Chain D.L.K.: Tell us about your inspirations in music.
G.O.T.H.: My inspirations in music started back in the 80’s. Eurythmics, Run DMC, and The Police were the main ones was an import from London. I started to get into 808 State when I was a DJ. It was called X-men. Wolverine was dark and in Japanese form. The record was the one that turned me.
Chain D.L.K.: What kind of reaction do you get when perform in your hometown?
G.O.T.H.: I perform with a lot of pain from my past. People give me love, because I’m real with them.
Chain D.L.K.: You’re into martial arts. Tell us about it.
G.O.T.H.: My father was a wrestler, and a very well known street fight in the hardest places in Baltimore (popular grove/cold spring lane) I was kicking before I was even born. When I was in elementary school…I got into Ninjustu. The art of the Ninja. Not that false stuff…no this was the real killing stuff. For example, I learn how to make contraptions that would shoot poison out at a very early age. I was too young to understand how to use it. Only time and experience would teach me that. As years past I got into more advanced systems of killing. There’s a difference between sparring, fighting, and killing. I had instructors that would explode objects with their middle knuckles. This was to crack the skull. You have fighters, martial artist, and martial scientist-This is like being a doctor in the arts. Maryland has the highest homicide numbers in all of the U.S. I knew the movements from any of the systems I know had to adapt to the environment. In the animal kingdom, some of the greatest martial arts lessons are there.
Chain D.L.K.: Which comes first when you’re songwriting, the music or the lyrics?
G.O.T.H.: The music will create itself. The experiences one goes through will always be there. Once that person gets in front of the musical instruments that fit them…then it will happen. It’s just like me in martial arts or dancing. Once the person sees what fits them, it’s on. After practicing with what they have, they will get comfortable. Then the music creates its self.
Chain D.L.K.: What does G.O.T.H. really means and what is the concept behind it?
G.O.T.H.: It means God Overcame Terror and Hell. I was looking at a Sith poster for Star Wars. I looked at the last two letters of Sith. The Sith in Star Wars were the bad guys. It was a picture of General Greivous. He was the one that killed all the Jedi. You can see that in the cartoon form from Suncoast videos. This was the story before the Revenge of the Sith. It hit me right there…G.O.T.H. Sometimes I feel like destroying all barriers or anything that tries to hold me back. These barriers have already been conquered for me. God overcame terror and hell for me.
Chain D.L.K.: There are not alot of gothic christian artists. Do you ever think most christians may not get into it becasuse most stereotype goths as satanic?
G.O.T.H.: I could care less. Anyone that will change the world has to face it. Elton John was rejected by labels. Pattie Labelle was dropped from a past label. Luther Vandross was booed at the Apollo. Kirk Franklin was almost yelled at because he was different. So I really am not concerned with the reaction to me from any group of people.
Chain D.L.K.: Ever tour other parts in the US and Europe?
G.O.T.H.: Right now I’m just doing local stuff. Europe will be down the road. I already have the joints in mind.
Chain D.L.K.: Name your favorite track(s) off the cd and explain why.
G.O.T.H.: “Out Of My Face”. It’s very violent. I shows how I feel towards anything trying to stop me. The scream I’m doing in the song is from a combinations of martial arts screams. I just figured out how to control it. It’s one of the songs I like to train to.
Chain D.L.K.: What’s your favorite synth you used the most when making music?
G.O.T.H.: I love the Korg Triton. I found out that Linkin Park uses it in many of their songs.
Chain D.L.K.: There are a couple of black goth bands from your state, Maryland. Ever heard of Legion Lost and Ample Population?
G.O.T.H.: I really don’t pay attention to others like that. Because I have to concentrate on what I’m doing. I’ve heard of others, but that was it. There are many black in rock. If one truly looks at the history of rock…they will see a great deal of blacks in rocks. From Fish Bone to Jimmy Hendrix to many more.
Chain D.L.K.: Will there be a full-length album in the works?
G.O.T.H.: Yes, I already have a few. However, the songs I refuse to let out are better than what people have heard from me. Those are under top secret! Let’s just say it like this…I can’t even stop listening to it!
Chain D.L.K.: And music videos?
G.O.T.H.: I have three videos on my website now at www.goth-music.com., and I’m currently working on another one now.
Chain D.L.K.: What do you think of the music of today what the young people are listening to?
G.O.T.H.: The music today is cool, but there’s always room for growth.
Chain D.L.K.: Any other creativity you’re involved in?
G.O.T.H.: Right now I’m just focused with my music and in training.
Chain D.L.K.: Anything else you’d like to say?
G.O.T.H.: Thanks to all of my fans.
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[interviewed by Donovan Tate] [proofreading by Donovan Tate]