Tim Lambesis: As I Lay Dying
Tim is the vocalist for the steadily improving As I Lay Dying. The number of gigs the band is playing is on the rise, and so is Tim. He is what he had to say:
MI: What is your birthday?
Tim: November 21st.
MI: Describe the music of As I Lay Dying.
Tim: Our music has a pretty diverse range of metal. Lyrically and vocally we try to have raw emotion as well. We deal with a lot of personal issues and keep it music that anybody can relate to.
MI: Who has been the biggest musical influence on yourself and the band?
Tim: The first heavier band I really got into was Metallica. Our sound is more along the lines of European bands like Iron Maiden or At The Gates. There are also hardcore elements from bands like Hatebreed.
MI: Who are the members of the band and what do they play?
Tim: The two original members are Jordan and myself. Jordan plays drums and I do vocals. Bass guitar is Clint and on rhythm guitar we got Phil and Andy.
MI: Tell us something you think we should know about each member of the band.
Tim: Phil and Jordan are the crankiest guys on the road and Clint takes care of all the business.
MI: How did the band get together?
Tim: 3 years ago Jordan and I and our old guitar player Evan decided to start a band. We decided to start a band full time and do it as our career.
MI: What is your favorite track off of the new CD?
Tim: I like the opening track 94 Hours because it has a lot of new elements to it.
MI: Are their any new videos coming out off the CD?
Tim: We’re doing a video for 94 Hours right now and then we’re going to shoot another video called Forever. The intention of the video Forever will be to catch the live energy we have.
MI: What is your favorite song to play live?
Tim: Forever is my personal favorite.
MI: If you were not a musician what would you be doing to make a living right now?
Tim: I’d probably still be going to school and getting my Masters in something. I’m one of those guys that like a lot of things and can’t figure out exactly what I want to do.
MI: A lot of bands are starting their own labels right now. Do you see your band starting their own label in the future?
Tim: I would definitely be involved in band management. There are a couple of bands that I really believe in and tried to get signed and they’re working out deals right now.
MI: What is the most fucked up thing that has happened to you on tour so far?
Tim: There have been a lot of fights on the tour.
MI: What do you want people to know about you?
Tim: We’re very grateful to be doing what we’re doing. We’re very passionate about the music we play.
MI: What do your parents think of your career?
Tim: They were disappointed at first but they were still supportive. Since we got signed to Metal Blade they’ve viewed this as a legitimate career.
MI: What do you think about us being involved in the Middle East?
Tim: I think there’s a lot more information out there than what we’ve been told and it’s hard to believe whether or not we’re justified in going to war. I believe that war is an absolute last resort in self-defense, for that reason I disagree with this war.
MI: How do you think Bush is doing as President?
Tim: Being on tour it’s hard for me to keep up with a lot of his policies with the economy and everything like that. A lot of what happens with our economy isn’t tied to the President alone so it’s hard to say. I think he’s actually doing a decent job.
MI: If there was a movie about your life what would you want the theme song to be and whom would you want to play you?
Tim: I’m a big fan of Edward Norton. For the theme song I would use 94 hours.
MI: What’s an average day in your life?
Tim: We’ll show up at the venue and unload. Then we head out to eat and relax until we play. After we play we load back up we dive through the night and sleep.
MI: If you could make 3 things happen for the band what 3 would they be?
Tim: Get a really nice tour bus; have a personal crew, and number 3 would be to have a million fans that will be with us in the long run.
MI: What’s your opinion on MTV?
Tim: Heavy music hasn’t really been on MTV much. I think with the newer shows it gets people excited to go check out newer bands and it does open them up to other kinds of music.
MI: Do you believe in psychics?
Tim: No, I don’t.
MI: Have you ever had a paranormal experience?
MI: If you could bring back anyone from the dead and have lunch with them, who would it be?
Tim: I would bring back one of the 12 disciples.
MI: If you could be God for a day, what would you change?
Tim: I wouldn’t change anything.
MI: Where were you when 9-11 happened?
Tim: I was on my way to school.
MI: If you could build a memorial for the victims of 9-11 what would it be?
Tim: I think the one in New York is fitting.
MI: If you were stuck on a desert island and could only bring 2 people, one book, one cd, and your favorite bottle of booze, what would they be?
Tim: The one book would be the Bible. The CD would be a Dido CD. I like the mixed drink Nuts and Berries. The person would be my fiancée.
MI: What is your favorite horror movie?
Tim: I like Evil Dead 2. My favorite movie is Braveheart.
MI: Whom would you most like pour a bucket of flesh eating ants on?
Tim: There’s a promoter in Salt Lake city that I would do that to.
MI: What do you think about Arnold becoming governor of California?
Tim: I think it’s great. I think he’s cool.
MI: What is your opinion on the legalization of drugs?
Tim: I think if alcohol is going to be legal then marijuana should be too, they’re pretty much in the same category.
MI: Tell me a joke.
Tim: What did the fish say when he ran into a wall? Damn!
MI: How has your trip to Atlanta been so far?
Tim: We don’t get to enjoy the city as much as we’d like to since we’re only there for a day.
MI: Do you have a message for your fans?
Tim: Come out to shows! Get to know the band on more of a personal level. It means a lot when people come out and support us live.
MI: What is your favorite quote?
Tim: Everything under the sun is meaningless.
Thanks Tim. I’ll catch you again live…soon!
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