Heart of Rock interview: Martin Sweet & Simon Cruz. Guitarist & Vocalist. CrashDiet.

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Swedish sleaze metal/glam punk band CrashDïet rocked the floorboards off the DNA Lounge in San Francisco on Monday, March 25. DGT&G sat down with guitarist Martin Sweet and frontman Simon Cruz before the show and talked about life on the road, the need for rock ‘n’ roll, songwriting, the stories behind the lyrics … and, of course, we asked them the Heart of Rock questions. Stay tuned for the full interview, which we’ll post in a couple of weeks. In the meantime, read on for insights into why these men traded a stable life and paycheck for a life in rock music … and check out photos from the DNA Lounge show (teaser: Simon climbed into the rafters).

From now until the end of time (or until too many people die for us to continue), DGT&G will be interviewing rock ‘n’ roll artists—famous, not-famous, and the vast numbers in between—and asking each the same five questions. Over time, their answers will become a repository of the heart of why people play rock music. Read on and enjoy …

Martin Sweet 

Martin Sweet, performing with CrashDiet at the DNA Lounge, San Francisco, 25 March 2013

Martin Sweet, performing with CrashDiet at the DNA Lounge, San Francisco, 25 March 2013

DGT&G: Why do you play rock music?

Martin Sweet: Because I can’t do anything else.

DGT&G: That leads us into question two. What else could you see yourself doing?

MS: Nothing.

DGT&G: Do you have any regrets about taking this path?

MS: Well, I’ve questioned it many times, when it comes to finances. But in the end, I get up on stage and its fuckin’—it’s the life I wanna live. It kinda doesn’t matter, you know, if I’m rich. [Laughs]

DGT&G: What is your favorite part about creating and playing rock music?

MS: I think when you finalize a song and you get a great reaction from the other guys in the band. That’s killer.

DGT&G: Who would be in your dream rock band?

MS: I don’t know. Probably Paul Stanley from the ’80s. Mick Mars from the ’80s. [Laughs] Ginger Baker from Cream. He’s still good these days; he’s like 70. Let’s see, a bass player—Gene Simmons is a quite underrated bass player. He’s quite good actually, so I’d choose him as a bass player, minus the personality. [Laughs] Yeah.

DGT&G: So you’re not in this band?

MS: Oh sure, why not.

 

Simon Cruz

Simon Cruz, performing with CrashDiet at the DNA Lounge, San Francisco, 25 March 2013

Simon Cruz, performing with CrashDiet at the DNA Lounge, San Francisco, 25 March 2013

DGT&G: Why do you play rock music?

Simon Cruz: It’s just a natural expression of rebellion for me. I think for a lot of people right now in Sweden it’s kind of like, becoming mainstream, rock music. So I don’t think the kids feel like it’s rebellion to them. I don’t know. For me, it still is and has always been since my childhood. Just the expression of the frustration and the anger, and the things you feel in life. It’s just a great way to express yourself and to get rid of all the shit. And it’s fun.

DGT&G: What else could you see yourself doing?

SC: Well, I have worked before with electricity and stuff like that, connecting light bulbs, and I still think it’s quite fun. [Laughs] I wouldn’t want to do it full time, but, like, some parts here and there.

DGT&G: Do you have any regrets about taking this path?

SC: No.

DGT&G: What is your favorite part about creating and playing rock music?

SC: I guess it’s the—when you go out on tour, with a new record, stuff like that. And when you write songs, like a whole—it’s kind of like a magical moment when you create something together. You’re just high for the rest of the day. And you show it to the guys—it’s the best.

Martin Sweet: And the reaction from the fans when you’re on tour, with new songs, it’s quite exciting to hear, because I’m singing along with fresh songs.

DGT&G: Who would be in your dream rock band?

SC: I think I would have the rhythm section from Led Zepplin, Bonham and John Paul Jones. Maybe Keith Richards. I would have Steven Tyler playing harmonica.

MS: Sidekick. [General laughter]

SC: And Martin on guitar. And I would sing.

Coming up … a review of The Savage Playground and a full-length interview with Martin and Simon … staying sane (or not) on tour … the stories behind the lyrics … their best Spinal Tap moments … and more!

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