Hailing from Los Angeles with roots in the legendary Chicago Wax Trax! scene comes the new duo Trash Deity. Combining the chaos and energy of the classic Wax Trax! sound updated with hard and modern production, Trash Deity is Groovie Mann aka Franke N. Nardiello (My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult frontman/writer) and accomplished music producer and industrial artist JDN aka John D. Norten (Blue Eyed Christ).
Tell us about the history of the band?
JDN: Groovie Mann comes from My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, I come from Blue Eyed Christ. We both live in Los Angeles and thought it might be fun to work on a song or two together. We released 2 singles on our own with the original intention of doing a 4 song EP. Things went so well, we decided to expand it to an album and did a deal with Metropolis Records.
How would you describe your music?
JDN: Groovie Mann has roots tied in the legendary Wax Trax! Record label with My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult and others, and I was on KK records in that same era, so it’s an echo back to all of that, but with slick and modern production techniques and sounds.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
JDN: I was a kid in Chicago when the original wave of the Wax Trax! Industrial hit, so that was a big influence on me. My first concert was Duran Duran and Martin Gore from Depeche Mode is one of my favorite songwriters. I know Groovie Mann is a Massive David Bowie fan and he loves Iggy and punk and glam.
What record are you currently listening to?
JDN: I think my favorite record of this year so far was the LCD Soundsystem album American Dream
What is your favourite song to perform live?
JDN: Trash Deity hasn’t played out live yet. We are talking of putting a show together for a tour.
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
JDN: I’m not sure what would be a dream Trash Deity tour. Sometime It’s great going out with a similar artist in the genre, sometimes it’s more interesting when it’s a more eclectic tour.
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
JDN: That’s a better question for Groovie Mann. He’s had years of crazy tours behind his belt. I’m usually more involved in the production end of other people’s tours before it begins. Blue Eyed Christ has done a bit of touring over the years, but not like TKK
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
JDN: I think the music Industry has changed drastically since my first experiences in the early 90’s. The monetization in the past was mostly through album sales which is pretty much non existent now. Now most of the monetization comes from touring, branding, and selling things other than music. I’ve also seen the erosion of the middle class of the music industry, much like America in general. I work with a lot of the biggest artist in the world, so there is still monetization, but the indie bands and artists are the ones who seem to be really suffering. I’m optimistic the streaming rates will eventually come around to be more what they should be for the artists and writers.
What advice would you give to someone starting their own band?
JDN: Do it cause you love it and the success will come. Dream of writing great songs, not copying what’s popular now in an insincere attempt to make a hit, fans see through artists that aren’t real.
What are your future plans?
JDN: Groovie Mann is finishing new TKK, I’m finishing new BEC, and then we will do another Trash Deity album, maybe some shows our tour before.