Drummer machine Paul Mazurkiewicz of death metallers Cannibal Corpse caught up with me while out at the band’s Hollywood stop on the current tour. They discussed the upcoming holiday season along with the good and the bad effects of the interviewing process and what the fans can expect from an overall Cannibal Corpse slaughter fest if not having already experienced one.
How was your Thanksgiving?
It was pretty uneventful but it was good. We had a day off after having 14 shows in a row. When out on the road I’m not with my family. So it was just another day but the fact that we had a day off was nice.
Looking forward to the remaining holiday season?
Of course we’ve been very busy while on this tour. We’re ending just before Christmas and everyone will be getting home in time for the holidays so they’ll be able to spend time with their family and loved ones so we’re all looking forward to that.
What do you hope to find underneath the Christmas tree come Christmas morning?
I don’t even know anymore. For me I don’t want anything or need anything. I want to see my family, see my wife and daughter and can’t wait for that. That’s the most important thing to me.
What about your latest record, what can be said about it that hasn't been covered?
I don’t know, good question really. It’s a great record I think - we felt that we did good job on it. Eric doing the best he can to produce it. We’re happy it’s doing so well and we’re out on the road doing better than we ever have been so it’s a good feeling all around.
Out of all the members of Cannibal Corpse, who goes the longest without showering?
(Laughs) Probably George, sometimes most of us it’s hard to do because you go and shower the night before a show and then have to go and shower again afterwards – so it’s like pointless. I think it would be a safe answer to say though that George is indeed the one that’s gone the longest without showering. There are going to be days where all of us play not showering and then some where we have showered. I would hope I’m somewhat clean so I would wait it out after a while before needing to shower so it happens.
What have been your best and worst interview/fan experiences?
Ya know I guess the interviews would be hit and miss. The most we do is being one of those (a hit) and some are like the ones where they don’t even know who you are. It seems like I have some knowledge of who I’m going to talk to, but those are the types are the ones that seem the most pointless. As for fans 99% of the fans are great and down to earth who just want to meet you and have a good time and then get some that don’t know when to keep their mouth shut. You got to take the good with the bad with the business we’re dealing with here.
You've toured with pretty much everybody, who do you prefer touring with the most?
We have toured with a lot of bands and befriended a lot as well. That is also a hard question to answer. We’ve toured with so many but as us being fans of music we full filled our dream of getting to tour with Slayer and watch them perform every night was awesome and we’d love to do that again.
What's it like going back to being a support act after so many years as a headliner?
It’s a little different as well. We’ve done headlining since the beginning but at the same time we’re one of the biggest death metal bands around so we look at it as expanding the fan base as much as possible. Like we are today, this tour is a combination so we got more an eventful chance. We’re not use to doing this type of thing but we’ll do it whenever we can and make it work.
Is it difficult deciding which songs to play as you have such a large catalog of music?
There are of course the main songs that we’d “have to” perform and then there are the ones that we can toss to the side that wouldn’t matter as much as the main ones do. If we didn’t perform such songs as “Hammer Smash Face”, then we’d be facing a problem. I don’t think I could go without playing that song either way.
Who does most of the interviews while out on the road, and who do you usually get guys or girls or is it even?
It’s mostly me or Alex. George does a bunch as well. Unusually us three it’s always a mix. I’d say 60% male and 40% female it’s not like we’re just sticking with just females or just males. Everybody has their share.
Anything else you'd like to add?
Thanks for the support of death metal and Cannibal Corpse. If it wasn’t for you guys we wouldn’t be here today so keep it brutal!