So i had the time to talk to John Sankey from Devil You Know
Read what we talked about below:
So, starting off simple how did Devil You Know start? How did you all meet one another?
John: I have known Francesco for a number of years from playing around the Los Angeles music scene. He and I started writing music together a few years ago just for fun because we wanted to do something different from our other respective bands. After we had written about a dozen songs we felt the material was really cool so we decided to look for a singer and I sent the demos onto Howard. He liked what he heard and flew out to LA where the 3 of us began working and writing more tracks, it came together very quickly and naturally.
Devil You Know is slowly making a big name for yourselves. You’ll be on tour with Black Label soiecty and you’re on the edge of releasing an album called “The Beauty of Destruction” anything else planned for 2014?
John: UK and Europe in late June/ early July. We are playing some club shows and festivals including Sonisphere, Graspop and Tuska which will be awesome. No doubt there will be more touring after that but I’m not sure exactly when or where just yet.
Speaking of “The Beauty of Destruction” what can you tell us about it?
John: It’s myself, Francesco and Howard writing what we want and having total artistic freedom without any boundaries. It’s heavy, dark, melodic and very diverse.
What was the writing / recording process like for the album?
John: It was a very smooth and natural process. Francesco and I wrote all the music and Howard did his thing with the lyrics and vocals. We didn’t overthink any of the material, we wanted the songs to be organic and spontaneous. Once Logan Mader (Producer) began working with us the album took shape very quickly and was recorded within a few months.
You’ve had some time with the album I’m sure. If you had to pick some favorites songs which songs would they be and why? And which songs would be fan favorites in your opinion?
John: I love the whole album but the heavier songs like A New Beginning, Embracing The Torture and A Mind Insane would probably be my favorites. I really dig the atmosphere and vibe of As Bright As The Darkness as well. I think A New Beginning will be a big fan favorite because it is very anthemic and energetic, Seven Yeas Alone also since it s the first single and video released.
Off the album for a bit. Into some personal questions, what would be your dream tour to play on?
John: We just did the Soundwave Festival tour in Australia and we are about to hit the road in the USA with Black Label Society and Down, it’s hard to top those! I’d say a tour with AC/DC or Iron Maiden would be the ultimate.
Who are some bands that you listen to in the scene?
John: I haven’t been listening to much new music, the last few current bands I’ve really got into would be Volbeat, Alter Bridge and Gojira. King Parrot from Australia are awesome too!
What are five albums you find yourself listening too a lot?
- Alice in Chains : Dirt.
- Faith No More : Angel Dust.
- Metallica : And Justice For All.
- Paradise Lost : Draconian Times.
- Eddie Vedder : Into The Wild Soundtrack.
A rather controversial question. What is your take on album piracy? What side do you take?
John: It’s a negative thing from the point of view that your work is being taken for free, but on the other hand it allows your music to be heard by a lot more people and it can be easily promoted. No matter which side you take I don’t see a solution to this issue any time soon, it’s a product of the modern technological age. It is what it is.
Last question, what do you think makes Devil You Know stand out? What makes you guys worth listening too?
John: Our music is honest, powerful and emotional. I think there’s a lot of elements both musically and lyrically that people will relate to and connect with, and for me that’s what makes an album stand the test of time.
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