If you’re looking for a cauldron full of energy and talent – look no further. We bring you Spider Lilies! A dark wave, electro goth band that can bring your skin quivering as if it were spinning through an multidimensional worm hole. Spider Lilies is a musical project created by Stacey Campbell, former guitarist/backup vocalist of the Cruxshadows and Chad VanPelt, also known as DJ Rift to many in the scene and promoter extraordinaire! A perfect blend of natural abilities, carefully orchestrated with musical knowledge and presented to us all to enjoy!
FLUNKROCK: Tell us how you come up with your lyrics…
STACEY: I draw from emotions related to personal experiences, dreams, relationships, and feelings inspired by other art of any nature that I encounter.
FLUNKROCK: What do you enjoy most about live performances when it comes to your band?
STACEY: I enjoy the high of performing, and switching to that other personality that comes out on stage.
FLUNKROCK: Tell us about your last release…
STACEY: Our last release is called Eyes of the Storm. It is a remix album of songs from our previous full-length disc, Cyclogenesis. Eyes of the storm has remixes from Clan of Xymox, Imperative Reaction, Ego Likeness, Bella Morte, XP8, Espermachine, and more.
FLUNKROCK: How did you find the right members for this band?
STACEY: Some former members responded to ads that I put out, seeking musicians. When they tried out and did well, they were brought in. Other members were invited to give it a shot, because I knew them, and knew they had the ability to play existing music. All members have the opportunity to try out their own embellishments to existing songs, and add to new music as its being recorded.
FLUNKROCK: What are your favorite cookies?
STACEY: I can’t handle much sugar, so… no cookies? Sugar free cookies? >P
FLUNKROCK: What is your outlook on the music industry today in regards to 10 years ago?
STACEY: I think it’s quickly evolving into something different, and as technology advances, it may continue to evolve. It is both easier and more difficult for artists to make a living in the music industry. There is a lot of opportunity to self-promote and self-distribute, but because everyone is doing it, it takes a lot of work to get the attention of the average listener. Getting a record deal is not the ultimate goal these days. Being on a label can help you or hurt you, depending on the deal. That’s one reason that Spider Lilies is not on a label. I haven’t been offered a deal with a label that can do anything more than put their name on our stuff and take a percentage of our income.
FLUNKROCK: With all the avenues available to reach the public, what do you think is the best way to promote your band these days?
STACEY: That’s really hard to say. The internet, particularly social networking is big. Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and such are pretty well established, so perhaps that is currently the best way to reach the public.
FLUNKROCK: How does music affect you today? Not just your music, but music in general. Are there artists that you enjoy listening to or find interesting?
STACEY: I still love to listen to music. I still gravitate toward music that makes me want to dance, or evokes a visceral reaction. I can usually tell I like a song if it gives me chills or makes my hairs stand on end. I like music with meaning, or at least evocative sounds. I like EBM, trance, metal, modern alternative rock, rock, and some pop dance music. Dead Can Dance, Rotersand, Ladytron, The Birthday Massacre, Juno Reactor, Rotersand, VNV Nation, Gotye, Lady Gaga, and the list goes on…
FLUNKROCK: What is the most memorable (good and bad) thing that has ever happened to the band while performing?
STACEY: Physical collisions onstage are priceless, and totally “punk rock!” haha! Last fall, Chad VanPelt fell on me while I was adjusting knobs in our rack during a performance. I was behind him, but he didn’t know where I was. I’m proud to say, I don’t think we missed a beat!
FLUNKROCK: What do you perceive as the biggest obstacles about being in a band these days?
STACEY: Devoting enough time and attention to the band to be taken seriously, while still making a living. Music doesn’t always pay the bills, and sometimes you need extra income to devote to band goals.
FLUNKROCK: How would define “having a successful career” in the music industry?
STACEY: Being able survive with only a music career, and no other job. Being able to not only break even, but make enough to cover bills and living expenses.
FLUNKROCK: If you could change one thing in the world, what would it be and why?
STACEY: There’s so much that needs to be changed in the world. There are so many unfair things going on. Maybe I would start with the earth itself. I’d like the real people in power, the ones with influence, to realize how precious and delicate the planet is, and put it first, above their own greed.
FLUNKROCK: Do you believe in bad luck? Because this is question 13?
STACEY: 666 666 666 666 666 666
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Spider Lilies are in the preliminary stages of writing for the next album, so keep your eyes and ears open! In the meantime, you should check out our current releases:
Eyes of the Storm
In the Light
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