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Interview with Acey Slade

Acey Slade & The Dark Party, Vocals


Interviewed by Brian Rademacher
Date: February 2010

Brian Rademacher: Acey itís good to talk to you again. Howís everything?

Acey Slade: Iím doing great.

Brian Rademacher: So what was it like the first time you signed an autograph for a fan?

Acey Slade: I really donít remember but anytime I give an autograph I am honored and humbled. Iím very flattered that someone would ask for my autograph.

Brian Rademacher: Is there any time that is not a good time for someone to ask for an autograph?

Acey Slade: Not really, I do like some downtime for about thirty minutes after a show so I can compose myself but after that thirty minutes Iím ready to go.

Brian Rademacher: What is it like living in Brooklyn, N.Y?

Acey Slade: I love it in Brooklyn. Iím three stops from the city so if anytime I want to go into New York City its right there.

Brian Rademacher: Do you feel you have to keep up an image all the time?

Acey Slade: Not really, I feel that I am always the same; Iím genuine, what you see is what you get. I donít have to put up any kind of front or act different.

Brian Rademacher: After a show do you have to entertain women?

Acey Slade: Like I said I just need thirty minutes to compose myself because I put one hundred percent into my show and I need time to come down from that high. After that Iím ready to hang out with friends, family and fans.

Brian Rademacher: Do you feel with the new release is just a change of style or are you starting to mellow out?

Acey Slade: Itís a change of style because that is what I wanted. I wanted something different. I wasnít sure it was going to work but I feel that I wanted a solo album that was sort of different from what I usually do and that is what I set out to do and it seems fans like it. It wasnít written in the way I normally write. I write in that RAMONES-y style and it came out completely different and Iím really proud of that.

Brian Rademacher: Were there any songs that you wrote or recorded that you left off the CD?

Acey Slade: Yeah we did quite a bit. People can spend their money anywhere they want now, and they donít have a lot of it, so they are going to be picky where they spend it. I wanted people who go that extra mile and bought our record to be rewarded. Like the U.S version has a different song then the UK version and thereís an extended version with a different track. So we recorded three or four songs that we can use for single releases or unreleased tracks really to thank people for going that extra mile.

Brian Rademacher: Would you think about doing a live DVD on this tour?

Acey Slade: Itís actually already done. The very first show we did, we recorded the audio and video for it and (so) itís kind of my goal. I have always been a touring guy and I feel thatís what Iím destined to do but Iíve never really concentrated on writing and putting out material and I kind of decided to do that this year. When we did the first show I did the audio and video taping of it. That one is done and available now and probably by the summer I want to put out a live album with a DVD and than before the end of the year I want to put out another album. So I want to put out two albums this year. I guess I was thinking that KISS format (of) put out an album, put out a live album then THE DARK PARTYís greatest hits, THE DARK PARTY Gold, THE DARK PARTY Thrashes, Smashes and Hits and so on! (laughing)

Brian Rademacher: Tell me about the THE DARK PARTY commercial with the Japanese girls slitting their wrists?

Acey Slade: That is great (laughing). I took that from a Japanese movie. (please donít do this at home) check it out.

Brian Rademacher: Howís it feel when people draw pictures of you and send them in?

Acey Slade: Iím flattered people would take time out of their life to draw pictures of me. Itís great!

Brian Rademacher: Do you enjoy making videos?

Acey Slade: Yes and NoÖ I like making videos but donít like the hurry up and wait idea. Also you have producers needing a certain angle that could take awhile to get right, so itís a long process.

Brian Rademacher: When you look at a women what do you like best face, boobs or ass?

Acey Slade: I really like the face. I mean you can see a girl that has small breasts that is wearing a tank top and her face is beautiful. To mean she has confidence and pride in herself. So to me having a nice face is the answer.

Brian Rademacher: Wednesday 13 mentioned there could be a reunion of THE MUDERDOLLS. Can you give me any info on that?

Acey Slade: I read that too but my manager hasnít heard anything yet. We all have other projects in the works but no news yet.

Brian Rademacher: What was the most memorable show you ever played and why?

Acey Slade: We played this small, all-age club with some emo kids and we figured the show would bomb but those kids went crazy. 'about 100 kids ON the stage, diving and going nuts! I couldn't even see the band. My tech crapped himself! and it was great.

Brian Rademacher: What were some of the things Acey Slade asks for on his tour rider?

Acey Slade: Well I start off with condoms and then to throw people off I would ask for Guns magazines and Soldier of Fortune (laughing).

Brian Rademacher: Do you have a favorite track on the new CD that you like playing live?

Acey Slade: Yeah I really like "Coming Down" and "She Sells Sanctuary" and I also like playing "Reptile House".

Brian Rademacher: Were there any songs that were difficult to record?

Acey Slade: "Plastic Whore" was kind of hard to do.

Brian Rademacher: So tell me your expectations of the new THE DARK PARTY release?

Acey Slade: Well Iím really happy where itís at today. I take it a day at a time. Right now I have an amazing band with some really amazing people that I really like dearly. I like the album and I like the new stuff weíre writing for the second album. I like everybody on my team right now. Iím probably happiest right now than Iíve ever been musically.

Brian Rademacher: Would you like to say anything in ending?

Acey Slade: I would like to thank all the people who have been supporting me through the years; for being open-minded and always being by my side. I was a little scared when we put this album out. Was it going to be like Rob Halfords "TWO" album? Am I going down that road? I hope not. I guess Iím not the metal God and he is. Itís been great so far. This is what I wanted, I wanted to change and the second album doesnít sound anything like the first DARK PARTY album. Itís not a complete left turn but it has a lot of different elements from the THE DARK PARTYís first album.

Brian Rademacher: Acey thanks once again for talking to us.

Acey Slade: No problem brother. Hope to see you out at our show.


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