It would fit with Cattle Decapitation's philosophy that we chose to begin our video experiments on humans rather than animals. That said, Metal Blade Records offered them as the first band for us to interview on video when they came to Austin after launching their latest tour in El Paso the night before.
The Redrum Club was the venue for our first attempt, and it's only because of the patience and assistance of their staff that we were able to get this done, without anyone being killed or painfully disfigured. No humans were, in fact, injured in the making of these videos, unless it happened in the mosh pit, and that, our lawyers tell us, is someone else's insurance agent's worry.
I asked staff writer "Nokturnal" Tom along to the show, since he recently turned in a fantastic review of the band's latest disc Karma Bloody Karma, so that he could ask them some of the more in-depth questions. I also arrived early to film performances by the other acts and test out some equipment.
Tom and I spent close to 30 minutes talking with Travis Ryan, the vocalist, and Troy Oftedal (bass), and we got to ask some interesting questions. It was great to spend so much time with the band but I think that we need to keep the interviews shorter in the future, perhaps 10-15 minutes on average, 20 max.
We learned a lot with this first video interview, about the capabilities and limitations of our equipment and the venues we will have to work in. We encountered some issues with lighting, sound, and other difficulties, but in the end we endured, adapted, and for the most part overcame, and were able to produce some workable video. Not great, but workable. Next time we'll do a lot of things differently, but for the moment, check out what we have here. The next video interview on schedule is Cannibal Corpse on Dec. 1, but you never know who might call and invite me down before then.
Thanks go out as always to Metal Blade Records, the Redrum Club and its staff, and of course the guys in Cattle Decapitation for not squiggling too much