Don McMillan III, is a bit of a legend, in the Sacramento metal as a promoter and musician playing in bands such Habeas Corpus, Mind Furnace and most recently Face Of Scorn. I fondly remember, one of his shows, in North Sacramento was in the titty bar part of town with Behemoth, Deicide, Amon Amarth, Vehemence and Revenge, super stacked line up. Don took some time out his marauding schedule to answer some of our questions.
How did you first get into music, was it through TV, radio or parents?
I would have to say my mother was a strong influence. She played records while cleaning…Bee Gees, Heart, Tina Turner….
Who or what turned you onto metal?
I remember an older guy on our street who listened to hard rock and metal in the mid seventies…he would jam 8 tracks…
What got you started playing music, how old were you and have you always been creative?
I’d say 12-13 yrs old…just radio and records were available…then cassettes…whatever edgy stuff I could find…
I used to draw pictures of stage shows and set ups, lyrics… I’ve always wanted to have a hand in every process…
How did you become a singer or guitarist and are you proficient in any other instruments?
I saw a band play at lunch in 7th grade…the singer left a lasting impression on me with his stage show…I recently in the past few years have learned to play guitar…vocals are my main instrument…
Were you forced to go to church as a youth, if so were you an altar boy or participate in some other ways?
Funny you ask…I was forced to attend Catholic services on Sundays and other services…plus I attended a Catholic School in Woodland.
What was the local scene in like in the beginning , was there a particular band you aspired to be like, favorite local bands back then, favorite local bands now?
I remember the early 80’s….Overkill, Motorhead, Iron Maiden…etc…Cattle Club days…the scene was strong with people tape trading…flyering…you always knew where a show was… I’d say I was inspired mainly by Cronos of Venom….his presence…vocals…my favorite locals then were Heathen…now…The New Plague.
Who are your biggest musical influences? What album epitomizes your style of music over all others?
Kreator. Hands down…a very big influence…my direction…my drive…genre… Venoms At War with Satan will definitely be the one that defines my style…
What was the first music you bought and what have you bought more than once? What is your most prized music collectible?
I remember it was a Journey album…I became good friends with the local record store owner…He let us listen to the import metal albums he would receive from Europe…I slowly started to amass a huge record collection of hardcore…Metal and Black Metal…Most prized…a tape advertisement from a fanzine for Sodom’s 1984 demo…autographed by Angelripper.
Top 5 albums or songs released in the last 12 months and all time?
Last 12 months
Dimmu Borgir – Eonian
Judas Priest – Firepower
Flotsam & Jetsom – The End of Chaos
Artas – Ora Et Gomorrha
Overkill – The Wings of War
Slayer – Reign in Blood
Venom – At War with Satan
Iron Maiden – Number of the Beast
Testament – The Gathering
King Diamond – The Eye
Do you still buy cd’s and records or mostly use streaming sites? Which sites do you use?
I still buy CD’s and records…I use YouTube to checkout bands…if an album really grabs me, I purchase the full album to add to my collection.