Havok at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival premiere of Knife Fight
|Birth name||David Paden Passaro|
November 20, 1975 |
Rochester, New York, US
|Origin||Ukiah, California, US|
|Genres||Alternative rock, punk rock, electronica, horror punk, hardcore punk, post-hardcore|
|Occupations||Singer, actor, fashion designer writer|
Son of Sam
Havok was born as David Paden Passaro, in Rochester, New York, and is of Italian ancestry. At the age of five, his father died, and when his mother later remarried, he took on the surname of his stepfather, Marchand. When Havok was five years old, he and his family moved from Rochester to Ukiah, California. There, Havok attended Catholic school until the eighth grade.
Start of AFI
In high school one day, he and his friends Mark Stopholese and Vic Chalker decided to start a band, even though they did not own or play any instruments. Stopholese suggested that his friend Adam Carson join the band as a drummer, because he knew Carson owned a drum set. That band became AFI.
Shortly after high school, the band broke up and Havok moved to Berkeley, California, where he attended UC Berkeley, planning to double major in English and Psychology. He began constantly writing lyrics to songs that would eventually appear on the albums Answer That and Stay Fashionable and Very Proud of Ya.
After gaining some popularity in their absence, AFI played a reunion show at the Phoenix Theater for several hundred fans. Following the good reception from the fans, they decided to reunite and record an album. In 1995, the band's first album Answer That and Stay Fashionable was released on Wingnut Records and in 1996, their second album Very Proud of Ya was released on Nitro Records. In 1997, the band released their third full length album, Shut Your Mouth and Open Your Eyes.
The next release was the A Fire Inside EP. It featured covers of The Cure's "The Hanging Garden", and "Demonomania" by The Misfits. In 1999, the band released Black Sails in the Sunset, which was the first album to include the current line-up: Havok, Carson, Hunter Burgan and Jade Puget. In the fall of 1999, they released the All Hallows EP.
In 2000, they released The Art of Drowning to fair record sales. The group had toured with another band, Samhain, on their reunion tour. Havok later joined three Samhain musicians, Steve Zing, London May and Todd Youth, and recorded an album in the vein of Samhain under the name Son of Sam, entitled Songs from the Earth. In 2000 when Michale Graves had left the Misfits, Havok was approached by Roadrunner Records to be the new lead singer of Misfits. However, Havok told an interviewer that he'd never leave AFI as it was his own band.
Following Davey's work with Son of Sam, AFI continued to tour for a few years and released a few EPs along the way.
AFI on a major label
In 2003, the band's first major label release, Sing the Sorrow, was released, attaining great record sales.
On June 6, 2006, Decemberunderground was released on Interscope Records. Havok, along with AFI, toured around the world. Along with this concert series, AFI's first DVD, I Heard a Voice – Live from Long Beach Arena was released on December 12, 2006, containing the live concert from Long Beach Arena from September 15, 2006. This DVD was released as a CD-version in November 2007. DecemberUnderground achieved Double Platinum status in 2013, having sold more than 2,000,000 copies worldwide.
AFI's eighth studio album Crash Love was released on September 29, 2009.
AFI's ninth studio album, Burials, was released on October 22nd, 2013.
On August 14, 2007, Havok's electronic side project with AFI guitarist Jade Puget, Blaqk Audio, released their first album, entitled CexCells. Blaqk Audio went on a two month long American/Canadian tour following the release. Blaqk Audio's second release, Bright Black Heaven was released in September 2012, and a brief American tour followed.
Acting, modelling and first novel
In 2009, Havok joined sci-fi movie legend Lance Henriksen and horror movie icons Bill Moseley and Danielle Harris in the cast of the "illustrated film" series Godkiller. Havok voices the antagonist role, a fallen god named Dragos.
Havok was a presenter at the Mélange Fashion Show on August 6, 2011 in San Francisco. He was featured in the June 2012 issue of VAR Magazine. He was again voted the winner of peta2's Sexiest Vegetarian Celeb contest in 2012.
On February 21, 2013, Havok announced that he had written his first book, Pop Kids, and published it through Black Candy Publishing. The novel was released April 2013.
Glitterboy was a short-lived fashion line created by Havok. It was partly inspired by the 70s glam music scene, among other things. Clothing line Paden was released in 2007 and was available exclusively through Fred Segal clothing stores in California.
His most recent clothing line Zu Boutique was launched in August 2008. The line is vegan and features T-shirts with a limited pressing of 100 shirts per design. The line "pays homage to pop culture, forward thinking, and hedonism". A jewelry line was released in March 2009. The jewelry line is a collaboration between Zu Boutique and PNUT Jewelry run by Rusty Pistachio of punk band H2O fame. The jewelry is also limited, with only 10 to 90 pieces of each design made. In August 2009, Zu Boutique and Macbeth Footwear collaborated in creating a style of limited edition shoes. The domain was recently seized by the government; the line will likely not return.
