Interview with Nick Holmes of Bloodbath
July 2, 2020 | Haley Pearl
Wes Everett and The SoundChick collaborated on another interview, and this time it's with Nick Holmes of Bloodbath. Holmes has been in the music scene for over 30 years. Two bands Holmes has commonly been known to work in are Paradise Lost and Bloodbath. He has been with Bloodbath for five years now, and we have to say, we hope he stays. The music is that good. You can listen to the full interview on the latest episode of The Mosh Pit podcast here. In the meantime, get excited to listen to the interview with a preview below.
What do you feel is your biggest accomplishment as an artist?
NH: Uh, personally, I would say just being able to do it for this long. You know, and still make a career from it. I’ve been doing it for 30… 33 years now. Something like that. That itself; being able to keep going, doing something that I’m very passionate about, and I enjoy doing it, and I make a living from. You know, I’m pleased that I’m able to do that.
Did Bloodbath rekindle your love and passion for death metal?
NH: Yeah, totally. I mean, the old school particularly. It was something I was always very massively into as a teenager. Going into my early 20’s... I just didn’t have the same passion about it really. I guess I just kind of shelved it for a long time. But it’s something… I think the music you like as a teenager will stay with you all of your life. It didn’t take me long to really get back into the old sound.
Interview with Nate The Martian
July 1, 2020 | Haley Pearl
A debut album announcement and a little freestyle, that's what you get when you speak with Nate The Martian. Never underestimate an outcast, because people like Nate will show you up. Listen to this interview to take a journey into the process of how this rap artist finds inspiration to create music through imagery and synesthesia. Who knows, you might add Nate The Martian to your daily rotation.
Interview with Nick Burks of Stonecutters
June 25, 2020 | Haley Pearl
The SoundChick teamed up with The Mosh Pit podcast to interview Nick Burks of Stonecutters. You can listen to the interview in full here. Burks, a man who is typically on the road playing his soul out with a band, had to find new ways to stay musically active. Below you will see a portion of the interview, where Burks discusses band life, quarantine life, and what else we can expect in the future. To listen to the interview in full, click here.
"The Living Dead" single the band released this past halloween expresses a new sound and style than previous songs from Carved in Time. What was the process for writing and producing this single?
NB: Great question. “The Living Dead” is off of The Living Dead EP, that would be Side A of it. Side B would be “Outside The presence of God.” We wrote those two songs while kind of on the road all of 2019, because we put out Carved in Time in 2018 and The Living Dead EP was in 2019. Those songs were just a product of being on the road and writing what we felt. The process for writing “The Living Dead,” that song in particular… Brian Omer wrote the tune, and it’s a tribute to the city of Louisville, KY, where we all grew up. It’s a tribute to Return of the Living Dead, one of our favorite horror movies. We love that movie a lot. They blow up Louisville, KY in the movie. So, if you listen to the lyrics, it kind of describes what happens in the movie.
Stylistically, it’s kind of like somewhat traditional thrash, some Testament vibe in there. I don’t think the band has ever been conscious about writing to a certain style. We’ve kind of just been labeled as genre-bending death metal. I’ve heard anything from the Ramones to Obituary. So, this one is definitely in the style of traditional thrash… death thrash, I guess. We just write what we feel. We don’t… there’s nobody holding a gun to our heads saying, “you have to write a song like Morbid Angel.”
Producing it, it was done in Nashville, TN, by Zack Denim. He also helped record and produce Carved in Time. We love working with him, and it was a lot of fun recording with him down in Nashville at the Tracking Room, which is no longer in existence. The Tracking Room recorded heroes such as Bonnie Raitt, Beach Boys, Steely Dan, George Jones, Megadeth, Deep Purple… It’s just a legendary room. It sounds incredible and we love the final product of that song, or that EP.
What was it like being on tour and having to cancel for a pandemic?
NB: That was terrifying. It would be one of us always checking social media, and the others hovering around just speculating. Which doesn’t really help, because then you’re just creating an atmosphere of worry, while someone was driving wondering what the hell was going on. The President closed down… you know, the nation-wide shutdown began on March 13th.
We played a show on March 12th in Wista, MA at Ralph’s… It was a weird vibe, because the entire time we were on tour. It started off really strong. People were really excited we were on tour with Toxic Ruin and Lich King, two amazing metal bands from different parts of the U.S… it was just a nightmare though.
I remember Thursday [March 12th], that day we played in Lich King’s hometown. The vibe was just creepy. No one was really sure what was going to happen, and then the next day we woke up was the day the President shut everything down. It was terrible, it was just a nightmare. We were far from home. It was kind of like… we didn’t know what to do, and the whole world was going through it. You know, it was pretty insane.
Do you have another tour or future shows already planned out?
NB: I play in a couple metal bands and I book a lot of tours, too, for other bands... the general consensus right now is I still see some people try to book for December and November now. But from my point of view, I don’t know. I don’t have an answer for like, “when is it going to end?” I’ve just walked back so many tours since this has happened. We just aren’t trying to really book anything. It’s kind of like we might be the test band to get everything out there. So, it’s kind of up in the air. You know, it’s just kind of a weird time right now. So, I’ve had to cancel everything and we’re just kind of sitting here writing music.
We did have a fest in Newport, KY, called Transplant Festival Limb Splitter, Malignancy, Midnight, Obscene, all of these awesome punk, metal, death metal bands. That was July and it was rescheduled to December. So, we’ll see. But, yeah, we’ve had to cancel all of the tours for the rest of the year so far.
Have you noticed any effects (either positive or negative) that the pandemic has had with fan engagement to your music?
NB: I’ve noticed that since Bandcamp, this is a positive... Bandcamp started waiving their fees Friday of every month during the pandemic. The response of people buying merch is overwhelming. You know, I love it. I get to move merch that we had for tours. So, it’s been insanely positive. It’s crazy to see people really care about your music. So, yeah, people are super engaging. They will reach out to me privately, because I kind of run all of the band’s socials. It’s really awesome to see people just caring. They love the band, and they want to see you out there, but they understand it’s a weird time.
What's your quarantine lifestyle?
NB: Well, I teach. I’m really thankful that I’ve been able to teach guitar through FaceTime. It’s cool. I’ve had a couple of students ask about continuing lessons despite the social distancing and regulations that we all have to follow, and I’m lucky that I’m teaching through FaceTime and stuff. It’s cool.
I usually spend most of my time on the road, just living in a van. So, it’s weird to be home so much. You know, touring helped keep the lights on. So, now I’m getting by with teaching and delivering groceries. It’s a total 180 lifestyle change, pretty insane. You know, other things that you do during quarantine is write music. I’ve been on a hardcore writing binge for all the projects I’ve been involved in. So, that’s fun. Um, doing yoga. Trying to stay sane. Discovering music. This is a great time to catch up on albums that came out this year that you hadn’t had time to listen to.
We noticed you have done some live streams during the quarantine. What was that experience like playing remotely and not engaging with the crowd in person?
NB: I think I can do that pretty well. You just kind of get in performer mode, and the audience is in the camera. The livestream that we did in Sonic Titan Studios in Massachusetts was like crazy, because there was a lot of fan engagement. So, we had to have one person reading comments, one person would be in the studio, one person would be like the MC… you know, they would rotate Toxic Ruin, Stonecutters, Lich King, and we would just MC each other into it. It was a lot of fun. I think the band is always thankful to always have a stage, whether virtual or physical. So, I can just feel the energy of the rest of the band members being grateful to have opportunities like that. When I watch it back, I don’t cringe, because it looks like you’re giving it your all. Kind of like a music video or something like that. So, yeah, it was a little weird, but you can make it work. You just gotta get stoked on yourself and just kind of be a performer like you’re supposed to, I guess.
