Manic Methed

Hey whats up everyone! Did you miss me? Yes, no, maybe, probably didn’t even notice I was on a hiatus? Any how I have been super quiet when it comes to the Whatcha Recording Willis podcast and it is by choice. If you don’t know I am the vocalists of Isolator and we have been busy as fuck! I have let band related things consume my time and I wouldn’t have it any other way. If you are in a active band you know how I feel lol.

So I haven’t uploaded an interview in a couple of months and I made a special exception for these guys because I have been a fan of them for a while! Do your best not to cringe while listening to this episode, I am beyond rusty, I am sure I have entered incorrect information to the host site of my podcast, hell I even messed up the intro to this episode! However it is okay because Austin states, “Everybody messes up our band name.” What band might that be?!? MANIC METHED!

Manic Methed is a 3 piece rock band that resonates with nostalgia. I feel like each song from their newest album, “Menace” is a dosage of early/mid 2000s rock era. For fans of Breaking Benjamin, Tool, Chevelle, System Of A Down, and Shinedown. I give their new album 4 thumbs up and can confidently say for a 3 piece they sound hella phat!

In this episode we sit down with a 4th member of the band, mr. cricket, who somehow also lives at my studio. We talked about who and where Manic Methed plays, spoiler alert Wick’s Pizza on Baxter Avenue! Some of their musical influences, tattoos, video games, favorite beers, and a good ole fashion, “Back in my day kids played card games!” rant!



MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW MANIC METHED ON ALL FORMS OF SOCIAL MEDIA:
– Band Website
– Facebook
– Instagram
– Spotify
– Amazon Music


 

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Why You Should Consider Listening To A Variety Of Different Music!

I probably spent way too much time on figuring out what to call this blog entry. At first I was going to title this entry as, “Why you should consider listening to a variety of different music and attend shows outside of your preferred music genre!” However that title is too long BUT that is exactly what you should be doing!!

Before I go on my little rant I want to further explain why I am writing about this topic and spoiler alert this blog entry isn’t about opening up your third eye, try meditating!

1. Have you ever had “writers block?” You know where you spend 4-6 hours trying to force yourself to come up with a banger of a track only to get burnt out and contemplate blowing your head off?

2. Have you ever found your self BORED TO DEATH (please for the love of god someone use that as a band name) listening to the music genre you love the most? Or maybe you are tired of hearing the same ole up an coming bands sound like a mini version of a well known established band. *insert stupid band name + Jr. at the end*

3. Do you ever find yourself going to the same old shows, seeing the same bands play, interacting with the same people? It gets old, it’s no longer refreshing right?

Trust me I have been there. It’s easy to stay within your comfort zone. Yeah it’s nice to run into the same people but your living in auto pilot. *hits joint* Your stuck in a fucking loop man and your going to miss out on things in life if you stick within your comfort zone!

I have to admit that I struggle with not only listening to different music genres but also struggle with venturing out and seeing bands I have never heard before. Most people think I just love to listen to metal music all day but the truth is I don’t! I’ve been keeping up with all types of metal music since I discovered Metallica/Korn/Disturbed as a young kid and now I’m to the “oh god I’m getting old” age of 25, I’m just not too impressed with that many bands these days. Thats not to say the band’s music is bad, I’m just saying if I hear something that sounds like something I have already heard before then chances are I’m not going to be into it.

Which is why it’s nice to explore new/different types of music, It keeps my mind feeling fresh!

Some odd ball bands/artist I’ve been listening to:
– Sunflower Bean
– Japanese Breakfast
– Ólafur Arnalds
– Sleep Token
– Turn Over
– Zeal & Ardor
– Phourist & The Photons (Louisville natives!)
– TheSecondSex – In A Mood
– Mogwai
– Caleborate
– Endless Heights
– Modern Error
– Galleries

“Why should I go to random shows?”
IN MY MOST HONEST SHOW GOING OBSERVATION OPINION, It is cool as fuck to see different bands and to see how their fan base interacts with their music! Also if you want to grow your fan base you may need to engage different crowds. As uneasy as it makes me some times going to shows, mainly by myself, I always find something of value. Whether it’s catchy guitar riffs, intricate singing patterns, or how the band interacts with their fans. I usually leave with a few mental notes of things to do and not to do!

The dreaded writers block!
So many musicians face this nightmare of a condition called “writers block” and I have seen so many people asking in forums, “How do you get yourself out of writer’s block!?”

My suggestions:

1. Stop listening/playing music for a few days. Go outside. Go do something un related to music so you can experience different feelings. Hell maybe go on a hike, workout, or read a book! Change up your daily routine and you might find a new source of inspiration to start writing again.

