Interview || The one with Phil Bozeman from Whitechapel

U: So, you recently released your latest album, “Mark Of The Blade”. How's the reception been so far?
Phil Bozeman: It's been good, over in Europe it's our best selling album so it's been going really well. People were surprised at first but they warmed up to it and they're actually really enjoying.

U: Your fans were surprised when you announced you'd be doing clean vocals as well... How did that come about?
P. B.: We've been wanting to do it for quite a while, so we figured now it's the time to implement it in and ended up turning out exactly the way we wanted it to. We just went for it and it turned out the way that it did, and we're all very happy with it.

U: And you also released the video for “Bring Me Home”. Was it hard for you to open up and write such personal lyrics? If I'm not mistaken you've done it in the past too, to an extent.
P. B.: This is my outlet for it. It does get emotional but I enjoy sharing it and showing people we're all human. No matter what we do in life, we all go through bad [situations], it's in our lives, you know? It's not necessarily difficult, it's more of a release. A relieving release I would say.

U: The video admittedly hits the viewer hard... I think the song is now a staple in your setlist. How do you feel about performing it every night? Is it a form of catharsis for you?
P. B.: It was intimidating at first because I had never done anything like that before. I got very  comfortable with it and performing it now is a nice change of pace from screaming all the time.

A fan during "Bring Me Home" by J.C.
U: You guys travel across the world to play shows. After the Bataclan attack and the recent events in Europe, do you have a sense of fear when you walk into a venue?
P. B.: I would be lying if I said I didn't, but this is what I do and whenever my time comes, there's nothing I can do about that. There is a little sense of fear everywhere you go; it happened in Paris, it can happen in our hometown, it could happen anywhere in the world. You just hope that you're in the right place at the right time at all times.

U: If you could cast each member of the band as a superhero, who would each member be?
P. B.: I'd be Spiderman because I'm very agile and kind of athletic person, Gabe would be The Hulk for sure, no question about it. Alex would be... (long pause) I guess Nu Guy would be Captain America...

U: Why? I mean, sure, he's a muscular guy but other than that, why?!
P. B.: (laughs) He's muscular, as you said, he works out a lot... Zach would probably be Batman but Alex, I don't know what he could be... I'm trying to think of a superhero that's lazy... I don't know. I'll have to think about that one.

U: OK. But what superpower does your music have?
P. B.: I would say the superpower that it has is to grab people's attention; not being able to look away, have like a hypnotizing thing because of the noises and the types of sounds that are going on. So yeah, I would say hypnosis.

U: What’s your sin?
P. B.: Now, as of late, it’s fitness and getting in shape, getting stronger… I’m working out so that’s where I’ve found myself now.

By J.C.
U: What advice would you give to your 10-year-old self?
P. B.: To not stress about things so much, to not hold on to things so much because life goes on. It’s not always going to be bad.

U: If you woke up one day in the opposite gender’s body, what would be your first reaction?
P. B.: That magic is real? (laughs) I don’t know how I’d be able to perceive that...

U: The plot twist is that you keep your actual head, only the body changes.
P. B.: I don’t think anyone would want someone like that so I would have to try expose myself and get famous from it I guess (laughs)

U: Let’s do some quick-fire questions. Morning bird or night owl?
P. B.: Both. There are periods of my life that I’ll be a night owl, depending on what I’m doing but in general I like to go to bed at a decent hour, get up pretty early and enjoy the day.

U: Favorite word.
P. B.: Pizza

U: Favorite curse word.
P. B.: Probably “fuck”. That’s the most abrasive one.

U: Puns or dirty jokes?
P. B.: Puns, because they’re just corny and stupid. Dirty jokes are funny too but puns, they can be clean or they can be dirty.

U: What’s the weirdest thing a fan has ever done?
P. B.: It’s not necessarily the weirdest but they tried to give me FaceTime with their significant others… Again, it’s not the weirdest, but it’s awkward.

U: Fuck, marry, kill in the band.
P. B.: I would fuck Alex, marry him and then kill him. One guy.

U: What do you want Whitechapel’s legacy to be? 
P. B.: I want us to go down in history as one of the most influential metal bands; be like a staple in the metal world.

U: Final question. If you died today, what song would you like to play at the funeral?
P. B.: Anything off of Slipknot’s “Iowa”.

U: And turn the funeral into a mosh party.
P. B.: Pretty much, yeah. 

U: We're done! Thanks for your time!
P. B.: Thank you!
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