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10 Quick Ones with JOHN D. NORTEN of TRASH DIETY – September 2018

| 1 September 2018 | Reply

According to a recent press release: “Industrial Rock project TRASH DEITY, the duo of Groovie Mann (My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult) and John D. Norten (Blue Eyed Christ), release the title track for their highly anticipated debut album, Cross & Divide. “Cross & Divide” is a heavy, modern Industrial march of chaos about the divisive times we live in, compete with a driving beat, big riffs, and the distinctive vocal stylings of Groovie Mann.”  We get John D. to discuss new music, influences, and much more in our 10 Quick Ones…

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?

Our debut album Cross & Divide comes out Sept 7 on Metropolis. It’s a whirlwind journey of escapism and sounds. It’s not a concept album per se, but it does intentionally have a flow like a movie to take the listener on journey and I hope that is noticed. There aren’t any specific hidden nuggets, but I think we intentionally tried to echo back to both of our pasts a bit for the diehard fans.

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

I’ve always been into music as long as I can remember. The epiphany happened at my first concert when I was in 6th grade, Duran Duran the Seven and the Ragged Tiger Tour. It was all girls and me. I looked at the stage and saw Nick Rhodes with the futuristic synths and Simon singing and girls screaming and thought “That’s what I want to do!”

3. Who would be your main five musical influences?

I’m into a lot of 80’s and 90’s, Martin Gore from Depeche Mode is my favorite songwriter. I’ve always been a massive Prince fan too. I worked with Prince on Musicology, engineering, which is a definite career highlight. I know Groovie Mann really loves David Bowie and Glam and Punk.

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

That’s a tough one. I’m not sure, I’m a huge Trent Reznor fan but it’s probably more interesting to collaborate with someone who approaches music in a totally different way and genre.

5. How would you describe your music to someone who’d never listened to you before?

The simplest way to describe it is an echo back to 90’s industrial and both of our respective project, but updating and modernizing the sound so it’s current and not retro.

6. What’s the best thing about being a musician?

All the groupies..haha. Actually I think for me it’s the final mix of a song. Sitting in the studio hearing the final result of something we created from scratch is very rewarding to me.

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?

The “band” is just me and Groovie Mann. I don’t usually pick up acoustic guitars unless I’m going to record or smash it. We both get the drinks, I like too cook, but I don’t usually cook for Groovie Mann, we usually grab something out and about.

8. If you weren’t a musician, what would be your dream job?

Maybe a Lawyer, I like to argue.

9. 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”?

I can always look back and point to things I’d do differently, but then it’s the old cliché of it wouldn’t have made me who I am. I wish I got into the professional end of Major Label Engineering and Production that I do now a bit sooner, before the industry collapsed and there were great budgets and plenty of work… too bad I mostly missed out.

10. 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?

Probably Depeche Mode Violator, or Duran Duran Rio. I would have loved to see those songs come to life with the interaction between the artists and producers to the finished album.

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