PERSONAL QUESTIONS !   Where did you grow up and how was your childhood? RS: My childhood was great. Just a typical middle class kid growing up around the Chicago area in the 70's and 80's.Just did typical things kids did back then, played Atari, went to video arcades, played baseball and football with other neighborhood kids. Blew off firecrackers, listened to hard hard rock albums and stuff like that.   Were you a rather good student or the class clown ?   RS: I always enjoyed goofing on people, playing jokes on people and getting a laugh or two, especially at someone else expense, but I was never the type of kid who got into any serious trouble. I kind of just did my own thing. I rarely did homework or studied too much, but I always got good grades. I actually liked a lot of classes in school, I think because I am naturally curious, school came very easy to me. I eventually went on to get 2 different college degrees. College was way easier than teachers always warned me about when I was a kid.   How did your parents react when you started making metal music? did they support you and how do you feel about your music today? RS: My father was a Korean war veteran. So it was a totally different mind set. It wasn't like today where parents and children are buddies. Back when I grew up, parents had nothing in common with kids. Kids were idiots and had to obey their parents. There were no participation trophies - if your team lost, you were a loser, you got no ice cream and you were shamed for your horrible effort. My dad thought any music from the Beatles to the Doors, to Motley Crue to Slayer all sounded the same. It all just sounded like banging on pots and pans to his ears. I was into art and music, and my dad thought anything "creative" was a little weird. However, he was supportive of me and we talked a lot. He was very intelligent and always gave me great advice. My dad died a while back, but we were always on good terms. My mom is still alive and supports me no matter what. She knows that me being in a band is just a part of my life. She knows I'm an entertainer but she is more interested in my personal life than in my music.   Would you be successful in making music as a musician? RS: Fuck no. There is no way Usurper would ever be successful in a mainstream way. I wouldn't want to either. Yes, I would want the money, but I would hate being famous. I have bad social anxiety as it is. I like doing Usurper on my terms, when we feel like doing things. We answer to no one. We do what we want, when we want. I like being invisible from time to time.   Are you someone who loves the hustle and bustle of the big city? or rather looking for peace and relaxation in nature? RS:   I recently bought a house in a pretty secluded area but still near the city.   It's a small house but has a huge yard with trees located right across the street from a famous, haunted cemetery. It's pitch black at night and there are a lot of creatures by me. Even though it seems pretty rural, it is literally about a mile away from the Chicago city boarder, so it's sort of the best of both worlds. If it wasn't for my job, my band and my family, I would probably move to a remote part of Alaska. My greatest joy in life is to not be bothered.   Do you actively practice sports or are you more of a passive spectator? RS: I like to lift weights, but I developed arthritis in my neck, so I can't do that as much anymore. The only sport I watch is NFL football.   When it comes to your physical well you can cook or let you cook for you ? RS: I do all the cooking.   What does your environment tell you about your passion for metal (friends / family / colleagues) ? RS: I keep my worlds separated. I never talk much about my family, or my significant other, or any details like that online or in a public forum. I never talk too much about my band to my family. I never discuss family issues or band related stuff with people I work with.. I never post personal pictures online. I have a three sided reality, and rarely do they intertwine. Very few people on Earth know all three sides of me. I have friends that don't even know I'm in a band.   How do you see the problem with the haters on the internet who have to announce their mental garbage in anonymity always and everywhere? RS: Typical pussies and cowards. Certain people have nothing better going on in their miserable lives, so they craft a synthetic, virtual online persona with the intention to project their inadequacies, bitterness and lack of talent on others as some feeble attempt to try to bring someone down, instead of them doing something   to elevate themselves.   I don't live online. I go months without even checking my emails. I never read comments about Usurper unless it is on our facebag page. At times I catch wind of some things from others and I choose to ignore it. Let pigs be pigs, I just prefer not to see them enjoying themselves rolling around in their own feces. Comments by cowards online are something I refuse to even look at.   