INTERVIEW WITH CULTURAL WARFARE (THRASH METAL)


Interview with Kevin Doughty (Guitars)


1. How would you describe your music?

I’ve never really gotten mixed up with sub-genres. We have been labelled Classic Metal, Thrash Metal etc… I like to consider us just a Metal band, but we do have major influences from Classic Metal bands we grew up with such as Black Sabbath, Rainbow, DIO, Metal Church, Judas Priest, and Iron Maiden. Also, we are from the SF Bay Area so we are heavily influenced by Thrash Metal along the lines of Classic Metallica, Exodus, Testament, Forbidden, Sanctuary, Overkill ETC… Also, we love Arch Enemy, Nevermore, Amon Amarth and tons of Swedish metal. All of this kinda makes CW who we are I guess you can say.
 

2. What gave you the idea for the single title?

We were all sitting around the music studio thinking of names and someone said Armageddon for a title and I said Warmageddon just fooling around and the band really dug the name and it stuck.
 

3. Do you work together with others in the writing process?
 

We have a certain way of doing things in the band when it comes to writing. Essentially Billy Garoutte and I (Kevin Doughty) Write all the riffs in the band. We’ll both record them on my home recording studio, and then I build beats to each riff and move things around, structure and do most of the structuring to build a skeleton. Then I present the skeleton song to the band to tweak, shorten, or lengthen parts to fit the Jacques vocals. Writing the songs to fit the vocals is what is most important to us rather then writing the most technical riffs and trying to fit the vocals to riffs.
 

4. How much time to do you take record songs?
 

Kind of a hard question to answer as each song is different. Length, Technicality, Vocal patterns etc… I think it took us about two weeks to get all drums, guitars, Bass, and vocals recorded. Maybe a couple weeks of back and forth for mixing and mastering with Juan Urteaga who recorded us and Jens Bogren who mastered the album.
 

5. Does this release differ from past music releases? How?
 

Yes, it certainly does for a few different reasons. Our original lineup that we recorded our first E.P. with was a 4 piece and our vocalist was heavily influenced by hardcore, grindcore, death metal type vocals. We did not have the ability to do harmonies or dual leads then as I was the drummer at that time. Our 2nd offering Future Kill we added Jacques Serrano and Pete Aguilar (Bass). Our sound changed dramatically because we all of a sudden had this singer with all kinds of range and possibilities. Our writing really started to open up because of it. I was still on drums so we were still a 4 piece. We finally decided to find a capable drummer so I can do what I feel I always should’ve been doing which is playing guitar in the band. So we found Bones to take over the drum duties for this latest Album Warmageddon and that’s when the harmonies and dual leads became part of our sound and I guess you can say we are bit more melodic now.
 

6. Do you like to change it up for each release with lyrical themes?
 

Funny you mention this… I was just having this discussion with Jacques recently as we are already talking about the next record, and what we vision. I would say this, the name of our band is Cultural Warfare, so there will always be a handful of songs that relate to the world, good or bad, struggles, poverty, race, religion, history etc…  Divided We Crawl, Eyes of the Land, and Politikill are examples of this. We aren’t about taking sides or preaching anything. Just helping to make awareness of our surroundings and opening up the discussions… with that said, we do love art, movies, fiction, sci fi and so on. So you will always have the other handful of songs have different themes like G.O.D which is about Bruce Lee, Blood Machines and Warmageddon which are related to AI taking over in a post apocalypse kinda theme, but needing humans to harvest our blood.
 

7. Where do you draw your influences and inspirations from?
 

Well I listed a bunch our Metal influences on question one, but we all are very diverse in what we listen too. All over the map actually from Classic Rock, Prog Rock, Doom Metal, Blues, Country, Jazz, and so on… As an artist/musician, I think you are limiting yourself if you draw all of your inspiration or influence from one Genre of music.
 

8. What has been the most enjoyable thing you have done as a musician/singer?
 

I think I speak for all of us in saying that performing for people is what it’s all about and definitely one of the major high points, but creating art and watching/listening to it all come together in collaboration with bandmates, recording engineer, producer, and mastering is the most enjoyable for me personally. Composing pieces of music that we can be proud of and then performing it for people… There is nothing like it.
 

9. What do you feel is the biggest challenge going forward with your career?
 

Well, I think its getting as many ears listening to it as we possibly can is always the challenge. So I would say giving our live performances everything we got and producing the highest quality compositions so that people want to spread the word about CW. Being heard, and spreading the word is always the challenge!
 

10. What do you enjoy outside of music?
 

Spending time with my family, Fishing, Traveling, Football, and watching movies! Just a normal dude who loves and needs music in his life…. ALWAYS!!!

Links
https://www.facebook.com/pg/CulturalWarfare
https://www.m-theoryaudio.com/

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About Ancient Visionz

Gaz Visionz is a writer and Internet Radio DJ with the punk/metal show 'The Wastelands'. He is also a YouTube podcaster/creator, host of Ancient Visionz Talk Radio, co-host of Paradigm Radio with Planet X Films, and a passionate fan of hardcore punk, metal, underground hip hop, movies, science-fiction, comics, and indie film.
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