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?
It is with honor that we at the Daily Rock Report Louisville Rock & Metal Hall of Fame announce our very first inductee, Bobby Burns, the driven, and musically clever mastermind, visionary and founder of PRIMER 55.
Released January 25, 2000 by Island Records, Primer 55’s debut, ‘Introduction To Mayhem’ has proven to leave an eternal stamp in modern music history, maintaining staying power among fans with songs such as ‘Loose’, ‘ Freak Love’, ‘Dose’, ‘Set It Off’, ‘The Big F**k You’, and other groove metal hybrid based cutting edge tunes carefully and uniquely arranged by Burns.
The album is permanently embedded into hard rock and metal history having been sort of an “Introduction” to the 2000’s portion of the then rising alternative metal / Nu-Metal revolution.
Led by Bobby, with the swagger of some sort of musical modern alter-ego of General George S. Patton, the music of Primer 55 provided a flare to the industry. His vision of ideas melted and stirred into a soulful mixing pot of punk, metal, hip-hop with a powerful element of body twitching groove that listeners of the genre simply could not deny.
Not just some dime-a-dozen guitar player, Burns knows his way around the mixing knobs, wrinkles and pockets of the recording studio due to the fact that he has a superior ear packaged with a strong vision.
Primer 55’s sophomore effort, (The) New Release, dropped on August 14, 2001, peaking at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart, and #102 on the Billboard 200. The single ‘This Life’, peaked at #37 on Mainstream Rock Tracks.
In 2003 Bobby would join forces with metal heavyweights SOULFLY, accepting an offer to fill the role of bassist, a gig that many well-known metal bass players would have begged, clawed and killed for just for a secure shot to play with one of the most relevant metal musicians of all time, Max Cavalera.
Soulfly released four studio albums with Burns over the course of seven years. An admirable feat of mental and physical endurance for anyone working with Max Cavalera, and his managing wife Gloria. The couple has developed a sort of reputation among industry insiders as being difficult to deal with. Just ask Max’s former Brazilian band mates SEPULTURA. When Max and Gloria left them behind after feuding over power struggles, Max even left his brother, Igor Cavalera behind. A bit ironic for a guy being all about “family”.
So where does Bobby Burns get his unstoppable determination to keep pushing forward with all he has? There is this little theory I have, called the Muhammad Ali Effect.
The story goes, and in my opinion, is one of truth, that after the Cassius Clay (who would later change his name to Muhammad Ali), returned to the city of Louisville after winning the World Olympic Gold Metal for Heavyweights, representing our country and planting the seed for what would grow into something much larger than just simply being a boy from Louisville.
Ali, after giving the USA a reason to swagger, especially his hometown, walked into a local eatery in the downtown Louisville area, Gold Medal around his neck, and was told that “Colored’s were not allowed, despite being a National Sports Hero. He probably did not even consider the thought of being barred, Louisville was already a much more evolved melting pot and known for its racial relations, which became a model for many cities, and every south of the Ohio.
Ali was furious, the Gold Medal, in his mind had been reduced to nothing more than a chunk of worthless scrap metal. He walked onto the Second Street bridge, feeling defeated as he walked along the walkway, and angrily feeling defeated, tossed the Gold Medal into the Ohio River.
He would go on to never give up ever again. To give all he had for what he believed. In a bout with millions of Americans calling him a traitor, facing prison, he pressed on. He would not bow down, he told the world, someone would have to kill him. They didn’t. Ali, now a long time sufferer of Parkinson’s disease, has not let that deter him still to this very day. In recent years, I personally have seen him in attendance at several University of Louisville sporting events, representing his city. He never gave up on Louisville or himself.
Somewhere lodged deeply in the sediment of the Ohio River is something nearly as symbolic, which transcends any one life and is responsible for being the source of unlimited hope and determination. The Holy Grail of the Ohio River. Those living in the city drink the tapped water and live off of it. Call me crazy, call me what you will, THE GREATNESS is within an incredible number of local natives and citizens. Many who are iconic and world-famous. I personally cite the great Gonzo journalist Hunter S. Thompson, my literary hero, as a prime example.
Those living in the Louisville, Kentucky area will have a chance to see PRIMER 55 on September 19, 2015 at a cancer research funding event called ‘HORNS UP AGAINST CANCER’. with all proceeds funding the well-established ‘F**K CANCER FOUNDATION’. It just may be the bands final show ever, “or at least, the last Primer 55 show for a very long time” Burns said recently stating that new vision, with a new direction have emerged from the mind of the musical genius.
