DEVIL'S ISLAND featuring Eight.Fold.Path
Welcome to this weeks edition of Devil's Island! Every week we maroon a band or artist on the island and see what they get up to, how they cope with being all alone on a small island in the middle of the ocean. It's not your average desert island and we'll see just how each person copes with the extreme conditions.
This week when we arrived at Devil's Island we find Eight.Fold.Path sat on the beach. The island is far from his home, so how did he end up here and how did he cope with life on Devil's Island?
Find out now...
Welcome to The Razors'e Edge and our somewhat lovely, warm desert island. Don't worry about it's name I'm sure it's not as bad as that would suggest.
I’ve always wanted my own island! Let’s go!
So you're marooned here on this island, but before you ended up shipwrecked you chose one album that you couldn't live without. Which album did you each chose and why?
Ooh, that’s so tough. Is there any one album I’d want to listen to exclusively? I don’t know… my first instinct would be to skip the albums and grab my guitar! But if I HAD to choose, it’d probably be Steve Reich’s Music for 18 Musicians: it’s long, with a lot of different sections, it’s rhythmically interesting, but also super meditative, so it could work for a lot of moods! If I were limited to metal, it’d have to be Meshuggah’s Catch 33, for all the same reasons!
Just behind that palm tree is a shack for each of you to stay in, with enough space for you to put up a poster on the wall of one album cover. What album cover do you each chose?
Coincidentally, the above-mentioned Catch 33 is awesome, as is the cover for Music for 18 musicians! Otherwise I’d go with Bowie’s Blackstar, totally iconic.
There's also a bar on this here island. But alas each of you only get to choose one drink for the entirety of your stay. What's your tipple of choice?
On a deserted island? Clean water please! lol But say there was a sweet waterfall and pool nearby (there always is in TV shows and movies, right?) then lemon-lime Gatorade. Gotta replace those electrolytes!
Your suitcases were lost when your ship sank, but you managed to salvage one item of band merch. What’s the merch and for what band?
If not my own, then my original Judas Priest Defenders of the Faith tour shirt. It’s red, and I look terrible in red, but it’s a freaking awesome shirt! I’d probably hang it on the wall next to the album cover.
You’re sat on the island thinking “I’m stuck here on this island with my bandmates for eternity”… who would you rather have been shipwrecked with?
Well, Eight.Fold.Path is a solo project, and I’m totally chill on my own, but I’d super miss my girlfriend/partner. Honestly, being trapped in a deserted island with her sounds pretty awesome!
There's a walkman in your pocket, on the tape inside is the recording of the one live show that stands out for you. It could be any show, from any band, anywhere in the world. What show is on that walkman?
Oh, so many possibilities again… how about the original cast of Hamilton at the Richard Rogers theater? No? Not a band? Okay… how about, any Sevendust show pre-2008, any Rush show post-1980, or any Monuments show, well, ever. Also, where did I find a working Walkman? That’s pretty awesome by itself!
You're getting desperate, you decide the only course of action is to put a message in a bottle and hope someone finds it. Your message could be to any member of any band, but should be the most suitable for a rescue attempt. Who is it?
Doc Coyle of Bad Wolves/God Forbid. He’s a great dude, empathetic and pragmatic, and he knows what it’s like to be lost and find your way back. Ooh, that got all metaphorical, didn’t it?
You've been stuck here for a while and food supplies are running low. There's only one thing for it... which fellow band member gets sacrificed to help the others survive?
Umm, well… there’s only me, so, ummm... Knowing me though, I’ll have avoided eating bugs or shellfish before now, so I can always add that to the menu!
Finally, when the ship sank you each managed to save one person from the wreckage. That person is the one musician that has influenced your career the most, shaped your way of thinking and your outlook on life. Who did you save?
Devin Townsend. It’s meant a lot to me to see a solo artist just follow his creativity wherever it takes him, while being fairly open about his mental health struggles. That hits home for me, and he’s a huge inspiration on a personal level. Plus, he’d be an awesome hang, and we’d make some killer music on coconuts and tree trunks!
Thanks for your time. I hope island life treats you well!
I see a boat on the horizon… we’re saved! Wait… does it say “Dharma Initiative” on the side…?