David No Second Chance

I hope you all still remember No second chance. Seems like forever those guys stop playing, but I remember their energetic shows full of high jumps, moshing and good vibes. Once visiting Newquay, David took my family under his wing and we crashed his and Petra´s place for few days where we discovered the beauty of surfing. We caught with each other later on to discuss his band, US tour, having original guitar from Slash from Guns and roses and his love of surfing. Lets hope we are going to see No Second Chance back again soon.

No second chance – photo David`s archive

R:David, how is everything during the Covid era?
D: Hi! Just trying to stay positive in these strange times.
R: How is family and work? Holding on?
D: The family is good, me and my wife Petra are expecting our second child in November. Work is insanely busy too.
R: That is good that work is getting insanely busy after the long break.
D: Yeah it’s been odd times for everyone I guess but I’ve tried hard to not let it affect me too much both financially and mentally.
R: Tell us more about you? Where you were born?
D: I was born in Perivale, West London and grew up in and around West Drayton/Uxbridge area.
R: Do you have any siblings?
D: Yeah, one brother.

No second chance – Sink or swim

R: What do you remember vividly about your childhood?
D: I had a fairly simple childhood, my family never had much in the way of money or fancy possessions and we made do with what we had. We had a pretty large extended family but we were all pretty close.
R: Did you like going to school? How was school during your time?
D: Not particularly but I went and kept my head down mostly. Like most at some point, I had some bullying issues but never really let it bother me too much. Strangely I’m still close friends with a good amount I went to junior school with but not secondary school.
R: Tell us more about subjects you liked or in another way hated to the bone?
D: I was pretty into art up until secondary school (I chose the secondary school i went to because of the art department they had) and then I soon found a hatred for it. I wasn’t into modern art and sculptures etc. and started finding it boring. I then started following in my fathers footsteps studying motor vehicles and electronics.
R: Do you remember what you wanted to be, professional wise, as a kid? What destroyed your dream come true? If anything…
D: Well after giving up art as a subject I started looking towards the automotive or aviation industry but when I left school I found myself with little options after applying for several apprenticeships and coming up short.

in Finland, photo David`s archive

R: Who discovered hardcore punk / metal in your world? Did metal /hardcore find you or you had to go and find it yourself?
D: Kind of bit of both. I was quite into British indie bands as a teenager like Oasis, Suede and Placebo, probably because my dad was into his 70’s rock. I think around the age of 16 and time of my school exams I heard The Offspring on London’s Xfm and that sort it started me off onto a spiral of listening to faster or heavier stuff. I seemed to keep meeting people randomly from that point that would introduce me into a new band. Sam Rice who would eventually play in Hang The Bastard years later was the first person to mention hardcore to me. I think it was Shelter and Snapcase he first made me listen to cruising around in my first car at 17.
R: Tell us about the first bands, gigs and the excitement you experienced hitting the first shows…
D: The first band I saw was Korn at Wembley arena, must’ve been around 1999ish. Then I started going to smaller punk shows, The Vandals at the Astoria was the next one I went to and that opened doors to discovering smaller underground punk bands at the LA2 and Underworld etc. For a fairly lengthy period of time I was heavily into punk and ska before ending up back into metal and hardcore in a big way.

Last show in London, photo amentma

R: When was the first time you took musical instrument and learned to play it? What were the first songs you made?
D: Funnily enough some of my friends at school played guitar after school with the music teacher and when I asked to join in, he flat out told me no. I remember being pretty crushed, I idolized Noel Gallagher at the time and that was dream over for years until I started skating with a guy who basically devised some mad idea of starting a grunge band (must’ve been around 2000). Told me to buy a bass and he’d teach me how to play from tabs. He didn’t really and we never started a grunge band but I did teach myself how to play some Dookie era Green Day songs. I started a punk band with a few friends but I can’t remember exactly how that happened but I remember us just throwing together basic three chord punk songs in my bedroom and then going from there.
R: What is the process of your song writing?
D: Past bands used to gather in practice rooms and spend hours trying to come up with ideas. No Second Chance have always done things differently, usually just a couple of us in a tiny back room of Ian’s parents house in front of a computer and electric drum kit we’d almost instantly track rough demos which ended up as full songs and then we’d learn to play them tightly after. There’s some songs on records we’ve not even once played as a full band or ever played live because I guess after recording them properly we felt they weren’t up to it for whatever reason.

