IT’S “20 QUESTIONS WITH CROSS” DAY!
I’ve had the opportunity (in many occasions) to collaborate with different artists and bands on logos, album art, shirts, etc. and they are these awesome, hard working and talented people. I thought it would be a great idea to get them to share their awesomeness with their fans through a 20 question interview series on my blog.
For this first blog of the series, I am very excited to interview, the one man band, Beastial Piglord (aka Hudson)!
Cross – When was the first time you showed interest about heavy music?
Hudson – When I was a kid in Walmart, in the CD section and saw Rob Zombie’s “Hellbilly Deluxe”, scanned the barcode and put on the headphones. That was the beginning.
Cross – I’m sure most people might find your band name a bit uncomfortable, Beastial Piglord. How did you come up with it (you told me something about it when we first met)?
Hudson – I got it from Dave Brockie of GWAR.
Cross – How would you describe the music that you typically create?
Hudson – It’s always changing and different. Every album is a whole new style.
Cross – What inspires you to come up with so much dark music in such a short time?
Hudson – All I do is think about music all day long. And any dark emotions I have, I reconstruct it into music.
Cross – What does your creative process look like?
Hudson – Progress. I wanna keep making albums of genres I’ve never done before, also the production has gotten better lately and that’s something I’m going for in future albums – more polished production.
Cross – I know you have a big collection with a lot of instruments. Off the top of your head, how many instruments do you have already? Can you name a couple weird ones in this collection of yours ( I remember when you got the WaterPhone… haha)?
Hudson – Probably the erhu and the waterphone are my two oddest ones, love those things. And I have too many instruments to count.
Cross – Do you mind telling us what gear do you use when creating your music or would you like to keep that a secret?
Hudson – Well, with every album I used different gear. The first two or three were done with a direct guitar signal through a digitech rp355, and the drums were electronic. The 4th and 5th album were done the same, but I used a digitech rp1000 for the guitar/bass. And the 6th and 7th album were done the same, but I used a boss gt100 for the guitar/bass. The acoustic album; I think the 8th album was the one I used an acoustic drum kit miked. The last few albums have been more traditional, as in the gear I’ve used. Mic, a drum kit, and I use a peavey 6505+ amp with an orange cab for guitar. That’s alot of s**t. Haha
Cross – As a one man band who plays many different instruments from guitars to drums, and whatever else you feel like including in a song/album (not to mention singing) – which one is the part you consider the most fun part when it comes to the recording process of your music?
Hudson – Definitely the guitar parts. I’m a guitarist first, everything else is just something I can do also.
Cross – Can you tell us a bit about your biggest influences in music that inspired and motivated you to do what you do?
Hudson – So damn many, I love so many bands, to name a few: Pantera, Superjoint Ritual, Down, Korn, GWAR, White Zombie, Portal and many many more… oh and George Michael.
Cross – ( laughs ) I am aware that your songs might be very challenging to play live since you are a one man band, but how do you feel about doing live shows?
Hudson – If I ever had the opportunity to have a full band, I would 101% love to play live.
Cross – Is there any musician or band that you would love to collaborate with?
Hudson – Pretty much any band I listen to, I’d love to collab with.
Cross – If you could go open a show for any artist, who would it be?
Hudson – PORTAL
Cross – What is your favourite song to perform (your own music or other artists)?
Hudson – I don’t do covers.
Cross – I’ve known you for a while and I know you love horror movies. Name one horror movie that scared you to death when you were little?
Hudson – ” Darkness Falls ” scared the s**t out of me when I saw it, when it came out.
Cross – Do you sing in the shower and what songs?
Hudson – Usually wham!, Culture Club and Danzig, or I just scream in other languages.
Cross – Every time you play something on the guitar and post it around, I notice a tattoo of yours I haven’t seen before. Do you have a favourite?
Hudson – Yeah, probably my Superjoint Ritual tattoo or the one on my stomach that says BEER.
Cross – If it wasn’t for your music career, what would you be doing right now?
Hudson – Same s**t, just not making music. Haha.
Cross – What is the best advice you’ve been given?
Hudson – Nothing, I haven’t really had any advice given to me.
Cross – You’re currently working on Muzz, your upcoming new album. One song is out there already, “Queen Muzz”. How is the album going, when will it be out and how different is this album from your other ones that are already out there?
Hudson – As we speak, today I just finished the music for the 4th song, and will record the vocals tomorrow. It’s a sludgy nasty album.
Cross – What is one message you would give to your fans?
Hudson – Share my music everywhere. I don’t care if you steal it, just listen to it.
Cross – ( laughs ) That was awesome! Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions!
Hudson – Thank you!