Jem from DEAD.
Define your genre in five words or less:
Minimum wage core.
Bearing the terrible clichéd nature of this question, what do you reckon people will say you sound like?
A lot of people say we sound like Lightning Bolt and OM, though those two bands could hardly be more different to me. We sound like two blokes with Little Man Syndrome desperately trying to punch above our weight and usually pulling it off.
What do you love about making music?
I love touring. The awesome people we meet touring and bands we get to see. Independent record stores, radio, media, venues, etcetera, who support you and introduce you to new music. Driving 10 hours to a show that doesn't even pay your petrol bill can suck but if I'm on the road in DEAD I'm pretty much pissing my pants laughing the whole time. People who still buy your music despite not having to in the digital age, and people doing what they are passionate about. Our music has taken us all over the world: it's a fucking privilege.
What do you hate about the music industry?
Bands are severely underpaid. I hate this. It makes it very hard to continue doing what we do beyond a part time level.
How do you stop your pre-gig jitters?
Stop them? That's bonus energy, use it!
What advice would you give to bands that are new on the Melbourne music scene?
Don't play for longer than your set time at gigs. No one is stoked when they have to cut their set short 'cause the opening band overplayed and then spent 10 minutes chatting with their mates on stage. Media outlets will convince you that advertising with them will greatly benefit your band’s exposure. Don't be pushed into spending more money on an ad for your gig than you are even going to get back in door sales. Seek advice from others but don't let anyone tell you how to operate your band. It's your band, your time, your money. It takes guts to stick to your guns sometimes but it is totally worth it.
Anything else to add?
The Australian pressing of our LP is now sold out. You may be able to snag a copy from Thornbury Records, Round and Round, Broken Glass, Tym Guitars or Blackwire Records (Sydney). Otherwise we will have a fistful of copies of the US version at Trentfest.
DEAD play Trentfest along with The Pretty Littles, Sordid Ordeal, Merrygorounds, Johnny Not Sorry, Udays Tiger, Chaos Kids and Redfield at The Bendigo Hotel on Saturday June 2 from 4pm.