NSC foto amentma

R: I would like to know more about the story how you get hold of Slash`s original guitar. Man, people need to know, how did you get it? Why are you keeping it in dust, haha.
D: Oh man, it got given to me by a friend who I worked with at the time and he was leaving to start a new life in California and he wanted to give it to someone who’d appreciate it. It was on the wall for a while, I suppose I should get around to putting it back up, it’s certainly a talking point!
R: Man, the story in full is greater, but I will leave it here so there will be still some mystery you can talk about in person.
I would like to know more about your first bands and the journey you went through each one of them?
D: No second chance was the first hardcore band but I was in a punk band around 2000 and then I started a band in the vein of Thrice around 2004 and then a Metal core band called the Archaic Decadence which must’ve been around 2006ish which is where I first met Ian who was playing in various metal bands. All of those bands featured my brother too but he walked away from being in bands for good. Owen became his replacement before we called that a day. I’d started meeting quite a few people that were in the hardcore scene around that point and that’s when me, Owen and Ian started NSC in 2010. None of my previous bands did much than play local shows. The AD did record with Scott Atkins and make it to mainland Europe for a few shows but that was it, nothing more than DIY releases until NSC.
R: No second chance worked very hard as far as I remember you guys. You released album under Goodlife records and Rucktion records and did loads of shows across Europe and States as well. Tell us more about the States tour, did it actually happen or is it urban legend? I dont remember now, but surely EU tours and even East Europe tours took place.

No second chance – Liar

D: Yeah we set out to play as much as we could when we first started, wed played around 220 shows by the time the band was two years old (I actually have a spreadsheet of every show we’ve ever played). We actually toured the US twice, first time in 2012 totally DIY style and on our own and then we went back in 2014 with Drowning and Triumph Over Shipwreck but yeah we did several in Europe in the years preceding that and in between. I think the US thing came about because someone didn’t believe we’d go and do it or something like that but I booked all of our shows on the first one and quite a few on the second one.
R: How it felt to play in Europe comparing to play in States? What were the main differences and what is the process to actually play in States? I believe you needed some special work permits or shit?

David, foto amentma

D: Europe always felt like home. The scene in Europe is far stronger…better attended shows, some funding in some countries and mostly promoters really go out of their way with hospitality. The states felt more like the UK in terms of lesser attendances and it was pretty rare to have a place to to crash after the show but we survived it. After one particular show in the states the first time the promoter never showed up himself and a friend ran the show. Low guarantee, low turnout (from memory I think he barely promoted it) and we ended up crashing on a local addict/alcoholics floor. Kind of everything you don’t want when you’re so far from home but what an experience. Mitts from Madball and Dave from Reign Supreme really hooked us up to stay at their places a couple of nights and I remember that really was comforting to us at the time. We travelled as “tourists” and couriered our guitars over so we never looked like a band. Risky but DIY all the way.

R: So what was the most scary shit on tour or weirdest place you visited?
D: We’ve had loads of mad stuff happen but Baltimore in the US was pretty sketchy walking around outside the venue. Me and Stu at the time were extremely lucky not to get jumped walking to subway which was only a block away but I think from memory some cops happened to be in the right place at the right time. We stayed in a nuclear bunker in Warsaw once that was deep underground and cased in thick metal/concrete and none of our phones worked. That was kinda weird/scary.
R: Why did you get jumped? What happened there?
D: Just an instance of being tourists unknowingly in the wrong part of the neighborhood. Same nearly happened to Ian and Chaney. Definitely not something we’d want to re live.
R: Tell us more about touring with NSC?
D: It’s always been easy and loads of fun. Everyone’s always been super on it when it comes to being organized and no ones a total liability and we’ve always got on. When we started doing bigger shows we made sure we were not too wrecked to play but once that last song is out of the way we used to get pretty messy.
R: How many albums you guys managed to record?