What's the first action the band will make after the pandemic lifts?
NB: Oh, boy. That’s kind of like a loaded question. When the pandemic lifts, I don’t know. It’s in phases, right? So, is live music coming back on phase four? I really don’t know what our plan is. We really just want to finish up writing a new record and recording that, and then touring in support of that. So, it’s just kind of weird. I really don’t know what we’re going to do after the pandemic lifts. I mean, go back to what we were doing during most of the year. It’s just a weird time right now, you know?
How do you feel the music industry, especially the heavier genres, will fare after the pandemic?
NB: Well, the music industry is kind of shut down right now I feel like to some extent. A big chunk of it has totally been eviscerated, or whatever. You know, just like ripped out, because there’s no live music. We’re not bringing money out into the venues. Like, a lot of people are losing their jobs. I read an article last night. The headline alone was just terrifying, because it said, “90 percent of smaller music venues will not survive the pandemic.” Because, you know, they’ve gone over three months without having live music.
Um, I don’t know. I know the spirit of heavy metal bands won’t die, people are writing music. And you’ve got plenty of writing material if you’re into that writing style… you know, all the injustices that are happening in the U.S. right now. I know there’s tons of content to pull from there.
Yeah, that can go a lot of ways, that’s a big question. I feel like music is going to survive and the venues will be reincarnated into something else. It’s just a weird transitional time right now in everyone’s life. I just kind of have to be respectful to what everyone is going through. Personal struggles and all, we’ve just got to be here for everyone and keep on writing music. You know, shredding, I guess.
We noticed that you sold shirts that were to benefit the injustice that has been sweeping the country. How did the sales go?
NB: Actually, I just did a good chunk of that mailing out of stuff this morning. The sales were extremely well. We just got a cool design and a fun, little logo to do for a t-shirt. The reactions for it, people were just like, “hell yeah.” Bought it because it’s for a good cause and they liked the band. It was insanely well, I was blown away. People not only buyed t-shirts, but vinyl and pre-existing designs. You know, so thank you to everyone, if anyone is listening to this that bought a shirt, thank you. Or if anyone who bought a record or whatever, y’all rule.
Yeah, I was blown away by that. Because it’s kind of like, “mehhh...” I feel weird promoting anything right now, because it might take away from the bigger problems that we have as a country. I don’t know, I’m not a politician. I don’t know. It’s just kind of weird. But I’m sure at the same time people want to see activity, some creativity, and some art in their activity feed. And that was art. That was our purpose to begin with, to make some art and metal for people to enjoy. So, sales went great.
Do you believe the ESA (Event Safety Alliance) can really ban moshing and crowd surfing for when in-person concerts return?
NB: First of all, I’ve never heard of the Event Safety Alliance. This is news to me. I’ve read articles, the whole “no moshing” thing. I know a lot of bands, including Stonecutters, that don’t want to participate in shows if you have that. Now to say, is there going to be an ESA agent at every show in the country making sure you don’t mosh? I think that’s pretty much impossible unless they’re trying to create new jobs for people.
I don’t think you can ban moshing. If you do, it’s going to be one of those things where you stop one person from moshing, another person is going to do it in spite of what that one ESA member did to stop it. I think bands don’t even want to participate if that’s going to be enforced, or something. I’m kind of skeptical about it. The more I hear about musicians, bands [hardcore bands] talk about it… you know, their core is moshing. I don’t really see this thing ever being like a real thing. That’s kind of a cornerstone for extreme music is moshing, circle pits, getting insane to your metal band. So, I don’t see it really being a thing. I think people are kind of making fun of it. That’s just how I feel. I don’t know if it’s right or not. But what do you know?
Interview with Luke Marlowe & Cody Jenkins of Yosemite In Black
June 23, 2020 | Haley Pearl
"If you've ever used the bathroom at the old Masquerade, you have to be immune to the Coronavirus by now," Luke exclaimed to me during an interview I had with him and Cody. If you're a Georgia native or have been to the Masquerade downtown, you will definitely understand what Luke is talking about. Or better yet, check out the band Yosemite In Black.
After speaking with some of the members from Yosemite In Black and listening to some of their music, I noticed some things. It is clear the passion and drive of each of the band members is portrayed and heard within their music. Their chemistry, although coming from different backgrounds, is strong and it works for this band in particular. There is no doubt that these guys will make it far in the music industry.
SoundChick has decided to switch things up a bit with this interview and have it fully audio. To listen to the full interview, please listen below.
*If you enjoyed this interview, check out some of Yosemite In Black's music here.*
Interview with Becky Baldwin of Hands Off Gretel & Fury
June 18, 2020 | Haley Pearl
The SoundChick teamed up with The Mosh Pit podcast for another episode, and this time we interviewed Becky Baldwin. She currently works and performs with bands Fury and Hands Off Gretel. If you want to find out more information on Baldwin's personal life, band life, and how she's faring during this pandemic, continue reading below.
You recently created a Patreon account to help take the place of the lessons you would typically be giving right now. How is that working out?
BB: Yeah, my Patreon account. It’s kind of doing a few different jobs at the moment. It’s not just for my students, it’s not just for people who play bass or want to play bass. It’s just for anyone who’s interested in music, the kind of thing I do, and my bands’ stuff. You can get a bit of “behind the scenes” information, but there’s a lot of bass stuff on there as well. So, I’m doing it for a bit of both. Like, not everyone wants to see lots of bass tabs, they just want to appreciate the music. So, yeah, I’m doing a bit of everything. It’s been going really well. I want to be able to do more lesson content, and make it more poured resources for people to work with. So far it’s going great.
How’s working with the two bands [Hands Off Gretel & Fury] during the pandemic? Has the pandemic effected you producing content?
BB: Working with the bands during the pandemic is just very different. You know, we’ve been able to keep producing content and stuff at home. Like, we have a lot more time for that sort of thing, but it’s so hard to keep in touch. It’s really hard to keep the ball rolling and staying excited about things when we’re not really sure what the future is going to be for our shows. Yeah, mostly our shows, or for when we’re going to rehearse again. That sort of thing. So, yeah... Work has been a struggle in a lot of ways, because it’s just nobody really wants to talk about how much more difficult everything is and stuff like that. In some ways we’ve been able to focus on different things. Like, Hands Off Gretel managed to have the art competition and the covers competition. Which was really cool for getting fans involved with what we're doing. Yeah, it was great. I don't think we would’ve done that if this pandemic wasn’t happening. So, it was kind of a benefit.
Have you guys considered doing live stream shows over social media during the pandemic?
BB: Yeah, I think every band is kind of thinking about the idea of doing live stream shows online instead of the concerts. I don’t think there’s any way you’re really going to replace everyone being together, but I mean… Separately, in Fury, we’ve all done some sort of live stream with our own instrument, and I’ve been doing it with my partner [Luke Appleton] as well. Also, Lauren and Sean have been doing acoustic versions [Hands Off Gretel]... I’m really interested by the idea of venues setting up in a unique situation, where you still buy a ticket and watch at home. The whole band can still play together. I think that’s going to be a really interesting way of doing it, because I think it will help venus if they can adapt in that way. I would rather not have to do it, but it seems as the little compromise we could do while we’re waiting for the worst to be over.
