St. Madness's Interview with Prophet
To proclaim... in the name of CarniMETAL
by Song River
Prophet to say the least, “You’ve come along way baby.” You and I, here and now are music legends in our own minds (LOL). We’ve both in the business to some degree on opposing sides- you the entertainer and me the writer/photographer- for a long time. I am sure we have stories to tell. We both had our time at the Whiskey-A-Go-Go, things we smile back and remember, times maybe we’d change… and then say…nah. Music it’s the heart beat and soul of the world. Without her, death is imminent.
Song: Recall your earlier days, back when the ideas were ideal in your mind. What did this world look like to you? Sound like? Feel like? Taste like?
PROPHET: When I was growing up, my family moved every 1 to 3 years so I got to see a lot of cool things and experience other cultures. We lived all over California, on 2 islands in Hawaii (Maui and Oahu), Holland, Kansas, Missouri and Arizona. I grew up a very proud American who loves God, my Family and my Country. I always wanted to become a pro soccer player -- that is until I started singing and performing onstage while I was still in high school.
For some reason the death of Elvis Presley had a deep and profound effect on me. It changed my life and my plans forever. After he died, I read every book and magazine about him that I could get my hands on, I bought every album of his that I could find and started singing in my bedroom pretty much every night to his records.
I joined choir at my high school and one day, the guy sitting next to me in the bass section told the choir director that “he needed to listen to ‘Flannery’ sing cause he sounds like Elvis.” The choir director (in the middle of class) called me down to the front and asked me if I knew the song, "Blue Christmas"? I told him that I did so he said "I'm going to play it and I want you to sing along." After 2 or 3 measures, he stopped and asked me to see him after class. His name was Donald Bowers and he told me how much I sounded like Elvis and asked me to sing "Blue Christmas" as a duet with one of the girls at the upcoming school Christmas concert. I had never sung for anyone outside of family and friends who would come over to the house.
“After doing Elvis, I went straight into Rock N Roll/Heavy Metal ‘cause I loved singing to powerful music.”- St. Madness
Me and a young lady from our choir did the duet for about 200 people who were in the auditorium that night. I actually signed my first autographs after that performance. When springtime came around, our choir director had me cut my hair a bit and dress up like young Elvis and I did a sort of imitation of The King, and my life instantly changed. The Spring Concert was on a Friday night that year, and when I went to school on Monday people would see me and say, "Hey Elvis!" I suddenly had more friends and girlfriends. I also realized, ‘soccer never got me laid,’ so I stopped playing all sports and went full bore into music. After a year or so of doing Elvis, I knew if I was going to stay in music I needed to have my own band and write my own songs. Since that day, I have given my life to music and have had an amazing ride. After doing Elvis, I went straight into Rock N Roll/Heavy Metal ‘cause I loved singing to powerful music.
That is what it "Sounded", "Tasted" and "Felt" like to me \m/
Song: You came into the 90’s, and Nirvana filled the air, 80’s hairband music were brushing their locks, hardcore metal from the 70’s was still the devil’s music… and somewhere Black Sabbath ’68, Anthrax ’80, Metallica ’80, Motorhead ’75- never gave up. Who were your metal demi-gods?
PROPHET: Alice Cooper, Judas Priest, Kiss, Black Sabbath, Motorhead, Pantera, Slayer, Van Halen, Ted Nugent, Scorpions, Venom, Metallica, Megadeth, Led Zepplin, King Diamond - to name a few.
SONG: What was it about metal that drew and kept you?
PROPHET: THE POWER!!! \m/
Song: Do you really consider yourself to be ‘shock metal?’ If so, how do you define it?
PROPHET: Yes I would consider us ‘Shock Metal’ for sure, but what we call what we do is "CARNIMETAL". We are basically "Carnies” (or Carnival people) who happen to play Metal Music. We go from town to town, put up our show, and entertain people. You can't be a "Shock Metal" band unless you "SHOCK" people, so we almost always have crazy stuff going on during our concerts.
“The music of ST. MADNESS is about, being human and the Good and very Bad choices that we as humans make throughout our lifetimes." - St. Madness
Song: As I listen to your best-of, dual disc CD release in 2013, ‘Carnimetal’ I hear one of the most beautifully passionate melodic works of art from over your years of creation, and guess what Patrick? I am not a metal head! I now find myself popping in your Cd quite often though my friend. I am drawn to the measures of old school metal, but with a sound that allows a message via head banging occur, St. Madness has kept the rotation fresh, and wanton for the 21st century metal junkie fix. My fifteen year old steals it from me often. How do your compare your style and vision to some of the current ‘metal’ newcomers (metal has a huge umbrella)?
