It’s hard to imagine that Deafheaven’s success all spawned off the release of their 2010 demo. Even frontman George Clarke and guitarist Kerry McCoy are among the disbelievers, especially since they recorded the four-track effort out of boredom.
Since then it’s been a whirlwind of events for the San Francisco black metal/post rock phenomenon. Praised by the press, hated by black metal purists — you either love ‘em or you don’t. And according to McCoy, that’s the way they like it.
We sat down with Clarke and McCoy to talk about the band’s seemingly overnight rise to prominence, how the world of blogging impacts bands today, and how the desire for success can often be detrimental to success itself.
We know you’re busy. Here’s what’s covered:
00:03 Memorable intimate shows
00:58 Lessons learned from Russian Circles
01:51 Rules of shows/venues
02:33 Critical praise
03:18 How blogging affects success of bands
05:02 Dealing with haters & internet trolls
06:00 Previous jobs
06:18 The writing process
07:20 How desire for success can be detrimental
08:01 Advice to young musicians
09:47 Thoughts on their own success