Interview With Life In Shadow's Josh Abbott
Bolingbrook, Illinois has a serious death metal act on its hands with LIFE IN SHADOW. This is a band that refuses to just go all out with the blast beat and takes extra careful consideration on their songwriting. They have been making some solid noise on their local club scene and seem to be gaining a pretty strong momentum right now. They have hands down one of the most talented young metal drummers out of the underground in young Josh Abbott, and so I am real happy to have a chance to interview this hard-hitter.
Rocket: So are you a native of Illinois?
Josh: No, I was born in Virginia and lived their for the first 7 years of my life, then I moved to Illinois and I've been here ever since.
Rocket: When did you start playing the drums? You're 17 years old right now, correct?
Josh: I started playing drums when I was about 13½ or 14, and I'm 17 now so I've been playin for about 3 or 3½ years.
Rocket: Very impressive. You bring it. Who are some of your biggest drumming influences?
Josh: My biggest drumming influences are really any metal drummers that are confident enough to get out in front of a hundred people or so and play what they feel is best with the music thats being played.
Rocket: Did you ever take any formal lessons?
Josh: I took lessons at Modern Music for a little bit, but I stopped taking them one summer and just started messin around with what I had learned.
Rocket: Give us the specs on your drum kit?
Josh: It's nothing really special, its a Tama swingstar set with a crash, ride, a high hat, a china and a splash. 3 toms, a snare and a bass drum. I figured that as long as you can make the sounds in your head on what you have, what's the point in having a huge drumset?
Rocket: Tell that to Tommy Lee. Haha. So how did you end up getting the gig with Life In Shadow?
Josh: Well, it all started when our singer (Mark) moved out to Bolingbrook.. he was a sophomore and I was a freshmen and we had history class together. I was his first friend lol... anyways... he was talking about how he wanted to start up a metal band with me and that I should start working on double bass. So I kinda shrugged and said okay... time went by and we kinda stopped talkin as much. I ended up eventually joining a band called Insubnotyk. Until about December 2005, Life in Shadow started lookin for a new drummer and our bassist Mark J. was friends with the guitarist Steve in Insubnotyk, so Steve suggested that I help out Life in Shadow. So it was kinda weird how it worked out, I ended goin through with what Mark had said in the beginning. I started practicing with them more and more and eventually Insubnotyk found a new drummer so I was full-time with Life in Shadow.
Rocket: How has the response been so far for you out at the shows?
Josh: The crowd seems to be liking us. We're getting more and more cheers as more and more people start seein us. We just recently won first place in the first round of the bodog battle of the bands, so I guess somebody likes us.
Rocket: Well, you guys do have quite an original sound for a death metal act. All of them sound the same really, cept for the better ones, like you guys. Tell me, what's the funniest thing that's happened to you on stage so far?
Josh: The funniest thing that still happens on stage almost everytime I go on is sometimes during fast double bass parts, I'll lean over and accidently hit the side of my face with a drum stick.
Rocket: Ouch. That's gotta leave a mark! Haha. Now I'm sure you get tons of the young ladies hitting you up on MySpace, brother man. Ha! Do you take time out to answer each message?
Josh: Haha... yeah, I do take the time to answer each message, I dont get too many so it's not that crazy.
Rocket: Right on. What's your favorite metal album for 2006 so far?
Josh: How is anyone supposed to answer that?
Rocket: Umm.. well, you kinda roll through a list of new metal titles that you've listened to this year and then... well, you pick your favorite. Ha!
Josh: Being a drummer... I try to not just stick to one thing, I try to listen to all types of things just to hear different styles of music and different beats so everything isn't unoriginal.
Rocket: What are some of the upcoming Life In Shadow shows we need to watchout for?
Josh: As of right now, September 9 at half-times in Illinois, October 7 at T.N.T.'s in Michigan, and October 28 at Hellfest in Illinois ( I think we're headlining hellfest ). We're just tryin to space out our shows right now, we've been playing shows non-stop lately and we're just gonna try and work on some new stuff for the followers.
Rocket: Give a shout out to your biggest supporters.
Josh: There is no way possible to name them all...
Rocket: I'm not asking for all the Chin's out of the chinese phone book, brother man. Haha.
Josh: To name a few... a couple family members who actually supported me rather than just nodded their head and said thats cool, my friends and anyone who actually made it to any of our shows, anyone thats come up to me and said we did a good job that night, people in my band for putting up with me lol... and I cant think about much more right now.
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