Daze: Where do you hail from?
D: You must have some crazy influences then.
J: Yeah, a pretty rounded collection of influences from metal to country music to hip hop. There’s a large urban community in Memphis. We grew up listening to a lot of NWA, Run DMC, and the Beastie Boys, and Triple Six Mafia, they’re in Memphis, Al Capone, Skinny Pimp. Stuff like that. We’ve had a lot of influences. We didn’t have a lot of albums around the house when I was a kid because my parents were pretty strict. So, I listened to the radio a lot, ’80s radio like Peter Gabriel and The Police and Duran Duran. Just stuff like that.
D: How did you get into the harder stuff then?
J: Just being a rebellious teenager and hanging out with Chris [D’Abaldo, guitarist]. Me and Chris have been friends since we were about 15 years-old. I was always interested in metal, but I was never allowed to have it in my house. Then I started getting into Kiss and ACDC, Judas Priest and Ozzie, just stuff like that, Slayer later on in life just because it was rebellious, aggressive music. I’ve always been a big fan of music, so I’ve always found something to appreciate with metal.
D: Metal has had a lot of attention in the media in the past few years with acts like Marilyn Manson. Have you felt any of that same type of heat?