Ibanez: Who were some of your early musical influences?
Jeremiah: Definitely Pantera. I remember reading Guitar World when I was around 14 years old, and Dimebag was guitar player of the year. That was when he was just everywhere. I'm from Texas, and pretty much all the older kids listened to Pantera all the time. So yeah, Dimebag was definitely an influence, especially with his flash. A lot of the stuff we do performance-wise is influenced by stuff Dimebag was doing back in the day.
I remember my sister listening to Metallica and Iron Maiden. She had posters of that stuff all over her room. Without even knowing that I was being influenced by it, that music was just playing in the house all the time.
Ibanez: How did Destroy Destroy Destroy come together?
Jeremiah: It's kind of weird. Brian and I were working in production services at our college, which was basically doing live sound and setting up for concerts around campus. It was about 5 in the morning and we had a two hour break before we had to go back and start setting up more stuff. We drove by this local venue, and they had pissed us off somehow. So we decided to start this band for the sole purpose of booking a show there and destroying the club. So we started laughing about it and the name just came off the top of his head. It ended up taking too long to get a show at that venue, so we played several other places before that venue. By the time we got back to it, we had already kind of established ourselves as a band and people kind of dug what we were doing. So we didn't destroy anything [laughs].
Ibanez: What was the recording process like for "Devour the Power"?
Jeremiah: I bought a bunch of recording gear, so that the band could afford to record. We didn't have any money, so I took a loan out. We weren't signed yet. We were just going to make the record ourselves and put it out. It took us three months, because the only place I could put all the studio equipment was in my friend's basement all the way across town. We were all still working, so we had to find time whenever we could to record. It didn't really matter, because we didn’t have a release date scheduled or anything. When we did get signed to Black Market, we were given a little bit of money to record. We ended up using that to buy a trailer. But yeah, I ended up recording it and mixing it myself. We couldn't really afford anyone else.
Ibanez: So the label just released it "as is"?
Jeremiah: Yeah. By the time we were done recording the record, we were already on the label.
Ibanez: What drew you to the Ibanez Xiphos?
Jeremiah: It seemed like Ibanez was making it for the style of music that we were playing. I don't like standard body shapes. I've just always loved extreme body styles, and Ibanez necks just play so fast. It's like the guitar is meant for the style of music. They understand what everyone is trying to do.
Ibanez: What do you guys have coming up this year?
Jeremiah: We've had terrible booking agent issues, but we've got a new agent at a small agency and that's awesome. I really feel a lot better about the way things are going. He’s already got us out for the month of August, and he's working on a September-December tour right now.
Ibanez: Based on your experience, do you have any words of advice for young musicians?
Jeremiah: If you have a rich kid in your band, that's gonna push you three or four years in front of everyone else [laughs]. Honestly, we don't have anyone rich in our band. Plus, we're too old to be asking Mommy and Daddy for stuff. So we're on the road with our crappy van that we had to pay for. Even bands that are signed still have to work jobs when they're not on the road. So don't think it's going to be handed to you. If it can be handed to you, use that up as much as you can [laughs].
Being on the road is the most important thing. Road shows are the most important thing, not MySpace or passing your demos around. Play in front of people, because you gotta prove yourself. You can do whatever you want in the studio and freak people out, but no one's going to buy it until they see you live.