What’s the first action each band will make after the pandemic lifts?
BB: I think for both bands, when the pandemic lifts, the first thing we’ll do is maybe focus on music videos. The timing of both bands having releases during a pandemic was really bad. Fury’s album came out in April, and that was only a couple of weeks into lockdown. The Hands Off Gretel one was in the middle of March. So, the time that we should’ve been focusing on bringing out more content and for music videos and stuff together, we just couldn’t do any of that. So, as well as obviously gigging. That’s a big thing, but I feel like that could take a bit of time to be able to do in the way we were before. I don’t think gigs will be as busy even when they are deemed safe to go out. I think a lot of people will be more cautious about it. I think creating content that can involve us being together, rehearsing and that sort of thing will be the first things we start doing.
I noticed that you did a virtual photoshoot. What was that experience like?
BB: Yes, the virtual photoshoot was really fun actually. It was not what I expected exactly. I expected to have more direction through the phone, and that I would be taking more photos through my own phone camera. It was through Zoom and basically screenshots of my camera were being taken by the photographer on the other side. Which is really interesting and I liked it actually. I think it was easier than in real life photoshoots in a lot of ways. You can have it on selfie mode and see what you’re doing while you’re doing the poses. It’s good to have that other person for an eye for how your house looks… a photographer could see something else and you could get a completely different turn out of the photo. I was a bit upset. The quality wasn’t that great, because it was through Zoom. The internet connection can effect it, so that was a bit of a shame. A shot was taken and the way it was laid out was really great, but it was a shame that it was just a little bit pixelated.
How do you think the music industry, especially the heavier genres, will fair after the pandemic?
BB: That’s quite an interesting question, whether the heavier genres will be effected differently. I don’t think they will, in my head not really thinking too hard about it. My impression that people who listen to heavier music will probably be less affected, because mostly our gigs are smaller-capacity rooms. There’s generally less people watching heavier genres of music compared to more accessible, commercial music… Whereas the alternative, heavier stuff can probably survive and bounce back quicker. I think there’s also a younger audience as well. Possibly. Who are more keen to get out and support bands very soon. Whereas more commercial fans may stay more cautious and watch more bands playing videos from their homes.
What has been your quarantine lifestyle? Do you still find a way to stay musically active?
BB: My quarantine lifestyle has been very up and down. It’ll be a week of being extremely productive for music stuff. Like, lots of recording, lots of videos, lesson content and stuff. Then I feel burned out for a few days. Sort of swinging back and forth between being productive and very unproductive. Mostly, it’s been good. Recently, it’s not been so great. I think it’s because there’s been so much fighting online with civil rights and stuff. So, the last couple of days I’ve spent arguing with people on the internet instead of trying to really work on music. Which I feel guilty about, but I also think it’s very important to show that musicians are behind the Black Lives Matter movement. If there are people that are questioning your motifs about it and think it’s wrong to stand up about it, then I think you should educate them that music is often political. They shouldn’t exist in two separate vacuum-sealed containers, they are part of the same thing.
*To listen to the podcast episode, click here.*
Interview with Jose Pynnönen of Halysis
Haley Pearl | June 11, 2020
The SoundChick teamed up with the Mosh Pit podcast to interview Jose Pynnönen from Halysis. This Finland-based band packs a heavy punch in their new music off Cerulean. The album manages to capture "something special musically," according to Pynnönen. Continue reading to learn more about the band's music and what they're up to during this pandemic.
When the band first started, did you ever think you would make it to where you are now musically?
JP: Uh, definitely not. When we first started playing, we were strictly on the metalcore side. It wasn’t until 2015 when Santeri joined the band that we realized in which direction to go with our sound. I think we managed to capture something special musically on Cerulean, and I think it sounds like us.
I noticed that you released the Cerulean album and a lyric video recently. How was that process working on the Cerulean project amidst the pandemic?
JP: Well, we recorded and mixed, and had the whole album mastered way before the whole Corona thing. Since we didn’t use a professional studio and basically used our own gear, we had no time limitations and it was actually pretty easy to make this album. It’s a shame it came out during a time like this, but in the end I’m pleased with the record, and I’m proud we got it out there.
Henry from Shade Empire covered one of your songs. What was it like to experience a fellow musician covering your music?
JP: It’s awesome. We know Henry and he’s such a cool dude. He has a great voice and is super talented. It’s very humbling to see someone taking an interest in your band and actually learning your music. So, if you haven’t already, check out his band Shade Empire.
Have you noticed any effects the pandemic has made in regards to engagement with your music? (i.e., are you receiving a greater following, listeners, or comments?)
JP: It’s really hard to say since it’s our first release. As our first release, there’s nothing we can compare the reception to this album in that regard. We’re still extremely grateful for the support we’ve gotten so far.
Have you guys considered doing livestream shows over social media during the pandemic?
JP: Right now, no. It’s not in the works. The amount of time and resources it would take is something we don’t have right now. But, it is a cool idea and we’d be totally down for that maybe in the future. Right now it’s not something we’re currently working on.
How do you think the music industry, especially the heavier genres, will fare after the pandemic?
JP: Well, I’d hope that after this whole Corona thing blows over, we can get back to the way things used to be and get back all the touring bands on the road. Hopefully get even more fans to the live shows and get more bands on the road. I mean, it’s been a rough couple of months for many, many bands out there and many artists that rely on touring. So, I hope for the best so to say. So, we’ll see.
What has been your quarantine lifestyle? Do you still find a way to stay musically active?
JP: Actually, yes. In a weird way, the quarantine has inspired the new music. Since we can’t leave our homes, there’s literally no excuse to not practice and write new music right now. The state of the world has made the new music even more heavier, and aggressive, and technical than the last album we shared with you guys.
I’m sure you’ve noticed the George Floyd and Black Lives Matter protests. If you could pick one social topic to write a song or album on, what would it be?
JP: Yeah, of course we’re aware of the protests and the situation with George Floyd. It’s absolutely horrible. I strongly believe that the people behind these horrible acts should be brought to justice and face the consequences of their actions. But, one social topic… Uh, that’s really hard. It’s really hard to say, because the way we write music and lyrics isn’t direct like that. It’s… I’m not the main lyricist for our band, that would be Santeri [our guitar player] or Samuel [our drummer]. The way they write is kind of vague and open for interpretation. The way that we do that is because we want to hear other people’s interpretations of the lyrics. If we were to explain every line, we would take that from the listener and we don’t want to do that. Music… it is affected by the state of the world. Especially lately. Whenever I open the news, it’s just horrible what’s going on. But, I feel kind of lucky, and I’m sure other guys in the band also feel this… that we have this release of the negative emotions through our music. Through my writing, I get rid of all of those negative emotions and I’m very lucky to have that. But one social topic, that’s too hard for me to decide. I don’t know.
*To listen to the full interview with Pynnönen on the Mosh Pit podcast, click here.*
Interview with Bleach the Ripper
Haley Pearl | May 26, 2020
Artists come and go, but this artist just keeps on coming at us with his unique style and passion. He goes by Bleach Boy or Bleach the Ripper. I had the wonderful opportunity speaking with Bleach the Ripper yesterday (May 26). "It's better to be the best YOU that you can be, even if what you're doing is authentically hideous," Bleach the Ripper stated to me during our discussion. This motto is carried on through Bleach the Ripper's music, and it is expressed in the interview that follows.
