Los Angeles, CA based alt-rockers Living Deäd Lights are riding high following the release of their debut album 'Black Letters', we caught up with Alan Damien (guitarist) and asked him a bunch of questions, here's how it went….
Introduce yourself and your music in one sentence We are Living Dead Light s a heavy rock group from Los Angeles!
Tell me a fascinating fact about you or one of the band members? The band members were born and raised all over the world! Taka is from Japan, Martin Ireland, Nick from Texas and Alan Los Angeles.
When was the last time you used public transport and where did you go? We were on tour in Oslo Norway
Your debut album ‘Black Letters’ was released in January, what lessons did you learn from recording this and what will you do differently next time you head into the recording studio? We learned that we have a hell of a team that really cares about making good music! I wouldn't change a thing!
Can you tell us about any upcoming tours? We're working on dates right now!!
Tell me about the last time you felt proud? Everyday I'm grateful for this band and proud of the record we put together..to me it's real art!
Give me 5 words that describe the band? Truth, Real, Nasty, Mean and Loud
What classic song do you wish you recorded and why? That's a secret we're working on for our next album!
What was the last movie you saw? Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
You worked with P.R. Brown for the video to ‘Johnny’, have you ever been involved in any Motley Crue style antics? Care to share any with me? Hah what happens on the tour stays on tour! Some of us have girlfriends and wives now haha
What did you dream about last night? I generally forget my dreams seconds after I wake up unless it was mind blowing
I have seen pictures of your awesome tattoo’s, what inspired your favourite one and who was the artist? Personally I have a lot of Eastern style artwork on me .It was more or less inspired by a way of thought and lifestyle than physical artwork..And thank you!
Last time you cried (not tattoo related pain)? When my Father Passed
Last time you were rude to someone and why? Everyday in traffic! jk well sort of!
What was the last book you read? I'm working on "Cutting The Ties That Bind"
What excites you? Success and moving forward in life!
Which bands/artists have shaped your sound? Life has generally shaped us!! I'm a huge Beatles fan though! Guns n' Roses, Quentin Tarantino, Al Pacino, etc…
What is your earliest childhood memory? Well my father used to play music, so pretty much traveling in the back of a van as a kid!
Tell me about the best gig you ever played? That's so subjective, But our last tour was amazing! We met so many awesome people I felt really appreciate good music and art
In your opinion, who was the best band/artist of 2013? I was excited about Bring Me The Horizons last album!
I understand that Taka Tamada is a respected tattoo artist in the Hollywood area, who is the most famous person he has tattooed (if okay to say)? He's tattooed Martin and myself!!! haha I honestly don't know he's pretty private about that kind of stuff!
Last time you had a fight? Who came off worst? I always do! Well... or my downstairs neighbour.... My girlfriend always wins!
Tell me one of your guilty pleasures? Hah definitely the WWE
What is the best advice you ever received and who was it from? One day when you get old you're gonna have to say to yourself " I wish I had or I'm glad I did"..... Its stuff like that, that's motivated me to follow my dreams and create my own life!....My best friend told me that yrs ago when I was a kid.
Alan, nipped off to get himself a coffee but he was soon back to answer our 'Quickfire' questions….
Coffee or Tea? Coffee
Coke or Pepsi? Sprite (which is a coke product!)
Mac or PC? PC...or Mac for Recording!
Taco or Burger? Chicken Tacos
CD or Vinyl? Vinyl when I have the patience for it
Car or Motorbike? Car
Tattoos or Piercings? Tattoos
Robert de Niro or Al Pacino? Pacino
The Sex Pistols or The Clash? Sex Pistols
Acoustic or Electric? Both
Wine or Beer? Wine
Angelina Jolie or Jennifer Aniston? Angelina....or Jennifer in Office space!
Breakfast - Pancakes or Granola? Pancakes!
Be sure to check out the bands social media pages, all are listed below for your viewing pleasure.
Musicmuso would like to thank Alan Damien from Living Dead Lights for sparing his time to chat to us and we would like to wish the band all the best for their forthcoming live dates.
Interview by Steve Muscutt