MPR: You're out on Mayhem Festival at the moment, how's it been going so far?
Piggy D: It's great. Lots of fun, great mix of bands, and the weather's on our side today which is nice, so we've got that going for us. It's been a great tour, a lot of fun. It's kind of like summer camp.
MPR: Is there anything you like better about these festivals compared to the usual headlining shows?
Piggy D: It's a little more of a challenge because you kind of have to play as if people aren't there to see you. A lot of them aren't, we just did a meet and greet not too long ago and there were kids that all said this is my first show, so you kind of forget that when you're on big shows like this. It's easy to just do what you do and not think about it, but we have to keep in mind that there's Five Finger Death Punch fans here to see them, and Mastodon fans that are here to see Mastodon, so we have to bring our A game and play as if people have no idea who we are.
MPR: You put out your latest album Venomous Rat Regeneration Vendor back in April. Now that you have so much material plus the new stuff, is it hard to put your set together when you have a shorter set on this tour?
Piggy D: It is. It's hard when you have a catalog like Rob's, there are so many songs people want to hear and if you don't people are gonna be pissed, so when you have a new record you wanna play that new record because it's new, it's fresh, it's exciting, you wanna see what the reaction is with those songs live, but you have to kind of find that balance.
MPR: How's the new record been received live so far?
Piggy D: Great. Great reviews, we're all really happy with it and fans seem to like it. It's a fun record, fun mix.
MPR: I heard that this one might be turned into a movie, do you know if that's something that might happen?
Piggy D: I don't know what he's doing. He's got some concept woven into the fabric of this record but I'm not exactly sure what his idea is. I'm sure there's enough content there for a film at some point.
MPR: You're known for your really crazy stage set up and theatrical live show, how do you put that together?
Piggy D: We all work together to a point. There's a lot of rehearsal. We kinda have our own personalities when it comes to our costumes and stuff like that, so that's the one thing that we don't sit down and design together. But as the tour goes on it kind of evolves, you know Rob will say 'oh this would be cool if we do this or this,' and I'll say 'okay yeah lets try that.' So there's a lot of planning but there's just enough room for us to kind of flex our creative muscles a bit.
MPR: You've got a pretty busy schedule with all of this press and meeting fans, what do you do when you finally get some down time?
Piggy D: I sleep. In fact I just woke up to do this, I was napping between this and the meet and greet. You know you get on a different schedule here, it's not real life. At home you have stuff to do, you wake up at 8 o'clock every day, in bed by 10. Out here I start playing at 10 and I'm not in bed till around 4, so you've gotta adjust.
MPR: Have you done anything fun on your off days?
Piggy D: We went to the Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, that was pretty cool. I hadn't seen that before. I try to visit stuff I haven't been to before if I know there's something I haven't seen I try to work it in. I'm a record store junkie, I love going to record stores, so I'm keeping track of who's still open and trying to get to those.
MPR: What was the last record you bought?
Piggy D: The last was Throbbing Gristle's Greatest Hits.
MPR: Never heard of that one.
Piggy D: Google it!
MPR: What about the first record?
Piggy D: Like ever with my own money?
Piggy D: It was the Dukes Of Hazard theme song 45.
MPR: Very random! So another random question, if you could have any super power, what would it be?
Piggy D: That's a good question. I think I would probably have like either super sensitive hearing or eyesight or something. So I could see really far or hear from really far away, I think that would be pretty cool. And I could eavesdrop which would be awesome.
MPR: You'd probably wanna shut that off sometimes, might not be very fun during your set.
Piggy D: Yeah you'd probably have to turn it off at that point. That would be really loud. As long as I can wear a cape I really don't give a shit.
MPR: I was at the Scranton show, obviously the power went out. You guys played an extra long set and fans were really happy. You have your set list already made, so how'd you end up playing such a long set?
Piggy D: There was no curfew that night, there's a curfew every night.
MPR: Did you add songs last minute?
Piggy D: A little bit yeah, we played around a little bit more. It's very rare that there's no curfew at a venue. They fine you by the minute every minute you go over, so yeah that never happens and we decided to keep playing.