Washington Deathcore band, Enterprise Earth, have made their rounds and have come to found solid ground as an influencer in the world of breakdowns that lead to headbanging and nights full of rowdy fans raging. Between eclectic cover art and a brutal delivery of slam riffs and heavy music, the band’s recent second studio album, ‘Embodiment’, is cleverly entitled and serves the purpose behind the intention of the word. I caught up with lead vocalist, Dan Watson, to discuss the technological advances that aided in the production of ‘Embodiment’, his gratitude toward leading a life as a musician, the abysmally deep meaning behind his first tattoo and more.
First and foremost, introduce yourself to our readers. Who is Enterprise Earth?
My name is Dan Watson and I’m the vocalist of Enterprise Earth. We’re an extreme metal band based out of Washington state. Well, I would consider Washington our headquarters more than where we are based because our lead guitarist Gabe lives in Pittsburg and I live in Northwest Indiana.
Congrats on the recent release of your second studio album, ‘Embodiment’.
Ten years ago this band couldn’t possibly exist, but thanks to the development technology and social media, we’re able to work on music separately and send ideas back and forth to each other over the internet. Then once the material is solidified and demoed out, we come together and bring the album to life. As far as vocals go, our guitarist BJ Sampson wrote most of the album and sent me a rough mix to demo vocals to, once I was done writing I flew out to Portland and tracked the vocals in the studio with the rest of the guys. Then after that, we impatiently waited for mixes to come back. We’re very picky with mixes because our music is everything to us. We put everything on the line every single day as we pour our very essence into our music so when our creation is left in someone else's hands we expect only the excellence we pour into it from them.
What artist contributes the highly intricate and unique album artwork on ‘Embodiment’?
The art was done by the very talented Par Olofsson.
Any upcoming tour or festival appearance plans that you can fill us in about?
We’re currently on tour with one of my favorite bands, Make Them Suffer, and label mates Spite. Both are amazing live bands and some of the most down to earth people I’ve encountered on tour. I can’t say anything about our next tour, but I can say that we’re gonna finish the years strong with another amazing lineup and that I’ll be able to put few more check-marks on my bucket list. I’m so thankful to have the opportunity to be here side by side with such humble bands and beautiful people.
Tell us about your first tattoo that you ever got done and if you would still get that piece tattooed on your body today if you could start all over?
I actually just got most of my tattoos in the last year and a half. I’ve wanted tattoos since I was old enough to know what they were, but I was always on the fence about everything I wanted. I wanted to make sure that I didn’t get tattoos just to have tattoos. It was important to me to only get ink when I had passages of my journey to print. My first tattoo is the symbol for my side project, Mire Lore. It’s a moon crescent with a dead tree growing inside of it. It symbolizes all the darkness that spawned from the pain that was inflicted upon me over the course of the first quarter of my life. The early stages of human life and experience determine what kind of human being you will become the rest of your life. The moon to me represents light in the darkness. The dead tree represents my mental state after wandering the darkness for so long. I see it as a part of me. The weak side. The side of me that had faith in humanity and gave everything and everyone the benefit of the doubt, exposing the most sensitive side of who I am, the side of me that trusted humanity, governments, and teachers until their betrayal scorched the bark of the branches and the trunk of the tree. It looks dead on the outside but beneath the scorched soil remains roots burrowed so deep in the ground, waiting to gain enough strength to strike back. I have zero regrets.
Photo Credit: Sam Madnick
Any fellow Stay Sick Recordings labelmates that you’d like to give a shout-out to?
Spite! They’re the sweetest, down to earth, hardworking and extremely talented musicians I’ve had the chance to tour with. They deserve the world. I think what really touches my heart about these dudes, is that they have the same passion as I do, not to compete or to feel better than any other band like the industry and the consumers force artists to think but to come out on tour and expand the family.
Have you stumbled upon any Enterprise Earth fan tattoos over the years?! If so, fill us in.
I have! People have been tattooing our emblem on their bodies. Honestly, I put so much into the band and bleed so hard for it, but feel insecure sometimes so when I see a tattoo of our band emblem it really reignites my belief in myself and in my band. Sometimes the grind of tour and sacrifice really gets to me, but when I see the support of fans that believe in us strong enough to stain their bodies with our emblem, I’m reminded that I’m not alone. We’re building an army with our music and once we’re strong enough our true numbers will show. Our strength will be measured by the numbers that sacrifice with us.
What is your perception of the current state of Deathcore?
Some will say it’s dead and some will say this has been the best year for Deathcore so far. I don’t think Deathcore will go anywhere. To me, it’s a modern Death metal, with fans so passionate about the music that it will live on forever. As long as there is darkness, corruption, death, betrayal, pain, suffering, starvation and human sin, Deathcore will be here to keep the people angry about it!
Any words of wisdom for kids picking up an instrument or mic in hopes of following in your footsteps and starting up a band?
Start small. It starts with a dream and it’s up to you to make the next step. The universe won’t wait for you if you hesitate. If you want something bad enough, you’ll figure out a way to make it happen for yourself.
Last but certainly not least, any closing messages for your fans?
Thank you! I look back at when I was younger staring out the window in class daydreaming about standing on stage performing. I wouldn’t be here without the support from all of you and for that, I am eternally grateful. I love you all.