DANKO JONES INTERVIEW
Danko Jones is straight out of Toronto and he rocks with his band members John Calabrese and Rich Knox. Danko Jones has released multiple albums over the years including, "I'm Alive And On Fire in 2001, Born A Lion in 2002, We Sweat Blood in 2004, Sleep Is The Enemy in 2006, Never Too Loud in 2008 and Below The Belt in 2010". Danko Jones also has two Podcasts, one Podcast focuses on Rock and is titled "The Danko Jones podcast" and the second Podcast is based on the TV series "Three's Company". Danko Jones has also recently completed his first book "I've Got Something to Say" and has had an amazing career in Rock.
Danko Jones is headed back to Australia for the first time since 2013’s Soundwave Festival thanks to Silverback Touring and we got to speak to Danko about his up coming tour and more.
TM - What can fans expect from your Australian tour?
DJ - We are there to play shows and songs and hopefully, everyone comes and enjoys the night.
TM - How did you come up with your set list for your tour?
DJ - I do not write the setlist, our bass player writes the setlist. We will play songs from our whole discography.
TM - Is there anything you are really looking forward to doing in Australia?
DJ - We are looking forward to playing the rock shows and giving the best performance that we can. I am excited to rock with the Australian crowd.
TM - What was your writing and recording process for Your new album "A Rock Supreme"?
DJ - We worked with Garth Richardson, he has worked with Biffy Clyro and The Melvins, you name it he has probably done it. It was great working with him, our recording process is pretty much the same as the rest of our albums. We write a bunch of Tunes and pick the best ones to go into the studio and nail it. It is the producer's job to make sure everything sounds perfect.
TM - You have two podcasts so can you tell us more about them?
DJ - I have been doing The Danko Jones podcast since 2011, it is up to episode 192 and it is a weekly podcast. I also have a weekly podcast of the 1970 sitcom Three's Company, I do that with my cousin and we talk about each Three's Company episodes every week in chronological order.
TM - That is cool to include family in your Podcasts.
TM - You did a podcast that pinpoints your views on Rock and Roll and what it is, you also listed a few up and coming bands, what inspired you to do that episode?
DJ - That is an annual thing that I have been doing since 2017. I take 10 rock bands, pull focus on them and talk about them because I don't see many outlets focusing on new rock bands. When it comes to rock bands they are the token thing to talk about, in a metal forum or be mentioned in some punk thing but there isn't a straight-up hard rock hub. There are a lot of hard rock bands out there but not a lot of people know about them.
TM - Who's your favorite person you have interviewed?
DJ - Duff McKagan from Guns N Roses has been on a few times. Devin Townsend has been on my show too. It is hard to choose generally because if someone is on my podcast I really like them.
TM - You joined the KISS army when you are 6 years old and your first KISS album was KISS Alive. has KISS influenced you to become a musician?
DJ - Absolutely, it is unquestionable, it is the first real rock band I got into. When my mum first bought me KISS Alive, I didn't even know if I would like it. I am sure people my age would have owned the KISS albums at the time and then realised they didn't like it, and I am a musician today.
TM - How do you think KISS has influenced the writing Style?
DJ - In terms of the melodies and the guitar tones, they have influenced my style of music.
TM - On 2015 your song "Going To Be A Fight Tonight" featured on the Royal Rumble how did this come about?
DJ - The WWE contacted our management and the Royal Rumble needed a song and needed it quickly, it was good timing because we were going to release "Going To Be A Fight Tonight".
TM - You brought out your book "I've got something to say" last year can you tell us more about it?
DJ - It is a compilation of various rock articles over 10 years from various rock magazines I have written for. I got some friends from bands to illustrate some of the stories such as Voivod. Duff McKagan also wrote the forward to my book.
TM - Will you be bringing copies of your book to sell in Australia?
DJ - I hope I will bring some, every time we have done a tour since this came out it has been available at the Merch table so I hope it will be in Australia.
TM - If you could collaborate with any artist who would it be and why?
DJ - The Rolling Stones because they are the biggest band in the world.
TM - What is your favorite memory of watching someone else perform live?
DJ - We got to play with Cheap Trick at a festival and I was lucky enough to meet Robin Zander backstage. Then when Cheap Trick was on stage, Robin saw me and tipped his hat to me and I got it on video and I freaked out.
TM - If you could have any bands play one of your songs which band would it be which song would it be and would it be in your style or their Style?
DJ - The Rolling Stones, KISS or Metallica because they are the biggest bands ever and in their style.
TM - Is there anything else you want to say to your fans?
DJ - Check out our new album and come and check out our show in Australia.
TM - Thank you for this interview today and we cannot wait to see you in Australia.