Interview: Dani Filth Talks Concept Albums and Playing Live at Castle Bathory

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Our apologies to Dani Filth for any inconsistency as the voice recorder app we downloaded specifically for this interview and spent an hour practicing with to make sure it worked perfectly buggered off. Thus we recreated our conversation from memory and learned a valuable lesson about over-reliance on technology.

Rocks Off: Hey, Dani! Good to talk to you again.

Dani Filth: Good to hear from you again, too, Jef.

RO: How's the family? Last time we talked on the phone you were in the middle of moving.

DF: Yeah, that was a mess. We still have whole rooms in the new house that are more or less barren.

RO: We just got done listening to Evermore Darkly. Do you consider it an epilogue to the Lilith story in Darkly, Darkly, Venus, Aversa?

DF: Mostly it was something to put out on Halloween. We always like to have something if possible for the fans around the holiday. It gave us a chance to do a few things differently, to play around with it. There was stuff there wasn't room for on Darkly without turning the thing into a double album.

RO: You've been doing a lot of revisiting lately. Are you just hearing your old tunes in new ways and want to re-imagine them, or is it just that they resonate strongly with the next phase of your writing?

DF: Well, we just finally got the rights back to our early songs, and I've been toying with doing large, orchestra score versions of them for a while now.

RO: That's the next album?

DF: Well, not the next real Cradle of Filth album. It's more of just a bonus disc. We're going to be in the studio again in April for the next full release so it can be ready, again, for Halloween. It won't be a concept record like the last two. Those are fun, but it can be constricting when you're tied to this big opus. The next one will be much looser.

RO: We have to say, I really like the addition of Ashley Ellyon to Cradle of Filth. How did you happen to get her involved?

DF: We had a mutual friend while she was working with Abigail Williams. She's back working in Colorado now.

RO: So you saw that "Lilith Immaculate" made #3 on our top music videos of 2011 list?

DF: Yes, that's wonderful. Thank you for that.

RO: Would you say that "Lilith Immaculate" is the best video you've ever done?

DF: It's a good one. We actually did shoot it in an old insane asylum.

RO: How much does that cost, by the way? It was definitely the most expensive looking vid on the list.

DF: About £15,000. Budgets have been getting smaller for music videos. You used to get around £20,000. But no, I'd say the movie we did, Cradle of Fear, is the best thing in video that we've done.

RO: Have you ever thought of composing a ballet.

DF: No, but it's interesting that you bring that up. I've been in contact with the last descendant of Elizabeth Bathory for a couple of years now. He's written an opera about his ancestor's murders, and has been wanting to get us involved. He'd like to do a big premiere at the actual castle where they walled her up.

RO: That... that would be a hell of a gig to play.

DF: Honestly, I don't think the castle could stand it. It's perched rather precariously on the side of a very steep hill just waiting to fall.

RO: Last question, what does Dani Filth want for Christmas?

DF: A tripod.

RO: What, for like a camera?

DF: No, a Martian one.

RO: Oh, War of the Worlds!

DF: I want one of the ones they're using in the stage version. It's a really big deal over year and I think it would be great to own on. Other than that though, I don't want much. I prefer to spend my money on the family.

RO: Thanks for talking with us again, Dani. You're our favorite interview subject.

DF: Always a pleasure, Jef.

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