Fafara says rule with drug addict bandmates is “If you’re going over deep end you’re not going on my watch”
DevilDriver frontman Dez Fafara admits Jonathan Miller jumped from the band before he was pushed.
The bassist quit in March after missing several tours because he fell victim to drug addition. In a message to his bandmates he said he’d become “an emotional drain” on the outfit and had been feeling “isolated from the pack for months.”
Soon after Miller checked himself into rehab Fafara said: “I just wish Jon the best. Everything he put into the band was massive. I hope he conquers his demons and has a wonderful life. I love him.”
But now the frontman tells Noisecreep: “Jon handed off a note after we sent him home twice because of abuse of certain things. I’ll be damned if someone is going to die on my bus – he’s got to clean himself up.
“My whole thing is, if I see you going over the deep end, you’re not going to do it on my watch. I left Coal Chamber because they were all on methamphetamine. I knew me going on stage was feeding them money – feeding them drugs. I left.
“This time, with Jon, I didn’t have to leave. You leave.”
Fafara suggests his resolve has been hardened with the recent death of soul-pop singer-songwriter Amy Winehouse at 27. He says: “I feel sorry because she was a great artist. I listen to everything from blues to black metal – I’m not just that solid metal guy – I feel sorry for everyone around her. A great talent.”
But his message is: “Get off drugs. Get off hard drugs. If you’re on hard drugs right now, get off now. Your spirit will tell you what’s good and what’s bad. You know what you’re doing.”
The frontman says Miller wasn’t the only person in his life he needed to be rid of – and dealing with those issues made working on latest DevilDriver album Beast a more challenging experience.
“It was a really bad year in my life,” says Fafara. “I had to lay a lot of people to waste who were vampires in my life. Then my family was displayed two times because of wildfires in California. Try making a record when all that’s going on. But in some ways, it really adds to a very volatile record.”