Sin City Presents Magazine August 2017 Volume 4 Issue 8 - Page 30

ZACHARY THRONE CONT...

I was obsessed with KISS and Aerosmith. I had everything they ever put out in the 70's. Every year, there seemed to be a new band that appeared that was going to destroy you and in 1979, it was Van Halen. So, it was mainly those three, but I consumed music.

KISS influenced me just by being bigger than life and, for that time, super heavy. Some kid brought "KISS ALIVE" to my school. I was probably 8 years old and I thought "Deuce" was the heaviest song I had ever heard. They looked scary, demonic, dangerous, LOUD...comic book superheroes come to life...what's not to love? I totally believed that Ace Frehley was having problems getting used to the gravity on my planet, and their songs were super catchy and fun. Aerosmith was probably the closest thing to sex that I was going to get to at that age. Their songs were incredible and their grooves and riffs were the nastiest things you ever felt. Super heavy, groovy, psychedelic, stoned, sex-drenched, nasty...everything I wanted to be. They had such a FEEL for rock music and their songwriting was incredible. I also liked “prog rock.” Yes, Jethro Tull, Rush. I wanted to be a great player and they were all great players. I learned how to play all of "2112" on guitar and drums. I loved how prog would take you on musical journeys. I never liked "Lord of The Rings" or fantasy books and films, but I loved bands that were inspired by that stuff back then.

Hearing Black Flag's "Damaged" album was a game changer. Up until then, music was pure escapism. Black Flag was REAL REAL violence, REAL anger, REAL pain... it's the difference between watching a fight on television and actually being in a fight. The emotions that are in a song like "Rise Above" were what I felt in my house when I was hiding from my parents fighting. Or the depression of not being able to do well in school and being a lonely kid... the music was so violent and painful, it scared me, but at the same time, it jumped out and said, "I know you...you're ok.” From there, I dove full on into punk rock. Punk rock had the answers. Minor Threat, Ramones, Sex Pistols, Motorhead, Bad Brains, Husker Du, Replacements…what I got from all of that music was: don't wait until you THINK you're good enough; get onstage NOW and be yourself. Be dumb, be ugly...whatever. That's the only way it's going to work. That's your power. Punk rock was inclusive; arena rock was exclusive. You couldn't run onstage with Rush or Zeppelin and jam with them, but you could do that with a punk band. Also, punk rock had the best ideas. It was smarter and funnier and less afraid to be judged than metal or prog. But, I was probably a 70% metal, 30% punk teenager. In the metal world, I gravitated more towards the heavier bands. Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath, Metallica, Anthrax, S.O.D...I only liked a "glammy" band if that had great songs. RATT and Motley Crue had really, really good, catchy songwriting. At the end of the day, I'm a "song" guy. I'm a total sucker for a catchy, hooky, well-written song in any genre. I always wanted to write great songs. I still do. But, just being "glammy" or just being "heavy" didn't do it for me; it was all in the songs and if they weren't there, I could care less. To me, The Beatles are still the greatest of all time and it's all in the songwriting. Bands like Squeeze and Split Enz in the 80's were mindblowers; still are. Lyrically and musically... "How can I write THAT??" I'm still on the quest... to be a great songwriter is more a goal for me than the fastest guitar player.

Your father Malachi Throne was a famous actor with decades of credits to his name. Did you accompany him to sets as a child? If so, how did that affect you in terms of becoming an artist?

It was cool having an actor for a dad. I've never known differently. In LA in the 70's, there were kids at school whose parents worked somewhere in show business so it wasn't extremely unusual. I would get phone calls at night from other kids going, "Your dad is on so and so TV show right now!" I only really got excited about it when I would find out that he was going to work on a show I loved. He used to bring me and my brother to sets and backlots occasionally when we were kids. Mostly days when they were going to shoot car stunts or things blowing up. The only times I made him take me to a set was when he was on "The Six Million Dollar Man" and "What's Happening,” which were two of my favorite shows. My mom took me out of school and I went and met Lee Majors. My brother and I also went to the taping of "What's Happening" that my dad guest starred in. I got to meet Raj, Dwayne and Rerun. As far as how that affected me in becoming an artist, I guess I always knew from a very young age that all of this was a business. I grew up watching movies and TV shows being made, and I saw that it was run no different than a

SIN CITY PRESENTS MAGAZINE | AUGUST 2017