NSC – face reality

D: We did a 3 track demo, a split with Beater (who in part became Tempers Fray, note: I remember taking group picture for this album), Two full lengths, an MCD and a 7”.
R: Over the period of few years you had various singers taking the mic. What happened to Owen and why you had to replace him and why he came back for the last shows of yours?
D: Yeah Owen, Stu, Adrien and then back to Owen. Owen left a few years in, just had some personal stuff going on at the time. Stu joined and we had him for a few years and then he had some financial issues and stuff so he had to step away. I guess at that point we were considering chucking in the towel until Adrien sent us a demo from Southern France after Stu had left and it blew us away so we got him over to fill in for a show, and then another and then another and that was that. Adrien himself eventually ran into trouble financially and also had to step away. Being in a band is a huge financial strain and we’ve spent staggering amounts of money through the years and I guess it just took its toll several times. Owen came back after Adrien left but he’d always been around the band on and off so it wasn’t hard to get him back in, he was always part of the crew.

NSC – foto amentma

R: What do you think about the UK HC scene?
D: It’s quite a hard question to answer to be honest, personally I’ve drifted from it quite a lot in the past couple of years because work and family has kinda taken over but I try to keep an eye on it. It’s always been pretty good though historically, some of the OG’s like Knuckledust and Ninebar are still going strong after so long. I’ve always felt the UK deserved more hype though, there’s been so many incredible bands through the years that have been and gone and people slept on while worshipping hyped US bands. Maybe it’s changed it bit more recently, some good promoters through the years have definitely done their bit for UKHC.
R: I will back up that statement, UK HC definitely is strong and not as appreciated in the world as it deserves. What bands you guys worship and what bands influenced you from UK the most?
D: We definitely were influenced a lot by bands like Pay No Respect, early Your Demise, Awoken, Knuckledust, Six Ft Ditch but there was so many more from Europe or the US. All from around that 2000’s era.
R: The life performances were always great, most of you in air and moshing wild, dont you miss it?
D: Yeah we tried to always give it all. I do, particularly looking back through old photos and stuff. Some good times.
R: Why did you guys call it a day or is it just a hiatus for now?
D: I’d say it’s pretty much done at the moment unless something drastic happens to change it. All going well, by November the band will have 5 children on the go and on top of that we’ve all got pretty career driven so we’d never be able to put the same level of commitment into it as the past and I think that’s the hardest part to swallow. It’s a matter of priorities and I guess the last few years and the next few have become about family first rather than being away all the time and throwing money at a band. We all live pretty spread out now too so just getting together is far harder than when we all lived 15 mins away from each other.

David, photo by Josh rock

R: You moved from London to Newquay, why such sudden move to the surfers paradise?
D: I got offered the chance to work as a tattoo artist in Newquay and carve out a better life for our family so I risked a well paying job for a great company to change career and move 4 hours away from all our friends and family with a 4 month old child for the hope of a better life. I’d spent lots of time in Cornwall surfing over the years, the coastline is beautiful and in reality I grew tired of just working to exist in London. It was sketchy for a couple of years but I’d take that shot again 100% of the time. There’s more to life than being part of the rat race.
R: I want to know who brought you to surfing and how is your surfing going? Do you surf daily or due to family commitments its going slowly…
D: My brother got me to try it one weekend we were down about 14 years ago and I got hooked. I’m a fairly competent surfer and I’ve got a great bunch of friends I surf with a regularly as possible. It’s my main stress relief and I try to get in as often as work / wind/ tide/ swell conditions/ daylight permit. I’d say I’m in 2-3 times a week on average.
R: Are you fan of Point break movie with Patrick and Keanu?
D: Strangely enough I’ve never seen it! I’ve always found extreme sports kind of cheesy when Hollywood gets hold of them haha.
R: Ohhh man, that is disappointing answer haha. Surfing is secondary in that movie, it is a classic, you better find time to watch it.
Do you remember the time when you were told you will be father? How that made you feel? Do you remember the time?
D: Yeah, pretty scared I guess. It was planned but it’s all the unknown and I probably heaped a lot on myself with the timing of changing careers and moving to the South West.

