Thanks for supporting the Hound and taking the time to let everyone know more about what you have going on in your many efforts. I'm gonna do my best here not to ask any mundane or pointless questions and feel free to say pass if something is boring or inconsequential to you. At this point, starting off, I have no set number of questions to ask or any exact directions, just many ideas. I hope you have a lot of fun with this and that the readers can enjoy scrolling over this part of the site or flipping through these pages of the zine.
You have many aspirations that you are involved in ranging from a clothing line to modeling for bands, artistic prints and more. Can you in your own words introduce your many outlets for those readers that are not already familiar?
|BATHORY: Besides merchandise modeling for metal bands I also go go dance for local metal shows here in NYC. I took a break from it for awhile and recently started getting back into it. I'm looking forward to dancing at more events in the near future. |
I am starting to shoot sets for the site Zivity. Anyone can join to view and vote on model's photo sets. I'm really excited to be starting on that! I have my own t-shirt/underwear line called Metal Vixen Threads. The designs are metal inspired and there are stuff for girl's, guy's, and kids!
|HEAVY HOUND: How long have you been active in modeling for heavy bands? I was introduced to you through Mutilador, the black metal e-zine that you have been featured in and - I think you had an interview as well at some point? From there, I contacted you to do a promo shoot for The Seventh Gate's merchandise. I believe the quality of the photographers you work with and your attention to the detail of colors on yourself, on the merch and in the pleasantly unusual environments you tend to shoot in make you really stand out as a respectable artist and someone I would definitely recommend, hence this conversation.|| |
BATHORY: I have been modeling for bands for about 3 years now. It all started after I won the Dark Funeral model contest. Yes, I did have an interview featured in Mutilador e-zine a few years back. I'm glad you liked the photos I did for you guys! I usually like to shoot band merch at odd locations. It makes for more interesting photos as opposed to just posing in front of a white, plain background all of the time.
|HEAVY HOUND: You exhibited a great deal of enthusiam and creativity for the aforementioned merch shoot. One series of photos included a crispy babydoll on a chain. This was inspired by the music of The Seventh Gate or it was a concept you were very interested in otherwise? Which shoot/design that you've done was the most fun to create and work on? Was it the overall outcome that made it so, or the environment the shoot was in, or just a damn good day in general? Also the same with the one that was the least fun or didn't come out the way you hoped - any really good horror stories of shoots gone wrong?|| |
BATHORY: The shots of me with the charred baby doll was more of a spur of the moment thing. At the abandoned location I was shooting at, there was this dirty, old baby doll laying around so I thought it would be interesting to incorporate it in the shoot. I wanted to look like a crazy mother ha ha! The chain attached made it even more eerie.
I really have a lot of fun shooting horror/gore. It's great to play a murderer or play a victim and get all bloody! I especially had fun shooting the promo for your CD where I modeled as a slaughtered murder victim. There's just something about getting drenched in blood, even if it's fake blood! I've had a shoot or two where the photographer turned out to be a creep. One couldn't keep his hands to himself and the other thought he was such a stud. I'm happy to say that this doesn't happen often to me and that I've made many good friends with a lot of the photographers I have worked with.
|HEAVY HOUND: You've shot in abandoned insane asylums and other enchanted buildings. Do you have any ghost stories to share?
BATHORY: Unfortunately, I don't have any ghost stories about the times I shot at abandoned insane asylums. Just this one time a photographer and I walked into a room in the power plant of the abandoned asylum and we saw a shadow or something like it move when we opened the door. The feeling was kind of heavy and weird at that moment. I'm hoping to see more odd things when I visit there again!
HEAVY HOUND: Can you share some things about the history and evolution of your career in heavy music? Did you start out modeling for bands for fun and it grew into something or was it another way? You've worked with and are working with a lot of really sick bands, some underground and some internationally renowned - what trials and tribulations did you have on your path to working with some of your favorite bands?
I started modeling for bands, as I stated earlier, when I won the Dark Funeral contest. After that it became my passion to work with metal bands I was a fan of. I love supporting the metal scene and the bands through my modeling. After the DF contest I entered and won the Devian metal model contest. This only pushed me to work harder to contact other bands about working with them. I have spoken to a lot of other bands who I wished to work with but they weren't as interested in having a merchandise model as the bands I have worked with already. All bands are different. Some like to have model's modeling their merch and some don't.|
|HEAVY HOUND: I've come to learn that you have earned the jealousy of your less skilled peers. Is there anything you like to set straight about the constant harrassment you receive from other envious models?
BATHORY: Yes, I have had troubles with other envious models. I don't really feel like I have to set anything straight regarding this situation. It's too childish and ridiculous to even address it. All I have to say is this industry is tough and you have to have a thick skin. I've learned to be a stronger, better person and model through all of this drama. Haters just push me to succeed and do greater things.
|HEAVY HOUND: The murder shoot that you did for Palkoski was awesome. After it was done I realized that perhaps it was unjust of me to suggest writing the name - Random Antagonist Complex - on your body. My full vision was such that Random Antagonist Complex be scrawled on the wall or floor in blood, however I though that on your person would be more visible and more effective for the promotional cause, for purposes of legibility. You do have a section on your site explaining to bands that you will not simply write on yourself and take a snap shot, because you are a professional. I agree with your proclamation of professionalism - as I was stating in my reflections about your attention to details within the settings. I would like to apoligize if - in someway you found that scrawling of Random Antagonist Complex - to be questionable in regards to your level of professionalism. Do you encounter any measures of misconception from bands that hit you up for modeling shoots? There are definitely opinions and judgments that some close minded members of the heavy music community have. In this predominately testerone fueled scene do you find it difficult to gain the respect of others for your artistic endeavors? On the same note, how much do you find that there are pig headed opinions working against you? Perhaps very much the opposite?
BATHORY: No apologies necessary! I had a lot of fun doing that shoot. When I wrote that in my blog I meant I don't do the whole, write the band's name on my body and snap a few photos myself using my point and shoot camera. If it's asked of me to write the band's name on my body, there has to be a concept behind it and be professionally done, which was how the shoot for Palkoski was done. I don't think I find it difficult to gain the respect of others for my artistic endeavors. My fans and those I have worked with in bands have been really awesome and respectful to me. Especially after getting to know me:)
HEAVY HOUND: We've talked briefly about the liklihood that there are extraterrestrial influences in our human existence. There are several bands associated with Heavy Hound which are also in support of this notion. To name a couple - Ancient Astronaught (pretty self explanatory there) and Akris's several tracks on this subject; Unidentified and Row of Lights to name a few. Akris's track Row of Lights was written after the three of us (in the tour van) witnessed something unexplainable in the sky. Does your belief of terrestrial influence weigh in on any of your creative outlets?
BATHORY: As you know, I am a huge believer in the ancient alien astronaut theory. I am a open minded person and I feel my beliefs shape who I am. At photo shoots I am open to any ideas the photographer has.
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