FamousVeggie.com's Celebrity Interview with
Darren Edwards from Brilliant Sins.
|1. What type of vegetarian are the members of Brilliant
|We are vegan. Well as close to vegan as one can possibly be in 21st century
'civilized' (ha!) America.
I heard there is animal fats/products in steel and concrete, but we do drive
cars and live in buildings. We must be hypocrites! How dare we live in
We are vegan.
2.At what age did you decide to go vegetarian/vegan?
| A lady doesn't tell his age. Oops, I'm a guy!??
Okay, we both became vegetarian about four years ago and vegan about two and
a half years ago when we were 62. Are we too old to rock 'n' roll?
We look great for being 64 and a half don't we??!! It's the vegan
|3. What were your reason's for going vegetarian/vegan?|
|Well, there were quite a few things that happened all at once, there were a
It all started when my girlfriend, Anna, brought her two family dogs out
from New York to live with her in L.A.. I had not been around dogs or
animals since I was a kid, and I viewed 'pets' as a responsibility that I
did not need. I was a musician and I wanted to be free of all responsibility
so that I could travel! Yes what a turd I was!! So, I tried my damndest to
put Anna off the idea of bringing her dogs out to L.A., I said it was a
responsibility that she and our relationship didn't need. Yes, I know:
Idiot!! Anna said "screw you!" and she brought her dogs out to L.A.. As I
spent tons of time at Anna's house I suddenly realized that these dogs were
superb!! Within one week I fell head-over-heels in love with them!! I
wanted more dogs! I suddenly loved dogs!! Suddenly I was interested in
animals! Where as in the past I never thought about animals. I would be at
a friends house who had a cat and in the past I would just ignore the cat,
now suddenly I was more interested in the cat than my friends!! Being
around Anna's dogs opened a door for me.
Then around this same time, four years ago, we were driving to San Francisco
and we passed this cattle farm, and we could see all these cows crammed
together, we found it most upsetting, and we then started discussing that
there is no difference between those poor cows and Anna's dogs, or any dog
or cat, they all experience fear and feel pain, they all have the ability to
suffer. From that point on Anna became a veggie. But I still was not. Then
about one week later I was driving on a freeway somewhere in East L.A. when
I passed a truck carrying pigs. Their little noses were poking out and were
dripping blood!! I was so saddened by this sight that I thought to myself
that I will stop financing this most barbaric of industries. I thought to
myself that yes! animals do feel pain and fear, they can, and do, suffer.
So why would I, or anyone, want to instill fear, pain and suffering in a
living feeling creature just for my big fat greedy gob-hole. I'm causing
all that suffering just for my taste-buds!!! I knew even then that it was
not a question of survival, eating animals is just greed. I then became
vegetarian. I then told Kim, the singer of Brilliant Sins, about my new
lifestyle, and as she had just adopted a dog, she was easy to convince that
veggie is the only way. Kim became veggie right after me.
Then we joined PeTA and HSUS and lots of others, and started reading more
and more on the issue, then after reading an article about dairy cows I
decided that there is no other way, I must go vegan! We both went vegan
about two and a half years ago.
|4.Do you find it hard to be vegetarian/vegan?
|Not at all. It is so easy I never even think about it. It all depends
where your convictions are. I am so adverse to causing pain, fear and
suffering to animals that it is easy to be vegan. I used to love Big Macs
and all that crap, but when I see burgers or meat or any animal product, I
see a cow who had lived a life in misery, who was most probably beaten and
kicked and then brutally killed just for some c**t to have a f*****g
burger. All that pain, suffering and death just for five minutes of taste,
it ain't worth it.
5. Do you find that you feel better or worse since going vegan?|
I feel a zillion times better! I truly love animals now. I really, really
love them!! They are perfection!! What's that Kafka quote now? You know
the one that goes something like 'I can now look at you in peace because I
no longer eat you', something like that isn't it? That's kind of how I
feel. Animals are the best!!
And as for my health! Wow!
I used to be a truck driver and I lived on burgers and fast food and just
fatty junk food every day coz it was quick and easy when I was on the road.
Well, about five years ago my doctor checked my blood pressure and
cholesterol and he said that it was "through the roof for such a young
person!!" That was before I became veg. Then about a year and a half ago
I had another physical check up and this time my doctor asked me what had I
changed? He said that my blood pressure and cholesterol were now perfect, I
told him that I was now vegan and he said that was good!!
