First off, just want to thank you for participating in this edition of Infidel Interviews. Could you start off by giving a little information about you to the audience? Whatever you feel comfortable with, but name, age, and where you live would be pretty standard?
We are Justin Pointer and Tony Kim from Orange County, CA. We have known each other for about 18 years or so, however we officially started Dance with the Dead in 2013.
What would you say are your biggest influences when it comes to art and music? Are there any bands that you would say struck you with the chord that inspired you to peruse your current path of musical aspirations?
We're very influenced by the Horror / Sci Fi genre. A lot of artists we love include John Carpenter, Hans Zimmer, Rob Zombie, Misfits, Motorhead, King Diamond, Ministry, etc.
What would you say are your favorite themes and topics that inspire you to compose? What draws you to those themes?
We generally lean toward the theme of horror. We've just always been a fan of that genre. Do you consider yourself to be part of a particular sound or scene? What is your thoughts on the nature of genres and styles, and do you have any particular ones which you find to your enjoyment more, listening and/or production-wise?
We don't really consider ourselves as part of a scene I guess. A lot of people tend to put us in the "synth" scene. We are huge fans of the metal genre, as well as a lot of movie scores using synthesizers. Are you musically self taught? Or have you had mentors along the way to help you develop?
We are both self taught.
How do you enjoy where you live? Is there a vibrant music community where you are? Would you say you find that your local scene influences your attitude and/or creativity?
I (Justin) currently live in Washington not too far from Portland, Oregon. The music scene is pretty awesome as you can always catch good live music around town. Tony still lives in Orange County, CA and the music scene has always been strong there since the late 70's.
Would you say that your choice to pursue music has changed your life since you started? Would you say that creativity has evolved you spiritually, emotionally, or logically?
Its a constant growing process and we love it. Pursuing music has definitely changed our lives for the better. It has taken us literally around the world and we've met so many amazing people. We are constantly evolving in all of those aspects.
When you write music there is a lot of trial and error. Would you consider yourself a person who goes into production with a defined sound in mind, and you work at it until you achieve the closest to the results in your head? Or would you consider yourself more of a person who feels and grooves music, letting songs progressively evolve and define themselves throughout the creation?
Once we both have a solid riff or motif, then we usually just work at it until we feel that the song tells a story. Most of the time, we feel the songs start writing themselves. Trying different sounds can often change the direction of the song, so we definitely let the songs progress on their own half the time.