With Son of Sam
- Songs from the Earth (2001)
With Blaqk Audio
- XTRMST EP (2014)
Havok has appeared as a guest vocalist on releases from various other bands, including:
- Background vocals on Tiger Army's Tiger Army, Tiger Army II: Power of Moonlite, Tiger Army III: Ghost Tigers Rise under a different name and Music from Regions Beyond.
- The Transplants song "Quick Death" from their self-titled album.
- The Nerve Agents track "Jekyl and Hyde" from their second release, Days of the White Owl.
- Backing vocals for The Offspring albums Ixnay on the Hombre and Americana.
- The Dance Hall Crashers song "I Don't Wanna Behave", from the album Lockjaw.
- The Fury 66 track "Blue Strip".
- The Heckle cover of The Misfits song "Astro-Zombies".
- Havok also appears on Bleeding Through's DVD, Wolves Among Sheep.
- Havok is seen on the Eighteen Visions's CD/DVD while recording their self-titled album.
- Havok sang a duet with Billie Joe Armstrong twice on Green Day's 2nd leg of the North American 21st Century Breakdown Tour.
- Sang the Operation Ivy song "Knowledge" with Tim Armstrong and "Radio" with Rancid on the Give 'Em the Boot DVD.
- Voice featured, along with other hardcore punk luminaries, in an answering machine recording on the All Bets Off album, "Girls About Songs".
- Sang a cover of "Straight Edge Revenge" by Project X alongside the hardcore punk band Ceremony on November 6, 2008 in Berkeley California.
- Featured vocals in the Scarlet Grey song "The Sky & I" on their album Fancy Blood.
- "Smile and Nod" by The Dear & Departed.
- Several live guest performances doing cover songs with Los Angeles band Pop Shop.
- "S.K.Y." by The Witch Was Right.
|1997||Mary Jane's Not a Virgin Anymore||George|
|2006||Live Freaky! Die Freaky!||Hay||Voice acting|
|2009||Godkiller: Walk Among Us||Dragos||Voice acting|
|2011||American Idiot musical||St. Jimmy|
|Tim Timebomb's RockNRoll Theater||Devil|
|2012||Knife Fight||Jimmy McSorley|
- "BMI Repertoire Search". Retrieved 2010-05-23.
- "Interview with Adam Carson". 3:50. Retrieved 2010-05-23. "People don't know my middle name? /--/ Dave's is Paden."
- Patricia Trostle. "Davey Havok's DIY Vegan Testimonial". peta2.
- Nick Moncrieff-Hill (Feb 2, 2010). "Body on the line". Southern Courier. p. 30.
- Sullivan, James (Mar 9, 2003). "East Bay band ready for big breakthrough". San Francisco Chronicle.
- Metal Hammer interview, February 2003
- Chattman, Jon (Sep 29, 2009). "AFI's Davey Havok Weighs In on Rock Band, Surviving Catholic School, and Crash Love". The Huffington Post.
- An Extended Interview With AFI's Davey Havok. Rolling Stone. Austin Scaggs. Jun 01, 2006
- "Malfunction TV Show": Davey Havok Interview
- "Tokyo Hardcore Starring Davey Havok and Jeffree Star". LA Weekly. Sep 12, 2007.
- Gingold, Michael (Feb 25, 2009). "Genre Names Speaking Up For Godkiller". Fangoria.
- "Davey Havok, Justin Guarini Join American Idiot". CBS News. Feb 9, 2011.
- "Rancid's Tim Armstrong Launches musical theater web series]". Rolling Stone. Oct 3, 2011.
- Global looks at Melange Fashion Show. San Francisco Chronicle.
- Davey Havok by Louie Aguila. VAR Magazine. 2012
- 2012 Sexiest Vegetarian Celeb Winners. peta2.
- AFI Singer Davey Havok to Release Debut Novel "Pop Kids" Loudwire
- Patricia Trostle. "Havok and Bell: World's Sexiest Vegetarians for 2007!". peta2.
- "AFI mainman voted '07's sexiest vegetarian". Kerrang!. Jul 13, 2007.
- "Glitterboy - blog on Myspace". Glitterboy.
- ""Triple X" Tee From the Paden Collection". Popcrunch. Nov 29, 2007.
- Zu Boutique
- Pnut Jewelery
- "Davey Havok's Macbeth X Zu Boutique Shoes". peta2.
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