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A Dirty Dozen with RYAN GRIM from AMERICAN GRIM – October 2019

| 13 October 2019 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “Challenge the status quo. Shake up the culture of fake outrage. Break free from the bonds  of  self-defeating  ignorance. There’s no reason to despair within this dystopia; we have the power to escape mindless obedience. This is the primal punk-style message at the heart of AMERICAN GRIM, a heavy music battalion whose sinister “shock rock” is aimed squarely at conformity. AMERICAN GRIM stand against those who would exploit our insecurities and exacerbate  our  social  media  driven  hunger  for  validation.  The  New  Jersey  trio  makes  anthems  for  the  downtrodden,  the  dismissed,  and  the  dispossessed.  They  champion  independent  thought,  individualism,  and  above all else, freedom of creative expression. Like Emma Goldman once famously said, “It’s not my revolution if I can’t dance to it.” Or in this case, smash shit to it.” We get singer Ryan to discuss new music, influences, and much more…

1. Tell us a little about your latest release.  What might a fan or listener not grab the first or second time they listen through?  Are there any hidden nuggets the band put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

This album was written over the past two years. We produced the album ourselves at our guitar player’s home studio. We wrote this album after two years of touring the country and analyzing the rock and heavy metal scene. This album is very close to us. Our mission was to create the darkest content we have to date. We believe this album is a crossover album that takes you through many different genres all within the same message. The message being even in your darkest times there is light somewhere at the end as long as you don’t give up.

2. What got you into music, and can you tell us about the moment you realized you wanted to be a musician?

Our parents we’re all very into music so we grew up in a very musical household. For me personally I started going to hard-core shows that are very young age and being around that scene influenced me heavily. Being around an older crowd, moshing and somewhat and a dangerous environment gave me a feeling that I totally fell in love with. From there it made me grab the microphone and start my own bands.

3. Building on that, is there a specific song, album, performer, or live show that guided your musical taste?

I believe just growing up going to hard-core shows gave us a feeling we could never shake and influence our entire career.

4. Who would be your main musical influences?

Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Glassjaw…

5. If you could call in any one collaborator to do a song with, who would it be, and why?

It would be sick to have a female to sing a hook in one of our songs. We are all very much a fan of female singers. Maybe Halsey?!

6. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before? What is the one comparison a reviewer or fan has made that made you cringe, or you disagreed with?

Well first we hate being called shock rock. On our first release Freakshow I painted myself green and ever since then people have called us shock rock. If we had to best describe our music, we would say it’s a crossover between industrial rock, metal with a flare of rap.

7. When the band are all hanging out together, who cooks; who gets the drinks in; and who is first to crack out the acoustic guitars for a singalong?

When it comes to hanging out together our guitar player Mike would obviously be the first to whip out the guitar. We eat out a lot, so no one really cooks, and while we’re touring we try not to drink.

8. When was the last time you were star struck and who was it?

The last time I was starstruck was when I was at a Bellator MMA event in Atlantic City and I got a chance to meet Rampage Jackson.

9. What is the best part of being a musician? If you could no longer be a musician for whatever reason, what would be your dream job?

The best part of being a musician in my eyes is being able to entertain people. I personally feel entertaining people is a feeling you cannot come by easily. The pressure to get up there and do it is a thrill of its own. If I could no longer be a musician, I would probably want to run a big martial art gym with dominating fighters.

10. What is one question you have always wanted an interviewer to ask – and what is the answer? Conversely, what question are you tired of answering?

Questions I’m tired of answering are what are your biggest musical influences? There is never really just a few musical influences it’s a lifetime of listening to music. Once I became of age other musicians didn’t really influence me.  My real influences come from powerful people in the world today. People like Robert Rodriguez influence me. He directs movies with the idea of less is more, and work with what you got. Other people that influence me are top fighters. The will to wake up every day and fight people is something most people don’t understand. Takes a certain amount of mental strength Not to break. I am more inspired by people that are achieving difficult things outside of my own goals, That I then relate to my own.

11. Looking back over your career, is there a single moment or situation you feel was a misstep or you would like to have a “do over”, even if it didn’t change your current situation?

If I could go back in time it would be spending more years as just a three-piece. We spent many years playing with all of our friends and constantly searching for band members to fill positions. Once we decided to keep the band a three piece we were able to move forward at a faster pace. A lot of musicians are very good at their craft but the work ethic it takes to be in a successful band it’s something not everyone has in them.

12. If you could magically go back in time and be a part of the recording sessions for any one record in history, which would you choose – and what does that record mean to you?

If I could go back in time to a studio session it would be to sit in on the full length release of Slipknot. This album I always thought was one of the most superior metal albums of its time.  Therefore that album has influenced my entire career.





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