When we started Metal Jacket Magazine, we wanted to somehow bring our readers closer to bands that might have a harder time breaking through to listeners in the sea of bands and music.
To begin with, it would be best if you introduced your band.
D.T.W.: We are Narcotic Wasteland. Me (Dallas Toler– Wade Guitar/Vocals), Joe Howard – Drums, Chris Corcione -Bass guitar, Brett Lee – Lead Guitar.
Is it hard to keep all the members together since this music has no income?
D.T.W.: Not really. Most musicians realize there are sacrifices even for successful musicians. It is certainly one of the most difficult things a person can do. We are smart with our money though. It is possible to do this am I living proof!!!! If I can do it you can most likely do it as well. It just takes dedication and the right team with the right vision and attitude. Believe in what you do. Don’t let negative people discourage you. For me, I never cared about money as I have other ways to make money. No matter what I will always write and perform music on whatever level I can. It’s the freedom to do whatever I want musically.
How do you finance yourself and can you cover the costs of recording, equipment, and concerts with music?
D.T.W.: I mostly worked to pay for my equipment. A lot of the band’s money goes right back into the band. Now it is self-sustaining pretty much the band is growing every day.
What made you start playing metal music? Who were your role models in the beginning and has that changed over time?
D.T.W.: In the beginning, I had music around me a lot because just about everyone in my family played an instrument either in school or in a band, or was into acting. A lot of role models through the years!!!!! The band Rush was really inspiring in the beginning. And at the moment I am listening to lots of old Thin Lizzy. It changes a lot for me but the remaining constant is always electric guitar driven. Any music with the guitar I quite enjoy for the most part.
Is it hard to find a publisher or is it better to self-publish considering the internet?
D.T.W.: Good question. I have no idea really. Nowadays with social media it’s really smart to have both I think. Work with someone if you can, but also do what you can to help with publications.
What have you published so far?
D.T.W.: So far we have released two full-length albums with singles, videos, and lyric videos, and just recently released two singles for the upcoming third album slated for a 2023 release. We are going to release more singles before the end of the year. One of which is a full video with live footage from us playing the song.
How do you create songs, how do you record them?
D.T.W.: Typically I write and record the demos in my studio, then at some point we get together and rehearse to tweak details, or just lots of phone conversations.
Where do you get inspiration for the lyrics?
D.T.W.: I get my inspiration from everyday life and the things I observe mostly. I also have an obsession with criminal behavior which kind of fits right in!!!! I think things in real life are the things the listener can relate to. I have had many messages over the years from fans saying some of the lyrics really hit home with them. I think that is very important when it comes to writing music you want other people to hear.
What is your favorite song you’ve made so far and why?
D.T.W.: Man that is a tough one. For me, it would be a new song I have yet to release. It’s Called Sex, Lies, D.N.A., and for me, I definitely hear progress in my ability to write a song. It has some unintentionally difficult parts in it, but also has this really massive hook section that I am really proud of. It is my current favorite song I have ever done.
Where can readers listen to you and maybe buy your material?
D.T.W.: You can go to narcoticwasteland.com to purchase our music and other merchandise. Or of course, check out Megaforce Records. We are on Spotify and a lot of the other streaming sites. Check out our social media as well. Facebook, Instagram, YouTube.
How do you organize concerts, is it difficult for you, and how many people come to such concerts?
D.T.W.: We are fortunate to have a great booking agency that believes in the band and puts our asses to work!!!!! So we basically tell our agency what we can do, and when we can do it, and then make it happen!!! Imagine that!!!
In which countries have you played and where did you have the best time, where is the crowd the craziest?
D.T.W.: I would say Wacken 2003. It was insane the number of people there. It was during my days in the band Nile, and we got to go on right before Slayer. Good times indeed!!
What do you think about the digital release and is it serious like CD or LP?
D.T.W.: for me I prefer a compact disk for the format. I really don’t care about the vessel to get the music out there, but we need to get paid. Everyone is getting ripped off by someone who probably can”t even whistle. The streaming services don’t really pay out what they should.
Was metal music more honest than today?
D.T.W.: Metal music is honest any day every day!!!! There are some fakers out there for sure, but they normally fail after a while.
How do you comment on this bunch of sub-genres in metal and is it good for metal or is it destroying it?
D.T.W.: I think it may help describe what you are listening to. For me personally, I don’t really think about sub-genres too much. If I like it I like it!!!!
Do you support this commercialization of metal music and how about the wearing of metal t-shirts by some “exposed” people who do not belong to this philosophy of metal music?
D.T.W.: I think if someone thinks it’s a cool-looking shirt and they know nothing about the band that is fine. I mean hey at least you made something that someone will buy. it’s like they paid to advertise you!
What would you change in the world of metal and would you like to go back to the time before the internet if you remember it at all?
D.T.W.: Yes of course I remember before the internet. I think the internet has helped in a lot of ways. It has helped connect metal people from all over the world. As far as going back in time I do have very fond memories of a much simpler time. But I don’t really spend much time thinking about the past. I am thinking about it right now and tomorrow. Always looking forward never looking back!!! I think metal is stronger than ever.
How important is supporting the local scene and can you single out a band from your area that you would recommend to our readers?
D.T.W.: I think it’s important. I try to get out to shows in my city when I am not busy. Sometimes I just need a damn metal show in my life. Check out a band called Filth. They are fairly local to me in Carolina but they also are a national touring act. Very unique metal band.
How do you see this situation in the world and how do you think it will develop? Will they imprison us again, scare us or maybe send us into a big war?
D.T.W.: Too early to say really. I just live my life and try to have faith in humanity even though it is made quite difficult at times we all know!!! The only thing we can do is try to stay positive and help each other.
Finally, what would you say to our readers and why should they listen to you in the sea of bands that are offered to them every day?
D.T.W.: If you are into metal at all I can guarantee there is at least one song you will love. We change a lot of gears with our music and have a good bit of variety from crushing slow to frantic speed and everything in between. Our music always goes for the goosebumps on the arms, the tears, the angst. You will really feel it I go for the gut!!! We are not like the others. What you hear in the songs is what you will hear live.