Sting, Dracula, Violence and Destruction: My Conversation with Mikey Carvajal of Islander By: Matty

March 27, 2015 by: admin

Interview By: Matty

Contributor’s Note:  In Spring Lake Park, Minnesota, I had the pleasure of meeting with one of the most genuine and chill people that I have had the pleasure of interviewing.  He treated myself and my friend like a guest in his own home.  He opened up about the meaning of “Coconut Dracula”,(not Count Chocula), and also about his friendship with WWE Superstar Sting(I’m still marking out that he’s going to fight Triple H at Wrestlemania).  Please check out Islander on Facebook here as well as give them a follow on their Twitter account here.  Please pick up “Violence and Destruction” at I-Tunes, Amazon, and at their shows.  This discussion was quite lighthearted.  I want to thank Lena from Victory Records for setting this up for MUEN Magazine.

Matty:  How are you doing?  Thank you for talking with me today!  Tell me who you are and what do you do in the band.
Mikey:  I’m Mikey and I’m the vocalist for Islander.
Matty:  How’s the tour with Red been going so far?
Mikey:  It’s going well.  Good crowds, we have a whole bunch of new merch on this tour, we’re trying out some new stuff as far as merch goes, like baseball tees and we’re doing limited edition stuff and all that.  It’s been going well so far.
Matty:  So is there going to be an Islander slow pitch softball team?
Mikey:  (laughs) Not that I know of!
Matty:  Is there any particular memory that has stood out on this tour so far?
Mikey:  We played in Wilmington, North Carolina and Vinnie Paul from Hellyeah and Pantera came out with the guys.  He said it was the second time seeing us, and they’re talking about getting a tour together with us sometime.  That was pretty cool having him come out.
Matty:  You’ve heard about Dimebag Darrell’s grave getting vandalized.  What are your thoughts on that?
Mikey:  Honestly, it’s one of those things, first of all, I don’t think people should disrespect each other in general when we’re living, especially when someone kind of came up and influenced the scene like that.  I don’t know, it sounded like a bunch of kids got upset with the whole thing, or whatever.  Truth be told, I don’t know enough to comment on it, all I know is that supposedly a lot of people got mad at that band, and it was their former lead singer that had actually done something.  I don’t know their story so I can’t actually comment on it.  All I know is that I respect Pantera and I have much love for those guys.
Matty:  What’s your favorite Pantera song?
Mikey:  (laughs)  I’ve never owned a Pantera record.  It’s one of those things that I think a lot of people, I don’t want to say a single or whatever, but it’s their music videos that you would see on MTV2, cause MTV didn’t play music videos or whatever.  They’re one of those bands, kind of like Bad Brains.  I think kids today might not even know who Bad Brains are, but they can respect their history, if kids still know their history, that has kind of legitimized this whole scene and its culture, and it’s the same thing with Pantera.  There’s a lot of things I don’t know about them, but I do know how influential they were to this scene and you have to respect that.  I don’t want to pretend that I’m some crazy fan and I’m not.  I just respect them, Vinnie Paul is a super nice guy, yeah, I’d love to hang out with those guys.
Matty:  Very cool!  What is your most embarrassing tour experience since we’ve talked about your shows so far?
Mikey:  Most embarrassing tour experience?  I don’t think I’ve been embarrassed yet!
Matty:  I probably jinxed you!  (laughs)
Mikey:  (laughs) Maybe when my voice goes out.  I’ve thrown out my voice a few times last year on tour, it’s never fun, you see kids with their YouTube videos with their I-Phones out and filming it for YouTube, so that’s not fun having something like that on the Internet for everybody to see, but whatever.