However, I did smoke cigarettes up until a couple of months ago. I thought
that there were no animal products in cigarettes so they must be vegan. I
enjoyed smoking, so there! Then I read about the cigarette testing that was
being done on animals and obviously I thought that if no one smoked then
they would not have the pathetic excuse to test cigarettes on animals. I
chose to smoke, I knew that it was dangerous, I made a choice, but the poor
animals, that those barbarians will use in their pointless tests, do not
have a choice, they are forced to smoke. I always found it very difficult
to quit cigs, but for the animals it was easy. I quit.
By the way: how is it that after millions of people have died from smoking
related diseases they still need to test the effects of smoking on animals??
Now that is pathetic.
|6.I love the piece on your website "Hell on Earth". For those who haven't
visited and read that piece sum up your feeling's on what Hell on Earth is.
And your feeling on animal rights.
|Hell on earth is what 'life' is for farm animals and laboratory animals, and
most circus animals and a lot of zoo animals, and fur animals etc. etc.. the
list, unfortunately, is endless.
Animals should have the right to be just left the f**k alone!
In the 'civilized' (I use the word civilized very loosely) world today,
there is NO good reason to use any animal or any animal product, period!
Not for food, medical, clothes........nothing. We are against all animal
use. Animals should have the right to keep their fur and their bodies and
their freedom and their lives!
|7.What about family and friends are they understanding of this lifestyle?
What about your significant other?
|My significant other is Anna (see above), and she's a vegan. Kim's
significant other is a vegetarian.
As for our family and friends, well, they seem to be understanding now, but
at first there were a lot of debates about it, you know, the same old
arguments the one where the 'animal-user' will try any argument to justify
their animal using ways.
8. What are some dumb things you hear from non-vegetarians?|
Cows have to be milked.|
There's nothing wrong with eating eggs.
There's nothing wrong with eating meat. Eating meat is natural.
I need my protein.
I need my calcium.
It's the way it's always been.
I care about people I do.
Again, as they say, the end is listless!
Tell the readers where they may have heard of you or your music before.
They may have come across our song "Fur Is Dead" as there seems to be a big
word of mouth thing happening among animal rights groups and animal rights
people regarding that song. We get e-mails from all over the world from
activists who love that song, which is fantastic! We saw, what might be
called, a resurgence in fur wearing and we just had to say something against
it, that's why we wrote the song. "Fur Is Dead" even managed to get to the
ears of The Humane Society Of The United States who put it up on their
'Shame Of Fur' page at hsus.org, and that was the ultimate compliment to us
as it let us know that our song had some real worth as an anti-fur/animal
rights song. If "Fur Is Dead" became a big hit then the anti-fur message
would be out there for all to hear. Let's hope.
***"Fur Is Dead" can be heard and purchased at:|
The Brilliant Sins Homepage
|10.. I love your song "Fur is Dead". Do you have lots of songs talking about
|Although most of our songs are not about animal rights we do frequently put
in a few 'quips' that are animal rights related. I think that a lot of the
new stuff will have lots of animal rights quips in the lyrics. There will
most probably be a few more outright animal rights songs too.
|11.What are some of your favorite things to eat?
|Famous Eddie's vegan cookies are superb!!! (There's a famous veggie for you!
Famous Eddie. You should add Famous Eddie to your list!!)
|12. What would you like to tell your fans about going Vegetarian?
|Don't turn your backs on the suffering. You do NOT have to contribute to
animal suffering. Please go to our "Hell On Earth" page and read it all.
Then ask yourselves is all this fear, pain and suffering worth it just for
five minutes of taste on your taste-buds?
|13.Have any last thoughts or words of wisdom?
|Here are some of my favorite quotes, I think that they speak volumes:
"We have enslaved the rest of the animal creation, & have treated our
distant cousins in fur & feathers so badly that beyond doubt, if they were
able to formulate a religion, they would depict the Devil in human form."
William Ralph Inge (1860-1954)
"The awful wrongs and sufferings forced upon the innocent, helpless,
faithful animal race, form the blackest chapter in the whole world's
Edward Freeman (1823-1892)
"What is it that should trace the insuperable line?. . . The question is
not, Can they reason? nor Can they talk? but, Can they suffer?
Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832)
"I wish no living thing to suffer pain."
Percy Bysshe Shelley (1792-1822)
"The animals of the world exist for their own reasons. They were not made
for humans any more than black people were made for white, or women created
Alice Walker (1944- )
"If you close your eyes to suffering
Then you must be a stupid, cold-hearted bitch"
Brilliant Sins, "Fur Is Dead"