David – photo by Josh rock

R: How do you feel in the role of father? Was it easy transition from touring band member to become father?
D: Pretty comfortable now but then I could use that term for my whole life situation right now. I’ve worked relentlessly over the last 5 years to achieve that. I’ve pretty much been exhausted for large parts of that time to achieve it too but certainly things have got easier now we’re in a groove. We’re expecting our second child in November and it’s definitely far more relaxed this time round.
R: You said you are currently working as tattoo artist in Newquay, how many hours a day you havee to work to earn the living?
D: Quite a crazy amount actually. It’s not uncommon I do 12 hour days 5 days a week if I include the drawing and social media stuff and then more hours on top. It’s about progress though, you get out what you put in and I’m always striving to be better.

David`s work

R: Do you have any limits what to tattoo and what you will never tattoo at all?
D: Not initially I didn’t but I’m definitely trying to lean away from anything realism orientated and more towards traditional/neo traditional work. I don’t tattoo faces unless they’re very covered already.
R: How did you get involve with tattooing?
D: I’ve always been around it, my ex was an artist and I used to hang out and help out at the studio quite a bit and I’ve come to know a lot of artists through touring etc. I was always able to draw well so it was kind of natural once everything lined up for it to happen.
R: Many of the NSC members are heavily tattooed, is it partly your work?
D: No, I’ve only tattooed Chaney and (Adrien our last vocalist) actually.
R: Where did you learn it?
D: I’m predominantly self taught but years of hanging out with artists and at shops along with having an ex that was an artist gave me a something of a foundation. On top of that it’s a lot of hard work, dedication and absolutely eating, sleeping and breathing it to get to where I’m at.
R: What do you think of Brexit? Especially for somebody whos wife is from Czechia. How that event changed your view on politics if any…
D: I’m not sure what to think really, I never felt qualified to understand it all at the time and I still feel the same now. I can see some benefits in both sides but it’s very hard understand all of the implications of it all and I’ve found it hard to find unbiased info on the whole thing. I just hope free movement isn’t a major issue, it’s something that we probably take for granted. I do know it seems like a total shambles currently though.
R: How do you think the government is managing the country at the present? Are you interested in politics or its something you put on second if not third line?
D: I don’t think the current government are handing anything well at the moment, either Brexit or Covid. A lot of seemingly nonsensical decisions being made. I’m interested enough in politics to vote and try to make a change but so few politicians seem resonate with me (or do I believe they’ll stick to their promises) that I think it’s hard to put it at the forefront of my mind in general and it’s really easy to get angry about the things you can’t change.
R: What is your favorite food, movie and catch phrase you use?
D: Food is tough one, I love so much haha! Indian or Thai maybe. Movie would be Good Will Hunting, such an incredible film in my eyes. Can’t say I have a particular catch phrase I use!

Thanks, David

Check the Slovak translation for the photos.

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No second chance – Cursed

Slovenský text:

R: David, ako sa darí počas Corony?
D: Čau, snažím sa ostať pozitívne naladený počas tohto obdobia.
R: Ako je na tom rodina a práca? Držíte to nad vodou?
D: Rodina je ok, ja a moja žena Petra čakáme naše druhé dieťa v novembri. V práci som šialene zaneprázdnený.
R: To je dobre, že môžeš znovu pracovať po dlhej odmlke.
D: To je pravda, bolo to divné obdobie pre väčšinu z nás, ale snažil som sa, aby ma to nejako veľmi neovplivnilo finančne či duševne.
R: Povedz nám niečo o tebe? Kde si sa narodil?
D: Narodil som sa v Perivale, západný Londýn, kde som sa narodil a potom vyrastal v západnom Draytone čo je Uxbridge oblasť.
R: Máš súrodencov?
D: Áno, mám brata.
R: Je niečo čo si pamätáš veľmi dobre zo svojho detstva?
D: Mal som docela jednoduché detstvo, rodina síce nemala nejako extra veľa peňazí na drahé veci a žili sme z toho čo bolo. Pochádzam z dosť veľkej rodiny a všetci sme nejako držali pokope.
R: Rád si chodil do školy? Ako si pamätáš na školské časy?
D: Nie veľmi, ale chodil som do školy a držal svoju hlavu nízko. Sem tam sa našiel nejaký čo ma buzeroval, ale hlavu som si z toho veľmi nerobil. Divné je, že s väčšinou z ľudí zo základky som stále v kontakte do dnešných dní a nie už tak moc s ľuďmi zo strednej.
R: Ktoré predmety ti išli na škole? Ktoré si mal rád či nenávidel?
D: Na druhom stupni som mal veľmi rád umenie, aj preto som si vybral takúto školu, ale školu ako takú som dosť znenávidel, lebo som nebol moc nadšencom moderného umenia a sochárstva, čo ma časom dosť nudilo. Potom som sa vybral v otcových šlapajách a išiel som študovať za mechanika.

