It’s that time of year again, when in the run-up to Bloodstock we endeavour to interview every band gracing the Sophie Lancaster, New Blood and Jägermeister stages from 8th – 11th August 2019. This means you’ve got a chance to read up on all your favourite bands set to play over the weekend and decide which new ones you’ll want to check out.
As ever, we’re predicting some horrible clashes because, true to form, there are some great bands across all three stages so you should start planning who you want to see.
Our thanks to all the bands for taking the time out to answer our questions!
Def-Con-One – Sophie Lancaster stage, Friday
Simple things first – where are you guys from?
How long have you been playing together as a band?
The band Def-Con-One has been going since 1998 with various line-ups over the years.
Where does the name of the band come from?
My best friend Mike used the name for a place we used to meet up after training and we both thought it was a great name for a metal band.
Describe your music. What makes you unique?
Groove metal. We kinda throw all our influences into a pot and what comes out sounds like Def-Con-One. Metal, rock, punk, hardcore, tech metal etc.
What’s your live show like? Why are people going to watch you instead of another band?
Energetic. We try our best to give you a show that we would like to go see ourselves. We try our best to entertain the crowd and get feedback and interaction from the crowd – we feed off each other.
Have you played Bloodstock before? If so, when?
We played in 2011 and I did a guest spot with the mighty Down on the main stage playing drums on “Bury Me in Smoke”.
How/when did you find out that you’d be playing the Sophie Lancaster stage?
I got an email through around March-time and we can’t wait to get up there.
What sort of setlist can we expect?
A mix of old and new. We have a 30-minute set so we will make sure we crush some heads.
Which other band do you most hope you’re not clashing with so you can see them play?
Oh wow, there’s so many we want to see. For me, I’ve never seen Scorpions so I’m looking forward to them, but we will be going crazy to a hell of a lot more.
What are you working on at the moment?
New material. We were working on an album but we’ve noticed a lot of bands doing EPs, and even some bands releasing singles. So we will put another new track out before we play Bloodstock.
What’s the wildest thing you’ve seen or done at a live show?
I plead the 5th, mate!
What drink do you throw back to get yourself fired up before going on stage?
We don’t drink before we play, the adrenaline is enough to get us fired up. After we play though, that’s a different thing – we will most definitely be drinking.