Heart-Set Self Destruct Has Played With Powerman 5000, Cold, Flyleaf and Pop Evil. - Interview

Heart-Set Self Destruct is an exciting new band that has the chops to make it big in the music industry. Dave, vocals and rhythm guitar, recently stopped by to talk about the band, their music and Vans Warped 2008.

Q – Real quick, how did you come up with the name Heart-Set Self Destruct (HSSD)?

A - The name is a basically a metaphor for all the things we had to give up, whether it be relationships, jobs, social life, etc. - to go out and make this band happen. You have to be willing to give up everything and put everything else in your life aside in order to get where you want to go. You have to put your heart out there every minute of every day.

Q – For those not hip to HSSD, how would you describe your sound?

A - I would say we are a balanced mix of hard rock and alternative.

Q – Your debut album, “Victims Like Me,” helped get you guys on Vans Warped Tour 2008. What did being on a national tour do for the band?

A - Being able to play Vans Warped Tour really exposed us to a whole new mix of listeners and it definitely expanded our fan base. It also opened some doors for us at the time as far as getting onto better shows with bigger nationals. All in all a positive experience.

Q – The band has shared the stage with Powerman 5000, Cold, Flyleaf and Pop Evil. What did HSSD learn from playing with big name bands like these?

A - We look at everything as an opportunity to make new fans and learn from the veterans. Making yourself available after the show and wandering around meeting everyone are extremely important. I feel personal interaction goes a long way and that connection will last forever. Outside of their killer stage show, each one of the bands you mentioned do these things.

Q – The new album, “Of Nightmares,” comes out August 2011. This is the follow up to “Victims,” which came out in 2007. How was the recording process different on this album versus your debut?

A - We were able to really take our time with this record. It took almost three months to finish recording due to our touring schedule. But the breaks between recording were actually refreshing. We signed with our producer Dan Malsch's label, Soundmine MusicWorks, during the process which also made things a little less tense, because we had what seemed like endless studio time at that point. This really allowed us to concentrate on the songs and the performances. If something wasn't sitting with us right, we got to go back and change things. Dan and his crew really pushed us to our max potential on this record.

Q – Are there certain songs you like playing live than others?

A - I think everyone in the band would say "Useless" is our favorite song to play live. We normally end most sets with it. It's a heavy and commanding song and even after playing it countless times, it still gives me the chills when the chorus kicks in.

Q – How do you think the band has evolved and matured since forming in 2005?

A - Our sound has definitely matured. The content, the arrangements, and hooks are all bigger, louder and catchier. I feel that my lyrical content will relate to a wider audience than our previous record as well. Everyone has also grown up a lot. Being on the road has really opened our eyes to what we really need to be doing. It’s a full time job. I can’t complain; I love it.

Q – Thanks for taking the time to talk to me. Is there anything you wanted to add?

A - We look forward to seeing everyone out on the road. Check our website,www.heartsetselfdestruct.com, for tour dates. Thanks again.


Jason Tanamor is the Editor of Zoiks! Online. He is also the author of the novels, "Hello Lesbian!" and "Anonymous." Email Jason at jason@zoiksonline.com.

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