Interview with Goth Dad Dusty (Vision Video)
(I took the pic at Dark Force Fest)
I'm absolutely thrilled that Dusty agreed to an interview. Without meeting him, honestly none of this would be possible. I didn't have the courage or confidence in myself that I could actually make connections and do this stuff. But anyway, you're not here to read my monologue, here's the interview!
Q: What is your favorite tour snack?
A: It's kind of gross, but I always buy hard boiled eggs at gas stations - they're cheap and offer protein, which can be hard to come by as a vegetarian on the road.
Q: What's the most memorable show you've played?
A:I think now it's probably the show we just played at WGT - it was a massive crowd, maybe 4000 people. Everyone was really into the show and the energy was just unbelievable. It's a really cool feeling to be connected to so many people at one time.
Q: What do you feel is the biggest challenge you face as a musician?
A: Uncertainty- there are just no guarantees anywhere in the music industry. You have no idea if your next releases are going to go over well, whether people are actually going to attend shows, etc. There are no health benefits, no financial security, etc.
Q: If you could only pick one of your songs for a new potential fan to hear, which one would it be?
A: I think Haunted Hours. It's a beautiful song about mortality and death, but not in a dreadful or fearful sort of way. It's all about appreciating the memory of those we lose and respecting the time we are afforded.
Q: If you were a salad, what kind of dressing would you have?
A: Caesar dressing is my jam!
Q: What's the first song you ever heard that made you really feel something?
A: As far as I can remember I think "Disorder" by Joy Division was the first one that made me go "Ahhhh! That's the sound of how I feel about almost everything!".
Q: Did it feel funny to be dressed in white for the Beautiful Day To Die video?
A: It was definitely a little out of my normal wardrobe choice, but it was kind of nice in the sun!
Q: Do you have any crazy weird fan interaction stories?
A: A fan had my face tattooed on their leg, and when they came to one of our shows they had me sign underneath it in sharpie. They went and got my signature tattooed the next day! It was wild!
Is there any question that you get asked all the time and you’re sick of answering?
A: I don't really mind the repetition. It's sort of an "occupational hazard", if you will, but I DEFINITELY get asked "Where did the idea for Goth Dad come from?" QUITE OFTEN!
Q: What is something you wish to tell any of your fans who might read this?
A: The world is a pretty gnashing, brutal and unforgiving place. It is exhausting just to get by a lot of the time. Just don't forget to look around and seek out the beauty that exists everywhere. Even when everything seems totally pointless or hopeless, there is so much to be excited about and to appreciate - you just have to make the effort to find it sometimes.