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Interview With Opiate For The Masses

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After catching Opiate for the Masses on the Warped Tour this past summer, I decided to do an interview with the band. But we were having some problems with email and such and so there was a delay in getting this interview ready. Anyway, the questions here were answered by Opiate for the Masses guitarist Jim Kaufmann via email:

darkstar: Opiate for the Masses is obviously not punk, emo or hardcore so how did you guys end up on the Warped Tour?

Jim: Opiate For the Masses is.... We don't like to categorize ourself, or lock ourselves into one specific genre... Although, we agree that we are none of the above.. We ended up on the Warped Tour because the tour showcases a lot of up and coming artists of all styles.. We were fortunate enough to be out this summer representing the heavier, more metal, more industrial side of things.. It was a great time!!!

darkstar: How was the Warped Tour and how did the concert-goers react to your shows?

Jim: We feel that the kids took very well to us.. We have played a lot of the markets before, so we had our fan base with us.. The newcomers were surprisingly very open and seemed to be happy to see something that was different..

darkstar: What do you guys do when other bands are performing onstage?

Jim: We love checking out our friends play.. Avenged Sevenfold, Bleed the Dream, My American Heart, Emery, Funeral For a Friend, Atreyu, Bleeding Though, Reggie and the Full Effect... All kinds of great bands out there!!!!!! When we aren't watching our friends, we are at the merch booth or in the recording studio on our bus, writing...

darkstar: Before the Warped Tour, you guys toured with Drowning Pool and were on the Taste of Chaos tour. How did those tours go?

Jim: Both of those tours where awesome.. The Drowning Pool guys are the nicest guys in the world.. We would love to do the Taste of Chaos tour again for sure, Kevin is a great guy, and we love playing his tours..

darkstar: Now that the Warped Tour is over, you guys are heading out on tour again with Avenged Sevenfold on their "City of Evil" tour starting in October. Are you excited about that? How many dates will Opiate for the Masses be playing?

Jim: HELL YEAH WE ARE EXITED!!!!! A7X is one of the best bands in the world and are great friends of ours.. We our starting the tour with those boys, and finish up November 5th.. We can't wait!!!!

darkstar: If you could tour with any band, past or present, who would it be?


darkstar: Your new album, The Spore, has been out since April. How do you think that it's doing?

Jim: I think it is doing well.. When we recorded the album, we had no intention of National release, we were just making an album that we needed to make as artists.. We are happy that the album is getting the attention that it is..

darkstar: Why did you decide to name the album The Spore?

Jim: We decided to call the album "The Spore" because the album is about the cycle of life.. In order to make the album, in essence, the band died... What was left is this record.. Which is very much like when a fungus kills its host and spores are blown into the environment, hopefully to find a new host.. The record is what we have thrown out into the world..

darkstar: Are the older EPs still available for purchase? If so, where can fans buy them?

Jim: There are other EP's and LP's.. I've seen them on e-bay... We don't even have a copy of one of them...

darkstar: Can you tell us a bit more about the song "Heaven" and the video?

Jim: "Heaven" is an older song.. We originally recorded it in 2002 with Legendary Producer, Ed Stasium (Talking Heads, The Ramones). Then we had our great friend Charlie Clouser (NIN, White Zombie) do a re-mix of it, which is the version that made the record. The video was shot in Phoenix with The Church of Body Modification.. We wanted to make a video that was thought provoking, and we feel that we did.

darkstar: Who or what inspired you all to become musicians?

Jim: As artist, we are inspired by everything around us.. We have all studied music our entire lives.. We feel that music chose us, and therefore, we are the luckiest men in the world.. As far as what bands inspired us, here are some: NIN, Alice In Chains, Depeche Mode, Skinny Puppy, David Bowie, PINK FLOYD, Guns and Roses, and many others..

darkstar: Where do you get your inspirations from when writing a song?

Jim: We write music to stay alive.. When a song comes out it is very much like a cat coughing up a hair ball. We all take in what we experience. Song writing if our way of outputting what we inputted.. Most of our songs, at least on "The Spore", are written about personal experience.

darkstar: How do you think that a wide range of musical influence helps when it comes to writing music?

Jim: Having been influenced by so many styles of music, and so many different artist allows us to write a wider range of material.. We don't force our writing to be any "genre".. We just simply write and record what comes out of us..

darkstar: Why did you decide to use the name Opiate for the Masses?

Jim: We feel that our name sums up our beliefs on institutions.. We are by no means are we anti-religion, without religion there would be chaos.. We are simply making a statement on the simplicity and the animalistic nature of the common man..

darkstar: How do you feel about being compared to Tool so much?

Jim: We are huge "Tool" fans... It is an honor..

darkstar: What do you think of Earshot, who sound similar to Tool?

Jim: We are not familiar with their work.

darkstar: Do you guys have any training in the instruments you play or were you self-taught?

Jim: Most of our training was more theory based. Some of us took a few lessons, although we are mostly self taught..

darkstar: What are your plans for Opiate for the Masses' future?

Jim: World Domination

darkstar: If you weren't in a band right now, what would you be doing?

Jim: Being in Opiate For the Masses is not something that we take lightly, we have been a band for a long time... We will write and play together for ever..

darkstar: What is Seven's real name and why is he called Seven?

Jim: Seven is his middle name.. Christopher Seven Antonopoulos

darkstar: If you had a pet snake, what would you name it?

Jim: Poppy (like the flower)

darkstar: Do you have anything to say to the readers of MetalUnderground.com?

Jim: check us out @ www.opiateforthemasses.com, www.myspace.com/opiateforthemasses, www.purevolume.com... and on tour this Fall with: Avenged Sevenfold, Disturbed, Static X, and more...

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