DY: Inglewood, South Los Angeles. 310. Always and forever.
Q 2. You've not done many interviews, even less in your original existence...how come? Did the band attempt to keep a mystery around them originally?
DY: Naw, we never really got hit up to do interviews, and if we did, it was in some small fanzines that no one has ever seen.
Q 3. How come you never vouched to play live in your original inception? Was EXCRUCIATING TERROR the primary band to some of the members?
DY: Yea, everyone that was in the band originally (all the "West Side Horizons" recordings) were in other bands so we didnt have a lot of time to even practice that much, let alone play live.
Q 4. On a similar topic, how come you never printed your real names on the original DESPISE YOU records? Or appeared in many photos? Did you get a kick out the fact that some people thought you were members of a notorious gang?
DY: We didnt want to be "members of....bla bla bla", so we didnt print the names. There was plenty of "non-music" related shit going on with us then, though. haha
DY: I guess that's just the vibe we wanted from where we were at around that time. It's kinda the same thing now.
Q 6. What bands were DESPISE YOU members also involved in during your original inception?
DY: EXCRUCIATING TERROR, STAPLED SHUT, CROM, RISE, FELT NUMB.
Q 7. How have the live shows been over the last year or so? What's been the best, and worst, experience so far?
DY: All the shows have been good. Playing 6th street/L.A. was good. A lot of our "friends" were there to dance and help break up fights.
Q 8. How did it come about that Chris Dodge would play bass?
DY: We needed a bass player and since he used to play in STIKKY, we thought he'd be good. Actually, he lit a fire under us to get back together and see what happens. Thanks Chris.
Q 9. When did you first get into hardcore punk? Can you remember the first record you heard, or band you saw live?
DY: For me it was BLACK FLAG "Jealous Again". The first band I saw was a local Inglewood or Lennox band called POLICIA PUTA or something like that, in a garage.
DY: I was skating all the time, the punk rock was just a part of it. My folks didn't give a fuck either way, as long as I stayed out of jail and kept the trespassing tickets to a minimum.
Q 11. What was the scene in Inglewood like in the 90s, around the time DESPISE YOU started?
DY: No punk stuff, there was a couple death metal bands. NECROSIS was a CARCASS-style grind band in like '92. Just gangs, and people with anger management "problems". Inglewood Skate Rats etc. Perfect.
Q 12. How has the area changed over the years? What keeps you in LA?
DY: Things just got more crowded and expensive. Demographics in L.A. neighborhoods seem to be changing a lot recently. All my family and shit is here. I'll be here for a while.
Q 13. What were your favourite power violence bands in the early to mid 90s? Choose a favourite: CROSSED OUT 7", NO COMMENT: Downsided or NEANDERTHAL: Fighting Music, and explain why...
DY: All those are good. The MAN IS THE BASTARD/CROSSED OUT 7" too. The NO COMMENT "Downsided" is my favorite 7" ever. Beginning to end. Everything about that record is perfect. Birth to death in like 6 or 7 minutes. Beautiful.
Q 14. How close do you see skating in terms of a relationship to hardcore? How do you think it's changed over the years? Do you all still skate?
DY: Skating and punk rock. They go hand in hand, you weren't into one and not the other. If you listened to DIO or PINK FLOYD you rode some stupid BMX bike and brushed your hair all day. Stupid. I still feel the same today about it as i did "way back then". I see a lot of hip hop in skating now. Not sure what hip hop and skating have in common though. I guess you can buy both of them at Walmart or something.
Q 15. Who is currently providing female vocals at live shows, still Cynthia from GASP? What happended to Leticia, aka Lulu, the original singer?
DY: Lourdes "Lulu" Hernandez did all the vocals on the "West Side Horizons" stuff. She was in high school at the time. Not sure where she is now. She used Leticia cuz of her sister or something. Cynthia from GASP is doing the vocals for us now. We've all known her a long time, and she "brings it". Plus she's a 310 veteran. Those are always good.
Q 16. What were some of the key hardcore bands that influenced DESPISE YOU?
DY: DRI, LEEWAY, MINOR THREAT, AGNOSTIC FRONT, all the "standards" I guess.
Q 17. Who is your favourite hardcore frontman ever and why?
DY: Probably Rollins, cuz "Damaged" is my favorite punk/hardcore record.
Q 18. Obviously good metal bands were a big influence on DESPISE YOU too. Who are some of your favourite metal bands?
DY: All the L.A. shit. SLAYER, DARK ANGEL, OMEN, BLOODCUM. Then there's POSSESSED, VENOM, CELTIC FROST... all that stuff.
DY: Maybe the metal bands try to be more musical? I don't know. Lyrical content is more "fantasy" related with the heavy metal people.
Q 20. What new records do you have in the works? I hear talks of AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED and CAPITALIST CASUALTIES splits?
DY: We're doing a split LP/CD with AGORAPHOBIC NOSEBLEED called "And On, And On......", 23 or so new songs. It's all recorded except vocals. We hope to do a split with CAPITALIST CASUALTIES also.
Q 21. How did the MAN IS THE BASTARD split LP that was never released come about? Were/are you friends with any of those guys?
DY: MAN IS THE BASTARD asked us if we'd do it and we wanted to. We recorded like 16 songs for it. They recorded their songs, but got side tracked with some stuff, and never put vocals on it. So we put our songs with all our other out of print shit, and that's the "West Side Horizons" CD.
DY: Probably the Fiesta Grande shows. DIVISIA, EXCRUCIATING TERROR, CAVITY, CROM, I think it was in west L.A. It was a good show too. There were a lot in A.A. that I can't remember the specifics on now. LACK OF INTEREST and RORSCHACH out in the valley was rad.
Q 23. What do you think of new bands taking influence from, and covering DESPISE YOU (HATRED SURGE, IN DISGUST etc). Are you surprised by the interest and influence the band has had?
DY: Yea, we're always stoked to see bands covering our songs. Sometimes they do it better than we do. ha
Q 24. Did you ever get to see INFEST? Write a little about why they're so good...
DY: Yea at the Chapalita. Well they were like the first band doing that stripped down "powerviolence" type stuff!
DY: I like "Dealing With It" the most. I've seen them a few times. Nursing Home Blues...
Q 26. Any last words?
DY: Thanks for the support.