I know I’ve interviewed you a few times under the title “Bleach Boy.” Can you take me through the process of molding into “Bleach the Ripper?”
BTR: Well, Bleach the Ripper is basically like a character that I’ve decided to take on so that I can step outside of my comfort zone, and be a lot more aggressive and abrasive in my delivery with my production and everything. I think that Bleach Boy was one thing, it was a certain brand-- and it was good. With Bleach the Ripper what I’m trying to do is more edgy and like dark web-type shit.
Do you have a favorite persona you like to use when you’re delivering your music?
BTR: I definitely like the Bleach the Ripper persona. It’s really fun to get in that headspace where you’re like “jus murder everything, fuck everyone, fuck everything.” It’s great, so I really like that. But at the same time, I want to expand my writing abilities, so I don’t just write as Bleach the Ripper. A good example is when I make songs with some of my SoundCloud friends like DJ on Delay or Wade, I tend to stick to more of a Bleach Boy persona, with the more trappy lyrics and light-hearted attitude.
I remember when I interviewed you last, and we covered a lot about Shitpost Part 3, you wanted to make music that was more family friendly. You even wanted to make music your mom could show off to her friends--
BTR: Oh, yeah. That kind of went completely out the window. It was more of an artistic direction. I figured that I would much rather take risks and be as abrasive and out there as possible, because I think it’s better to take risks and see the rewards than to just play it safe and face getting lumped in with the hordes. ‘Cause, you know, there’s a lot of rappers out there. I feel like by going with the more heavier sound of music and darker subject matter, I’m appealing to a very specific demographic and niche. Like that’s who I can appeal to the most. Like, I am perfectly capable of making family friendly music. I am actually doing some work [not as Bleach the Ripper] with a Christian label called Chosen Music. They’re making family friendly music and they want to get the livestream concerts going and all that sort of stuff, so I am going to be writing some family friendly stuff for that. So, I can perform with them and not offend their target demographic.
I’m excited to see how that turns out for you, because that will be very different from your music that I’ve listened to.
BTR: Yeah, I mean, it’s going to be great. Another thing that I’m doing with these people is there’s this artist called Word Spreader, and I’ve been looking to do a hip-hop version of “Devil Went Down to Georgia” for a long time. You know, with rapping instead of violence. So, I finally talked to Word Spreader and he said he’s willing to do it with me. So, I’m going to be the devil and he’s going to be the figurative Johnny. So, I’m excited to see how that turns out.
I know that you have this presence on Youtube, SoundCloud, and Spotify now. Do you see a difference between those communities?
BTR: Well, I mean, especially with YouTube. You know, YouTube has a very brutal community. I mean, people are much more prone to commenting on YouTube than they are on like SoundCloud. You can’t really comment or anything on Spotify or Apple Music. With YouTube, you get very strong feedback. Sometimes, it’s very good feedback. Like someone will be like, “wow, I love this so much.” On the other hand, you have the typical haters. You know, like some old bard just sitting behind their computers typing what they want. SoundCloud I feel like is dying off, in a way. I feel like most artists are trying to transition to platforms like Spotify, Apple Music, and ones that tend to offer a bigger payout.
When it comes to Offbrand Antichrist, which song do you always refer to people… why?
BTR: So, I have two. One is “Offbrand Antichrist.” You know, the title track. I’m very proud of it and it’s probably my favorite track personally, off that album. I feel like it was executed perfectly for what I wanted it to be. The other one I would recommend is “Where’s My Juul?” I don’t know why it’s my most popular song off that album, but it is the one with the highest views on YouTube, Spotify, on everything. Honestly, it’s not the one that I thought would pop off. I literally made the beats and wrote the lyrics for that song the night before I was supposed to go into the studio and record an entire album. So, it was literally thrown together at the last moment. I’m surprised people liked it as much as they did. But I would definitely recommend that people check it out.
Along with that album, you started making music videos. That’s different for your music. How was that experience?
BTR: Oh, yeah. It’s great. I feel like for the first two music videos that I did… The first one was for “Hoodoo.” That was very interesting. It was my first experience doing a music video where I was the focal point and it was very cold that day. I’m pretty sure people that were watching could tell I was kind of uncomfortable and unsure of myself the entire time. I feel like for “Where’s My Juul?,” we got a little bit better. For the music videos of my second EP, All My Friends Are Dead, we took a more home-style approach. My producer and my engineer, he filmed it himself and then we had our editor edit the video from the footage we took ourselves. So, it’s a lot lower budget, but it’s a very interesting aesthetic... I think I like it.
Do you see the pandemic effecting making music or working on your music remotely?
BTR: Well, I mean, it’s not really that fun being in a pandemic. Like, I can’t do shows or anything like that, which is really disappointing. Honestly, it hasn’t effected my music production that much. I still make music every single day. Even though the people that I typically work with aren’t interacting with me face-to-face, we can still report from separate studios and work together. That’s just one of the ways that I was able to work with people like DJ on Delay. He’s not from around here, I’ve never met the dude in real life, it’s just purely we thought we had chemistry when we made music together, so we keep making music. But if I wasn’t making music during this whole thing, I feel like I would be going insane.
You mentioned DJ on Delay. I know you just released a track together a couple of days ago. Would you say that even during a pandemic, this process was still pretty easy?
BTR: Absolutely. I didn’t even do most of the work. Shoutout to DJ on Delay, ‘cause he’s the one who makes the beats and mixes and masters… at least with the projects I do with him. We did the “420 Freestyle” off of Shitpost 3, and I really liked the way it came out and fit together. DJ on Delay hit me up this year and was like, “hey, wanna do a ‘420 Freestyle?’” Obviously, I’m always down to make music at any chance I get. But I was preoccupied with another EP [All My Friends Are Dead], and I was super busy during that time. So, the track ended up not getting released on 4/20. Instead, we were like, “we’re just going to do a ‘520 Freestyle,’” even though it was recorded on 4/20. We’re probably going to keep it going, too. Like we had the “420 Freestyle” last year, and this year we had the “520 Freestyle.” In ten years, we’re going to have a whole album.
Have you ever considered doing a live show over social media like all of these other artists are doing right now?
BTR: I have considered that. The only problem is that, you know, time constraints. I am working on my music. I’ve been out since October, and I only have two EPs out. I have another album in the works, which hopefully should be dropping soon. But between the work, day job, and mixing by night, I haven’t had much time to really consider it. The Christian label [Chosen Music] does want to start doing their live shows, but before I can start participating in those, I need to get my clean music in order enough to do a set.
You mentioned you have a day job, so you’re an essential worker?
BTR: Yes, I am one of the most essential. I am a Papa John’s delivery driver. Honestly, the quarantine hasn’t effected this area as much as it’s effected other areas. I’m from Rome, GA. This entire town was built as a Tuberculosis town. So, the biggest industry here is the medical industry. We have the medical industry and we have a lot of food places. The places that are essential are the medical and food places. So, pretty much, life has carried on as normal. The only thing that’s different, is everyone is wearing masks.
Trippyheadbanger Question: How do you feel about the movement to ban moshing and crowd surfing?
