Intie with Roger Beaujard

 

 


 

First of all, you seem to be quite busy. Youíve got your web design business [www.domainsunlimited.com], Malignancy, and, of course, Mortician.
- Yeah, I run Domains Unlimited, which is a web-hosting, e-commerce, everything - we do a ton of stuff for a lot of big companies. Thatís my main work; all day, I am a computer nerd. Iíve got [side project band] Prosthetic Cunt. Iíve got Malignancy for a short while now - Iím going to do the last seven songs that were written and probably do a mini-cd for probably Unique Leader or somebody like that. Then, weíve got Primitive Brutality, which is my solo stuff and that weíre about to re-press - we might be out. I think we finished the first thousand of that. Weíre gonna re-press that and Iíll have new stuff out for that next year. Iíve got my record label also. My record label consumes a lot more time nowadays. Weíre doing a lot more mail order and Iím looking to offer really good prices. Iím doing the more you buy, the more you get a discount.

Whatís the name of your record label?
- Primitive Recordings. That has released Malignancyís 'Ignorance is Bliss', the Primitive Brutality release, Prosthetic Cuntís 'Fuckiní your Daughter with a Frozen Vomit Fuck Stick'. weíll see how much of that gets printed. The end of the year is gonna see a lot of stuff from Primitive - weíve got over eight releases that weíre gonna be putting out and a bunch of splits. Weíre releasing the Decomposed - from Spring Valley, New York - demos; Bile from Hollandís CD; Severed Head from Maryland CD. Weíve got 'Final Bloodbath', which is a Mortician release that we just put out. Itís 27 old songs, all re-done with the current line-up we have now, which is Ron from Malignancy on guitar, me on drums, Will on bass/vocals, and I did some guitar tracks. Ron did the studio guitar on his tracks. It was cool. It was a fun session to do. Everybody always bitches, saying [in whining voice], eeewwww, a drum machine. So, we gave them what they wanted.

Prob'ly the good thing about having your own business is that you donít have to be concerned about arguing with your boss to let you leave for six weeks on the road.
- Itís a misconception. A lot of people think that because you run your own business and thereís no boss that you have nobody to answer to and no responsibilities. Actually, it is quite tough. It does hurt my business every time I leave. This time though, at least. I bring my laptop with me. I can get on line for emergencies, but there are certain things that only I can do because Iím the main coder for all our applications. Things kind of fall apart when Iím gone, but Iím never gone that long and Iím never that far out of reach. If worse comes to worse, I could jump on a flight for a day and do what I have to do. The company is getting to the point now where itís very self-sustaining - our applications run themselves. Iíve got everything in the house; my T1s are in the house and itís running smooth. Iím taking a big break - weíre [Mortician] not gonna do shit for at least four or five months.We did a lot this year. I did a Malignancy tour also in Europe and then we did Mortician the end of last year and the beginning of this year, two new albums; itís been nuts. I need a break to just relax, kick back, and enjoy the house.

As we talked about a little bit, youíre really supporting two albums on the tour, 'Final Bloodbath Session' and 'Darkest Day of Horror'. The latter is all new songs, while the former consists of 27 tracks re-done with live drums. Tell me about the two albums.
-'Final Bloodbath' was actually two years in the making. It went through two different line-up changes - drummers in, drummers out, Desmond in the band, Desmond not in the band, Ron in the band, Rog in the band it was a big mess. Everybody waited, waited, and waited, and I started advertising it a million years ago, so everybody was talking about it and anticipating new Mortician albums. It finally got done at the beginning of this year, and end of last year we did tracks, half-and-half like right after the Europe tour. Itís 27 old tracks, everything from the beginning up to 'Domain of Death'. 'Darkest Day or Horror' is our new one, which is back with the drum machine. Itís just straight, old school Mortician - me and Will doing what we do with a drum machine. We wrote it in a couple days and it came out sick. Itís really good. I like it a lot. Itís gonna be our last release for Relapse. After that, weíre gonna start Mortician Records, which will be solely for releasing Mortician albums until weíre done releasing Mortician albums.




There was a time when you were concerned about making the change from programmed to live drums. What made you change your mind?
- Weíve always wanted to do it. We went through a few cool drummers. George [Torres] from Dehumanize was great with us; we wish it worked out. He had a lot of personal stuff he had to tend to at the end of the tour, and then he left the tour and went with Skinless and all that. We had Vic who was in the band for a while, but he had some drug problems and he went to tend to that. It just seemed like every time we got a drummer, it flaked out. Then I ended up playing drums about three years ago - I went from guitar to drums just for the fact that nobody was around to do it and nobody was responding. People who were responding were not up to par - they werenít able to do the blasts or anything like that. Iím having fun doing it, but itís not easy.

How do you just pick up the drums all of a sudden?
- Well, I played with Malignancy before that for a few years. I was a little bit of a seasoned drummer. I still consider myself more of a guitar player, although I havenít played guitar much in the last few years, but Iím still a guitar player at heart. Being a drum programmer too, I have the drummer mentality. I know what I want to do; I just canít always do it. Mortician drums are pretty cut and dry. Once I get the hang of it, I get the hang of it. We said fuck it, letís do it; letís do it with this line-up. This is the best line-up weíve ever had thatís been stable. Of course, itís gonna end now because Ronís gonna be moving on to do full-time Malignancy stuff, and his other and, Dirty Brown Eye. Weíre gonna be back looking for a drummer because I want to get back on guitar. I think Iím done with the drums. Iíll maybe do one more tour if I have to, but Iíd like to get back on guitar.

