An Interview with Richard Bacchus!
January 17, 2015
Richard Bacchus is best known for being a member of DGeneration and when he played a solo show in Baltimore on January 17, 2015 I had a few minutes to chat with Richard before his set.
Rock N Roll Experience: Is DGeneration releasing new music any time soon?
Richard Bacchus: We have a 10 inch coming out soon. I’m not sure exactly when it’s going to come out but it should be out in the next couple of months. We finished recording it and it’s being mixed right now.
Rock N Roll Experience: Is there a title?
Richard Bacchus: I can’t remember the songs we’ve done, it’s been such a blur. It doesn’t have a title just yet.
Rock N Roll Experience: Will DGeneration do any touring in 2015?
Richard Bacchus: I’m not sure, everything is kind of up in the air right now, we are still figuring stuff out.
Rock N Roll Experience: Are you releasing a solo record with your current project?
Richard Bacchus: Yes. I have one in the can and I’m just finalizing the mixes. I’m not sure how I’m going to put it out right now because to me it doesn’t really make sense to put out albums anymore and I don’t see the point in having a CD so.... We have a 7 inch coming out in May with The Silver Dollar Switch Blades, I’m doing 2 songs on one side and they are doing 2 on the other side.
Rock N Roll Experience: Do you still enjoy playing with DGeneration?
Richard Bacchus: Yeah, we have a great time, alot of fun. It’s a really fun bunch of musicians and we all respect each other and it’s alot of fun. Howie Pyro is one of my favorite bass players to play with, Michael is super cool, Danny’s energy is great, Jesse’s just incredible and it’s a fun band, we have a really good time when we get together and it finally happens. Alot of times we have static with the production of getting together...we are a hard headed bunch of people .
Rock N Roll Experience: Do you feel like the business killed DGeneration?
Richard Bacchus: I don’t think the business killed it, I mean to some extent it did because we were in a very weird time when we first came out where the business was changing so much, the labels were disintegrating and in my mind we were probably one of the last bands that ever got a million dollar deal and that’s when it all started coming down and it was a wild time in music where we could come out. Looking back it’s cool that we influenced all of those other bands that came out and I don’t know what killed it but we definitely had a strong hand in killing it (laughs).
Rock N Roll Experience: What do you think of modern music?
Richard Bacchus: I’m always up for new music, I mean I’m always listening to new stuff, there’s a great scene here (Baltimore), everywhere I go there’s a great scene, there’s bands in Asbury Park I’ve become really good friends with, it’s always happening, there’s always something great going on and generally I just love music and I’m not really picky about what it is.
Rock N Roll Experience: So what does the future hold for Richard Bacchus?
Richard Bacchus: My life is kind of turning upside down right now, I’m going through some personal stuff, I mean nothing super, super heavy, but I’m trying to figure out my situation and I’m going to try and release stuff and trying to get out and play more, I wanna get back over to Europe and do some stuff over there. I’ve got a full album worth of stuff recorded but I don’t know how I’m going to release it, like I said, I have this 7 inch thing and I think I’m going to do more things like that. I’m really excited about getting the new material out there.
Rock N Roll Experience: Do you have any questions for me?
Richard Bacchus: I’d like to ask, what is it with you and Lady Gaga? I read the interview you did with Michael Monroe and you mentioned her.
Rock N Roll Experience: Have you ever seen her live?
Richard Bacchus: No, I have not seen her live but I love her stuff, I think she’s awesome.
Rock N Roll Experience: She has a full live rock band with her and it’s a big rock show when you see her.
Richard Bacchus: I mean, the stuff she’s done, she’s done like tributes to Jayne County and stuff...I used to play guitar for Jayne County and Jayne is basically my mother.
Shortly after our chat Richard went on stage for an emotional, intense, and heart felt performance that took what he’s known for in DGeneration and stripped it down to bare singer/songwriter styled acoustic music.
Some of the lyrics Richard sang reminded me what love is about, how crushing heartache can be, and how life is all about living in the now. On a lyrical level, the words Richard sang evoked emotions and I was definitely impressed with his one man performance.