TJF’s Hazin Interview with Agony of Defeat
Agony of Defeat is a high-energy metal band from Des Moines, Iowa. Well-known and respected for their intense live show, Agony of Defeat is ready to blow up further and let the rest of the US experience what Iowa already knows.
Two Brothers In The Band Elick And Eric… Started In 2007 With The Same Line Up… Derek Hutchinson First Started Playing Drums With Eric And Elick In 2006. Kyle Then Came Into Play In 2007 Following With Marley As The Last Added Member To The Machine… “… We Just Love Playing Music And If We Didn’t Do This I Think We All Would Feel Like Something Is Missing In Our Lives. It’s Not That We Want To Do This More Then I Feel That It Is In-Grained In Our DNA… We Have To Play!!”
A.o.D. Members: Eric Verdulla – Vocals *A lyrical powerhouse, Eric has often told his fellow band members of his desire to be heard. A fan of all music, Eric writes his music and lyrics with the intent of preserving them for a lifetime in the minds of anyone willing to listen. Elick Verdulla – Guitar/ Vocals * It would appear that Elick never sleeps and if he does, his dreams, without a doubt, are of performing music. He never filches on stage and he never stops writing. He formed the band Agony Of Defeat with his brother Eric In 2006 With Hutch On The Drums. Elick has been playing guitar and writing music for almost sixteen years now. “
Shit I Remember Eric, Marley And I Recording @ The Studio When We Were Kids. Man That Was Awhile Ago”… Kyle Kolker – Bass *Growing up, it is hard to say if Kyle found music or if it found him. Known for working up an intense sweat both in the studio and on stage, Kyle is better known as “Tiny” by his more intimate fans. Ricky Marks – Guitar * “Marley has been playing guitar since he was a kid. Non-stop energy mix with a take no prisoners mentality, he has been bringing his passion to the stand front of many to unite all with the love of music. Derek Hutchinson – Drums *A musician from birth, Derek is a multi instrumentalist. He is the heart beat of the band… ” D ” or Hutch is what his fans know him as but don’t let him fool you — Drums is not the only tool in his shed.. Always on time and always ready to throw down!! This is AOD.
TJF: You recently did a show in Des Moines with ABK and AMB, and you will be at this years gathering. What do you have to say about your experience with the juggalos and lettes so far?
AoD: One word “Family”.
TJF: Who are your major influences?
AoD: Funky Heavy Grooves, a lot of bands from multiple styles from the 90′s.
TJF: Do you have a record label? Are you a member of any music organizations?
AoD: Orginazations we are a part of: Derek; Full Sail University, & a member of the Namm convention.
TJF: Who are each of you, and how did you meet, and how did you start making music together?
AoD: Eric vox, Elick Guitar, Derek Drums, Tiny Bass, Marley Guitar. Eric and Elick are bros who were born and bred to play. Marley an the bruddas been jaming sense we were lil kids. Derek and Tiny came in years later finalizing the right recipe for the right sound. All of us grew up either as, or around artist of some form or another from different backgrounds making up the diverse sound that you hear in our sound.
TJF: Your pages shows you’ve opened up for quite a few people, Who’d you like opening for the most? Any good stories about them?
AoD: The Val Air Ballroom in Desmoines Ia with the Kotton Mouth Kings. Just our two bands and over 1300 ppl.
TJF: Which songs do you perform most frequently? Do you have a set play list?
AoD: Having a diverse sound and setlist is something we’ve strived for sense the beginning. Being able to play with KMK one night and Soulfly the next.
TJF: Who writes your songs?
AoD: All members add flavor. All music comes from the heart.
TJF: Could you briefly describe your music-making process?
AoD: 5 guys in a room going through therapy.
TJF: How has your music evolved since you first began?
AoD: We as members have all grown as people and in our instruments. We have all been through alot sense we’ve started this journey.
TJF: What has been your biggest challenge? Have you been able to overcome that challenge? If so, how?
AoD: Every time some body tells us we can’t do something or be something. That fuels us to not only do it anyway. But better then the pre-expectations set for us. We seem to have the best brought out when we are the underdawgs!
-For me (Marley) i’ve been fighting cancer scince early 2010. playing shows during chemo was war. but I am proof that Juggalos neva die! and that the show must go on!
TJF: What’s your ultimate direction and goals?
AoD: To have our music heard and make a honest living off our music.
TJF: What advice do you have for people who want to get started in the industry?
AoD: Follow your heart and dreams, do not let anyone tell you that you cant be what you want to be!
TJF: Is there anyone you’d like to acknowledge for offering support?
AoD: Family, Friends, Fans, Juggalo’s and Letts, all the national bands who gave us advice and showed us love. and any face we see in the crowd!
TJF: Any last words?
AoD: Unite the people and Revolt the Bull Shit! Oh and a big WHOOP WHOOP mutha fackoos! MMFWCL from ya midwest maddmen in AOD!
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