July 6, 2017 |

Download 2017 interview: Dead Label!

Download 2017 interview: Dead Label!

July 6, 2017 |

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We caught up with vocalist/bassist Dan O’Grady of Irish metallers Dead Label following their set at Download to talk the festival, playing with Machine Head and Dan’s metal musical journey.

You’re at Download! Are you excited to be here?

Yes! Really am! First time playing. I was here in 2009 when they did the Monsters Of Rock reunion which was fantastic and I’ve always dreamed of playing and now I’ve actually got to do it so it’s kind of a pinch me moment!

Yeah I bet! How was your set?

It was fantastic! We were a little bit nervous about attendance seeing how it was 11 o’clock and I know myself I wasn’t up at 11 when I came! But when our intro tape played as we were walking out, I had a little sneaky look beforehand but didn’t have a proper look and when I walked out, I saw the tent was rammed! I was like “Oh my God!” It was unbelievable! Some people might have heard of us before which is great.

That’s great! It’s surprising how many people actually will get up and be in for the early bands!

I know I couldn’t believe it! We really appreciate everybody turning up for it and it wasn’t raining! It’s threatening and it’ll only take a little bit to turn this place into a swamp!

This is true! Is there anyone you’re looking forward to seeing?

Rob Zombie I am dying to see Rob Zombie! We played Bloodstock a couple of years ago and he was headlining the night that we played as well so we’ve got like a little tradition going on now! (laughs) I cannot wait to see him!

He’ll be awesome! You’ve played shows with the likes of Gojira, Machine Head and Fear Factory and you’ve done several festivals including Rocktoberfest in Japan, which must have been incredible, so what has been your favourite show that you’ve played?

I think my favourite show was the Dublin show with Machine Head. We had played Belfast the day before and the first big show we’ve ever done, we were playing with Machine Head. They’re like my favourite band next to Metallica so the nerves were a little bit kinda up in the air but once we had played Belfast, which went okay, I’m not gonna say it was a perfect set but we got down to Dublin to do the show and it just went off! We had a great reception from the crowd and we got to watch Machine Head from side stage and run out and sing “let freedom ring with a shotgun blast” (Davidian) and that just blew my mind! I was absolutely delighted with that so that has to go down as my favourite show!

That’s fair, it sounds like an incredible show! Can you tell us a bit about your latest single Pure Chaos?

Pure Chaos was a bit of a random one. We were in the studio demoing for the album and it just turned out even as a demo, it turned out really, really well and our album Throne Of Bones came out last year. In fact tomorrow is it’s anniversary so we were like “it’s been a while since they’ve heard anything new” and we were like “we may as well stick something out” so we went back in and we did a few things with it, like we re-tracked a couple of things that we weren’t entirely happy with to get it up to scratch and we actually got the raw files and sent them to the fella who produced our album and we got him to mix it and he sent it off to a fella called Matt Hyde who’s worked with the likes of Slayer and stuff like that and he mastered it. We really put a lot of work into it in getting it up to scratch and once we got the finished product back we were like “oh we should release this as a proper single”. So we went off and did a music video as well. We put a lot of work into it and it’s been paying off. We’re really delighted with it!