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A Dirty Dozen with JOHANNA SADONIS from LUCIFER – February 2020

| 19 February 2020 | Reply


According to a recent press release: “LUCIFER announce the release of their first single “Ghosts.” The track is off the band’s forthcoming full-length album Lucifer IIILucifer III is set for release on March 20th via Century Media Records and is available for pre – order. The band is wrapping up their U.S. headline tour with Savage Master and Overdose. Following the U.S. tour, the band will be in Europe for their The Third Commandment Europe 2020 Part 1 headline tour.” We get singer Johanna 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 you put in the material or that only diehard fans might find?

There are indeed a few hidden nuggets on the album. There are also hidden nuggets on the album cover as well. Happy hunting!

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

My family got me into music. My parents had all this 70’s rock music. A lot of Stones on rotation, while my big brother was into punk. I started writing lyrics, little texts, and poems as a child and then joined my first band when I was 13. Music was always around. I think the first song that really grabbed me was The Shangri-Las “Leader Of The Pack” when I was six. My mother had given me three rock and roll compilation cassettes and I kept rewinding over and over to listen to this song. I guess I always had a thing for eerie, dramatic songs/stories.

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

I saw Danzig live in Berlin in 1993 and that is what kinda pulled me over to the dark side.

4. Who would be your main five musical influences?

It’s far more than five but here are some key figures for my work in Lucifer: Black Sabbath, The Rolling Stones, Blue Oyster Cult, 70’s Heart, and 70’s Fleetwood Mac.

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

Robert Plant because of his very beautiful voice and soul.

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?

Lucifer is a Heavy Rock/Hard Rock band influenced by the great artists of the 70’s and late 60’s with dashes of early Doom and some Proto Heavy Metal leftovers. Perhaps something along those lines.

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

Within the band setting, no one cooks and there is no sing-a-longs but we are all very good at bringing in drinks!

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

Honestly, I don’t get very starstruck as we all put on our boots one at a time but of course I do take note when I run into someone monumental to me. When The Hellacopters supported The Rolling Stones in Stockholm and the two bands met for photos and handshake, Mick Jagger rolled his eyes at me. Gotta love that old snob!  The last notable moment was maybe Paul Stanley giving us a thumbs-up on the Kiss Kruise last year and Martin playing ping pong with Ace Frehley.

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 is creating. Writing lyrics and recording in the studio. Then seeing it all come together. If I were to turn deaf I probably would do something that involves historic houses and interiors, something literature related, animal rescue or gardening. I just love things that don’t involve humans.

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?

Interviews are a necessary evil so there is nothing more boring than answering a pile of ordinary questions. I dislike talking about myself. Believe it or not. I like when journalists do their job before they go into an interview and ask intelligent and interesting questions to make this exchange as painless as possible he he.

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?

Yes, signing a deal with a past record label without having checked the contract with a lawyer was a colossal financial mistake and very time and nerve wracking.

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?

I’d scrap that annoying reggae middle eight in Jefferson Starship’s “Jane.”




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