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There is no more stronger, mysterious, or angry a force for women in the hardcore and metal world than Otep, a group that has seen quite the storied success in the mainstream world. However, with each new release comes a new incarnation, this time focusing on the vast wasteland Otep Shamaya herself perceives this nation to be headed towards, especially with this upcoming presidential election. I was offered the chance to shoot some questions her way via e-mail, and Otep herself was kind enough to oblige by answering some questions about the album, the new outward appearance of the group, as well as Donald Trump. Check out what she had to say below, and make sure to watch the band’s video for “Zero”, which comes off their upcoming album Generation Doom, due out this April 15th.

How is everything on your end? Safe to assume busy with the April release of ‘Generation Doom’?

Otep:
Hi. Yes. Extremely busy but busy is good. There’s an excitement around this album that I’ve never felt before.

You recently started a guest column with Metal Sucks, and your first post tackled Donald Trump. After reading it, is it safe to assume he has your vote then?

Otep:
I wouldn’t piss on Donald Trump if he was on fire.

Sarcasm aside, do you really believe if Donald Trump becomes president, we’ll actually be ushered into a totalitarian neo-apocalyptic country on par with Mad Max and Logan’s Run?

Otep:
Yes. I do. He knows absolutely nothing about governing a nation. Running a corporation where people are expendable, you can file bankruptcy to get out of debt and leave all the little guys suffering without pay, where you’re surrounded by “yes-men” who never tell you that you have a bad idea is in no way a resume for running the most powerful nation on the planet. He’s a habitual liar, a cheat, a crook, a sexist, racist, homophobic, Nazi-loving asshole. He’s a fascist. He wants to turn the government into another TRUMP branded entity.

Out of curiosity, have you by chance read his recent book ‘Crippled America’ in which he outlines his plans if he wins? Or are you taking him at face value as far as what he is saying during the debates and in interviews?

Otep:
He has no policy specifics. Just generalized ideas and insults and these grandiose hyperboles about how horrible America is now. He claims to want to make America great again – but for who? Gays? Black people? Hispanics? Women? It’s the 21st century and we are still fighting for equality. What he wants to do is go back to a time when rich White Men ruled the nation and make everyone else a second class citizen.

Who would you actually like to see run the country when all is said and done?

Otep:
Anyone but Trump. But I lean toward whoever has the right position on Climate Change. If we don’t save the planet then all other issues are null and void. Right now, Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton have Climate Change as their top issues.

Is the political landscape in general this presidential election one of the main driving forces behind Generation Doom, or is there more of a personal message behind it like ‘Sevas Tra’?

Otep:
GENERATION DOOM is similar to Sevas TRA in that Sevas Tra was was a personal journey into my most vulnerable places but also included cultural and political observations.

Listen to the brand new song “In Cold Blood” HERE!

Your appearance for Generation Doom reminds me of the Thunderdome entry of that series. Was this one of the main inspirations behind the visual aspect of the release, or are they other post-apocalyptic style science fiction/political fall of man flicks?

Otep:
Actually, MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was the visual inspiration for this album. Furiosa is one of my favorite characters of all times.

You dropped two singles from Generation Doom so far. “Lords of War” had a very dystopian atmosphere, while “Zero” felt more along the lines of “Warhead” from ‘House of Secrets’. Do these two sum up what to expect with the album, or will fans find other emotionally diverse surprises as well?

Otep:
Many, many more surprises.

Prior to this release, you were with Victory Records for quite a while. How did Otep end up signing with Napalm Records instead of remaining with Victory?

Otep:
Napalm Records courted me for 7 months. We built a relationship during that time of trust and support and understanding what music means to me, what my fans mean to me, and how important it is to protect the message in the songs. Genre isn’t important to me. The message is. And Victory Records is the Donald Trump of the record industry. Take that how you will.

Do you feel that Otep fits in with Napalm given the bands they typically sign? Please explain if possible.

Otep:
Lots of great bands on the label. I’m not sure if we fit in or not but we have a great partnership so far with our A&R Demetri Benoist and the rest of the Napalm team and that’s really all that matters to me.

Listen to the song “Lords of War” HERE!

Did being with Napalm Records open doors to certain studios or engineers, provide additional funds to make certain things happen, anything like that to make Generation Doom what it came to be, or was it already recorded and done before you signed?

Otep:
My guitarist Aristotle and I had been working on new music and planned on self-releasing. We have a few ideas in pre-production but with Napalm’s help we were able to land a meeting with legendary producer Howard Benson and together we made an incredible an album.

You’re hitting the road with Lacey Sturm, September Mourning, Doll Skin, and Through Fire starting in April until late May. Were these bands you wanted to tour with/have toured with before?

Otep:
It’s a great line up. Very dynamic and each band offers something different. And that’s what I love about going to concerts. Seeing different kinds of bands on the same bill. I think its one of the strongest line ups we’ve had in a long time.

Thank you for taking the time out to get back to me, and for putting up with my sarcasm early on as well. Is there anything else you want to say before I let you go?

Otep:
Thanks to all our fans and supporters who’ve shared this journey with us!


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Interview conducted thanks to Freeman Promotions.