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Interview Panic Priest

VonChris

Apr 22, 2020

March 18th 2020-Chicago, IL based Post-Punk/Darkwave artist Panic Priest returns with his new song Nighthunter.

Nighthunter is the lead single from the forthcoming Panic Priest album Second Seduction via Negative GainSecond Seduction is the long waited follow up to Panic Priest’s self-titled debut album. Written and performed entirely by Jack Armondo, with production and mixing provided by Brian Fox (WingtipsGanser), Nighthunter is a moody, dark Synth-pop track inspired by Jack’s own real-life, after-dark experiences

Armondo explains: Nighthunter is quite frankly about going out and looking to hookup in the wee hours of the night. There is a smoky, sexy atmosphere to the track…but with a slightly ominous undertone. As the song progresses, it becomes clear that the narrator may themselves be a victim of their own heartache and the actual prey of their own perceived hunt.

10 Fragen / 10 Antworten

1. When and why did you become a musician

I’ve been writing and performing my own music since my late teens. When I was a little kid I originally wanted to be an actor but I soon realized that I needed to be in control of my own artistic vision. Performing my own music gives me that ability. And music has always gotten me through hard times. It reaches down to my soul in a unique way. Plus when I was a younger man I used to think that maybe singing and playing guitar would make me more attractive. I’m not so sure that has worked out however haha

2. What are your characteristics? What makes you special?

I don’t know if I am special at all. I think it’s up to other people to listen to my music and make that distinction for themselves. I will say that I am constantly trying to learn and grow as an artist. 

3. Who and what inspired you??

So many things have inspired me. I have many classic Darkwave inspirations in my music that I am sure music fans can recognize. But my baritone singing voice was truly inspired by my Father, who is a great vocalist and crooner. My music is mostly inspired by emotions and a strong desire to connect with others on a larger level.

5. How do you imagine listening to your music? Where do you like to listen?

Vinyl is my preferred medium for listening to music. I hope to have my releases on vinyl one day. Streaming is the most convenient way of consuming music and I do use streaming platforms quite frequently. 

4. Who are your most important role models and why?

My Mother is my most important role model because she has survived in the face of adversity many times over. I have great respect for her because she was at one time a single woman with three children who had to leave an abusive relationship when she was very young. She is a self sustaining, smart and resourceful woman and I admire that kind of willpower and survival instinct. 

6. What role do social media play in your career? How important is YouTube or Instagram for you?

I believe there are good things and bad things about social media. Social media is the most direct way I can reach out to my fans and make new ones. Without these tools I would have to rely on someone else to get my music into people’s hands, so I like the control it give’s me as an artist.

7. Do you actually do anything besides the music?

8. What has been the best performance you’ve seen so far?

I sell designer shoes during my day job. I enjoy fashion and the job helps me pay my bills and enables me to be a musician. I am currently unemployed because of Coronavirus so I am trying to find new ways to get by. As a hobby, I am a lover of horror movies, horror fiction and comic books. 

It is hard for me to pick. My favorite shows are band’s who are my friends and are playing in small venues. Because those types of shows hold a special place in my heart. As far as larger bands with a big production, I think The Cure is always an amazing band to see live. 

9. Who should play you when your life is filmed?

10. Last question: What do you want for the next 10 years, what do you need for it?

Danny DeVito and Johnny Dep’s love child.

All I want in life is to be able to continue to make music for as long as possible. Thank you for listening. 

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