Louisville Rock Closeup
By Eddy Metal
Ira Smith

Name: Ira Smith

Age: 43

Instrument: Vocalist

Band/Former Bands: Mistakes in Aviation/Monte Fisto/Incriminator.

How long on instrument: 26 years.

Equipment: Shure Microphones.

Influences: Frank Zappa/Primus/Ween/Slayer/Oblong Box/System of a Down.

My first gig: The Maze/Laser Tag in Saint Matthews w/ Incriminator 1991

Hobbies: Music/Running/Cycling/Political Cartooning/Most Athletics.

Favorite movies: Star Wars A New Hope/Caddy Shack/Where the Buffalo Roam/Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.

Favorite food: Indian Food and anything spicy Mid-Eastern cuisine is good too.

Favorite place: Destin, Florida Not a fan of the deep south but this is the exception because of the laid-back vibe.

Favorite sports or team: Pittsburgh Steelers, thanks to my grandpa There was no Indianapolis Colts back in the day and I'm not changing teams now!

What I'm listening to nowadays: Dog-Fashion Disco and a lot of my earlier influences like Slayer, M.O.D The Orchestral works of, Edgard Varese, Chamberlain is a favorite but they,re no longer together Oh yeah, Oblong Box stays on my playlist!

Coolest thing I've done: Played with, No Doubt/Cyprus Hill/ The Offspring/Chris Isaac and The Long Beach Dub All Stars.

Most embarrassing moment: Having a nasty verbal exchange with, Dave Navarro at the L.A House of Blues and nearly getting stomped by his personal body-guard Kind of a proud moment too though He's a real dick!

Bad Habits: Nicotine and Carbonated beverages (Both are horrible for me, yet I continue to consume them)!

What was your first concert ever: The Charlie Daniel's Band at Freedom Hall, my dad got free tickets.

If you could meet a Rockstar ( past or present ), who would it be, and why: Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson. Because he's an absolute genius and has a vast knowledge for all things music.

Who do you love: My friendsl/family and everyone that's supported what I do over the years Especially, Jay Shepherd, Chris Justice and Marlon T Griffin! MIA for life!!!