Q&A with Brendon Small

Show date: April 3, 2009
Venue: B.B. King’s Blues Club and Grill, NY

Brendon Small intensely on stage

Brendon Small intensely on stage

Brendon Small is a 34-year-old musician, composer, comedian, writer, and the lead vocals in the invented band Dethklok,  from the animated masterpiece called “Metalocalypse”, which he created, co-wrote and co-produced. Small is the voice of Nathan Explosion as well as Skwisgaar Skwigelf and Pickles the Drummer.

Small was the opener to his own headlining act with the School of Rock All Stars. Sometime before our car was broken into that night (long story, cops are useless), he addressed, belittled and made fun of the early-comers at B.B. Kings. Here is the gist of what was said and a few bad pictures.

To the question of which of the Metalocalypse guys he would want to be, Small explained, “I don’t think I want to be any of those guys… I’m more like the manager, wrangling douche bags all day.” And how did he end up in showbusiness anyway? Well, it was all because of the Flash Gordon theme song. That made him love music.

Will he let a fan manage his Facebook which is now never updated? No, because he hates Facebook. He also hates Myspace. He is full of hate in general for superficial friendships and methods of communication.

“What does the future hold for ‘Metalocalypse’?” neigh the jittery fans. Small assures them that there will be a new season, a new album, and a new tour. He is now talking to Dark Horse Comics about Dethklok violating the printed page. (BTW, this editor loves most Dark Horse Comics. Do yourself a favor and read some Goon, which we will soon review here).

Small is a busy busy guy, so when asked about his favorite Adult Swim show, it came to light that he doesn’t actually watch Adult Swim as he is “knee deep in production” all the time. Adult Swim is a sister network to Cartoon Network where Small’s first show, “Home Movies” found a home for 4 seasons and where he voiced a slew of characters for other shows, such as “The Venture Bros.”

Metalocalypse is a show about metal. More so, it is about death metal. And the guest stars consistently reflect that. So who can we look forward to hearing in 2009? Well, Small won’t give anything away until it’s really done. The show uses whoever happened to be in town and feels like doing stupid voices. Some possibilities are Enslaved and Gojira. “Cannibal Corpse loves doing this stuff,” Small explains. “Metal guys have a sense of humor too. They aren’t actually mass murderers.” And they so far, they failed to eat any babies. The show channels humor, as well as metal. Anyone who does voices or works on the show, does it because they want to. “Nice guys win at metal. King Diamond is a perfect gentleman”

Brendon Small during a Dethklok song

Brendon Small during a Dethklok song

So how did Small end up with “Metalocalypse” after the more family centered (although not completely kid friendly) “Home Movies”? Well, Small isn’t the guy to do the same thing twice. “Pastels, kids, soccer… that wouldn’t work with metal.” This show is an outlet for a lot of people. The same guys who work for Nickelodeon finally get a chance to get their metal needs met while working on Metalocalypse.

And how did Small get to where he is now? While he was growing up in Illinois, he was “a typical shut in suburban fatso with a guitar teacher”. Then Berklee College of Music of Boston gave him his brilliant education. Later Small came to NYC and became a Jingle House intern, but a friend of his was interning on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, and that opened Small’s eyes to comedy. So he went back to Boston, took some classes at Emerson College and did some stand up comedy. He fell back in love with his guitar, and while all this was going in the 90’s “a dark time for shred,” he was beginning to see virtuosos in metal and got some inspiration which eventually gave birth to “Metalocalypse.” “Dethklok is the only way I could do cool stuff. It was my only chance for an album.”

So any advice for the seething masses? “Be good at more than one thing,” is Small’s message. “Dethklok exists only because I can do more than one thing at a time.”

Final question of the night was about Small’s greatest fear. And that apparently is of his dog getting out. He once received an ominous text while on the road: “I have your dog.” Sounded like a hostage situation, but turned out his dog got out and a family member got a hold of it before it could get itself killed. Small is also afraid of planes, which bites since he lives in California and is often needed everywhere else.

