Q: How do you pronounce your last name ?
A: It is pronounced "AS-RELL"...If you watch the movie Dogma, Jason Lee's character is named "Azrael" and there is also a villian in the Batman comic book series with the same name.
Q: Are you single ?
A: Yes...I am not currently seeing anybody...I've been too focused on my music, but that doesn't mean I'm not open to meeting someone.
Q: What sort of stuff pisses you off ?
A: Lots of shit....bad grammar irritates me, people who call me 30 times a day, people who get in the music business only to try and make money, radio friendly shit rock, bald guys that still grow (what's left) of their hair long, midgets, squidgets, and people that can't speak clearly.
Q: Why did you get into the music business ?
A: Because workin' 9-5 in retail just isn't for me.
Q: Why are you such a prick ?
A: It all depends on the time, the day, and the way the planets are alligned...LoL...Seriously though, it's just a matter of how people come across to me when I meet them.
Q: Did you take bass/guitar lessons ?
A: Yes, from several different teachers...I learnt the most from Tom Barkstrom, Adam Kole, and Doug Datwyler.
Q: Where did you go to High School and if/when did you graduate ?
A: I went to Cooper City High School, and I graduated in 2002.
Q: Did you go to college ?
A: Several times...I attended Broward Community College but left because I really didn't want to be there...Then I went to The Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale, but I left to go on tour...When I came back I decided not to return....Four years after that I went to the Musicians Institute for Guitar Craft and graduated in March of 2009....I'm currently attending Kaplan University online.
Q: Do you ever talk to any of your old band mates ?
A: A few of them...Like Matt Pashalian...we both had the misfortune of playing in KEEP and we toured together...I still talk to Dave "Thorr" Terrell and J.J. Nichols from MONTAG...those guys are real friends...Synn, Tommy, and Angel from the HFL days I still talk to....but as for the others...No...Not at all...If I wanted to be around any of them I'd still be in a band with them.
Q: Who influenced you to play bass ?
A: Quite a few people...guys like Twiggy Ramirez/Jeordie White, Nikki Sixx, David Vincent, Duff McKagan, Rachel Bolan, Geezer Butler, Cliff Burton, Jason Newstead, Glen Benton, and Tom Hamilton.
Q: Who influenced you to play guitar ?
A: A lot of people...Guys like Slash, Zakk Wylde, Joe Perry, Jimmy Page, Dimebag Darrell, Kerry King, Jeff Hanneman, Trey Azagthoth, Brian and Eric Hoffman, Robin Finck, Randy Rhoads, Jerry Cantrell, Scotti Hill, Dave Sabo, Traci Gunns, Meegs Rascon, Zim Zum, Daisy Berkowitz, John 5, Dave Mustaine, Marty Friedman, Tony Iommi, and Mick Mars(one of the most underrated guitarists).
Q: Who are some of your favorite singers ?
A: Axl Rose, Sebastian Bach, Robert Plant, Ozzy Osbourne, Manyard James Keenan, Taime Downe, Steven Tyler, Marilyn Manson, Dez Fafara, Phil Anselmo, Steve Tucker, David Vincent, and Trent Reznor.
Q: Do you take drugs ?
A: No....I hate drug addicts.
Q: Do you drink ?
A: Yes...but usually only in social situations.
Q: Do you have any tattoos ?
A: Yes...I've got the old Marilyn Manson logo (the one off of "Portrait Of An American Family")and a little devil boy on my right arm...On my inner left forearm I've got Lock, Shock, and Barrel from "The Nightmare Before Christmas"....On my outer left foream I've got a sick looking skull tattoo...On my left hand I've got "SDMF"...On my right hand I've got "1984" (the year I was born...not in reference to the Van Halen album)....and the logo for the Insane Clown Posse album "Riddlebox", The Joker and Harley Quinn, and Dr. Rockso on my right forearm.
Q: What do you like playing more, guitar or bass ?
A: That depends on the band...I like both instruments for different reasons.
Q: Why did you leave KEEP ?
