1.What is the name of your band and how did you come up with it?
What is your name and what do you do for the band?
My name is Christophe Murdock. I am a singer/songwriter. I mostly perform solo, but also occasionally as a duo or band. Usually under my own name or when a band name it's “Christophe and the” so people still know it's me. (Example, for the First Jason concert I had a punk band back me up and we were ”Christophe and the Kids From Crystal Lake”)
2.Tell us where you are based and describe the scene. How do you think where you are located influences your sound.
I am based out of Oklahoma. I'm not sure how to describe the scene... I am kind of all over. At the metal shows, punk shows, country shows... just any live music. I don't feel my location infuences my sound.
3.Who influences your sound that would surprise people?
I pull my influences from all over. Anything and everything I hear can become an influence. Metal, Punk, Pop, Country, Jazz, the list goes on. I guess one of my biggest influences was my cousin Merle Kilgore, a songwriter and ex-performer that was still in the business. While growing up he really encouraged me in all that I did. I was mostly playing bass in punk and metal bands at the time and he would talk to me and build me up. Growing up his sound also became an influence on my style.
4.Are you endorsed by musical companies , if so who , and if not who would you like to be endorsed by?
I am endorsed with Coffin Case and Dean Markley Strings. I would like to also be endorsed by Ibanez, Peavey, Fright-Rags and Jim Beam.
5.When you started what was your ultimate goal? And how close to the goal are you now?
My ultimate goal was never to be a “Rock Star”, I just wanted to make a living and travel. I am not quite where I want to be, but definitely am on my way. I am at the point where music is my main focus, while working at clubs on the side. I hope to increase the amount of touring I do in the coming year.
6.In today's digital environment it takes creative strategy to keep things moving. What creative ideas do you have to keep your band relevant over time?
To be honest I am kind of a dinosaur when it comes to this. I am the guy that collects vinyl and VHS. So, I tend to focus on my phyical product more so than my digital. I know there are other collector's out there who still want things to hold in their hand. I try to give my physical releases something unique. For digital, I just let my music speak for itself and try my best to push it and share the word.
7.We've all seen a terrible live band that is awesome on CD. Is that cool with you or do you lose respect for bands that cannot pull it off live?
I prefer the bands that sound different live. If they sound just like the CD I get bored.
8.Tell us your “core” are you Metal , Rock , Punk , Pop etc because people just have to categorize these days you know?
Yes. Haha. I have influences from all. I guess my main biggest influences are a mix of Punk and Country. The local press took to calling what I do “Red Dirt Macabre”.
9.This is a tough question but a very real reality, Is your band actually talented or just popular?
Many bands make it with a cliche or publicity stunts etc. Would you accept fame even if it was just because of being the “ in” thing or is it actually important to you that you gain favor with talent?
I believe I have talent and write good songs. Although, I do see that how good your songs are does not always decide whether your band is popular or not. I would accept fame however it comes and work with it. You can try to stear your own path, but can't always choose what is thrown at you. I've learned to make do with what comes my way and will continue to do so.
10.Tell us what to expect from you live. Nothing is more boring than watching bands stare at the floor and bob their heads to music nobody but the band knows. What can your band offer in a live setting that people will remember?
I just try to offer something real. Whether I'm playing something deep or just some of my “fun” songs I put myself into it. As I often play solo, I don't always have someone to play off of. So, I make it real. I put myself into what I'm performing. I think that goes a long way. I won't always win over the whole crowd, but I always win over someone in the crowd.
11. What releases have you put out , When will we see something new?
I've had a ton of releases in the past. I keep in print my 'Crossroads' EP from 2010 and my'MMXIII' EP from 2013 as well as my new single 'Pray to the Saw' that was just released. I have a Nine Inch Nails cover I recorded a few years back that may be my next release. I plan on putting it out as digital and a limited lathe cut. Probably sometime next year as I am still focusing on 'Pray to the Saw' at the moment.
12. If you have videos where can we see them?
My videos are on YouTube.
13.Everybody has Bandcamp , ReverbNation , Soundcloud , etc
Why do you think this is so important? Doesn't it seem like everyone is giving everything out for free?
14.Best moment of your career so far?
For me, it was the film 'Son of the Saw'. All I ever really wanted to do was cameo in horror films and write songs for the soundtracks. So here I got to be the titular star and the song I wrote played over the closing credits. It's the best recording I've done to date. The film looks great. I've been very happy with it.
15.Your message to the fans?
For just a five dollar love donation, you too can own your own copy of “Pray to the Saw”. Just send your check or money order to me today! Remember to Pray or be Prey!
Bonus Question who do you bring back
Dime , Cliff , Dio , Lemmy , Randy
Lemmy. Always Lemmy.
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