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How long have you been in the music industry?
Chuck hillyard:32 years,Sean Watson:25 yrs. Zakk Hillyard:11 years Karl Hasse: 16 Years.
How long have you been performing under your present name?
My son and i have had Inner Demons for over 10 years now. Sean Watson: I’ve been with Inner Demons for a little over a year. Karl:2 1/2 years.
Where did you grow up?
Sean:Jacksonville, FL (Westside Baby), Chuck:Jacksonville, Zakk: Jacksonville Karl: Benton, KY (Not metal friendly)
What in that era shaped your musical development?
Chuck:Southern Rock and Early Thrash metal! Sean:Lynyrd Skynyrd, 38 Special, Molly Hatchet, and Stevie Stiletto were some of the bands from this area that helped shape my development and early influences from our home town. Karl: 80’s thrash and 90’s groove Zakk: All of the amazing musicians that my father. (Chuck) introduced me too. Including my dad himself I always looked up to him.
Who are your major influences?
Chuck: Slayer Anthrax Motorhead Death Angel. Sean:Slayer, Megadeth, Motley Crue, The Ramones, Black Flag. Lamb of God!!! Karl: Pantera, Metallica, Slayer, and the Black Dahlia Murder Zakk: My dad is a major influence. Also Cliff Burton, Phil Lennot, Dimebag Darrell, and Victor Wooten.
How old were you when you started following a musician’s path?
Chuck: 11 Sean:13 Karl: 16 Zakk, I started playing guitar when I was 8, then started bass at 11.
Who are the members of your band and what are their musical backgrounds?
Chuck Hillyard: Lead Guitar. Numerous local bands including Stepchild Stars and
Bars band, Stevie Stilleto. Sean Watson (Rhythm Guitar) Played drums in school band then in
a few garage bands in the 90’s then played guitar in local band Kilo- Kahn before joining Inner
Demons. Zakk (Bass)Inner Demons, Tree of Life Karl (Vocals) Numerous bands as guitar, I
also run a studio, and sang as a bass in high school choir. LP: Drums. Former member of
Yellowcard for 18 years.
Tell me a funny story that has happened to you.
My first headline show with Inner Demons we were playing at Jack Rabbits here in town and during our set I put my leg on the monitor and my pants split right in the crotch!!!! Everyone in the front got to look at my boxersthe rest of the night.
Where would you like to be in five years?
With Inner Demons on a world tour, and hopefully playing at Download and other European festivals along the way.
What inspires you to write?
The news, movies or just jamming with the guys coming up with new ideas. Chuck: a little of everything for me! Karl: Lately the news, its just so negative and slanted. Nobody can give just facts. Zakk: My day to day life with my family and friends inspire me right… and hard times make great songs.
What is your philosophy on life and how does it affect your music?
Sean: I believe that we are fucked as a society and until we throw out the regime in power it will never change. It definitely pushes my mood on how I write riffs. Karl: From Scarface “Don’t waste my motherfucking time!” Zakk: Life will sometimes deal you a bad hand, but no matter what keep with it. Cause what doesn't kill or break you will make you better.
Please add the names of the places you have played and the city they are in.
Mavericks (Jacksonvile) Freebird Live (Jacksonville Beach) 1904 Music Hall (Jacksonville) Jack Rabbits (Jacksonville) Hourglass Pub (Jacksonville) Roadhouse (Orange Park, FL) DeLand Music Fest
(DeLand, Fl) Central Florida Metal Fest (Edgewater, FL.) Limes Live (Jacksonville).
Do you have any causes that tug at your heart strings, or that you support? Abused pets, world
peace organization, save the whales, etc…
As a band we have supported K9 for Warriors.
Please tell me about your performance schedule and new releases.
We have our last show for the year on Dec. 16th at The Haven Lounge in Winter Park, FL. We are really excited this is our first trip into the Orlando market and look forward to more shows down there. After that we are planning a tour after the first of the year to support Feel the Cold which was released on Oct.21st 2016. You can hit us up for booking or just to check out what we have coming up on Facebook.