BERWANGER – Exorcism Rock (interview)

A huge HUGE album! 

Sweet Sweet Music talked to Josh Berwanger.

Watch here

The bio says you recorded Exorcism Rock in 7 days. So it is possible to create a million dollar sound in a week?

Thanks for the kind words. We really worked our butts off in those 7 days. We would get to the studio around 11am and go until we were all zombies which sometimes meant 1-2am. Then we’d all go back to my place and unwind by watching Apocalypse Now or playing Tecmo Bowl and partying pretty hard. Then wake up and do the same. 

All killers no fillers. You must have had a zillion songs to chose from or … ?  

I had about 20 songs that I teally felt great about, some of them were just a little more out there. We recorded 11 songs, one didn’t make it on the album.

How will you promote Exorcism Rock?

We will tour on it, made 3 videos, college radio.

The music industry has changed a lot (or so they say). What did it bring you? And what not? 

I look at this as what more can we bring to ourselves. I don’t care about the music industry and it doesn’t care about me. I really just focus on making great music and working hard, so if at the end of the day I tour, only sell a few albums and am broke I at least know I did what I set out to do, make music I love and work hard. If people buy it and come to shows that’s just icing on the cake.

It should bring you packed Arenas as far as I am concerned!

Thank you, could you set that up please 😀

She tells you she will decide on a 5-song-mix tape if there is going to be a second date. Which 5 would you put on?

1. Ned Doheny “Get It Up For Love”

2. ABBA “Take A Chance On Me”

3. Little Walter “You’re So Fine”

4. Bobby Fuller Four “Only When I Dream”

5. Don Covay “You’re Good For Me”

If you could pick two bands (any) to tour the world with. Who?


Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

You just finished touring. What kind of tour was it? Type of venues? Is touring still a good way to promote your music or make some money? 

We toured the midwest and east coast. I would say it was a pretty bad time to be touring. We had a few great shows but we also had some bad shows when we were competing with the World Series and the election. Small club venues (cap 150-350). I have no idea what the best way to promote music is these days. I assume every little thing you do helps. 

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