It’s been fun to watch many of the valley’s teen musicians (my contemporaries, more or less) grow up and expand their musical talents. Jaxon Fischer started out with thrash-titans Instigator, and is now playing bass for glam-gladiators Fever Dog, whose new album Alpha Waves is slated for a Friday, Nov. 5, release. Learn more at www.facebook.com/feverdogrocks. Fischer is the latest to take the Lucky 13, and here are his answers.
What was the first concert you attended?
A Sepultura and Destruction show at the Whisky in Hollywood. I was 13 or 14 at the time, and I went with my best-friend, Roby. Up to that point, I had only listened to bands on albums, and seeing it in person finally was an amazing experience. The sound was crushing, and the crowd was full of energy. I woke up the next day deaf in the ears and sore from moshing.
What was the first album you owned?
I think it was Slipknot’s debut album. I got it back when I was super-young, like in the third-grade or something. That’s most likely what started my obsession with heavy music.
What bands are you listening to right now?
I’m always listening to extreme metal, and lately, I’ve been listening to a lot of Napalm Death and a few black metal bands like Abigor and Enslaved. I go through phases of geeking out over different genres or periods of music, but I’m always listening to some sort of extreme metal or punk at the same time. I’ve also been listening to a lot of ’80s synthpop and new wave groups like the Human League recently.
What artist, genre or musical trend does everyone love, but you don’t get?
I don’t understand the appeal of Kanye West. I liked some of his old stuff earlier in the 2000s, but I really don’t get his current music and ideology.
What musical act, current or defunct, would you most like to see perform live?
If I had a time machine, I would go back in time to see AC/DC with Bon Scott. I greatly prefer their material with him, and to see him with Angus shredding onstage would be completely insane. AC/DC was one of the first rock bands to inspire me to make music, and I don’t think there will be another like the original lineup on Earth.
What’s your favorite musical guilty pleasure?
I really enjoy listening to ’60s surf rock. A lot of people think it’s just horrible and annoying, but the twangy surf-guitar sound and cheesy lyrics always bring a smile to my face.
What’s your favorite music venue?
I really haven’t been to a lot of music venues that stuck out to me. I would have to say Dale’s Records, though, since I always have fun there. I’m not a big fan of really big venues. I like to be close to the audience and to the band if I’m watching.
What’s the one song lyric you can’t get out of your head?
“It’s night again, night you beautiful, I please my hunger… on living humans!” Those lyrics from Mayhem’s “Freezing Moon” have always sounded super-brutal to me, and they always get stuck in my head.
What band or artist changed your life? How?
Metallica. When I listened to Master of Puppets for the first time when I was 10 years old, I instantly fell in love with the heavy thrash-metal guitar-riffing and speed. That band affected my whole musical path and my musical tastes today. Even though I don’t listen to them nearly as much as I used to, I can’t deny how much they influenced my life. After I heard them, I dedicated a big part of my life to music.
You have one question to ask one musician. What’s the question, and who are you asking?
I would ask Elvis Presley what he thinks about metal music and whether he likes it or not. I think it would be interesting to hear what one of the pioneers of rock ’n’ roll thinks about other genres that spawned from it.
What song would you like played at your funeral?
I would like everyone at my funeral to be Rick Rolled—like everyone gets an invitation saying I’m having a house party or something, and when they show up, they just see my casket with “Never Gonna Give You Up” playing in the place.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
Leprosy, by Death. It has everything I would want in a metal record, and the songs are amazing. There’s not one song on that album that I don’t like, and the raw late ’80s death-metal production sounds really cool.
What song should everyone listen to right now?
Everyone should listen to Fever Dog. I just joined, and the music the members have written so far has blown me away. Everyone should also check out more desert artists, since we have some serious talent here. A couple of my favorites are Sleazy Cortez and Facelift. Of course, y’all should check out Instigator, my thrash-metal band.