INTERVIEW: Robby Anderson of Despised Virtue

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Today, I had the honor of interviewing Robby Anderson, lead vocals for the band Despised Virtue. An amazing 5-piece band out of Knoxille, TN, I decided to get to know Robby better and learn about the band, inspirations, personal feelings, and his guilt pleasures.

 

NT: So you do vocals for Despised Virtue. Do you do both clean and screams?

Robby: I sing and scream, but we have recently added a clean vocalist to make it easier for me
live.

NT: I understand. Doing both can have a extreme toll on your voice and make it hard to perform
longer sets.

Robby: Yeah.

NT: Tell me about life as a musician.

Robby: It’s hard, not easy at all, people think we make all this money, but we really don’t
make anything XD we make enough to eat for a day but we do it for the fans so thats all that
matters.

NT: That is what making music is about. Making something that people will love for a lifetime.

Robby: Indeed it is.

NT: So do you have any upcoming projects you would like to tell us about?

Robby: I have a small little project called “Tonight The Skies” with my friend Tobias we are
working on more calmer music. Besides that DV is writing the same old heavy style of music.

NT: Sounds awesome. One thing I’ve wondered is where the name Despised Virtue came from. Was
there a story behind that or was it just random?

Robby: Despised Virtue was kind of random but at the same time it was very thought out. It
means “hating morals.” I chose DV because today’s morals are corrupt and wrong and my music is
all about correcting those wrongs.

NT: So would you say your music might be classified as somewhat politically charged because of
the purpose?

Robby: Not at all. I would say it’s more personal with the fans because they all live in this
corrupt society and can relate to what I’m saying.

NT: I agree with that. Society is on a fast track to nowhere. I’m happy to see people wanting
to fix it. So, my personal favorite track from you guys is “The Challenger.” Is there a story
and meaning behind this track?

Robby: The Challenger is about personal conflicts within yourself, whether it be a hard
choice, or a life making choice. It’s also about how the government hides many things from us
and has more internal conflicts than we can ever know.

NT: I can pick up the personal conflict side of it. Especially through the video you guys
released for it. Who came up with the idea for your video?

Robby: Etienne Sin, our producer for the video, wrote the story line according to the song’s
meaning.

NT: It was a well produced video. Can you explain the story within the video for those who
can’t tell?

Robby: The video explains that a character (the female) is lost within herself and is deep in
thought trying to understand her meaning and what she stands for. She can’t hear the opinions
and judgment of others because she is oblivious to the world, hence why I’m screaming in her
ear and she does not respond.

NT: Very powerful. I feel a lot of people can relate to that feeling of being lost and trying
to find their place in this world. On the subject of fans relating, do you have any fan
stories you keep near and dear?

Robby: I do actually. A while back I had a fan tell me my music gave them substance and
purpose and that it gave them motivation to start a band. It made me feel like I’m reaching
people just a little.

NT: Sounds like this fan made as much an impact on you as your music did them.

Robby: Indeed it did.

NT: Do you have any inspirations?

Robby: Yes I do. My biggest inspiration for screaming comes from Oli Sykes and Danny Worsnop.
A lot of people will hate that but they really got me into the “core” genres. For music in
general Journey, Aerosmith, and Slipknot are my inspirations.

NT: Oli and Danny would be happy to hear that. I feel like the core genres are hated because
people just need something to hate and it is different and strange to them. Something I want
to ask just out of curiosity is your opinion on Mitch Lucker. This is a random question, but I
saw you labeled your song The Challenger “deathcore” on the download page. Seeing how Suicide
Silence is deathcore, what is your opinion on him and how did you feel when he died last
November?

Robby: Mitch’s death was terrible for me. I loved him a lot but everything happens for a
reason. The Challenger is not deathcore. I’m not sure why it was labeled as that, it is
metalcore.

NT: I wondered that myself. It didn’t sound anything like deathcore. So what bands got you
into the metalcore genre other than BMTH and Asking Alexandria?

