How and when did you discover your love for music?
Will Price<Bass and Lead Voice- I was pretty young. The first album I ever owned was given to me by one of my brothers because he didn't like it. It was Steve Miller's "Book Of Dreams". The first album I ever purchased was Pink Floyd's "The Wall". Then, I fell in love with Black Sabbath at the age of 12. I also have a lot of affection for porn, which started around the same time.
The artwork of an album is something very important you know, it can be the very first impression for a new fan. What do you want to convey/communicate with yours?
WP- I agree that it is very important. The cover for MuckRaker's "Karmageddon" is what attracted our label, Eternal Sound Records, in the first place. For me, it should encompass a general message that the songs convey. The cover should also grab you by the eyeballs. That's why I am considering our next album cover to be someone grabbing my eyeballs.
Do you have any kind of “target project”? I mean, what is your dream, your main ambition in music? How do you imagine yourself in five years?
WP- MuckRaker always has a "target project", and that is to rock out with our cocks out. We tour. We write. We educate. And in 5 years , I'll probably be just as drunk as I am right now.
Is your work autoproduced or did you decide to entrust the management to someone else?
WP- MuckRaker is always self-produced. The only person that I will entrust with our sound other than us is...Lord Satan Himself. But He has not been replying to my texts lately. Satan can be very aloof sometimes. He has been very busy as of late from what I understand.
Which is the instrument from which the creative process comes out first? What is the first instrument you play when you’re writing a song? And who does usually writes the songs?
WP- Well, I am the bassist...so, the bass :-) I am the primary composer.
What’s the element which could best lead people to listen precisely to your music, given a so strong competition in music business?
WP- MuckRaker stands out in the crowd because we have catchy music that does not compromise its heaviness and aggression. The lyrics are very political and/or historical. And we have great merch https://muckraker1.bandcamp.com/merch.
How your perception of music has changed since you started your adventure, considering yourself, who compose the songs and people who listen to it?
WP- The music industry is generally pretty shitty. Our label, Eternal Sound Records, is great. But they are the exception to the rule. The fans are great, but Americans are not as loyal as Europeans. Americans are also much fatter, which makes it harder for them to get up off of their large asses and come to a show.
Considering your past, your beginning in music, how do you see yourself now? What can we expect from the future?
WP- I am much better now than I was when I started out. It is a constant learning process. You can definitely expect another album from MuckRaker fo sho.
To each of you: what are your passions beside music?
WP- Chris Tate (Drums), and Sean Martin (Guitar and Voice) are not here right now. Hold on a second and I will go call and ask them... Ok, sorry about that. Chris says that he likes to work on cars, and Sean says that he loves animals.
What do you think about the current italian music scene?
WP- There is an Italian music scene? Huh.
What does make a band worthy of success, in your opinion?
WP- Hard work and talent. Oh...and very large balls, which I happen to have.
Do you live thanks to your music? If it’s not so, what’s your job?
WP- I am a warehouseman. Sean is a Vet Tech. And Chris sells real-estate or something.
Francesco "Laemoth" Peruzzi:
What did lead you to the decision of making music? And how did you choose your genre and style?
WP- It's something that is in your blood. As far as the genre, I did not choose Metal, Metal chose me.
What’s your relationship like with the press, reviewers and music critics?
WP- Well, I like you so far. And I think that you like me. So that sort of makes us friends. I guess the answer is that once we get to know each other more, I think that our relationship will grow even stronger. Maybe, if you are comfortable with the idea, we could at some point have a menage a trois :-]
If it’s true you usually bring your personal experience in music, how is it false in you opinion?
WP- It's not false.
Talking about lyrics: how did your country and your origins influence yourself as musicians and what you write for your music? Do you want to convey a specific message through your music?
WP- Politics and history are my main motivation. I don't like what my country has become over the past 30 years. We have become an oligarchy, and very fascistic. It's not good for America, or the world for that matter. Oh, and I am also very influenced by beer and vodka.
And now to close the interview…
Yes, I need to go and do American type things now. On behalf of MuckRaker, thank you for interviewing me. Ciao.