David in NSC

R: Pamätáš sa čím si chcel byť keď si bol v tomto veku? Zničilo ti niečo tvoje sny? Ak vôbec…
D: Keď som sa vykašlal na umenie tak sa mi začalo páčiť auto opravoanie či aviácia, ale keď som vyšiel zo školy zistil som, že veľa možností som nemal, poslal som zopár prihlášok na zopár miest, ale žianda nevyšla.
R: Kto v tvojom svete objavil hardocre punk či metal? Našiel metal – hardcore teba či si ho našiel sám?
D: Tak trošku oboje. Dosť sa mi páčili britské nezávislé kapely ako Oasis, Suede a Placebo, asi preto, že môj otec počúval 70s rock muziku. Keď som mal asi 16 rokov, doba kedy som robil finálne skúšky na škole, som počul Offspring na londýnskom rádiu Xfm a toto bol asi hlavný dôvod, ktorý to začal. Začal som počúvať rýchlejšiu a tvrdšiu muziku. Od toho momentu som začal tretávať nových ľudí, s ktorými som objavoval nové kapely. Sam Rice, ktorý neskoršie hral v kapele Hang the bastard bol jedným z nich, ktorý mi povedali o hardcore. Potom prišiel Shelter a Snapcase, ktorý sme počúvali v mojom prvom aute, keď som mal 17.

foto amentma

R: Povedz nám viac o tvojich prvých kapelách čo si videl, prvé koncerty…
D: Prvý koncert, ktorý som videl bol Korn na Wembley štadióne, to muselo byť v roku 1999. Neskôr som začal chodiť na menšie punkové koncerty ako The Vandals v Astórii, ktoré mi otvorili dvere k menším kapelám a klubom ako LA2 či Underworld na Camdene. Docela dlhú dobu som si fičal na punku a ska muzike ako som skončil pri metale a hardcore.
R: Kedy si chytil hudobný nástroj do ruky a kde si sa učil hrať na gitaru?
D: Moji kamoši hrávali na školskom dvore na gitaru s učitelom hudobnej a nejako som sa k nim priplietol a začal sa učiť hrať na gitaru s nimi. Zamiloval som sa do hrania na gitaru, môj vzor Noel Gallagher mal na to dosť veľký vplyv až pokial som nezačal jazdiť na doske s týpkom, ktorý mi povedal nech založíme grunge kapelu. To muselo byť okolo roku 2000 už. Povedal mi nech si kúpim basovú gitaru a začal ma učiť hrať. Aj keď sme kapelu spolu nikdy nezaložili a on ma v podstate nič nenaučil, tak som na nej aspoň zvládol hrať Dookie piesne od Green day. Neskoršie som založil punkovú kapelu s kamošmi, ale už si nepamätám ako došlo k tejto formácii či ako sme sa volali. Bol to klasický troj akordový punk…
R: Ako skladáš skladby pre svoju kapelu? Aký máš proces?
D: V minulosti sme s chalanmi sedeli v skúšobni a trávili hodiny rozmýšlaním. No second chance vždy robilo veci inak ako moje predošle kapely. Väčšinu sme zložili v malej izbe u Iana doma pred počítačom a elektornickými bicími, kde sme to rovno nahrali a dorábali a učili sa ich hrať do bodu perfektnosti. Niektoré songy to nedotiahli ďalej ako na takéto demo a nikdy sme ich nehrali na živo, lebo za moc nestáli.
R: Keď sme boli u Vás s rodinou, inak vďaka za to, že ste nás prichýlili, vytiahol si spod zaprášeného gauča gitaru, ktorá patrila Slashovy z Guns an roses ešte aj obal bol osobne podpísaný, ako si sa k tomuto skvostu dostal?
D: Človeče, dostal som ju od kamoša, s ktorým som v tej dobe pracoval. Chystal sa ísť žiť do Kalifornie a chcel ju dať niekomu, kto si bude vážiť. Mal som ju na stene zopár rokov, pokial sa nedostala pod gauč, a asi by som ju mal dať späť na stenu. Každopádne je to docela dobrá téma na diskusiu.
R: No mne si tú celú story povedal, ale necháme to takto v tomto bode, nezodpovedané do konca a tí čo ťa stretnú sa môžu opýtať osobne potom.
Tak povedz ako to bolo teda s tvojimi kapelami?

