Updated: Oct 31, 2020
Influential Art #2: Music
The bouncy groove riffs of Lamb of God; the ferocity of Slayer’s thrash; the classic sound of Iron Maiden … I love music. Machine Head, Fear Factory, Sepultura, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Megadeth, Slayer, Obituary, Australian bands such as The Mark of Cain or Downtime; I love the beats, rhythm, lyric, the feeling and sense it creates.
The brutality, ferocity and raw energy of metal creates some type of happiness where I don’t have to hide my words or soften my feelings. It is honest and true. You see something, express what it is and that’s that and the creations of these artists inspire me.
I have delivered many short sharp lines in A Decent Life 1, which I directly relate to musical inspiration. For example, a line taken from Pantera’s song ‘Live in a hole,’ sings:
“I promised myself somewhere in the teenage life I'd never submit to the ones I will not be like.”
This album, especially this song, helped forge and guide my life. I have screamed this lyric too many times to count. I remember the first time I seen Metallica’s ‘One’ on rage, and the first time I heard ‘Blackened’ when I bought that album. Taken from the opening song off the album ...And Justice for All:
“Death of Mother Earth Never a rebirth Evolution's End Never will it mend Never
Fire To begin whipping dance of the dead Blackened is the end”
Or Slayers lyrics such as:
“Dance with the dead in my dreams Listen to their hallowed screams The dead have taken my soul Temptation's lost all control.”
This music I still love to this day. When my book gets turned into a TV series I can undoubtedly picture Dead Skin Mask playing as the main character leaves the home of Cathy Mills.
Outside of the raw energy of the many metal genre I also like 80’s love songs (don’t be too harsh on me, I feel like embarrassed writing that down!) I love punk bands like Black Flag, old soul music, Elvis (we used ‘I Can’t Help Falling in Love With You’ as out wedding song), The Beatles, classical music, Japanese Drumming; I just love music.
I once travelled through Austria with my wife in about 2008 or 2009. One night we went to a castle to watch a lady play the Cello with a violinist and a piano player. I didn’t think much of it and although I love classical music, I wasn’t overly excited. Watching that lady play the violin became one of the single best experiences of my life.
I have no idea who she is or what she is doing now, but damn, watching her play was equal to any musical performance from the many bands I have been fortunate enough to see. She was so raw and skilled. Watching her was hypnotising; every note on every string of every song delivered perfectly. That is art.
Music play’s a hidden role in my first book. One reference narrates the main character not using music when he ran because he didn’t want to lessen the pain, another chapter references Chris Adler as they sing ‘I wish I was a Punk Rock Girl,’ by Sandi Thom. Book 1 and 2 are riddled with hidden lyrics and song references that I delivered 100% purposefully.
Music has inspired my writing, in that I purposely delivered my writing as though ‘heavy metal was a book’, which to some degree I feel I achieved. Its raw, real, unfiltered from mind to the world.
I love heavy metal. All music is inspirational, and the creations of those artists inspire other people; one being me. Inspiration #2 – music.