Looking back, did you ever think Cannibal Corpse would become your career?
It's crazy, dude! Here we are 24 years later and still doing what we do, arguably better than ever, and still relevant and all that, so it's remarkable. We never would have guessed, thought, speculated, or even dreamt about that. We just started playing music as kids. Playing music we loved to play and expressing ourselves. We always had the attitude of "We're doing this for ourselves," and we just took it day by day, you know? We always thought of writing the next song or playing the next show and nothing farther than that. So for the things that have happened to us, it's just like, wow! We never would have thought ever that this would be our career for this long. It's a dream come true, and we're very fortunate and lucky to be in this situation, and we don't take it for granted -- which is probably big part of why we're still around today.
I know you're a big classic-rock fan; have you been getting into any obscurities lately?
Aw, man! Late '60s early '70s hard rock is my passion! I love finding old bands that I didn't know existed and digging back into catalogs and hearing stuff that isn't on the radio all the time. I always bring up Steppenwolf because they really got me going in the last five years into digging deep into finding other bands and moreover seeking albums and songs from the bands we do hear a lot from, that people don't always dig deeper into. I've got a buddy out in Germany that hooked me up with a bunch of CDs from bands from the late '60s early '70s that I had never even heard of, but the one that has really gotten me the most these days is Bad Company!
We played Sweden Rock with them over the summer, and I saw them live for the first time, and it was basically a reunion with all of the original guys, except the bass player, who passed ten years ago. But that show blew me away! Paul Rogers sounded amazing, and it made me appreciate them so much more, and I can't stop listening to that first album lately!