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D: No second chance bola moja prvá hardcore kapela, ale pred tým som bol v punkovej kapele, 2000 rok no a neskôr som mal ešte kapelu, ktorá bola v duchu Thrice, 2004 no a po nej metal core kapela Archaic decadence, 2006, kde som stretol Iana, ktorý tiež už hral v rôznych kapelách. Všetky tieto kapely pred tým boli naše spoločné s bráškom až po No second chance.
Owen bol jeho náhrada po tom ako to môj bráško zabalil. Začal som stretávať nových ľudí, ktorí boli v hardcore scéne a to bol dôvod prečo sme sa s Owenom a Ianom rozhodli založiť NSC v 2010. Žiadna z našich predošlích kapiel to nedotiahla ďalej ako na lokálne koncerty. The AD nahrala album so Scottom Atkinsom a mala jedno turné po Európe, ale to bolo všetko, nič viac ako DIY nosič.
R: No second chance bola veľmi tvrdo pracujúca kapela. Vyšiel vám album na Goodlife records či pod hlavičkou londýnskych bohov Rucktion records a zahrali ste cez Európu po štáty. Povedz nám viac o tom ako ste sa dostali do štátov.
D: Chceli sme všetci hrať čo najviac ako sa len dalo. Za necelé dva roky existencie sme odohrali cez 220 koncertov. Mám doma každú jednu šou zapísanu s plagátmi, haha. Ameriku sme dali dvakrát. Prvýkrát v roku 2012 čo bola úplna DIY prácička no a neskôr v roku 2014 s Drowning a Triumph over shipwreck. Okrem iného sme dali Európu viackrát. Nikdo nám neveril, že môžme dať Ameriku a pritom som to celé zabookoval sám z UK.
R: Keby si mohol porovnať hranie v štátoch a Európe, aký je medzi nimi rozdiel? Nepotrebovali ste na štáty špeciálne pracovné víza?
D: Európa je vždy akoby sme hrali doma. Scéna v EU je ovela silnejšia, lepšia návštevnosť na koncertoch, viac peňazí za koncert v určitých krajinách a promotéri sa o teba staraju ako môžu. Štáty boli trošku ako UK koncerty čo sa týka pohostinnosti či návštevnosti a bola to docela rarita, keď ti niekto ponúkol aj miesto na spanie po koncerte, ale zvládli sme to aj v bojových podmienkach. Stalo sa nám, že promoter v štátoch sa nám ani neozval a nedošiel a musel to robiť nejaký jeho známi na poslednú chvílu. Skoro žiadne garancie, malá návštevnosť a nakoniec sme skončili u nejakého drogovo závislého týpka na byte. V podstate všetko čo nechceš aby sa ti stalo na turné sa nám stalo. Mitts z Madball a Dave z Reign supreme nám pomohli s ubytovaním potom čo nám odpadlo zopár koncertov. Cestovali sme tam ako turisti a poslali sme nástroje kuriérom, aby sme nevypadali ako kapela, bolo to riskantné, ale úplne DIY.
R: Ktore bolo teda to najviac skurvené miesto, ktoré ste navštívili?
D: Veľa divných vecí sa odohralo v Baltimore, Amerika všeobecne bola dosť divná, už len sa prechádzať len tak pred miestom, kde sme hrali. Ja a Stu sme mali šťastie, že na nás nevybehli lokálny ďábli, keď sme išli do metra len blok od klubu, mali sme len šťastie, že akurát prechádzali okolo fízli. Vo Varšave sme hrali v atómovom bunkri, kde steni boli tak hrubé, že tam nebol vôbec signál. To bolo tiež dosť divné.
R: A prečo na vás chceli zaútočiť v Baltimore?
D: Lebo sme vypadali ako turisti a boli sme jednoducho v zlý čas na zlom mieste. To isté sa stalo skoro ďalším členom kapely. Určite nič, čo by sme chceli zažiť ešte raz.
R: Aké to je byť na turné s NSC?
D: Vždy to bolo jednoduché a veľa zábavy. Každí z nás si uvedomoval do čoho ide a užíval si to na plno. Keď sme začali hrať väčšie koncerty museli sme si dávať pozor nech sa nerozbijeme pred koncertom moc, aby sme do toho mohli dať čo najviac. Zase sme si to vynahradili po našom koncerte.
R: Koľko albumov ste vlasten vydali?
D: Máme vonku troj pesničkové demo, split album s Beater, ktorý sa potom premenovali na Tempers fray no a dva albumi a jedno MCD a sedem palec.
R: Počas vášho pôsobenia ste mali viacero spevákov, čo sa stalo, že zostava bola taká istá celé tie roky, len speváci sa menili častejšie?
D: Owen, Stu a Adrien a potom späť k Owenovy. Owen nás opustil, pretože mal osobné problémi, ktore si musel vyriešiť. Stu prišiel potom a bol s nami zopár rokov, ale keď sa dostal do finančných problémov tak to musel skončiť. Pravdu povedať, sme si mysleli, že to zabalíme, ale prišiel Adrien, ktorý hral vo francúzskych kapelách. Mali sme radi jeho vokál tak sme ho zavolali, aby s nami hral. Žial aj on mal finančné problémi a nechal život v kapele na nás. Hrať v kapele na plný úväzok nebola žiadna sranda, hlavne, keď sme chceli len hrať. Owen prišiel späť, keď Adrien odišiel, aj keď bol vždy okolo nás, motal sa okolo kapely celý ten čas.
R: Čo hovoríš na UK scénu dnes?