BTR: That’s a real thing? That’s… see the problem with these things is that it’s never the people who are in the mosh pits that are wanting it to stop. It’s always the people on the outside or the ones that have never been in a mosh pit. If you go to a show, you don’t HAVE to be in the mosh pit. Unless you go to a show and it’s a small venue or a metal concert, you can just not be in the mosh pit. It’s consenting adults going into the concert, banging into each other. I don’t see any issue with it. I also think it’s going to be completely impossible to enforce. Like when you go into a concert, you see people doing all sorts of stuff like joints and other illegal stuff. So, if they’re not going to stop a guy from smoking a joint right in the middle of the venue, I don’t think they’re going to stop people moshing.
*For the full story and review on Bleach the Ripper, click here.*
Interview with Wasted Pretty
Haley Pearl | February 29, 2020
It's no secret that I meet up with or review bands that are not as popular. However, Wasted Pretty could be an artist on your playlist within the next months or years to come. For those who like the Replacements, Ramones, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, or Sex Pistols, this young band might be who you need to listen to. Who knows, you might think that they're all the rage.
I had the wonderful opportunity to connect and speak with the dynamic and rebellious punk trio [Ginger, Joey, and Raistlin], and this is what they had to say:
I’m aware that your mentor and artist that you’ve been working with a lot is Ron [Kispert]. What’s that experience been like for you guys?
G: It’s been really fun. He gives us a lot of insight into the music world, and gives us his experience. He just helps us a lot.
What would you say is the biggest thing you’ve learned from Ron?
G: Songwriting. How to write a song, well, the music portion of it. And stage tips, and gigging tips.
What was the song or band that initially sparked your interest for making music?
G: Mine was Joan Jett and the Replacements.
J: Mine was the Jesus and Mary Chain. They’re from Scotland, they’re an 80’s band.
R: Mine was a System of a Down.
Very eclectic music. That’s awesome. When I listened to your two songs [“Sucks Being Underage” and “Don’t Care"], I heard the influence of Joan Jett, the Replacements, the Ramones... what was the true inspiration for the sound of those songs?
G: For “Sucks Being Underage,” it was “Blitzkrieg Bop” [ by the Ramones] and the Clash. For “Don’t Care,” it was some Replacements stuff, too.
Where do you guys see this band going? What’s the biggest goal?
G: Gigging and making an album first off.
J: I want to leave a mark on the world, and influence the next generation and the love for punk-rock music. I want to influence new bands, and hopefully they play our music.
How do you guys feel about the new punk, like Rancid and Teenage Bottlerocket?
G: It’s punk if you say it is. It’s no more or less punk than the Sex Pistols or Ramones. It’s your own style.
R: Everyone has their own interpretation on punk. It’s your own twist.
J: Punk is not a style of music, but what you make of it is, and what you want it to be. You can’t define punk.
I saw that you guys went to Terrarium Studios. How was that experience?
G: It was really fun.
J: It was a really nice experience.
Was it everything you expected and hoped for?
R: It was more than expected.
G: Yeah, it was really different. Like, I thought it was going to be really high-tech and nerve-wracking, but Jason [the producer], he really made us feel at ease. It was really fun.
Branching off of that, do you guys find that it’s easier for bands or people in the music scene to make you guys feel more at ease, or is it harder? Do you guys feel tension between those who have been doing this longer?
R: They have more experience, and it also depends on how well the band plays well with other band mates. Also, styles of songs, people that listen to them and how they act can really determine how the band acts.
G: Yeah, it’s like reception really. You respond how other people respond.
J: That’s how you learn from your mistakes.
Is it difficult juggling your band and social lives?
G: Yeah, it can be kinda stressful at times. Especially during highschool. Joey and I are 16 [sophomores], and Raistlin is 15 [freshman].
R: Everyone has differences.
What is one song on each of your playlists that would surprise me?
G: ”Sweet Home Alabama.”
J: Aerosmith or Psychedelic Furs.
R: Iron Maiden.
Yeah, I noticed your [Raistlin’s] sweatshirt. It has major death metal vibes. That’s more my speed and crowd.
R: Yeah, that’s what I usually play. I put that influence into punk. It doesn’t really matter, like how you play it. It’s all about how you fit it in.
G: Yeah, we hit a good mix of punk and metal.
Star Wars or Star Trek?
J: Star Wars, it’s a childhood thing.
G: Star Trek, but it depends on my mood. I’ve just always liked it better.
R: Star Trek.
Is there any news or upcoming stuff you want me to disclose to the fans of SoundChick?
G: We're currently working on releasing an album, and we're looking for a drummer.
*For full story on Wasted Pretty, click here.*
Interview with Bleach Boy
Haley Pearl | June 13, 2019
Bleach Boy, an artist you can never get tired of speaking to. His music and appearance may look offensive or overbearing. However, he is one of the most down to earth person I have met since I have started my SoundChick journey. I had the amazing opportunity to speak to Bleach Boy, and this is what he had to say:
I've seen you grow in talent throughout your work, what changes do you think have impacted you the most in your musical career?
BB: One of the biggest changes, especially with Shitpost 3, is my inclusion of other artists throughout the project. Big shout outs to Stainz, Nate Strider, DJonDelay, Fae, and of course John-Gregory Brunson with his sexy ass voice.
Shitpost Part 3: in 3D definitely seemed to be more personal than your previous work, was there a specific reason to that?
BB: So, funny story... Shitpost part 3: In 3D! and my Cosmic horror were originally supposed to be the same album. It was going to be a concept album about how musicians, especially in hip hop, are many times pushed into substance abuse. Eventually, of course, I decided to make Cosmic Horror it’s own separate instrumental project, but there’s still some remnants of that message and aesthetic sprinkled in here and there.
One of the tracks that shines bright on Shitpost Part 3, is "3D!" Can you shed some light on the process for this specific song?
BB: My mother always complains about my music being vulgar and not being able to show it off to her friends. So, I took it upon myself to make a technically clean song while still keeping the bravado and indigence of my usual tracks. I had a lot of fun with it.
You definitely have a history of calling out artists, sometimes even for the fun of it. Has there been anyone that really had "beef" with?
BB: I like how Logic phrased it on Joyner Lucas’ song "ISIS." Beef isn’t about murdering someone on the track, it’s about people getting hurt over things that didn’t really matter in the first place. For that reason, the only beef I really have is with whoever signed off on the latest season of Black Mirror, cause goddamnit no one wants to hear Miley Cyrus do a NIN cover?
You bring other artists on when producing or making music. Has that process been good for you? Has there been an instance when it was difficult to work with another artist?
BB: Honestly, anytime you collaborate with someone, you’re giving away some of your artistic freedom. If it’s someone you work well with, your chemistry can greatly improve the track. That being said, it doesn’t always work out so good. I’ve had collabs that I either haven’t even released or turned into solo projects, because I didn’t like the way it came out.
Where do you think Bleach Boy is headed musically?
BB: Right now I’m working with Bandit 3000 Alpha and their label, with the intent of dropping an EP in the fall or next spring. I’m taking my music a lot more seriously now, especially since it’s not just me with a laptop and a mic releasing whatever I want. I have B3A helping me make my lyrics more precise and polished, and I’m gonna be taking my sweet time to make sure every song is as perfect as I can get it.
Interview with STAINZ
Haley Pearl | June 12, 2019
As you all are aware, I am always on the hunt for new artists to feature on my site. A big shout out to Bleach Boy for recommending this group to me. I was able to set up an interview with Will and Caleb. Even though they are quite comical, they do get personal with some of their answers... it is worth the read.