Bobby Burns talks about playing what could be last Primer 55 show in Louisville…</div>
From the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Georgia State Patrol Cpl. Scott Smith said the driver of the 15-passenger van “apparently fell asleep and allowed the vehicle to leave the roadway, at which time the vehicle struck a tree on the passenger side.”
Three of the van’s 12 occupants were ejected, Smith said.
He said there were three fatalities on the scene. Eight other people were taken to local hospitals, three in critical condition.
The van was traveling from a show last night in Spartansburg, South Carolina, about 175 miles away. They were on their way to play The Basement in Atlanta, GA tonight, which has now been cancelled. The tour, which began on Friday, was to have wrapped up tonight. The names of the deceased have not yet been released.
Q) Tell us about Corey Sturgill as a child, growing up and discovering music. What’s the first thing you remember hearing that gave you that rush?
I had a Walkman cassette player, and my dad had a copy of the Sevendust album ‘Home‘, I listened to it constantly...the heavy guitars and awesome drums. I STILL listen to that record!
Q) When did you get your first set of drums (or other instrument)? Explain how it felt, what kind of drums were they, what color, etc? Those very first moment of realizing you had your very own kit, who was your idol?
Q) Eventually you ran into some other kids and they found out you were a drummer, (the hardest member in a band to find IMO), and of course, you guys set up your first ever jam session of you life with other people. How old were you? Who were they? What did you guys attempt to play? How did it feel to have that feeling of ‘Yeah! I’m in a band!”?
Right away I started a band with with my buddy Jayson Johnson, still my homie til this day. He played guitar and recorded our first song on a tape recorder. We were so pumped! Our band was called L.E.D., and I don’t think it stood for anything. lol
I grew up playing in church and playing in my youth group and stuff like that.. But my first REAL show was with a band called Primal Dust. My dad was the singer and guitar player. It was at Bulldog Cafe (Fairdale, Kentucky). It went very well. I wasn’t really nervous cause there was only twenty people there lol, plus I played at church in front of a bunch of people on a regular basis so i wasn’t very nervous. I’m usually good under pressure
Q) Tell us when playing in a band became REAL. When the focused and serious musicianship really took over you and the band you were playing with. Who was the band, etc.?
Playing in Johari brought a whole other side to being in a band. good musicians and business minded. made me realize how hard it can be. My goal was always to keep pushing my limits as a drummer, strive to be the best (knowing that I’m not) but I’m always trying to learn more about the drums. A lot of musicians reach a point where they are comfortable and stop learning, I never Wanna stop!
Started drumming at eight-years-old, got my kit at age ten. I was so in love with drums!! I remember I asked my dad one day when i was like eleven, “How do you become a professional drummer?” he said, “Learn as much as you can and be really good!“, so I learned by ear for a long time and when i was fifteen-years-old, I wanted to take lessons because I wasn’t learning anything on my own.
I took jazz lessons because I always heard it was the hardest, then I began playing in church and other random projects. Jay Daunt (Flaw, guitarist) happened to see me play one time and liked my style. So when they began looking for a new drummer I was the first person he hit up. I’m honored and can’t wait to show everyone what i can do. Johari is a metalcore band here in Louisville, still active and about to release an awesome new record! We (Johari) have a drummer who fills in when i can’t play shows. Great music and great guys!
Q) Lastly, tell us what kind of kit you play, cymbals, etc. How many pairs of sticks do you foresee blasting through during the REAWAKENING TOUR?
A) Absolutely, there were many. Most memorable was in the 5th grade, I was in a TAG school and a few classmates and I in my music class performed ‘I want to hold your hand’ by the Beatles in front of the whole school. I was really nervous but at the same time I fell in love with the rush from being on stage and the connection to the audience. I knew at that moment I wanted to pursue it.
Q: Do you remember any of the songs or scales you would practice on that your mother taught you or worked with you on? What instruments were you introduced to at this early age? Did you enjoy playing any of them?
Q: Who was the very first album that was bought for you? Who was the first musical act that you remember really being a fan of? (Mine was Michael Jackson – Thriller) And at any point of your childhood did you ever own a Michael Jackson jacket? If so was it the red or black one?
Q: In the late-eighties you began going to Military school in Virginia, which you would graduate from. During this time of your life, who was Christopher Volz? What was he like, what did immerse himself in? Did you read or write a lot in high school?
