CDM Presents: An Interview with Todd Smith of Dog Fashion Disco

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Brian sits down with vocalist Todd Smith of Maryland experimental metal legends Dog Fashion Disco to discuss their long history of creating boundary pushing music and their new album Cult Classic. Read Brian’s review of the album HERE.

(BL) First of all, thank you for taking your time out to speak with us. We really appreciate it.

Cult Classic to me almost seems like a return to form for you guys, what was the recording process for this album like and what makes it different from previous albums?

(TS) “The recording process for Cult Classic was basically the same approach that we’ve taken for the past 10 to 15 years. Jasan and I usually come up with a bulk of the material that we arrange and everyone gets a copy of that arrangement and writes their own parts to it. The skeleton of basically every song is guitar riffs strung together. The approach stylistically I don’t really think it’s too different from previous releases. We go in with no preconceived style ideas or anything we really want to accomplish. We basically just record the material, whatever that may be that we feel is the strongest.”

(BL) You’ve got your hands in a ton of different projects, Polkadot Cadaver, El Creepo, Dog Fashion Disco, what’s next for you or at least what would you like to be working on next?

(TS) “We will be releasing a new Polkadot Cadaver album fall of 2023. We will also be touring in support of that album all of August and September of next year.

(BL) I’ve personally been a fan for many years, ever since I first heard Committed to a Bright Future. The band has been through a lot since then. What do you think it is that keeps you going?

(TS) “The thing that keeps us going I guess is that we have fun doing it. No matter what bullshit comes our way we usually dust ourselves off and continue at it. We’ve arranged touring and recording and album release schedules to fit everyone’s individual schedules. We’ve learned after all these years that to aid in the continuation of the music and shows, we all have to be somewhat comfortable in the demands of our time and creativity.”

(BL) So you’re playing both Dog Fashion DIsco and Polkadot Cadaver shows over the next 90 days, what cities do you look forward to visiting the most?

(TS) “I’m really looking forward to getting out and playing on the West Coast. It’s been years and I think they’ll be really fun shows and I also love visiting that part of the country.”

(BL) I’m sure you get this a lot but what new bands are you looking forward to hearing from in 2023?

(TS) “To be quite honest I’m not really looking forward to any bands coming out With new material next year. I’m excited to see how the new Polkadot Cadaver album turns out. I’ve grown extremely picky in my musical taste these days. I basically listen to the same things I was listening to in the late 90s and early 2000’s when I was a younger man.”

(BL) How do you consume music these days, digital, CD, Vinyl?

(TS) “I consume music 90% digital and 10% vinyl. I go on long old man walks every day for miles and miles and listen to tunes on my phone to pass the time.”

(BL) With a gun to your head, what band would you choose to take DFD out on tour with?

(TS) “Gun to my head who would I choose to tour with? It would have to be a gigantic band because likely after the tour we would have a shit load more fans. So I would say maybe a giant band like Metallica or Foo Fighters or something like that.”

(BL) Your vocal approach is so different from most other vocalists these days, what music inspires you to write the way you do?

(TS) “I don’t really draw too much inspiration from anything contemporary. I compile shit loads of guitar riffs that I record on my phone along with tons of lyrics that pop into my head I keep a record of in my notes section on my phone. I don’t really know what I’m inspired by these days… maybe just putting out another album and the idea of that is inspiration enough to just get it done.”

Listen to and order Cult Classic:

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