NOOSE magazine has arranged an exclusive interview with youtube music outlet Right Wing Death Squad. RWDS brings a fresh new approach to far-right music, donning a pop aesthetic while setting a high standard for production values and technical execution.
What was the process which led you to your current beliefs and convictions? Any specific events that changed the way you look at things?
I have always been mildly politically engaged, but my beliefs never strayed too far from a center-right position. This changed shortly after watching streams of the Ferguson riots (around August 2014) and especially now after the migrant crisis in Europe. What really stoked my fire was the ridiculous reaction of the media and the general populace, and how tame and misguided it seemed in reaction to these incredibly troubling events. There have been plenty of other events like this in my lifetime, but these two affected me the most.
What gave you the idea for this project? How did you start doing these parody songs?
I’ve been writing music and singing for most of my life, so that part was already there. One day, I heard a Youtube user’s parody song called “Blink 1488 – All The Rapefugees” and although it was incredibly hilarious, I wanted to do a more serious sounding version of my own. I contacted him (Flimzim
) and he said he was totally fine with it, and I ended up turning it into an album of Blink 1488 songs. I have since recorded and released 19 parody songs from various genres and artists, and I have about just as many in the works.
The production quality on your material is extremely impressive. Do you have a professional background or was this ever only a hobby? If so how did you learn?
I am self-taught, and I’ve been using the same DAW [ed: digital audio workstation] for over 10 years now so the production side comes naturally. Music in general has always been a passionate hobby of mine, but I’m hoping that RWDS can turn into something serious so that I can start focusing all my time on creating content.
Can you talk to us a bit about your creation process? How do you choose the songs to cover, and where do you get inspiration for your lyrics? Also, what software and equipment do you use and recommend for other aspiring musicians?
For the covers, choosing the songs is the most complex part of the process. It mostly stems from my own tastes in music, but I also consider how the tone of the song will help carry the message and how the listeners will receive it. The singer and their style of singing has to at least somewhat fit my voice. The topics I choose usually emerge from the existing lyrics and manifest themselves from there, although sometimes I do scrap the original lyrical concept if I have a specific topic in mind. As far as equipment goes, believe it or not, I’ve been using a $30 Logitech headset to record all of my vocals so far, so if I had a message to other artists it would be to not be afraid to start small. I recently ordered a Samson USB Meteor Mic (still a pretty cheap mic), and although I haven’t tried it out yet, I’m certain that the quality of my production is only going to increase as I keep releasing content. As far as recommending software goes, this all depends on your level of experience and which software fits your needs. Everyone is going to have their own unique setup, and it’s best to just experiment with what works best for you.
Right now pretty much all music produced in fascist and nationalist circles is hard core and abrasive. Nothing approaching the mainstream. Yet you cover a lot of material with mainstream appeal and a catchy quality to it. What gave you the idea to make pop-style nationalist music, and is this something you’d encourage others to do?
I think it’s important that we don’t confine ourselves to one type of music. We shouldn’t hide away from mainstream culture, and instead it should be our prime focus to take it back. Making this catchy pop music with the pro-white message is, at least in my mind, a good way to go about that. I’m also dipping into abrasive genres like metal, but that’s because I love heavier music and I think that the metalheads of our movement shouldn’t be denied their fun. Over time I’m going to hit as many different genres as I possibly can, while making sure that it still suits the level of quality I’m going for with RWDS.
Your channel is devoted to parodies of existing songs. Are there original pieces in the works? If not, is that something you contemplate for the future?
I absolutely plan on writing my own music. I have the instruments, but I’ve been saving up for a new digital input so that I can record my own stuff. With that said, I’m having a lot of fun doing parodies right now, so I think once I finish everything I’ve wanted to get out of my system, I’ll focus on writing my own music so that I can actually sell it and distribute physical copies.
A few of your most recent songs have had a very heavy sound. Do you intend to branch more towards that direction, or are you rather committed to exploring a variety of different styles?
I am 100% committed to exploring new genres, but it will follow my own tastes in music, which I think will help to continue differentiating myself from other content creators.
Are you affiliated with any group or movement (which you’d like to plug)? Are you active in any online community?
In the same way that I don’t want to confine myself to one type of music, I’m going to do my best to keep my message separate from specific groups. I did write my most recent piece from the perspective of the alt-right, but I want to make it clear that when I write songs like that, I’m not trying to be that community’s spokesman. I wrote that track because someone (Milo) was trying to subvert that community and redefine what had (from my understanding) already been defined. As a content creator just trying to push out the best message for my people, I think that confining myself to one space would be counter-productive. The message will always be pro-white and pro-European, but the angle I approach it from will be varied depending on how I feel like writing that day.
Any other comments or message for the readers?
Although the general movement I’m trying to help push forward is one that is serious and somber, I want my fans to have fun with my music. I’m having fun with it, and at the end of the day, I’m just trying to help create content to help people see inside a mind that is dealing with being a white male in the current year.
Support RWDS on his Patreon page.