When witnessing Jeremy Spencer’s diabolical “Devil Daddy” persona that the rocker uses to front his current band, Psychosexual, it seems clear that the former Five Finger Death Punch drummer doesn’t really care what his detractors might say about him.
Still, the musician put that untroubled attitude into words during a chat with rock interviewer Belgian Jasper that emerged on YouTube last month. Ahead of the July release of Psychosexual’s new album, Unholy Hymns for the Children, Spencer revealed just how he got such thick skin.
Watch the video down toward the bottom of this post.
“I’m the type of person that I have read comments in the past,” the Psychosexual frontman admitted. “I came from one of the most hated bands of the past two decades in Five Finger Death Punch. So I’ve heard every possible hate that you can come up with — there’s nothing I can be told that’s gonna faze me one bit.” [via Blabbermouth]
After all, the musician continued, we live in a time “where pretty much everything that comes out by everyone is hated on by at least some group of people. That’s the new way things work. They get the stimulation from doing that; they get the hate juice, it’s exciting for them, so, good — we gave them something to work with.”
But that doesn’t mean there isn’t an audience out there for Psychosexual’s music. That’s something else Spencer has come to learn.
“There’s also people that do want something different and like theatrical stuff and stuff that’s tongue-in-cheek, there’s an audience for that,” he explained. “There’s also bonehead metal guys, there’s hard rock people, there’s slots for everyone. And we do eclectic music, so somebody will find something they like within this collection of songs, I’m pretty sure. And if they don’t, hey, that’s fine.”
Very fine, indeed. Because not every music fan has to like every new project that comes out. Yet, as Spencer has shown, there are still plenty willing to give something different a shot. Either way, it doesn’t appear that the Devil Daddy has any urge to prove himself — at least not again.
“I’ve had a lot of success with Five Finger Death Punch,” Spencer added. “I’m extremely grateful for that opportunity. It afforded me a great life with a lot of great experiences, touring, headlining arenas all over the world — that’s a rarity. That’s winning the lottery, once in a lifetime, if you’re lucky. I did that.”
The musician also stated that he’s “empathetic” with those who leave negative comments online before adding, “Nobody that’s happy or successful would spend their time on a message board dogging somebody else. Do you think [Metallica drummer] Lars Ulrich gets on message boards and dogs people? No, he doesn’t. He does not give a fuck. So what you think about me is none of my business. I make music for me. If you like it, great. If you don’t, great.”
Spencer and FFDP parted ways in December 2018. He started Psychosexual not long after, releasing a debut album called Torch the Faith. However, he has since scrubbed Psychosexual’s early material from the internet, starting anew with Unholy Hymns and the recent single “Devil From Hell.”
Jeremy Spencer (Psychosexual, Five Finger Death Punch) Interview – May 13, 2021
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