Brendon Smalls dog, Ernie

Brendon Small's dog, Ernie


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    • Holkie
    • April 16th, 2009

    Wonderful interview.

    But one thing, Adult Swim is not a program on Cartoon Network.

    Adult Swim is actually a sister network to Cartoon Network that share the cable channel. Cartoon Network is active from 6 AM to 10 PM and Adult Swim is active from 10 PM to 6 AM every day.

    Adult Swim started as a program block on CN for a couple of days a week. Over time, it expanded to a full week- new shows on the weekend, anime/action on Saturdays, comedy on Sundays. But it was made a network of it’s own for ratings reasons.

    • Holkie
    • April 16th, 2009

    PS The show at BB King’s in NYC was April 3rd, not March 3rd.

    • eatthelemons
    • April 16th, 2009

    Thanks Holkie. Thanks for the info. I shall now change the erroneous information.

    • Holkie
    • April 16th, 2009

    You’re welcome! But I understand the date thing. I time warp on a regular basis! ;-D

    I wasn’t able to go to the BB King’s gig. I live in Brooklyn, but I am just do broke right now. It was killing me. But at least I can get a little of it here.

    And I’m glad for the confirmation on the comic book. When Dark Horse put out their listings for the Goon Vs Dethklok comic and I saw that line about ‘coming late 2009′, I startled my roommates. ;-D

    • Holkie
    • April 16th, 2009

    Oh, and another PS! A good one.

    I run the Dethklokminute Metalocalypse news community on Live Journal and on Diefordethklok.org as well am half of the AdultSwim.com HELPeRs for the Metalocalypse board.

    So I posted and linked about this article here on all three. So you should get a little more traffic.

    • eatthelemons
    • April 16th, 2009

    LOL, thanks times 3! I checked out your LJ. I’ll add links to these other sites at the bottom with the other links I have so far. You are very knowledgeable about this, so thanks for your help. The show was good, but our car (parked not too far from there) was broken into and towed, so we had to leave early and deal with all that.

    • eatthelemons
    • April 16th, 2009

    And check back in a few days when I finally get all the pictures edited and post about the actual show that night.

    • Holkie
    • April 16th, 2009

    I will! So will some of my readers..

    Oh, dear lord, I have readers! That just dawned on me. It’s a weird thought.

    • L
    • April 17th, 2009

    Great article, and that show was awesome.
    That Facebook question came from me, sadly. I’m not a huge fan of FB, but I am an interactive project manager and a big fan of Brendon’s. It was posted on his page on Facebook that “I no longer have time to keep this page updated so if anyone would like to be an admin please send me a message Thanks”.
    Turns out, it was someone pretending to be Brendon. Information that would have been good to know before I asked and was made to feel like a complete a**. The guy came clean eventually, I guess he was at that show too. Only making me feel even more stupid for mustering up the courage to ask.
    Thanks for going easy on your description of that answer. You probably couldnt see me shaking as I slinked back to where I was standing.
    The show was still great, and those kids are outstanding. I was glad he did new Dethklok songs and things that would never happen at a Dethklok show, like Murderface popping in to say hi.
    Thanks again.
    - L

    • eatthelemons
    • April 17th, 2009

    Hi L. At least you were brave enough to ask. You might have seen me too, I was standing in the middle of the floor jotting notes like crazy. I didn’t ask any questions at all, I never really do. He was pretty abrasive with his fans, which I guess is part of his comedy routine. You didn’t really come off looking like an ass at all. From what I see his fans do a lot for him, and he just missed out on another opportunity to get help from someone who admires him. And I missed Murderface cuz I had to leave early :(

    • L
    • April 19th, 2009

    Thanks. My brother hadn’t arrived yet, so thankfully he didn’t see it, but I also had no one to bounce off the “No seriously, how bad was that??” question. :-) I’m so sorry about your car, and that you had to miss part of the show because of it.
    - L

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