PROPHET: First of all THANK YOU for your very kind words. That is an excellent question and YES, metal has an enormous umbrella. I really have no idea if we are better or worse than all the other bands out there that are making Metal but it is important to us that people know what our songs are about. I write lyrics with hooks etc cause I want people to enjoy singing along with the songs. There is nothing cooler for me when we do a concert than to hear the crowd singing along. Many artists have no interest in relaying a message to its following, which is great for them.
The music of ST. MADNESS is about "being human and the Good and very Bad choices that we as humans make throughout our lifetimes."
Our logo has a scull on one side with a halo over its head, and another scull on the other side with devil horns. This symbolizes that humans are capable of doing great good and horrific evil - the choice is all ours.
I am the lyricist for the band and have been since day one, so I look out into the world and process it inside and then reflect what I see going on through my lyrics. Some of our songs are about complete fantasy, but others are totally serious and it's up to the listener to figure out which is which. I am (as a lyricist) a man on a mission. Our musical message speaks to different people in different ways. Hopefully our music touches people in a good way one way or another.
Song: I was talking with a musician friend the other day, and they mentioned how it doesn't seem the kids now-a-days have their own music. Their own set of rebellion that makes a clear distinction from their parents. What do you think? Do you have any favorite old/new metal bands? What is it about them that you like? Any you would like to play with?
PROPHET: There are so many bad ass new and old bands out there. I really love what's going on in the Metal World at this time ‘cause it's a mix of everything.
Again, what we do is really different in the sense that we are not "rock stars," we are only interested in being "entertainers.” Our job is to serve the fans of Metal the music that they love, and it is our job to do our best to ensure that the audience has a good time. Being in show business is being in the "Service Industry."
We are willing to share the stage with any band if they want to share the stage with us. I am not going to name bands here because it's better to ask the young people to name the new bands that they prefer. I have my favorite older bands, and I named a few at the beginning of this interview.
In ST. MADNESS we just do what we do and have a great time doing it. I consider it an honor to be up onstage performing for people and to me the stage is a very sacred place.
Song: The wheel of time turns for all of us Patrick, but we still are passionate for what we believe in, and enjoy. You paint your face, dress the part, call it shock rock, and take it to the world. What have you really been trying to tell your public, or yourself, all these years?
PROPHET: I have been warning our fans through my lyrics that evil still exists in our world and it isn't a joke. Excess of anything good or bad is bad. My message is, "Be your own best friend and take care of yourself. Allow yourself to enjoy life. Don't let anyone destroy your dreams - you have the right to make a choice to be happy so count your blessings and GO FOR IT!!!
Song: What is it you want to leave this time slot?
PROPHET: Track 2 of disc # 1 - is the song, "METAL TO THE DEATH AND BEYOND or better known as MDB" - This is a song that talks about giving my entire life to Metal Music how I don't really regret a thing.
Track 15 of disc # 1 - is "BLOOD, GUTS AND GLORY" - This (lyrically) is a song in tribute to anyone and everyone who has ever given their lives to being in a Metal band.
Both of these compositions kinda go together (message wise).
Song: Lastly, you and your wife have worked together and have shared something you are connected with for a long time… has music been that scarlet thread that has held your marriage together through all the ups and downs of this industry, and for that matter in this journey?
PROPHET: Marge and I have lived together for 19 years and we have fought about almost everything, but we have made the choice to stay together no matter what. The music business is a tough place to be in and it isn't for pussies. Marge and I strengthen each other and love each other way beyond just the flesh. We are soul mates, and we have a deep spiritual connection. We have been there for (and with) each other through the thick and thin and we still love being together. We fight sometimes yes, but I can't picture my life without her. She is a tough manager who we all refer to as "BOSS LADY."
She is my angel from Heaven.
Song: Thank you Prophet very much for your music passion, your take on entertaining the masses, and your originality that is uniquely yours.
PROPHET: Thank you for allowing me this time to share a bit about ST. MADNESS with you!!!
LONG LIVE THE FANS OF METAL MUSIC!!!
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