Metal Pit's Maiden of the month for February 2013 :
Lariyah Daniels ,
vocalist for the band Hessler and bikini model and competitor.
Hello Lariyah,thank you so much for agreeing to chat with us today on
the Metal Pit.
Lariyah: My pleasure [smiles] thank you for having me. &
The Metal Pit: You are the vocalist for the band Hessler,can you tell
us how you all hooked up and decided to form the band?
I did not form the band. Hessler has already existed almost 2 years
before I joined I'd say early 2009, but it was nothing like it is right
from back then was Igz Kincaid's formation, fronted by a male vocalist.
Every member was replaced, and by the middle of 2011 we became who we
are now, a five-piece band - now truly called Hessler.
The Metal Pit: Would you mind introducing us to your band mates?
course, is alphabetical order of their last names ok? [laughs]. Igz
Kincaid - lead and rhythm guitars , Marcus Lee - drums, Erik Michael -
bass guitar, and Frankie 'Snakes' Sripada - lead and rhythm guitars
The Metal Pit: In my opinion you and this band are an extreme
adrenaline rush,just a non stop in your face energy shot,kinda like a
Red Bull mixed with anabolic steroids, lol.........is that an accurate
description or how would you describe Hessler's music?
you got that right, Nick. As much as we are rocking our asses off on
stage to most of our songs, we also do write a little slower songs, we
don't lock ourselves into that one small box because that would not let
us progress whatsoever. We are definitely a live band, if you can't see
us performing live, you wouldn't understand. I'm still wondering how
Igz still has his head on his neck because the speed he head bangs is
comparable to a fan [laughs].
The Metal Pit: The band's first full length cd "Comes with the
Territory" came out last fall and seems to be doing very well for you
guys.Did the cd turn out better than expected and are you surprised how
quickly the fans have embraced it?
you, yes it's been a great success so far. Looks like our fans really
like it, and that makes me happy. Did it turn out better than expected?
Feedback and sales wise, yes - we are selling them all over
the world and ship them daily. Recording and production wise- I would
say that being very self critical and hungry for perfection, it was
definitely a great step forward for our first EP 'Bad Blood', but we
were rushing the release to have it done by our South and West USA tour
that's why we didn't have enough time to 'polish' it, but honestly I
think that even when our 3rd or 4th album becomes a platinum record we
still won't be completely satisfied and will always progress, always
make the next one EVEN better [laughs]
The Metal Pit: The band shows a wide range on this cd with anthematic
tunes such as "Waste Away" and "Rising Sign" to the haunting and
beautiful song "Million lights Above".Are there any songs in particular
that have special meaning to you?
think that every vocalist has some songs of their repertoire that then
can't help to shed some tears while singing them. 'Million Lights
Above' as you mentioned was a very first song about love, about passion
towards the other person. It was really written from my heart to that
person from my dreams. Same with 'Gone Away'. I wrote this song to my
mother who passed away when I was merely 2 years old and I just needed
to somehow put the words together to show how much pain she left inside
my and my family's hearts. Yet it really warms my heart when I hear all
kinds of translations of this song by our fans. Some of them associate
this song with their break-ups, some of them with those that they
haven't been in touch for years, it's just beautiful! My other favorite
one is 'Confessions' which describes my past in between the lines to
the subject called 'God', which is not necessarily THIS God , but more
as a metaphor, my own consciousness. The song tells the story of all my
mistakes I made during my journey to where I am now, all the choices,
decisions, all paths I took. I do not regret any of them, I would not
change a second of it because that's what shaped me, as I am now.
The Metal Pit: As the singer do you write all the lyrics for the band?
write some of them, Igz writes other ones, Snakes has his input in them
as well. Songs are written by the influence of the moment. That
particular moment that feels right, that pushes us to write it, nothing
comes forced because we HAVE TO write a song. It's all done by emotion,
by the drive.
The Metal Pit: You have a very powerful yet beautiful voice
Lariyah,have you had any professioanl voice training and at what age
did you know that singing was something you wanted to do as a
honest with you I only took some training before I joined the band and
during maybe a first few months in the Art Institute of Chicago, before
that I was in an elementary school vocal group (because god forbid to
call a choir if there's a bunch of kids singing on a different note)
but never did it professionally per say. Our producer of Comes With The
Territory, Chuck Macak, highly recommended one lady from New York who
trains a lot of metal and rock artists and I went back to
work on my vocal range, to make it even stronger, more powerful and
right where it should be. Expect some badass stuff in our next record
The Metal Pit : Who are some bands or musicians that have influenced
you over the years?
teenage years it would be Nightwish, Marilyn Manson, Dimmu Borgir,
Rammstein and Therion, but when I hit 20, I was more exposed to heavy
metal and rock and roll than my roots, and I have to admit that I found
a passion to this genre and it definitely made sense when I
joined Hessler. Now my main influences are Sebastian Bach's scratchy
and powerful vocals and Blackie Lawless's dramatic and emotional
delivery, as well as the softness of the vocalists I loved in my past.
The Metal Pit: The band hails from Chicago (U.S.) but you were actually
born in Poland,what made you decide to move to the states?
that's true. Chicago is now what I called my home but I come from
Dziwnow/Szczecin - Poland. I came to America 5,5 years ago just for
vacation and to spend some time with my family (who moved back to
Poland a year after) but there is something truly magical about this
land that it's so hard to resist. I guess Chicago has put it's spell on
me [laughs]. With all honestly, I love the huge mix of cultures,
religions, opportunities, architecture, history about the USA (even
that it's so short comparing to European one). So a day before my
scheduled flight, I called my parents and told them to call me dean at
my University because I'm staying here. With no friends, without my
family, with a new school, new life, starting from a scratch.
