Shane! Hahn sits down with Eerie Von... legendary musician, photographer, artist and creator of the book 'Misery Obscura: The Photography of Eerie Von' in a Horror-Punks.net Exclusive Interview.
H-P: What influenced you to get into photography and how did you go about getting your first bit of gear to do it?
EV: It was a way to be accepted, not get beat up by the football team, and to meet girls. I used my Dad's camera that he got in 1973.
H-P: In 1981, you became the unofficial photographer for The Misfits. How did your relationship with the band come about? And what made you choose them to be your subjects for your art?
EV: They chose me. I was good friends with Doyle and we had class together and he asked me to shoot the band.
H-P: Out of all the years you had followed the original Misfits what would you say is the best moment you witnessed regarding the band?
EV: I liked the fact that they put out their own records, and booked shows. That was unusual for the time, when people worshiped Led Zeppelin, and couldn't see that you could do it on yer own. Best moment, was any moment with my friends. I was just a kid then, and it was all new and exciting.
H-P: Shortly after The Misfits split up, you went from a photographer and drummer in Rosemary's Babies to the drummer then later on the bassist for Samhain. How did you go from taking photos of The Misfits and playing drums in another band to joining Samhain?
EV: Glenn and I became friends and were talking about what we wanted in a Band. We were like minded, and decided we would do a band together. I didn't join Samhain we started the band together.
H-P: Samhain lasted from 1983 to 1987 and then turned into Danzig. Danzig obviously transformed into an mega act once the song 'Mother' hit with the '80's metal scene. What was it like for you to go from small club shows with Samhain to playing major venues across the world in Danzig?
EV: It was a natural progression. I learned how to Tour and it was where I was most comfortable. It was a great gig.
H-P: Through these years you have also captured some great moments and shows on video as well. What is your favorite video you have captured?
EV: I have too many moments captured and not captured to say, some are the moments on the bus, or backstage. We had a lot of fun, and really enjoyed making people happy. It was all a fantastic roller coaster ride.
H-P: Well, since we already asked the favorite video question, what is your favorite photographs you have captured?
EV: Some of the Misfits at the CAVE, and the Irving Plaza in NYC are my favorites.
H-P: After you left Danzig in 1995, you have basically done solo projects of your own starting with your debut album Uneasy Listening. How has doing your own music differ from the rest of your music career?
EV: I miss playing with 3 other guys Live in the studio. It was always great to take a germ of an idea and turn it into a song. Doing it alone is not as much fun.
H-P: Now let's get into current topics. With this very impressive resume of yours it has all led up to 'Misery Obscura', a book compiled of your best photography work from 1981-2009. How did this book come about?
EV: Took 10 years to get it out. Nobody cared. I knew it was a story that needed to be told. I thank Dark Horse for taking a chance on it, and Tom Begrowits for doing the layout and design, he really believed in me and the book.
H-P: What was the hardest part of making the book?
EV: Just trying to see the vision I had in mind come to Life.. Tom and I had many fights over that, but I think we did a good job of it.
H-P: You basically have seen the birth of horrorpunk and documented a great majority of it. Did you ever think The Misfits then would spawn so many great bands off that band and create a whole scene like it did?
EV: No, I don't think anyone thought that far ahead. You just wanted to write songs, put out records, and book shows. It's great that the bands have influenced so many people.
H-P: What is your take on horrorpunk music and/or just music in general today?
EV: I get demos and CDs from bands every day, I think the Punk scene and the music scene in general is alive and well, and I'm glad for that. There's a lot of good shit happening.
H-P: What is your favorite band?
EV: I have too many favorites to name just one.
H-P: And one final question, any thoughts on The Misfits Reunion that took place in 2016?
EV: I'm happy that my friends have put differences aside to go out and make people happy again, for those who never got to see them, and to turn new kids on to great songs and a style that will go on for a very long time.
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