money out there for it, but it’s definitely been a lot of fun and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else.

M: How do you feel about the rise in home technology being used within the music industry?

 D: I mean, it’s got its goods and bad, it makes things easier and cheaper to produce certainly or me it makes writing and demos a whole lots easier but it’s over used a lot. When it gets to the point when you’re using to make stuff that you can’t reproduce live, then that’s when things start to get  a little muddy, I don’t really think that’s cool.

M: Your album Profound and Profane’ dropped recently; can you tell me about the concept?

D: Well I guess a pretty common theme throughout the record is the state of the world today, things are in turmoil, there’s a whole lot of really political stuff going on that’s gotten way wore since we finished the record, especially here in America.  That’s one thing and dealing with being poor and the struggles and obviously there’s also the sex drug and rock and roll thing and everything else that’s relevant to us.

M: Can you describe your sound?

 D: I just call it heavy metal, I don’t try  to get too far into all of that super specific sub-genre stuff that lots of people like to do ,  but it’s definitely thrashy, it’s got some rock and roll stuff and I guess  lots of people compare it to Motorhead which I’m fine with.

M: How do you deal with being on tour?

D: We all get along really well, so being stuck in close quarters all the time isn’t an issue which is good. In my experience in the past I’ve dealt with guys when that’s certainly not been the case,  we’ve got a good group and we would all prefer to be on the road than not so all the  boring stuff between load in and load out and driving  we’re all just happy to be there doing it whenever we can.

M: Where has been your favourite place to play so far?

D: That’s tough I’ve got a lot, but Mexico is really cool.  It’s never a place I thought I’d go to, everyone before we left was telling us it was a war zone and was telling us were going to get our heads chopped off but everyone there was great.  The high standard of people and they’re appreciation for metal there blew my mind and that was pretty cool.

M: Are you listening to any underground bands at the moment?

D: At the moment, recently mostly I’ve been listening to Motorhead and Steel Panther but there are always underground bands that catch my eye.  I’m a big fan of a band called Gypsy Hawk from  LA I’m really into and of course  there’s like The Revocation I think they’re fantastic, I guess that’s about with I’m into  right now.