It is my understanding that you guys started this for the fun of it, do you have any intentions on hitting it big?
W: Yes 100 percent, whether it be Stainz, or another project I have. Music is my passion. I’m originally a drummer [still am sometimes]. I’ve always wanted to either scream in a heavier band [project] since I’ve began getting into music. I started making beats on my laptop pretty much because I couldn’t find any band members around where I live, and was ready to work on something of my own. Around that time Caleb was like, “Yo, let’s make this silly song about being constipated.” With that said I’ve always had this vision since I was younger of being in a “successful” band and it’s been my dream ever since, and I would love to make that reality. As for what i’d do if it actually happens, i’d probably lose my mind [haha].
C: Absolutely. I’d love to make it big with Stainz. It’s something Will and I have always wanted. Music is just a huge part of my life, and if I can make that in to a career, it would be a big, big, big bet. But it’s always fun to make music with Will and just do what we want musically, so, even if we don’t make it big, you will still see us at it.
What is the experience like putting out music on Sound Cloud v. Spotify?
W: This is an interesting question! I’d say there’s a different experience with both for sure. I feel like with Sound Cloud I am less worried about quality, which sounds worse then it really is [haha]. Sound Cloud is very instant gratifying, like I could go upload a demo in minutes and have it be out there for everyone. But along with the quality thing I said, there’s a “scene” [I guess you could call it] that has more of an edge to the sound. It doesn’t have to be “perfect” to fit in on that platform. When it comes to Spotify, I have to upload our songs at a certain quality for it to even be approved through our distributer, even artwork has to be a certain type of .jpg and what not. It is a bit more difficult, but it’s very beneficial at the exact same time, because there’s a bigger demographic of listeners on that platform. Needless to say, it’s very rewarding for me to see our stuff on Spotify. I personally love Sound Cloud still, that's where we hide our more cringey material, so if anyone new to us is reading this and really wants to dig in to our older more embarrassing material, definitely check our cloud of sound page [haha].
C: Well, Sound Cloud has always been the first one we post on, and we always will. But putting music on Spotify or Apple Music just gives me a feeling like, "We are making it big" [haha]. As weird as that sounds, it’s just so cool to me to say, “Hey, check out our music on Spotify and Apple Music.” It kinda gets us out of that “Sound Cloud artist” section.
What's the feedback been on your music so far?
W: I feel like a majority of the feed back has been positive. I always have this fear of not being taken seriously, but we’ve had plenty of our friends [and people] really dig our stuff, and give us positive opinions on it. Rather it be them enjoying how one of the beats sound, ["it made them laugh at how stupid it was"], or maybe they actually resonated with lyrics from one of the serious songs. I feel like we can cater to a pretty wide audience if people give us a chance.
C: So far, all the feedback has been good. Everyone who I’ve shown or has listened to it, has really enjoyed it and gotten a good laugh. So, I'd say very good.
Are you happy with the direction you're currently going in, or do you have different goals?
W: Yes, I am happy with our direction musically. We’ve always been a goofy duo since we became friends back in fourth grade, but we also have dealt with some crap, ya know? So, we’ve kinda made things 50/50 when it comes to lyrical topics, and really try to make music for anyone, in any mood to relate to. When it comes to musical direction, I’m really big into heavy music. I love that scene, I love the aggressiveness of it. Caleb has always been more into the rap/hip hop side of things. With that, we’ve kind of created this weird dynamic. I know mixing rap and rock isn’t really that original, but I feel like we’ve brought a new twist to that combo. I think we’re progressing our sound to where the heavy songs are heavier and the more rap songs are rappier. I feel like our sound [vibe] is always changing with how I progress at producing or learning to rap, along with Caleb’s lyricism and flow. Whether people think it’s worth listening to, I’ll let them decide for themselves.
C: I’m very happy with our direction. I feel like we have a great and balanced mixture of funny and serious music that we have made and currently working on.
Where do you think you stand in the music community?
W: Oh my, I’d say if there was a dark web of music, that’d probably where we’d be found [haha]. Kidding. There’s definitely some type of underground rap scene that we’d fit in, and luckily we’ve made friends with Bleach Boy, Nate Strider, and more. We’re slowly making connections.
C: Well, I like to think we stand in the underground scene, but hopefully soon we will be popping and be in more of a noticeable community [haha].
Has there been any artists that you've worked with that have genuinely made you upset during the process (I.e they didn't have the same view points, they were poor partners to work with, etc.)?
W: I’d like to say maybe to that, because we never ended up working together. Not recently, but in the past, before I had started producing, there was this guy that was in my local music scene who made EDM music and had a good friend of mine sing on his track. I hit him up and asked if he’d be down to collab and maybe have me scream or drum on a track, and he rejected me real quick just because I didn’t have a “track record.” It kinda hit me the wrong way. When someone that isn’t by any means a “pro” would brush someone whose wanting to create off so quickly, just because they hadn’t put a song out on Sound Cloud, ya know? Other than that, with Stainz, collaborating has been a blast. As you know, Bleach Boy has made an appearance on our song “Ridiculous 2.” I also have a friend behind the scenes, who is starting to help mix and master our songs, and a few other people in mind for some features soon.
C: Yes, absolutely! Beach Boy, oh my god. He’s so trash, it hurts. Nah, I’m playing, but all jokes aside everyone we have worked with so far, they have been super awesome. They have been so talented, I’m just so happy we get the chance to work with such cool artists who are just as crazy as we are. #listentoshitpostpart3:in3D
Do you feel like music (in general) is going down hill? What do you think artists need to do to make it a better industry?
W: I think that it’s becoming harder for artists to make a living nowadays. With streaming taking over the world now, it’s hard to say if it’s a down fall, because at least spools are still listening. Luckily, music isn’t dying anytime soon. Let’s just hope it stays that way and adapt with the future. I think in order for us to make it a better industry, we need more people to move toward independency. Obviously, I’ve never been signed to a label, but it doesn’t take a lot of searching to see how corrupt labels can be [not saying that all labels are corrupt by any means]. I think with more artists going independent, it’ll give creative growth. This isn’t considered a “downfall,” but as a music listener, I enjoy full length albums. I love how a collection of songs can flow together. Yes, this is coming from a someone who made a nine-track album that’s only 20 minutes. I see both the listener and artist perspective on releasing more singles rather than albums, but there's just something about a WHOLE album that I connect with personally. I’m also just tired of a certain band that I am a fan of that literally has not put out an album in three years, and have put out three singles for their UNANNOUNCED album. I’m tired of the teases, Crown the Empire, if you’re reading this, PUT IT OUT PLEASE. Sorry for the rant [haha], but I understand making full lengths take more time to write and record, and it’s sometimes easier to market a new single every month rather than spend three months promoting one album.
C: Yes and no. I think a lot of artists are making music that is popular with no substance, and they are really having a negative impact on kids who listen. But, of course, this doesn’t apply to everyone. There are quite a lot of artists who are on the come up and or are very popular, who have great subject matter and have a very positive impact on lives. Something I think artists could do to improve the industry, is listen to their fans and also stop talking about “doing drugs and bustin slugs” every song [haha].
Star Wars or Star Trek?
W: Star Wars for sure on my part. I’ve just always felt more drawn to Star Wars since a young age, watching it with my brother and friends. It might just be the light sabers [haha].