What do you think about the internet in general? a blessing or a curse? RS: Both. I do enjoy the access to knowledge. I think it is amazing that things that you used to have debates about in the past can be settled in an instant. I like the fact that anyone with something inspirational, entertaining, educational, informative or creative can create websites or videos online without a major budget or a Hollywood studio backing them. If someone told me as a kid in high school that someday you can carry around a device the size of a deck of cards in your pocket and with this device you can store every song in your record collection as well as make phone calls, play video games, watch videos and obtain answers to any question on any topic, I would be blown away. So that part is cool. I hate social media though. I hate everyone in the world thinking their stupid opinion matters. I hate brain dead idiots that regurgitate anything from the mainstream media and blindly have celebrities shape their opinion. I hate how these devices spy on you. I hate how anyone thinks they have the right to upload and post songs they don't own. I hate how it destroyed the magic of a physical album.   Which question would you like to have answered and why? RS: What's your favorite Usurper album and Usurper song and why? I am actually asking you this question. Please answer this... A really good question   first I like all Albums Twilight Dominion I think I'll take this album good cover good songs and I hope that Lords of the Permafrost will be my favorite album of the future! my favorite songs Hm KILL FOR METAL the reef the vocals the text the ideal song for me my little castle with a beer the music loud and On a mission of vengeance In the name of metal Drinking, thrashing, slaying For the glory of metal Your fate is worse than death Surpassed by your rivals KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL KILL FOR METAL yes i love this song is one of my favourit metal song of all time I had this song even some time as a ringing tone on my phone (answerd by haschi´s) What would you personally like to do in your life? RS: I'm doing everything I want to do. I just want to keep doing it for a long time.   Chicago RS: My kind of town.   Austria RS: We first played Vienna in 1998 at this little club called "Shelter". It was a beautiful city from what I remember. I remember walking down the street looking at the amazing architecture and a bus nearly hit me. On the side of the bus was an advertisement for some play or something called, "Chicago". I thought it would be pretty ironic if I got hit by that bus.   Falling Down RS: Classic flick! Michael Douglas is great in that movie, I enjoy the black humor aspect.   Chicago Bears RS: I'm a third generation Chicago Bears fan. I actually met many legends from the 1985 team, (The greatest NFL team of all time) when I was a kid at an event during the summer of '85.     Al Capone RS: What more needs to be said about Capone? Public enemy number one.   Walter Payton RS: greatest running back of all time.   Willis Tower RS: I will always call it the Sears Tower and it will always be the tallest building in the world to me.   Lincoln Park RS: It's a part of the city full of yuppies and douche-bags that I never go to.   Deep-dish- Pizza RS: Yes, Chicago style deep dish pizza kicks ass, but it is a bit cliche. Actually the South Side of Chicago is more know for ultra thin crust Chicago style pizza. It's cut into small squares, not big, floppy triangles and has a lot of sauce and all the ingredients under the cheese. Highly unknown outside of Chicago and highly underrated.   Craft Beer RS: I'm the wrong guy to ask about craft beer. I rarely even drink. Scott, our bassist is the craft beer expert. To me, it is for hipsters with beards and blogs. When I'm in the mood for a beer, I usually drink mass produced swill like, Coors Light or Corona. If I drink good beer it's Spaten or Dab. But I prefer shitty American beer, ice cold, in a can. Old Style is the shitty Chicago beer by the way.   Steakhouse RS: I used to go to this one great hole-in-the-wall steakhouse out here, but the last few years it started to suck, so I won't promote it.   I don't go to steakhouses anymore. I grill my own meat.   Movie or Series RS: I like the Omen Trilogy, original Star Wars Trilogy, and also movies like Falling Down, Casino, Dawn of the Dead... TV Shows: I like   Twilight Zone, Night Gallery, Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Simpson's Seasons 3-13. ... I don't watch any shows that were made past 1999.     Family RS: the most important thing to me.   Your top 10 all time album faves RS: This is very hard for me because I listen to different music at different times for different reasons. So I will only choose one album by one band.   * this list can change at any time*   10. Manowar "Kings of Metal" 9. Black Sabbath "Master of Reality" 8. Misfits "Walk Among Us" 7. Sodom "Persecution Mania" 6. Slayer "Hell Awaits" 5. Ted Nugent "Ted Nugent" 4. King Diamond "Fatal Portrait" 3. Mercyful Fate "Don't Break the Oath" 2. Celtic Frost "Morbid Tales" 1. Van Halen "Van Halen 1"   Rate your favorite Usurper albums ! RS: My top favorite Usurper releases (not including "Lords of the Permafrost" because it is too new, not including original demo "Visions from the Gods" because it is a demo) 6. Skeletal Season 5. Twilight Dominion 4. Diabolosis 3. Cryptobeast 2. Necronemesis 1. Threshold of the Usurper   The closing word is yours? RS: Thanks for this long, strange interview.  
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