Robby: Well it started with Slipknot and SOAD. Of course they aren’t “core” but they opened my
mind to more genres. Pretty much BMTH Asking Alexandria were my intro to the “core.” I got
into Escape the Fate, Scary Kids Scaring Kids, Chiodos, Alesana, From First to Last, etc. More
of the Post-Hardcore, “emocore” stuff. Then i got more into the heavier stuff like Suicide
Silence, Suffokate, Devil Driver, etc.

NT: Sounds pretty diverse. I hear elements of all those bands come out, but you still have
your own unique sound that can be built upon in the future. To me, I also hear sounds similar
to Killswitch Engage in your music. Are they a band that you listen to a lot or is this merely
coincidence?

Robby: Coincidence. I honestly only like there dio cover. I’m not a fan of their sound. Great
band though. I guess the biggest thing that got me into “core” was the fact that it was
different and I’ve always been the quiet shy kid in school, the different one. I have a love
for the music so deep that if I ever lose that feeling I might just die.

NT: I know that feeling all too well. And I was the same kid in school. Still am even in
college. Music is like a life force to a lot of people, especially the musicians. Now, do you
have any guilty pleasure music you listen to? The kind of music that you would never want
people to know about?

Robby: Well I guess you could say it’s a guilty pleasure, I listen to Adam Lambert. I really
enjoy his music.

NT: No shame there. I like some songs. Back to inspirations for a moment, if you had to pick 3
songs each from these bands that you love the most, what songs would they be?
Asking Alexandria, Journey, Slipknot

Robby: Hmmm. Tough one.
Asking Alexandria: Nobody Don’t Dance No More, Breathless, Not The American Average
Journey: Wheel In The Sky, Don’t Stop Believing, Faithfully
Slipknot: Before I Forget, Eyeless, Spit It Out

NT: Very nice. All amazing songs. Is there any band out there today that you feel shouldn’t
have the fame they have? For example, some people say groups like BOTDF are undeserving
because they have no meaning. What is your opinion on bands or groups that don’t deserve the
fame they get?

Robby: I think everyone deserves the fame they have, because obviously they have done
something to get it. Fame and musical success isn’t just handed to you. So BOTDF has my
respect. They may make music that I don’t appeal to but everyone has an opinion.

NT: Major respect there. I talk shit about them a lot, but you have a great point there. This
is a three part question.
A: If there was any band you would love to tour with, who would it be and why?
B: What about a specific major tour you would love to be on?
C: Any bands you want to collab with?

Robby: I would love to tour with The Plot In You. I love the aggressive style with a real
meaning. I would love to be on Warped Tourm. That’d be sick. And I’m collabing with a few
small bands right now, but I’d love to collab The Plot In You or Issues.

NT: Warped Tour. I’d pay just to see you guys. And some great choices there. You said you are
currently collabing with some small bands. Can you tell us who they are and what you are
working on with them?

Robby: Well, I’m doing some guest vocals for a few bands, one which I will make public is for
a band called Welcome to the Gates. It should be fun. We also have Kaleb Carringer from 1000
Plane Raid doing some guest vocals with us.

NT: Well, glad to know fans of New Transcendence and DV got the news hear first of your guest
appearance with WTTG. And I’m sure they are looking forward to new music. One last question I
have. If you could be signed with any major label, who would it be and why?

Robby: Well that’s a good question, That’s when the business side of music comes in. I have
done much research on major labels and have been on one in the past. I would love to be on
Epitaph because they’re legendary for having the best of the best. But in reality terms, Rise
Records would be my home. They do a lot for their bands.

NT: What major label were you signed to?

Robby: My past band was on Fearless Records.

NT: Now that is amazing. What was the band?

Robby: Set To Fall. We weren’t one of those big popular bands, but we were one of the direct
support bands.

NT: I’ve actually heard of Set To Fail. And I see. Well, Robby, this was an amazing time. I’m
very honored to have you be the first person I interview. I hope I can interview you again
soon. Good luck with your music. Anything you wanna say to the fans?

Robby: Thanks man! Been a pleasure! Look forward to reading what you post and I just want to
say: No matter what people tell you, you’re beautiful, and I love every one of you with the
deepest, most respectful passion.

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