A: Several reasons...The first reason I left was because I didn't have any input on the songs that were being written even after being in the band for a little over a year...When you're part of a band you should be allowed some sort of creative input...All I wanted was to not be held back and given the right to play whatever part I feel like playing...Second, I've always been into metal so the more lame, weak, radio friendly songs that were being written really turned me off....Third, those guys are only in the music industry to try and make money, not to make music....they could give care less about anything else...people like that make me sick...They've got this "We only write hit songs" philosophy...well...it's easy to "ONLY" write hit songs when alll you do is take what's on the radio and dick with the song structure a bit to make a really bastardized version of someone elses work...and anybody who's proud of something they've stolen and thinks it's some original hit song is pathetic....I also got sick of being in a band with a singer that over sings and trys to sound like everybody else that's on the radio (not to mention can't reach the top shelf in most grocery stores), and a "lead guitarist" (Joe is limited...extremely limited...his brain capacity limits him from thinking outside the box) that claims to know soo much about music but has played leads to songs out of key and doesn't even keep his backup guitar in tune...it's really quite disgusting....I'm not saying I'm perfect, because I'm not...I've fucked up a lot onstage...Oh yeah....and even though Joe seems to think someones age is part of what makes them a better musician he's not in touch with reality...I've been playing guitar for 15 years (since I'm not sure the those two can do math, that means I picked up the guitar when I was 11...I'm 26 now) and by the age of 15 I outplayed guys in their late 30's in "Guitarmageddon" at Guitar Center...What does that tell you ?
Q: Would you ever consider putting together a band with any of your past bandmates ?
A: Depends on who asked.
Q: What do you say to people who call you arrogant ?
A: I guess I am to a certain extent....but I try not to be towards fans and friends.
Q: Fair enough...But aren't you arrogant when it comes to your guitar playing ?
A: I wouldn't call it arrogance...I'm just confident...I know I'm not the best guitar player in the world and I don't claim to be...I'm always learning...but I know what I'm good at, and when you're good at something you should be proud and show everyone how good you are....Any "real musician" is never gonna think they're as good as their idols, so they're constantly trying to reach the level that their heros are at.
Q: Are you playing guitar on the MONTAG demos that are on MONTAG website ?
A: No...That particular guitar player sucks...I replaced him and I tell people not to listen to those demos. Since the album never came out I uploaded MONTAG songs to this site that you can download and you can also go to www.myspace.com/damienazraelmusic where there are some MONTAG songs with me on them.
Q: Is the MONTAG album ever gonna come out, and if so, what will it be called ?
A: No. The only recordings from those sessions that came out tolerable are on my MySpace music page (http://www.myspace.com/damienazraelmusic).
Q: Since your a big Guns N' Roses fan, what do you think of Velvet Revolver ?
A: I like Velvet Revolver....except for Scott Weiland...he's definitely the "weakest link" in that band....Slash is my idol and I'll support anything he's a part of, but Guns N' Roses was a much better band...Scott can talk all the shit he want's to about Axl, but the bottom line is this....Appetite For Destruction has sold 16,000,000 copies in the U.S. alone (beat that fucker !!!) and Axl is an icon....You ask anyone off the street if they know who Axl Rose is and they'll say "Yeah...that's the guy from Guns N' Roses"...Same thing with Slash...People who don't even like that kind of music know who those two guys are....You ask someone who doesn't listen to much rock music who Scott Weiland is and they'll say "Who ?"....If Weiland was smart (which he doesn't seem to be) he'd shut his mouth and get his facts straight before he makes anymore pathetic "you're fat" , "you have stupid hair", or "I'm better than you" juvenile comments to a fucking legend like Axl.....Face it Weiland, you're just a half assed Mick Jagger wannabe....Axl is something you'll never be...an icon.
Q: What happened to MONTAG ?
A: I joined the band in 2005 and played with them for over a year. Those guys are the only band members I've played with that actually felt right from the first time we played together....It just clicked. When we were practicing everything just flowed together, and I've never felt closer to band members than I did with that band. Basically what happened is we got involved with some "management" that ended up fucking a lot of shit up. I'm not gonna name names because this particular individual is a pussy and God forbid I say anything that may make his pussy bleed he might call the police...anyways...he felt the need to try and turn us into a country/southern rock band which was not the direction we wanted to go in...I always wondered why but I think what it came down to is he's too stupid to know how to market anything that goes outside his little redneck brain....So I expressed my rage in an email and he flew off the deep end because he has no testicles...After we got rid of our "management" we kept looking for a permanent bass player and when we couldn't find one Dave decided to end it. I never agreed with it and still don't.
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