2. Listen or attend shows that are polar opposite of what genre you prefer to write. Discover new sounds, let your ear’s taste buds experience new flavors. If all you do is listen to Slayer 24/7 no wonder you are in a fucking writer’s block…

3. Co write with someone! Find someone you can bounce ideas off of. You don’t always have to be the main writer all the time. Open up a bit and let other people provide third party input, you might come up with something cool.

Overall be more opened minded when it comes to different music genres. You will enjoy life more when you can appreciate different music for what it is. Also you will easily draw inspiration from all types of music which will help you become a better song writer!

Thanks for reading! If you have any artist/bands I should check out please send me a message or a link to their music!

Do cool shit, with cool people, live a cool life – Willis

The Ego Trippers

Happy Friday everyone! I was able to work through my breaks at work and get off early, not a bad day! Now if only the match matching in Clash Royale would quit being complete garbage that would be greeeaaattt…

One thing that cheers me up, nearly instantly, is listening to The Ego Trippers!

The Ego Trippers are a 3 piece “garage rock” band from Louisville Kentucky! Made up of Zac Anderson (guitar/vocals), Izak Cirillo (Bass/vocals), and Donnie Haines (drums)! They formed early on during high school and they are still rocking out even with a hectic college schedule! you can fit them in nearly any sub genre of rock n roll but I’d like to think they are the love child of Cage The Elephant and Weezer!

I saw them the first time at Magbar and I’m not going to lie I was like, “Ok this is just some lame filler band that will play 3-4 songs and dip”. However I was quite impressed! Not only is their music catchy but they are very entertaining to watch, they definitely still have their youthful spirits in peak condition!

The second time I saw them was at Zanzabar and it was eeevveeenn better than the first time I saw them! When you have the whole crowd roaring with cheers and whistles you know your doing it right!

Once again major shout out to Daniel Cartledge for not only reaching out to them to see if they wanted to be on the Whatcha Recording Willis Podcast but also thank you for being a great host and co host for the interview! It’s safe to say we all ate our weight in pizza, no regrets!

NEXT THURSDAY AT ZANZABAR!!! The Ego Trippers and Legs Akimbo are playing with The Empty Room for their album release show, which your’s truly did the full production! You should totally come out and see what all the hype is about 😉

CLICK HERE for more details!

In this interview you will hear the songs “All Night Long” and “Holidays (I Can’t Take It)” off their self titled album which you can purchase HERE! We discussed the origins of The Ego Trippers, how the recording process went down, we went on a tangent about some goofy music based movies, how the songs come about, some of their musical influences and much much more!



MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW THE EGO TRIPPERS ON ALL FORMS OF SOCIAL MEDIA:
– Facebook
– Instagram
– Twitter
– Spotify
– Bandcamp

 

 

VILLA MURE

If mother nature could chill with all this pollen that would be great… Allergies are currently kicking my ass! How ever I was fortunate enough earlier this week to interview Colin and Kendra of VILLA MURE! Of course special thanks to my good friend Daniel Cartledge of The Empty Room for being my co host!

VILLA MURE was founded by husband/wife singer songwriter duo Colin (bass/vocals) and Kendra Lamure (guitar/vocals). Later they added Jordan Hubbard to play drums/percussion, which helped complete their sound and make them a full on band! On their Facebook page (who ever wrote all the info 10/10) they say they are a blues rock, alternative, psychedelic band. Which is a fair statement but I like to think if you are a fan of classic rock like Pink Floyd/Jimi Hendrix/Led Zepplin, then VILLA MURE should be your go to indie-rock, blues-rock, psychedelic music!

I remember seeing Kendra and Colin play as just a duo before but I had no idea who they actually were, in fact I remember Kendra playing open mic gigs as a solo artist and thinking, “holy cow she is too good to be playing at these gigs!”

Colin and Kendra are the perfect pair! Complementing each other very well when it comes to their vocal harmonies and when they are playing their respected instruments the groove is never lost. Rarely ever do you find an acoustic duo that will make you fall in love with their music, but some how I am hooked!

In this sweet and charming interview we talked about how Colin and Kendra met. We talked about how VILLA MURE started, the process of recording their debut EP Stay With Me”, a little tangent about Pokemon, the meaning behind some of the lyrics, and much much more!



MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW VILLA MURE ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS:
– Facebook
– Instagram
– You can find their debut EP “Stay With Me” on Itunes/Spotify/Google Play/Amazon/Youtube! I highly encourage you to buy a hard copy from Kendra or Colin! Or you can buy it at Better Days Records, Guestroom Records, and Matt Anthony’s Record Shop!