The Metal Pit: Can you tell us a bit about your hometown in Poland?
a little paradise. European cities and towns are purely delightful.
They are old, well, most of them, they cary a great history behind
every brick of their walls, and that's how my Szczecin is as well. From
early Medieval times' castles, monarchs' gothic cathedrals, kings and
queens' walls, dukes' fortresses, German wars and possession of my
City, yet still being preserved and beautiful. I majored in
architecture so to me there's simply a piece of art in every corner.
Now it get's a little too Americanized though. You can see these
growing monstrous malls, Subways and Starbucks everywhere, but I guess
that's the price of growth and development.
The Metal Pit: What is the Metal scene like in Chicago,are there any
favorite clubs that the band enjoys playing in?
Absolutely, House of Blues, Austin's Fuel Room, Riviera, Reggies,
Double Door, Congress Theatre and on and on. We have some really cool
places to play and we do have quite a nice rock and metal scene in
The Metal Pit: Are you noticing more and more females in the audience
these days with the growing popularity of female musicians in the Metal
it is pretty balanced, but I certainly can't wait to see how it is
going to by by the end of the year where we are already a few steps
further, where we spread the word everywhere and then we'll see how the
demographics will be changing [winks].
The Metal Pit:What is your opinion of women in the scene today?
girls were never enough appreciated as rock or metal singers. Yes, they
are recognized, they are adored, admired and certainly noticed
internationally but unfortunately there is no such thing as 'equality'
if it comes to female and male vocalists and it never was. They were
not taken as seriously, as tough besides a couple exceptions. Hopefully
it will change and ladies will be seen as just as good.
The Metal Pit: I have seen a few vids of the band playing live and
without a doubt you guys leave it all out on stage,how would you
describe a live Hessler show?
As I said
before, we are a live show band and that's what shows who we are what
it's hard to capture on a record. We do love performing, to interact
with our fans, to entertain with our energy.
The Metal Pit: You have done a couple videos for the songs "Windy City
Wild Child" ( My personal fav ) and "Kamikazi",are there any plans for
more videos sometime in the near future.
released 'Last Alive' last fall, and the new video to 'Who Will You Run
To' is coming in a week or two. Later in February or MArch we will be
filming 'Confessions' and after our tour or during this summer there
will be another one coming out as well.
The Metal Pit: You seem like a natural on stage and in front of the
camera,are videos something you enjoy doing?
you, Nick! Yes, That's what makes me happy, that's the lifestyle I
cannot imagine to live without now. Month by month I feel stronger on
stage and in front of the camera.
The Metal Pit: Ok Lariyah,here comes the obvious segue.......not only
are you a badass Metal woman who fronts the band Hessler,you also have
a very successful modeling career as well.Can you tell us how you got
into modeling and what kinds of things you have done in the past?
that's a broad question. Modeling was my income and definitely not
something that I wouldn't enjoy. I started as a promotional model,
working trade shows, events, some bikini runways, then I got into
commercials and print, it was amazing, I still like shooting once in a
while or be a part of a commercial, but as before it was my life, not
it doesn't make me feel nearly as happy as Hessler does. It just became
my hobby and a source of time filler if I find any in my busy schedule.
The Metal Pit: Is it challenging at times trying to juggle the two
say yes, if you put as much energy to both fields, but if you are smart
enough and chose only one pace and put all of your energy and efforts
into one thing, in my case - music, then the other part would be just a
joyful and fun time.
The Metal Pit: What oppurtunities are on the horizon with your modeling
of what would I do in my free time. Perhaps more commercials, more
bikini competitions and some photo shoots, but nothing that could take
away my focus from the band.
The Metal Pit: How about with the band,what are your tour plans for
a week or two we are releasing our first music video off of our new
album, then we are playing a show with Doro and Sister Sin, in March we
are hitting the road once again for almost a month, starting with SXSW
festival, then another video, constantly working on our another album,
more shows, then Rocklahoma, then South tour again targeting more
places, more states, then Europe in fall and so on. 2013 looks pretty
The Metal Pit: I doubt you have alot of free time but what kind of
things do you enjoy doing when not behind the camera or playing with
with my friends, enjoying some good merlot, sharing stories, walking
around the city, training, sweating and cleaning stuff around [laughs]
The Metal Pit: Where can fans find out more about you and the band and
pickup your music or band merch?
everything is available at www.hesslerchicago.com , our website. We
have some gadgets and posters that are exclusively offered only during
our live shows as well.
The Metal Pit : How does it feel to be chosen as the Metal Pit's Metal
Maiden of the month?
sweet :D Horns up for that. Thank you!
The Metal Pit: Is there anything at all you would like to add to this
interview,maybe something the fans do not know about you?
supporting us and let us go further. Show me that the spirit of music,
and the soul of metal and rock is still alive and well. Thank you!
The Metal Pit: Lariyah,on behalf of myself and the Metal Pit we want to
thank you for sharing some time with us today. Hessler is a very cool
band and with your talent and charisma at the forefront I know the band
is headed for some very cool things in the new year and beyond.We also
wanted to wish you the best of luck in your modeling career as well.