With over two decades of experience under his belt, Dez Fafara is one of the most notable and raw frontmen you can ever see live. We got the chance to catch up with the DevilDriver vocalist as he spoke about some of the younger bands that interest him as well as what first caught his attention when he began listening to music. He also gives some very informative advice to his younger self that maybe helpful to those newer bands out there.

When we asked if there were any newer bands out there that get him pumped, Fafara talked about the guys from Cancer Bats, whom he has been on tour with. He also digs Whitechapel and says, ‘I’ve heard them coming out of my son’s room for years.” It just so happens Whitechapel recently announced a tour with DevilDriver. See the full list of dates below.

Fafara continues, “I keep my ear to the ground, I really do. I don’t want to be out of touch at all and plus I’ve got kids. When you’ve got a 15-year-old, an 18-year-old and a 22-year-old you hear everything in the house, probably before you’re going to hear it on the road or before most people become exposed to it.”

Fafara also delves deep into what got him into heavy metal music as well as his fondness for all types of genres of music, “I had my parents record collection and that’s what got me into music.”

Check out our interview above with Dez Fafara of DevilDriver.

DevilDriver, Carnifex and Fit for an Autopsy 2014 Tour Dates:

5/15: Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Live
5/16: Salt Lake City, UT @ In the Venue

DevilDriver and Whitechapel 2014 Tour Dates:

5/17 — Denver, Colo. — Summit Music Hall
5/18 — Albuquerque, N.M. — Sunshine Theater
5/19 — Tempe, Ariz. — Marquis Theater
5/20 — West Hollywood, Calif. — House of Blues
5/21 — San Diego, Calif. — House of Blues
5/22 — San Francisco, Calif. — DNA Lounge
5/23 — Sacramento, Calif. — Ace of Spades
5/24 — Portland, Ore. — Hawthorne Theatre
5/25 — Boise, Idaho — Knitting Factory
5/26 — Spokane, Wash. — Knitting Factory
5/27 — Seattle, Wash. — El Corazon
5/29 — Calgary, Alberta — Marquee Beer & Market Stage
5/30 — Edmonton, Alberta — Union Hall
5/31 — Regina, Saskatchewan — Riddell Centre
6/01 — Fargo, N.D. — The Venue
6/02 — Minneapolis, Minn. — Mill City Nights
6/03 — Milwaukee, Wis. — The Rave
6/04 — Joliet, Ill. — Mojoes
6/05 — Kokomo, Ind. — CenterStage Bar and Grill
6/08 — Cincinnati, Ohio — Bogarts
6/10 — Toronto, Ontario — The Opera Housr
6/11 — Pittsburgh, Pa. — Altar Bar
6/12 — New York, N.Y. — Stage 48
6/13 — Philadelphia, Pa. — Theater of the Living Arts
6/14 — Baltimore, Md. — Baltimore Sound Stage
6/15 — Charlotte, N.C. — Tremont Music Hall
6/16 — Atlanta, Ga. — The Masquerade
6/17 — Orlando, Fla. — Firestone Live
6/18 — Ft. Lauderdale, Fla. — Revolution
6/20 — Houston, Texas — Scout Bar
6/21 — Corpus Christi, Texas — House of Rock
6/22 — Dallas, Texas — Gas Monkey Bar ‘N Grill (Outside)
6/23 — Austin, Texas — Mohawk