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Next Attempt

Hey everyone it has been a while since the last podcast episode! To be honest I’m not sure how many more of these I’m going to do, at least as far as band interviews go. There are a few more bands I’d like to feature and we have been working out the schedules but I think I’m going to retire the podcast at the end of this year. Sad news I know but I have been reflecting on life a lot lately and simply put I haven’t been giving the podcast my full attention. So if I end up doing more episodes they won’t just be band interviews it will probably be me ranting about silly things or just interviewing random friends to just talk about life.

Now that I’m done breaking my own heart lets get into todays podcast episode featuring my friends in Next Attempt!!! For fans of Pierce the Veil, A Day To Remember, Blink 182, *insert any pop punk band name here* haha.

Next Attempt is a 4 piece Pop/Punk band based out of Bullitt County, Kentucky. I have to say this is some solid pop/punk music. I remember seeing them play at Spinelli’s downtown probably back in early 2017 (I have seen them play a lot more since then) and I was in complete awe by how good they were! It’s rare to see a pop/punk band in the Louisville music scene, let alone make you want to sing along. There shows are full of energy, witty lyrics that will make you fan girl out and just really dam catchy music. If you hate on their music I just have to assume you really really hate life. However if you are ever feeling down about life the best cure would be seeing them play live, they will shock your body with joy!

Now you can fit them under the microscope of pop/punk but Hunter has shown me some of their new material and get ready for some heavy stuff! Looks like they are progressing in style, branching out into more post-hardcore type of stuff while still keeping their pop/punk roots intact. Either way I’m stoked for these guys, I have a feeling their new album is going to put them in a league of their own!

In this episode the featured song is called, “Helpless Romantics” off their debut EP “Just Between Us” which you can jam the full song on their youtube channel! CLICK HERE!
In this interview we cracked open some Miller High Life, got high on life, talked about our favorite South Park episodes, talked about the new songs, their favorite pizza joint (RIP), music videos that are in the works, Jack’s (ex bass player) meme addiction, and much much more!



MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW THEM ON ALL FORMS OF SOCIAL MEDIA!!
– Facebook
– Youtube
– Spotify
– Instagram
– Bandcamp

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Paul Kasper – Madison Metal Fest 2018!

Alright so if you don’t know who Paul Kasper is I have to ask you, how big is the rock you live under and why is your name Patrick?!? Spongebob joke, get it!? *knee slapping intensifies*

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No but seriously Paul Kasper has been booking shows in the tri-state area for quite some time! I’m sure you have been to one of his shows or you may have seen his band, You Wont Feel A Thing play before. OOOOORRR you may have stumbled across “Madison Metal Fest” and you were like, “Where the fuck is Madison?!?”

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Paul is the mastermind behind Madison Metal Fest which is normally a one day event that brings the top heavy metal bands from the tri-state area under one roof to play sacrificial devil worshipping music!

HOWEVER! 
This years 3rd annual Madison Metal Fest will be a two day event! TWICE THE BRUTALITY!! Maybe the best part, there will be a bar! Get shwifty my duuuuuddeeeesss!!! Also this section will be updated once the event page goes live with venue info/show times/ticket pricing!

Day one: March 24th (Saturday) – Madison Indiana
– DAY ONE EVENT PAGE
– TICKETS HERE<<<

Day two: March 25th (Sunday) – Louisville Kentucky – Spinelli’s Downtown
– DAY TWO EVENT PAGE

Oh and just kidding about the devil worshipping music being played…..Or am I!?

Alright so lets get into the reason why your here. You want the details as far as who is playing! Spoil alert it’s not As I Lay Dying. Although if anyone wants to start a AILD cover band and hop on the bill I’m game! No but seriously this years lineup is FUCKING BONKERS! The locals are top notch and the headliners are some hard hitting heavy metal bands! No kitty pool bullshit!

Anyways I’m really proud of Paul for being perseverant! He went above and beyond to get ahold of the headliners and we should be all grateful towards Paul for organizing such an amazing event that helps show case our best local bands! Seriously this is the show to be at if you want to see what our scene is all about!

So without further a due, listen below to get the early scoop on Madison Metal Fest 2018 line up!

Gallifrey Falls

Whats up gang! Hopefully the new year is treating you okay so far! Todays post is something special. Something I wanted to do with the Whatcha Recording Willis Podcast for a while now and that is to have a video interview! I have to give a huge shout out to Benjamin Barber (not his last name) for shooting the whole thing and dealing with the editing process! Despite me wearing a goofy ass suit, that doesn’t even fit, I think the video turned out stellar! A interview with Gallifrey Falls has been long over due and it was worth the wait! Hopefully this can become the new platform for the podcast!

Gallifrey Falls is currently a 4 piece metalcore band based out of Louisville Kentucky and if you haven’t heard of them then you need to check out their most recent EP called Rapture! Even better go check them out live because they absolutely crush it!

