5 Questions with Kory Clarke

Written by the_chelf@yahoo.gr

​ 1. You’ve been described as the last of your kind. Define your kind.

Better than Axel lol. Real Rock from the 70’s, 80’s 90’s 2000’s….There are not many authentic lead singers left in the world that are called Frontmen.

2. You embody the perfect metal/punk/hard rock amalgam. All contradicting genres which usually refuse to coincide.How on earth do you do it, successfully, for so many years?

I stay true to my influences and refuse to compromise. I do pure rock. I find it interesting to mix the genres.I have done spoken word poetry albums, I have done a lot outside of what could be considered straight up rock n roll.

3. Pick your poison. What’s your vice?

What do you got? I don’t smoke weed or do heroin but everything else is go but double margaritas in Detroit will do just fine.

4. Do you cook? And if so, do you also sing while you are at it?

I love to cook especially for many guests. I think I stand out with my fish dishes and vegetables. I drink heavily and listen to cuban folk music while doing it

You wanna come over?

 5. Yes, please. But you’ll probably kick me out when you find out that I am a vegan.

Music-wise: tell us about one thing that you are looking forward to.

I am recording the new album already, massively in place. Just did a great session in Chicago which through the magic of performance I think it will be as good or better than the last record. The material sounds very strong, some a little bit more down tempo for part of it than ‘Back On The Lash’. I get to play drums on this album on almost all the tracks which is always exciting to me..

  • Kory Clarke started the band on a bet from a promoter at New York City’s Pyramid Club, after a solo performance art show called “Kory Clarke/Warrior Soul”. Clarke was determined he would have the best band in the city within six months.
  • Nine months later he signed to Geffen Records, with a multi album deal.
  • In addition to his musical output, (and culinary skills apparently) Kory Clarke is also known for his radical outspoken original paintings.
  • He had an art exhibition in Edinburgh,  in 2015 and then 3 more art exhibitions in 2016 in Sweden, USA and Italy.
  • He once claimed that “Hardcore wrecked everything. Punk was fun until everyone turned into skinhead — whatever that was.”
  • He’s written poetry and spoken word diatribes.
  • He was originally a drummer for a number of bands, including Detroit punks L7 .


Many thanks to Kory Clarke and January Begent


29 thoughts on “5 Questions with Kory Clarke

  1. Pipe Olden says:

    Kory is the only true rebel left in the music industry. Great questions!

  2. John Dark says:

    If you are going to Kory’s for dinner I’m comin with you.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Good thing he likes to cook for large crowds because I suspect the whole chelfdom is coming over. Kory, cancel the tour and grab an apron mate.

  3. Preeti says:

    Thats a great Q& A session. Loved reading resposnes from Kory, such a talented musician. Thanks for sharing.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Glad you enjoyed the interview Preeti

  4. what a fun interview with Kory! And I love that he enjoys cooking for his friends.

  5. Marjie Mare says:

    That is a fun interview, next time, remember to call me.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      will do Marjie

  6. Stephanie says:

    What a great interview! I loved the questions you asked and if someone is cooking, count me in!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I hope Kory is reading the comment section, I’ve lost count 😉

  7. What a fun, snappy interview. I grew up in the metal/rock scene in the 80s and 90s and he reminds me a lot of all those guys. Such a rich history in those genres.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Very true! It’s the revolution in the music industry that makes up the history of rock and metal.

  8. Randy says:

    There is none better! Kory’s the man!!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:


  9. I’d love to be considered ONE OF A KIND – that’s a HUGE compliment!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      He really is so unique and talented

  10. I love that you asked if he cooked. Those are always my favorite types of questions! Drinking, cooking and dancing to cuban music!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Living THE life Angela!

  11. What an awesome interview. I love learning little tid bits about musicians…it really makes their music take on new meaning.

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Glad you liked it Holly! Getting to know the man behind the art is also my fave part!

  12. Thats so awesome!! He def looks like an old school rock artist!! Its so neat learning a bit about those musicians.

  13. Lisa says:

    This looks so awesome! So fun that you got an interview!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      I hope you guys enjoyed it as much as I did!

  14. Tara Holland says:

    Love his honest answers. Singing and having a drink is always the best way to cook!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Kory does not hold back, I can tell you that for sure! That’s how he stays true for so many years.

  15. The interview sounds so much fun. Love the choice of your questions and music and cooking is a match made in heaven.

  16. Matt Mendez says:

    Thank you for pinning down Kor!????? The one thing that I wanna know from him is when the fuck is he gonna bring the band to the west coast and if he is still anti-Seattle. Keep up the good work. You made a new fan today!

    • the_chelf@yahoo.gr says:

      Hello Matt. Welcome to the Chelfdom. Hugs for the kind words. I’ll forward the question to Kory 😉 I have a feeling he’ll be back on the Chelfdom to answer your questions soon.

  17. Mark Osenkowski says:

    No better music than Warrior Souls first 4 CD’s

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