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Dan Yemin/August 20, 2013
Joseph A. Gervasi interviews Dan Yemin of the bands Lifetime, Kid Dynamite, and Paint It Black as well as others. Dan didn’t grow up in Philadelphia, but he’s lived here for 21 years. Dan’s played in three very popular bands and, into his forties, retains a tremendous enthusiasm for music and life. His devotion to the DIY ethos is still firmly in place. We talk about his upbringing surrounded by books in North Jersey in the ’70s and early ’80s, his early love of music beginning with hard rock, his discovery of punk through bands like The Clash in the early ’80s, his political and social aweness as well as veganism, playing in bands, seeing shows in dodgy places like City Gardens in Trenton, being inspired by the DIY ethos in the ’90s at the Jon Hiltz and Cabbage Collective shows and with bands such as Universal Order of Armageddon and John Henry West, the state of basement shows in Philly today, raising children, and scores of other subjects. Dan’s enthusiasm and positivity shine through in this interview.
Addendum: The black-and-white photo was taken by Karen Kirchhoff in May 2014, the better part of a year after this interview was conducted. She took this photo so Dan could be included in her photo show at the Grindcore House begining on June 6, 2014.