Gallifrey has a unique blend when it comes to their music. Fusing heavy deathcore like guitar riffs with electronic elements and topping off the tracks with superb metalcore cleans. I would say listening to Gallifrey Falls is like hearing a metalcore/ambient version Whitechapel, it is quite ear pleasing. If you would like to see a more in depth review of their latest EP Rapture check out my friend Eric over at 20/20 Music & Production who gave an amazing review!

Unfortunately this podcast episode will not be uploaded to Itunes or various podcast apps simply because it wasn’t a straight forward interview. In fact we did a lot of filming for this and some of the audio wasn’t even usable. However I’m truly grateful to have the guys in Gallifrey be my guinea pigs and it was a great experience!

CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO INTERVIEW

Make sure to follow Gallifrey Falls at:
https://www.facebook.com/GallifreyFallsBand/

https://www.instagram.com/gallifreyfallsband/

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCaNL06zZciyV46vgwoZPIXg

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My Top 5 Albums Of 2017

A new year is upon us! This is the time to reflect on what you have accomplished in 2017 and this is the time to set your goals for 2018!

*Insert inspiring quote here*
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To be honest I didn’t hit all of my goals for this year however I made big strides in my audio career!

From working part time at Broken Crow Studios, losing my job at UPS (which needed to happen in order for me to pursue certain endeavors), started working part time at Manchester Music Hall, making a shit load of friends that are involved in the music scene and I’ve been recording/mixing a full album for The Empty Room!

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This year has been quite eventful and I’m excited to take things to the next level. Super Saiyan 4 to be exact

So it’s the end of 2017 and as always people are coming out with their top albums of the year lists. So I decided to record myself, talking to myself, about My Top 5 Albums Of 2017!


 

SPECTATOR

With Christmas right around the corner I was able to squeeze one more interview in but unfortunately my laptop decided, “I’m not going to bounce out of Pro Tools for you, fuck you man it’s the holidays.” So I was very close from Office Space’ing my computer. Luckily my homie Drew came to the rescue and bounced out part one for me and you!
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THANKGODTHECHRISTMASEXTRAGANZACLUSTERFUCK is over with amiright? No but seriously happy holidays everyone, hopefully Santa brought you some cool gadgets! I got a Fitbit so I guess it’s time to start working out again and no I’m not a “New year new me” gym goer. My gift to all of you though is an two part interview with Andrew Garrett and Nick Watkins of SPECTATOR!  

Spectator is a 2 man instrumental band with a very ambient/lo-fi/rock sound so if you are a fan of Pink Floyd, early Deftones, hometown heroes Midnight Channels and Parallel Colors than this is right up your alley!

In the beginning and end of this episode you will hear a sample of a track from their upcoming EP “The Nautilus” which is 20 minutes of jamtastic grooves (Jamtastic Grooves is my future band name, back off!)


WRWpodcast EP23 – SPECTATOR – Part One:
– In part one we talk about the room were setup in, their previous band ApeShit, discussing the art of film, the meanings behind the ApeShit song titles, the recording process of The Nautilus EP, talked about bands we like, and much much more! Check out part one below and be on the look out for part two!


WRWpodcast EP23 – SPECTATOR – Part Two:
– In part two we talk about our love/hate for Korn, why whack rappers are popular, debating if people should buy music or listen for free, and discussing super hero films!

 

 

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Era of Machines

Whats going on everyone!? I should have plenty of podcast episodes coming to you this month, so Merry Christmas! Fun fact I have to do Christmas shopping still, should I even bother at this point? I know I was inactive last month but I promise I will make up for it! Starting off December with a interview with the guys in Era of Machines! A 5 piece prog metal band (Currently a 4 piece) from Louisville, Ky that makes 4/4 standard music listener’s heads explode!

I’m pretty sure I have seen these guys live, well I know for a fact I have seen two of the members play in another local band. If you are a fan of Animals As Leaders or Periphery then they are the band for you! In this episode you will hear a snippet from their recent demo titled, “Echoes”. The song features fast, intricate drum patterns that break the time barrier, and ambient guitar melodies accompanied by crushing bass lines! The song has tremendous potential to be stellar and I hope they find a vocalists that will remain permanent! 

PS IF YOU DO VOCALS YOU SHOULD HIT THEM UP TO AUDITION! EVEN IF YOU ARE A SOUND CLOUD RAPPER, JUST DO IT!

In this episode we discuss where the name “Era of Machines” comes from,  How the band started, what type of music they are into, trying to stop the government from breaking the internet, shedding a few tears for the music venues that are no longer around, recommended shows to watch on Netflix, and much much more!

MAKE SURE TO FOLLOW THEM ON ALL SOCIAL MEDIA OUTLETS!
– Facebook
– Website
– Era of Machines – Echoes (Full Demo)

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