A) I wasn’t the most politically correct child. I remember getting a lot of demerits in military school. I liked to push the boundaries and question authority, which wasn’t very popular in that atmosphere as you can imagine…. I remember this one kid in my squad was failing badly in rappelling class and it was making the whole team look bad. So I decided to sneak out past curfew and bring him to the training area so I could teach him like a friend instead of a drill instructor. We got caught returning to the dorms and I took the fall for it, but he ended up passing the class and the squad made it through the course! As far as the writing aspect, I was always writing poetry and doing well in English throughout that whole time period.
Q: Let’s fast-forward to 1995, you had family in the state so you decided to try living in Kentucky. What did you think for the first week or two of living in Louisville, Kentucky? Did you like it?
A) I grew up on the east coast, and it will always be my home but I fell in love with the city of Louisville really quickly. There is a lot of really cool things to do, a large music scene, a ton of history, and the people were much more friendly than the normal east coaster…….
Q: During this time period, (1995-1997) what music were you listening to? What did you listen to most? Was there a band before FLAW and what style of music were they attempting to play? Do you still keep in touch with any of those guys?
A) I was in a band in NJ called ‘Terminus‘, we played a lot of shows in that area and had a full length demo but it never went anywhere really serious. We played a similar style of hard rock with layered vocal melodies and some screaming. I hear from a few of those guys now and then but not very much. One of them went to dental school and moved to Baltimore and another played guitar for a signed hardcore band called Fury of 5. Back then I was listening to a lot of Alice In Chains, Pearl Jam, Deftones, Limp Bizkit, Korn, and Faith No More…..as I still do to this day.
Q: What made you walk into a music store and glance at the bulletin board to see that some guys were looking for a singer? Why were you in the music store in the first place?
A) I actually picked up a LEO (a Louisville entertainment newspaper) from the music store, I was in they’re looking at acoustic guitars and to get one of those papers because I knew they had a large musicians classifieds section in the back. I knew that was probably one of the best ways to get connected with a band that needed a vocalist, and it was! (back then the internet hadn’t been created for public use yet).
Q: You called the number on the flyer, which is said to have been Jay Daunt’s pager number. Obviously, he returned your call and you guys arranged to meet up. What were those very first moments of meeting Jay like? What did you think about him? (Did he seem like some really cool guy that could play guitar good?
A) I called the number on one of the ads and it turned out to be a pager so I left my number and Jay called back that same night. We decided to meet up at his place and I brought along a demo of work that I had vocals on with me. I arrived at his house and he was living in Old Louisville (historic neighborhood in downtown Louisville) with about 7 other University of Louisville students, it was a pretty laid back college party atmosphere. I let him check out the songs I brought and we started writing music together that night. Inner Strength was actually written the next day. .
Q: So there was you, Jay and Ryan in the band, you went through a series of drummers, wrote material and recorded and exploded onto the Louisville music scene in 1997. Do you remember the very first show you guys played? Did you play all original music?
A) I believe our very first show was at the old Shockers in 1997 right off campus. We played all original songs for about 40 friends.
Q: FLAW would take charge of the scene by 1998-99, having built a loyal and passionate fan base. In 2000 you would sign to a major record label, Universal Records. You would record an album with Tool producer David Bottrill, make a couple of videos which aired on MTV, were given a tour bus and would get on the bill for Ozzfest 2002, the same tour that Drowning Pool’s vocalist, Dave Williams, tragically died on their bus? What was the mood like for the bands in the days after that incident? Did you have a chance to get to know him at all?
A) I will go on record saying that I wasn’t involved in the decision to let Jay go. Sometimes shit happens and we were always able to sort it out the next day. He was missed during the touring cycle and during the writing process for the 2nd record.
Q) Eventually FLAW would be dropped by Universal, and several line up changes were made over the next several years. You formed a successful band called Five-bolt-main, you recorded a solo album, and in 2012… you did the vocals for an electronic song called ‘Blistered’ with NPA? How did this come about? Where was this recorded?
A) I had to keep going, regardless of the circumstances that Flaw was in. I had an amazing time writing, touring, and recording both, the Five Bolt Main, and solo stuff. Music is a constant for me and no matter what, I will always continue. That being said, I am glad to be back with Jay and Ryan on this new venture with Flaw! The song with Nick came about because he was putting together a compilation CD of his favorite artists and he contacted me through Facebook. I wrote a piece to his instrumentals and traveled to Philly to record. We actually tracked my vocals in a studio built into the back of a Karate dojo.
