Shawn Whitaker interviewed by PSL
One-man bands are usually kind of boring because the music has a tendency to appear rather monotone and one tracked, but that wasn't the case with Decadent Orgy of Atrocious Suffering. I assume it takes a lot of effort when writing this type of music and preventing it from being same sounding?
Yes I agree, most one man projects are pretty boring, I just try to create music that is interesting and challenging for me to play, and it's always cool when others like it as well!
I was a little surprised to discover that Insidious Decrepancy was a one-man band, but I guess what gives it away is the drums, though they are very well programmed. How much time do you spend on programming those?
Depends on the actual song I guess, I mean some took only a few hours to program, some took days! It all depends on how much I'm flowing at that particular moment.
Have you ever considered using a real drummer on the albums?
I would love a real drummer, but it just hasn't worked out in the past for me personally, but that didn't stop me, I don't want to give too much away right now, but you won't have to worry about that issue for much longer, and that's all I'll say for now, Insidious Decrepancy is about to make a major metamorphosis!
You appear to be influenced by bands like for instance Immolation and Suffocation and I assume there are lots of other bands too. Please elaborate on your influences!
Those two are the biggest I would think, but I'd have to say Malevolent Creation, Pestilence, Deicide, Morbid Angel, Solstice, Demolition Hammer, Sadus, Death, Obituary, Resurrection, Sinister, Internal Bleeding, Monstrosity, Napalm Death, Gorguts, Brujeria, Carcass, Fear Factory, Entombed, Grave, Unleashed,Dying Fetus, Deeds Of Flesh, Cynic, Atheist, Bolt Thrower, Dark Angel, Devastation, Gutted, Dismember, and Exhorder really influenced me a lot.
Decadent Orgy of Atrocious Suffering was originally released by TXDM Underground, but has now been re-issued by Unmatched Brutality. How did that come around?
Well Hound ended TXDM Records and I was label-less for a couple of years, then one day I decided to call up Unmatched Brutality about a possible signing, and the next thing I know, I'm signed to Unmatched Brutality and Unmatched Brutality ended up buying almost the entire TXDM catalogue! So they reissued Decadent Orgy of Atrocious Suffering.
Are you completely satisfied with Decadent Orgy of Atrocious Suffering or are there things you would have changed today if you got the chance?
Yeah, mostly mixing issues, and maybe I'd redo a couple of guitar riffs, that's about it.
The new album The Inerrancy of Profanation, will it be released through Unmatched Brutality?
Yes on October 18th.
How would you say it differs from the debut?
My songwriting has stepped up a notch, it overall destroys Decadent Orgy of Atrocious Suffering in my opinion.
On Decadent Orgy of Atrocious Suffering there weren't that many leads, if any. Have you changed that on The Inerrancy of Profanation?
[Laughs] Nope I try to keep it real, as in no leads at all; they really take away from the intensity for Insidious Decrepancy.
I assume you have used Jon Zig to do the artwork once again?
Of course, he is the man.
Are you involved in other bands besides Insidious Decrepancy?
Actually I'm in a ton of bands right now! First off, I'm doing a new Viral Load CD on Amputated Vein Records with Jordan Varela of Lust of Decay on drums. Then I also do vocals for Grotesque Formation from Corpus Christi, Texas. We're going in the studio October 8th and 9th to do the full-length CD. And lastly, I have another ghastly project call Infant Jesus Bukkake that will have John Paoline from Mortal Decay fame on vocals, this will be insane! As you can hear I'm a busy motherfucker.
You will be playing a string of shows in Europe later this year. Could you say a little about that?
I'm doing my first European tour this October from the 14th to October 29th with Wasteform and Smashed Face in conjunction with Vladimir of Nice to Eat You Records, then Zdenek from Godless Truth is bringing me again in May 2006, then Thorsten of NRW fest is bringing me for NRW fest and a tour in September 2006.
Do you use session members when playing live or how does that work?
Nope, I do it all myself, you'll see [laughs].
How is the death metal scene in Houston? I don't recall that many bands from Houston!
The scene has always been here. Some bands you may know are Infernal Dominion, Braced For Nails, and Imprecation.
Anything you wish to add to conclude this interview?
Thanks for the support and prepare for the new Insidious Decrepancy CD, it'll make you slap your mamma! Stay sick eternal!