Name: Mary Deathart
From/Currently Resides: South Bay Native! I currently am living in Los Angeles.
Favorite Musical Genres: Metal (Thrash Metal, Progressive Metal, Black Metal, Stoner Metal, some Nu-Metal, 70’s Metal, some Death Metal), Rock ‘n’ Roll, 90’s grunge & rock, blues, international music (Indonesian, Indian, Tahitian, etc.), classical music/piano (ballet-friendly music), music from the 20’s, 50’s, 70’s, ambient music.
Favorite Bands/Artists: Tool, Slayer, Dax Riggs/Acid Bath/Deadboy and the Elephant, Gojira, Deftones, Black Sabbath, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden, Electric Wizzard, Pantera, Motorhead, Maralyn Manson, NIN, Korn, Lana Del Rey, Danzig, High on Fire, Behemoth, DevilDriver, Bathory, Mastodon, Jimi Hendrix, and a lot more…
First Concert: I think it was some kind of KROQ Weenie Roast kinda bull! But in my defense, KROQ used to be a lot cooler!
Who is your favorite guitarist and why?
I can think of four! Jimi Hendrix, Dimebag Darrel of Pantera, Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath, and Adam Jones of Tool.
All of these guitarists are insanely gifted and when they play, the artistic product is so organic. You can tell they were born to have a guitar in their hands and they all have a unique signature style that I think so many aspiring musicians have tried to emulate.
What turns you on about guitarists?
Their ability to tap into flow. Flow is the “mental state of operation in which a person performing an activity is fully immersed in a feeling of energized focus, full involvement, and enjoyment in the process of the activity. In essence, flow is characterized by complete absorption in what one does.” This is such an overpowering and beautiful thing to be in the presence of. I feel like you can be swept away into it and feel like you are a part of it. I think the ability of a person to convey intense emotions through art non-verbally is such an insane talent and so inspiring… and let’s face it…it’s sexy too.
If you could see any band you haven’t seen yet who would it be and why?
Pantera – I wish I could have seen Dimebag play and experience them live.
Pentagram – I think they were sick as hell. That kind of metal coming out of the 70’s…so ahead of their time and talented. Bobby Liebling is interesting as hell in a kind of horrifying way where you question his sanity but also admire his insanity and you just want to keep watching to see what happens. (If you don’t know who I’m talking about, watch the documentary about Pentagram.)
Do you play guitar?
I’ve always wished I could! I own one and briefly had a friend who played teaching me some things. But I have a really short attention span and I moved on to something else because I was too impatient to play simple songs. I just wanted to play crazy ass metal and it doesn’t work like that! I can play the chorus from The Beautiful People though!
1) The first time I saw Tool in Vegas. It was mind blowing, like the craziest drug trip (note: I’ve never done drugs.) I thought I was going to explode from happiness and the intensity of the experience.
2) The first time I saw Gojira. I felt like I was having an out-of-body experience. That kind of thing is the most spiritual I have ever felt. To be in the presence of someone living their passion and using their gifts and to be lost in the moment and the incredible feeling that comes from being so on the same frequency with your surroundings and so immersed in the present that nothing else matters but that very moment in time.
3) Black Sabbath at the Hollywood Bowl just recently. That was an incredible high. Everything felt so right I joked with my friend we should die right then and there because life after that moment would only be a disappointment.
What is your background in modeling? When and why did you get started? Was it for the glamour? The money? Pure kicks?
I pursued it for the artistic expression. I love all elements of Photography: modeling, hair, makeup, wardrobe, editing, lighting, etc. I feel like it’s a way to be and express art non-verbally but powerfully, in the same way as music and dance. I think it’s so much fun to get to be a different person or character in modeling. It’s like being an actor but in still frames. I’ve done a few pin-up and alternative-themed shoots, and modeling for clothing brands. I think elaborate and artistic themed shoots are the most fun to be a part of. Think like Suicide Girls type of stuff, where you get to play out yours and other people’s fantasies.
Do You have any music inspired tattoos?
I have two tattoos on my forearms. One is a Gojira song title “Esoteric Surgery” next to my staples tattoo. The lyrics in that song are really inspirational to me and a part of my core beliefs – that we have the power to heal ourselves.
I have another lyric inspired tattoo that says: “Wisdom comes through suffering; Thank you pain.” Lyrics and a song title I put together that sum up part of my world view. It’s the power of perspective and what we choose to do with what we are given. To let it make you greater, stronger and wiser rather than to crumble.
What do you do for a living?
Currently I’m pursuing an education to attain my dream career. So far that’s involved a lot of dancing, becoming a personal trainer, and a Pilates instructor along the way. Aside from being a student, I wait tables at Swingers where I can let my freak flag fly free!
I’m really not a drinker anymore. I rarely ever do, but when I do in more recent times, it’s been champagne! So, not metal right?! What can I say? I’m fancy! Also, Myers Dark Rum and orange juice – so dangerous! It creeps on you! And who doesn’t like a little Jack and coke?
Photos: Alex Morgan