Written by Lauren
Opiate for the Masses, their name
hailing from the philosophy of Karl Marx, boast an
awe-inspiring electronically influenced heavy rock
sound. They stay true to their music and are not corrupted
by the conformity that surrounds them. The live show
is incredible – they involve the spectators
and fans in their performance and are rewarded with
sincere enthusiasm and participation. Warped Tour
allowed me the chance to speak with bassist Ryan Head,
guitarist Jim Kaufman, and drummer, Seven Antonopolous.
Who/What are your major influences?
Ryan: Pink Floyd
Jim: Nine Inch Nails
Ryan: We all like different styles of music which
is cool. When we get into writing we bring our own
influences to the table. It really makes the band
Jim: When we agree on something we know that it’s
definitely good because we all like it. If we don’t
all like it then we don’t use it.
Seven: Which rarely happens actually.
How did the band form?
Seven: About six years ago.
Ryan: Yeah, about six years ago in Phoenix, AZ. There
were a couple different bands we were playing in.
We all just wanted to play with each and thought it
would be better that way. We quit our bands and started
Jim: And the rest is history.
What do you consider to be your
greatest musical achievement?
Seven: The last record we just put out.
Ryan: Yeah, The Spore.
Jim: Our first major distribution through Warcon.
What genre do you consider your
Seven: Industrial Rock or something…Metal.
Jim: Industrial. Whatever genre it is, it’s
a good genre.
Ryan: We’re definitely not Emo.
Jim: We have such a broad range of what we do that
it’s hard to pinpoint one genre.
Seven: Listen and figure it out for yourself.
What’s the bands biggest
Seven: I don’t know. That we didn’t start
earlier I guess…but I’m not sure that
that would have been possible for us.
Jim: If we had started any earlier…we were pretty
young when we started this band already. We pretty
much stand behind anything we’ve ever done.
Could you describe the songwriting
Jim: Very emotional. We use computers mostly to write
and record our ideas and then work things out after
that. It’s easy for us to write with emotion
because we write from the heart and everything’s
about experiences. It’s natural for us.
As a band how do you stay true
to your music and art?
Jim: By staying true to ourselves.
Seven: We do what we want to do – no matter
what we hear.
Jim: We’re influenced by different styles and
bands, but we just continue to do what we want to
What would be your dream line-up?
Jim: Alive or dead? Nine Inch Nails
Ryan: We went on tour with Avenged Sevenfold and My
Chemical Romance…that was a great tour.
Any last comments?
Ryan: Check out the website…opiateforthemasses.com…but
our CD The Spore.
Jim: You can also check us out on Myspace.