Name: Kristian Erik Hermansen
Position: Guitar...um, wait, wait...drums
How did you join Downfall Road?
Neil made me join. I didn't want to, but he said "You know how to play guitar!", and I was like, "Um, no I don't." Then he was like "Yeah, you do!" And I was like "No, seriously dude." Then he was like, "Drink this fucking beer." And then I was like, "Okay." So now I play drums.
Do you have a musical style?
I guess. Alterna-Rock drums. Inspired by Jimmy Chamberlain, Dave Grohl, Matt Cameron, Sean Kinney, and others.
What got you into/ why do you like drums?
I remember someone else playing drums in my school, and I was jealous. Then I got some for Christmas one year in Junior High. That Christmas vacation from school spawned the "Vomit" demo tapes. This was the worst piece of shit music you could ever listen to in your entire life. Still is. It was me (drums), my brother (guitar), and a neighbor (bass). We all got our instruments on the same day. Yeah, you probably don't want to hear that demo if it ever surfaces. However, it spawned a million side projects that got me to where I am today. Loosely: Vomit -> A.S.K.M.F. -> ? -> Dolemite -> D.F.R.
Why just acoustic?
Why do we need to disturb those poor electrons?
What are some of your biggest influences?
"Not alphabetical...or chronological" ... "Nope, autobiographical"
Green Day, Nirvana, Offspring (old), Pearl Jam, Alice In Chains, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, Silverchair, Soundgarden, Stone Temple Pilots, Weezer, more. You know, those top 10 grunge bands. I like all music though.
What is your favorite album/song/guitar solo?
ALBUMS: Nirvana - Bleach, Toadies - Rubberneck.
SONG: Nirvana - Lounge Act
GUITAR SOLO: Free Bird
What advice would you give to kids just starting to play?
Don't do drugs.
What are some other bands you've been in before DFR?
Other bands include "Aprill Showers Kill May Flowers" - experimental noise rock (think Hovercraft), "Oblivion" - metal, ????? - punk, and others so long ago - alternative/rock.
For more info on Kristian check out: Kristian on MySpace