First of all, we wanna thank you for talking with us and we wish you a warm welcome back to Croatia. The Dead Daisies is a relatively new band isn't it. You were formed in 2013. and since then you've released four studio albums. Can you talk a little bit about the forming of the band and the early beginnings?
I joined the band in Jan 2016, but David Lowy formed the group around himself and singer Jon Stevens. They wrote some cool tunes and they brought in Richard Fortus, Dizzy Reed and Marco Mendoza. Later Jon Stevens was replaced by John Corabi. Brian Tichy on Drums. When Fortus and Reed returned to GnR tour, I was asked to write with the band and we went in the studio and recorded Make Some Noise in 2016.
Even though you've been on the scene for the couple of years, there's been a lot of member changes. Today, the only original member in the band is David Lowy. What that means for the band? Is it hard to work in a band where there's a lot of changes?
David formed the band with the knowledge that this in every business changes. But the line up has felt really solid and we have done three albums with the same members. That said. David Lowy understands that everyone has side projects and sometimes things change.
Can you talk us through the current The Dead Daisies lineup? It includes some impressive names.
These guys are the best. They are my brothers and we are friends for years. I Met Corabi in High School. He is a great frontman. One of the best in the business. Deen Castronovo, I meet when Journey and Whitesnake started doing gigs together. about 15 years ago. Deen and I hit it off. Now we have a side project Revolution Saints.Marco and I met in 1995 and he is one of the most talented players Ive ever worked with. With the Dead Daisies he’s more RnR. David Lowy isn’t know for a long time in music, but he really is the heart of the band and his guitar sound is very important to the bands edgy sound. He’s really focused on the band and I love that.
You guys pack a lot of talent. Is it hard to work with so much talented people in one room?
We are friends and we respect each other that way. No its not hard, it easy cause everyone works hard for the band and everyone supports each other.
You've all played with some of the biggest bands in rock history and even The Dead Daisies toured with some of them. Can you tell us how the experience of playing for those great bands influenced your work today?
I learned from every one I work with. But regarding Dio, He brought out the best in me and pushed me to own the stage. Ronnie was very very confident in himself and that was inspiring. With Whitesnake, I had a great time working so close with David Coverdale. We made 2 studio records and several live records all of which I co produced. We hada great run together and after so many songs written with David, I surely learned to be a better composer. With The Daisies, Ive learned that its important to run a band with everyone involved. And its important to work hard. In the Daisies we work harder than we ever have, but we have fun too which is awesome.
I know it's a though question but, who is, in your opinion, the greatest musician of our time and why do you think so?
Impossible question!!! Why???? WHY??? Haha….. Jimmy Page for me…. But There are so many.
As your song says, you are an American band (even though you were formed in Australia, right), but what are the key elements to be a successful American rock band?
It doesn’t mean that much if its American or German or what ever. The key elements are simple. Good songs and hard work. WE are always trying to be better everyday. To play a better live show and make better songs for ourselves. We have made the current show the best one yet and in my opinion its working. I like working hard.
Almost every year, you travel the world with your tours and this year is no exception. Are you satisfied with all the things you've done as a band this year so far. Is it hard to constantly be on the move?
Its a blessing to make a living playing my guitar. I love it so much. Ive made great friends around the world with the Dead Daisies. Its very cool that the band travels to play for the bands. We are still building.
Can you tell us a little bit about culture differences you encounter on your tours? I mean I know that the audiences may be very different here in Croatia and, let's say, in Germany so it must be interesting to compare shows in Europe and in the United States or other parts of the world.
I'm more focused on the performance but yea there are differences in every city let alone country. I love Japan as its so different in culture. I love how England is different than France in so many ways. But both are cool to them selves. South America is awesome. Brazil, Argentina, Chile. And yes Croatia rocks hard as anyone! I started coming to Croatia with Whitesnake and I love it here.
Since we are already talking about touring. What was the craziest thing you did or witnessed on tour? I know it's different to tour now compared to the 80s, but I believe it's not boring in your tour bus these days.
No its not!! We laugh a lot on the bus. After so many years on the road, Ive seen it all. Ive seen David Coverdale explode his bathroom on accident!! His assistant left a candle burning and the toilet exploded! Haha
Your latest album „Burn It Down“ came out in January. It's packed with lots of great songs which we can't wait to hear live in Zagreb. How did the writing and the recording process of the album went? Was it easier than before?
It went great! We wrote in New York for a couple weeks and then went right in the studio and started to rehearse and finish writing. Then we would pick one at a time and jam on it til it felt right. Then we would record right away. This album rocks in a heavier way than Make Some Noise but we also have songs like Set me Free that are great live. Its a cool show. See ya there!
It says that every member was included in songwriting. Isn't that a bit difficult to manage, especially when the studio is packed with great and experienced musicians?
No its easier cause everyone tried to be supportive one every song idea. It doesn’t matter who comes up with it. We try to make every idea count and just pick the favorites to record. We have 30 songs in very rough form. Then we vote, and narrow it down. We vote again later to get the record how we want it. Its a cool and unique process.
How would you compare your latest album to the rest of your discography?
I think The Dead Daisies sound is a very simple and straight up Rock n Roll. With Whitesnake or Burning Rain those records was maybe more bluesy? This Burn It Down record is good fun to play live.
I believe I was somewhere in Italy when I first heard „Song And A Prayer“ on the radio. It was a complete refreshment to hear something with that old school, rock 'n' roll vibe and I was completely blown with that intro riff. Can you tell us a little bit more about that song?
The main song direction I came up with in NY in Jan 2016. Then The producer asked me to put a simple style riff in the chorus. Crabby suggested we start the song off that way. So it was again a colaboration. Its a cool riff and Im proud of that song. Its catchy and different. I didn’t have anything to do with the lyrics but I like them a lot.
To connect the story I've told in the question before. It's not common for rock bands these days to be featured on the radio anymore so how does it make you feel when some „mainstream“ radio plays your songs?
Very good. I think there is some really interesting new music coming out from a lot of new bands. I hope radio will pick up on that and keep rocking!!!
As we established before, every member is an experienced musician, but do you have some special ritual you do before taking the stage?
Yes we do! Its something I had never done with any band before and I think its very important. We have a meeting before each show and go over the entire setlist, the ins and outs of each song. We talk about what works well and what needs improvement. Its a process that helps me focus. It works great for me cause before a show you can be so busy with meet and greets and friends backstage, or all kinds of distractions! Our little meeting puts me in focus to do the show. I love that.
When preparing for the upcoming tour, how do you pick which song you are going to play? Do you change your setlist mid tour?
One of the advantages for the Dead Daisies is we have a very hands on Management team. The leader is our manager David Edwards. He has a vision and is like the 6th member of the band. He spends a lot of time on looking at what would make the show stronger including the set list. Its nice to have someone on the outside that you trust.
You've been in Zagreb before. It was 2015. and you were a support for Whitesnake. That was a great introduction to Croatian audience, do you remember that show?
No I wasn’t there. I have played Zagreb twice with WS but at that time I was taking a break to be with my family. I joined Daisies in ’16 and we played Zagreb earlier this year which is why we wanted to come back. This tour is visiting our favorite spots with a new show and setlist.
I believe that you, as a band, have grown even more and that the second show in Croatia will be even better. Can you tell us what can we expect?
Its the last big party of this year. Don’t miss it cause we are gonna throw down with the best show of the year. Forget everything and come rock with us for the night!!!
All right, that will be all. Thank you again for your time and before we see you again, do you have a message for the readers of Perun.hr portal and fans in Croatia?
See you soon. We love our fans like family. We love Croatia! Thank you for all your support.