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Davey Havok


American singer, actor and fashion designer, best known as the vocalist of the bands AFI and Blaqk Audio.
Davey Havok
No stranger to adopting changes in sound or appearance, singer Davey Havok threw fans for a loop (and caused them to question his sexuality) when he began rocking not only eyeliner but metallic eyeshadow, blonde highlights and false eyelashes, and pursuing a sideline in fashion. In the bandís latest incarnation, Havok has ditched some of the makeup, thus provoking a slew of ďIs he straight again?Ē questions. Is it that simple? Who knows; because like all good gender benders, Havok keeps mum on his personal life ó and as a result, the rumors keep swirling.
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Itís not a matter of imaging, despite what a lot of people would feel that it is. Iíve never presented myself in a way that I donít feel comfortable with; Iíve never presented myself in a way to appeal to anybody. For the most part the way Iíve always looked to not appeal to most people. Really, my aesthetic was really more of a terrorism or violence than it was something to attract; more of a representation of my detachment than anything else ó though itís not always a very conscious thing.
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More often than not, even the people and even the moments and even the circumstances that you feel you can go to for stability, for that piece of happiness, can all of a sudden shift, and can all of a sudden become tainted. And everything that you believe, or even that small moment of connection that you can feel can sometimes be destroyed. And Iím not a negative person ó shockingly. Iím somewhat of a realist. And Iím a very passionate person, so I donít like to expect that shift, I donít like to expect for things that I love to become malignant or to become a great disappointment. But it happens. And itís devastating. Every time.




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One of my many favorite tattoos Iíve seen of myself is from a photo shoot I did for the cover of a compilation called Punk Fiction that came out in the 90s. And my friend who was putting it together asked me to re-create the movie poster for Pulp Fiction with me in place of Uma Thurman as Mia Wallace on the bed smoking a cigarette with the wig on and everything. So I went in and did that and it was the cover of the record and posters were made. Since then Iíve seen a portrait tattoo of me as Mia Wallace. Thatís my favorite. And that was years before I was publicly dressing as a woman, which Iíve been doing for years now onstage and off. I think Mia Wallace was just one of my earlier excuses to strut around in womenís clothing.
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Well I think that my main concern is that there is a market lack of desire for quote-unquote art that people are creating and appreciating. I think because thereís a lack of desire for that, which translates to the creation and elevation of art that then thereby lack substance because thereís no desire for it, thereís no appreciation for it. It self-perpetuates a world in which the hollow, the vapid and the greedy are elevated and revered. That bothers me because art is so important whether itís design, fine art, film, fashion, things that are important to the world. Itís what makes me want to wake up in the morning, it drives me.
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Heís a man of both immovable conviction and incorruptible beliefs; who unabashedly holds true to the virtues of his heart. /ó/ Though always outspoken, opinionated, outrageous, and passionate, Havok has never been one to willfully impart the mystery surrounding him.
Davey Havok
Iíve heard weíre Christian, and that always tickles me. Iíve heard that Iím a junkie. Iíve heard that Iím a vampire. Iím a junkie vampire. That can be your pull-quote.
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/ó/ This attitude embodies a pursuit of clarity and integrity while demanding a certain readiness to make sacrifices (cf. ďSacrifice TheoryĒ). Many of his works show that Havok sees no other way to achieve peace of mind than by living a life coined by fight and sacrifice.
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As far as vocal preparation goes, itís really an interesting thing for such a fragile instrument and using it properly is like walking a tightrope. I have learned not to do extensive warm-ups. Itís really more of a cerebral mind-body connection Zen hippy thing, just knowing your body and figuring out if I do that then I will be able to speak tomorrow.
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Look at who people are elevating and deifying in the public eye, and ask yourself what those people have done to receive such lauding and what it is they havenít. When you look at that you say, okay, are these people being revered for something of merit, or are they completely hallow? Or even worse, are they being revered for something that is actually destructive?
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Iíve gotten kicked in the face, got my nose broken, Iím constantly chipping teeth and thereís been a lot of very close calls with Hunter [the bandís bassist]. In a recent show, if our movement hadíve been inches different, I might be dead. I almost caught his bass to my head at full velocity. You laugh but itís really scary.




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I really think for the good of this world that, if I could have it my way, the whole world would be vegan and straightedge. So thatís why I feel itís important to create an awareness of this lifestyle, create an awareness of the choices people make. To bring awareness about those lifestyles can bring a positive change, if only on the level of an individual.
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Someone gave me a pig heart in a mason jar. It was in the context of art, I believe. It was chained to a gourd and spattered with the expected colors of paint. And it was indeed, really and truly, a pigís heart. Iím vegan and so it was kind of upsetting and pretty ironic, really, because it was the type of person I would want to guess was infatuated or obsessed.
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Q: You seem relatively upbeat and sociable. Itís funny, because Iíve always had this idea of you, like, always crying in the dark.
A: Most people do.
Q: Do you care about that?
A: Oh, no. It doesnít bother me. Whatever people think of me is fine, however they want to envision me. I find it curious. Iím always intrigued by who people think I am and the persona they have created for me, what they think Iím into, what they think Iím not into. But I certainly understand that consideration, that I would be a bleak and miserable person, because a lot of my lyrics are very despondent. Luckily, I have the music to use as catharsis. If I didnít, I might spend more time sitting and crying in a corner than I need to. Also, I think manners are very important. To be a sullen rain cloud when conversing with someone, be they your friends or a journalist, I think is inappropriate.
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Q: Especially starting off in punk and hardcore like you did, youíre taking a huge risk by constantly expanding your sound, and itís something youíve gotten a lot of flack for. Have you reconciled yourselves to that?
A: Absolutely. Itís something that we accepted very early on. It really comes from the ethos of being a punk and hardcore band. It was really because we just didnít give a fuck. In the same way that we were playing punk and hardcore and didnít give a fuck that anybody liked it, we continued to write and play what we liked and didnít give a fuck if anybody liked it. Our hope is that people do like it, but if they have an issue with it, it doesnít matter because weíre doing what makes us happy.
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It's not that everything needs to have substance, but when nothing does then you know weíre living in a bankrupt society, an artistically bankrupt society, and thatís not okay. I think thereís room for forms of entertainment that are very light and frivolous and fun, but when those forms of entertainment, forms of "art" if you will, become presented as something more than that, and are believed to be something more than that, then weíve got a lot of problems.
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I just heard a story from someone the other day where somebody was beaten up by Christians for wearing one of our shirts. Of course, that's a very Christian thing to do.
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One thing I will say is the education was good ó even religion classes. I appreciate the knowledge I have ó the imagery still appeals to me. But otherwise, it's pretty fucked up. I remember in the eighth grade, during a parent/teacher conference, a nun came down and spoke to my parents. It's funny because I had great grades, did very well on tests, and got along well with others but she told my parents she was "very concerned". My parents were like "what for?" She told them "I think your son might worship the devil..."
Davey Havok
Itíd be great if the record industry wasnít completely falling apart and peopleís interest in music wasnít totally disappearing. Itís sad on a cultural level. Not even from the perspective of being in a band, just as a fan. Itís heartbreaking to see how little music means to people in modern times. And people say, ďNo, no, no ó music means more than ever before! People are consuming music at a greater rate!Ē Well, that doesnít mean anything, thatís just a statistic. ?All thatís saying is that people are downloading music more than before. That doesnít mean that theyíre listening to it, that they know anything about it, or that theyíre going to see it.
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Usually, old ladies tell me to find Jesus. Look, I'm just trying to find some chai and a good vegan muffin.


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