That's So Metal recently conducted an interview with Jesse Blaze, son of TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider, about his band BLAZED and the VH1 reality show based on the Sniders' family life, "Meet the Family: The Sniders". A couple of excerpts from the chat follow:That's So Metal: Obviously, you have GREAT musical influence around you, how does that play into the way you approach performing? Jesse: "Well, my father is the greatest fucking performer alive. Or at least the greatest I've ever seen. And I literally take notes at every show. I am most certainly a far better performer than most just from watching him all those years. I still need to perfect my own performance, but it's a great thing to have such a great teacher so close by, I'm really extra lucky in that way." That's So Metal: Do you find it hard to break through the current pop scene trends that are influencing radio and TV? Jesse: "Yes and no. Yes, I think it is difficult, but I designed the music to do just that. Well, I didn't really design it that way, but it just so happens that forceful confident style of music is really the only kind of statement that will scream loud enough to make people look our way without also totally turning them off or freaking them out at the same time like say, MANSON or SLIPKNOT. It helps that I'm not a scary-looking frontman. I think that are music is exactly what the world needs to right the major unbalance of pop and hip hop. And we're gonna break in, whether it's the last thing I do." That's So Metal: Can you tell us a bit about the reality show that VH1 has done on you and your family, for those of us that were not aware of it? Jesse: "It follows the Snider family as we go on a small TWISTED SISTER reunion tour. The response has been pretty amazing. People are so shocked that we're a loving family, but my family doesn't get it. We figured people would think we're boring. We really don't have any problems. We don't fight, we hang out together, we like each other — forget love, but REALLY like each other, and I guess there isn't that much of that on TV, 'cause people seem to have taken to it." That's So Metal: What are your expectations of fame? What do you wish to achieve? Jesse: "I just want my music heard and enjoyed by everybody in the world and the respect that goes with people liking the things that you've done. The respect that comes from making someone happy, from making them understand, from entertaining them. I've seen the fame thing first-hand and I'm not interested in it, although it will come with the thing I am interested in, which is the respect. I've always appreciated that. As far as an achievement goes, I have plenty of things I'd like to achieve, but first things first, let just turn the world of music on its ear and make way for some rock and roll to get back into the spotlight." Read the entire interview at ThatsSoMetal.com.
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