Sin City Presents Magazine March 2019 Volume 6 Issue 3 - Page 26

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I'd maybe change a lyric or something, but when I started recording the vocals I realized that I wasn't changing anything. he funniest part is the last Dali picture I looked at when I was recording was of a Skull Sodomizing A Piano, that’s why I play the main riff on piano for the outro.

Metal Babe: That’s a great story. How did you decide who would be in your band?

Rev Jones: Once I decided to release this album it was pretty easy to decide who to call to play drums, Jeff Martin. We had played together in Black Symphony, Michael Schenker Group, Blasted To Static, and I had also played on his solo album "The Fool," and he played a few shows with myself and Leslie West. I've always dug his drumming. He is like a mixture of Ian Paice, Mitch Mitchell, John Bonham, and Ginger Baker. I'm glad he was available to play on it. As for Dofka, I had known Jim for years (early 90's) through emails and we had talked on the phone a few times. He contacted me to play on a heavy version of "Little Drummer Boy" with him and Steve "Mad Drummer" Moore, and Jeff Martin on vocals, and he had me play on a version of "Gates Of Babylon" that we released in 2012. Jim is an amazing guitarist and a super nice guy. I'm glad to have him on the album.

Metal Babe: You produced the album, and Jim Dolfka Mixed and Mastered it. Can you tell me more about this process?

Rev Jones: Well originally I was gonna mix it but I was scared I would nitpick at things and overanalyze my vocals (since its my first album singing), and I'd end up changing things to the point I would destroy the album, so when Dofka mentioned doing the mix I immediately said YES. He mixed it in his spare time because he was doing other projects and I was out on tour. He would send me a rough mix that we would both listen to for a week or so, then we would discuss changes which we almost always had the same ideas. After a couple mixes and it was done. I think he did a great job.

Metal Babe: Sounds like you like to include some humor in your music and have fun with it, especially on Touching Bass. Can you tell me more about that?

Rev Jones: My best friend Kerry Staton said this quote to me back when I first started playing and it stuck with me for life, "If you can't have fun with it, make fun of it." That’s pretty much how I am. I always try to include some kind of underlying humor in my lyrics, even the bass solo has that humor included. I came up with the title "Rev Jones Touching Bass," so I threw together a bass solo only doing two handed tapping stuff that matches the title. Then I came up with the idea that I would call Kerry and after the beep I would play my bass solo as the message and end it with me saying, "Hey its Rev Jones Touching Bass."

Metal Babe: That’s good. Love the play on words! What’s the story behind the album cover?

Rev Jones: Well the little boy holding the beer is me when I was 12 months old. I thought about using my two year old son Lennon who looks a mini Rev, and dressing him up like me for a few poses, but I realized it would be too hard to get him to stand in one place long enough to get a good shot. So I went through a box of pictures I had of me when I was real young, and there was like 50 pictures of me with a big tall boy Coors in my hand. I knew I had to use one of these.

Metal Babe: Love it! You are known for your unique two-handed tapping style and your amazing over the neck fingering technique. When and how did you first come up with this idea of playing?

Rev Jones: I started doing both tapping and over the neck stuff within the first couple years of playing. I picked up some of it from different players back when I first started, but it all evolved over the years into what it is now, basically from me experimenting and trying new things on and off stage. One thing that helped master this part of my playing was challenging myself onstage during songs. For example, I would be playing a song onstage that had a pretty difficult bass part and my mind would challenge my hand to flip over the neck and play the part upside down, and I would do it. I would also do the same thing onstage trying to play a bass part using both hands tapping the notes, which is easy when its practiced, but super difficult to do for the first time onstage in front of a crowd, but I'd do it every time. Me challenging myself and trying this stuff onstage in front of people for the first time, built up so much confidence that everything became second nature. And it also helped me build and perfect a new way of playing.

Metal Babe: What can fans expect from a live Rev Jones show? Do you have any plans to tour?

Rev Jones: At a Rev Jones show you get entertained the whole time, whether it’s a one-hour set or three one-hour sets, we don't let up. Its three guys playing rock songs with NO backing tracks, what you hear is really what we sound like. We play every song from the “Bakwash” album, we do select songs from some bands I've toured with (MSG, Steelheart,