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Warped Interview Series: A quick chat with Scott Lewis of Carnifex

Is the Deathcore scene really dead?

Since 1995, Warped Tour has been the must go to festival of the summer. One of the coolest things about this summer-long event is those few precious minutes where we are able to catch a quick word with the musicians who make the tour worth seeing. Follow along with S16’s Warped Tour rep Cindy McBride as she tells the tales of bands like GWAR, The Acacia Strain, Fit For A King, and more! Today’s Warped Tour interview is with California’s Deathcore kings, Carnifex.

Numerous musicians since the eighties have invented their own alternate persona to be used when they are on stage. The members of GWAR turn into aliens from another galaxy, Tobias Forge turn into a pretty scary version of the Pope, and the members of Slipknot all don masks. The point being, it’s a little weird seeing your rock gods just being their everyday normal selves. I had this very experience when I met up with Scott Lewis, vocalist for the metal band Carnifex. While on stage, Lewis, as well as the rest of the band are covered in spikes and outfits that look amazing in photos. So when Lewis showed up in just a T-shirt and shorts, I have to admit I was thrown off a little.

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When I asked Lewis about the evolution of Carnifex and the death metal scene on Warped Tour, he replied quickly.

“Yeah our scene has definitely changed,” said Lewis. “Our scene is pretty much dead, like the Deathcore scene just doesn’t exist anymore. It’s kinda two-fold that it’s not popular anymore because I feel when things are popular people just want a reason to not like it.”

Vans Warped Tour is known not only for being the single touring festival during the summer in the United States, but for having a very diverse selection of artists to choose from. Pop stars such as Katy Perry, The Black Eyed Peas, and even Eminem have graced the numerous stages at Warped. The key is diversity. Being one of the heavier bands on Warped tour, with the exception of Hatebreed and Bad Omens, gave Carnifex a slight advantage on the crowd aspect of Warped. Everyone wants to see that different, heavy band that they may have not heard of.

“When you have ten bands that all sound pretty similar, it’s easier to gloss over them and go see someone different,” explained Lewis.

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Speaking of various genres of music, everyone has their own dirty little secret artist that no one in the world would guess you listen too. That goth kid down the street may be jamming out to Taylor Swift in his bedroom. You just never know what artist you will fall in love with. When asked about who his strangest influence would be that no one knew Lewis mentioned an artist I didn’t even know.

“Strange influence…” he hesitated. “I’m really enjoying the new Chelsey Wolfe record, and I would imagine not a lot of people would expect that.” He was definitely right about not expecting Wolfe to be an influence of his. I checked her out the moment I got back in the car and she is way off from what I would expect Lewis to listen too.

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Interviews would not be fun and interesting if we didn’t have a random question or two thrown into the mix of questions. One of my random questions for the day: let’s say you were at a concert, and a member of the band spontaneously combusts and you have to take their place. Who would it be?

Lewis took a few seconds to think before replying with Slipknot, which made me smile like a loon. Slipknot is my favorite band so imagine my excitement when Carnifex covered The Heretic Anthem later in their set. I hope Corey Taylor doesn’t go up in smoke anytime soon, but if he does I really hope Lewis is in the crowd!

As we wrapped up our interview I asked if Lewis had anything he wanted to say to the fans, and he smiled before answering, “Absolutely, keep coming out, and keep supporting us. Like you said were one of the heavier bands so it’s nice to get support from the people who are trying some heavy music for the first time.”

If you’re interested in finding out who the guys in Carnifex are, you can follow them on Twitter where they post almost daily about the shenanigans that are going on at Warped Tour. Their music is available on Spotify, iHeartReadio, and of course you can find their music videos on YouTube.

Born​ ​and​ ​raised​ ​in​ ​Winston​ ​Salem​ ​NC,​ ​Cindy​ ​is​ ​a​ ​professional​ ​taco​ ​enthusiast​ ​and​ ​proud Hufflepuff.​ ​Fangirl​ ​by​ ​day,​ ​and​ ​concert​ ​photojournalist​ ​by​ ​night,​ ​Cindy’s​ ​photography​ ​career started​ ​in​ ​2010​ ​when​ ​her​ ​fiance​ ​took​ ​her​ ​to​ ​her​ ​first​ ​local​ ​show.​ ​With​ ​a​ ​small​ ​Kodiak​ ​point​ ​and shoot​ ​in​ ​hand,​ ​she​ ​quickly​ ​fell​ ​in​ ​love​ ​with​ ​the​ ​local​ ​music​ ​scene​ ​and​ ​concert​ ​photography.​ ​With musical​ ​tastes​ ​varying​ ​from​ ​Acapella​ ​to​ ​Heavy​ ​Metal,​ ​there​ ​is​ ​no​ ​telling​ ​what​ ​you​ ​will​ ​hear blaring​ ​from​ ​her​ ​headphones​ ​from​ ​day​ ​to​ ​day.​ ​When​ ​she​ ​is​ ​not​ ​spending​ ​time​ ​with​ ​her​ ​family, friends,​ ​or​ ​furbabies,​ ​you​ ​can​ ​find​ ​Cindy​ ​with​ ​her​ ​nose​ ​buried​ ​in​ ​yet​ ​another​ ​book,​ ​binging​ ​Netflix with​ ​her​ ​bearded​ ​better​ ​half,​ ​or​ ​out​ ​and​ ​about​ ​at​ ​various​ ​shows.

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