Art of Dying

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Lead Vocals: Johnny Hetherington

Interview by: Melissa Gibson

Art of DyingI had the pleasure of meeting with Johnny Hetherington, Lead Vocalist for Art of Dying before their show on May 3, 2011 at The National in Richmond, Virginia. (

All Access Magazine (Melissa Gibson), (AAM):  What’s it been like being on the Avalanche Tour so far?

JH: It has been amazing!  It’s gone by so fast.  I can’t believe we’re already 30 shows deep.  It feels like the beginning.  All the other bands have been really cool to us and the crowds have all been amazing.

AAM: What has been the best part so far?

JH: The new people, new places.  Fresh meat.

AAM: Your new album “Vices & Virtues” is out.  Where did the title come from?

JH: It was actually a song title and that song didn’t make the album because there was just so much material.  It’s basically saying that life is precious, we need to dig deeper every day.  Live every day as if it was your last.  It’s about life’s struggles.

Their name “Art of Dying” comes from the saying “The Art of Dying is my life to live!”

AAM: What did it take for you guys to get the album put together?

JH:  A lot of time and energy.  It took a year and a half to complete. ½ was done in L.A. with producer Howard Benson, the other half in Chicago with Dan Donegan of Disturbed.

AAM: What is your favorite song off of the album?

JH:  “Get Through This”, that was written when my Dad was diagnosed with cancer, (he has since recovered and is fine, many congratulations on that).

AAM: What is it like being with Intoxication Records?

JH: It’s amazing.  Those guys are like brothers to us.  We have done like 30+ shows with the guys of Disturbed and we learn something from them every time we watch them perform.

AAM: Can you give me one word to describe you and the guys?

JH: Determined, Perseverance.  Never give up and never say never.

AAM: What do ya’ll like to do in your spare time when you’re not touring or in the studio?

JH:  We play A LOT of poker.  Drink beer and play poker.  We are all friends so we get to hang out.

AAM: Who were your musical influences?

JH: Jimmy Page, Pearl Jam, STP, Nirvana, Soundgarden.

AAM: What’s it like being on the road?

JH:  It’s like a dirty camping trip.  There are no stores.  I haven’t seen a store in like the last month.  The only store we’ve seen has been a Flying J.  Hotel rooms are a luxury.  Wet Wipes are seriously underestimated.

AAM: If you could tour with anyone, who would be in the line-up with you on your dream tour?

JH: Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Aerosmith, Zeppelin (if that were possible).

AAM: What’s on tap next for Art of Dying?

JH: We are touring with Stone Sour for a few more shows then with Seven Dust.  We’re doing “Rock on the Range”, “Carolina Rebellion”, and “Rocklahoma” with Perfect Circle.

AAM: Anything about Art of Dying you want people to know?

JH:  It’s all about life.  No pretty pictures.  We do a lot of 3 part harmonies and stay true to the music.  We don’t use background tracks.  What you hear is what you get.

AAM: Anything you want to say to All Access Magazine fans?

JH:  A lot of bands are hard to reach.  Look us up on Facebook or Twitter.  Don’t hesitate to reach out to us or ask us questions.  We will reach back out to you and it is really us doing it.

I would like to thank Johnny Hetherington with Art of Dying with taking the time to meet with me and allowing me the opportunity to do my first interview.  It was very exciting to me to be able to do it.  I enjoyed meeting him and the other members, Greg Bradley, Tavis Stanley, Cale Gontier, and Jeff Brown after the show and I wish them all the success and happiness that life can bring them and I hope they come back to Richmond soon, I’ll be in the crowd again, trust me.