Matty:  What’s the plan after the “Of Beauty and Rage” tour?
Mikey:  First, we’re going to Wrestlemania after this, and we’re hanging out there and doing some stuff and we’re going on tour, after that we’re going out to California to hang out with some of our friends with our week and a half off, and hopefully talk with our producer about doing another record.  We’re starting some dates with Three Days Grace, also some dates thrown in there with Rise Against and Letlive, after that we are going on tour with Nothing More.
Matty:  I love Letlive, they are so good!
Mikey:  That they are!
Matty:  Tell us about Islander’s latest record entitled  ”Violence and Destruction”. If fans haven’t listened to it yet, what should people expect from an Islander record?
Mikey:  ”Violence and Destruction” is our debut record, full-length record.  It was thrown together in a month, we wrote it in three weeks, and we recorded it in two weeks.  It was very quick and it’s something that we are very happy with.  We think it turned out well.  It’s raw, it’s something that’s honest.  It’s not copied or pasted like a lot of music is today.  A lot of bands today go into the studio, they sing a chorus, they autotune it, they copy and paste it, and there’s your record.  We didn’t do that, we made a real record, jammed it out, found out what worked and what didn’t.  Yeah, I’m really proud of “Violence and Destruction”.
Matty:  I’ve watched your two videos entitled “New Wave” and “Coconut Dracula”, I about said Count Chocula there…
Mikey:  (laughs) You’re fine.
Matty:  I noticed throughout the two videos that there’s a kid that wears a vampire mask in the two videos.  I was just curious about the mask and the imagery that Islander portrays with the mask.
Mikey:  The music video, the “Coconut Dracula” music video is kind of different in the actual influence of the song of where it came from.  The video still deals with the Dracula kid, he has a different nature than the mummy looking kid with the goggles and the hockey stick, and the girl in the video decides that she wants to be more like Dracula and not be all destructive and what not.  The song itself, my family is from the Dominican Republic and they speak Spanish, and when my Uncle Rey was speaking Spanish, it sounded like “Coconut Dracula”, I don’t remember what he said, but I liked the way it sounded, so I came up with a story about Count Dracula discovering a coconut on the ground and he takes a bite and he realizes there’s sweetness, beauty, and goodness in the world, so he gets his name legally changed from Count Dracula to Coconut Dracula, and with all the classic monsters like the werewolf, mummy, witch, Frankenstein, and they start noticing his nature is changing, and he’s not going out late at night murdering people and sucking their blood and stuff.  The mummy represents somebody who is dead on the inside and covered in dirty rags, like I believe that all humans are at one point, and he’s asking Dracula whatever joy it is that you have found , please let me know how I can have that, I want to be someone more like you, and that relates personally to my faith in Jesus Christ and what He has done in my life.
Matty:  Amazing, it sounds like it comes deep from the heart.
Mikey:  But for us, the music videos don’t really mean anything, we wanted an 80s vibe to it like The Goonies or a Never Ending Story vibe. (laughs)
Matty:  Word Association time, I’m going to give you a word and you tell me the first thing that comes to your mind.
Mikey:  Okay.
Matty:  The Whosoevers.
Mikey:  P.O.D. and Ryan Ries
Matty:  Favorite Color
Mikey:  Turquoise
Matty:  Favorite beverage
Mikey:  Water right now, I’m drinking it.
Matty:  Kanye West
Mikey:  Did you say Kanye West? (laughs)  He doesn’t really exist.
Matty:  The word Beauty.
Mikey;  This tour I guess.
Matty:  The thing that makes you rage.
Mikey:  (laughs)  I see where you’re going with this.  The thing that makes me rage is staying up late and playing video games.
Matty:  What’s your favorite video game?
Mikey:  There’s a lot.  I like Zelda, Mario, wrestling games, stuff like that.
Matty:  Who’s your favorite wrestler?
Mikey:  Sting
Matty:  Think he’s going to beat Triple H at Wrestlemania?
Mikey:  I sure hope so.
Matty:  I’m an Iowa guy so I go with Seth Rollins.  He seems like the biggest jerk though.
Mikey:  Is he really?

Matty:  I mean in wrestling, he seems down to Earth in real life though.
Mikey:  Yeah he does.
Matty:  Complete this sentence for me.  The moment I realized I was going to make it in this industry was when…
Mikey: When I fell in love with music I guess, at a Luti-Kriss show.  Not the rapper, the band.
Matty:   I’m just going to give you the floor to say whatever you want to say in regards to the band, message for your fans, and where we can find Islander, things like that.
Mikey:  I’m Mikey from Islander, I’m the vocalist for the band, you can find us on and our Instagram and Twitter is @islander_band and we run all of that ourselves and we will hit you up if we see it, if we don’t try again.  Thank you to the fans for listening to us.  I hope Sting wins at Wrestlemania, love you guys, thank you so much!
Matty:  One more question, I forgot to ask what you guys were doing at Wrestlemania.
Mikey:  We’re doing a few interviews and hanging out with Sting, and see what happens.
Matty:  How did you get to hang out with Sting?
Mikey:  I’ve wanted to meet Sting since I was in 6th grade.  He had a really big impact on my life.  I met some people that was his manager and I got in contact with his manager, and he told Sting about it.  When we played Dallas, Texas, on another tour we were on with Papa Roach and Seether.  Sting came out to the show to meet me.  We talked and prayed together, and we hit it off, he’s a really cool guy, and I’m excited to go to Wrestlemania to cheer him on and to hang out with him.
Matty:  Amazing!  Thank you so much for taking the time out of your busy schedule to interview with me for MUEN Magazine!
Mikey:  Thank you for having us!  Hope you enjoy the show!
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