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D: Docela ťažká otázka, keďže som nejaký ten rok mimo aj vďaka tomu, že som sa presťahoval do Cornwallu, práca a žena a deti, som mimo. UK scéna, z historického pohladu bola vždy super na tom. Staré páky ako Knuckledust či Ninebar stále hraju. Myslím si, že UK scéna by si zaslúžila viacej rešpektu na svetovom hardcore poly. Máme a mali sme vždy veľa dorých kapiel, namiesto toho sa vždy následuju viacmenej len tie americké kapely. Momentálne máme viacero dobrých UK promotérov, ktorý dávaju UK scénu späť na mapu hardcore-u.
R: Určite sa postavím za tvoj pohlad na UK scénu. UKHC je určite silná a má veľa kapiel, ktoré za to stoja. Ktoré kapely Vás z UK scény inšpirovali?
D: Určite kapely ako Pay no respect, ranné Your demise, Awoken, Knuckledust, Six ft ditch a tona ďalších nielen z UK, ale aj Európy či US, väčšina kapiel čo sa motali v scéne okolo roku 2000.
R: Nechýba ti hranie? Mali ste super pódiovú šou. Stále vo vzduchu, mosh pit plný…
D: Vždy sme sa do toho pustili na plno. Chýba mi to. Niekedy sa pozerám na staré fotky a zaspomínam si.
R: Prečo ste to vlastne zabalili? Či len ste v hybernácii…?
D: Momentálne sme mŕtvy, pokial by sa niečo dramatické nezmenilo v našich životoch. V kapele máme dokopy päť detí a okrem iného všetci z nás maju život zahltený prácou. Už nejde sa venovať kapele na plno ako predtým. Je to záležitosť našich priorít a posledné roky, naše rodiny sú priorita číslo jedna. Musíme zabezpečiť naše rodiny. Okrem toho žijeme všetci ďaleko od seba, už len ísť hrať na skúšku by bol plán na týždne.
R: Presťahoval si sa z Londýna do Newquay, prečo si odišiel a rovno do raja surferov?
D: Dostal som šancu ísť robiť do Newquay ako tetovač. Rozhodol som sa pre lepší život pre mňa aj moju rodinu, pre dobrú robotu za dobré peniaze. Sme štyri hodiny od miesta, kde som vyrastal. Predtým som strávil veľa času v Cornwall surfovaním, pláže sú nádherné a život je tu krajším ako v Londýne, kde len pracuješ a chodiš z práce domov a do práce. Keby som to mal spraviť ešte raz tak určite sa sťahujem sem ešte raz. V živote je toho viacej ako len sa naháňať za prácou.
R: Čo ťa priviedlo k surfovaniu? Surfuješ denne, alebo rodinný žiot ťa spomalil…
D: Môj brat ma donútil to vyskúšať, v jeden víkend sme išli do Cornwall no a štrnásť rokov som už závislí na surfovani. Surfujem ako sa dá, záleží to aj od vetra, prílivu a všeobecne od podmienok, ale podarí sa mi ísť na dosku tak dva až trikrát do týždna.
R: Máš rád Point break film z Patrickom a Keanu?
