Interview with Kevin Dean of BRAND NEW SIN May 16, 2011May 19, 2011 by: Shauna O'Donnell
May 16, 2011
BRAND NEW SIN
Kevin Dean (Drums)
Syracuse, New York
By: Shauna O’Donnell
HEY KEVIN, THANKS FOR CHATTING WITH ME.
Good timing, I just got done with a drum lesson.
YEAH, I HEARD YOU ARE GIVING DRUM LESSONS. HOW IS THAT GOING?
It is going fantastic. I’m give lessons in the same building that we are going to record at tomorrow.
DO YOU LIKE GIVING LESSONS?
I love it! Before I joined Brand New Sin, it was my full time gig.
HAVE YOU BEEN WITH THE BAND SINCE THE BEGINNING?
No, I’m the second drummer.
I HEAR CONGRATULATIONS ARE IN ORDER. YOU SIGNED A TWO ALBUM DEAL WITH GOOMBA MUSIC.
Thank you very much!
THAT IS VERY EXCITING! TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT GOOMBA.
Tim King from Soil is a good friend of ours. He texted me a few weeks ago and asked if we wanted a record deal. He told me to call him. It was pretty cut and dry there, so we were a little apprehensive at first. We hate labels, but this one is cool. We get a bigger piece of the pie. I don’t know if Tim is the partner or if he is just the A&R rep., but I get the vibe that he is partner with the President of the company Mark Nawara. He started Pavement Records, which later became Crash Music.
WHO ARE THE OTHER ARTISTS ON THE LABEL?
Icon In Me is the name of the other band I saw listed. I believe they have distribution deals with other artists.
WERE YOU IN THE BAND WHEN THEY WERE SIGNED TO CENTURY MEDIA?
Yes, I have been in the band for about eight years. The first drummer only toured for four months on the first record.
HOW IS THIS DEAL GOING TO WORK? IS IT JUST FOR DISTRIBUTION AND PROMOTION? WHAT ABOUT TOUR SUPPORT AND STUFF LIKE THAT?
I don’t believe there is any tour support, but they are going to package, distribute, push it to radio and there will be a video budget. Anything we cannot come up with ourselves, which is refreshing.
WILL YOU STILL BE CONSIDERED AN INDEPENDENT ARTIST OR WOULD YOU BE CONSIDERED AN ARTIST WITH A LABEL?
That’s a good question. I would say that we signed a marketing deal with worldwide distribution as independent artists. I think that is the best way to say it.
HOW IS eOne DISTRIBUTION INVOLVED?
I think they are the exclusive outlet.
WELL THEN THAT IS REALLY GREAT BECAUSE eOne HAS SOME BADASS BANDS!
Yeah apparently they are the largest in the U.S.
YOU GUYS GO INTO THE STUDIO TOMORROW MORNING. HOW LONG DO YOU ANTICIPATE BEING IN THE STUDIO?
Well they are kind of putting the squeeze on us. They would like to wrap it up by mid to late June. The studio is great though, they are so accommodating.
YOU ARE GOING TO BE RECORDING AT SUBCAT MUSIC STUDIOS.
That’s right! It is where we did out last CD.
HAVE YOU ALREADY WRITTEN MOST OF THE SONGS?
Oh yeah! All of them are done.
HOW MANY DID YOU WRITE?
We have archives that go on forever, but specifically for this album, we are looking at thirteen, maybe fourteen. There are a few others on the table, but we may or may not use them. There are songs that we have written, who knows how many we have in the archives, but we are always looking to the fresh stuff.
YOU WILL PROBABLY WRITE SOME MORE ONCE YOU GET IN THE STUDIO AS WELL.
Maybe, hopefully yes.
HOW INVOLVED ARE YOU IN THE WRITING PROCESS?
I’m involved in bits and pieces, here and there. Mainly our singer/guitarist Chris has a pretty good idea of how the songs should sound from beginning to end. Nothing is in stone, he always welcomes new ideas.
WHAT DIRECTION ARE YOU GOING MUSICALLY WITH THIS ONE? WILL IT BE WAY DIFFERENT FROM WHAT YOU HAVE DONE IN THE PAST?
Our fans always seem to think so. (Laughing) With us it has been a couple years in between albums, so for us it is such a gradual change. We are not really aware of it. I think there will be a little bit more punk rock roots and classic rock sound. It will definitely be the opposite of the new metal sound.
AS FAR AS SHOW DATES GO, I SEE TWO LISTED, BOTH ARE BIRTHDAY PARTIES.
Yeah, you did your homework. We kept it open because we weren’t sure. All this scheduling got put together over the weekend. We wanted to keep the calendar open because we knew we were going into the studio. We just weren’t sure when. We figured it was best to focus on the album.
ONCE THE ALBUM DROPS, YOU CAN GO OUT ON TOUR.
Yes, plus Goomba may have other plans. They may have a different idea of where we should tour and who we should team up with.
I LOVE THAT MOVIE ‘SCHOOL OF ROCK’ WITH JACK BLACK. BRAND NEW SIN DID A CAMEO APPEARANCE? WERE YOU IN IT?
Yes, if you blink you might miss it. We are in one of the lobby scenes when the bands are signing up and getting ready to perform for their audition.
I’LL HAVE TO WATCH IT AGAIN. YOU HAVE HAD MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS WITH THIS BAND. WHAT HAS BEEN THE HIGHLIGHT SO FAR FOR YOU PERSONALLY?
Personally, it was going to the UK, it was great! Tim King had a big hand in that. It was their headlining tour. They went all throughout Europe and took us on the first leg. We were able to go through Ireland, North Ireland, Scotland and the UK. It was an awesome experience.
IT SOUNDS LIKE TIM HAS TAKEN REALLY GOOD CARE OF YOU GUYS. HOW DID YOU HOOK UP WITH HIM INITIALLY?
Yes indeed! He had already known the band before I came along. I think he got a copy of the first CD at Ozzfest in 2002 maybe. I’m not exactly sure how Soil first saw Brand New Sin, but I met him within the first two months of being in the band. It was great. A couple years later they landed themselves direct support for Mushroomhead and Mushroomhead was looking for an opening act. They gave him my old singer’s number and we got the gig. We spent a lot of time with Tim on the road.
THANKS FOR THE INTERVIEW. BEFORE I LET YOU GO WOULD YOU LIKE TO ADD OR SAY ANYTHING?
Thanks for taking the time to interview me.