Q) In November of 2013, the T.T.E. line-up of FLAW would re-unite at least and play Gobblestock at Phoenix Hill Tavern on the same bill as Primer 55 and Incursion. What was the mood before the show and immediately following the performance? Was there that feeling of magic that had been missing for years? Explain what that night meant to the future of FLAW.. which I will ask about next.
A) That was very exciting for us, as well as a little nerve racking because we hadn’t been on stage together as that unit for a very long time. The place was packed, the crowd was psyched, and we had a really great time. It was the beginning of getting Flaw back on track the right way. We are really turning over new leaves this time, doing what we should have done last time, and appreciating our opportunity more than before. The lineup we have now is by far the strongest Flaw has ever been and we aren’t holding anything back this time!
Q) A couple of weeks ago, FLAW’s (manager?) Scott Frazier stated on Facebook that Big, Big Flaw news was coming within the next few weeks. Now, obviously you cannot comment on whatever deals are being discussed, etc.. but is there any time frame for this highly anticipated announcement? What can you tell us? What does it mean for the future of FLAW, and being in the studio off and on currently, if you were to make a wild guess, when do you think Flaw fans could finally get their hands on the next FLAW cd?
A) What I can tell you right now is that we are signed to TKO for booking, a national booking agency that is going to get us out on the road here in the states and back overseas. We are entertaining several offers from record labels and are trying to narrow down the best deal we possibly can. We are working with Grammy winning producer Skidd Mills on this new album and couldn’t be more pleased and proud of the work we are doing together. We are looking at a late summer/fall release for the new album, and should be making announcements to the public in detail over the next few weeks!
Q) As someone who knows the band personally and has seen the good times combined with the drama and bad times for the band, I can honestly say that I could have never imagined FLAW being as professional, mature and about the fans as much as you have been all the way through this incredible stint since that Gobblestock show.. for you personally, what do you look at differently? Do you look at the autograph seeking FLAW-lover different than you did in 2002? Just a look through several photos of band interaction with fans, it seems to be all smiles, all the time and you carry yourself with some mysterious positive force. Describe who Chris Volz is today, what is important to him?
A) I have always been interactive with the fans and put all of my heart and soul into music. If anything has changed it has been my maturity and experience level in this industry. I have learned the good and bad, and how to deal with both things in a professional manner. I am honored that I have been able to play music as a career for over 15 years and grateful that people have connected to my lyrics the way I hoped they would. Music is therapy and we all need as much as that as we can get. I am still the same person I was back then I just have even more drive to continue to express myself through music, melodies, and words. I want to be there to help introduce the new generation of musicians into this industry the right way, teach them what mistakes not to make, and in the process healing myself through expression of my soul. I can’t wait for you guys to hear our new record and the people we have become. Flaw Family forever! OTSS! See you soon on The Reawakening Tour!
Tour Dates For The Reawakening Tour With Special Guests, Seasons After…
Photographer John Payne of Payne Productions based out of Columbus, Ohio, has the uncanny ability to capture those perfect moments, especially when he is working energy packed live performances of bands who exhibit the many ranges of human emotion conveyed though the power of music.
He doesn’t just wait for the show to begin, John often captures the moments before the big show, such as images of the pent-up combination of nervousness and excitement of both artist and fans, as well as stage hands and engineers making their final tweaks before showtime, and lastly the intimate interaction of the appreciative, hard-working performers mingling with their equally appreciative fans.
Obviously this incredible talent does not only lie within John’s work of these wonderful shows he goes to. Chances are you will agree. One has no choice other than to love the artistic mind a great photographer possesses in the heat of the moment. Have a look for yourself. https://www.facebook.com/PayneProductions2013/photos_stream
On September 5, 2000, a four-piece alternative-metal band from Washington, D.C., released the album ‘Violence’ on TVT Records. Led by the outstanding complex ability of vocalist Matt Holt combined with dark melodies and thunderous guitar riffs, Violence is a masterpiece of elegantly controlled anger, and rage blended with inner determination. If you listen to the album from front to back, and you are a metal head that enjoys screaming brutality mixed with amazing melody and clean vocals, this is the album for you. Vocalist Holt triumphs on throughout.
If you are unfamiliar with Nothingface, and you like bands such as Five Finger Death Punch, Flaw, Slipknot, Stone Sour, Fear Factory, etc., you really need to be listening to this right now. One of the most underrated bands in metal history.