Another exclusive interview for our Webiste. This time with the ex-Grey Daze, Chester Bennington's personal friend and owner of Club Tattoo, Sean Dowdell. Hope you enjoy it.
We share with you once again, an interview, exclusive for Latin America. This time with the Ex-Grey Daze, Chester Bennington's personal friend, and Club Tatoo owner: Sean Dowdell.
We hope you like it.
Sean Dowdell is today better known as Club Tatto's successful owner, an enterprise that often teams with Linkin Park and even offered a tattoo discount for LPU members during the LPUX season.
Sean Dowdell was also who participated and headed the band that first started as an underground friends project and eventually reached the national success.
“Sean Dowdell And His Friends” was Chester Bennington's first musical project as a singer, during those days a few demo recordings came up from that initial project.
After a while the project changed its name into Grey Daze, and after 4 years as an active and booming band, they suddenly broke up, and after that, Chester passed to Xero, which became Hybrid Theory and then Linkin Park, but, I guess you already know that story...
He was the drummer at both bands, they recorded a Demo Cassette under the band name “Sean Dowdell and his Friends”, using the same name for the record title. It was produced by Robert Rogers and Tony Dimaria in 1992, you can download the demos by clicking HERE.
Thereafter, the band changed its name into Grey Daze and released two records that were called “Wake Me” and “No Sun Today”. They first had some interesting numbers at the record sales, but “No Sun Today” was the record that gave them a real national fame. Sadly for the project, they suddenly separated. See both album covers HERE and HERE.
Now, we show you the interview that we made with the leader of Chester Bennington's Ex-Band, Sean Dowdell.
First of all Sean, thanks for this amazing opportunity.
What are your musical influences?
"My biggest incluences were Depeche Mode, The cure, Sisters Of Mercy at the time we were playing."
What motivates you to be a musician?
"I always loved music and writing songs and performing in front of crowds."
Let's talk about the past, Grey Daze. I'm a big fan, i have the Original CDs and as i'm a lot of people love the band and want to know a lot of stuff...
Apart from Sean Dowdell And His Friends and Grey Daze, which other bands you were a part of?
"Chester and I had an electronic experiement that was a heavy industrial sounding project called Sac, we only did 1 demo and I have not idea where it even it, that was pretty cool. Other than that I was in a band alled Waterface after Grey Daze broke up and we were signed to EMI and put out 1 record called seven days."
Is amazing! I would like to know more about SAC. Any Artwork to share or at least the name of the Demo?
"No it was really only something we did for a few months an wrote about 4 or 5 songs. We never played any shows or anything but the concept was cool."
How did you get Chester into your band "Sean Dowdell & His Friends"?
"It started out as a joke and at the time we couldn't think of a name so I shouted something stupid out and it we all laughed and used it for about a year or so as the name. none of us took it very sriously, but with a voice like Chesters of course we had a following pretty quickly."
How was your relationship with Chester Bennington?
"We were best friends for a long time, he was always like my little brother and I was very protective of him as my friend. I would like to think that I had a very large impact on him as a friend."
You can tell me your own Grey Daze story? The best, the most funny would be awesome.
"I remember one time we played a small club and had some experimental lighting stuff on the stage and somehow in the middle of the song the motor of the lights, trapped chesters mic chord and wound it up tight. So rather than give up Chester sat indian style on the stage and sang into the ground for an entire song until we could get the mic unraveled. I know I have many more stories but that came to mind first."
Do you think that Grey Daze had projection to be a world famous band?
"Yes, we had no doubt that we had the songs and the product to be a good national band. The band ripped apart right when we had serious traction and radio play etc."
Are there any unknown or unreleased demos/songs of "SD&HF" or "Grey Daze"?
"I am sure that there are a couple of other demos out there, they are untitled of course,"
What was the biggest show Grey Daze played?
"We played quite a few big shows. At the end of the band we were drawing 1500-2000 people ourselves, but the biggest show I can remember was the Super Bowl Party in Az with No Doubt and Bush. i think there were 15k people there or something like that."
Is there a possibility for some "Bucket of Weenies" shows? maybe also outside the US?Possibly, Chester and I really still love playing together and talk about it every once
in a while. We are just so busy but I do think it will happen in the next couple of years.
Talking about Bucket of Weenies, bring to my mind, Club Tattoo, how borns this amazing Club ?
We started Club Tattoo in 1995 in the height of the band days with expectations to help pay our bills when we were on the road. We had no idea it would become so huge.
There will be some projects between Club Tattoo and Linkin Park in the future?
Of course, we will have them in the shop doing autograph signing in the stores and hopefully something cooler later on...
You heard the last Linkin Park Album Living Things?
Of course, I love it.
If so / What do you think about this Album, and what is your favorite Song?
I don't have a favorite, I listen to it as an album when I'm working out and different songs have different values to me.
I think that Linkin Park is the hardest working band in the world. A lot of people ask me if I am upset or jealous that Chester is doing so well or they think that I wish it was me. That couldn't be further from the truth. i am one of his biggest fans/supporters. Those guys work their asses off and were literally willing to sleep in their cars, that is why they made it. They eat and breathe writing music and deserve very ounce of success that they get and I am proud of all of them.
That's all Sean.