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A Dirty Dozen with DEREAK MESSER from MESSER – November 2022

| 18 November 2022 | Reply

Photo Credit: Brently Kirksey – Hazy Eyes Photo

According to a recent press release: “Modern Rock powerhouse Messer are sharing their defiant new single “Unfvckwitable,” the follow-up to their Top 40 Active Rock song “Hope In This World.”  Known for their catchy hooks and high energy live performances, they continue to build their career as a truly independent Rock band. Messer is continuing their momentum of the past few years that has seen them deliver 2 Top 25 Active Rock songs – both were named New and Noteworthy at Apple/iTunes and Amazon Music. “Save Myself” made it into the Top 30, with “Hope In This World” making their 4th Top 40 Rock song. The band’s relentless touring schedule has helped them, grow a loyal fanbase.  Messer has played more than 400 shows since 2018, including a 40 city tour with RED and Lacey Sturm. The band recorded “Unfvckwitable” with long-time Los Angeles based producer Chad Gendason.  More new music and an EP will be released in 2023, and the band will be supporting it with more touring.” We get band namesake Dereak to discuss new music, influences, and 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?

“Unfvckwitable” is hopefully going to be an anthem for a lot of people who refuse to bow down or be affected by the storms that life throws around them. This song reminds you that you are Unbreakable, Unstoppable and Unfvckwitable! It’s all a state of mind. I would say the production on this song will always have you hearing new things each time you listen to it. Our producer Chad Gendason has such an incredible ear and really knows how to texture and layer in all the parts to build a song and that’s just what this one does.

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

I have always loved singing ever since I can remember. My dad was a singer too and would always tell me stories of shows and he would play his acoustic guitar for me.  When he first did that when I was growing up, it hit me that I wanted to be a singer as well.

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

I’ve always loved all sorts of music. All of us in this band have different musical tastes and I think that’s what makes this work for us. But as for me, I had older siblings that would turn me on to all styles of music. They turned me on to Fleetwood Mac, Peter Frampton, KISS, and some country music and all of those inspired me to want to be on a stage someday. I remember being in 5th grade and a band came to our school and set up in the gym and played a few songs for a pep rally. I remember they played “Another One Bites The Dust” and everyone freaked out – I was hooked!  LOL

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

I’d have to say Jerry Cantrell from Alice In Chains. I’ve always loved his guitar playing, his tones and his voice. We got to play with them recently and they put on such a great show.

5. What is your favorite activity when out of the studio and/or not on tour?  What do you like to do to unwind?

I have a custom knife company called Two Headed Dog Knife Works with a couple friends I’ve known since 8th grade. We make all kinds of cool knives for hunting, cooking, etc.  I love that creative process, and it helps me decompress when we come off the road.

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?

I’d say it’s high energy Modern Rock songs with a positive message that will make you want to move and pump your fists!  We don’t really get a lot of comparisons that I can think of – which is fine with me.  We think we have our own unique sound.

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?

I love to cook and so does our drummer Kenny (Youngar). Kenny also like the drinks, LOL.  I’ve been sober for almost 14 years. Maddox is first to grab the acoustic guitar and start jammin’.

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

I would have to say Jerry Cantrell, it was really cool to reconnect with him recently.  I got to hang out with him back in the day and actually got signed to a record contract by the same guy who signed Alice In Chains to their contract. So getting to perform with them and having him watch the show was pretty damn cool.

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?

Having people tell you that your songs changed their lives or saved them during a dark moment in their lives is truly rewarding. Performing live and getting to exchange energy with the crowd is a natural high that I think all musicians can relate to.  As far as the dream job, working with my friends at Two Headed Dogs is the best.

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?

That’s a good question. I think for the most part these days we get great questions (Thank You for yours!). It’s nice when the interviewer is familiar with the band and helps the reader get a good understanding of what our message is and gives them a better glimpse into what goes into each song.

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?

Not really. Every moment was either a memory or a learning experience – I’ve gained from both.

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 would say The Doors self-titled album – I wore that one out. I loved their sound and all the experimental stuff they would do with Jim’s poetic debauchery bleeding all over it. So many great songs that I still love today.






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