C: Star Wars. Without a doubt ,I’ve been a HUGE SW fan for years. I’ve read a lot of the books and watched every movie. I even a Sith symbol tattooed on my left shoulder, and I have more tat ideas related to Star Wars.
Interview with Eric Younkin of Trouble + One
Haley Pearl | February 7, 2019
I first discovered this band through the helpful tool of Instagram. When I listened to a few of their songs that this band has on YouTube, I knew I had to learn more about this fascinating band.. especially when I found out that two of the members are actually family members. That's just what I did... I had the wonderful opportunity to talk with one of the band members (Eric) about the band, and this is what he had to say:
What is it like being in a band with a member significantly younger than the rest of the members? Does schooling and other activities get in the way?
E: Working around his schedule isn't much different than anyone else's quite honestly. We typically practice most of the time without him, and then bring him in to finalize the songs. I also work with him off hours alone on the structure and writing of the songs. We do quite a bit of constructing separately, but then come together to complete. Much of the progression of the songs takes place in the studio as well. They really don't get polished until we lay them down in a formatted way within the confines of studio. Blaise is a special kid though, all straight A's in all advanced classes, football player, all region choir participant ... you name it, he does it.
How did Trouble + One come to be?
E: Trouble came to be from two very different styles of music just coming together. Blaise is my son. I had him when I was young and quit music to raise him. I wanted to be a good dad and be more focused on being responsible. We never talked about music while he was growing up, but he naturally had a gift, so I had to help him explore that. He would hear me writing and practicing, and would come in screaming. I was like, "this could be something special mixed with my pop driven style." Really it just came together and it was obvious we had to do it. Blaise had also started performing with other bands locally, some of which were already big time bands. It was obvious the kid had the "It" factor, so I really wanted to do something with him.
What is it like having a true family aspect of the band?
E: The family environment is incredible, because we are more focused on doing things right. We are there to create music and we aren't distracted by anything else. Also, there is something about the DNA factor of Blaise and I's voices blending together, and us being very similar in terms of our souls. I guess you could say it's magical in many ways how we blend, and this is even more apparent on stage.
What bands does Trouble + One aspire to be?
E: Trouble + One basically wants to be something familiar, yet unique. We truly believe the blend of the different styles we have is unlike nothing else. Although, we look to other things as inspiration. We always stay true to ourselves. We mix up some very different styles of music, and we think our lyrics speak to lots of people. We feel we are actually well suited for mainstream radio, and have the ability to turn people onto something that may otherwise discredit.
What’s the future direction for the band?
E: The future of the band is just to keep loving what we do, and let it be a place for expression. We want Trouble to move people emotionally. If we don't, we have failed. We want people to laugh, cry, and even get mad. We also want to entertain. We want to be that band that you can watch and think to yourself, "those guys were born to do this." We want to touch you, we want to amaze you.
When it comes to other bands and labels, who do you want to notice your band?
E: If we're being 100%, we need help to really get the music out there. Of course, we love Fearless and Sumerian records. Hopefully with lots of hard work, we will get some help. Honestly though, our product has to warrant these guys' attention, so we got to keep writing and the pedal to the metal. I've been signed by big labels in the past, and there is one thing I've learned: no label wants to work with a band that isn't willing to do what they ask with a smile on their faces. It's much easier to work with a created project you can mold and shape, as opposed to a band full of egomaniacs. Overall, if we want our message to really get out there, we will need some help. Hopefully it's on the way, time will tell.
Do you have any exciting or upcoming news you would like me to tell my followers?
E: We have been approached by a company to do a big summer tour which is exciting. We are one of the fastest growing new bands on instagram, which is exciting. We are working on sponsorships with Ernie Ball, and have have reached out to Orange Amplifiers as well. Mostly we're just excited about the rapid growth of this band. I really believe that something either works, or it doesn't. This band is working better than any band I've ever been a part of. The amount of fans that are jumping on board is almost hard to believe. I really think we got "lightning in a bottle" here, but the stars and the moon will play a big part in our story.
*For the review on Trouble + One, click here.*
Interview with Bleach Boy
Haley Pearl | November 5, 2018
Yesterday (November 4, 2018), I had the opportunity to speak with Bleach Boy. This was honestly one of the better interviews I've down with an artist. I could actually feel the motivation and interest in music making throughout the words that flowed from Bleach Boy's mouth. It was one that took me on a journey and could understand more what goes on in the SoundCloud music scene, and not just his personal life. Give it a read, it's interesting.
When did you first start doing your music on SoundCloud? What motivated you?
BB: So, actually funny story on that. Originally on Instagram, I came up through the vape community, because I thought, "Oh, I'll be a vape promoter, and brands will give me free juice and shit." But anyway, some SoundCloud rapper dude came on my account in my comment section and said, "Hey, you need to check out my music." I checked it out and I really didn't like it that much, and it turned into this one big Internet fight thing. I challenged him to a rap battle and he just declined, but another SoundCloud rapper came on. I challenged him to a rap battle and he was like, "Yeah, dude, I'll rap battle you." He released a track called "Murder," and my "BWTF" was actually a response to that. I recorded that in 30 minutes, and made the beat and everything in an hour. So, it's pretty garbage. But after that, I was like, "Well, that took me an hour to do, so I can do this pretty easy." And it's fun, so I wanted to make a whole album out of this.
I've talked with a few SoundCloud rappers and I've heard different opinions from them when it comes to the stigma of SoundCloud. Do you feel like the stigma of being a SoundCloud rapper is more positive or negative?
BB: It's definitely negative, because 99.99% of SoundCloud rappers are trash. Like any 12-year old with an iPhone could be a SoundCloud rapper. Getting anyone to listen to your music is like so insanely difficult, because no matter how skilled you are [or you think you are], you're just going to be like, "Hey I'm a SoundCloud rapper," and they're just going to be like, "Uhg, cringe." It's difficult, but as soon as you can get people to listen and validate you, and be like, "Hey you can actually listen to him...it's not garbage." But, yeah, there's definitely a negative stigma.
Do you want to do this long term?
BB: That's an interesting question. I'm doing it right now, because it's fun and I'm having fun with it. But there's going to be a point where if it doesn't go anywhere, I'll probably just drop off. But as long as I'm having fun, I'm going to have minutes on SoundCloud.
Is there any particular reason you write the songs that you write? What do you want to bring to the public?
BB: So, when I make music, I'm heavily influenced by bands like Attila and Falling in Reverse, and everything. It's doesn't really have a point or anything. It's just like good time, party music that doesn't make any sense. It's more about having a good time, so I'm not trying to send a message, especially with the album Shitpost. It's just word flow.
I've listened to both Shitpost: the Album and "SMD," and they both have unique styles. Can you dive in deeper on what it was like working on these projects?
BB: Well, I mean, it was pretty wild. I'm working two jobs right now, I'm a full-time student, and I have the musical going on. I would find a beat and listen to it a couple of times. The couple of hours that I have in my free time, I would start making beats and free-styling', and be like, "You know what, that would make a pretty good song, I'm going to do this." So, I just wrote a song, hammered it out in a couple of hours, ya know?
Do you have any upcoming music news you would like me to release to the public?
BB: Well, first of all, I'm working on Shitpost: Round 2. I'm working on having more features and guest spots on that, because I think that's what the first one lacked; it was just me. Also, what you can tell the general public: next time you try to pick up a girl at a bar, tell them to listen to Bleach Boy. They will be so impressed by your music game, that they will automatically assume you have a bigger penis.
