Interview: Death Requisite
About a week or two ago, I got the chance to interview the Christian Extreme Hybrid Metal band, Death Requisite! Lets jump into it!
The Bearded Dragon: Who am I speaking to? (For the readers)
Death Requisite: Dave Requisite - founder of Death Requisite, composer, lover of metal and epic symphonies.
TBD: What artists/bands have you been listening to lately?
DR: I just went to Tennessee for Christmas, so Trans Siberian Orchestra is an obvious must-have, other choices during the drive included Hope for the Dying, Dan Mumm, Nightwish, Metallica, and Epica. The new Star Wars just dropped so I’ve been revisiting lots of John Williams as well. I also like to hear contemporary performances of classical pieces by artists like Lang Lang and 2 Cellos.
TBD: What are some good Christian metal bands from your area?
DR: Honestly, I’m not sure there are any. We get the occasional flash-in-the-pan up-starts; but they come and go. This is one of the reasons we felt compelled to really get Death Requisite going.
TBD: Could you give a quick background on the band?
DR: Death Requisite formed in 1999, played a ton of shows, signed some contracts, made some records, and officially went on hiatus in the beginning of 2005. We reunited in 2010, started performing new material in 2011, making new records, signing new contracts; doing it all again, but bigger, better, faster, stronger, and not stopping anytime soon.
TBD: What is the current line-up for Death Requisite at this point?
DR: Dave “Requisite” Blackmore - Lead Guitar, BGV, Programming of Keys & Virtual Instruments
"Sir" William Lee - Drums
Vincent St. James - Vocals
Joseph "ov" Moria - Rhythm Guitar
Justin A.K.A. "Regnal the Just" - Bass Guitar
TBD: I'm taking a wild guess that "Regnal the Just"'s full name is Justin Regnal? (Just a guess)
DR: That is a wild guess. I’m remembering a quote from a certain Pirate film where a certain bearded captain says “I am disinclined to acquiesce to your request. That means ‘no’.” (The answer to the next question will help.)
TBD: Is it safe to say that you guys have a medieval theme going? What with "Sir" and "St." And that, or is it apart of their names? (And if so, I apologize if I offended them in anyway.)
DR: There is no theme, and yet there is no offense. This requires a whole different explanation. Each of us has something affixed to our name that represents something about us and/or what we bring to DR and our relationships in the band. For example: I am Dave “Requisite” because Death Requisite began with me; William is “Sir” because he was previously in a themed band where he was assigned the role of a peasant - and we promoted his position when he joined DR many years ago. The Death Requisite name game is an ongoing tradition now. To have your name amended by the other members is a rite of passage; that’s how you know you have become an official member of the band.
TBD: I have my copy of your upcoming release, Revisitation, and I can't stop listening to it! Could you tell the readers, when it's due to be released, and where they can find it?
DR: At this time, we expect Revisitation to go worldwide in March of 2016; and metal fans should be able to grab a copy from their favorite distributor.
TBD: For the up coming album Revisitation, you worked with Kelly Scott Nunn of Maylene and the Sons of Disaster and UnderOath fame. How did that happen?
DR: I’ve known Kelly for years and years, beginning when he was in a project called Sleeping by the Riverside. We’ve shared a lot of history. He actually worked on the last 3 records: Prophets of Doom, Second Death, and Revisitation. Some of us central Florida metal-heads have stayed connected; he was opening a studio around the time we wanted to get back into recording so we did it together. We liked how things worked out, so we did it again, but better. Then once again and better still. We’re liking this pattern. Kelly is fantastic and we love him; recording with him might just be reason enough to keep writing new music.
TBD: What album that Death Requisite has recorded would you call your favorite?
DR: The NEXT one, LOL. All of us are forward minded, and we are excited about the future; but for me I have a tender place deep down for all my musical offspring. There are moments on each record that get me more emotional or energized than others, but I’m still not yet capable of naming a favorite record above the others. Perhaps the next record really will be my favorite. We’ll see.
TBD: What gear do you use?
DR: There is A LOT that goes into our production, so I will try to prioritize and organize my answer.
For Guitar, I (Dave) prefer ESP/LTD M Series for 6 strings SC Series for 7 strings; Joe likes Ibanez RG or S Series guitars; we both use EMG pickups, a Digitech GSP1101 FX Processor with Control 2 Pedals, BBE Sonic Maximizers, and Samson Amplification.
For Drums, William likes to beat on his Tama Rockstar Drumkit, and he uses an Alesis Drum Trigger System. Beyond that, he is not loyal to a brand of cymbals or sticks; he just gets whatever best satisfies his interests at the time.
On the bass end, Justin rocks out on a Traben 6 string with Active pickups, which he runs through a rack mounted Line 6 HD400 and a Samson Compressor. He also likes to create custom fabrications.
For the PC/Virtual Instruments I use a Dell Inspiron heavy duty laptop, Protools 10 HD, Native Instruments Kontact, EastWest Silver, Abby Road Suite, Samson Carbon Keyboard Controller, Yamaha Steinburg UR22 Audio Interface, and whatever else I can borrow. Except for the keyboard controller, all of this goes with us on the road and on the stage. You hear all of this at a live show; we sound like a huge symphony orchestra when we perform\m/
We also use a variety of SHURE mic’s and wireless units live.
TBD: Does DR plan to do a tour around the states? (If so, please come to Indianapolis, Indiana area)
DR: We would very much like to play out more. A big long stretch is not possible at this moment, so we are working on multiple shorter “mini-tours”; and Indianapolis seems a good place to visit.
TBD: Your song, "Refuge of Lies" appears on Christian Deathcore Vol. 4, how did that happen; and do you appear on any other compilations?
DR: We have approved 5 compilations appearances so far: Screams of Abaddon 2, A Brutal Christmas: The Season in Chaos, Florida Metal Underground Vol. 2., Repossession: A Christmas Album, and now Christian Deathcore Vol. 4. They have all come about the same way: the people responsible for putting the compilation together contacted us for permission to include one of our songs; and if we like their plan for distributing the compilation, we say YES. Others have asked us, to use our songs, but if it costs us to be on your disc, the answer is NO. If I am going to pay to make a CD, I will make my own CD full of Death Requisite songs. Also, if the only plan for distribution is to give CDs to the bands that are on the disc to sell at shows, the answer is NO. I would rather sell a CD full of Death Requisite songs. Often we get requests that make both mistakes. Its sad. Bands need to have more respect for themselves and stop funding these stupid things. Christian Death Vol 4 is available for FREE on bandcamp; and that’s hard to beat. Death Requisite is also on bandcamp.
DR: Thanks for thinking of brother. We really appreciate all the support. PEACE!
TBD: Anytime Bro!
Alright! That was Dave Requisite of Death Requsite everyone! Go follow the band on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and as Dave mentioned the best way to find their music is on Bandcamp! While your on Bandcamp go download Christian Deathcore Vol. 4 for free or payment (your choice) and follow them on Facebook!
The Beard Dragon