Did you run into a lot of resistance from certain segments of the metal community over your use of drum programming?
- Mortician has always been one of those bands where people either. Youíre gonna lose a whole bunch of people because theyíre like [in whiny voice], oh I donít like drum machine bands, and they wonít even listen to it, which is retarded; musicís music. If itís an electronic drummer, itís the same as putting distortion on your guitar - itís just altering something different. I like a lot of drum machine bands. Thereís a lot of cool shit out there. Primitive Brutality is all drum machine. I never feel that a lack of a drummer should impede the progress of music, of a band. I tell kids all the time, especially out in areas that are a little remote where nobody even knows what metal is, get a drum machine, get a bass, get a guitar, and do it yourself. A lot of kids Iíve inspired to do that, which is really cool. Iím going to be a doing something on the web site soon - like a little workshop - to get people into recording more, and multi-tracking, and learning how to do it. I think it is cool and Iíve gotten a lot of demos sent to me by kids that are just 14, 15 years old, in their room with a drum machine. It reminds me of me when I was younger.

Do you feel like pioneers in the metal community based on the way you make albums?
-Sort of. Weíre probably the biggest band that has taken a drum machine to the level that weíre at. There are not many bands that - to put it bluntly - sell as many albums as we do and use a drum machine.

Youíre making 'Darkest Day of Horror' available at the shows a couple of months before itís release date. Is that a gift to the fans?
- We didnít have the artwork yet and we wanted to get it out for the tour. Itís a little something for the fans. Itís just got the black cover now - itís the limited tour edition. When the real deal comes out, it will come out in February on Relapse.

Any surprises on 'Darkest Day of Horror 'or is it what one would expect from Mortician?
- Itís the same old Mortician a little bit of change. Like the same progression that we had from 'Chainsaw Dismemberment' to 'Domain of Death', but not much. You still know what youíre gonna get - weíre not gonna gay out on everybody or be weak. Itís brutal. I really like it. Personally, itís my favorite.

Are you gonna stay with the horror movie theme? I know that you are a big science fiction guy.
- Iím personally a sci-fi guy and when I write my own stuff I write about that. I pretty much do the music and Will does the lyrics, and itís Willís themes.

Youíve been going at this for over 10 years now. Has each album and tour been more successful than the previous one?
- Every year is just ridiculously more successful CD sales wise and tour wise. Itís bigger and better opportunities, better tours. This tour has been phenomenal. Tonight was kinda light. Georgia was light too, but other than that itís been killer. Itís really been a kick ass tour.

'Darkest Day of Horror' is your last album on Relapse. You wanted more control. Whatís doing it yourselves going to give you that Relapse couldnít?
- We just want to do the artwork ourselves, work at our own schedule, not have to meet any deadlines, deal with the artist directly, etc. Weíre all gonna be pumping things out for a few more years and we just want to do everything our own way. I donít want to disí Relapse or anything but there has been some lack of communication errors that resulted in things not being done on time and that kinda shit. We really like those guys and wouldnít want anything like business to get in the way of friendships with people over there. Once we leave Relapse, we can only blame ourselves if we screw anything up.

Will you continue to take Mortician in the same direction, and use vehicles like Malignancy to explore different types of music?
- Always. Thatís why I have Prosthetic and had Malignancy and still will do Primitive Brutality. Iíll probably end up with something else too [laughing]. Now that Iím out of Malignancy, Iíll be looking to do some drumming. Iíll probably be leaving drums from Mortician, hopefully soon and get back on guitar. I like to keep busy and creative when it comes to music. Mortician will always be Mortician. From the very beginning when I joined, Iíll told Will that Iím never going to change this band. Iíll write stuff that is Mortician. If I wanna write other shit, Iíll write other shit, and go on and do something else, and heíll probably do something else eventually too.

I didnít realize that you also have a distribution company until I saw the rows of CDs at the merchandise table tonight.
- Yeah, both of us carry a huge distro with us. Between the two us, weíve probably got at least 700 different titles of CDs, which is great for coming out to the rural areas because most of these kids know what they can get at Sam Goody and Tower Records, but theyíve never heard of half the shit we bring. Itís cool because we trade with guys all over the world. When we play Europe, both of us go over there with hundreds of CDs, trade, and bring them back. We really open up a lot of music to a lot of kids, which is what itís all about.

If you had it to do it all over again, would you change anything?
- Probably not. I like the way weíve done it. We were kinda half-assed at the beginning because we never took it too seriously, which was cool. I never wanted to make it a business. I have my own business and I donít need another business headache. We still try to keep it fun, but now itís a hell of a lot more organized and thereís more money now to do things right, more hotels, proper vehicles, etc. When youíre struggling and youíre young guys in the van and youíre making piss every night. I mean, we did that for years and years, but eventually you get a little bit more people listening to ya. I like the way we did it. I think the way we did it is very natural. Itís how most bands should be. A lot of bands that go from one day nobody to one-day success, look at Ďem now. Half of Ďem become heroin addicts, drop dead, donít know how to handle the money. Not that weíre making millions or anything like that, but if we ever did, thereís no fuckiní way that it would ever go to our heads. Weíve been too long on the street with the people for that.

MARTYR OF NOWADAYS - Autumn 02


Demo/Disco-graphy:

-Demo #1 (89)
-Mortal Massacre (Mini - 93)
-House by the Cemetary (Mini - 95)
-Hacked up for Barbecue (96)
-Zombie Apocalypse (Mini - 98)
-Chainsaw Dismemberment (99)
-Domain of Death (2001)
-Final Bloodbath Session (2002)
-Darkest Day of Horror (2003)