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Deuce uses one of ‘9 Lives’ to rise from the undead

Submitted by on April 19, 2012 – 5:24 pmNo Comment

After breaking from the Hollywood Undead, Deuce decided it was time to leave his old life behind, and start anew alone. The rebirth of the California rap-rocker comes in the form of 9 Lives, his debut solo disc – a self-produced offering that sees Deuce in full control of every bar and note. Martyr’s Devin Size recently had a chance to chat with the man from his home in Los Angeles to see how he felt about complete creative control, life after the Undead and the hype around 9 Lives.

This is your first solo release since departing from Hollywood Undead, how does it feel to finally have full creative control over your project?

It feels really good. I was the engine that drove a lot of that band and basically took it to where it’s at now. It’s just different now, because now I’m doing me. Before I was doing everybody, and it didn’t work out. Now it’s better and I feel like I can do whatever I want. I made a badass record and I’m proud of it.

Is 9 Lives symbolic of a rebirth after your departure?

That’s just it – I’m saying no matter what, I’m a strong mother fucker, and I can’t be taken down. I took my style with me and I made this album, and it didn’t really affect me. When it comes to business, sure I still have management, of course. But when it comes to music, I don’t. And when I’m playing shows, I don’t. That’s exactly what it symbolizes – that I’m on my rise, and I got a few left in me still.

What went on over the last year that brought you to this comfort zone?

Basically, I just kept doing what I was doing before. I was in Hollywood, living my life, being in the studio, going out to party. I would experience similar things but now on my own. I have my own studio in my home here in Los Angeles, and I’m just living my life now. No more holding myself down.

At the end of “Help Me” you claim you’re “the white Obama,” is there political side to this album to be analyzed?

I’m the white Obama, bitch! Yeah I say that because in the music world, it’s like these kids want me to be their president. People have written on my Facebook and Twitter so it’s a joke in a funny way: “Deuce for president!” But I haven’t been following it enough to weigh one way or another, so it would be unfair for me to say I’m being political.

On “America” you say that we’re living in an insane world, filled with blood and hate. Can you elaborate?

I say “why is America to blame?” because back in the day, and still today, people blame the American government for being poor or having nothing. People make it seem like everything is bad and that it’s only people at the top making it bad. I’m saying the people at the bottom and the people at the top have to work together. It’s not one or the other to blame. It’s a message to people who let things stop them – like how nothing stopped me from making my music – and this album. It’s a dual message.

The overarching theme of the album seems to be this sense of independence and confidence. Would you agree?

A lot of the songs on 9 Lives are about life, and I write songs that show a strong sense of independence. Back in the day people didn’t want me to be strong and show that side of me. So I did it to tell those people out there that don’t want to be strong that you can’t let them make you weak.

What’s your favourite song on the album and the best part of releasing 9 Lives next week?

My favourite song on the album is “I Came to Party” because when I throw it down live, people just get wild and want to party. In the end, that’s what all of this is about – my fans having a great time.

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