D: Človeče, tento film som ešte nevidel. Keď je najaký film, ktorý ma extrémne športy, tak ma to dosť odradzuje, haha.
R: Čo? To nemyslíš vážne, že si nevidel klasiku, haha. Surfovanie je v tom filme druhá kolaj, ten film je klasika, to musíš vidieť.
Pamätáš si čas, keď ti Petra povedala, že budeš otcom? Ako si sa cítil?
D: Áno, pamätám, bol som dosť vydesený. Bolo to plánované, ale aj tak to bolo strašidelné, nevedeli sme do čoho ideme, keďže sa veľa dialo v ten istý čas ako sťahovanie a práca.
R: Ako sa cítiš v úlohe otca? Bola to veľká zmena pre teba od života v kapele k usadeniu sa?
D: Tak všetko je momentálne v poriadku, posledných päť rokov som na sebe makal v novom prostredí. Už máme rytmus a sme usadený. Naše druhé dieťa príde v novembri a už sme na neho pripravený viac ako na prvé.
R: Pracuješ ako tetovač v Newquay, ako dlho musíš denne makať, aby si si zarobil na živobytie?
D: Docela vela hodín denne makám. Robím okolo 12 hodín, päťkrát do týžňa, pokial zarátavam aj kreslenie návrhov a nie len čisto čas tetovania. Keď nerátam ešte sociálne siete a managovanie ich. Je to o tom čo do toho dáš, to dostaneš naspäť.
R: Je niečo čo by si netetoval?
D: Ani nie, ale snažím sa vyhnúť sa realistickým tetovaniam a viac sa venujem tradičnému vzoru. Netetujem na tvár, teda pokial tá osoba už nemá na tvári rôzne iné kerky.
R: Chalani z kapely sú tiež dosť potetovaný, je to tvoja robota?
D: Iba som tetoval Chaneyho a Adriena.
R: Kde si sa to naučil?
D: Naučil som sa väčšinu sám, ale motal som sa dlhú dobu okolo jedného tattoo štúdia cez moju bývalu priateľku. Je to ale veľa tvrdej práce, spanie, jedenie a život okolo tohto umenia.
R: Čo si myslíš o Brexite? Máš ženu česku, myslíš, že vás to oboch nejako dobehne? Zmenil Brexit tvoj názor na politiku v UK?
D: Pravdu povediac, neviem, čo si mám o tom myslieť. Nikdy som sa necítil kvalifikovaný sa o politike vyjadrovať v rámci mojich možnosti a vzdelania. Dúfam, že volný pohyb nebude prekážkou, to by bol dosť prúser, keby sa to zmenilo. Je to, ale prúser čo sa stalo.
R: Ako podla teba vláda manažuje situáciu okolo covidu?
D: Naša vláda nevie nič zmanažovať dobre, ani Brexit ani covid situáciu. Veľa chaotických rozhodnutí vyšlo von. Zaujmam sa o politiku v rámci mojich možností a chodím voliť pravidelne.
R: Na záver, aké je tvoje oblúbené jedlo, film a fráza?
D: Jedlo je ťažké rozhodnutie, najskôr indické či thajske jedlo. Film Good Will Hunting, úplne super film podľa mňa a frázu nemám žiadnu.

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