*For a review on Bleach Boy, click here.*
Interview with Chris Mauer
Haley Pearl | September 2, 2018
Systematic Abominations was brought to my attention by a friend. This band is still in the works, as they have just released their first single, "Puppet Master." After spending critical time dissecting this song, I decided to get in touch with Chris Mauer of Systematic Abominations.
What are the names of the band members, and what do they contribute to the band?
CM: The band consists of two members: myself [vocals], and Skylar Wanke [instrumentalist].
How long have you guys been working on the band and this project?
CM: We have been working on this band and project for around a year now. We're just trying to get our first single, "Puppet Master" to be perfect.
What is your goal when making music? Who inspired you, or who do you aspire to be?
CM: Our goal is just to get some good music out there that people enjoy. We don't really try to be like anyone. I don't listen to a lot of metal, because I don't want it to influence me--just be copying them.
What do you have to say about "Puppet Master?"
CM: Our single, "Puppet Master," is just the beginning us! We put my sweat and Skylar's bloody hands into this, so we just hope it shows-- which I think it does.
If you could be signed to a label, which label would it be?
CM: Labels are a tricky thing. I don't know anything about them, because, hell-- I'm only in high school. I've never really done anything in the music industry, but if I had to choose, it would have to be Sumerian Records.
Do you have any upcoming information you would want the general public to know?
CM: We are working together from two different states, so when Skylar moves to Georgia, we'll be touring and playing shows with some people who would like to join in on what we love. Also, our EP is in the works, so be prepared for 2019.
*I have also made a spotlight review for "Puppet Master." If you would like to check it out, click here. Enjoy!*
Interview with Skylar Wanke
Haley Pearl | October 15, 2018
You've read the interview with the vocalist, and you've seen the spotlight review on "Puppet Master" by Systematic Abominations, but get ready for the interview with the mastermind behind the production of it all (AKA Skylar Wanke).
Chris Mauer told me that you do the instrumentals and recorded "Puppet Master." Can you give some insight into that process?
SW: Yes, I did all the instruments. This started at a young age for me -- when I first began recording my own music-- due to a lot of problems I encountered with other musicians that weren't the most trustworthy. I am a guitarist primarily, so I generally begin by fleshing out the structure of the song on the guitar and bass, and then I move on to drums. I often record four or five different mixes of a song with slight variations, and I combine them in whatever way I feel fits the song the best. I try to be a perfectionist and have all my guitars quad tracked [meaning I record the guitars four separate times and layer them] to achieve a bigger sound, in addition to two-four bass tracks.
How do you feel about the band and project that you guys [Systematic Abominations] will be releasing soon?
SW: I am beyond excited for the new music we are working on. I feel like I've finally clicked with someone having Chris on board, and he totally brings the visions I have for the music we create to life. I do all of the production work and mixing myself, and have learned as I've gone, and I feel like I'm at a point now where our next release will be really something that will hold its own against all the other music that's on the scene now without a doubt.
What is your goal in making music? Who inspired you, or who do you aspire to be being in this band?
SW: My goal with music is, and always has been, just to make something that's interesting and fun for people to listen to and might inspire someone else to make their own. Some of my earliest memories are of my dad playing with his friends and that's what really made me want to do the same someday. If I get anything out of this band, I just want to be able to make great music with Chris, who's become one of my best friends through this.
What are your thoughts on the single, "Puppet Master?" Is this your favorite song that you guys have been working on?
SW: "Puppet Master" is one of my favorite songs I've ever written actually. It was a lot of fun to write and record. It's the first song Chris and I did together.
When it comes to labels, which would you theoretically hope Systematic Abominations to get signed with?
SW: To be honest, I'm not all too familiar with labels. I do really like New Standard Elite and their roster of bands, but I'd love to get involved with a label that is going to work hard with us to get our music out there.
Do you have any information or news about the band that you would like released to the public?
SW: I just can't stress enough how excited I am [and we both are] to get the EP out. We're aiming for an early 2019 release and we will be a CD and cassette run to go along with it when it drops. There is going to be so many good things to hear, and I can confidently say people won't want to miss it.
*If you have not already read the spotlight review on the single, "Puppet Master," please click here.*
Interview with Ray Carlisle, Kody Templeman, Miguel Chen of Teenage Bottlerocket
Brad Mac | July 25, 2014
“We are the only punk rock band at Warped Tour!” These are the words that Ray Carlisle screamed into his mic as Teenage Bottlerocket ripped into the first song of their set.
This was the first time I have seen Teenage Bottlerocket live and it was an incredible experience. As the group played a mix of classics along with some of the work off Freak Out and They Came from the Shadows.The sound and the passion Teenage Bottlerocket plays with during a show is reminiscent of The Ramones and The Replacements.I had a chance to catch up Ray Carlisle, Kody Templeman and Miguel Chen after their set.
Who inspires you and your music?
MG: The Ramones.
RC: The Ramones and The Hanson Brothers.
Are their cities you really enjoy playing?
RC: We like playing everywhere, but have a special connection to Chicago and Orlando.
What do you like to be doing when you are not on tour?
MG: We have different interests. I like to barbecue. Brand likes to fish. I guess we do pretty normal stuff.
Perhaps their downtime is fairly normal, but their shows are nothing of the sort. What a great performance.
Interview with Bradley "Lloyd" Iverson of Get Scared
Haley Pearl | July 25, 2014
Had the opportunity to get to talk with the bassist of Get Scared, Lloyd Iverson, backstage before the band went on for their performance.
Who inspired you to make music?
L: My grandfather. He was a good classical guitarist, and he gave me my first guitar."
Besides your band, who do you enjoy listening to at Warped Tour?
L: Every band is amazing here. They all put on a good show. My favorites have been Of Mice & Men, Four Years Strong, Everytime I die, and Teenage Bottlerocket."
What are your routines before and after a show?
L: Um...We unpack everything, then pack everything back up. Haha, no. We get hooked up, make sure to drink a lot of water, and make sure everyone is ready.
After the conversation with Lloyd, I then watched Get Scared play their set. Check out the SHOWS for a review.
Interview with Michael Swank of Myka, Relocate
Haley Pearl | October 10, 2014
I had the oportunity to talk with Myka, Relocate's vocalist, Michael Swank at the show after their performance. After seeing the band's performance and talking with Michael, it only made me like the band more. See below for the interview.
What was your main motivation that got you into music and being in a band?
M: My dad and I always listened to Michael Jackson and the Backstreet Boys. It was when I was always with him and listening to music that I really got into it.
If you didn't get into music and wouldn't be in a band, what job would you have?
M: I would probably still be in school trying to get my business degree, but I always knew I wanted to do something with music.
What are your routines before and after shows?
M: Before shows I usually try to get calm, try to find some friends to hang out with, and do warm ups for 45 minutes. I really always try to hang out with friends though. After shows I go to the merch table and try to sell merch and hang out with the fans.
Besides your band, what is a great band on tour with you?
M: Palisades is pretty sick, I like them a lot.
What is the most played song on your playlist right now?
M: I just got into a new song today and really enjoyed it. It's "Personal" by Jessie J.
Star Wars or Star Trek?
M: Star Wars. There's not even a debate there.
I really enjoyed talking with Michael and other members of Myka, Relocate. Each and every one of them are really cool and interesting guys.