By: Donnie Hardin
I caught with my homie, Flaw guitarist Jay Daunt, and asked him some laid back kind of questions. So… what does Jay say?
Donnie Hardin (DH): I know you are a big fan of mixed martial arts. Who are some of your favorite fighters to watch?
Jay Daunt (JD): I am a huge MMA fan more in person than televised but t.v. is cool. I have preferred weight classes more than fighters. I like middleweight and up as I prefer more damage and slower pace to the fast lightweight fighters that provide few violent finishes. We have a song on the UFC game but would love to get music on more fighting items.
DH: Do you have any favorite t.v. shows you like to watch and / or recent movies you would suggest? Favorite actors?
JD: I watch little tv, more of a gamer. I do watch ancient aliens and sleep to discovery or science channel. For genres I am a horror guy. For gaming I prefer character development role playing games. I am playing Dragon Age and Elder Scrolls Online on the ps4 currently.
DH: Since you passed the bar exam and are a lawyer, I assume that you have had to read a great deal. Do you like to read? Do you have a favorite writer? Favorite books?
JD: In general I don’t enjoy curling up with a book. I much prefer to play an instrument or work on my love for studio engineering/mixing. Oddly enough I love to read instruction manuals and such. I will download manuals for studio gear and software even when I don’t own the particular thing. Feel I learn and works well with my extreme adhd.
DH: When preparing to hit the road for a long stretch, what are your essential needs?
JD: Time with family as will be Factime only for awhile. Pack my portable pro tools studio setup. Get a new game or 2. Prepare our live show and set so we kill each night and give fans what they pay for and deserve.
DH: Other than Flaw, what is the last thing you listened to?
JD: Asking Alexandria……fucking love ’em! Also some Suicide Silence and the new Breaking Benjamin.
DH: I’ve recently become a fan of the low “F” tuning that Meshuggah and Stef Carpenter from Deftones are using now. Have you considered buying an 8-string? (If you have not already) Or discuss any other new toys or gadgets you’ve recently purchased.
JD: I have been using 8 strings for some time but I tune to a low E. Fucking love the tuning and I still am able to do all our prior material. I will be using pretty much only 8s on the upcoming tour.
DH: The band has been touring a lot and about to hit the road again, what can you tell us about recording / new album / or releases? (Hey, I had to ask)
JD: Coming asap. Album is more than written just getting label backing in place. Believe me we are as anxious as fans.
DH: Did you ever go skydiving with Volz (Flaw singer)? If so.. what was that like? What do you like to do for thrills? (other than music)
JD: We have been delayed but will get it on soon. I like anything that pushes adrenaline. Bring that shit on…..
DH: I am wanting to start recording at home, what recording program(s) do you recommend? Drum program? (i.e. Fruity Loops) Sell me a guitar, the most beat down, Jay Daunt special you have.
JD: Pro Tools is the best bet as you will end up there eventually. Mac or PC, your call but I have gone mac. I started with pc due to costs but once you go Mac you won’t go back……..sounds oddly familiar :-)
I use addictive drums to program and trigger 2 for any drum blending or replacement. I never sell my gear……but for you who knows. …
DH: Favorite word?
JD: Fuck…….most of the 4 letter love bombs!
DH: Least favorite word?