Episode 10: Danny Diablo | The King of Queens

Danny Diablo a.k.a Lord Ezec and his girlfriend Alexandra Rose, traveled from N.J. To Brentwood L.I. where we sat in a friends home to have an extensive interview. Keith Franco ( Elmo) joins us in the interview and was kind enough to host us for this episode in his dining room.

Danny Diablo may be living in N.J. for the moment, but don’t get it twisted, he’s still The King Of Queens. He talked openly and honestly about all of the ups and downs of his career and where he’s headed in this modern musical climate that’s very different then when he started more than 20 years ago in the NYHC scene.
Highlights of our Discussion include:
-Signing CONCRETE DREAMS, to his new label E-TRAIN RECORDS.
-State of ILL-ROC records
-The Crackson Heights project
-His Origins in the NYHC scene
-His Origins in Graffiti and DMS
-Vocal Influences
-The movies that made LORD EZEC
-State of all his bands, Crown of Thornz, Skarhead and The Wilding Incident
-Being offered to fight Jose Canseco
-Almost fighting rapper STITCHES for charity
-The story behind signing with Travis Barker.
-The story behind befriending RANCID in N.Y. C.
-Recording with TIM ARMSTRONG
-Difference between living in NY and California
-The “New York Curse”
-Being Roommates with PETER GREENE
-Never before heard stories about touring with MOTORHEAD
-Never before heard stories of FRIENDS and FOES in the NYHC scene.

Near the end of the episode, we test Danny’s knowledge of Queens-born celebrities, with a rousing game of “Queens or NOT”, written by Keith Franco.

“I’m the last of a dying breed, a viking” explains Danny near the end of this interview. And although we agree, it becomes clear throughout this interview that there’s really no singular word that describes our guest. He’s more than a viking. He’s a graffiti artist, an emcee, a lyricist, a punk rocker, a metalhead, a b-boy, a storyteller, a loyal friend, a lover AND a fighter. But, with all that being said, he’ll be the first to tell you that hes just a “hardcore kid at heart”.