Chad Bowar: What projects are you currently working on?
Mistress Juliya: Right now the main thing I’m doing is Thrash Talk, which is a new metal show that I have on Dovetail TV as well as my MySpace site. It’s an interview show like the show Uranium I used to have on Fuse. I talk to the bands totally uncensored about metal. Hopefully it will be on None Louder that’s going to launch in a few months. It’s like a MySpace for metalheads around the world and it will have shows. I’ll have Thrash Talk on that and also bring back my sex advice show Slave To The Metal.
You’ve also been going on the road with some bands recently.
I host metal shows sometimes. Bands will bring me out on the road and we’ll go to different towns and I’ll host the shows, which means I introduce the bands and hang out with everybody and rock out. I’m there promoting the bands I’m on the road with.
Even though you’re not on Fuse anymore you have over 200,000 MySpace friends and are keeping your name out there.
I think for the people that were fans of the show and watched it on a regular basis the visibility is still there, plus others that have found out about it. MySpace has been amazing for me to keep in touch with the fans from the past and to make new fans.
Do you get a lot of strange emails and messages on MySpace?
Tons of them. That’s why I have somebody look through most of the messages and forward them to me.
You’ve interviewed so many different bands. Is there anyone that you get nervous or starstruck interviewing now?
It’s always a big deal because I look up to these people. I think I have interviewed about everybody at this point, but I love doing it. I definitely don’t get as nervous as I used to. The only time I get nervous is if we have a complicated shoot or something really technical. It’s always very exciting. I love metal and I love to meet the people that create it for us.
At one point Ozzy Osbourne was the person you hadn’t interviewed yet, but wanted to. Did you finally get to talk with him?
Yes. I got to interview him on Uranium. It was everything I hoped for. It was at his house. He talked to me for over an hour and I could understand everything he said. He was very on point. It was one of my biggest dreams come true.
Speaking of Ozzy, what do you think of Ozzfest being free this year?
I think it’s great. It’s quite an expensive experience between the food and the tickets. I hope it works out. I’m sure it will be packed.
A lot of metal package tours have sprung up the past few years. Is Ozzfest the best one, or have others taken its place?
I definitely don’t think it’s the best, but it’s the most popular. Ozzfest was incredible in the late ‘90s. From about 1997 to 2001 it was awesome, then they started getting into nu-metal and other stuff. I’m not really crazy about the main stage, but the second stage is still great. I’ve been to Gigantour and Blackest Of The Black. The Blackest of The Blacks really keeps to that scene, the darker stuff. It’s cool because you know what you’re going for. Gigantour is great. They had some incredible bands last summer. It was almost like the old Ozzfest. I love my Megadeth.
Who have you interviewed that was least like you expected them to be?
Trent Reznor, who was my first interview ever. He was a lot nicer and a lot more articulate and interesting to talk to than I expected. A lot of younger bands have a lot more attitude when you interview them. Older bands are the best to interview. They are old school and have nothing to prove. They are so respectful and really fun. Some newer bands act more like a jackass.
Is it a different dynamic when you’re interviewing the entire band together instead of one on one?
Yes, because in a lot of bands the vocalist is usually the one that speaks the most and has the most energy. If you’re talking with a band, usually about three of them are sitting there staring into space. I’m always trying to get them to say something. Sometimes it’s better to interview the quieter guys separately in their own element. You don’t always get to do it the way you want to, though.
What makes a good interview?
When I see that the person that I’m interviewing is really into what we’re talking about, is happy to talk, is being sincere, and really elaborates on the answers and gets a good discussion going. That’s what makes me happy. We can have an actual in depth conversation that gives insight into their music and their character. If people get comfortable in an interview and become themselves it becomes really fun.
What was your worst interview experience?
The System Of A Down interviews that I’ve done have been the most unpleasant for me. When they were off camera they were really cool and really nice, but as soon as the camera went on they weren’t. I would ask a question and they would give completely random answers. It wasn’t funny. I told them if they didn’t want to answer the questions it was cool, we didn’t have to be here. But I had a crew of five people that were also trying to work. For example, I would ask them about the lyrics on the album and the answer was “horse vagina.” They thought it was really funny. It happened twice. The last time they wouldn’t answer my questions and said, “we’re artists, you’re the interviewer, it’s your job to mold the questions toward the way we’re acting.”