HC History with Backtrack guitarist Ricky Singh.
1Do you remember the first hardcore / punk show you went to? Is the club still open today?
The first punk-rock show I went to was in 2000 at Cyberia in Farmingdale, NY to see MXPX. The club isn’t open anymore and to be honest I don’t think I ever went to another show there. Hardcore related the first mix-bill shows I saw were at Ground Zero, in Bellmore NY.
2What is your all-time favorite club or location?
Living on Long Island, there weren’t very many venues that stuck around for more then a year or two at a time unfortunately. I do have a lot of fond memories going to see shows at a venue called the Local 7 and The Downtown both in Farmingdale NY.
3Do you remember the first hardcore / punk record you got?
Definitely, it was Punk-O-Rama 4 “Straight Outta The Pit”. It was a huge game-changer for me and opened my mind into the world of Hardcore & Punk simultaneously.
4In your opinion what is the perfect hardcore show?
A small 100-250 cap venue that is packed with 5 great bands. Not too tall of a stage but diveable, no egos, no bullshit, just hardcore.
5What is your all-time favorite show you’ve played?
The Darker Half Record Release show was always a cool one to look back and think about. Times were much simpler then and LIHC was at a very high point around that time i’d say.
6Is there a show you missed in the past that still makes you angry that you could not be there?
One that was sort of recent that I was bummed about was Mobb Deep playing 2 blocks away from my apartment and then Bad Brains playing 2 blocks away the next night. That was this summer and I was in California for work. Around 5 or 6 days after, Prodigy from Mobb Deep passed away and he’s one of my favorites of all time. RIP.
7What band would you like to see again?
8Is there a person who has influenced you especially in hardcore / punk?
I can’t really give you one person or anything like that who has. There’s a lot that influences me but I can’t really pinpoint on person or thing.
9What are you top 3 hardcore-punk drummers / front men (women)?
Drummers: Mackie, Rutter, D Fang
Front Men: Freddy Madball, HR, Vogel
10What is in your opinion the most underrated hardcore-punk band?
TAKE OFFENSE & MAXIMUM PENALITY.
11Are there some newer bands you could mention?